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My Leon Progress, Air ride, smoothed, NEW winter wheels MAM MT1's MEAN!!! PG16

Discussion in 'Readers Rides (SEAT)' started by nick_c_1986, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. nick_c_1986

    nick_c_1986 kaizer is in the making

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    Hi guys, been around and off and on with the show scene over the past three years when i brough my seat, i did originally want an LCR but insurance costs were insane at 19 so went for the 130bhp diesel.

    This was her soon after i brought her with a few little mods.

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    Over the past three years i have transformed the leon totally! These are some of the best pics i have so far, sadly the merc rims had to go as 3 cracked and all four twisted, they were genuine original rh toplines 3 piece, were the perfect wheels for me but too soft and didnt take the abuse of my local roads as its my daily drive.

    To list the mods i've done with more in the pipeline.

    Full Electric Leather interior.
    Debadged
    Complete genuine LCR kit,
    Smoothing work all over, sideskirts, rear bumper and side strips and boot.
    Full Air ride setup now with dakota digital guages mounted where the asstray used to be.
    Mk5 gti rims, soon to be changed in next couple of wheels.
    Shark fin ariel
    Centre arm rest.
    Fabia Rear wiper.
    Bosch aerotwin aero front wipers.

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    Currently on these wheels but soon to change.

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    On the list next to do is

    Front and Rear ARBs (front currenly rubs the drive shaft when driving low)
    Plastic weld in my digital guages to smooth them into the dash better.
    Fitting some new wheels in next week or so. So the gti mk5's will be up for sale.
    New stereo required so i can run the ipod.

    Ino air ride isnt to everyones taste but think its a first on a uk leon. Its my daily drive so was the perfect option for me. enjoy and let me know what ya think.
     
    #1 nick_c_1986, Apr 18, 2009
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  2. nick_c_1986

    nick_c_1986 kaizer is in the making

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    Been busy this evening moving my dash around as i wasnt happy with the set up i had, was running mechanical guages which were difficult to read, so i imported some digital guages from the USA. I removed the ashtray etc which is normally situated below the air con and formed a piece of PP plastic for fitting my guages in, pretty happy with the result. I moved the 12v supply onto the side of the dash.

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    my new boot release button for the smoothed tailgate.

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  3. 1.9...stefan

    1.9...stefan HYBRID???

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    gorgeous mate,,, paintwork and smothing is immaculate... i think theres a couple now on air but this one does it for me :drool:

    what height do you drive it at?

    cheers
     
  4. RickC

    RickC BUILT NOT BOUGHT

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    amazing transformation from what it started out like,

    looking forward to the new rims as im not a fan of the mk5s.
     
  5. nick_c_1986

    nick_c_1986 kaizer is in the making

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    I drive it as low as possible. I currently cant drive it any lower as i catch the drive shafts on the drop links when cornering, the tyre is level with the arch if that makes sense, will get up some photos of my driving ride height, just as low as coilovers! I'm just saving for a new ARB for the front which will have a large loop to clear the driveshafts with lots of clearance so i can drive it lower!
     
  6. nick_c_1986

    nick_c_1986 kaizer is in the making

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    to be honest i'm happy with them but not loving them at all. I adored my merc rims! but hey ho on with new things.

    Just waiting on a phone call for the new rims this week. 18 by 8 bbs ch's matt black with red pin strip. I've ordered some 10mm hub accentric spacers to try. Wanna get them spot on hopefully, they've got an ET35 to start with.
     
  7. nick_c_1986

    nick_c_1986 kaizer is in the making

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    Hey guys i've got my new wheels ready now for the leon but not sure on what tyre size to go for??

    they;re 18 by 8's

    Do i go for what i have on the mk5 gti rims 225/40/18

    or do i go for something with a lil stretch so i can run a 10 mm spacer.

    The new wheels are ET35 so maybe thinking

    215/35/18??
     
  8. RickC

    RickC BUILT NOT BOUGHT

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    im running 215 35 s on the front of mine and theres not that much stretch but its noticable, wouldnt go for any wider though.
     
  9. nick_c_1986

    nick_c_1986 kaizer is in the making

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    cool beans, mine are 18's but the 35 should see me a touch lower :)

    What tyres are you using, i was using the toyo proxes T1R but found them pretty soft.
     
  10. dfullb

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    The Golf Gti Style wheels look much better, I just can't get to grips with the stretched Euro look, Always make me think the Wheel trims are about to pop off ...

    V Nice otherwise :thumbup:

    Dean
     
  11. xxNickyxx

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    What a transformation! I've always fancied the air suspension - how adjustable is it?
     
  12. nick_c_1986

    nick_c_1986 kaizer is in the making

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    Thanks. Its completely adjustable from zero ground clearance with the sub frame literally on the floor! the engine note actually changes a touch when you completely drop it. With it fully up theres about 4-5 inches between the tyre and the arch.
     
  13. V2CCD

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    looks really nice mate, wheels really set it off
     
  14. Mat

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    looking pretty smart TBH! when i read title I half expected some chavvy, gash looking thing. But it really does look ok :D
     
  15. J0N

    J0N Defected!

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    Beauty!
     
  16. nick_c_1986

    nick_c_1986 kaizer is in the making

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    Nothing chavy about it mate lol. just a practical daily drive!

    Low and wide all the time!

    New wheels are on there way begginning of next week.

    A quick photoshop a friend did for me.

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    What ya reckon??
     
  17. AdamRoutley

    AdamRoutley Use The Force!!

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    i think in reality, it'll look a LOT better as that chop is poo :lol: loved the merc rims!! and as for the stretch on the tyres! doo ittt!, you know it makes sense, wider the better :D
     
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    really nice looking car you have there. them new wheels are going to look awesome.
     
  19. Applemobile

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    Hey mate thats looing awsome these days! shame you got rid of the RH's. Have you considered going onto Merc Alphards??? (sp)

    And yes, after i did lots and lots of research, im 95% that you were the first leon in the UK on air. And im pretty sure im the second.
     
  20. cuprachrissy

    cuprachrissy Guest

    i think it looks schweeeeeeeet! however..... i do think it still looks better on the mercs, just has that more "euro" stance you are looking for with smoothed bumpers/boot, air ride etc. dont get me wrong the bbs' look ace but not euro enough for your car. your car is screaming and crying out for dish action.
     

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