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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #720 on: November 26, 2020, 04:27:58 PM »
Lefty loosey righty tighty?

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #721 on: November 26, 2020, 04:28:01 PM »
If I notch this a bit with a grinder it should clear for my fuel line.

Just need to not go through to where the bearing thingy sits on the inside.

There's shouldn't matter as I'm taking the magnets out which leaves a gap on the inside so if I do go too deep then at least I'm not damaging anything detrimental

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #722 on: November 26, 2020, 04:29:10 PM »
Right at the bottom where its steps down to smallest I'd is where I don't want to hit really but measured it to check and should be ok

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #723 on: November 26, 2020, 04:29:35 PM »
Can't wait to cut these off

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #724 on: November 26, 2020, 04:39:35 PM »
Can't wait to cut these off

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #725 on: November 26, 2020, 05:21:15 PM »
Can't wait to cut these off

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I'm getting the grinder out tomorrow, just tried cutting it with a hack saw as don't want to scare the kids but can't be bothered with that at this time

Need to check what exactly needs welding a nd where this brass Bush goes

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #726 on: November 26, 2020, 05:55:54 PM »
You need to grind off more that you realise

The resin that holds it all together is a pig

Try cutting 2 grooves about 10-15 mm apart down the length.

Chisel that bit out then try n “peel” the windings off .

Some extra cuts on the back will loosen it.

You’ll needs some extra swear words beginning with C too


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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #727 on: November 26, 2020, 06:37:43 PM »
You need to grind off more that you realise

The resin that holds it all together is a pig

Try cutting 2 grooves about 10-15 mm apart down the length.

Chisel that bit out then try n “peel” the windings off .

Some extra cuts on the back will loosen it.

You’ll needs some extra swear words beginning with C too


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I just searched through your thread to get an idea of what I'm trying to achieve, I might end up doing all this and it still might not clear the fuel line.

Also if I'm honest the mx5 rack just sits in a better position in the engine bay compared to using the rx8 rack and subframe like I am BUT I'd really not have to disassemble the whole front end and start again right now

I'm going to put lots of cuts into it with grinder and be careful not to go too deep like you put in your description

The mx5 rack is a fraction of the weight too BTW, even with the magnets taken out of the rx8 one I bet its still heavier

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #728 on: November 26, 2020, 07:12:36 PM »
Yeah the 8s rack is a beast.

I stripped mine apart for 3 reasons, eliminating all the potential electrical gremlins that I had for months on my 8, save a few lbs and I just don’t think I need power steering on a lightweight lotus.

I’ll be honest when I fixed the steering on the 8, I didn’t like it, it felt too light, definitely lost feel. Somewhere in between working and not working would be spot on.

Now, obviously we’ve not met, so I don’t want to sound condescending here or judge your abilities with an angle grinder..... but don’t be scared of being brutal.

Just keep cutting, you’ll get lots of smoke and dust from the resin, and copper fragments everywhere. You’ll know when to stop going deeper as when you hit the steel tube you’ll get pretty orange sparks.

I wasted hours being conservative with it. Don’t waste time chiselling and beating the crap out of it. You’ll get no where

The resin touches the steel tube, almost bonds onto it. So until you see sparks just keep going

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #729 on: November 26, 2020, 07:22:02 PM »
Grant /

If you can hold off for a couple of days,  I have a manual rack in one of my garages I bought off e-bay, which from memory was off an NC that you can have for the price of postage.

I wouldn't fit the RX-8, but if this works for you this will save weight over a chopped up electric  rack.
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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #730 on: November 26, 2020, 07:35:39 PM »
Grant /

If you can hold off for a couple of days,  I have a manual rack in one of my garages I bought off e-bay, which from memory was off an NC that you can have for the price of postage.

I wouldn't fit the RX-8, but if this works for you this will save weight over a chopped up electric  rack.
That would be great Clive as although I'm going to do this I still don't think I will get enough clearence but always worth a try.

The manual rack will be perfect. I will have to take the mx5 sub frame to get sandblasted so I can workout where to trim it.

Just let me know how much postage is

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #731 on: November 26, 2020, 07:36:26 PM »
Yeah the 8s rack is a beast.

I stripped mine apart for 3 reasons, eliminating all the potential electrical gremlins that I had for months on my 8, save a few lbs and I just don’t think I need power steering on a lightweight lotus.

I’ll be honest when I fixed the steering on the 8, I didn’t like it, it felt too light, definitely lost feel. Somewhere in between working and not working would be spot on.

Now, obviously we’ve not met, so I don’t want to sound condescending here or judge your abilities with an angle grinder..... but don’t be scared of being brutal.

Just keep cutting, you’ll get lots of smoke and dust from the resin, and copper fragments everywhere. You’ll know when to stop going deeper as when you hit the steel tube you’ll get pretty orange sparks.

I wasted hours being conservative with it. Don’t waste time chiselling and beating the crap out of it. You’ll get no where

The resin touches the steel tube, almost bonds onto it. So until you see sparks just keep going

Hope that helps


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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #732 on: November 26, 2020, 08:03:26 PM »
Yeah the 8s rack is a beast.

I stripped mine apart for 3 reasons, eliminating all the potential electrical gremlins that I had for months on my 8, save a few lbs and I just don’t think I need power steering on a lightweight lotus.

I’ll be honest when I fixed the steering on the 8, I didn’t like it, it felt too light, definitely lost feel. Somewhere in between working and not working would be spot on.

Now, obviously we’ve not met, so I don’t want to sound condescending here or judge your abilities with an angle grinder..... but don’t be scared of being brutal.

Just keep cutting, you’ll get lots of smoke and dust from the resin, and copper fragments everywhere. You’ll know when to stop going deeper as when you hit the steel tube you’ll get pretty orange sparks.

I wasted hours being conservative with it. Don’t waste time chiselling and beating the crap out of it. You’ll get no where

The resin touches the steel tube, almost bonds onto it. So until you see sparks just keep going

Hope that helps


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Vernier callipers yeah ?


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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #733 on: November 26, 2020, 08:29:17 PM »
I like to think of my verniers as verynears, as they're close enough

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Re: All great things have a beginning
« Reply #734 on: November 26, 2020, 09:02:52 PM »
You’re so going against my cdo !

It’s like ocd but it’s in alphabetical order like it should be


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