My Puma.. Maximum Track Attack!!

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Post by PumaJay » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:11 pm

Hmmm nope.... its basically just connected. I don't do electrics so it maybe that I've done it wrong in the first place.
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Post by siju » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:23 pm

PumaJay wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:05 am
I just wired it into the existing plug using a couple of spade connectors.
In the oem fan there are two pair of wires going to the fan. One goes to the centre of the fan (high fan speed) and the other pair goes to the bottom and right of the fan (low speed). I was basically asking in which of the two pairs did you connect the aftermarket fan. Thanks for your reply.
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Post by PumaJay » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:42 am

I'l grab a photo this weekend of what I did... thats not to say its correct though.

Fitted my new TRS harness at the weekend, upgraded from a 4 point to a 6 point Hans harness. Just from fitting and a quick spin round the block it feels much better and I'm looking forward to getting back on track now.

Old 4 point....

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New 6 point ready to go in

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Fitted and adjusted to fit my frame and seating position

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Rear mounted to roll cage and belts crossed over

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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:34 pm

PumaJay wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:11 pm
Hmmm nope.... its basically just connected. I don't do electrics so it maybe that I've done it wrong in the first place.
I am talking about this: http://comex-europe.com/cms/en871-elect ... ontrol.asp
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Post by PumaJay » Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:22 pm

Last track day of the year and what a day it was.

We hosted the final ever event at Rockingham and we gave the place a proper send off. 70 cars and glorious weather in the morning meant the track action was great to watch and be part of.

The changes made to the car since I started working on it since breaking a brake pipe at Blyton Park have made a big difference. The Whiteline rear anti roll bar has done exactly what its meant to do, body roll is reduced and the rear is much more planted and stable mid corner.

Fitting the roll cage has also stiffened things up significantly, to the point where the filler in the rear arches has cracked!! Again its helped in the handling department as wells as making me feel much more safe and secure in the car allowing me to push harder.

TRS 6 point harness.... I'l never go back to a 4 point! Just being held in place properly by a top quality harness has allowed me to focus more on driving the car. I'm part of the seat and I know longer feel like I'm holding myself in position which means I can relax behind the wheel.

I'm by no means done with the car though. if anything this is giving me more motivation to push on and refine it even further and make it faster. So over winter I'm going to be refreshing a few areas to take the next step in the cars development.

Shopping list is as follows....

Gaz Gold Coilovers
Powerflex Black Series Bushes
Compbrake Adjustable Bottom Arms
Compbrake Rose Jointed Track Rod Ends
Rose Joint Anti Roll Bar Drop Links
Eibach Rear Camber Shims
Rebuild Front Hubs with new bearings & wheel studs

I've also got to do some work on the shell and tidy up and patches of rust that have appeared so I'm going to look into having the rear arches tubbed and the front arches will have the chassis lip removed to free up some room for the 17" wheels.

The aim is to have the above done for around Easter time ready to get back on track.

Something else I've banged on about for a long time as well and never got round to doing is adding some power to the car. I'm at the limit of what I can achieve with 130bhp and the time really is now to go for more and with that I am going to turbocharge the current 1.7 engine. I've toyed with the idea of a 2.0 zetec turbo, 2.0 duratec on throttle bodies and I've even thought about a 1.6 zetec turbo but I want the car to remain a Puma at heart and that can only be done if it still has its 1.7 engine. I've Been chatting with Lightning Motorsport and they have given me the confidence that a forged 1.7 will be bullet proof at 250bhp which is what I'm aiming for.

Gearbox build will also need to happen and that will be something a little bit different but still sticking to a 5 speed manual, just from a later model Ford that allows me to run something I've always lusted after.

almost 11 years of ownership now and the love for this car is just as strong as the day I picked up.

Anyway... a few pictures from the track day.

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Post by siju » Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:56 pm

Nice to see progress with this car! How do you feel the 17inch wheels compared to the 15inch ones?
I have both the oem 195/50/15 and a mo5 set of 205/45/16 (2.3% bigger radious).
On the road the 16" seem a bit more sluggish (bigger radious and heavier rims) but the car feels a bit more eager to direction changes and is a lot more stable in high speed curves. On the other the 15" give a bit more feelsome steering wheel and a more playful attitude to the car.
But I'd like to know your feedback on the 17inch wheels.
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Post by PumaJay » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:08 am

The 17" wheels have changed the car behaves on track, in dry conditions it has so much more grip and stability than it did on smaller 15" wheels, I'm putting this down to increase in width and less sidewall making the tyre much stiffer and less likely to roll over on itself.
So in fast corners I can carry much more speed through the apex and the direction change in the slow corners is also improved. It has slowed acceleration slightly but I make up with that with apex speed.

The 15's were fun, the car would dance around a touch more at the rear but I think overall I prefer the the way it drives on the bigger wheels.
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Post by PumaJay » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:17 pm

Few other photos taken from the Speedhunters event feature.

Read it all here - http://www.speedhunters.com/2018/12/roc ... nal-fling/

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