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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchy82 View Post
    Looking really good mate. Some good progress photos.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vitka View Post
    Awesome read, it's really nice to see an EP3 being taken care of properly. Now that I have a JDM rear anti roll bar and a front strut brace, on the long run, I am considering getting the same springs, camber bolts and camber arms, then FRSU. What's you experience with these? Do they really make a big difference?
    Thanks gents, appreciate the comments! Currently on with another side project (only a small tidy up one, but should make all the difference!). Anything to keep me busy!

    Vitka, FRSU makes all the difference! Car feels really planted! JDM 22mm rear ARB is on my list!
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    So, a common issue on these cars (and one that's annoyed me for a while), is the peeling chrome from the handbrake cover. I'm not a fan of the aftermarket gaiters etc, so wanted to refurbish the handbrake cover, whilst keeping it looking oem....

    I removed the centre console that surrounds the handbrake lever, and found the screw missing from the passenger side

    Anyway, centre console removed, along with handbrake cover. How crap does this look?



    I had some various grades of wet and dry sandpaper, plastic primer, gloss black paint and lacquer, so...

    Masked up the rubber handbrake grip to avoid catching it with the sandpaper, and proceeded to flat off the offended peeling chrome surround. Once prepped, primed, painted and lacquered, it looked like this:



    Much better!

    I measured up the original remaining screw on the drivers side for securing the centre console handbrake surround and ordered some black M5 screws and M6 washers. Once the lacquer was dry/hard, I used Autoglym dash care on the console and the handbrake cover. Fluff/dust/grime over 14 years removed!

    All nice and clean and ready to be refitted:



    I used Autoglym dash care on the rest of the internal plastics, and hoovered the car out before refitting the handbrake cover and centre console.

    Refitted with brand new screws and washers, looking clean and oem:







    And a few pics of the rest of the interior all plastics cleaned, and car hoovered:




    Thought I'd also use some Autoglym leather restore on the steering wheel, along with Autoglym dash car on the centre horn pad. It came out looking fresh



    And that's it for now
    2005 Cosmic Grey EP3 Type R

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    Top job that !
    Currently on EP3 number 3. Nighthawk Black 2006 Premier Edition. (Only driven on weekends to keep the very low mileage down currently on 58k!)

    Daily drive is a 2017 Seat Leon FR in Monsoon Grey

    My cars thread https://type-r-owners.co.uk/forums/s...nd-my-unicorn!

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    Looking very clean!


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    Quote Originally Posted by GavTypeR View Post
    Top job that !
    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchy82 View Post
    Looking very clean!
    Thanks gents!
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    Your Cars looking lovely. Interior touches look ace. How does it run after fitting a sports cat? Does it make it much louder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricki1985 View Post
    Your Cars looking lovely. Interior touches look ace. How does it run after fitting a sports cat? Does it make it much louder?
    Thanks man - comments appreciated!

    Regarding the sports cat, not sure. Went from full stock exhaust to sports cat and non resonated Scorpion exhaust. It's not overly loud, just a nice tone. Great for driving around normally, then sounds fantastic on acceleration/vtec
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    Looking smart, it is the little things that count.

    Personalisation rather than modification.
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    Well, after hearing a lot about the "nasty facelift rear carpet arch liners" and associated rot, I decided to pull mine out. On doing so, a full dust pan of crap came out of both sides

    It looked like it had seen better days, so I had a poke around with a screw driver and wire wheel....

    passenger side:



    Driver side:



    oh dear

    Well, best get on with it!

    I had the rot cut out as far back as the metal was contaminated:



    and fresh metal welded in & sill profiled to join up to the rear arch lip:





    The factory metalwork back there is so thin it's unbelievable! Not anymore!

    I only have pictures of the driver side, but talking to my guy,it was exactly the same story on the passenger side. Both sides have been completed and protected with Schulz.

    When I get the car back, I'm going to finish it off and waxoyl the whole rear arch on both sides.

    Another job done, and should preserve the car a bit longer!
    2005 Cosmic Grey EP3 Type R

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    After picking the car up, into my garage it went, wheels off and got the waxoyl out...

    Both rear arches all waxoyled now, and looking new





    Big thanks to YVS for sorting the welding, top job!
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