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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:47 pm

What make, Baz ?

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bazzateer » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:44 pm

Not sure, Black Circles budget tyres about 180 squids all inc. Never driven it without that nasty wobble from the knackered old tyres. Sooooo much better now.

I'll nip out in a bit and check the make.
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Post by 617sqn » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:35 pm

Thanks, appreciated.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bazzateer » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:46 pm

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:43 pm

Do they balance, Baz ?

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by 617sqn » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:46 pm

Today I removed a naff starter motor, and replaced it with a shiny rebuilt unit from Club spares. Having also discovered a couple of close-to-failing terminals, I replace those too while I was in there. Not my car, but a Sussex AC members K reg Super.

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Post by 617sqn » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:51 pm

Today, after work, I removed the spark plugs on Stan and replaced them with sparkly (geddit ?) new ones. As he runs EDIS via Megajolt-E I use NGK BPR6EIX Iridium plugs. Not cheap, but IMO worth the extra for longevity if nothing else. 8)

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Post by The Nun » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:22 pm

617sqn wrote:Today I removed a naff starter motor, and replaced it with a shiny rebuilt unit

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I know its a matter of o pinion but do you have 9 teeth? :D
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Post by 617sqn » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:26 pm

Yes. I counted the old unit bendix too. That also had nine teeth. I was told last week by a guy in a local based international selling company that it mattered more what the diameter of the bendix was than whether it had 9 or 10 teeth. I don't know, so cannot dispute his reckoning.

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617sqn wrote:I was told last week by a guy in a local based international selling company

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His company sells the 10 tooth ones :lol: good salesman. :D
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Post by 617sqn » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:43 am

They were the ones trying to sell me one for £348.

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Post by bazzateer » Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:35 pm

617sqn wrote:Do they balance, Baz ?

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They seem to. Put the two with the least weight on the front and at an indicated 70+ ( :wink: ) they were fine. Tried to balance the old ones and ended up with lead around about a third of the rim!
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Post by 617sqn » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:02 pm

Result then, Baz. Food for thought over my Avons without doubt.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by John Simister » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:33 pm

Infinity tyres come from Nigeria. Nothing wrong with that – it's a big company and no doubt well resourced. But when I was offered budget winter tyres for the family wagon by my local tyre shop, and I saw their Infinity branding, I did some research as to their origin. Call me irrational, but winter tyres from a country just north of the equator felt a bit wrong to me. Maybe I should have bought them and enjoyed the apparent absurdity. They would probably have been absolutely fine.
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Post by 617sqn » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:44 pm

Google says they are from the United Arab Emirates. Dont know if thats hotter or less so than Nigeria :?

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Price isn't bad : https://www.oponeo.co.uk/tyre-finder/p= ... 175-65-r13
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bazzateer » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:17 am

That's a couple of quid cheaper than Black Circles.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by John Simister » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:58 am

http://www.infinitytyres.com/aboutus.html

The plot thickens. The above link takes you to the Nigerian part of the company, but on reading it again it might relate only to sales and distribution. The holding company that owns Infinity is indeed based in the UAE. Some internet info suggests the tyres, or some of them, are made in China.

Baz – out of interest, where were yours made? Does it say on them anywhere? I'm a bit intrigued, because the world seems to be full of tyre brands unheard of in the UK a decade or so ago.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by John Simister » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:13 am

Apologies for drifting off-topic, btw.

As for what I did to my Imp today, or rather last night at 10.30pm, I fitted a new alternator – a recon of a proper Lucas one. My rebuild of the previous 16ACR proved short-lived because it turned out that the slip-ring wasn't quite square on the shaft so the outer brush had a short, vibratory and messy life. I could have just replaced the slip-ring and brushes, but there was also a slight wobble on the pulley which suggested the shaft might be slightly bent. How that happened I have no idea. So, rather than replacing the slip-ring only to discover its face might still have some run-out, I've replaced the whole alternator.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bazzateer » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:54 pm

John Simister wrote:http://www.infinitytyres.com/aboutus.html

The plot thickens. The above link takes you to the Nigerian part of the company, but on reading it again it might relate only to sales and distribution. The holding company that owns Infinity is indeed based in the UAE. Some internet info suggests the tyres, or some of them, are made in China.

