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#1 Posted : 20 August 2018 10:41:18(UTC)
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Tech Day is back again in 2018!

On Sunday 14th October members from across the region will be meeting at Ashfields Farm, Great Canfield, Dunmow, CM6 1LD courtesy of member Henry Pestell and his son Barry. Although I've put a link to the location on Google Maps I would recommend using the directions below once you're near the venue as satnav directions will send you the wrong way at the end...

The day starts at 9am and goes on until the jobs are completed.

All sorts of jobs can be completed on Tech Days, from basic maintenance through to major surgery. All work is completed by you (although there are always others members willing to lend a hand) with the expert assistance of former MX5-OC Technical Advisor Roadster Robbie available for advice, encouragement and double checking!

Members usually bring their own tools but if there’s something you don’t have let us know as someone will doubtless be able to lend it to you on the day.

It’s traditional that people bring along food to share. Tea, coffee and toilet facilities are all available on site.

If learning new skills and recouping your Owners Club membership fee in just a morning appeals please let Robbie know what you plan to do below so he knows what to expect on the day.

Some come for the work, some come for the socialising, but it’s always a great day - please join us!

Karl

 

 

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#2 Posted : 21 August 2018 22:09:46(UTC)
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Hi.
I'm in Ely and currently part of the Norfolk group however sit neatly between the Norfolk and Eastern groups in Ely.
I have never attended a Tech Day before and am thinking I may like to pop along and discuss an issue I am having with my MK2 10AE.
It drives well, true and straight. However when cornering if I apply/remove power the car turns in/out of the corner; its almost like torque steer that you can get on FWD cars.
I don't believe its under/over steer as it happens way below the limits of the car.

I have checked tires (put two new ones on), checked pressures, checked brakes, moved the alloys from front to back, had the tracking four wheel laser aligned by specialists and it still does it.

So I am thinking bushes, dampers or diff (perhaps engine mounts as this could cause weight shift). Would be great if someone could help me eyeball these things on the ramp.
Perhaps someone has some other ideas. Would also be great to have someone else drive the car too and get their opinion.

Thanks
Nathan

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#3 Posted : 21 August 2018 22:52:44(UTC)
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I'd go to one of the Norfolk hands free tech days where they have a ramp and get their opinion then...

Eastern Region tech days are generally not diagnosic days, more service and repair days.

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#4 Posted : 22 August 2018 00:24:22(UTC)
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33rd tech day!

Here's a pic of the gathering at #1 in May 2004

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#5 Posted : 22 August 2018 03:01:04(UTC)
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We wrote a bit for Soft Top Hard Top to mark the 30th. Here's the smaller version that went into the December 2016 Eastern Newsletter...it seems that, like the first recorded football match, there's some debate over when it all started!

Bit more info too...I can confirm that there will again be a sticker for each attendee!

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#6 Posted : 22 August 2018 03:15:26(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roadster Robbie Go to Quoted Post

I'd go to one of the Norfolk hands free tech days where they have a ramp and get their opinion then...

Eastern Region tech days are generally not diagnosic days, more service and repair days.

Agreed. You're more than welcome to come along Nathan, but our 'Hands On' Tech Days are really aimed at getting known jobs done. If for example you wanted to change the bushes to see if that is the root of the problem, you could do this at a Tech Day yourself with Robbie there for guidance & support. (Disclaimer, I have no idea if changing bushes is a job that could realistically be completed within the timeframe of a Tech Day!) Norfolk's 'Hands Free' Tech Days would probably be better suited for finding out if the bushes need changing in the first place, howver.

Tech Days 34 & 35 (!) will take place in 2019.

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#7 Posted : 22 August 2018 03:17:47(UTC)
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Robbie, I'm putting myself down for a few cosmetic things - weather seal clips, gear stick gaitor etc. although I may have a high-level brake light that needs wiring in...

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#8 Posted : 22 August 2018 07:12:47(UTC)
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#9 Posted : 03 September 2018 11:44:00(UTC)
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Hi Robbie,

 

I have a few jobs that need doing. I intend to fit a new fuel filter, oil filter and oil change on a mk2 along with fitting a clock to the dash. 

 

Graham

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#10 Posted : 03 September 2018 20:50:17(UTC)
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Thanks Robbie/Karl, I will try to get to the next Norfolk one (the one coming up soon has switched to a Detailing day). Ta.
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#11 Posted : 08 September 2018 05:27:25(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Nathan Go to Quoted Post
Thanks Robbie/Karl, I will try to get to the next Norfolk one (the one coming up soon has switched to a Detailing day). Ta.

Hi Nathan, have you spoken to someone like Michael Cleverley (www.mx5expert.com)? Might be worth a call and he's not that far from you.

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#12 Posted : 12 September 2018 11:52:34(UTC)
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Details added...only a month to go!

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#13 Posted : 13 September 2018 13:32:42(UTC)
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Hi Robbie, I have recently joined the owners club and have fitted a bashcam to my MX5. I would like to wire it into a switched fuse rather than use the cigarette lighter socket. Is this something I could do on the 14th?
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#14 Posted : 14 September 2018 20:39:07(UTC)
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Shouldn’t be a problem, I’d wire it to the cigar lighter socket wiring.

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#15 Posted : 18 September 2018 14:53:10(UTC)
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Well by some miracle my Mk1 went straight through the MOT yesterday so i'd better pop along and get a couple of jobs sorted.

Most important jobs are to replace the indicator and light switches that I still haven't got round to doing and replace the cable on the drivers side electric window so I can open the window again (which will be a treat).

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#16 Posted : 18 September 2018 22:41:21(UTC)
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Hi Robbie,

I'm planning on fitting a TR lane roll bar on this tech day, I do have most of the tools except a punch. I'm not sure if my drill can reach the difficult areas.
I also know that I need to prepare the car by removing the self behind the seats.

As I got the roll bar as used, I got supplied with 8.8 grade bolts, are those the normal ones or I should get high-tensile ones?

Finally, do you think that this will be possible? Also let me know if I need anything else on the day...

Cheers!
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