Salto's Swift GTi endurance project

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Salto
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So, this is my little project that has been going on since december last year..

I started with this 1995 swift GTi..

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It has seen better days..

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Nice stock interior though

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Some meters and stuff.

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The engine bay (yes it's a turbo):

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Together with the other old girl:

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All nice.. but not exactly what I want.. because it's gonna be my time attack/trackday car..

So first things first.. I ditched everything I could.

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cleaned up the engine-bay a bit..

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and started buying a few bits and pieces..

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The old clutch wasn't that good anymore..

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and the gearbox was dead aswell..

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So we threw in the new ACT-clutch and a new(stock) gearbox.

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And she finally drove for the first time since i bought her..

then it was time to look at the bodywork..

first we weighed the car..

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Then we had to strip the front to see what we were working with, and fit new panels....

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and we found quite a lot of rust..

left front:

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right front:

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all down to the bottom of the interior..

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but we found a great welder to fix it for us..

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Then we had to fix the wiring loom, because the alarm-system and standalone ecu were installed kinda messy and not how and where i wanted it to be.
We even ended up removing the alarm-system alltogether.

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and we went from from..

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to..

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Then the bodywork went back on, still not entirely the way i want it.. but it will do for now

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Then the last preparations needed to be done for the first Time-attack event..

Catchtank:

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Other camcover MK2 instead of mk3.

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Half cage was welded in.

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Seat and 6-point harness mounted(finally)

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Door panels fabricated

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Family picture was taken (all 3 are mine)

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Then it was time-attack time.

At the paddock we found out the waterpump wass leaking, but decided to go for it anyhow..

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so.. time to get stickered up, get trough inspection and briefing.. and hit the track..

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Ended up 10th of my class, and 6th in the finale good for a sixth place in points..

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Salto
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japanese car festival 29th of april on zandvoort cirquit, second round of time-attack.
some little extrerior mods.

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today we testfitted the new huge-*ss oilcooler :mrgreen:

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Salto
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Been a long time, the car looks different now..
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Nice.
I do love a wide body. And the bonnet looks better on a wideboy than on standard arches.
Quite Mk1 Golf really


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Salto
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Thanks.

My car is built this way because its functional and different, and we like to experiment a bit.
I have another time attack round next week so will have some on-track pictures.
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I just have to say your car looks AWESOME! While the wheels aren't my favourite, the body kit and styling are great! =D>
Back in the game! Now building something mental... Will I ever finish? I hope so! When? No idea.
Salto
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Thanks,

The wheels are temporary for the MOT, i have a track set and i am currently busy with 15x9 widened steelies but they will need tires (they look good though)

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nice looks like a real killer, I have a question for you of which model you have spoiler on fender??
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I have universal fender flares all round. Pop-riveted to the body.
Front bumper is Fibersport, rear spoiler is custom made.
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This is dope!
Keep it up!
Salto
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Thanks man!

I'm going back to N/A for now.. got tired of the turbo-related issues like blowing up turbos and heat problems.
I also think my driving wont progress before I learn to drive on the absolute max before stepping to more power.
Also i should benefit from chassis/drivetrain mods..
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FangGTi
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Fair enough man, it's always more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. In other words you may as well drive something at its fullest instead of not being able to use something to its max. Very very keen to see how it'll look with those steelies!
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well, we're on our way with the N/A engine.

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..and the fibreglass bonnet is almost ready for installation!

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Well, after some issues with starting, the swift finally runs and is road legal.
Time to finally make it look pretty, this function over form thing has taken long enough now.

The look before it went into the garage
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Stripped the whole thing..
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Finally painted the cage and interior properly, so that wont rust anymore..
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And started sanding...
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also started working on my carbonfibre bonnet, hopefully it will be finished soon so i can show it off.
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Very nice mate! keen to see how the CF bonnet turns out!
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Thanks! I think the CF hood will come out very nice..the first one of many pieces.
Its a same there is almost no market for Suzuki stuff over here, would like to make carbon roofpanels etc. but its too expensive to produce molds for a single item

We're using the same mold for the bonnet as we used for the fibreglass piece though so wont be that hard.

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Its finally white, still in primer.. but i have no time to properly paint and clear it because i have a testday planned at Assen the 1st of may, and the 16th of may it needs to be ready for the nordschleife.

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Great build.
=D> :D
Let your freak flag fly.
Salto
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Cheers mate!

Ive begun putting the car together again today. It looks really great, even for only being in primer.
Tomorrow we're back at it, only need to spray the bumpers and put more parts on.
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getting there!

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The body is finally done!

