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    Aidan's S15 Spec R

    Hey, my names Aidan, this is my S15 Spec R with 76K miles, its a fresh import from japan so im the first UK owner. the car is almost stock which i guess is hard to find these days, only mods its got is a cat back exhaust with a decat (unsure of the make) bride seat which has seen better days, Blitz turbo timer, coilovers (unsure of the make), buddy club P1 wheels at the rear and i think they're Rays wheels at the front not sure though. Engine is fully standard nothing has been done to it which is what i wanted, body work is okay but does need some TLC to make it look decent.

    Unable to drive it yet as im waiting for the docs to come back from the DVLA but in the mean time its give me some time to sort some bits out that need doing before i start driving it on the road.

    Heres the car







    The inside i need some help on, it came with a pop up screen from factory but has been since taken out, all i want is a cover for the hole in the dash, if anyone knows of anyone who has one or a company that makes them? if not its likely ill have to get a new dash.





    So first thing to do was to try and sort the headlights out to a decent condition for road use, so i removed the headlights and inspected the damage. The OS is damage quite badly in the back side with it only being held it by one bolt, the NS was okay damage wise but had excessive water ingress and condensation in the lens.

    The plan for the headlights is to get all the water ingress out the NS headlight by taking the lens cover off, drying it out and refitting then using a headlight restoration on both the headlights to get them as clear as i can, i will eventually be getting new headlights these are just to make the car look better and so i can actually see at night.






    Splitting the NS headlight, alot of water came out in the process





    Gave the inside of the headlight a clean but already too late the water got the the plastics and started to flake off




    just waiting for some butyl to come so i can re seal the headlights and will then will refit and then use a headlight restoration kit on the lens.


    One more thing that needs sorting is the rear number plate holder has corroded off and isnt attached anymore, not sure of this is a common problem? but obviously it needs securing back on, has anyone come across this and how have you reattached the plate holder? i was thinking of getting 2 new hinges from B&Q or somewhere and drilling some holes and just bolting the new hinges to the body and then the the bracket its self? if anyone has a better idea please let me know!




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    With the car being off the road while i wait for the reg to come through it was a good time to give the car a proper detail, exterior, interior and engine bay, i hate dirty cars especially the interior!!

    I finished off the headlights resealing them but the nearside was still letting in moisture so new set off headlights is first thing on my parts list if any come up.

    Anyway i started by refitting the headlights and carrying out a headlight restoration to take the oxidisation off the lens bring back abit of clarity so i can actually see at night.

    so started off with 800 grit, 1500 grit, 2000 then 3000 then final polish, heres the before and afters.







    Think they came up pretty decent considering the condition they were in, this is only a temp fix as the both headlights are damaged in ways but they will have to do for now!

    Next up was a full wash, wheels, snow foam, two bucket wash, full decontamination, clay bar then a single stage polish with a dual action polisher, blue hex logic pad and Chemical Guys V38 then a wax to finish. the paint was bad whoever touched it last left the whole car in holograms it looked awful in the light so the end results look crazy good for 20 year old paint. (probably wont look much different in pictures but in person its very noticeable the difference)








    Before polishing the boot i wanted to debadged the rear, after removing the badges it looks as though they have been on for so long the adhesive has embedded round the paint and was a night mare to get off, i was unable to remove the outlines even after polishing with a heavier compound. Looks like ill have to get the boot lid repainted.



    Next up was the interior, both front seats taken out, rear seat out and centre console out and gave the whole inside a clean remove any dirt and dust.







    And last but not least was the engine bay, heres some before and afters.




    one last thing, when i bought the car i was under the impressing that it has had some crash damage to the offside front as you can probably tell in the pics, the guy who i bought it off said it hasn't been crashed (obviously lying) after cleaning then engine i tried to straighten the offside headlight out as it looked abit wonky and the bumper sat higher than the nearside. so i removed the headlights and noticed the front bar sat slightly higher on the offside and the chassis rail had slight damage right at the front, but doesn't look like the chassis leg is bent in anyway just minor damage (but i wont know until i get it to work and on a ramp) when inspecting further i noticed the front radiator support on the offside was bent in like is has had an impact, slightly annoyed but i kinda knew when i bought the car it doesn't look serious damage anyway it looks fixable, i know you can buy the front radiator supports brand new, so thats a possibility in the future, but for now i just wanted ti get the front looking straight.

