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Old 03-14-2009, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The ∞ Sharka build

So, I went from this 97:


to this 95:


when Sharka was destroyed on the freeway last November (2008). Probably everyone's heard my sad tale, but I thought I'd start out this rebuild thread with that info. I recently got the 97 completely stripped and out of my garage, so I can now focus all of my efforts on building the 95 up to what I had before and beyond. I post pix on my flickr site and long monologues in my blog, but I thought I'd start a thread here too. I've really appreciated everyone's support here after I lost Sharka and though the buying and parts-gathering process of the 95 build.

So here goes.
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Awesome man! i'll be following
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I'm a few months behind at posting this thread, but I've really not done a whole lot to the 95 in this time. Most of it has been stripping the 97 down to the shell. I've got a few things to put in this post though.

If anyone really wants all the details of my 95 purchase in Ohio and my roadtrip back to NM, I think this blog link will work. It was a fun trip, but I'm not sure what part of my brain said "YEAH! Chicago in the winter! It'll be great!" At least I made it back in one piece.





First thing I did was swap out the awful stock sealed beam lights for my Moss lowpros. They weren't destroyed in my wreck. One housing was ever so slightly bent. I was able to bend it back into shape just with my hands. I lost one headlight lid, but my new car has 2 perfectly good ones, so I'm good there.




I had the HDHCDD in my 97. I think I put it in 2 months after buying the car. I never planned on wanting a hardtop or a glass rear window. I think 1 year later, I regretted that, lol. The Beatrush side latches take care of the hardtop, but I thought I'd always be stuck with a plastic back window.



Here's a new HDHCDDM2 bar ready to go in. Hard Dog gave me a hell of a deal on it after I posted my wreck story and basically thanked them for saving my life. I sold my original bar since it wasn't deformed at all, making the rollbar upgrade free to me. I've just gotta put it in.


One thing I spent some time on was the interior. I got most of the parts transferred into the new Sharka. I just need to do the S2000 start button and it'll be done. And some seats. And the rollbar. And probably other crap.




The one part I had to replace was the stereo head unit. The old one shot out of the DIN slot when I got hit and shattered on the shift knob. This new one is ok... it's not as user-friendly as my last JVC.




And that's about it! I'm planning to install my rollbar and frame rails this weekend. I'll update when I'm done.
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Will be following your thread!

It alreadly looks great. Also, great photos make it much more enjoyable!

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Less talk - more pics!
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I'm really diggin that interior shot. Not a big fan of the chrome bits, but that looks clean and classy. Great job.
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The last pic of the gauges and hu is clean! I can't wait to see more.
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I put in my frame rails, rollbar, and exhaust this weekend. It was a good 2 days of car work. Good times.



FM has you take the fuel and brake lines away from the protection of the body and dangle them from a hole at the bottom of the frame rail (note the arrow). You angle it up and away from the ground, but the lowest line is actually even with the rail. One scrape and that line could be destroyed. I wasn't a fan of this, so I drilled an extra hole, shoved a bolt through it, and secured the lines back to the body where they belong.



The rear bolt holes come pretty darn close to the ECU.



How about that high-tech carpet-holding device? And 8 spiffy holes in the virgin body of my 95.



The 95's carpet is AMAZING. I couldn't get a good shot of it with the hardtop on. Since I had the seats out, I took the opportunity.



HDHCDDM2 installed! And padded.


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About 21 days ago, I put my TEIN HA shocks in a box and gave them to UPS in the hopes that they'd somehow get them to CA for a rebuild. I've never really been able to find a detailed documentation of the TEIN rebuild process, so I did one on my blog. Click on the links below to get to the 3 blog posts if you really want. It's pretty much the same stuff as I'm typing here.

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I got the first email from TEIN 6 days after I dropped the shocks in the mail. This indicated the general health of the shocks and gave an estimate of what they thought they'd need to do to rebuild them. They show 2 bent shock shafts and some internal parts needed beyond the standard rebuild cost. I also sent them 2 bump stops (bump rubber in teinspeak) after finding them pretty much destroyed inside the boot.
So, $530-570 for the rebuild. I've always liked my HAs, so I didn't really want to spend new-suspension money. This came in right around what I'd hoped.

So I waited.

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7 days later, I got the "We're done!" email from them. I had 3 options for payment and a slightly lower charge than they'd originally quoted. Not bad. Would have been $500 even if it wasn't for the new bumpstops. I payed with paypal and crossed my fingers. It's not that I don't trust UPS, it's just that.... I don't.


