I had a problem yesterday fitting the radiator, as the mounting brackets were fouling on the radiator bracket, so the oracle (Derek) said that this is quite normal on the R500 radiator, it's a pig to fit and what they do at the factory is to bend the brackets over the cowling with a hammer. So out with the hammer, and in next to no time the bracket was bent around the outside of the cowling.
|Radiator bracket bent round cowling.|
|Breather pipe from oil tank connected and routed into expansion bottle.|
|R500 radiator and cats tongue fitted.|
|A snug fit when raceline hoses are fitted.|
I decided it best to move onto the steering as this seemed pretty straight forward and the next logical thing to do as the exhaust manifolds are now (loosely) fitted. I have a quick release mount which also has indicator functions on the steering wheel so there is a bit of cabling that I had to get my head around.
To get the mounting bush on I tried a number of different ideas, and then the most simple one jumped out at me... Take the quick release off... durrr! Anyway, got that off along with the circlip, then fitted the mounting bush.
Then I pushed the steering column through the dash, rubber grommets and into the lower half of the engine bay. I was going to fit the UJ at that point, but I'm missing a nut and bolt for this, so will ask for another set to be sent to me.
Now that the lower steering wheel column was in place, the next job was to fit the upper column along with the quite thick cabling. It was a touch fiddly, but went in generally OK, and as the steering bush was attached to the end of the column protected by a circlip this was pretty easy to fit - I know of others who have had trouble with this.
Finally I finished off attaching the two steering columns together with the clamp plates, nuts, bolts and grub screw provided.
I'm not sure where the bottom of the steering wheel cabling plugs into, as I have no connectors supplied, nor do I have any steering wheel buttons or information about the upper cabling either.
I thought I was finished there, but decided to put the wheels on to give myself a glimpse of what it'll look like when it's finished. I'm glad I did, as it seems the wheels haven't been balanced, and some of them have chips and scratches, so that's another couple of things to add to the PBC list.
I did also put the nosecone on, and I took a picture too... It looks really good, but I'll wait to give the final 'reveal' when it's ready for collection (this weekend). Shame I'll be short of some seats as the 620R ones I've ordered are still a long way off being available as aftermarket accessories - but I'm still chasing to get them here before it gets collected...
|Quick release steering wheel boss removed and attaching mooting bush.|
|Steering wheel mounting bush attached to upper steering column, and quick release boss re-attached.|
|Steering wheel column (splined end first) being inserted into rubber grommet on pedal box.|
|Inserting upper steering column through dash.|
|Upper and lower steering columns connected using with clamp plate.|
|Steering wheel, UJ, upper column with quick release boss and clamp plate.|
|Scratched R500 wheel.|