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    Quote Originally Posted by Norv View Post
    How did it go after being at tgm for all the bits to be fitted?

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    Very good so far. It was actually a bit painful because after they fitted all the new parts, the car was still making the same noise underneath. They then took some spare parts from one of their EP3 racecars and put those on there to test and still nothing, meaning the issue was not with the intermediate driveshaft at all (even though the new one as lot less play and is much stronger). They then proceeded to take pretty much the entire front side of the car off (every moving part was removed, inspected and re-seated) to only find out that the Eibach Spacers at the front were not tight enough....

    I mean they weren't loose to the point of wobble, but enough to cause a hell of a noise and wobble at anything greater than 30mph. That said the rack refurb job is amazing, the car literally feels like a new car to steer and is so much more direct. There is a small downside where it is almost too stiff at the moment and the steering wheel does not centre (like even worse than before) but that is starting to become better as the mileage climbs up. The car is going back there on Tuesday so they can see if something was over-tightened and adjust the stiffness.

    I also managed to steam clean the entire interior and thoroughly wash the seats with Woolite. Now it smells like the entire car has just come out of the washing machine and it is sparkling clean

    Overall I am very happy with it, it drives spot on, it rides great and there are no weird noises anymore. When the weather clears up a bit and I give the car a proper wash as it's filthy at the moment, I will upload some pictures of the work.
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    Weapon well done mate

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    Well it's been some time and I should probably update this... Not much has happened, mainly small fixes and improvements and a lot of happy driving


    To start off, I took shot at replacing my steering wheel badge as mine was dented in the middle:






    This took a lot longer to remove than I thought it would and it wouldn't come out in 1 piece lol. Anyway, new one on:








    Then I gave my plug cover a polish as the clear coat had started to go matte. Slapped on a H tune sticker too as I had one laying around:




    Then I gave the air filter a wash:






    And then re-oiled it so it's nice fresh red again:





    The next morning my battery died and car won't start. Got one delivered the day after:






    I don't think I did anything for a while after that so I just have a picture of our usual meet up:





    On the way back my windscreen cracked as a pretty decent stone flew at me from the back of a lorry. Booked a replacement for the weekend:





    It's lovely not having 99999 stonechips and being able to actually see in directly sunlight


    Then I washed it and took some photos before a little trip to Goodwood with Fred and his FN2:










    Fast forward to earlier last week, I had enough of the rattle from my Tegiwa M intake so I got the old man to make me a braket from some spare alloy he had. This is what we came up with:






    It was then covered in insulation tape and some sound deadening tape on the back (which will bolt onto the intake) to avoid scratches ect.



    And this is where we decided to mount it. Perfect flush fit



    With great pain I took a drill to the intake (6.5mm) and got a stainless steel bolt through (around 18mm long). It was then tightened to the intake with a square nut and after that attached to the bracket via another nut as seen below:







    I can happily say that there are no more rattles, I also put some new soft pads on the back of it and it now barely if at all touches the plastic panel it used to rest on. Not too bad for about 2 hours worth of hammering a piece of metal and measuring back and forth a few times



    Oh yeah I almost forgot, finally got the time to change my gear shifter assembly for the new unit, I don't have a pic of it fitted but I am sure you all know what it looks like. Here is the old POS... It now shifts like a dream:



    It's going in the bin but if anyone wants the solid bushes (they are 3 months old) then I will post them to you. Just pay postage and buy me a cider down the pub.



    It also appear that the boot cover was making creaking noises when down, so I installed some more sound deadening tape around the edges where it sits and that has now rectified it:




    And that is everything I have for you, once again sorry about the crap quality of the pictures lol.
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    Mulberry.. great establishment!!

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    Yet another superb update
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    wicked buddy i may take my shifter bushes off drove great before fitted those lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by EP3Smithy View Post
    wicked buddy i may take my shifter bushes off drove great before fitted those lol
    Yah man I went after the hype but it turned out to make it worse and added more vibration to the shifter box if anything. The new shifter assembly's rubber bushes are actually quite hard to begin with but still absorb vibration.

    I see your car is coming along nicely too
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    Quote Originally Posted by SK-R View Post
    Yah man I went after the hype but it turned out to make it worse and added more vibration to the shifter box if anything. The new shifter assembly's rubber bushes are actually quite hard to begin with but still absorb vibration.

    I see your car is coming along nicely too
    yeah man money pits int they and i wanna get the mugen steering wheel badge i think its sickkk lol

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    I'm new to the forum and I don't currently own any type of Honda (I actually have a BMW M140) but I've found myself trawling through lots of forums recently, looking at these amazing EP3 builds and I feel like i'm getting the bug!!

    I've especially enjoyed reading this one! You've taken your time and done things to a high standard and it looks so rewarding!

    Out of curiosity - what did you pay for the car and since ownership, how much do you think you have spent on it?

    Also, do you have social media, like instagram? If you post updates on there, I'd love to keep track of the build

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    Quote Originally Posted by F16BJR View Post
    I'm new to the forum and I don't currently own any type of Honda (I actually have a BMW M140) but I've found myself trawling through lots of forums recently, looking at these amazing EP3 builds and I feel like i'm getting the bug!!

    I've especially enjoyed reading this one! You've taken your time and done things to a high standard and it looks so rewarding!

    Out of curiosity - what did you pay for the car and since ownership, how much do you think you have spent on it?

    Also, do you have social media, like instagram? If you post updates on there, I'd love to keep track of the build
    M140 is a good car, you are a lucky man

    I paid £3500 for the car last year and since ownership I've spent in excess of £6k on it so far. Probably more if I really dig down in invoices from TGM and bare in mind the full respray of the car was free of charge as I did half of the work myself and in return created the guys a website, business cards, logos ect.. A respray for a car of this size from a reputable shop is around £2000-£2500 from what I've found.

    I try not to think about the figures, makes me wonder if I made the wrong choice, but all it takes is a sunny Sunday drive to bring back the reasons for owning it. And no mate I don't really do any social media related stuff on it, it's got to a point where barely anything else will change (famous last words I know lol) so for now it's maintain and drive.
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