Newbie, honda Acty & Beat
My name is Ron, I'm from the Netherlands but have recently moved to the UK. Me and my other half are the proud owners of 2 kei cars, a honda acty and beat. Looking forward to getting to know other kei owners and post progress made with our own kei projects
I've owned the beat for some time now, it's been a non running project car from the very beginning but starting to show signs of finally getting finished. The beat came with some cool mugen parts and it's become somewhat of a mission to complete the mugen trim and have it resemble the red beat in the original mugen brochure.There are a few parts I'm still preying on
We purchased the acty in a sorry state, according to the previous owner it had been used as an advertising vehicle and as such was left in a field, heavily vandalized by youth and was then saved by the previous owner getting new windows and the panels somewhat done up. Technically it's 100% but visually it will need a lot of TLC, we plan to go a little creative on this one . It's a hoot to drive, we regularly use it to collect parts and transport bikes.
Hello and welcome!
Nice pair of Kei cars you've got. I've always thought that Beats look awesome, and it's nice to see the Acty looking good again! Saw loads of those in my travels in Japan.
Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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Thanks for the welcome I've been to Japan a couple of times as well and indeed you see them practically on every corner of the street
I believe there are only a few of this later model in the UK whereas there are quite a few older ones. I learned from my partner there used to be a UK company that rented them out to people to move their stuff about. Can anyone verify this?
As for progress...
We picked up a set of mx5 daisy alloys for the acty a while back only a few miles from where we live. And I just started giving them a small make-over just yesterday. unfortunately after having put quite some time in I only got round to test fitting them yesterday as well and found the centre holes are too small at 54,1 mm vs 56mm on the acty >.< won't be making that mistake again...
14" 5,5j et 45 If anyone favors the classic look of these wheels and has a kei car with the correct PCD and centre hole they'll be up for sale soon. Atm still only primered so you can spray them any colour you want
You can open up the centre bore of alloy wheels with a flap wheel (sandpaper wheel for a drill) or a local machine shop should be able to open them up on a lathe,
If you Google it you should get the information on how to do this
Thanks for your input. But will the flap wheel not unbalance the wheels? Or is that just being overly concerned. As for option 2 I'm just afraid the machining cost will be more than what I paid for the wheels
You have to take your time and do it carefully but the centre bore is only to help align the wheel over the hub,
The wheel bolts/nuts are what holds the wheel centrally,
Lots of people run wheels with a larger centre bore in the wheels than is required for the car
Worth checking Google as a lot of the VW boys bore out the wheel centres by hand
I am glad I took your advice Adrian, went with the flapwheel. The mx5 alloys will no longer be put up for sale, I will keep them. After making sure all 4 fit perfect I finished their little refurb today. We're ordering some 155/55/r14 rubber now, I think they will look great on our acty.
Repaired curb rash & primered
Test fit after using the flapwheel method as Adrian suggested
spraying colour (I had this can with dark grey in my possession for at least 5 years luckily the one can was just enough)
After spraying clear