Andrew's green Cubic
  • I got my new Cubic yesterday and I love it.



    It looks like it’s been used as a taxi, not because there are any signs of this on the car, but I found a document on the internet describing a Kings Lynn town
    council meeting where someone had applied to use it as a taxi.

    There is overspray in all the wheelarches so I would guess it’s been resprayed recently. Who knows why, accident damage maybe? I think with cars of this age / rarity
    you have to base your judgment on the current condition, the panel gaps are
    spot-on and I can’t find any evidence of accident repairs apart from the
    respray which looks like an excellent job to me.

    It’s an auto, but I think someone’s used a CVT dash panel to convert to MPH (a couple of people suggested this on my other thread), because when you turn off the overdrive, a ‘CVT’ light comes on.

    Plans are to sort out some wheels, and fit some lamps in those round places in the front bumper. Not too sure about lowering as I intend to use all 7 seats
    regularly. I think the tracking needs doing too. It would be nice to have one
    of those double din sat nav radio things with a reversing camera too.

    Does anyone know how to stop the mirrors automatically folding in when I lock the car? I fear it might wear out the motors. There is a little switch near the steering column wich says AUTO in a picture of a mirror, but this has no effect.

  • Nice to see you've started a thread about your car, good luck with your plans. :)

    It's amazing how many posts i've seen from people who want the mirror auto close option. :)

    The overspray could be from a dodgy wheel refurb on a previous set of alloys if it's just in the arches?! 

    I only say that because the wife's Audi A2 has the same from when they repaired wheel kerb damage before we bought the car.
  • Sorted out the mirrors thing. The switch has three positions: Open, closed, and the central position is auto. (this is not labelled).

    The other 'auto' button makes the mirrors tilt downwards slightly when reverse gear is selected. Nice.
  • Renno scenic 16" alloys

  • Welcome and enjoy
  • Nice colour. And I like those wheels! :)
  • I removed this nasty immobiliser today, as it was operating a tad randomly.


    Also, does anyone know if the clip that holds the bonnet stay up inside the bonnet is the same part as a micra or something? Mine is broken.

  • Hi there,

    Congrats on the purchase.

    Would it be possible you could take a photo of where the auto button was for the mirror folding and also adjusting when in reverse gear?

    Just seeing if it is something I haven't noticed before


  • Photo for 328


    Circled in blue is the switch for opening and closing with the mid position being auto. Circled in red is the button for enabling the tilt downwards for reversing.
  • THanks for that mate :)

    I dont have the button in the red circle :(

    But the one in the blue you lock the car and the wing mirrors automatically close? and this is the button to adjust this from hapenning?

    Cheers again for your help!

  • When the switch is in the middle position, the mirrors fold in when the car is locked. They don't fold out again until the engine is started.
  • Did you use your original nuts for the wheels or did they come with the Renault ones?
  • I used the cube wheelnuts. It looks like the Renault wheels have the same taper in the holes.
  • Cheers andrew,

    Will give it a try :)
  • I decided to tackle the rattly exhaust. I considered making a complete system out of 2" pipe, but decided not to for 2 reasons.

    1. There are a series of complex bends near to the rear beam.
    2. Most 'universal' silencers for self build are straight through boxes and I don't want a noisy exhaust (I'm 40 this year)

    So after a bit of searching I found that the higher powered micra diesels had a 45mm exhaust pipe. I bought one:

    Back box
    The middle pipe has no silencer.

    Now, a Cubic is considerably longer than a Micra so the middle pipe needed lengthening. This was achieved by fitting an extra silencer:


    I also fitted an old Punto turbo tailpipe to the back box. This is just screwed on so I can change it as the mood takes.


    I just need to fit all this to the car now, and make up the flexi cup joint where it joins the front pipe.
  • I'm 44 and I want loud <:-P
  • Is you decating ?
  • Toaster - yes, it has 2 cats, one on the manifold and one just behind the front subframe. It just seemed easier to replace the second one. I can put it back on if it fails the MOT.

    I finished the front half of the middle pipe tonight, including the wobbly spring joint thing.



    I'm quite pleased with how high I got the whole thing, this sideways shot shows not much exhaust is hanging down:


    The back box isn't quite hanging straight but apart from that it all works:


    And finally, have I noticed a huge increase in power as a result of de catting and increasing the tube size from 35mm to 45mm? No.
  • I got the central locking sorted on the back door today. It wasn't locking, which meant that when we returned to the car my son would open the door, setting off the alarm. It was suggested elsewhere on this forum that I could fit an aftermarket motor to operate the lock, so I bought a couple off ebay. I drilled a 3mm hole in the lock next to where the cable fits in, then bent the operating rod supplied with the motor in a right angle and fitted it in the lock. It's retained in place by the same bit that retains the original cable:

    Then I made a bracket out of steel strip to hold the motor. It's very powerful so needs holding down securely:

    Next I cut the wiring off the plug and left it plugged into the lock just in case I need it one day. Then I crimped on connectors and connected them to the new motor:

    Checked it was wired the right way round, eg locks when it should and unlocks when it should, then put the door back together. Job done.

    The driver's door is playing up now. Glad I bought 2 motors.
  • Looks like the same little motor in mine. Good Job. :D
  • nice photos, you sorted that out quickly. :)
  • Yes CUBED, I don't like it when stuff isn't working. I have to fix it. I think it must be an illness.

    Did the drivers door today:

  • I spotted some 17" wolfrace wheels locally quite cheap so I bought them:


    They are almost the same colour as the grille. Well pleased.
  • Wheels look good! Always liked that subtle green shade on the Cubes....
  • Now that the brakes are visible they needed a coat of paint. I went for satin black.

