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I put a set of those on mine, the flange on the standard manifold was warped beyond whewre a gasket could seal it. They do work well and are way cheaper than an OEM manifold.
 

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It has beena while since I have updated.

A few things have been done with maintanence and some additional add ons.

Airconditioner compressor replaced last year.
Full cooling system rebuild due to age and preventative maintanence.
Body lift installed
Shifters modified to suit body lift.
Rear bumper raised
Winch compatible bullbar fitted
Clutch replaced with heavy duty version and fly wheel machined ( had an oil leak). Asked on the condition of the clutch which Ithink is original and appariently it wasn't to bad with substantial meat left on it. Not bad considering it has been utilised to teach three learner drivers and has been running the big tyres for the last 3 years.
Rear main oil seal and oring replaced for oil leaks.
Cv boots replaced all round after splitting one ( they were original not bad for 20 years.)

Sporty was defected last year. For the rear tyre sticking out past the mudflaps and not running a front bumper ( was in the process of having the bullbar fitted). Had the defect cleared and had to go through vehicle modification process for the NT IN Australia. It is called TAC.

Been through the engineering process and the Sporty is now fullY Engineered and compliant for the NT.
Had to complete a lane change test as part of the compliance. Sporty handled really well. Interesting hitting the slalom witch hats at 100km per hour.mthe gap narrows quite quickly.

Part of the process I had to fit new rear mudflaps and Flairs.

So here is a photo of how the Sporty looks now.

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Cheers, Chris
 

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Gave the mighty Sporty a good run this week down the highway.

Just over 600km round trip.

Here in the NT on the open road we have 130 km (80 miles) per hour speed limits.

Sporty ss at on that reasonably well. Did lose a little speed on some small inclines.
I let some air out of the tyres on the return trip as she was a bit nervous on the way down with 40psi in them. Made for a tiresome trip requiring a lot of concentration on the rough roads.


Dropped down to 33 psi on the return trip and it was a lot better.

Now just need to sort out my fuel economy, averaging around 14-15 litres per hundred at the moment giving me a safe range of 350-380 km per tank instead of 500-550 that I used to get. So before any one suggests it's the modifications my fuel economy had gone bad before I started modifying it but as it was running around town I didn't worry about it to much.

Sporty is running a bit rich and I am not sure where to start. You can smell fuel from the exhaust fumes when you first start it up and it is idling

Could it be a semi blocked cat or bad O2 sensor or possibly another sensor somewhere. There is and has never been a engine light showing signifying a fault.

Was going to wait until I have fitted the new extractors and 2.25. Inch mandrel bent exhaust to see if that fits the issue first. Don't want to pour money into parts trying to find what could be causing the excess fuel economy.

Cheers Chris
 

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That's 16 mpg Yankee miles or 20 mpg for the Poms - if you were up around the 120-130kph I would say that's about right allowing for the extra weight of bullbar, aerodynamics and tyres etc.

It looks the business. You've done a lot of work/maintenance on the beast.
 

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My Sportage has run rich for many years, and I have not modified my Sportage at all; I have not investigated about this issue yet, but first thing I will check will be the injectors for leaking and the injectors o-ring gaskets.
 

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Well, finally had my ceramic coated wildcat extractors fitted along with new exhaust. 2 " hi flow cat into 2 1/4 exhaust with hi flow muffler fitted along with a new O2 sensor.

Impressions so far power delivery feels smoother and it feels like it comes up to speed easier with less throttle input. Exhaust note at idol is nice and deep however it is bloody loud inside under power and drones. Going to see about having another straight through resonator or muffler fitted to quiten itdown and hopefully the shop can tune the drone out.

Will see over the next few weeks if my economy improves with the new bits fitted.

Also trial fitted my custom rock sliders purchased a couple of years ago. Wasn't able to fit them until I had the exhaust mounting point changed at the front. They look the goods, taken back off for now. Just need to clean them up and have them recoated before fitting them up permanently. Tossing up between paint or powder coat.

Cheers, Chris
 

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I would like to see a photo under the hood with the "right side drive". I've been wanting to relocate my alternator to the other side of the engine block. I'd like to get a view of the alternators location/bracket. I noticed that the alternators top bracket can be swapped to the other side of the engine (where your steering shaft is located). Problem is, the lower bracket will not fit due to the power steering pump bracket and oil pressure sender.

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Sporty has been running quite well apart from the fuel consumption. I have been doing. A lot of highway work the past couple of months and have clocked up 15000kms with no issues (touch wood ).

I did trythree different O2 OEM sensors and they all caused The CEL to come on requiring me to refit the old factory one. Last time I priced a,factory one through Kia they wanted over $400 for one.��

I have replace the starter motor after over20years of sterling service. Who said Sportages were unreliable��.

I also replace my SAAS sports Steerig wheel as the foam fell apart. Have a much better one now that is full leather. It is a Autotechnia Targa . Great steering wheel, lovely feel and has a padded leather horn button. Should have got this one from the start. Feels somuch better than the SAAS one.

Replace the Airflowmeter as well which led to a slight improvement on my economy issues which leads me to believe I might need to stump up the dollars for a factory 02 sensor from Kia. �� if Iwant my economy to improve. The next option could be injectors.JUst wish I had some where in town I could get mine tested to see if they Are an issue. Damn this throw away society.�� Even with new ones I would like to get them max flowed and blue printed out to max factory specs for the best results.

To combat my limited fuel range one my mates has modified my spare wheel carrier to include a jerry can holder. Looks great and works really well. The spare tyre carrier was moved over as far as we could on the rear rack to accomodate the installation.in nice and tight. I am very happy with the results and after testing it for a while with a full 20litre jerry can of water I am happy to look at having the rear carrier powder coated now.

Unfortunately with photo bucket crapping out I am unable to post pictures of the new sports steering wheel and the jerry can holder or haven’t tried in a while as I diont want to pay for something I hardly use.

Also fitted new stereo speakers as the factory one had crapped out ages ago. So good to have clear music again in the car.Just need to get a new modern stereo now with blue tooth. Going to look at installing a double din unit. I purchased a double din fitting kit awhile ago. Can’t rush these things.

After 22 years the paint work is starting to become quite tired on the roof and bonnet so I want to repaint it before the end of the year. Should get another 10-20years out of it.��

Well that about it for now.

Cheers, Chris
 

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More maintannece,

Front brake line developed a leak. Replaced now with custom black braided lines all round with increased length to suit lift.

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More maintannece,

Front brake line developed a leak. Replaced now with custom black braided lines all round with increased length to suit lift.

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