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More bits…

I ordered this tunnel bag from Demon Tweeks.

Tunnel Bag
Tunnel Bag

I can’t bring myself to go out without phone or wallet and of course need the house keys. The harnesses are guaranteed to make anything you have in a pocket dig into you uncomfortably so it made sense to have somewhere to stash all the stuff when in the car.

The product seems well made, with metal clips underneath that hook under the tunnel top cover to make sure it stays in place.

Minor gremlins?

Having run the car for a few weeks here are a few observations.

We have been spoiled by modern, premium cars and  the one thing that the Caterham does not shield you from is NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness). You hear everything, which is not bad, just different. You do find yourself wondering is that a gremlin, or just a “characteristic” of  the car.

Having said that it is great to be so close to the mechanics. I don’t think I will tire of seeing the front suspension hard at work over undulating tarmac, or  seeing the front wheels actually turning into a bend. Driving the car doors off is a particularly invigorating and sense-stimulating experience. Just make sure you are wrapped up!

A Frame groans

Initially there was a groaning from the NSR of the car, particularly when the car was manoeuvring at low speed. Forums suggested this was the A Frame bushes and should settle down.

Gearbox noise

The gearbox is noisy on a trailing throttle / under engine braking especially in 4th and 2nd gear. It sounds like gravel shaking on a metal tray.

Brakes

The brakes squeak horribly, especially at low speed. I need to put some copper slip behind the pads.