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Big brakes. The disc is vented and grooved 11.5", heavy but works well at high speeds
Over the top" exhaust. Apart from being larger bore and equal length pipes, it keeps the heat away from the alternator & starter
Lightweight rear lights in a triangle arrangement. The dash
has dials & warning lights in a triangle as well.
Superlight Wheels in breakfast room before fitting. Look
nice as a feature in a living room, don't they.
The story starts in June (2004) when I decided to upgrade wheels &
tyres. I rang round and chose Superlite as the supplier. On the basis that they
could make 2x7" and 2x8" wheels and fit Avon ACB10 tyres and
deliver in 2/3 weeks. As I wanted them for late August (8 weeks)
I sent my cheque off. After 3 weeks I rang to check on progress. "Wheels
are made and centres are at bodyshop being painted". Rang following week
and told "wheels now back" will be on the way tonight (Friday). On the
Wednesday I rang to be told "Waiting for the wheels to come back from the
bodyshop". A week later I rang to check progress of these wheels which
seemed to be going back & forward to the bodyshop. "Got the wheels
painted but now held up waiting for the tyres - production problems at
Avon". I waited 10 days and rang again. "No tyres yet". Ok, says
I, give me the size and I'll see if I can get them. "leave it with me I'll
chase them again". I rang a few days later to be told "Your tyres are
in and wheels will be sent off tomorrow." This meant I should have the
wheels by Wednesday but was leaving to go on Holiday. being a wise old bugger I asked
Jim in the office to check up whilst I was away. "Tyres not in yet" he
was told. On return & still keeping cool I rang to say he had told me the
tyres were in but never mind let me know the size & I'll see if I can get
them. "Oh you want Avon A032 852's" Now the knowledgeable will know
that that's a Yoko tyre and there's no such tyre size as 852. I rang George
Polley for some 8" Avon ACB10's and being an honest fellow told him the
full story. "Don't know why he's saying he hasn't got them I sent him
2x7"and 2x8" Avon's 3 weeks ago". Right, time to stop being Mr
Nice. Ring Superlight and read the riot act. Promised the wheels would be sent
of that night (Friday). Didn't arrive on Monday so now told they would be sent
that day (Monday). Wheels arrived on Wednesday - no wheel nuts. Rang and
told "Henry's not in today". Explained problem and asked if I wanted
the locking wheel nuts and spare tyre valves as well as the 16 wheel nuts.
"No just the wheel nuts", was my reply. Suspecting they wouldn't
arrive next morning I got some Ford wheel nuts and fitted the wheels. Now needed
longer studs (reason why is due to big brakes) so onto DT and next morning long
studs arrive, are fitted and still no Superlite nuts. This morning (Friday) the
nuts arrive and jobs finished - just in time to go to Brize Norton for the speed
trials. Now, last job, check tyre pressures. N/S/R 25psi - drop to 18. N/S/F
75psi... 75PSI!. what's this then? Inspection reveals that the tyre rim
wasn't seated. The tyre is rated max 55psi and took 8,5 bar (120psi) pressure to
get the tyres on the rim. I hate to think what may have happened if I hadn't
If asked I will NOT be recommending Superlite Wheels
sure I prefer the look, I like the all black Revolutions (see above)
2 minor upgrades in September 2004. The first was a self canceling
indicator unit from Signal Dynamics in the US and the second was fitting clear
front indicator lenses with silver bulbs.
Clear front lenses with silver bulbs. Doesn't excite me but
some like it.
The 2 red buttons with the chrome surrounds are the left
& right indicator switches. (The other red button on the right hand side is
the Speedo programme button). Touch a button and indicators flash for 7 seconds,
hold down for 2 seconds and they flash for 35 seconds and hold down for 3
seconds and you get 75 seconds of flashing. Touch both together and you get
These number plate lights are led and look like number plate screws. They work well, are very light and look neat. They will hold a plastic number plate on but mine is a stick on.
Raceco Titanium silencer fitted by Mike Riley (Metal Mickey)
on 19/2/05. Brilliant job by a great guy with a lovely family. Comes highly
recommended as it's quiet, well made and, above all, very, very light.
(not THAT quiet though)
Showing the oil thermostat. The oil cooler is in front
of the rad. You should have a thermo if you are plumbing in an oil cooler to a
dry sump installation.
dry sump tank installed in front of the passenger foot well. The footwell extension
is cut off and a flat ali plate is cut and riveted in its place.
photo showing the tank, thermo, oil cooler. The pump is under the distributor.
Close up of the pump. Burton Power have a good schematic of
the oil system.
The in and out pipes on the tank. Note the double elbow fittings on the top. These may not be pretty but they are far cheaper from hydraulic engineers than motor sport supplier.
oil filter which, on mine, is situated on the front of the drivers footwell. Use
large washers on both sides else you may rip the ali when removing the filter.
Since moved - see Accident rebuild pages
The layout of the oil system has changed. See the 2007 rebuild pages.