Mr Fox's Puma

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:28 pm

While I'm waiting for my New Bonnet to arrive (and as Sunday's the day to fiddle about) I thought I'd give something I go which I thought of a while back to reduce front end weight purely for track use (need to file down the rough edges still)

Get a couple of used headlights (conditions not important long as the top mounting brackets aren't broken) and gut out the lens interior - these weighs over 2.5 kg each as standard and I got them to 460g each saving over 4 kg's in total. Then I painted them matt black. As this weights at the very front two corners of the car imagine it might help a tad. Along with my lightweight bonnet I'm looking at 26 kg saving / over 4 stone. Will update once bonnets fitted, also have some other goodies arriving which I'll let you all in on soon.

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby trublustu » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:01 pm

Hi Neil
I like the stripped out lights.
I've taken a sack of spuds in weight out of my front end and it makes a huge difference,
And I want more..

How do you plan on fastening the lower edge of the lights?
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:29 pm

trublustu wrote:Hi Neil
I like the stripped out lights.
I've taken a sack of spuds in weight out of my front end and it makes a huge difference,
And I want more..

How do you plan on fastening the lower edge of the lights?


Good to hear, cheers bud, really don't think they'll need any further fastening with how light they are and how strong the top mount is.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby trublustu » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:56 pm

On the breakers I get, the top headlight mount is often broken, (makes em worthless)
but more to the point its not up to much on its own...
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:13 pm

trublustu wrote:On the breakers I get, the top headlight mount is often broken, (makes em worthless)
but more to the point its not up to much on its own...


I'll have to test them out and see lol.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby trublustu » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:21 pm

whats the worst, eh?..
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:55 pm

I could easily reinforce the bracket if necessary and use a larger washer perhaps, I've tried bending them using my own strength from tip to tip and I can't so they're certainly going nowhere with the air hitting them.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby TGPlayer1 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:26 am

Bit of tank tape will solve any problems there.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:01 pm

Thanks to Olly for the awesome hoses! Not the most exciting mod but as rubber hoses are really only good for 7-10 years and mine are 15 years old and used for the track reliability has to come first! Will get some stainless hose clamps for em, cheers mate.

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby trublustu » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:21 pm

Nice.
That`s some number of clips though...
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:06 am

trublustu wrote:Nice.
That`s some number of clips though...


14 in total. I've been lucky and found a guy on the bay who sell 5 packs of different sizes+free delivery and so happens 3 different size packs covers the whole range I need with only 1 spare, so £9 job done :)
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:14 pm

Was quite pleased my Rolling Road results today; best run - 138.4 bhp (at wheels)

Made me review my target bhp/ton at the start of the build, if I get weight down to 920'ish kg (which shouldn't be 'far' off) then I've hit my upper target of 150 bhp/ton. Interesting to look at similar cars which have this same ratio as standard:

Honda Civic 2.0i VTEC Type R - [2011]
Jaguar XF 3.0D S - [2011]
Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8 20v Turbo - [2007]
BMW 3 Series 330ci E46 - [2006]
Pontiac G6 GTP 3.9 V6 - [2006]
Land-Rover Range Rover Sport 4.2 V8 Supercharged - [2005]
Alfa-Romeo 164 3.0 V6 Quadrifoglio - [1993]
VW Golf 2.8 VR6 - [1991]
Mercedes 500SL V8 - [1985]
Ford Mustang Hardtop 4.7 V8 - [1965]

As for developments while I'm posting, I've got myself a new Anthracite OMP Lower Strut Brace (hopefully stop the knocking of my used dented one) a Neck Brace and have a Trolley Jack on order.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:39 pm

Well the aim was to have my lightweight bonnet fitted for the trackday tomorrow at Rockingham but unfortunately the damage has taken the bodyshop a little longer to repair than they first thought otherwise the other bits and bobs I wanted got finished:

Made up Passenger side Foamalux Door Card, Carbon Wrapped both, made new holes for switches and fixed handles

Repaired and Refitted central Heatshield with Stainless 40mm Penny Washers

Cleaned and refitted Rear Arch Carpets (6 bath fulls of black water!) and Treated with Waterproof Spray

Repainted Callipers and Drums

Fitted Full JS Performance Silicon Hose Kit and Samco Induction Hose with Stainless Hose fixings

Treated and Sprayed Rust Patches in Driver and Passenger wells

Fixed and Fitted Lower Front Grill

Fitted New 150mm Rectangular Air Ram

Fitted Rear Strut Brace (Cheers Ethan!)

Fitted New OMP Lower Front Brace (no more squeaking and rubbing!)

Fitted New HCV

Added some Puma Front Mats (Cheers Gary!)

