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Ok so I though here was as good as place as any to record the next phase of Westfield ownership.

 

I have owned the current sprint and track car for over a year now and want to bring it a little further up to date.

the car was built as a kit from Westfield with a 893 blade engine and has a 2002 registration.

 

the previous main owner @mark.anson brought it into the 20th century with the current 2007 CBR 1000rr engine and it happily upsets much larger machinery at most tracks and is a very good sprint car.

 

but a) I want a project and b) I want to try something that so far I'm unaware that anyone has done to date in a BEC config.

 

so i have (yet to be collected) a 2014 CB1000rr engine and the normal Ab performance sump etc. the plan is to remove the need to have other external box's over and above the ECU for flat shifter and water pump control etc and use a Maxxecu Race stand alone ECU.

 

https://www.maxxecu.com/store/engine-control-or-electronics/maxxecu-standalone-ecu/maxxecu-race-premium-ecu-harnesses-accessories-and-lsu-42

 

this is quite a lot of functionality for the cash and many drag bikes run this ECU now on the blade engine.

 

So little progress will be made up until the end of September as I have a few events and track days I would still like to do but if I didn't write something now I would find it difficult once I start the big jobs.

 

I'm sure I will be picking all your various brains especially when it comes to the wiring part, still undecided if I go the whole hog with PDM but if funds allow I would like to.

 

cheers 

 

  

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9 minutes ago, BenD said:

where you getting your ecu from?

I have spoken to a couple of the UK dealers but if you have contacts I'm all ears :) 

 

 

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I will follow this thread closely. I have a 919 and fancy upgrading in the next year or 2. 🧐

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Looks like a big project!

 

What benefits are you expecting over the standard ECU and a Power Commander, Simon? Mainly neatness of installation?

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21 minutes ago, AdamR said:

Looks like a big project!

 

What benefits are you expecting over the standard ECU and a Power Commander, Simon? Mainly neatness of installation?

Yes in the main I would like a clean install without piggyback fuel box somewhere, and water pump controller somewhere else and flatshifter somewhere else. I am hoping that with the additional functionality of the maxx I will be able to log alot more information into my Aim kit as it does have can out and aim supports the protocol. 

 

There is a huge amount of functionality and I'm a tart for a toy. so looking at power commander and Woolwich etc this seems like the best route for my varied use of the car. And maybe a few more ponies would be nice but full throttle is full throttle right.

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37 minutes ago, Deano85 said:

I will follow this thread closely. I have a 919 and fancy upgrading in the next year or 2. 🧐

I have the current full install up for sale in the ads section if you wanted to go injection. 

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I have a MaxxEcu sport and can recommend https://www.p-v-e.co.uk, but might be a little far for you. Really knowledgeable chap (Steve) loves the MaxxEcu and for what you get it is really worth the money.

 

Mine is going in shortly for an engine loom and installation with him so will report back when I do 👍🏼

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9 minutes ago, Matt_S said:

I have a MaxxEcu sport and can recommend https://www.p-v-e.co.uk, but might be a little far for you. Really knowledgeable chap (Steve) loves the MaxxEcu and for what you get it is really worth the money.

 

Mine is going in shortly for an engine loom and installation with him so will report back when I do 👍🏼

Sounds good although You may be waiting a while a car rolled off a transporter and broke his ancle I saw on Facebook last night 

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10 minutes ago, Simon Waterfall Syman84 said:

Sounds good although You may be waiting a while a car rolled off a transporter and broke his ancle I saw on Facebook last night


Yes unfortunately, but I’m still in contact with him and waiting for a date 😬

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On 13/07/2021 at 16:56, Simon Waterfall Syman84 said:

Ok so I though here was as good as place as any to record the next phase of Westfield ownership.

 

I have owned the current sprint and track car for over a year now and want to bring it a little further up to date.

the car was built as a kit from Westfield with a 893 blade engine and has a 2002 registration.

 

the previous main owner @mark.anson brought it into the 20th century with the current 2007 CBR 1000rr engine and it happily upsets much larger machinery at most tracks and is a very good sprint car.

 

but a) I want a project and b) I want to try something that so far I'm unaware that anyone has done to date in a BEC config.

 

so i have (yet to be collected) a 2014 CB1000rr engine and the normal Ab performance sump etc. the plan is to remove the need to have other external box's over and above the ECU for flat shifter and water pump control etc and use a Maxxecu Race stand alone ECU.

 

https://www.maxxecu.com/store/engine-control-or-electronics/maxxecu-standalone-ecu/maxxecu-race-premium-ecu-harnesses-accessories-and-lsu-42

 

this is quite a lot of functionality for the cash and many drag bikes run this ECU now on the blade engine.

 

So little progress will be made up until the end of September as I have a few events and track days I would still like to do but if I didn't write something now I would find it difficult once I start the big jobs.

 

I'm sure I will be picking all your various brains especially when it comes to the wiring part, still undecided if I go the whole hog with PDM but if funds allow I would like to.

 

cheers 

 

  

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To add a little further history the original builder of the car was a chap called Ed Cane, (Al Yupright) on the boardroom who built the car from a kit with an 893cc Fireblade engine. The car was the sold by Ed too two lads from the north east, known as "Slippy" and "Funbob" who did the occasional sprint and several track days. I was on the lookout for a Mega blade and snapped up the car when it came up for sale.

The car is road registered but I had bought it solely for track use so set about stripping out the wiring loom and other parts to take even more weight out of a light car.

I ran the car with the 893 engine for a season and then in 2009 I fitted a standard 2005 CBR 1000rr engine.

At the time, myself and Phil "Barney" Newall were the first people to fit the 1000rr into a Westfield (in the Speed Series anyway). The engine was a massive step up however at the end of 2009 I was introduced to my engine builder who by chance lived locally to me who upgraded the engine with race pistons cams etc etc. The difference was unbelievable. 

I led the 2010 Speed Series for quite a while that year and set some new records but in the September Anglesey event I spun a bearing (which was entirely my fault, so missed three events while I found a new crank and had it it refreshed. I still managed to finish 4th overall that year beating the SBD car. Phil Newall won the Championship in his Blade engined car.

I had an easier year in 2011 and at the end of the season stripped the car back to a chassis for some more weight saving. Due to some difficult personal circumstances I sold the engine to Tim Nunn who set even more records with it and very nearly won the championship.

On rebuilding the car I fitted the current engine which had been my spare and had it built to the same spec.

I did only a few events with it before the itch to buy a single seater got the better of me and I sold the car......far too cheaply I think.

Its great to see the car back in the Speed Series and seeing Simon taking the car to the next level and will follow with interest

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So first part of the puzzle done, current engine package has been sold and will be collected after the last sprint event of the year. first weekend in Oct

 

This makes life much easier as I wont have two generations of CBR parts in the garage at the same time to confuse the build.

 

next job is to start the parts list and talk to suppliers about lead times of things. Brexit / Covid seems to have made some components and lead times of specialists really long. one of the first things once the engine is in will be to get the new manifold fabricated.

 

will be slow progress now until the start of October but then would like to gather some pace before Christmas.

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As a small update unfortunately one step backwards before I even start with the upgrade as the clutch started slipping in the current engine at cadwell a couple of weeks ago so I have had a rush to get new clutch plates in before sprinting on Sunday just gone.

 

All worth the effort and performance was great even beating a few single seaters to 7th fastest of the day.

 

The clutch was a bit of a nightmare as you needed a special tool from Italy for the aftermarket slipper clutch so I made one. Very crude but did the job.

 

Fingers crossed for the rest of the season, 2 more hillclimbs and 2 trackdays.

 

Then full steam ahead.

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