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    Megablade 919
    Range Rover L322
    Merc 220 Coupe
    Ibex 250S under construction
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    Cheddar Gorge - what a hill

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  1. Newton

    Bristol & Bath Area

    @Chris Broster - Bristol & Bath AO its always worth checking before you rock up expecting a days play only to be told you're too loud. The alternative is pick a track where they have a little more tolerance to a tuneful exhaust. I haven't had mine tested since I got the new system but its something I need to organise before trying out CC. Set a regular date and let us get it in our calendars, sooner the better.
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    Bristol & Bath Area

    Evening Chris, Thanks to Dave for getting me tagged on this. Will be good to get the area going again, I've been trying to get up to Cotswold for 6 months but work keeps conspiring against me. I think this must be my ninth year with my chrome yellow Megablade, last years project was to get her quiet enough to get on track. So after emptying my wallet into Andy Bates bank account I now have a very smart custom stainless manifold and silencer. As a consequence I did my first two track days which were great, even though the car went sick on the first one, The second one with Cotswold at Llandow went off without issue apart from the weather which made life interesting at times. I certainly plan to get out and do a few more this year. This years upgrade will be an oil cooler. Week day evening meets work best for me, can make those you list in your first post.
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    Llandow Private Track Day - 14th Sept

    Thanks Tom for the invite to todays Llandow trackday. Really enjoyed it! Hopefully I'll manage to put in an appearance at your monthly meet before too long. Did anybody get any video of my Yellow with black arches MegaBlade, would be very interested to see.
  4. Newton

    Brake Pads

    Hi Adam, The front is running Wilwood Powerlites on solid discs. Rear is std.
  5. Newton

    Brake Pads

    Evening all, Been to Llandow today and had an enjoyable time however as the track dried out and the slicks came out I realised that I was cooking the brakes at the end of runway straight. The cars currently running Mintex M1144 so I could go 1155s but am concerned that they won't perform on the road. Any advice on other manufacturers and their feel on track and road? Many thanks Rob
  6. Newton

    New Member in Somerset (with pictures)

    Hi Dave, Give me a shout next time you come trespassing on my front drive I'm at the top of Cheddar gorge Rob
  7. Newton

    Llandow Private Track Day - 14th Sept

    Thanks Tom for the invite to todays Llandow trackday. Really enjoyed it! Hopefully I'll manage to put in an appearance at your monthly meet before too long.
  8. Newton

    Megablade Charging Issue

    Thanks Nic, I think I've solved it tonight. Having unpicked and unwrapped the loom looking for damage I eventually decide to check the new starter solenoid I'd fitted only to find I didn't have a connection from the live feed to the fuse carrier. Fortunately was able to dismantle this part of the switch and assemble it correctly. Will have to give it a try tomorrow night and check all is well. Didn't expect that. Are you on the road with your Busa yet?
  9. Newton

    185/55 R13 tyres

    Why do you want to run the avons instead of Toyos or Yokes? You may also need a way of correcting your speedo reading for the IVA.
  10. Newton

    Megablade Charging Issue

    OK will put the MOSFET on the upgrade list however I aught to be able to solve the problem with one of the RR's I've got unless all three are naggered. Looks like the store has really thought out its supply. Difficult to say how much of the wiring is original probably a bit like Triggers broom I've rewired most of this over the years either as a result of fitting the later engine or improving the original install plus the battery and the RR have been moved in front of the engine. Generally I've recycled the connector plastic components and used new terminals and wire. I've stripped the original loom sections to install new cores and then re-wrapped them. The only part that's not easily replaceable is the connector to the original control unit.
  11. Newton

    Megablade Charging Issue

    Evening playmates. My tale of woes. Put car on trailer on Friday afternoon to go to track day, take off trailer Saturday morning to go out on sighting laps to find that the battery charge light is not going out as usual, a few initial flickers of it going out but eventually its on constantly. Much frustration! I had a DVM with me so was able to do a few checks. By pulling the rectifier regulator plugs I was able to check the output which was down at around 4 volts, I then went and checked the alternator output phase to phase and was getting about 20volts (AC) between each pair of phases - don't know what the output should be but the fact they were all the same suggested that it was probably ok therefore I assumed that the rectifier regulator was goosed - something I mave previous experience of as do many other megablade owners it would seem. Eventually got running by borrowing some jump leads and charging the Westy between runs using the tow car. Frustrating but at least I got some running. History. The car is now 919 engined. When I bought the car the standard regulator was in its usual position - passenger side behind dash - burnt that one out, went over voltage. So bought what was advertised as a heavy duty one - think that one went the same way. So relocated the rectifier the front of the car underneath the rad and steering rack - bolted to the aluminium floor pan in a good airflow. Took advice from Andy Bates and upgraded to a 1000RR unit used from a 2004-2007. The battery is a Red top 15 - been in the car at least 8 years and never let me down. Appears to take and reliably hold charge, as the car is fitted with an isolator it doesn't suffer from being drained when parked up. Back home. Assuming it was a regulator problem I bought a couple of spares from bike breakers, plugged in and started up ony to find that the charge light is still on and the digidash voltage reading shows 11.6 volts - swapped to my second spare with the same result. Time for some more checking and consultation with the Haines book of jokes. Started by checking the regulator +ve and -ve connections as directed and found that there was a resistance in the +ve between the reg and the battery - I tracked this down to the starter solenoid which appears to be another fireblade issue which showed signs of overheating - melted bits of plastic. Bought and replaced this and I now appear to have continuity back in the +ve lead. Started up last night only to find that I still have a charging fault. Checked the alternator - resistance between each pair of yellow leads appears to be about 0.2 (the meter reads ~0.4R when holding the meter leads together and the meter reads 0.6 between each pair of yellow leads. So I'm assuming that there's not much wrong with the the generator side. As after kids bed time couldn't do any more checks with engine running so that will have to wait for tomorrow - so have put the battery on charge as the good book says I should. So, can anybody suggest what else I should check? Times running out as next track day booked for 14th Sept.
  12. Newton