Part 3:

I came home to a nice big TEIN box tonight! I grabbed my camera so that I could share the extremely exciting unboxing.

















The rears had protective bubble wrap around the threads and the shafts looked shinier than the fronts. I'm guessing that those were the bent shock shafts. Aside from a little scuffed paint from 60,000 miles of use, the shocks are now in new condition. I can hardly wait to put them in this weekend. I'm looking forward to getting rid of the squishy stock 95 suspension.
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I've got a couple things to update this thread with. I got my TEINs installed. The weather only forced me to wait a week. Stupid weather. Also, while doing the rear suspension, I managed to punch myself in the face with a crowbar. I barely missed my eye, but it was enough to make me not want to take photos and just get the job done. I really REALLY want a set of those dp6061 tophats, so I'll be taking the suspension all apart again soon anyway.






Long bolt method FTW!









and the celebratory road-test photo.

The car is sitting at 12" ride height all around, but that seems pretty high to me. I've been looking at that damn moderately slammed thread too much. I totally don't belong in there yet, but after the tophats, I should be able to get down that low.

Something else also came in the mail....


Probax!






Yes, my living room IS right hand drive!
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Oh wow...those look familiar. hahaha
Nice pics Adam. Your camera makes them look a lot better than those crappy pics I posted on Lotustalk a while back.

Now....get them mounted! I demand it!
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cant go wrong with those seats and coilovers
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Where'd ya get the Probax's? Lookin good!
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NIce!!! I am also looking to but a set of HA or Flex' soon for the tater. What top hats are you using again? Assuming you are not using the OEM top hats, etc.
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Long bolt method FTL!
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Also, you suck alan for not even thinking of me when you sold your seats
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Oh wow...those look familiar. hahaha
Nice pics Adam. Your camera makes them look a lot better than those crappy pics I posted on Lotustalk a while back.

Now....get them mounted! I demand it!
I've got the metal to make some mounts, this thick aluminum plate I used to make a supercharger pulley bracket. I just need to buy a new jigsaw since my old and busted one is old and busted. They will be mounted, and soon!



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Where'd ya get the Probax's? Lookin good!
I'll give you a hint, he's quoted right above you. I just lurked on Lotuschat until a good set came up. I was blown away to find out it was another CR member! I didn't realize Alan had the same username there as he did here when I sent the PM.


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NIce!!! I am also looking to but a set of HA or Flex' soon for the tater. What top hats are you using again? Assuming you are not using the OEM top hats, etc.
I've got stock NB mounts in the front (ubercheap from Mazdacomp) and the TEIN pillowballs in the rear. Once I get the DP6061 tophats, I'll rotate my gold pillowballs to the front. That's the plan anyway.
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Yeah, I had those seats for several months, and planned to put them in the Miata, but between school, work, and cleaning up and selling my other car (and the Miata, eventually) I just didn't have time for fab mounts for the Probax. So, to Lotustalk they went....and stayed on CR...lol.

Taylor, you should have lurked on Lotustalk more. hahahaha
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are the probax comfy?
i hear they arent? im 6feet 180lb
and im deciding weather i should find myself a set of these probax.. they look prety good and i would sit alot lower and get much more room

or my other choice would be the sparco roadster also good for my size
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Taylor, you should have lurked on Lotustalk more. hahahaha
The hell would I be doing on lotustalk.... Other than looking for seats. You know I live here, jerk.
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This is a great thread!!! Great work Adam!! Im glad you are getting this back in a flash!! Very inspiring!! =D>





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Those probax just 10-upped mine, definitely made the wait worth it I'm sure...

But mine had harness holes cut out, I wouldn't dare to do that myself to a nice pair of seats...Will you be running harnesses?
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are the probax comfy?
i hear they arent? im 6feet 180lb
and im deciding weather i should find myself a set of these probax.. they look prety good and i would sit alot lower and get much more room

or my other choice would be the sparco roadster also good for my size
Comfy is a word, but I donno if I'd use it to describe them. You sit on the probax and forget that you're sitting down. Maybe that's the best complement you can give a seat. You don't sink into it and go "ohhh, i'm SO comfortable!" nor do you perch on it and say "well, I'm in a race seat. now what?" It gives you a very natural posture and just kinda melts away. I'm 5'10" and 160 lbs, and they feel like they were made just for me.