  • Yeah, gotta do mine once the weather improves....  :(
  • Towbar!


    Socket hidden behind number plate

  • What paint did you use for the brakes? :)
  • Hammerite satin black. I've used that special calliper lacquer in the past but after a couple of years it doesn't look that great. With the hammerite I can just brush on another coat when it starts to look tired.
  • What towbar have you used Andrew, I didn't think you could get one for a Gen2 Cube?
  • You can't. I bought a Nissan Note one off ebay (turned out to be a genuine nissan accessory) Fitting was not straightforward and I had to modify it slightly. I won't be towing a 20ft caravan with it though. It’s plenty strong enough for my 4ft x 3ft trailer. Someone else on this forum has made one from scratch.
  • I decided to have a go at making a 4-2-1 manifold. On the motorway in traffic it's constantly chopping and changing gears and sometimes with a headwind it won't do 70mph. A little bit more torque at 3000 rpm wouldn't go amiss.

    I cut the flange off a micra manifold:


    Then made up some primary pipes.


    Then some secondaries:


    The finished manifold:


    Fitted to the car:


    It sits much higher than the old front pipe. I spent the last few days sorting out the ecu warning light. I forgot to connect the lambda probe back up and it went into limp home mode. I had to buy an OBD thingy and the nissan software to reset it. I just need to take it on the motorway now to see if all that work made a difference. Around town it feels much smoother and a little more torquey.
  • Heat shield back on.

  • Good work Andrew. :)

    Did you have a sensor / probe fitted into the original manifold? (There's one on my 52 plate)
  • It just has one in the manifold. Some models have 2, one before the cat, and one after the cat. As mine has no cat (for now) I've moved the sensor to the end of the new manifold, ie the first point where all 4 cylinders meet. The ecu hasn't complained since I reconnected the probe and reset it.
  • Yes I've got 2 cats on mine. 

    Keep us posted on updates and If you'd do it again to sell on?

    PS You could have painted the heat cover with stove paint whilst it was off - I've just done mine and looks much neater. :)
  • Good work your Obd thing and Nissan software where did you get and is there a link to it thanks I got three scanners and nun work on my cube thanks
  • That's cos you need the Nissan consult software. Japanese spec cars don't need to talk the UK standard protocol obd. I got the cheapest Bluetooth obd thing off eBay then got a free app from Google play for my phone. I'll post the details when I get home.
  • Or if you want a laptop one, this is the one i bought -
  • THAT IS AWESOME!!!!! ^:)^

    I wish I could weld!!!!!
  • The laptop one Cubed put for the OBD works. I've also got a cheap bluetooth one off eBay and it connects to and app called 'Car Gauge Pro' which works fine too. 

    Nice manifold! :)
  • This is my obd thing. It fits behind the fusebox cover so I left it there. I can check the engine's vital statistics any time on my phone  B-)
  • Cubed - it took me many hours to make and the cost of the parts probably came to over £100. I reckon a specialist could make one for £200, so making them to sell just isn't worth it to me. On top of all that I'm not yet convinced it's made much difference to performance although I haven't been on the motorway without a trailer yet.
  • Thankyou .andrewb I got one of those and a launchx431 . I guess I must have a data prob. Also how did you weld cast to mild steel? Dissimilar rods or was the old manifold steel just a wonder thanks .
  • The manifold is cast iron. I used mild steel wire in the mig. Steel is basically iron with some other stuff mixed in so it welds together fine. I was a bit confused the first time I saw someone do it.
  • Hi Andrew, just reading your thread about the central locking. Do you know which motors / solenoids fit a gen2 cube? I ws hoping to pick a couple up off eBay.

    Cheers if you can help.

  • Sorry about the lack of updates, I've got myself an MG Midget project so my attention has been elsewhere. Mcrdave, the motors are here.

    The manifold cracked so I took it off and put the standard manifold and cats back on. Its MOT time in October so it's for the best. The difference in power is barely noticeable anyway.

    Currently waiting for some -30mm lowering springs to arrive, and I need some different wheels as the current 215 45 17 tyres are rubbing everywhere.
  • In readiness for the MOT I converted a reversing light into a fog light.

  • Looks good better than bolt on one.
  • This weekend I fitted some Vogtland lowering springs and some painted steel wheels. The springs lower the car by 30mm, but the larger wheels means the car only sits 15mm lower than before with the standard wheels and springs.

    Wheels are full size spare wheels from a Renault Scenic which come as standard with 205 50 16 tyres. Four Scenics had to die for this.

    Centre caps are from a Seat Ibiza with the Seat logo filled and smothed and then wrapped in chrome vinyl wrap.

    I ended up taking out the Vogtland rear springs as they made the car too low at the back. I had some Cube springs (non cubic) lying around so I put those in. This makes the back lower than standard but a few mm higher than the front, giving me some scope for carrying 6 people or firewood etc.


  • They look real good, didn't realise they were megane wheels, interesting because the renault steel wheels i've seen have all had circular holes in.

    I like what you've done with the centre caps too, i'm going down a similar route too but I've got k11 micra caps so I've decided to leave the logo in rather than smooth it off and spray them up.

    I'll update my build thread so it makes a bit more sense :)
  • Yes, those wheels only came with scenics with a certain style of alloy wheel. I first saw one when I bought the alloys pictured at the start of this thread and I thought they would look good painted.

    I tried to get some of the Micra centre caps but I couldn't be sure they would be the right diameter.

    One of my younger colleagues told me that I own a 'fly whip' today. After checking Urban Dictionary I accepted this as a compliment.