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SpikeB last won the day on June 9 2016

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About SpikeB

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    Learner Driver
  • Birthday 22/06/1976

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    FW Special 2.0l Zetec
    Audi Q7
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    Rochester, Kent

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  1. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    Pre IVA MOT Report So yesterday we ventured out on the road with Westie...... The Good news: It made it to the Garage (5 miles) without any mechanical hickups All temperatures and pressures remained normal and ok (even in heavy traffic) It would have passed all the electrical tests The emissions were good (see pic) The brakes were also good and would have passed an MOT The not so good news: The speedo isn't accurate. Whilst I thought I was doing 30mph, Karrena in the Audi behind reported we doing 45mph. On the way back she was driving down the dual carriageway at what she thought was 45 whilst I was behind doing 72 trying to keep up! It handles like a cruise liner, very wallowy, no feedback and a tendancy to wander. I suspect this is a combination of No setup, tracking done with string and me forgetting to properly tighten the bolts that control the camber on the front wheels (the tester was able to move them around quite a bit) It definitely doesn't self centre! They couldn't adjust the headlights - they didn't have any tools to tighten the headlight nuts! On the whole the experience was very positive. The two guys who run the garage were car enthusiasts and had built and owned Caterhams. They spent an hour and a half talking to me, advising on things i could do differently, things that might not pass the IVA. They were really helpful and definitely went beyond a standard MOT. I guess that's the beauty of a back street garage - you can talk to people. I've been used to the corporate Dealer Garages for the last 12 years - definitely a different experience. Also, I realised how many looks you get in a westfield, I was following Karrena (she was in the Westfield) back and I could see people turning round giving admiring look when she went past. The lady in the petrol station was a car enthusiast and she wouldnt stop asking questions about the car. My first experience of the world of Westfield Ownership!!
  2. Hope today goes well John!
  3. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    Thanks for the advice all. We adjusted the shocks down and we don't get the bump on the standard bounce up and down test. The garage I will be using is a friendly one - we know the guy as he used to do all our servicing when we had older cars. I also played around with the adjustment knob on the dampers. They were fully closed (firmest as I understand it), we opened them up fully (softest) and counted 13 clicks. We then wound each one back in 6 clicks. Our thinking was to get a setting somewhere in the middle. Does that sound sensible?
  4. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    You're not kidding John, it's a decent workout adjusting the shocks. When adjusting them up I did it with the car on the ground which was really hard. This time though, I jacked the car up onto stands and adjusted them down - was a little easier.
  5. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    We had a strange clunk when we bounced the car up and down. We adjusted the rear shocks down by a centimetre and the clunk disappeared. Weird!
  6. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    We’ve been looking at how high the car is and we think we’ve adjusted the shocks too far up (it looks weird around the rear wheel arch). The second pic pic is showing the front shock. Think we’ll need to sort this out but it’s going to be tight to fit in tonight We we need to drive to the pre MOT Iva tomorrow. Would there be any safety concerns with a ride height like this?
  7. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    Hi @Chris Brading, yes I am driving the the MOT station with the wife following in our tin top. I spoke with a nice lady at the DVSA a couple of weeks ago about it and she said as long as I had booked an appointment then I was allowed to drive there.
  8. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    We have our pre-Iva mot on Thursday and we are planning some kit to take in our support vehicle. We’ve got the basics covered, sockets, screwdrivers, pliers, coolant and oil. We also bought a tow rope (hoping for best planning for worst). Big question is where on an fw special do you attach a tow rope. Maybe the roll bar?
  9. John, what does your homemade headlight socket look like? The headlight nuts have us completely stumped!
  10. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    We’ve just discovered that the heated windscreen warning light doesn’t seem to be working. Is that an IVA fail? I’m assuming it is!
  11. SpikeB

    IVA List of bits for FW.

    Hi, I have my IVA coming up soon. Thanks for this post it's really useful. Regarding 4) where would you get the bonnet catch covers from? I have an FW Special - are they supposed to be in the IVA kit? Cheers
  12. SpikeB

    IVA Compliant Boot Lid Locks

    I hope to have my IVA soon (papers submitted two days ago) and I was surprised to read on this IVA Info forum that the new boot lid locks supplied on an FW Special are (or maybe aren't) IVA compatible. I checked with Mark at Westfield and he confirmed and advised that I don't take the boot lid to the IVA. This is something I want to avoid as I want to present the car in the best way possible and without the boot lid it looks half finished. I've been chatting with @JayDeeBee and he had an idea around replacing the Westfield standard locks with some "rounded" locks. I think this is a good idea. What do you guys think? Would something like this (see Pic) be IVA compliant? I would need to replace the tang for the Westfield supplied one?
  13. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    These look good @Alan France, Route66 - Shows & Events Coordinator, where did you get them from. I think these would be easier to fit than the standard covers.
  14. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    The IVA form has just been submitted I think filling all the forms in has been the most traumatic part of the whole process The only job remaining is the rollbar covers - they look like they will take some time and plenty of fettling!
  15. SpikeB

    FW Special Build Thread by Complete Novices

    After all that worry about the number I found it on some documentation (invoices) from Westfield as I was grabbing them for the IVA application. Thanks @jjem53 and @JayDeeBeefor the help anyway.

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