Trying to restore a 1997 EK9 to its former self


Pete180

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Correct me if I'm wrong but wheel bearings hum and drone when they're going out(?) Is the squeek ONLY when you're on the brakes? Could you say if it's like brakes screeching, high pitched tone.
 


iRELOADED

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Given you couldn't fit the pad and now its squeaking, have you checked the disc for warp?
 


shieldsy94

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Correct me if I'm wrong but wheel bearings hum and drone when they're going out(?) Is the squeek ONLY when you're on the brakes? Could you say if it's like brakes screeching, high pitched tone.
Its only when you go round a corner when not on the brakes, which made me think the wheel bearing. I'm taking a stab in the dark tbh cause I have no idea haha!
 


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Given you couldn't fit the pad and now its squeaking, have you checked the disc for warp?
I thought that, but it was a brand new disc and has done it since they were fitted. It doesn't do it all the time so i'm not really that fussed about it and it doesn't effect the braking performance
 


Jclimb_EK9

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If it's Squeaking it could be bushes. - Though i would not expect wrong pads to squeak.
If it's a rumble then if you go round a left hand bend, expect the right wheel bearing to rumble and vice-versa for the opposite :)
FYI EBC make a good setup for the EK9 :) got a set on mine and fitted with 0 issues.
 


shieldsy94

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If it's Squeaking it could be bushes. - Though i would not expect wrong pads to squeak.
If it's a rumble then if you go round a left hand bend, expect the right wheel bearing to rumble and vice-versa for the opposite :)
FYI EBC make a good setup for the EK9 :) got a set on mine and fitted with 0 issues.
I'm just going to keep using it till it comes off the road for its rebuild. I can deal with it till then.
 


shieldsy94

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Post 7

So between post 6 and this post, i had the rusty arches cut out and then had it painted (which was an arduous task in itself dealing with the person doing it). Took it to Cars & Coffee in March 2019 with my mate in his EP3 and see if you can spot the problem with mine.

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- Also here is a vid of the car on one of those leaving videos from the meet @ 4:13 with the quiet stock exhaust!

Next post - Fog light removal and Sunstrip for the JDM points....
 

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shieldsy94

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Post 8

I was bored and kept getting blinded by the sun, and because the sun visors are the largest in human kind and also the seats aren't height adjustable, a sun strip was needed. Decided to go for a Honda Primo simply cause I saw a couple other cars with them on and it looked quite cool, also the idea that the old race cars featured the car dealership was quite an interesting idea.

Made a right hash of the install though. On my own in the driveway with wind blowing it all over the place was a challenge but got it on with soapy water. Then whilst stretching the vinyl to cover the whole screen and not have creases, i got a bit happy with the stanley knife and messed it up. See below:

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After this, decided to take it for a bit of a hoon around the Peaks with a couple of friends and got some photos of it:

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You may notice the fog lights have gone from the front. They didn't work and had so many cuts, new wires etc all over the place that someone had been fiddling with it for some reason. Shame really as they are PIAA and google says they must have cost a decent amount when fitted.
The grill has been cut for the plates to mount these, can you buy the grill seperately from the bumper?

Next Post - Spoon N1!
 


gwailo

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Post 7

So between post 6 and this post, i had the rusty arches cut out and then had it painted (which was an arduous task in itself dealing with the person doing it). Took it to Cars & Coffee in March 2019 with my mate in his EP3 and see if you can spot the problem with mine.
I'm guessing paint code problems...

Even for my coupe, there are 3 variants of taffeta white, not sure about championship white though.
 


shieldsy94

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I'm guessing paint code problems...

Even for my coupe, there are 3 variants of taffeta white, not sure about championship white though.
It was the wrong paint entirely. Was told it was a different type of paint (acrylic seems to ring a bell) so had to get them to redo it. I'll cover this in later posts once I've caught up as this was last year.
 


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just a quick suggestion, have you tried machine polishing your old paint, factory paint was 2k with no clear coat. so the old paint yellows badly. mine came up well with a machine polish and matched a lot better.
 


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Really cool project to restore the car instead of breaking! How do you think this compares to the Clio you had?
 


shieldsy94

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just a quick suggestion, have you tried machine polishing your old paint, factory paint was 2k with no clear coat. so the old paint yellows badly. mine came up well with a machine polish and matched a lot better.
I'll get on to that when I'm caught up on what the car is currently like. This was last year, however the paint was definitely off and a poor job.
 


shieldsy94

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Really cool project to restore the car instead of breaking! How do you think this compares to the Clio you had?
Honestly, I prefer the Clio at the moment, only because the clio was sorted whereas this needs new engine mounts, full suspension & brake overhaul etc etc.
 


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