Monday, June 30, 2008

Dietary Supplements Part 2

The Slowtra has had even more fasteners replaced since the fuel hike. A lot of flab will have to go to hopefully improve the fuel consumption and power to weight ratio. Have decided to take the fasteners technology on the Slowtra to SP/motorsport levels of mod.

Bolts on the front headlight mount and radiator top mount brackets replaced with lightweight silver anodized aluminium items. 7075 aluminium is 60% lighter than mild steel and doesn't rust.

The bonnet latch bolts replaced with black anodized aluminium items.

Horn bracket mount bolts replaced with aluminium potassium bichromate items. Potassium bichromate coating is cheaper than anodizing but doesn't look as nice.
Radiator coolant overflow bottle mount bolts replaced with silver anodized aluminium items. Three bolts hold the bracket to the car's body but surprisingly only one bolt holds the bottle to the mounting bracket. There is a tab on the other end of the bottle and this tab slots into the hole on rectangle hole on the bracket.
Inlet manifold support bracket bolts replaced with aluminium potassium bichromate items. Likewise bolts holding the EGR plumbing.

I've much more fasteners on the car scheduled to be replaced with lightweight aluminium and some titanium items when my budget allows. Watch the Dietary Supplements series.

12 comments:

Jack said...

Subtle and Nice. Got some to spare?

Andrew Saw said...

Sure. What you want?

Eu Jin said...

Wow....hardcore to the nuts bro!

Andrew Saw said...

Thanks Bro. Nothing much to play with so play with nuts lor..

Jack said...

Urm.. some allen bolts for my spark plug cover :P

Nothing to play with? Time to install the exhaust system!!

Andrew Saw said...

Bro,

No problem. Sms me on this.

timothy said...

hey bro, nice upgrades, something that "not" many ppl will think off though,

was wondering, where did you purchase those aluminium nuts ? Locally or like Mugil, over the net as well ?

Andrew Saw said...

Hi Tim,

I actually introduce the same fasteners to Mugil so we get our stuff from the same place :)

timothy said...

ah that explains it....but then ordering just bolts and nuts from UK, the shipping itself is 30pounds...

madness....u think i might be able to find some locally or singapore instead ?

Andrew Saw said...

Locally or in S'pore? I doubt.. The shipping's not 30GBP if you're in M'sia lar.. It was 8GBP or whereabouts for me. Granted the cost is still very high!

timothy said...

YESS !!!! i manage to get hold of some alu nuts and bolt while in thailand....super cheap too.....

have plenty to spare...interested ? most of the sizes available though...

Andrew Saw said...

Pixs pls. Pls email me at LLSAW1@YAHOO.COM