Baz – out of interest, where were yours made? Does it say on them anywhere? I'm a bit intrigued, because the world seems to be full of tyre brands unheard of in the UK a decade or so ago.
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Get the Vuskys rebuilt SUs set up
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Post by bazzateer » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:05 pm

John Simister wrote:Baz – out of interest, where were yours made? Does it say on them anywhere? I'm a bit intrigued, because the world seems to be full of tyre brands unheard of in the UK a decade or so ago.
Made in China.
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:22 am

They won't grip much made from China :shock:

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:11 am

I was asked about IMP exhaust straps and it was mentioned the one at the tailpipe end, so I went and dug through my IMP parts in the garage to find one.
The one fitted to the standard solex cars and the Sport have different straps, the standard is just a straight steel flat with the hole at each end, the Sport one has a bulbous end at the silencer end so you can identify it easily from the standard, apparent some folk had never seen one before?
So just for interest sake heres a proper Sport one.
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Post by bazzateer » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:38 pm

617sqn wrote:They won't grip much made from China :shock:

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Imps have too much grip anyway :twisted:
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Post by philgsmith » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:45 pm

Following a brake test at a local garage - result = no rear near side brake effect - replaced leaking cylinder and brake shoes that were dripping with brake fluid (they were new last year, so less than 1000 miles !). Did the off side too just to keep same brake shoe quality across the axle. Hand brake still not very good so need to adjust at handbrake end next week.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by Grahame59 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:37 am

I fitted LED bulbs to my front sidelights.

Very pleased with them. Beautifully bright and white. The photo doesn't really do them justice; the difference is massive.

Standard bulbs are a feeble 4W, these are 25W (4 x 5W LEDs around the sides and 1 x 5W LED at the front with a lens too) but being LEDs it doesn't of course draw 25W, I think the actual draw is something silly like only 2.4W. There's a wide choice of LED bulbs depending how bright you want them. 233 sidelight ones fit the Imp. Mine were £12 the pair but you can get some for just a couple of quid; all are a massive improvement on the standard bulbs. (Be aware that if fitting LEDs to later Imps you may need to gets shorter LED bulbs — there are plenty available — as later lenses are shallower; no problem on mine as it has the early deep lenses.)

I wanted bright ones as I intend to use them for daylight driving when conditions are gloomy or overcast but not dark enough to justify headlights. The standard bulbs are no good at all for this and to be honest are little more than parking lights.

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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by The Nun » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:20 am

Will they obscure the indicator though from a distance in some conditions? Normally where LEDs are fitted and they are next to the indicators the LED lights dim when the indicators are operated so they can be clearly seen?

Ive got sidelights in the headlights that way they are 7" diameter and can be clearly seen, but appreciate if youve got headlights without the side facility that cant be done without replacing the units completely.
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Post by Grahame59 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:25 am

The Nun wrote:Will they obscure the indicator though from a distance in some conditions? Normally where LEDs are fitted and they are next to the indicators the LED lights dim when the indicators are operated so they can be clearly seen?

Ive got sidelights in the headlights that way they are 7" diameter and can be clearly seen, but appreciate if youve got headlights without the side facility that cant be done without replacing the units completely.
Tested for that and indicators show up fine. No problems.

Some of these modern cars that turn the DRLs off when cornering or indicating just come across as plain confusing IMO.
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Post by The Nun » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:57 am

Yes the laws a bit unclear when it comes to fitting them to cars that never had them, are LED bulb side lights classed as DRLs and thus have to turn off when the headlights are on to avoid dazzling at night, or indicating come to that if they are close, or are they still classed a side lights even if youre using them as DRLs.

Then is there a maximum brightness you are allowed to have sidelights so they wont dazzle at night if they dont dim come headlight switching on time? Dont know, that doesnt really get a mention either.

Whilst the basic idea is sound, I hate them on new cars, some have too much it seems and are far too bright in all but the brightest weather causing dazzle to the extent everything around the car is blocked out especially at dusk where folk insist on driving on just those until they can no longer see without headlights on.

I put LED sidelights in my MINI as it was just before the point they had DRLs as standard, and when it went in for an MOT it came back with standard bulbs fitted and the LED ones chucked in the passenger footwell, so it could depend who looks at the car, but then now we dont have to have classics MOTd I guess no one will pick up on it anyway.

