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To be honest the KWs were on the car when I got it and that’s the way JRM installed them, so I’ve left them like that, I don’t think it should make any difference really so I don’t think your missing a trick :-)

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As the lockdown tennis continues I took full advantage of Black Friday deals before Christmas and decided it was time to address a few items that were always on the list

First up was getting a new set of wheels, I’ve been running a set of 18 x 7.5 OZ Ultraleggera for the last number of years and it’s limited me to 225 section tyres, and now with the extra grunt traction can be an issue on all but the newest tyres, I’ve got around this by running slicks in the summer but its limiting when you get a spot of rain (as we often do in Ireland)

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So I opted for a set of Konig Hypergrams 18 x 8.5 et38, and later fitted some Nankang AR-1 255/35 so they should offer a nice bump in traction (the photo below is just the old set of R888R 225s I threw on for test fitting)

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While I was fitting the new wheels I got distracted and decided to fit a tyre rack to my trailer so I could at least fit some wets to the old wheels and bring them with me

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Upto this point I’ve kept the external of the car pretty standard looking, but I always intended to fit some functional aero and I’ve always been tempted  by the Verus Engineering parts, so I took full advantage of their Black Friday deals and bought this lot!

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First up was fitting the adjustable front splitter, I opted to install it at 5” extension just too see how it will work, However the install of the front splitter was not straight forward as anything beyond a 3” extension meant that two of the tie rods would extend beyond the bumper,

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I ended up drilling two new mounting holes further back and making two offset brackets, I also ran into issues with the length of the tie rods, which at 5” were running at max extension with very little thread engagement left within the turnbuckle, so I installed some spacers behind the crash beam brackets to allow me to shorten them a little.

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I also went with the accompanying end plate and canards, while installing the end plate I decided to reinforce the bumper edges with some aluminum backing plates just to give the rivet nuts a better chance of staying put!

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Finally all were installed

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With that lot sorted I’ve still got the rear wing, and bonnet vents to fit.

I’ve also bought the Verus steering angle limiting kit, as the wisefab kit has given me some extra lock but on full the tyres are touching the inner wheel arch

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As my persistent 2nd gear grinding continues I also bought a new set of Verus carbon synchros that I’ll get fitted at some stage, and finally my battery was shot after 4 yrs of trickle charging and trackdays so I replaced it with a new Odyssey PC950

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Managed to get the last two major Verus Pieces wrapped up over the last few days

I tackled the bonnet vents first while I waiting on a few parts to arrive for the rear wing install. It’s always a little tense cutting into body panels so I must have checked my dimensions about 5 times before the drill and cutting disc were unleashed.   

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Once I had the holes cut out I taped up on both sides and sprayed all the cut edges just to seal them up and stop any aluminum corrosion taking hold.

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After all the messing about the vents were finally bolted in, safe to say the front of the car no longer looks stock!

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With the vents completed I tackled the rear wing install, I knew I was going to have to make some small alterations as I have a full fibreglass ducktail that covers the entire bootlid, and the Verus kit is designed to fit onto  a standard bootlid. However funnily enough the Verus wing is designed to work with a ducktail and the profile of the wing should nicely tie in with it.

In order to get it to work I need to drill through the various layers of fibreglass and bootlid steel and use some extended aluminium spacers inside the boot with longer stainless steel bolts. The wing then uses a stainless steel backing plate on the inside and aluminium uprights on the outside to ensure there is no flex, which is helped by the fact the uprights are right out on the edge of the bootlid. A jacking nut is also incorporated that you adjust so that it is in contact with the OEM boot hinge stopper to further ensure no flexing.

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When all was installed it does seem very effective, and ties in nicely with the ducktail like I hoped

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