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Conor's mk3 Ibiza Cupra R

Discussion in 'Readers Rides (SEAT)' started by conorc, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. conorc

    conorc Active Member

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    Hey,

    I've finally got my 15 posts so now its time to create a project
    thread which contains pics :D

    I picked up my 2002 ibiza Cupra R around Christmas, after test driving
    a yellow one pushing about 250bhp it was an itch I had to scratch! I
    would have bought that one a good few months back but it was just too
    rough around the edges.. badly faded and rusty paintwork etc.

    So I found this little beauty and jumped at it! 88k and really good
    condition for its age, granted a little rust on the arch lips and a
    few electrical issues to solve but so far so good!

    I've never had a turbo'd car so I'm loving boost at the moment!

    Here's my previous car Ford Fiesta ST for those who are interested:
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    The day I picked it up:
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    And a few from the other day:
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    And one of my new boost gauge:
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    Mods include:

    17" OZ Alloys (due a refurb - possibly anthracite)
    FK coilovers
    Cat back exhaust ( need to find out make)
    BMC CDA just fitted a few days ago
    forge dump valve
    Boost gauge
    Front Mount IC - Again brand to be found!
    Bought myself some nice Cupra R mats for the inside too

    I think thats it! I'm sure more to be added to the list soon, but for
    now I'm just looking to clean it up a little. A few areas of the
    paintwork need attention, and a full service required which I will
    sort myself. Brembo's need a refurb as they're looking a little pink, so i'll sort those soon and give the arches a good clean too.

    I plan to get the timing belt & waterpump changed asap, as there is no
    history of it being done. Also an annoying rattle to fix which I think
    is the exhaust.

    C&C welcome :)
     
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  2. Chambers_CUPRA

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    Looks very tidy mate

    Need some spacers for the back defo lol
     
  3. Ginge81990

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    very nice. agree with chambers you need spacers but it looks like it is sitting really low so may scrub if you put some on. FMIC looks like a toyo sports one or similar of ebay. Better than the overpriced forge ones :).

    Will be intresting to see your future plans.

    Has it had a remap?
     
  4. conorc

    conorc Active Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys, apparently it has been mapped to approx 220bhp but I have no evidence of that so who knows, considering getting it dyno'd at some stage, but want to get all the issues sorted and servicing done first. As for spacing, the rear is crying out for it, but yea it would rub. I have an arch roller in the house but rolling rusty lips may not be a good plan! Going to buy a forge tip and cupra splitter soon too :) once I get a full spec list up, some advice on future mods would be helpful!
     
  5. JonnyH10

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    Looks great! Would love one of these as a bit of a project/weekend car. Must be good fun to drive with that power, my Golfs only the 150bhp 1.8T and it feels pretty quick to me lol.

    Nice ST too, like them in that colour. :)
     
  6. conorc

    conorc Active Member

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    Haven't updated this in a while. Had a turn of events in feb and decided to get myself away to Australia. I had the car up for sale for a good while but very little interest surprisingly, mostly people from across England and Scotland. I eventually thought I had a buyer shortly before I left for oz, he put a deposit on it and said he'd come and collect it within a few weeks. The weeks dragged on and eventually he changed his mind. To be honest I think its for the best as I never really wanted to sell.
    I'm still In Australia, but how long ill stay depends if I can find decent work or not. The cupra is currently sitting at home covered up, here's a pic of it jus before I left:
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    I can't wait to start ordering more bits and pieces for it :)
     
  7. mick710

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    Looks good mate!
     
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  8. conorc

    conorc Active Member

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    Bit of a revival, the cupra is still sitting covered up back home, I'm due back for 6 weeks at Christmas so I've started purchasing bits and pieces for the car already. Obviously the main plan is get it through the mot immediately, then hopefully build the spec up a bit for a trip to the nurbergring at some stage next year.

    So far I've bought:
    Front and rear strut braces
    Forge strut covers
    Forge dump valve relocation kit
    Rear bumper in red as mine has a crack In it
    Audi s3 inlet manifold trim

    Hopefully before Christmas ill have:
    Nomad single pillar guage holder
    New coilovers
    New disks and pads all round
    Goodridge braided hoses
    Bigger down pipe and sports Cat
    New wheels of some sort, trying to decide between standard cupra r oz 16s or maybe speedline turinis
    Bolt down coil packs

    Also all being well I'd like to get a k03s and supporting mods too :)
    Ill use this to keep track of what I've bought... Any suggestions for parts I may have missed would be great!
     
  9. N700JJS

    N700JJS Guest

    good plans mate, and car looks nice too!

    definately go for the Turinis! Love them wheels!
     
  10. conorc

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    Haven't updated this in quite a while, basically got back from Australia for a few weeks over christmas, so could finally begin working on the car and fitting the mountain of parts waiting for me!

    picked these up at a reasonable price - should be arriving in the next week or so...
    BBS CH replicas 17", not sure about black so I'll see how they look but may go back to silver!

    So I finally got my car back on the road, before the mot I fitted weitec coilovers, front and rear polybush top mounts, new disks and pads and serviced. It failed on a few minor issues so replaced both tie rod ends and a few other bits and passed a few days later. I've since fitted rear strut brace, custom carbon inlet manifold trim.
    I've been working on the car plenty, not too many pictures but here's what I'm working on at the moment :)
    before:
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    in primer:
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    Also working on a few carbon parts:
    Nomad Boost gauge pillar pod
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    And finally a carbon skinned strut brace..
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    More pics to come.. C&c welcome
     
  11. conorc

    conorc Active Member

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    So I've been very busy with the car lately, heres a list of what I've done:
    Carbon coated mirror caps
    Carbon front upper strut brace
    Carbon nomad pillar gauge
    carbon S3 inlet manifold trim
    Stainless rear strut brace
    fitted forge Turbo intake pipe (what a b***h of a job)
    new red silicone elbow for BMC CDA
    retrimmed all interior pillars and headlining in medium grey suede
    Finished painting the BBS wheels and got those fitted
    Adjusted the ride height and lowered it a bit more
    fited my new internal drive black wheel bolts
    Fitted 20mm rear spacers today & painted the central part of my rear disks black as they weren't looking very nice!
    got my wheels aligned

    Unfortunately not many pics of the progress, simply because the weather has been terrible and I've been trying to get finished as quickly as possible, though I will give the car a good clean tomorrow and hopefully get some snaps.

    engine bay before:
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    engine bay after:
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    Carbon strut brace close up (really pleased with how it turned out)

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    inlet manifold trim close up
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    boost gauge pillar pod in carbon and retrim
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    spacers and central areas of the brake disks painted and fitted
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    and the rear wheels spaced, sorry for the dark photo!
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    loads still to do, tidy the engine bay and remove the carbon cannister & SAI
    fit dump valve coldside relocation kit
    re-route intercooler pipework from the inlet manifold to the intercooler as some standard pipework is still being used
    Skin some more carbon bits - the speedo surround and a few other parts
    Change various engine bay pipes to red silicone hoses
    fit engine & gearbox mounts
    fit my new rear bumper
    fit custom sports cat and downpipe
    and finally give it a top to bottom detail!

    C&C welcome!
     
  12. Stuieuieuieo

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    wow that looks nice! you've really just done it all in one go haha wish i could afford to just get it all! need to start spending some money on mine :/ where'd you get the splitter?
     
  13. conorc

    conorc Active Member

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    Thanks mate yea its been a busy few weeks with the car! Got the splitter off eBay but I'm pretty sure a local seat dealer sells them slightly cheaper!
    Here's the link to where I bought mine:
    http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/221123751852
     
  14. R4cup

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    Nice car mate
     

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