    Track day tyres supplier

    Evening Nic, hows tricks? Will have to bring the toy down now. Just did my first track day - brilliant fun. I run Toyo R888 GG compound on the road 185 60 13s the old pattern at present - they're going to knock a hole in £400. So I bought some part worn slicks off the company below. You can find details of what they've got on E Bay but I went direct to find out what else they had. I ended up with a set of Hankook 180 550 13s cost me £111 delivered and they came next day! Apart from the wear on the tread they look brand new. Mine are C92 compound which I think is super soft. I was surprised to find that the tread was actually 210! and not the 180 on the sidewall or the 200 on the web site. They were amazing on track. You can't beat them for the money there's loads of options at similar cost including wets. http://www.jdmotorsporttyres.co.uk/
  13. Evening, Thinking of going up to the Kendrew Barracks track day on the 4th, anybody else out to play? Any feedback from folks who've been there before?
  14. Newton

    Newcomer Megablade Westie

    Couldn't tell you about compatibility with Litium Ion my AGM battery has never shown any sign of giving me trouble and its tiny and light. I have looked at replacing the RGB but I put a bit of effort into my box there are a couple of posts I put up when I rebuilt it. The main issue is making sure the fixings stay tight and that you keep it topped up. You will find a drain plug in the bottom and a fill plug half way up the off side (check oil level by just topping up). There is a very small breather hole on top of the box to the rear - its simple but the box just progressively throws the oil out - I've adapted mine and it seems ok - you will probably find threads about fitting a breather catch pot, i tried this but found that the oil got thrown out in the first couple of miles and then drained back down when you left it. Stopped oil dripped off the box onto garage floor but doesn't keep the box lubricated. I had a machine shop machine an alternative port into the casing which seems to work. Check out http://www.abperformance.co.uk/products.aspx?cat=37&scat=46 basic price is £350=vat (Sierra diff - you may have a freelander) for the motor and ring gear. you then need to add switch gear and do something about the prop shafts - note you don't have a direct line from the engine flange to the diff flange. Best give Andy a call to find out what he does. You may be right about the baffle plate I've got a billet sump fitted. Re windscreen wipers - its a Megablade, remove the screen junk the motor unit and save some weight. The only way to work out what it is you need to do is get out and drive her! Standard filter just got replace Had to hand over some hard earned to mister bates who also fitted it - tidy job. He said he found quite a lot of foam debris in the jets when he stripped them down. Another link to mister bates web site http://www.abperformance.co.uk/products.aspx?cat=39 Worth checking the jets to see if its been dyno jetted if it has I'm sure Andy will tell you the settings - I might be able to find the info. He will also provide the dynojet kit as well. I bought mine after several previous owners had spent a small fortune on carbon fibre but had omitted to address a couple of engine issue - like its oil habit I had to get hold of a second set of carbs as the original jet adjusting screws had seized up. It's dead easy to get the carb on the bench for a quick look at general condition and to clean them up.
  15. Newton

    Newcomer Megablade Westie

    Evening, Moved mine to the front floor pan just under the steering rack. I've fried 1 rectifier and had 1 go suspect. The one I fried went high on voltage over 14V and stank but didn't melt the plug like yours, the second one was showing what looked like a trend to higher outputs - I've got a digidash so can see whats happening as it logs peak voltage. I discussed issue with Andy Bates ABPerformance and he suggested going for the later rectifier used on the 1000cc engines - think I went for a 2004 unit, plufs are different but I found a plug kit to suit on ebay. So far everything is Rosey. I've got an AGM battery in mine was fitted when I bought the car and is still spot on after 8 years, probably helped by having a battery isolator, will still start the car after seeral months storage. Couldn't tell you what size off the top of my head will try and get some measurements - it is tiny. Other things to check out. The reverse gearbox can be problem-some or rather the attachment of the drive flanges. It is worth spending a frustrating evening under the car disconnecting the prop shafts from it to check the the main retaining flange - input / output shaft retaining nuts. They should be staked but I went the loctite route and thats been fine for the last 3 or 4 years. Propshaft nuts and bolts - go over to nyloc nuts and fit bolts through the gearbox drive flange if you have to take the drive flanges off. Oh and get them greased up. While you're down there check the gearbox oil level the boxes like to blow it out a very crude breather - I've drilled a hole through the tunnel to help with this process. Will try and remember to dig out Andy Bates engine oil filling routine the need more oil than standard to cope with surge - use semi synth not fully synth. Do you know what sump is fitted? Have you got a retaining strap on the oil filter to stop it coming lose? Jubilee clip and a bit of wire to a suitable fixing on the block - simples. Have fun

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