Fitted New Flat Aero Wiper (19” + 17” so you don't get that annoying dip down the center in heavy rain)

Fitted Gearstick Extender and Clutch Rest

Some Decals here and there

Test fitted New Car Cover and Jet Washed

Annoyingly the ABS&TC Lights came on today so will ask steve to look into it then I get my bonnet fitted next Sat. Will get some photos of the car tomorrow and upload them on here
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Bentleya » Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:30 pm

Look forward to seeing the new additions tomorrow :).
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:09 pm

Had an awesome day on Sunday@Rockingham, so much so I forget about setting up my camera :roll:

Anyways you can see a R53 Cooper S chasing me down in the vid below from 3:00 - 4:30 where I lift off to let him pass (he does have 168 bhp as standard mind and 162 torque so was never going to be able to keep my distance)

Never see my car from behind but love how it looks.

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:56 pm

So I've got the GT circuit at Bedford tomorrow and this is how the puma's looking..

Recently had a MK6 Whiteline Anti-Roll Sway Bar Fitted (the brackets pretty much vertical both sides which is great! lot to do with such a small backbox steve told me) rear feels very stable and finally got round to fitting my Beemer Gurney Flap, £5 new off the bay! (didn't cover the whole boot but I knew that and don't mind) hopefully this counteracts any unwanted oversteer at speed, looking forward to testing both out together

Also mounted my HD camcorder with 3M adhesive and mounted a harness belt cutter and combi glass hammer just below the gearstick

Full Service and cleaned out my PiperX Air Filter also safety covered my upper rear brace, added a passenger door basket thingee and cut out speaker holes and added some stainless mesh sprayed black.

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Wild E. Coyote » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:22 pm

So, with additional antiroll bar the puma has lost its rear liftoff happyness?
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby ArtfulHussy » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:48 pm

Looks like a wee weapon that does 8-)
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:33 pm

I could never really gauge when the back was gona give way before and it never felt well connected but now I feel like I'll be able to and push it round corners a lot faster so hopefully more fun with controlled slides
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Wild E. Coyote » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:58 am

The trouble I am having is if I am in the corner of defined radius and the car's suspension is already loaded and I have to add some steering angle (i.e. tighten the radius) the reat end steps out on the very same moment. The car starts sliding and the speed is gone. So I am after a cure for such behaviour.....
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby trublustu » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:22 am

All the best at Bedford
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:04 pm

trublustu wrote:All the best at Bedford


Had a blast! cheers mate. Love the rear sway bar just homed true what I thought about it on the road, made you just want to push harder through every bend. Friendly bunch on the day considering I turned up on my jack, talking abouts 'jacks' I lent a group of fellas mine as theirs wouldn't fit under their VX220 and got a cup of tea in return :) did about 150 miles, there was only one red flag for the day but went on for at least 45 mins. Stuck a little vid up in the 2015 trackday meets thread (not of the 45min wait mind, lol)
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Postby grayfox » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:04 pm

Got some time today to play about and I had some universal canards under the stairs for some time so CF wrapped them and added edge trim.

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I've put up with a gap in the top of the rear struts for ages making a racket so took some measurements and begun nosing around at what just might work, turns out a £2.50 rough rubber small dog chew toy was just right, lol! (after halving it)

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I didn't like the exposed wiring/piping inside the car especially as I make good use of the fact I can lug large items around in the back so started to cover/protect them with some lengths of cheap silver split conduit.

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Get loads of condensation and after leaving it for about 4/5 weeks thick mould had takenover the steering wheel, eww, so saw this dehumidifier in tesco's which you simply bung in the microwave for 5 mins to reset it (same as I had seen on amazon and cheaper too)

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Finally I've been thinking for a while its not ideal running 3mm spacers with my clown/circus wheels (to clear my ST150's) and no matter how much lacquer I built up it seemed to disappear over time and brake dust would stick like holy feck.

Spied a 'collection only' auction close to me for a set of 195/50/15 ford alloys 7J ET35 on gg r888's (3-4mm) which had just been professional refurb'd and newly balanced, my only real concern was clearance and weight. Could tell the guy was hacked that they went for such a low price (but he did state in the description someone would get a bargain!)

Weighed one, 16kg with tyre (not bad when the toyo's are 9kg's new) with the weights ok just needed to test fit, thankfully they clear fine and also no rubbing on full lock. They're mint so just a wipe down and coat of Nattys wax to help them along.

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Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:57 pm

Loving the orange wheels with the silver body so much I want to do the mirrors, door handles and corners of front bumper a similar orange, I seen this combination a few times on the cup cars and its not over the top and will define the car more as a track car. I can't be bothered with the rubbing down, priming, painting and lacquering plus the cost of all the products , so I've decided to plasti dip them myself in blaze orange that way can always peel it all off if I change my mind and only £9 as I don't need to layer down white as it works well straight from silver.

Cars going to performancepuma next weekend for its usual pre track day service and some other planned mods and spray work will be complete last week of Feb, also be painting the interior with rustoleum steel grey combicolour. Will update again weekend after next.
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Postby Brian' » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:39 pm

Orange seems to be the new black! I'd have to say that it looks really really good and I have been toying to find some orange alloys for my Puma as well. However mine being a more road focused I went for the standard black, don't want to draw any unwanted attention :-D
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