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Dispite of it being only primer, i'm very pleased with the result, and i cant wait to let it loose on the Nurburgring Nordschleife! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Salto
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well first trackday went well.. the engine gave up on me after 6 or 7 laps.
need to fit a new engine and gearbox before my ring weekend the 16th :(
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Salto
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Time to share some pictures from the day my swift died on me:

The day before:
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ready for take-off:
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after i broke down:
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Towed off to my mates house, who lives a few kilometres from the track:
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then picked it up a few days later with the familycar:

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We did a compression-test this week and found out i have strong compression on the engine, so we decided to check why it didnt start first, and found out the timing was off.. so today we finally had time to check how bad it was..

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This is what we found:
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The spring was pulled around the crank sprocket and took the timingbelt off by about 180 degrees, without destroying the engine for some reason.. so all we had to do is reset the timing belt and we were good to go.
with the PU rear engine mount replacing the solid nylon mount, the gearbox-noise suddenly was gone for the most part, cant believe how much the noise was amplified by the solid mount and the bare shell.

so.. next weekend.. Nordschleife it is!!
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Sounds like you are a very very lucky man to get away with such a potential catastrophic failure.

You better buy a lottery ticket....
Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car.
Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car.
HP dictates how fast you hit the wall
And torque is how much you push the wall out of true.
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Haha, I must have some good karma stashed away somewhere.. :)
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So I guess you not going to leave the spring in once the timing is set?
If "X" is an Unknown quantity, and a Spurt is a drip under pressure, then an "EXPERT" is an "Unknown Drip Under Pressure".
Why dont they just call it "Womenapause" instead.
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I cant use this one anymore i think ;)
but no spring went back, so should be ok this time..
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Did a few laps on the ring with the Swift, and one in my Lolvo!
The suspension of the Swift is finally spot-on!

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Salto
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Some more pics:
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The next trackday is already planned, and it will be at the Nordschleife again, the 6th of august.
This time no touristenfahrten, but a full trackday, which means you can keep on driving laps from 8.00 till 17.00
We will share the Swift with 2 or 3 drivers, and have kind of discussed to drive as many laps as humanly and mechanicly possible.
It is only 2 months away, but we've planned for some upgrades, some maintainance, and meanwhile we have some carbon/fibreglass work to finish aswell.
And... most importantly, we need to collect some spare parts to take with us.

To give you guys an idea, here's a small to-do list:

Basic Maintainance:
-Some fresh Castrol 10w60 in the engine
-Fresh gearbox-oil
-New oilfilter
-Decent alignment

Upgrades:
-Throw on my Cusco solid topmounts
-Take the body apart and respray in gloss white, and put on a fresh livery
-Fabricate and mount Lexan windows
-Create some more ventilation inside the Swift
-Finish carbonfibre Bonnet/hood
-Create carbonfibre doorcards

I hope the carbonfibre I ordered will arrive tomorrow, so I can finally finish my bonnet/hood.
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I love the shot in the karussell, what a corner and I see you attacked it on the way out, wheels off the ground!
Great pics.
And there you go...I always thought it was the 'Englishers' who made a menace of themselves in their tow cars!

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The lap around the ring with the volvo wasnt even planned.
The Swift was denied after 9 laps because of the "eared" seat and it bummed me out really bad.
The missus threw me the volvo-key to make me smile again, and.. well that worked.
Aaaand.. never ever doing that again (scared the crap out of me)

(we had permission to empty our card, and my mate had the last turn, so thats why the swift is in the pic with the volvo)
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what? the seat is a road worthy issue? By 'eared' do I understand it has lateral head restraints.
Odd!
Anyway always good to compare the swift to a road car like a volvo. Not bad cars but nothing like a worked swift.

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Tell us about the tape over the bonnet pins?
If "X" is an Unknown quantity, and a Spurt is a drip under pressure, then an "EXPERT" is an "Unknown Drip Under Pressure".
Why dont they just call it "Womenapause" instead.
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They are trying to ban full-blown racecars at the ring so things like "eared" seats, HANS systems, roll cages with door crosses etc. are not allowed anymore.
I was lucky, beacause i had a card for 9 laps and was told that after those 9 laps I would be denied.
My mate however, wasnt allowed to even enter because of his seat right away.
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When I arrived at the gate going on the ring, the guy told me that hoodpins are dangerous for motorcyclists in case of an accident, but they had tape there, so they taped it up :mrgreen:
Same thing with solid tow-eyes.. have been asked to remove one of those in the past.

