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Old 1st December 2010, 22:41   #121
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Great effort RKR. It is starting to look really nice. But PLEASE, get a minimum of 15" alloys with quality spacers so the wheelarch gets filled up. It wont look good with anything smaller.
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Sigh! my heart beats the same 15 inch tune Akshay, but what can I say. My friend is a safe conservative type in this area, his tyres are barely 2 months old and wants to keep them and fit them onto 14 inch alloys or wait till they wear out to buy 15 inchers with new tyres if at all.

We had consulted with the Mahindra engineers for their recommendations and they too sing the 14 inch tune saying that larger alloys and lower profile tyres will wear out the suspension faster and lower ride comfort levels.

Unless you can give me a source to expert advice from a qualified person towards the 15 inch cause, I have to rest my case with a resigned smile. And then goad my friend to at least do away with the stock steel rims at the earliest and go in for a set of stylish 14 inch alloys.

Dont spacers affect the handling dynamics of the car adversely - my question ? Unless you mean something something else like strut spacers or...if so do elaborate.

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We had consulted with the Mahindra engineers for their recommendations and they too sing the 14 inch tune saying that larger alloys and lower profile tyres will wear out the suspension faster and lower ride comfort levels.
Ride comfort levels are reduced, but then suspension wear and tear is something that is seen seldom as long as you stick to the right upsize and don't go overboard. Turning radius does increase a tad bit.Most of the folks here who have changed to alloys have gone in for an up size.

The car definitely begs for 15 inchers, but then if the owner wants 14 inchers then so be it.

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Dont spacers affect the handling dynamics of the car adversely - my question ? Unless you mean something something else like strut spacers or...if so do elaborate.
They do and it aint recommended that you go for it.

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Old 1st December 2010, 23:37   #124
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Since you have put in so much effort into the car, i would suggest you work a bit more on the back. The Logan look still persists.

From the front, apart from an avid entusiast, not many will be able to say it is a logan and I am sure manby will mistake it for an Evo X

Waiting for the final outcome non the less.

What colour you thinking of. Few tips, Gunmetal Grey / Silver for that gansta look
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Old 1st December 2010, 23:51   #125
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Thanks for the info rjstyle

Well dreamcatcher, as I mentioned earlier - for this project, the budget limitations constrain me on plastic surgery of the derrierre. Maybe for another Logan project with the same car or another one.
The colour i'd suppose as of now is similar to the current colour - but I am pressing for a darker shade of metallic brown as seen on some BMWs. It must match/ compliment with the colour of the inner panels which are not being repainted this time. I liek your options too.
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Sigh! my heart beats the same 15 inch tune Akshay, but what can I say. My friend is a safe conservative type in this area, his tyres are barely 2 months old and wants to keep them and fit them onto 14 inch alloys or wait till they wear out to buy 15 inchers with new tyres if at all.

We had consulted with the Mahindra engineers for their recommendations and they too sing the 14 inch tune saying that larger alloys and lower profile tyres will wear out the suspension faster and lower ride comfort levels.

Unless you can give me a source to expert advice from a qualified person towards the 15 inch cause, I have to rest my case with a resigned smile. And then goad my friend to at least do away with the stock steel rims at the earliest and go in for a set of stylish 14 inch alloys.

Dont spacers affect the handling dynamics of the car adversely - my question ? Unless you mean something something else like strut spacers or...if so do elaborate.
15" would look so much better than 14". If he keeps the tyres that he has, it will really look undertired and the wheel arches wont be filled up much.

Yes the ride quality would go down a bit, but in any case after doing so much bodywork your friend would have to be careful with the car, so he could also be careful on the bumps. Suspension wear depends on the roads and driving style.