But anyway we're off subject again, sorry.
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Post by philgsmith » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:18 pm

Grahame59 wrote:
Some of these modern cars that turn the DRLs off when cornering or indicating just come across as plain confusing IMO.
What I find dangerous is the number of cars that have permanent DRLs but the drivers never turn on proper lights at night .. I've seen loads of cars locally with front lights and no rear lights at night, often on unlit roads, and they think their cars are safer because DRL let people see them in the day.

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Post by tiker » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:20 pm

And loads of cars with no lights on ,but the dashboard lights on so they don't notice
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:09 pm

Sidelights are mainly used for driving at dusk when its not dark enough for headlights but also as parking lights .
IMHO they are pathetically small so i have , along with others put the sidelights in the headlights , better to have two 7 inch round sidelights than two tiddlers that are quite low to the ground .
I turned my original sidelights into small Amber running lights that are on as soon as the ignition is on ( but not in the auxilary position )
Im sure theres a brightness limit on sidelights which arnt classed as DRLs anyway . My set is legal because my sidelights are standard 5W and my DRLs arnt really DRLs but just additional running lights , not mega bright for daylight use as like sidelights they are only 4W a piece
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bazzateer » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:23 pm

Grahame59 wrote:
The Nun wrote:Will they obscure the indicator though from a distance in some conditions? Normally where LEDs are fitted and they are next to the indicators the LED lights dim when the indicators are operated so they can be clearly seen?

Ive got sidelights in the headlights that way they are 7" diameter and can be clearly seen, but appreciate if youve got headlights without the side facility that cant be done without replacing the units completely.
Tested for that and indicators show up fine. No problems.

Some of these modern cars that turn the DRLs off when cornering or indicating just come across as plain confusing IMO.
Agreed, looks weird. The strobing ones on VW/Audis and some Range Rovers too!

Grahame, you could always fit LEDs to the indicators as well, LNK had both.
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Post by mikeyhearne » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:01 pm

I fitted drl and led side lights to the Nymph a while back
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Post by Grahame59 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:28 am

bazzateer wrote:Grahame, you could always fir LEDs to the indicators as well, LNK had both.
I've been thinking of that. Would the flasher unit work properly as the current draw with LEDs is so low? Or maybe just fit LEDs to front indicators and leave rears standard? What bulbs did you fit Baz? Any advice gratefully received.
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Post by Grahame59 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:28 am

mikeyhearne wrote:I fitted drl and led side lights to the Nymph a while back
Looks good, Mike.

When you call them DRLs have you done a mode so the rear red lights are off (as per modern cars that have DRLs) and the front sidelights come on automatically when the ignition is on or do you just mean that you drive in daytime with sidelights switched on?
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Post by Grahame59 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:37 am

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Sidelights are mainly used for driving at dusk when its not dark enough for headlights but also as parking lights .
IMHO they are pathetically small so i have , along with others put the sidelights in the headlights , better to have two 7 inch round sidelights than two tiddlers that are quite low to the ground .
I turned my original sidelights into small Amber running lights that are on as soon as the ignition is on ( but not in the auxilary position )
Im sure theres a brightness limit on sidelights which arnt classed as DRLs anyway . My set is legal because my sidelights are standard 5W and my DRLs arnt really DRLs but just additional running lights , not mega bright for daylight use as like sidelights they are only 4W a piece
I will investigate the wattage legal limit of sidelights (that didn't occur to me) and possibly fit a less bright LED if necessary. I'd still have the nice bright light, hate the half-hearted yellowish glow of the original sidelights.
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Re: What did you do to your Imp today?

Post by bazzateer » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:35 pm

What bulbs did you fit Baz?

No idea I'm afraid. They were already fitted when I got the car. They had capacitors fitted and it was a standard flasher unit. When I fitted a modern electronic flasher I removed the capacitors and all was fine. I think you can get led bulbs with it all built in these days?
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Post by 617sqn » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:56 pm

There are previous posts about electronic flashers that will cope with any combination of wattages that you care to fit, ie standard filament bulbs at the rear and LEDs at the front etc. The main drawback was its silence, so you could inadvertently leave indicators on without knowing ! However, there are some now available that make a noise to negate this phenomenon.

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