    After abit of bending it started too look better, but the offside headlight is still abit wonky but that could be due to it wonky being held on by one bolt, when i source new headlights ill see what its like then.

    heres what it looked like before



    and after i straightened it out best i could


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    Good work so far mate. I bet itís lighter with all that dirt off.

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    Looking so much better! Definitely worth the effort to get it like that!

    I hope that bride is getting chucked far far away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean-B View Post
    Good work so far mate. I bet itís lighter with all that dirt off.
    cheers mate!! and yeah couldn't wait to wash it was annoying me seeing it so dirty and after a full polish its looking good now, gonna get some chemical guys glaze and then apply some of the new chemical guys ceramic spray they just brought out and see what its like after that

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackB View Post
    Looking so much better! Definitely worth the effort to get it like that!

    I hope that bride is getting chucked far far away
    hahaha thanks mate!! i gave the seat cushions a wash they came up alright but its staying for now until i get a few main things sorted on the car first unless a good bride comes up for a good price

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    Couple more things done on the car today, i stripped the front end down again to try and sort out the bent front radiator support, got some pics this time and you can see where its bent. I tried to straighten it best i could with a big bar but didn't do much so its looking like its going to the body shop when its on the road and see how much its looking at getting it straight again.

    can see the nearside is straight and compared to the offside you can see when its been pushed in and bent







    I checked the rails both sides and they look straight hopefully is just looks like the front radiator support and the nearside wheel tub which have bent which is all fixable i suppose, ive always wanted to do tubs on an s chassis before so its in the plans for the future anyway haha!

    when i had the car up i best thought to check the wheels, ball joints for any play, nearside was okay no play, went to the offside and ive never felt a wheel bearing as bad as that, i have a video but dont think you can add videos to a forum so it needs a new offside front wheel bearing which will be coming friday hopefully

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    Not updated in a while been quite busy recently but got a few things done on the S15 in the past 2-3 weeks.
    The S15 is now on the road, got all the docs back from the DVLA, reg put on and insured with it now being on the road had to buy a few things to make it drivable and maintained.

    First things first was a new set on Driftworks CS2 coilovers that i wanted for the car, the coilovers that came with the car were sh**e, the nearside didn't want to adjust and the offside rear was heavily misting so a new set was the way to go!




    also with coilovers i bought front brembo discs and pads, front discs were heavily warped on the car so they needed to be replaced asap, gave the discs a paint aswell to stop any corrosion in the future, also when fitting the discs and pads i noticed one of the retaining clips from the pads was missing on one side so i had to buy a replacement kit which was £40 but id rather my brake pads didnt fall out on me haha



    Also the nearside steering rack gater was split all the way through so that needed replacing (didnt get an after pic was in a rush)



    while the car was up on the ramp i got some pics of the underside, its quite clean for its age barely any rust but could do with an underseal.












    also fitted 20mm spacers all round, but ended up putting a 5mm split on spacer on the rear to make it 25mm just for that extra fitment.
    heres how the car sat after i drove it home





    a few before pics




    with the extra lows there was a lot of rubbing from the front going on so i rolled the arched front and rear, bought of them cheap arch rollers and they are okay but after a while the bolt kept coming undone and it became more difficult to roll the arches but i got there in the end, also with the extra lows it did start rubbing through the wiring harness in the wheel well, im not sure if its already been tucked because it runs through the engine bay, i know the s13 was through the arch but not sure where they routed it on the s15, anyway if it has been tucked already then its a bonus i caught it rubbing through the wires just in time before any real damage was done, taped up the exposed wires and cable tied it as far away from the wheel as possible and now no rubbing in the tyre unfortunately i didnt get any pics it was raining and i was try to be as quick as i could.



    Also changed the spark plugs, fuel filter, air filter and fill be changing the diff oil and gearbox oil tomorrow in work.

    this is how she sits now



    alot better to how it was when i first got it, not alot of rubbing issues now only when turning on full lock but it will be getting a full alignment soon just to get it bang on.

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    did you relocate the arch loom? if not you'll be rubbing through it in no time.

    looks good though

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