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@bmwmike anyone attempting  to try to push the piston back first could strip the gears in the EPB, if they don't first remove the epb motors and wind them back manually before pushing the pistons all the way back, so a good point mike to make.

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Just Ordered H+R Springs and EBC Yellow Stuff Pads for my F11.

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No chance not that technically minded, Demon Tweeks are doing it and throwing in a free laser wheel alignment.

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So, the F11 once again saw tge light of day after a 2 month hibernation. Longish 3 hour round trip. It is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder; it was just like going for that first test drive all over again! 

As a Brucie Bonus, it returned 36mpg. 

Thoughts of betrayal in the form of an Alfa Giulia are fading away... 

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8 hours ago, Caesar said:

Thoughts of betrayal in the form of an Alfa Giulia

 

V6 instead of a straight six, similar autobox as yours.  Option of four wheel drive.  Hmmmm, I can see where you are going.

 

I still can't shake the Alfaitis worries.  I've worked with two blokes who both had Alfa's (156 and a Mito) and they both suffered badly from Alfaitis.   Bits falling off at a regular rate or seizing or corroding or timing belts snapping and being on the hard shoulder in a cloud of steam. I used to get the phone calls, "I'm going to be a bit late in today, something has happened to the car..."

 

But you've seen sense

 

8 hours ago, Caesar said:

are fading away... 

 

:lol:

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You are spot on with the reliability question, Andrew. The general reliability of the BMs I've ownef has been very good and tge running costd therefore quite low. 

Quadrifoglio owners on forums seen to be divided into two camps: those with utterly reliable cars and those who spend most of their time with loan cars as tgeirs languish iat the dealer {and tge dealers have a very poor reputation}. 

A trip down to Cambridge is on the cards before the end of the month; cant wait! 

 

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1 hour ago, Caesar said:

You are spot on with the reliability question, Andrew. The general reliability of the BMs I've ownef has been very good and tge running costd therefore quite low. 

 

Yes, I've never once thought, when turning the key/pressing starter button, "will it start", like I had with the cars I've had before hand.

 

Precision German Engineering with ruthless efficiency v Italian flair and styling with mechanicals made from pasta.

 

It was an old boss of mine that had a 156, lovely looking car and the cockpit details were terrific but he used to get to drive it only when the courtesy car needed a service.

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Finally bought some 351Ms on Ebay. £520 with Goodyear Eagle F1 RFTs all round. They're a bit tatty but nothing a basic refurb can't sort and besides, I think a fresh lick of powder-coated goodness in Ferric or gunmetal grey is on the cards for these. TPMS valves didn't register on the brief test drive I just took after swapping the wheels but they're supposedly ok so I need to investigate that. Considering the dramatic difference I felt moving to non-RFT on the 18s I'm very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the ride - I experienced none of the uncomfortable crashiness I was expecting. It just felt less wallowy and more planted. 

 

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On ‎13‎/‎06‎/‎2020 at 20:21, jannism said:

- I experienced none of the uncomfortable crashiness I was expecting. It just felt less wallowy and more planted. 

 

Mine on the 19" rims is planted.  When I was out in it yesterday, I was specifically looking out for crashiness that other complain of but, nope, just sublime.  Do you have VDC or anything like that on your car?

 

When you get the rims fettled up, make sure to keep the hub mating face clean and free from paint or powder coating.  Wait and see if your wheel specialist mentions it, if they don't and you ask about it and the response is as if you have two heads, walk away from that wheel specialist.

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I have the 19's too, and not crashy either.....

 

Depends on the kind of road surface you're driving too......Nice flat/smooth surface is lovely......Roads round my way on the other hand :blink::roll:

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I had 19s on both of my previous F10s and whilst it wasn't awful, the ride was definitely not great in either. I had Michelins on the 520 and Dunlops on the 530. When I changed the Conti RFTs on this car's 18s  to non-RFT Goodyears the difference was staggering in terms of comfort, although that was at the expense of the aforementioned planted feeling when having my way with the loud pedal. 

 

Having driven it a few more times on 19" RFTs I've come to the conclusion that it's the manufacturer of the tyre that makes the biggest difference. That being said, it's Goodyears all the way for me now.

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On 10/06/2020 at 08:07, 535i Andrew said:

@Oilburner and @bmwmike

 

Would a tool like this be ok for pushing back the rear caliper pistons? 

 

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/disc-brake-piston-spreader-0---65mm/

 

I've got one like this which I've used with ease on the fronts.  But as you said, it's a push back rather than a wind back so hoping that would be o.k, failing that I've used a G clamp on the old pad to push back pistons after cracking open the bleed nipple.

 

That tool will be fine, once you've wound the actuators back using your foxwell you'll literally be able to push the pistons back with your fingers.

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Today's fun started with replacing the rear brake pad warning sensor and stopping the 'you must report to BMW und pay lots of money...SCHNELL !!' every time I switched on or off. Turned out the old one had somehow got sliced, but I was going to change it anyhow after replacing the pads the other week, so no biggie.

That done, I moved on to replacing the second of my steering wheel remotes. This time, more pics... can be checked out here

 

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Cleaned her out topped up fluids checked tyre pressures charging battery for few hours ready for the 880 mile round trip on monday what she was built for .....

 

 

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After a year and a half if ownership I have finally got rid of the annoying Indy dealer sticker which had been placed at the bottom of the rear window. I'd previously been dubious of attempting to remove it being wary of damaging the heating elements on the surface of the glass so just lived with it . Today I noticed the sticker peeling slightly at one corner and having been warmed by the sun all day the glue was nice and soft so I started to gently peeled it back trying to be as careful as possible. 

 

At first it looked as though the glue was going to come off with the sticker but in the end I was left with a lot left on the glass.

 

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Not quite what I was hoping to achieve so I set about it with a cloth and some panel wipe. After 10 mins of wiping and careful scraping I'm left with a nice clear rear window at last. 

 

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I don't understand why they'd even put a sticker there in the first place. It was right in the middle of one of the parts of the window I look at most through the rear view mirror when driving. 

 

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Not the most involved of jobs but still quite satisfying. 

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It really has to be one of the most annoying things in the world that dealers believe they have the right to force you to carry free advertising for them. It’s bad enough that the government require it on number plates without them plastering it on your car that you’ve paid  them for.

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I suppose while they are the owners of the car they're entitled to stick on whatever they like but it'd polite if they could ask if we mind advertising their business for free or would prefer to have our windows left clear and unobscured. They could easily remove any unwanted stickers before handing over the car. If I buy another similarly adorned car from a dealer might ask them to do so.

 

I still have the dealers number plates on the car, complete with their logo emblazoned on the border. I can't get rid of them without spending my own money and as they don't obscure my view when driving I think I can live with them for a bit longer. 

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