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    Cool Engine Porn!

    With a new clear engine window the rocker cover was begging for some colour!

    I decided to go with Yellow (the Beats original colour) simply because it's so damn bright and keeps some of the original car, besides what's the point in being subtle

    The Yellow that's left in the engine bay now looks intentional, rather then a bit I'd missed with the re-spay.

    Engine lighting to follow....
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    That is gorgeous for sure.

    I forget - did you do a rebuild? If not how did you get it so clean? I've tried some spray engine cleaners that don't work to speak of.


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    Honda Lawnmower, bought used in 2003, caught fire and melted in 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinjapan View Post
    That is gorgeous for sure.

    I forget - did you do a rebuild? If not how did you get it so clean? I've tried some spray engine cleaners that don't work to speak of.
    Thanks,

    No rebuild, the rocker cover came off to get sprayed yellow and the bits that look "clean" were hand painted painted silver or black

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obsessive View Post
    Thanks,

    No rebuild, the rocker cover came off to get sprayed yellow and the bits that look "clean" were hand painted painted silver or black
    Ah, that makes sense... Obsessive

    But it seems to me that back in the day, engine cleaners actually brightened up the metal, especially aluminum. They musta taken the good stuff out for environmental reasons.


    Past Hondas:
    1960 125cc Honda Benly CB92R
    1964 305cc Super Hawk CB77, the only vehicle I have ever bought new in my life!
    Honda CB160, roadraced as 175cc 1967-1970.
    Honda Lawnmower, bought used in 2003, caught fire and melted in 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinjapan View Post
    Ah, that makes sense... Obsessive

    But it seems to me that back in the day, engine cleaners actually brightened up the metal, especially aluminum. They musta taken the good stuff out for environmental reasons.
    Can't say I've had much experience with engine cleaning products. Nor can I take the credit for the paint job. I have a good Russian mechanic friend who I left the Beat with to do that.

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    that looks brilliant - very nicely done

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    Quote Originally Posted by TADO View Post
    that looks brilliant - very nicely done
    Thanks Mike,

    I think some new HT leads are now required. The beat still has the originals which are now 20 years old. I noticed you had some pretty snazzy looking ones. Any idea where I could look to find some which are not the usual black colour?

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    mine are nology ones - cool wire i think theyre called - they list the beat on their online catalogue. theyre black with little bits of colour in em.
    they also do some called hotwires with a built in capacitor but i head some quite mixed reviews about them.

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    Thumbs up

    Sweet, plus it looks like they do them in Yellow.
    Shocking website! There is no direct link to the "Cool Wires" page!

    http://www.nology.com/coolwires.html

    Plus there is no option to select Beat on the purchase page, even though I can find it listed under "Product applications"

    I've sent them an email and am keeping my fingers crossed!

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    yip - its not great is it! i think i had to order them through one of their dealers here who then ordered it from nology.
    im sure its probably the same as several other honda sets just without the 4th wire!

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    I see what you mean about the mixed feed back.

    http://iwcweb.com/eclipse/html/warning.html

    That's some terrible damage control going on there! I was tempted to suggest that they sort out the missing links on the website but after reading that lot figured I'd be wasting my time

    Still the leads do look cool

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    haha - i think that page some how comes up top every time you google hotwires - i read it with interest at the time too.

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    Thumbs down 1 week later...

    I'm starting to understand why Nology get such poor customer service feed back. It's now been a week since I emailed them and I still have not got a reply!

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    So I finally heard back from Nology. They no longer make the Cool Wire leads and tried to sell me the Hotwire range and new plugs!

    Personally I don't buy into the built in capacitor, extra performance thing. It seems to be all smoke and mirrors!

    Anyone else think this is bullshit? http://www.nology.com/hot.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obsessive View Post
    So I finally heard back from Nology. They no longer make the Cool Wire leads and tried to sell me the Hotwire range and new plugs!

    Personally I don't buy into the built in capacitor, extra performance thing. It seems to be all smoke and mirrors!

    Anyone else think this is bullshit? http://www.nology.com/hot.html
    Even if it produces a hotter, fatter spark, it is hard to imagine how it could result in any more power than a normal spark from a modern ignition system. Interesting they don't mention any effect on plug life... one might suspect that it would be reduced.


    Past Hondas:
    1960 125cc Honda Benly CB92R
    1964 305cc Super Hawk CB77, the only vehicle I have ever bought new in my life!
    Honda CB160, roadraced as 175cc 1967-1970.
    Honda Lawnmower, bought used in 2003, caught fire and melted in 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinjapan View Post
    Even if it produces a hotter, fatter spark, it is hard to imagine how it could result in any more power than a normal spark from a modern ignition system. Interesting they don't mention any effect on plug life... one might suspect that it would be reduced.
    I just get the feeling that it's all smoke and mirrors!

    Given how long they took to respond to my email along with the general feedback and the fact that they can't be arsed to sort out the website. I'll be avoiding them!

    The hunt for some matching HT leads continues....

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    Engine Lighting complete

    So I've finally got around to getting the lighting sorted out in the engine bay. Photos attached.

    Whilst at it I also decided to light up the air intakes after painting the inside area black.

    I'll update about the leads soon. I've been talking to Top Gun leads and they have been very helpful and are willing to make me a custom set.
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    Love how the side vents light up - it helps to locate the daughter ship, doesn't it?


    Past Hondas:
    1960 125cc Honda Benly CB92R
    1964 305cc Super Hawk CB77, the only vehicle I have ever bought new in my life!
    Honda CB160, roadraced as 175cc 1967-1970.
    Honda Lawnmower, bought used in 2003, caught fire and melted in 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obsessive View Post
    I just get the feeling that it's all smoke and mirrors!

    Given how long they took to respond to my email along with the general feedback and the fact that they can't be arsed to sort out the website. I'll be avoiding them!

    The hunt for some matching HT leads continues....
    Word to the wise: GET NEW RUBBER SLEEVES whether or not you replace the leads! My car just died suddenly a few minutes ago after a quick right turn. First time I'd ever been stranded in the Beat, and facing all the unfamiliar dash lights and no starting..... Expecting the worst (it was a bad day in general: 2 other family cars have problems...), I rolled to the curb, took off the engine hatch, and quickly noticed that the center HT lead was off the distributor! A silent prayer of thanks and then home again. I really was not pulling that many G's in the corner, so apparently those things can just slip off!


    Past Hondas:
    1960 125cc Honda Benly CB92R
    1964 305cc Super Hawk CB77, the only vehicle I have ever bought new in my life!
    Honda CB160, roadraced as 175cc 1967-1970.
    Honda Lawnmower, bought used in 2003, caught fire and melted in 2005.

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    That's not one you'de expect! At least is was an easy fix and you've got no damage to sort out

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