Yes spacers could affect the handling, if not designed well. Strut spaces are not what im suggesting, but those will definitely mess up the handling. Well designed wheel spaces will suit your purpose, since they will fill up the arches well. Then again to get well made spacers might be a problem in India so probably quite silly of me to suggest those.
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Old 2nd December 2010, 07:48   #127
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Ramesh - Gr8 enthusiasm and work from your side. Your Logan is definitely set a trend for M&M.
Painting is most important of the whole project and will give the real output of all the work that has gone in.
Hats off to you and the working team. Eager to see the final finish.
Good idea that you do not tamper the wipers as there is a slight chance of loosing its OEM alignment and drawbacks.
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Old 2nd December 2010, 15:45   #128
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I must admit it upfront, so pardon me RKR for the subject . I had the chance to meet RKR in person a few days back and I must admit that I am completely and over the top blown away by this gentle, humble, creative and pious soul who has all of what it takes to be better than DC himself.

I was able to converse with him on various subjects for almost 3 hours on end before we got down to the main reason behind my visit to Sai Colorium.

I have seen the Logan Project up close and I would surely like to point out that this is indeed worth bringing out to the notice of Mahindra & Renault. I believe that in the lines of his design lies a lot of creativity, ingenuity and style, all of which anyone looks for when considering a make over.

I sincerely hope this is the beginning of many more such projects and may your tryst with all your future ladies be as successful as what blossoms out of your 'first' lady.

Cheers.
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RKR,

Great going man !

The Logan front seems to be shaping up like the AUDI A4.

Keep up the good work.
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Gentlement - your appreciation certainly raises the bar to which I must strive to reach and maintain. Thankyou for this encouraging support.

And now for some further updates on the Lady's new wardrobe...

She has now been shifted to her final operation area - pre painting prep where all those little imperfections - all those warts and moles are weeded out...
Here she looking looking all prim white and propah-ly primered in her inner wear. She was simply running away with it so chased her and got this rear shot. Not her prettiest angle but well, some of the new changes can be seen here. Working at later giving her a wooden boot lid handle - am curious to see how to finish the teak wook and the stainless steel Logo on it. Never tried this out - or even saw it on any modern car, so am on pins and needles on this one.
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And then I overtake the madame as she playfully tipped her new bonnet up to say hello; giving a glimpse of her extended innards keeping the original structural reinforcement in place...
Ok guys the grille is a bit more visible now so fire away...good/bad/ugly...I'll take it all graciously...

I must add that the angel eyes are not yet in place and will not be for a week at least even though she is being delivered tomorrow. Some R&D in making / procuring these parking light elements. Would appreciate any leads on getting angel lights and custom made LED light innards in Bangalore.
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And then off she goes into the rather nice dust free paint booth with lights to lend that gloss to the new clothes once sprayed on...
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She just got painted after I took these snaps today - the colour is unimaginatively the same Logan Shade of Sahara Beige that she came in. I wanted something in Black, white, Red etc...But had to bow down to economics. This again was a product of budget constraints as the inner panels were not given a colour change which would have taken more time and money - both of which were in a head over heart mode here; which is ok - Another Logan/ same Logan at another time then.

She is off to the airport on Sunday so had to be ready by Saturday wearing her Sunday bests by then you see.

More pics when I can find time to update the thread - busy day tommorrow folks...

Ciao for now.

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Getting the licence plate onto the boot lid in itself would help take off some of that bulk from the rear. Good idea, that!

Pics post-painting awaited.
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really nice work. i hope the customer is satisfied as well.

The only thing that looks out of place for me is the indicators incorperated inside the headlamp area. it honestly sticks out like a sore thumb.

Also as somebody here had mentioned before if the huge grill could have been spit into two with a band in the centre like the punto it would have still further looked better

But hats off to your visualisation and great work nonetheless!!
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hi, i think the integrated indicators will look good provided they are clear lens with orangish tinge bulbs.

as i earlier stated the grill should be split and number plate added in the corner will look good something similar to the pic.
sorry i am very bad at paintshop. tried something though
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Hi Ramesh, can you let me know the total cost of this Project? As you said, "Another Logan/ same Logan at another time then" - may be i can provide that Logan which i have with me for almost 3 years now... Crucial Factor is Vitamin M to get approved from Home Ministry
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I dont think splitting the grill would be a wise idea, as it may end of giving a look that may want it to be a new Chevy. Most Chevys are now coming with wide split grills as the central theme.

The current open grill is good, except focus on the quality of the mesh, as it needs to be fairly strong. Else minor bumps / pokes may leave a lot of depressions
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