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mr hat

68 posts

53 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
maybe think about upgrading to a hayward and scott up pipe. are you getting it remapped? andy forrest did 2 of my classics and they were transformed.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
mr hat said:
maybe think about upgrading to a hayward and scott up pipe. are you getting it remapped? andy forrest did 2 of my classics and they were transformed.
Thanks for the advice!

The cars power numbers and map are a bit of a mystery but I do know it was also taken on a timing strip and scored 4.8's to 60 before the engine/turbo rebuild. I also know it can drive away from my friends 265bhp Leon at a pretty impressive rate.

So to answer your question, I'm really not sure if it is still running the PPP map the car was bought with. When I've got a bit of time I will have a look, I plan to get the car to a specialist soon anyway for a full health check.

I have about 150 bits of paper that list nearly everything that was done to the car.


rigga

4,112 posts

81 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
Dont know where you are in the country,but if anywhere south ish Simon Rowe aka joll ygreen monster did mine several years ago,and its been faultless since mapped.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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rigga said:
Dont know where you are in the country,but if anywhere south ish Simon Rowe aka joll ygreen monster did mine several years ago,and its been faultless since mapped.
Thanks Rigga, he would be at the top of my list given his reputation and he's not too far from me.

I've also been reading his build thread on here and have been amazed by what he's done!

Lee

rigga

4,112 posts

81 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
He's a very sound guy, rode all the way up from Kent to Brum on his fireblade at the time, unpacked all his gear from the tankbag, and got on with it pleasant manner and no bull,I've reccomended him to a few guys who wanted maps doing and,all have been satisfied .

yup that green monster is a thing ain't it ...
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Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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Monday 6th August 2012 quote quote all
I may have to take it too a specialist soon anyway as it seems the car has a boost issue of some type.

Sometimes when holding the car at say around 3k and then suddenly accelerating it will take off where as other times it will not do anything for 5-10 seconds in the same situation before taking off.

Anyway here is a small video of the sound the car makes http://youtu.be/UxK9UJx1vzI



Edited by Ordinary_Chap on Sunday 12th August 20:14

rigga

4,112 posts

81 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Could be several things,sticky boost solenoid,actuator stcking open then resealing itself, or even the MAF which is a common problem in these model year cars,as you say a specialist should be able to track it down easily enough as a fault code may well have been generated and logged.

jimblive

316 posts

85 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Try cleaning your boost solenoid.
Have you put different petrol in? Mine used to hesitate quite bad if it had esso super unleaded?

I don't think the maf always shows up on the fault code, worth a quick check to be sure though for the sake of connecting some wires.

Or a friend had a import and he changed the pipes and lost the restrictor on the boost pipe, it made it surge a huge amount?

S10GTA

4,146 posts

47 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
I saw one of these on Sunday, heading towards Sailsbury. Reg started RB5, which was a nice touch.

SteRB5138

20 posts

94 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Good thread glad you are enjoying it, I agree they are addictive cars to drive (apart from motorways). I had #138 for 3 and half years, I still keep looking at Classic Impreza in the classfieds as they are so tempting as the values are on the floor at the moment.


No 138

Its a shame the RB5oc is so quiet now, it used be so busy till a couple of years ago.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Thanks and your old RB5 looked immaculate!

I do love my car although I realise its many flaws not just in its design but my cars mechanical/cosmetic state.

You know over the years I've come to realise the flaws in people and in this case, cars is what makes them special. I had a 09 Golf TDI before through work and whilst it did everything just fine, its just so souless, boring and drab.

The RB5 is a single minded one trick pony and when you decide to get on it, its performance boarders ridiculous especially across country but driving it through towns and on the motorway can be a chore sometimes.

I want to keep this car for a long time and resolve all of its mechanical and cosmetic issues. I've realised I'm effectively turning this into a project to return the car to A1 condition and my initial estimate of 1k is probably 50% under budget. I realise the money will be sunk and I will never get it back but I don't care, I want to bring her back to health and look after her.

It seems I've formed a emotional bond with the car which is rather unusual as I've always used cars like tools.

cloud9

SteRB5138

20 posts

94 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
It will be worth spending the money if you are keeping it long term, so many Classics are getting broken up these days. They will be in demand in a few years, definate future classic.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
SteRB5138 said:
It will be worth spending the money if you are keeping it long term, so many Classics are getting broken up these days. They will be in demand in a few years, definate future classic.
Well that a bit positive at least!

I also got my hair washed at the car wash earlier this week. It seems the window seals are not maybe as strong as they once were and every time the jet got pointed at my window I got sprayed with shampoo/water. It made me laugh anyway.

rb5er

5,196 posts

52 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
You put it through a carwash? Why bother getting paint done if you are going to treat it like that?

Ordinary_Chap

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rb5er said:
You put it through a carwash? Why bother getting paint done if you are going to treat it like that?
That's a fair point but I wasn't near home and I couldn't go to see a customer with my car covered in mud from the weekend so I made an exception.

smile



rb5er

5,196 posts

52 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
Only takes one "one off" carwash to totally ruin the paint on every panel on your car as I learnt when I was 17. I took my brand new black car to the local "high quality" automatic carwash and it hairline scratched the whole car. Needless to say I now would only use one for an utter shed.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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rb5er said:
Only takes one "one off" carwash to totally ruin the paint on every panel on your car as I learnt when I was 17. I took my brand new black car to the local "high quality" automatic carwash and it hairline scratched the whole car. Needless to say I now would only use one for an utter shed.
Ok thanks for the advice smile

So today I was surfing the internet (as you do!) and saw RB5 number 124 being broken for parts cry so I thought it would be fitting for number 125 (mine) to have a minor transplant from its little brother.




So I paid for the side skirts and a fog light so I can replace my water filled unit and take the remaining cover off.

I did consider the manifold but wasn't convinced it was a good idea given its probably as old as mine, I think I will go for a new stainless steel manifold in the next couple of months.

rigga

4,112 posts

81 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
Why was it being broken ? shame as from that pic it still looked ok so i presume some mechanical issue or the other side is stoved in ......

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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Thursday 9th August 2012 quote quote all
rigga said:
Why was it being broken ? shame as from that pic it still looked ok so i presume some mechanical issue or the other side is stoved in ......
Yeah I think it has a mechanical problem as its mostly the body/interior parts.


Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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Monday 20th August 2012 quote quote all
Oh my parts turned up today.

The side skirts look great but the lamp and covers are from an STi so I'm not sure if they will fit. I'm going to try them see if they will fit. It's my fault, I presumed they'd be for an RB5 but I didn't check.



Apart from that the car has been pretty good. Some of the heat wrap became sheered and somehow made its way into the rear of the wheel causing a horrid noise so I took it off and cleared the wheel.

I'm pretty sure the manifold needs to get done soon and I'm having odd boost conditions at the point the turbo starts to get going 1500rpm which causes a great deal of stuttering/kangaroo'ing at around that point. It's fine to drive through that part of the rev range but holding it around 1500-2000rpm leads to lots of bouncing!

Still I love the car more all of the time even if more issues seems to keep coming out of the woodwork!
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