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Ben’s IVA experience (Gillingham)


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Well now the build thread has almost come to an end I thought I should start an IVA related thread. 
I completed the application yesterday (1st Sept 2021) and have requested Gillingham as it is my nearest test station (50miles away).

 

I have today, spent the afternoon at work reading all these very helpful IVA threads and now have a big list of things to check and double check! I will post up some pictures or maybe even a video in due course for you to highlight anything I have missed, and record my experience to hopefully help others in the future.

 

 

 

 

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I recently popped the car to the MOT station to check a few bits. (Annoyingly the emissions machine had broken so will have to pop back to do that). This is the result of the MOT brake test (pass). Can anyone foresee any issues or adjustments needed prior to IVA brake test which I suspect may be more detailed and specific. I have read stories of the back brakes being too effective.

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Mine passed the brake test at the IVA last month. It failed the first time but the tester said it was border line so asked me drive the car around the test centre for 20 minutes applying the brakes heavily like they do on F1 warm up laps. He then put it back on the brake tester and he said it passed.

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IVA brake test limits are a tad stricter, main brakes limit is 60%, handbrake is 18%. Those numbers look good, although the balance numbers are more complicated on IVA as well.

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Thankyou, that supports the decision to drive to test centre as I was advised to prepping for emissions test.  So hopefully the brakes will have bedded in a bit on route too.

 

So I just had a quick walk around looking more closely at external panels and took a few pics. See below in order.


1/ I put some nice small badges on the scuttle a while ago. Are they likely to cause an issue?

 

2/exhaust clamp bolt. I can spin it around so it is underneath if this is likely to be an issue.

 

3/side door hinge rubbers. Are they ok on the stainless hinge or not? 
 

4/does the windscreen popper stud need a nut cover or anything?

 

5/does the bolt under the nose cone require a nut cover?

 

6/nose cone kissed the wish bone so I slightly shaped it but it’s close to the bolt. Should I take a bit more off? I guess the rule is, nothing can touch at all at any time…

 

7/is it a requirement to use the number plate tea tray? I don’t think so but just wanted to check

 

8/one windscreen pillar bolt sits a little proud due to poor casting rather than countersunk like the one below. Is this likely to cause an issue? 
 

9/where the roll cage diagonals pass through the boot there is a small gap. Is this likely to be an issue? 
 

Any comments most welcome

 

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Looks nice. I would say the exhaust clamp bolt will be an issue so should be rotated. I think the top of the windscreen pillar (just above the upper hinge location) will also not have a suitable radius and it doesn't look like you have covered it. The holes won't be accessible by their tool so shouldn't be an issue at all. You only need the space for the plate - you don't need the tray. Check the fog and reverse too as it looks like there are some sharp edges that may be accessible

 

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not sure about the popper on the windscreen - i think its too short to be a problem, but i had covered mine when i did my test just in case

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17 hours ago, DavidMiller said:

Looks nice. I would say the exhaust clamp bolt will be an issue so should be rotated. I think the top of the windscreen pillar (just above the upper hinge location) will also not have a suitable radius and it doesn't look like you have covered it. The holes won't be accessible by their tool so shouldn't be an issue at all. You only need the space for the plate - you don't need the tray. Check the fog and reverse too as it looks like there are some sharp edges that may be accessible

 

Bolt moved around a bit 👍🏼 I asked Westfield to see what they say about screen. Apparently the stud has never been an issue. I fitted the door hinge rubbers correctly now also.

 

tea tray won’t be used 👍🏼

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A productive day, ticked loads off the list.

ignore the missing rubbers off the bonnet catches, and the unfinished windscreen fillet panel which still needs securing properly. Is there anything obvious externally?  
 

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Looking good, couple of comments that may help?
 

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Fitted my exhaust clamp as below, keeps it away from the “cone” test.

 

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I fitted a nut cover on the nose cone bolt, probably overkill but didn’t think it would do any harm. Also fitted nut covers on windscreen poppers.

 

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Mine also failed on the exhaust support to the silencer had a sharp edge. This is i have covered with exhaust bandage.

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Another job this morning after reading advice somewhere else was to remove the sticky pads in the nose cone from the cable clip bases and stickaflex them on. Upon removal of the nose cone, two clips were loose so it’s a fair point from the inspectors to raise.

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Here is a little engine bay video for you hawk eyes 👀 

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Have you fitted rubber U channel to the edge of the cycle wings - needed on ones that don't have a return edge in the GRP/CF - doesn't look like it on the video.

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also a smaller version needed on the fog and reverse lights - same lights on the Eleven IVA lights

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How many clicks does your handbrake lever take to come on, Ben?  It looks quite high in your video, and I'm sure I read somewhere that it should be fully on by 3-4 clicks. 

It may be a trick of the light/camera, but it looks like some of your cable ties have a tiny stub of (sharp) tail showing through the locking body.  I think all the tails need to be trimmed off flush.

Are you missing a nut cover on your upper front right wishbone (front end)? 

Nice looking car; good luck with the IVA!

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