The Swift performed like a dream, I've been figting with reliability and kept modifying to find the right setup since I own it, and its really nice everything is coming together.
I finally got my suspension right and since the turbo has come off the engine doesnt leak, overheat or anything.
Stock horsepower isnt that much, and I could use a little more, but I really love the fact that I can finally take it to a trackday without having to rip the car apart again to find problems.

and the volvo was actually scary because of the HUGE bodyroll, not being able to hear the engine when needed, and Trying not to overheat the brakes and constsntly being overtaken by EVERYTHING out there
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Why everyone who is not here (this forum) is raping Swift's.. I have to GTi:s and both are raped.. So much rost and "very nice" tuning..

But nice project man! :)
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Salto
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thanks mate.. havent raped the swift yet btw ;)
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Finally got new suzisport lips front and back.
Its a shame we need to mold these first before I can mount them :(

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SO, Time for some updates..

First of all, we built the CF Bonnet, we messed up, we tried quick and easy, but it didnt work that well.
We knew what we did wrong, so we will produce a nicer one in the future.

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For our Trackday we made some preperations:
-Changed the oil to fresh castrol 10w60
-Changed gearbox oil with 75W250
-bought a set of full slicks and some wheels to put them on and painted the wheels in a funky colour
-mounted the front bumperlip and skirts and sprayed them gloss white
-mounted the rear Cusco topmounts
-painted the toebars
-got a decent alignment
-made the interior cooling fan work
-mounted new rear brakepads and rotors(stock)
-and made a seat insert so we can both fit in our seat.

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So then we went to our first nurburgring nordschleife trackday.
It would be a day from 8 in the morning till 5 in the afternoon, so a full day of non stop driving.

Well, it didnt really go as planned, because after 1.5 laps my co-driver pretty much passed out for some reason.
So we ended up driving from 12 to 5 and the next day we got to do 8 to 12
In that 8+ hours we did 38 laps (changing driver every two laps), in full beast mode, and the swift never skipped a beat.
I did a 9.11 minute BTG time, wich is pretty fast for a <100 horsepower car.

We never Abused the swift this much.. EVER, but it didnt give us ANY problems.
The Castrol 10w60 is great, oil temps never got too high, despite of it being 30 degrees celcius+ most of the day.
The new gearbox oil seemed to work aswell, because the gearbox also took a beating without breaking.

we didnt get to test the full slicks though, because we were to lazy to fit them.

some footage of the 2 days (not my car unfortunately):
http://vimeo.com/103001019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mvctdj ... r_embedded

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Looking good mate!! Carbon bonnet doesnt look too bad for a quick job...
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Thanks!
We are experimenting with building CF panels for other people aswell so if I mounted this on the car, people would never buy anything from us
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Salto
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Sooo, we just bought a race chassis wich was used in several endurance races from 2006-2008, under wich 2 24h races.
My chassis isnt that good anymore, so I will in the future do a reshell using this one probably.

In the glory days:

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Because we're going for some start to finish racing and aiming for endurance with our swift, we have decided the pink chassis will stay in storage untill needed.
Last weekend it was time for another weekend at the famous nurburgring nordschleife again.
Before we went there we had a few things we did:

-mount a set of mikuni carbs

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-remove the ECU and tidy up the wiring

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-Have fun at the ring

Well we did.. but the nordschleife "touristenfahrten' was really chaotic, with changing weatherconditions, and a looooot of (really fast)cars, so lots of crashes.
We managed to get 11 laps out of the Swift, 3 different drivers and 6 different co-drivers.
halfway through the first thay the filters gave up, the fuel rail had come loose and i lost a bolt on the rotor cap of the dizzy.
But other than that it were a thousand kilometres of trouble free driving in a weekend (more than 220 on the ring itself)

Here are some of the pictures taken on the Ring (have a look at how the suspension has to work especially):

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Here is all of it:

http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Album=G6MFVO78
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So jealous. Would love to take my GTi around the ring.
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Salto
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Make it happen man, it is better than advertised..
I'm at over 40 laps now and i get more addicted every lap.
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Salto
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I've been stalking a fellow Suzuki owner I know for some time now because I wanted his wheels.. well.. he finally sold them to me.
These are our new reeeaally lightweight 13 inch wheels!

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Getting ready for the new season with a 24h race in september as our prime target.
The cage has finally been extended to the front, and I'm happy how it turned out.
Now the car is stripped to get painted again, later the engine will get pulled, gearbox checked, etc.

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Not much room for brakes inside those 13's?
If "X" is an Unknown quantity, and a Spurt is a drip under pressure, then an "EXPERT" is an "Unknown Drip Under Pressure".
Why dont they just call it "Womenapause" instead.
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Actually quite a lot, the back is a lot more spacious than the front. Of the wheel
And its low ET, and i use a spacer, so very little of the caliper is actually in the wheel.

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