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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 12 Apr 2011, 2:23 am

thats actually pretty sick.

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 12 Apr 2011, 7:08 am

Woa... awseome!
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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 13 Apr 2011, 12:55 am

Wow!

very nice!, loving your work mate

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 13 Apr 2011, 1:08 am

loving the car mate, one thing your going to need to be careful of though is the amps overheating.
the heat is going to be rising into the components with how you have them mounted at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 13 Apr 2011, 1:39 am

I know, it's something I'm monitoring - the amps have base mounted fans and also have power sources for external fans which trigger when they get hot.

I've got an LED on those at the moment so I can build in some airflow if needed.
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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 13 Apr 2011, 7:52 am

i reckon they should be alright as there on the roof where air flow WILL get in, if you know what i mean.

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Mon 25 Apr 2011, 11:45 pm

A non-audio update this time, the reason for the amp relocation is that I now have an air tank in my boot. Cool



More photos to follow when she's clean. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 26 Apr 2011, 12:20 am

awesome haha dumped!
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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 26 Apr 2011, 1:02 am

Yeeeeeeaaaahhhhhhhh!

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 26 Apr 2011, 1:40 am

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 26 Apr 2011, 6:57 am

awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 26 Apr 2011, 7:59 am

this thing is off the hook

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 26 Apr 2011, 8:01 am

Sweet Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 26 Apr 2011, 8:42 am

bags are for groceries!!

haha nah only joki dude, this things gets sicker everytime.

first for TOA aswell!

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Tue 26 Apr 2011, 11:14 pm

Cheers guys, the car seemed to be designed for air. Basketball

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 27 Apr 2011, 12:08 am

I love Mr Brains faggots. Yes I did say that haters.

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 27 Apr 2011, 12:45 am

daaaamn!!

best cube in the world???

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 27 Apr 2011, 1:24 am

Cant say no to a good old faggot, the meatballs are nice too. Lol jks


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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 27 Apr 2011, 10:18 am

Lolz, not sure about the best cube in the world but certainly the best cube on my drive and that's what matters. Cool

I thought I'd post up some of the background work - jump straight to the bottom if you bore easily or even if you rarely get bored, this time you might. Wink

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After a few e-mails back and forth (originally in spring 2010) I visited Ray at Rayvern to find out first hand how everything works, the options available and also so he could take measurements and give me an idea on how low it could go.

After this visit I realised I'd need to move the amps to make way for the tank etc.

Now we have an empty boot I made a sketch plan for where to put the tank / compressor -



26/02/11 -

Next thing to do was for me to remove my standard strut and spring to send to Ray at Rayvern so he could use it as a basis to make a custom strut to fit the cube. As the cube is my only car I couldn't be without it so after advice from other guys on the cubeownersclub I bought a standard K12 micra strut and spring to fit to the car whilst my cube strut and spring were with Ray.

Here's a photo of the standard z11 cube strut and the K12 Micra strut alongside -



Another thing I needed to ensure was that the suspension turret was big enough to fit the air bags - they're 5.75" diameter so a 6" diameter turret is needed to make sure no stones get wedged in between body and bag -



All good. Cool

While I was at it I measured the gap between the two bolts on the front strut - 52mm. This is completely unrelated to air ride but during my research I also looked into coilovers and I'm 98% sure that coilovers for a Renault Clio with 52mm struts will fit the cube. I'm trying to get a scrap strut from the right model clio that might help someone looking for coilovers.

13/04/11 -

Next job for me was to sort out where to put the air pressure gauges, I designed a new template for a dash panel in Microsoft Paint and sent it to Mike at Ferriday engineering to fabricate in 1mm aluminium. (I'd sold my car PC at some point to raise funds towards the air ride and didn't have a monitor in the dash any more so made sense to have the dials there)

Here it is -



Scuffed up -



Stuck to block of wood to move it around -



Cleaned it up -



Dried off with a heat gun -



Halfords paint, you can probably get better paint elsewhere for less but halfords is easy to get to and I've had good results with it in the past for small jobs like this -



Primered -



Had to left it overnight to dry so removed the residue of the sticky pads from the old dash panel with white spirits.

Before -


After -


Next evening, wet and dry down the primer -



And a few coats in the matt black -





Test fit against dash -



No more nails is your friend -









16/04/11 -

Now that's my work out of the way and over to Rayvern to drop her off.

I did look into self-fitting the kit but I decided if I was going for it I wanted it done properly by someone who does it day in day out.

Plus if the nightmare I had hacking at rusty bolts to swap one strut over was anything to go by I wanted to steer well clear of having to do it all over again on the other side not to mention the tank / compressor / valves / dials / wiring / hoses / etc.

My front struts all made up, you can see the original bearing on the left of the photo which needs to be re-used, the struts are made using avo adjustable damping struts so the stiffness can be adjusted in minutes too.







At the station waiting to get back home -



22/04/11 -

Magical day has arrived which is full of a mixture of excitement and nerves and not to mention another train journey.

After everything has been run through with me and I've had a test drive and a play with different heights it's time to head home.

Dropped by for petrol -



And after a long Easter weekend of chilling and DIY I've had chance to give her a quick wash and take some photos (albeit I forgot to take photos of dials in place and boot, will post those up soon)

26/04/11 -









Now onto my different height settings -

For Speedbumps and lanes > Approximately 4PSI Front and 5PSI Rear -



For driving on normal roads / motorways > 2PSI Front and Rear -



And parked up -



If a picture paints a thousand words then a video must paint a million -

http://freshandminty.com/cubed/modifications/handling/0226-0422AirRide/NissanCubeAirRide.WMV

I'm really pleased, not only with the look when it's parked but also the look for normal every day driving is still lower than the Eibach springs and the drive quality is better than I expected too.

It's on the softest setting at the moment which gives a nice bouncy feel over bumps, I might try to go stiffer to see what effect it has.

Hope you're still awake. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 27 Apr 2011, 10:40 am

amazing work dude, one of my favorite projects right about now bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Wed 27 Apr 2011, 11:08 am

loving this!! get some pics up of the tank in the boot
does it take up much space?
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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Sat 30 Apr 2011, 7:24 pm

I really want a photo of my car next to you're cube Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Thu 29 Sep 2011, 11:05 pm

Thought I'd best update this seeing as it's been a while and I've had quite a significant change!

For those following www.facebook.com/freshandminty , apologies there's nothing new to see here. Smile

On 15th August my cube which was all going fine with 12 months MOT and ready to have some performance changes became this...







[img]http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/300858_271244342892658_199309033419523_1251182_6216937_n.jpg[img]

It was declared a financial write off so I accepted the offer and bought back the salvage and then on 31st August I bought this (Leaving the graphics on was part of my haggling) ...























Pics midway through peeling the stickers off on 01/09/11 ...

ho ho ho


Pics with all stickers peeled off on 01/09/11 ...














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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Thu 29 Sep 2011, 11:07 pm

And after a good wash and polish I had an immaculate completely standard cube ready to play with...





















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PostSubject: Re: Pearl white Nissan cube becomes Beige Nissan cube...   Thu 29 Sep 2011, 11:09 pm

First job on 7th September was to swap the headlights and grill over, whole job took 1 hour and 4 minutes from 1st photo to the last...









Cubed2 is wearing the shades now. Cool
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