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Fisher Fury R1 Ownership - March 2007

25th March

Fog Light

Replaced the SVA fog light with a recessed LED foglight. Needed to add a 22ohm resistor in-line as it is a 9.6V lamp. The red tape is to help align the blue vinyl stripe. This will go over the foglight and I will then cut through to reveal it.

26th March

Rear Stripe

The rear stripe in place.

Speedo Calibration

With a factor of 6270 programmed into the Digidash, my speedometer indicates 70mph at a true 65mph. So the new calibration factor to try is 65 / 70 * 6270 = 5822. I will test this against my GPS system when I finally get to drive on the road.

Steering Wheel

I'm replacing the rather large Sierra steering wheel with a smaller (290mm diameter), quick release Momo wheel. The hexagonal boss was a bit too long so I've machined 5mm off of the inside face to get it closer to the paddle shift mechanism. I've also drilled a 6mm hole through it and the steering column to stop it rotating. I'll also weld it in place for added security.

The outer end sits over the narrower, threaded end of the column so I've got a brass bush machined to provide a snug fit. This is held in place by the circlip on the release mechanism. It fits inside the hexagonal boss (3/4") and over the column threads (14mm). It is 25mm long.

26th March

Steering Wheel

The new steering wheel makes access much easier, especially when removed.

28th March

Tyre Pressures

For the SVA, I'd upped the front tyre pressures to improve the self-centering action on the steering. My experiences with my Lotus Elise  showed just how susceptible light cars are to varying tyre pressures. Even small variations (e.g. 5°C) in the ambient temperature can alter tyre pressures by 1 or 2 psi. I'm going to have to do some serious experimenting here but for now, I've set the pressures to 18psi all round and I will use this as a baseline for further testing. This all assumes an accurate tyre gauge  with excellent repeatability of readings.

Front Suspension

The front suspension features inboard springs and dampers with a rocker arm arrangement. The rocker pivot is designed to support adjustment of the kingpin angle by using washers at each end of the pivot tube. For the SVA test these washer are put at the front end of the rocker pivot tube to give a larger kingpin angle and thus improve the self-centering action of the steering. The downside of this is that this makes the steering feel heavier because in effect, turning the wheels is lifting the front of the car slightly. With the SVA test out of the way, these washers have been moved to the rear end of the rocker pivot tube to lighten the steering and make it more responsive. This does reduce the self-centering action slightly. The grease nipple shown in the picture is to fill the rocker with grease and to stop water getting in and causing corrosion. If the rocker doesn't rotate freely, it places tremendous forces on the chassis mounts and will break them.

30th March

I had one of those dawning moments whilst waiting in line at the fish and chip shop last night. I connected many things together in my mind for some reason and realised I've been a bit of an idiot. All this time I had assumed that the bike gearbox was six gears up and six back down. It's not.

The various things I connected were:

It's down to first and then up (through neutral) to second, third, fourth fifth and then sixth gear. All this time I've been going straight to second gear! It has been a long time since I had a motorbike. The plus point from all this is just imagine how much better the acceleration will now be up to 60mph! I can't wait to find out .

31st March

My registration documents and tax disk have come through the post! All I need is some number plates and I can drive it on the road . I got an 07 plate too. This is great news because a Q-plated car would need an MOT every twelve months. For an 07 plate, I've got three years before an MOT is due.

I've got to thank Paul Jepson at this point for his excellent Kit Car Registration service. For a very reasonable fee Paul has made the process effortless and quick. Telephone: 0118 9842303 E-mail: jepson.paul@btopenworld.com

Licence Plates

The UK law is an arse! Stick on number plates are now illegal but on a car like mine, they are the only possible option on the front. I went to Halfords and bought a legal front and back number plate anyway because I just want to drive the car. Fitted the rear plate using my Lite'N'Boltz and taped the front one on with Sellotape.

First Drive!

The plan was to finish the stripes but I was too keen to get it on the road and drive it. It pulls away a lot easier when you use first gear . I still struggle with the clutch bite point occasionally. I'm also a bit clunky when changing through the gears but I'm sure that will improve with practice.

I did a few laps locally to get the feel of things. The steering is very direct and slightly heavy at low speeds compared to my other power assisted cars. The brakes need some more bedding in and then I will bleed them again. They are very effective but need a bit more feel to provide the real confidence I want though. The car and the brakes have only done 8 miles so far though and it took a good 100 miles before my Elise brakes worked as intended. It's also noisy. I noticed that people walking ahead, along the pavement were turning around because they could hear me coming. There is an annoying rattle coming from the brake bias bar which I need to have a look at. After 20 minutes I went home to check things over. Everything seemed to be working OK and temperatures seemed fine. Decided to go out onto some main roads and go a little faster.

I probably still only used 9000rpm maximum because it doesn't seem natural to rev a car so highly but, I guess this is something else I'll get used to. Even so, the acceleration is brutal. On an open stretch of empty road I tried to see how quickly I could go up through the gears on fully throttle. I gave up when my cheeks started flapping painfully in the wind. I need an aeroscreen! I went out with just protective glasses on and my ears were ringing a bit when I got home. At speed the bonnet moves around a bit on the trailing edge, which is a bit disconcerting. A second set of bonnet catches is required and some side vents would probably help too. The seat is not comfortable and probably needs to be a little further forward for me. With the new wheel on, I can't really see the main speedo reading on the Digidash.

All in all it's great fun though . Oh, and I must remember to turn the indicators off once I've used them.

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