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Offline mj2k

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Re: My project begins...
« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2022, 01:36:14 am »
A few more mods...

I wired in the boost gauge properly, the only sensible place to add it without drilling the manifold was using a t piece on the vacuum line to the fuel pressure regulator, but I'm going to have to keep a careful eye on that since any vacuum leaks there could be disastrous:



Also, in a quest to make more headroom for my rather tall other half, I ended up fitting Sparco R100s complete with a black leather interior:



And swapped to a round 500 Sport steering wheel since it suited the car's interior better, and I prefer a round steering wheel anyway:



Also swapped to a Comp gear knob (feels much more comfortable for fast changes) and a different stereo, to match the rest of the all-black interior.

Sparcos complete with seat frame didn't save a huge amount of weight (about 5kg vs the Sabelts), reaching the seatbelts is a pain and getting into the rear seats is a pain too since the seats don't slide when they tilt, but the interior mods do seem to have made a difference to the handling, at least for me...

The round steering wheel allows me to slip the wheel and use the torque steer to my advantage besides feeling more comfortable. And I feel much more confident in the corners, though whether that's down to the placebo effect of the lowered, harder seating combined with the better support in corners or whether the small drop in weight over the front wheels combined with the lower seating position actually moved the centre of gravity to a more desirable position is anybody's guess.

Either way I can now take the near-constant tight corners in my favorite stretch of road fast enough to make myself feel slightly queasy, though whether that's a good thing or not is open to interpretation :D


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    Re: My project begins...
    « Reply #46 on: January 20, 2022, 01:43:47 am »
    I might still swap back to the 500 GQ Edition seats in place of the Sparcos though depending on the other half's verdict - I worked out how to lower the rear of the passenger seat base using a cannibalized driver's seat adjuster minus the adjustment mechanism and they're incredibly comfy on long journeys at the expense of not holding you as well in the corners:



    Both sets of seats slightly improve rear legroom over the Abarth seats whatever though, and both lose a couple of kg weight too, so whichever set meets the other half's approval is fine with me. Both match the rest of the GQ Edition interior too: