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T66

posted on 16/9/09 at 08:07 AM Reply With Quote
MNR Advice Please

I am still wavering whether to go Indy R or MNR...

I read the MNR comprehensive kit list and see you can get a full starter kit for 8995

How near to roadgoing will that get me, Im will be fitting a bike engine & probably a ZX10 or 12 or 14 if I can get one.

Ontop of the spend for the kit, what will I need to budget in...?

Wheels/Tyres
Engine
Loom
Seats
IVA
Harnesses and so on...


What else ???

I like the concept of MNR with their kit, its more of a complete kit and removes the burden of sourcing fixings etc etc.

I am fairly handy with vehicles but have never ventured near a kit car, so please accept my virginity in this area.


Any help would be appreciated

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02GF74

posted on 16/9/09 at 08:39 AM Reply With Quote
9 k eek and then you need to source engine and other bits plus pay for SVA??

how much can you buy a finished MNR?

maybe that is how mcuh they cost, but does seem a lot - you are into Caterham or Porsche Boxster money there.

I know building a kit can be finanacial suide but that is not the be all and end all.


here you go:
MK INDY Yamaha R1 (2009) 8.5 K

MK GT1 GSX1300R Hayabusa (2005) 9,700

Caterham 2.0L Zetec 8,750

not meaning to put you off, but that is my opinions - wait for some MNR owners to reply.

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nick205

posted on 16/9/09 at 08:46 AM Reply With Quote
For 9k I'd be wanting every single bit and bob included including an engine. That just doesn't add up to me I'm afraid.






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maximill666

posted on 16/9/09 at 08:53 AM Reply With Quote
Where did you read 8995 for the RT starter kit?

The RT Inboard comprehensive starter kit is 3950

http://www.mnrltd.co.uk/p_cars_rtinboard.htm

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Davey D

posted on 16/9/09 at 08:56 AM Reply With Quote
you wont get much of a road going MNR for 3950

i estimate mine to have cost around 15k to build






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Pdlewis

posted on 16/9/09 at 08:59 AM Reply With Quote
I built mine using the cheap starter kit (inboard) and sourced exerything else individually and mine is tested and on the road for just over 9K and im very happy (some of the bits were bought with upgrade in mind) but i think I have a better car for it as I dont seem to have suffered from some of the things like bending paddle shifts (as i have an AB perofrmance kit)

I would fully recommend MNR as they are very helpful and knolageable








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adithorp

posted on 16/9/09 at 09:26 AM Reply With Quote
Get yourself down to Stafford show this weekend and have a look at a few finished cars, have a chat with the builders and blag some rides if you can. It'll be worth the trip if it means you get the car you really want in the end.

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coozer

posted on 16/9/09 at 09:39 AM Reply With Quote
Mine was on the road inc SVA, tax etc for a few quid under 8K

From my understanding the comprehensive kit your talking about is Mazda based and includes ALL the donor parts to build the car, including Mazda engine and box.

Talk to MNR, they will give you a price based on the spec, the more you choose, the more you pay. Much the same as all the other kit manufacturers.





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T66

posted on 16/9/09 at 10:01 AM Reply With Quote
Apologies the kit Ive read about is 7995 and not 8995 in my first post. Vortx Super...

No mention of an engine included, must be all the rose jointed suspension parts.

Everytime there is a show on Im nightshift, so Stafford is off...

It appears given the replies Ive got, that a budget of 8000-9000 should put a fairly decent MNR on the road then....

It would be helpful if a list of all other parts you need - additionally to the kit was available, or is that the kudos of kit car building.....

My query is more about how much cash I need (roughly) to work with to produce a good standard car. The spec I have more or less got in my head.

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coozer

posted on 16/9/09 at 10:45 AM Reply With Quote
Mine was an RT kit (deleted now) the last one with Sierra uprights

On top of that a Sierra and a zetec, both off ebay.

MNR supply every last nut and bolt for a clean build.

I believe 7995 will get you the kit and everything needed from the MX5





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Gergely

posted on 16/9/09 at 10:55 AM Reply With Quote
Our MNR with bike engine and full cage cost us in the region of 13.000 GBP.
I think that you would struggle to get a bike engined car on the road for much less than 10-11k.
And this is the RT inboard, not the RT Super that you mentioned.
Besides the kit, engine and the donor bits there is still quite a lot to buy for any kit (battery, fluids, buts and bolts, instruments, switches, wires, wheels, tires, filters, reverse, etc...
I have a list of parts I used, but its in Hungarian I am afraid. But it came to 12.500 GBP without the really small nuts/bolts, etc...
Realistically, to get a nice, bike engined car built (without IVA) would cost in the region of 10-12k.
This is from my experience...
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afj

posted on 16/9/09 at 11:18 AM Reply With Quote
WESTFIELD?





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eznfrank

posted on 16/9/09 at 11:22 AM Reply With Quote
My Indy's a ZX12 and just about finished and I reckon with the IVA and registration and everything else included it will just sneak in under 10K.

That's for average stuff in terms of shiny bits, nowt too extravagant and used some donor parts but have used new hubs, Bigg Redd refurbed calipers, R888's that kind of thing. Certainly not the most bling car out there but far from a shed too!

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bassett

posted on 16/9/09 at 12:11 PM Reply With Quote
I think i had one of the first full kits and i believe they have now got better as it was missing key parts i paid for myself. My R1 RTIB started at 9k no reverse but with engine loom and clocks and moved to about 10-11k. You will need bolts major suspension brake etc are supplied but i have still used a lot more 50-100, rivets, rivnuts, fluids are another 100, trim which costs more than you imagine especially with delivery as mine came with none.

Knowing what i now do i could quite easily shave 1k off my build price. Check some members build diaries out for parts you may not have even considered but will need and question what is included under each category when getting prices.

Overall i am impressed with what you get my priced up Tiger i almost bought was 13-16k and i dont think that was complete, then i saw the MNR was far more reasonable better quality and lighter. Ive had my troubles but we are talking about building a car so its expected and i would definitely buy another.



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Gergely

posted on 16/9/09 at 01:02 PM Reply With Quote
I think there are no miracles... yes, you can get a Caterham, Westfield, etc... cheaper second hand with a comparatively weak engine. But if you want to build a bike engined car yourself from any one of the kit producers, you are looking at the figures quoted above. A true Locost might be cheaper of course.
Anyway, an MNR or MK Indy R would be very close in price I assume...
All I know is if I were to build a seven type kit, I would buy and MNR again... I am satisfied...
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GeorgeM

posted on 16/9/09 at 01:51 PM Reply With Quote
If you want to build cheaply, recondition parts yourself, ebay engine, cheaper wheels, tyres, etc, I reckon you can build an MNR for 8-9k.

If you want engine from Malc, Toyo's, alloys, new uprights, digidash, paddleshift, silicon hoses, & the rest..........10-15k should do it

I reckon mine was about 12-13k

you won't get a Caterham with the same performance for that money.

Look at the difference in the cost of a fuel filler cap to see why some cost a lot more !!

You could buy used, I thought about it. But you will then spend ??? to make it the car you wanted in the first place.

MNR will be no dearer than a MK etc of similar spec.

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richardh

posted on 16/9/09 at 03:26 PM Reply With Quote
My MNR inboard with R1 and reverse, wheels, tyres, custom seats, savage switches, fluids, engine tuning etc altogether cost me 13k give or take 500 quid

if i had the time i'd do another

although i'd get CEC and screen, weather gear etc to make it more usable for longer tours.

MX5 engine with turbo would do

its down to who you feel more comfy parting your cash with at end of day.
other builders near you with either?





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T66

posted on 16/9/09 at 04:22 PM Reply With Quote
I was anticipating being on the road with an MK/MNR for near enough 9000.

If I go the R1 engine route, that appears to bring the cost down. As does not going for paddles..

And staying with a standard roll bar, as opposed to the full cage I wanted.


Also using certain reconditioned parts should help.

I dont mind cleaning & prepping parts after all my current toy is a Lada which keeps me fairly busy.


Thanks for the replies I need to go think a bit more about how to do this.

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daniel mason

posted on 16/9/09 at 04:40 PM Reply With Quote
RT+ is fully rose jointed. they are quick too!
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GeorgeM

posted on 16/9/09 at 05:07 PM Reply With Quote
save a few quid & get the RT. Only difference is the inboard rose joints. The poly bushes will last longer & are much easier to set up.
Handling is still superb.

I too would build another. Prob with full cage.

Be nice to have a Mazda with full weather gear & screen, but only if I could keep the R1 too

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grub

posted on 16/9/09 at 06:03 PM Reply With Quote
I WOULD NOT GO FOR THE MNR THIER AFTER SALES ASSISTANCE IS NOT WORTH A TOSS AND THE FRONT UPRIGHTS ARE MADE OUT OF DOGSHIT, THEN WHEN THAT GOES PAIR SHAPED THEY WILL JUST FOB YOU OFF AN INDY WILL BE A LOT BETTER OPTION IN MY EYES IF THAT SHEDS ANY LIGHT.
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prawnabie

posted on 16/9/09 at 06:10 PM Reply With Quote
oh dear....
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afj

posted on 16/9/09 at 06:38 PM Reply With Quote
so im not the only one to be spoken to by a very rude and arrogant guy when ive rang MNR but on a positive side they made my mind up about what car i will build next

a mk middy or another indy





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GeorgeM

posted on 16/9/09 at 07:59 PM Reply With Quote
First off I don't work for MNR

I dare say we can all find good & bad about all of the kit suppliers.

Any problems I have had, have always been resolved
to my satisfaction, that includes changing items because
I changed my mind. They even swapped out seats for
me a year after I purchased them.

I was ready to spend my money with MK at Stoneleigh 3 years ago.
Their attitude toward me made me look elsewhere. Fortunately.

I think the best way to choose what is best for you is to visit the
factories, after looking at cars BUILT by their OWNERS.
A visit to a show is a must.
See how YOU get on with the kit suppliers at the factory.

They ALL make mistakes. They ALL have good & bad days.

Good luck choosing

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Gergely

posted on 17/9/09 at 07:22 AM Reply With Quote
I have built an MNR, and would build another one anytime.
Their customer service is first rate. Any emails are responded to promptly, even the tons of questions I had. Any calls are picked up and answered by Chris and/or Marc. They have helped with my specification, changed it when I changed my mind, kept all their promises and deadlines...
When my front lower wishbones bent because of me incorrectly seting up the shocks, they exchanged it free of charge saying they could have explained it better...
In fact their customer service is one of the most important reasons I would suggest MNR to anyone.
Of course this is only my experience, but if you take a look at this forum, the good experiences outweigh the bad ones about 99 to 1. Pretty good score to me... :-)
I was looking at buying an MK at the beginning, and have very good experiences with them as well. At the end I went for the MNR because of the specifications, suspension, chassis design.
Take a look at both, visit the factories, see the cars being built, talk to real owners about their experiences and decide.
You could save a few quid by sourcing a 2000-2003 R1 off ebay, by sourcing all your cooling tubes and hoses from a scrappy, making your paddle shifter yourself (paddles are MUCH better than conventional shifters in a BEC I think), buy cheap wheels and tires...
Go for the RT inboard unless you want to race.
Talk to Chris and Marc about the kit contents, they will make you a full calculation that will be in line with your budget I am sure.
Gergely

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