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Old 10-03-2019, 20:42   #16
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While the bumper was still off waiting for the return of the splitter I started on the main bits of the interior that i thought let it down. The door card trim was badly faded, sagging and pulling away on all four doors.


So I thought I could just get some material, cut it to the same shape using the original as a template and then simply stick it on....viola.
Not quite.

This original fabric is stretchy, the fabric I bought was not so any hope of a template was out and this in turn made fitting it bloody hard work.

Armed with this lot I set to work.

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My little interior production line downstairs in the underground carpark but with no power outlet I had to move the door cards upstairs to apply some heat and the tricky part of forcing the fabric to stretch.



So in the end I had to cut the fabric as by the time I had stretched it into the places I wanted I was left with excess fabric in the places I didn't.
On the front cards this wasnt a big deal as I cut it to meet in the middle of the arm rest area and it really doesn't notice that much.



The rears were harder and I had to cut the fabric twice to get rid of the excess but again it doesn't notice too much



The fabric is black faux suede but it turned out not to be a true black and certainly not as dark as the originals but instead by some lucky coincidence it pretty much matches the shade on the seats and it looks better in the flesh than in photos.



In a slightly darker light it looks completely different

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Old 10-03-2019, 21:02   #18
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Overall I was fairly pleased with my attempt and they did look better than the condition of the originals.

But standing there admiring my handiwork I couldnt help wonder why i didn't just dye the originals and stick them back on...
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Old 11-03-2019, 13:32   #19
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Great Job. The car is looking great !
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Old 11-03-2019, 14:36   #20
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The fuel cover, naca duct and front splitter were collected from the paint shop I think early part of 2018. Quality and finish were perfect but when I fitted them it was clear the paint was not quite the same - one of those things when its loose parts painted off the car.
Anyway, for the time being it was fine as the splitter didn't really notice unless up close, the fuel cover only showed in bright sunlight. It was the naca duct that looked out of place.

However, as it later turned out in a few months time I would end up having to get the whole front end resprayed anyway.

All back together, headlights polished, grills touched up, splitter, intercooler and piping fitted.








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Im not a fan of how the steering wheel feels in the Evo 6. To me it could do with being a little chunkier but I like the design of the Momo wheel so I decided to get it retrimed as I did with my previous Evo and it makes the world of difference.
I was considering leather mainly for its longevity but in the end I went with alcantara again because I prefer the look and feel of it.
So the wheel and gearknob -both of which were showing a fair amount of age related wear were dispatched to Royal Steering Wheels in Aylesbury.

This is what I got back











I was properly pleased with how they turned out especially the gearknob as it was also loads cheaper than buying a good quality second hand item
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Top job both look fantastic.
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That looks amazing, what was the cost of trimming the wheel mate?
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I think it was about £180 but it was done over a year ago so that may have changed since then.
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I had been making a custom battery tray for my Mini and decided I could do something similar in the Evo armed with some aluminium sheet and a dimple die.
I wanted it to resemble the original parts so used them as templates to make a couple of cardboard designs before transferring the pattern on to aluminium.
Without a pillar drill I did everything freehand using a cordless drill in my garage and my efforts were rewarded with Tennis Elbow!

First up was the plastic divider between the battery and the radiator





It took ages to work out the design and measurements to get all the holes spaced out evenly.

I considered leaving it bare aluminium but it picked up a few marks along the way so went gloss black and it blends in with the tone of the rest of the engine ie everything black


Battery tray finished





All done along with a repaint of the battery bracket.




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Before I swapped over the Evos I removed the Meister coilovers and put the lowering springs back in the GSR.
They were a bit dirty but not too bad and seemed to have held up well corrosion wise having been on the old car for a couple of years.

Wash, degrease and then a wipe over with a ceramic coating which would hopefully provide them with a decent level of protection from the elements.







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Excellent thread - subscribed.

I'm looking to get my own steering wheel re-trimmed and that looks brilliant.

I also want to re-cover the door cards, so it's good to see I'm not alone.

The alloy engine bay bits are really nice work - well done.

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What are your thoughts on the MeisterR coilovers? I had GT1s on my old IX, but was thinking of the less expensive ones for my VI for the time being (I think Meister can possibly upgrade them to GT1s at a future time, which means it isn't a total loss to buy the cheaper ones first?)

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I have a Momo steering wheel that I had re-trimmed two years ago and still have not fitted my poor car!
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