The V8 Bike Bus.

The V8 Bike Bus.

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5mileofdeath

105 posts

26 months

Tuesday 26th March 2019
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This thread is genuinely making me want one of these silly

Lovely car OP!

The grey with the black wheels looks ace!

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Friday 5th April 2019
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The Bike Bus recently developed a misfire and threw the CEL on. I think it was then chucking fuel into the misfiring cylinder(s) and igniting it in the exhaust. In fact it chucked flames out the back and burnt the cycle carrier.

To sort it I went over to Owen Garages and fitted 8 new coilpacks and 8 new plugs. Faults cleared and haven't returned and it's running very sweetly now; In fact it's lost some of the gruff grumble and rocking it had that I liked. It sounds so crisp now though and pulls cleaner. Parts were over £400, it's great running cheap old cars.

It's now got a horrid rattle in the exhaust though. I think driving it with the misfire has burnt at least one of the cats out and bits of it are stuck in the exhaust. Going back to Owen garages tonight to use a ramp and get the exhaust opened up to investigate.





I stopped to collect dinner on the way back, quite liked this view from the food shop.


Max M4X WW

4,353 posts

140 months

Friday 5th April 2019
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The rear camber looks fairly aggressive in that last photo!

AW10

3,714 posts

207 months

Friday 5th April 2019
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What were your before and after ride heights in normal mode?

raining_sulphur

192 posts

148 months

Friday 5th April 2019
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I’m loving what you’re doing with this. It’s really making me want one. Lovely car op.

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Thanks. smile

Max M4X WW said:
The rear camber looks fairly aggressive in that last photo!
Yeah, it's nowhewre near that negative. It's the picture!

AW10 said:
What were your before and after ride heights in normal mode?
I have no idea I'm afraid, I didn't measure them. I've probably lowered it about 5" though.

ZX10R NIN

18,971 posts

83 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Great choice & very nice upgrades.

AW10

3,714 posts

207 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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I would be grateful if you could measure the ride height from the bottom edge of the rims to the wheelarch lip front and back - curious where it ended up. 5" seems rather a lot. Any issues getting the alignment correct?

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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Yeah I'll measure it for you. In the metal it looks lower than in pics as is always the way. Really you need to see it parked next to a standard one to be reminded how much arch gap they come with from the factory.

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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...And the alignment is within spec. Its surprising how much adjustment there is.

cheddar

4,536 posts

132 months

Monday 8th April 2019
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573 said:
...And the alignment is within spec. Its surprising how much adjustment there is.
Yep, these came from the factory with big rear camber and the insides of the tyres wore really quickly, that camber can be wound back in and still be within BMW's tolerances

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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AW10 said:
I would be grateful if you could measure the ride height from the bottom edge of the rims to the wheelarch lip front and back - curious where it ended up. 5" seems rather a lot. Any issues getting the alignment correct?
From the top of each wheel rim to the plastic wheelarch trim the measurements are:

Front: 3"
Rear: 4.5"

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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It became apparent that one of the cats had broken down and was blocking the exhaust from the near-side bank of the engine. As a temporary measure the cat was cut open, the debris removed and the 'inspection panel' welded back up.





It runs much better without the exhaust blockage and it's booked in to have both cats swapped for high-flow ones when it has the rest of the exhaust work done.

Recently the offside angel-eyes / halos stopped working. Interestingly the car turns the turn-signal on to act as a DLR when the halos aren't working. I inspected and found they'd been previously replaced withh LED ones. From the factory this age car wouldn't have had LEDs, but I prefer the crisper white light so replaced both sides with new white LEDs to make sure the colour matched.





The exhaust on this car sounds great, but there's not much induction noise. I've looked at carbon airboxes etc but nobody seems to make an off-the-shelf one for this car, plus I want to keep things looking OEM in the main, with subtle improvements where I think they'll add to the bus, OEM+ essentially. So I decided to modify the existing airbox by opening up the cold / dirty side of the box to allow more induction noise.





Done, it has slightly more of a bark on induction and looking in the bonnet still looks completely standard.



So I've carried on driving it about using it as my daily driver. It's a really good place to be, comfortable, a nice size, makes all the right noises and is quick enough to not be boring. The one big eyesore though was still the wheels.



I eventually found a place in West London that do exchange wheels. You drive to them, they have a set of refurbished wheels waiting and they swap your tyres onto your wheels and on to your car. They added a small surcharge to deal with the chrome nightmare mine were under the grey paint.





With that done it's all looking a bit less Birmingham gangster than it was when I bought it. There are still things to sort out, but it's getting there. To most people I want it to just look like a well-kept standard car, but to those that know, they'll spot that it sits better and has some subtle improvements. I gave it it's first proper clean and took some snaps of the progress.













Because of my past history of swapping cars every month, usually when I've just sorted them out everyone has assumed this means I'm obviously now selling it... However it still does exactly what I bought it for really well and I'm enjoying using it. So it's here to stay and I'll carry on with the improvements and it'll carry on working hauling bikes about.


Usget

5,305 posts

169 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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That looks approximately 1,256,741 times better on the new wheels!

Greg_D

6,204 posts

204 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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oh my god.... so much better with the wheels!!!

why anyone powdercoats wheels dark colours baffles me...

i'd personally lose the tints, but it's looking perfectly acceptable, big improvement

573

Original Poster:

216 posts

159 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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I agree about the tints, but they are functional. I'll be sleeping in it this weekend for instance. I'm going to try to get them replaced with a slightly lighter shade though.

Usget

5,305 posts

169 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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I personally think that now the wheels are sorted the pimp tintz are just about acceptable. They fit the lowered stance and general air of menace.

spreadsheet monkey

3,735 posts

185 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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Great to see cars like this being de-gangstered and returned to tasteful spec.

Who needs a Range Rover Sport?

dandam

143 posts

110 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Usget said:
I personally think that now the wheels are sorted the pimp tintz are just about acceptable. They fit the lowered stance and general air of menace.
100% agree with this

therealsamdailly

184 posts

21 months

Tuesday 21st May 2019
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Yeah it looks fantastic! I never though I'd miss my old one