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This is a great thread!!! Great work Adam!! Im glad you are getting this back in a flash!! Very inspiring!! =D>





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THANKS!!!! I'm really enjoying recreating my car! Getting to redo everything slightly better than before is far more fun that I expected. I'm happy I can share it with everyone here.



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Those probax just 10-upped mine, definitely made the wait worth it I'm sure...

But mine had harness holes cut out, I wouldn't dare to do that myself to a nice pair of seats...Will you be running harnesses?
Totally worth the wait! And thanks. You were a large part of my inspiration to hunt down a pair of these. I've gazed at your flickr seat pix many times.

For autocross, I don't run shoulder belts. I just sit with the lap belt and zoom around that way. I stay more relaxed. I'm not sure why. And for track days, I can always swap in my carbon/kevlar Momo seat. THAT is a great seat, but it's not easy to get in and out of for daily driving. I'm gonna hold off cutting holes for harnesses for now. That said, I've found a couple places you can buy the Lotus harness trim pieces.



Thanks for the replies everyone!!!!! I'm looking forward to doing more this weekend.
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Damn, I've not updated this in a while. Here goes. 2 months of stuff.



I put stripes. Same pattern as the 97 had. I love my stripes.



High tech stripe distribution station.



Stripe #1. This one requires the most measuring. All the rest hinge off where you lay the first one.



The curve at the back of the trunk is THE hardest one to follow. The belt line on both bumpers is nothing compared to the trunk.



Can't forget behind the plate.



Self portrait while striping.



I ripped off the bottom bumper stripe after this and redid it a bit more straight.



Hood prep. Yeah, I use post its to mark where to lay the stripe. I've done 4 cars like this. Works great.



Hood done! It's maybe the easiest panel on the car.



Almost there....



I had to remove the lower lip for paint, stripe, and clearbra anyway, so off it comes.



Done? Nope. I laid this one very crooked. I ripped it off and redid it a few days later.



The same vintage badge that the last car wore. It took that crazy freeway hit and only suffered a small crack. I buffed it out and stuck it back on with a huge smile on my face.
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I also got my Link installed. My 96-97 Obiwan Link in my 95 chassis!



I contacted Boomslang and asked them if they could build me a custom gender changer to put my Link in the 95. I figured it was worth asking before I spent a week doing the wires myself. They replied immediately and said sure. I gave them FM's little how-to wiring conversion PDF and they went to work. The harness is a thing of beauty. Seriously. Look at it! I drooled.



I plugged it in and it fired up right away. I had no tach, but moving one wire in the harness fixed that problem. I'm way happy to have my Link. I'm good at tuning it and enjoy the keypad interface. And I'll never have to remove it for OBDII testing.



Gonna have to go back here now that my ride height is a little nicer.
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That said, I've found a couple places you can buy the Lotus harness trim pieces.
The reason I asked is cause I have a set of these, but the PO of my seats cut smaller holes that won't fit the trim pieces, but finished them off quite well...I don't have the balls to go messing with stuff and cutting into my precious seats, so those grommets are just sitting around. They're yours if you want em...just pay shipping.
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I got a set of Dan's spiffy shock tops. They're in. I'm a little lower now.



A "before" shot. This spring collar position got me about 12.5" ride height rear.



The TEIN hat looks sexy, but only gives about 10mm extra travel.



I put the shock together without spring to see what sort of travel I had. The upper a-arm hit the frame before the bump stop even touched. I blame my odd NB Tein HA setup on my NA.



I took a stock NB bumpstop and trimmed off the first third. Slightly longer than the TEIN but a good bit stiffer.



The bumpstop peeks out a bit and makes contact before the frame. It requires a good squish before the frame hits.



Check out that spring seat. This is with zero preload.



So sexy. The TEIN tophats will be installed in the front.



THIS is the best suspension install tip I can give. Leave that little insulator where you can see it! I was so excited to install my shocks that I forgot these on both sides, but remembered when I looked down and saw it on the a-arm.



This was my starting position in the rear. 10.5" ride height. The same preload got me 12.5" with the old top hats.



I lowered the front a bit to match.



This shot would have been really cool if I'd remembered to do one before lowering. I was right near the top of the can before.


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loving the updates!!! I like your stripe, it was unique on the old car and it's still unique! :thumbs up:
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:55 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Looks great, I dig the r-lip with splitter! And I want your suspension setup!

I'll take the seats too..
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:01 PM   #29 (permalink)
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awesome rev, I love reading your stuff. the new car is coming along nicely!
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i WILL steal your seats if i ever see your car.
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