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On 10/02/2018 at 9:16 AM, Blobby said:

 

I've got auto-dimming mirrors all round.. Appreciate the door mirrors are fudged because they are always dim. But i hate them cannot see a thing at night when reversing, I'd rather have plain glass

 

Hey Blobby,  I've got the auto dimming/photo-chromatic and folding wing mirrors on a 2008 LCi... at night they dim only when headlights are detected and clear when not dazzled.  I'm guessing it uses the rear view mirror sensor for this, but definitely not always dimmed.

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17 minutes ago, M88rt j said:

Saw this on Facebook last week but only a sneak peek, looks like it's come up well

It has come up a treat. Annoyed I didn't get it done sooner as had the car 2 years. I'll put a full write up on here once I've got all the photos. 

 

Also going to get some original spiders for it. 

 

Other thing I had done was the calipers painted sapphire grey all round with M stickers put on front. Crap photo below. Looks very smart in the flesh. 

 

 

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Not at all. £300 for the polishing and ceramic coating which should last 2 years. If I was to purchase all the kit to do it myself it would have been a similar price and that's before I've even lifted a finger...

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19 minutes ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

That's very very good value for money. Looks like an awesome job too.

Agreed yes. It's funny, I think people either get the whole detailing scene or they think it's absurdly expensive. To restore the paint to as near as new (sometimes better) given the labour and materials involved I think it's good value. Others simply think that's 60 cheap car washes worth of £ notes. 

 

Lot of cowboys out there with machine polishers too. But the chap who's done my car is very good and genuine. 

 

I'm chuffed as you can probably tell...

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Considering the amount of work that goes into a proper detailing job and the expense of the products too, that 300 quid doesn't actually go very far. Two full days worth of work and a lot of money invested in equipment and products. Plus building upkeep etc. I paid 500 quid for mine to be done but it didn't have a ceramic coating put on. It was well worth it though with how brilliant the car looked afterwards. 

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Can't argue with that at all, It looks great.  I want my car polished and ceramic coated, a detailer near me wants £255 plus just for Gtechniq ceramic coating. Two stage polishing starts at £295 :huh:

 

 

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My mistake. It was actually two coats of G Techniq exo v3. Not ceramic, but still £44 for a 30ml bottle in itself. The calipers have been ceramic coated. As said though, massively worth it for end result, majority of swirls removed and huge gloss levels restored. 

 

Problem is, I'm now wanting to do more to the car. Going to swap the wood out for piano black and upgrade the wheels next...

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22 hours ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

Turbos are being removed today! :D

 

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Goodbye 420BHP hybrids, you have served me well.

 

So what's next and what are you doing with the old turbo's

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23 minutes ago, Blobby said:

 

So what's next and what are you doing with the old turbo's

 

They're off to the turbo company I use to be rebuilt bigger again with some new ideas. They're going to have a lot of testing done and will eventually be offered as part of an upgrade pack which will incorporate stage 3 tuning with optional methanol injection, new R90 fuel pump from the 272BHP 535D, Wagner Intercooler, Wagner downpipe,  enlarged MAF to turbo inlet pipe that will maintain the standard airbox, oil and filter with 5/40 Millers oil and datalogging on the road. We're aiming for up to 480BHP/950Nm without methanol, and up to 500/1000Nm with methanol. The  price is to be confirmed for it but we're expecting in the region of £4500 for 480BHP and £5200 for over 500BHP, this does depend on how far we get with the R90 fuel pump though and when we run out of it. We'd need the car for 2 weeks for this service. Price details are to be confirmed though.

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8 minutes ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

 

They're off to the turbo company I use to be rebuilt bigger again with some new ideas. They're going to have a lot of testing done and will eventually be offered as part of an upgrade pack which will incorporate stage 3 tuning with optional methanol injection, new R90 fuel pump from the 272BHP 535D, Wagner Intercooler, Wagner downpipe,  enlarged MAF to turbo inlet pipe that will maintain the standard airbox, oil and filter with 5/40 Millers oil and datalogging on the road. We're aiming for up to 480BHP/950Nm without methanol, and up to 500/1000Nm with methanol. The  price is to be confirmed for it but we're expecting in the region of £4500 for 480BHP and £5200 for over 500BHP, this does depend on how far we get with the R90 fuel pump though and when we run out of it. We'd need the car for 2 weeks for this service. Price details are to be confirmed though.

Do you have ZF on speed dial

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Fitted a new water valve. She peed out much more coolant than I was expecting which was a weak pink/purple instead of the blue/green of G48. I'll do a proper coolant change when I do the 7000 mile oil change sometime in the spring.

 

My feet are now warm :lol: but the HVAC is still not as good as my E46. I want cool air from the centre vents and warm to my feet, the E60 won't do it. On Auto, it seems like it's just cycling all the time. <_<

 

Still, better than it was. 

 

 

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Washed and waxed it too. Autoglym Rapid Aqua Wax is great stuff, you can apply it to wet panels and it's so easy to buff off. Ideal for a quick wax in-between proper waxes for extra protection. 

 

You can get 5 litres of it called Express Wax for less than £40. Bargain.

 

Rain-x'ed the front and rear screens too.  Saloons need a rear wiper, yet still they don't fit one. 

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15 hours ago, Deviant said:

Washed and waxed it too. Autoglym Rapid Aqua Wax is great stuff, you can apply it to wet panels and it's so easy to buff off. Ideal for a quick wax in-between proper waxes for extra protection. 

 

You can get 5 litres of it called Express Wax for less than £40. Bargain.

 

Rain-x'ed the front and rear screens too.  Saloons need a rear wiper, yet still they don't fit one. 

 

Oooh I didn't know the Express Wax was the same stuff. I've used the Aqua Wax before as a quick top up and thought it was brilliant!

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Oil and filter

Rear left wishbone front inner bush changed which was a bit of a ball ache. 

New rear discs and pads. 

Also front break anti rattle springs were changed as the existing ones were a bit corroded, for a tenner they were easy enough to change while on the lift. 

I've managed to source a heater blower and will fit it when this crappy cold I have subsides. 

Will drive it for a couple of days and get it 4 wheel aligned. 

 

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