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    Mugen Beat Refresh Project

    Nearly 2 years ago now me and my brother purchased our beat of a member here. It was in need of some tlc because of overheating issues. Due to other projects, work and some unfortunate circumstances it's been in storage for long periods in between the things we were doing to it . But the deadline is to rly get it finished for summer 2015 and we would like share our project here .

    This was just after I picked it up in Banbury and after a wash:
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    It came with the original mugen front and rear bumper and best of all the beat specific 13" front 14" rear Mugen nr-10 wheels:
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    We began stripping it down inventorying all the parts and searching for rust and other probable issues.
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...psfde99d32.jpg
    Hardly found any rust on the chassis but we soon discovered that the coolant system was in really bad condition which probably led to the overheating the previous owner had mentioned.
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps31aa083b.jpg
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    The coolant pipes that run underneath the car were in a dire state, rusted through and repaired by cutting out the rusty bits and connecting the ends with rubber hose.
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...pscd15e506.jpg
    The internal rust of the pipes led to rusty red coolant throughout the coolant system . I don't know what happened in the engine bay, but at some point it has sprayed the rusty coolant water everywhere as can be seen on the subframe,drive shafts, exhaust and aluminium oilpan in the picture where we took the engine out, luckily the subframe was nice and black underneath when we washed it off
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0cdd9c7b.jpg

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    Ah I remember you saying about the pipes to me ages ago!! Mine went on the bracket right near the back, I may be getting a new aluminium radiator. Car is looking great very rare to get all the mugen parts in one go
    Last edited by Gavin; 01-12-2014 at 11:07 PM.

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    So the plan was to overhaul the complete coolant system, new radiator, waterpump, thermostat, pipes and if possible hoses. Started ordering parts from Japan and through the local honda dealer
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...psb2155e73.jpg
    At the same time purchased a zebra mat set and sunvisors as none came with the beat when we got it, also got a better condition ashtray that will never be used
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps099189ad.jpg
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    The radiator is a dual core item with a lot more capacity compared to the original, not bad with a high revving midship engine

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    URL=http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Ronjohnalex/media/rimg0003iMedium_zps9bf45c07.jpg.html]http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9bf45c07.jpg[/URL]
    We were thinking of making our own first but opted for getting a used set of pipes from Japan in the end. With only very little surface rust which they all seem to have. Next after taking lot's of pictures beforehand inventorying every bracket, nut & bolt we took a bucket full of stuff and the coolant pipes to a local company that de-rusted and galvanised everything and then added a yellow pasivation layer making it look like factory new again.
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...psc74f2ee6.jpg
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    To further protect the car from rust I grease every nut & bolt and brush linseed oil on the galvanised bits before putting them on the beat. They look a lot better than the old pipes, you can also spot the old waterpump in the box with it's rusty inside:
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9a0605b9.jpg

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    Really nice Beat! Wondered where it was now since I saw pictures of it before on the NR10s

    Are the coolant pipes OEM Honda?

    Where did you get the replacement Mugen bumper stickers?

    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0c1e117d.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Rex View Post
    Really nice Beat! Wondered where it was now since I saw pictures of it before on the NR10s

    Are the coolant pipes OEM Honda?

    Where did you get the replacement Mugen bumper stickers?

    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0c1e117d.jpg
    Thanks

    Yes they are, they're a used pipe set from Japan but I had them re-galvanised and yellow pasivation layered.

    I found the mugen stickers on a Japanese shop's website called TY factory, unfortunately their website seems down, think they might be out of business.

    I seem to have a lot of trouble posting pictures, contiuous error messages cause I'd like to post some more

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    Yo can post pics but I think it's 3 pics max per post before error show

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    I love the rims and how they're labelled as made for the beat!
    Last edited by Mugsee; 03-12-2014 at 02:19 AM.

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    If your looking to keep the Mugen theme going cliov6 has a Mugen spoiler he said he would sell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin View Post
    Ah I remember you saying about the pipes to me ages ago!! Mine went on the bracket right near the back, I may be getting a new aluminium radiator. Car is looking great very rare to get all the mugen parts in one go
    I would've left replies earlier but the forum doesn't allow me to post most of the time. thank you for the offer, but as you can see we went with a new dual core radiator with more capacity, they're still for sale on the Japanese yahoo auctions. The quality is really good and would definately recommend, there's also less expensive alluminium radiators on the yahoo auctions. Unfortunately the beat didn't come with all the mugen extra's but we've collected some more, the the spoiler, exhaust, exhaust manifold and side decals are still on the wishlist a mugen hardtop would be amazing.
    @C-Rex, definately interested in the spoiler

    More Mugen parts we collected: mugen sideskirts, mugen suspension, mugen shiftknob from Japan
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    I did the rocker cover in wrinkle red, sanded back the lettering and added a mugen oil cap which was a gift. I'm quite pleased with the result for a first time try.
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8280979d.jpg

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    I went through your photobucket pics last night some great bits happening with this.. Did you use VHT Wrinkle paint for the cover? Ill be doing my one black but waiting on new seals from honda first

    Im not sure why your pics wont open on the forum too? I tried to quote one in an reply and wouldnt show up

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    I noticed that muffler also, but it has some problems. A NEW Legalis K got stolen yesterday for about 150 pounds on yahoo.jp. Ouch - I paid lots more for a used one.


    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 C-Rex View Post

    Get that wishlist sorted
    Yes, I used VHT wrinkle red

    I noticed those mugen parts too, but atm not planning on getting any more and focus on getting the car running. We're still on a budget

    The nr-10 wheels have some curb rash and brake dust caked into the lips, the coated centre's are still in very good condition. In the weekend we'll bring them to a firm that will sort the curb rash and polish the lips.
    Last edited by R@tch; 22-12-2014 at 11:50 AM.

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    We got the swap engine as 'a low mileage in good working condition' engine (have a vid of it running fine) but we're still going to refresh it with all new gaskets including headgasket, new timing belt and ancillary belts. When we got the beat the aircon belt was off the car but we're hoping to get the aircon system working again, if anybody has tips or knowledge of what are usually the issues with the aircon system I would very much like to hear .
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps227b30dc.jpg
    We're also going to install a new clutch set and release bearing
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...psd35ffb68.jpg
    And new brake discs/pads
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/...ps54911423.jpg

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    re the hardtop be prepared to payout large money for it there are currently 6/7 mugen ones on the auction but very expensive

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