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Ian W
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5th Apr 15 at 17:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Doesn't look too bad but you can clearly see the differences in paint shades on it

I saw one of these yesterday and assumed someone had just half arsed put the turbo badge there on the boot - turns out that's factory
Jambo
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5th Apr 15 at 17:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Yeah I have grown to actually like that badge now


I think I am feeling a bit disheartened with it as I am not sure of the route to go down. Spending money on some bits is fine as its all reversible and easy peasy.

But paint is expensive and you cant sell it on lol.
CORSA NUT
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6th Apr 15 at 09:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I'd be painting that porch and garage before the car

Seriously though get rid, proper money pit.
Jambo
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6th Apr 15 at 09:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

How is it a money pit? It cost less than a service on my M3

The house is rented I can't paint it but yes the colour is abhorrent. Easy for pizza guys to find tho
Jambo
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Thought I would take an isolated look at the paint. So I had a stab at a front wing with a clay bar;

Difficult to photograph but it was covered in tar. Felt like sand paper..



Clay bar shows you the truth..



Then once I got rid of the sand paper texture I cracked out one of my favourite products



Chucked some SRP over it and buffed off using a microfibre. Results are half decent, it's no show stopper and never will be but scrubs up ok.


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6th Apr 15 at 15:36   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Does the autoglym brand make a difference compared to other tar removers?
Jambo
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Ive not tried any others tbh! But this works well, claybar doesn't get the uber stubborn crap off so just a quick dab and it just wipes off.
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6th Apr 15 at 20:44   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

2 From B&Q so it's not the greatest
Jambo
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10th Apr 15 at 17:49   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

So got the new wheels fitted as the current ones failed the MOT as they were shite

It looks sooooooooo good. Well im pleased with it anyway.

Yes, I know. It needs lowering!
















Ian W
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10th Apr 15 at 17:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Looks great, much better than I would of thought

When is it getting lowered
Ben G
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Are they 18's then? I'm not keen on 6 spokes, not sure why, just find them weird, but they're not too bad.

Lowerng needed badly now.
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10th Apr 15 at 18:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

They look ace, get it lowered now to close them gaps up
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10th Apr 15 at 18:36   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Nice.
Jambo
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10th Apr 15 at 18:55   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

It looks better than I thought it would also. Was worried colour wouldn't suit the paint but it looks nice.

These are 18"s Ben yes. From the Astra H VXR. In the flesh they look smaller than in the pics.

Think my shocks are ok so have to decide between 50/30mm and 30/30mm eibach kit.

Tyres must have been screwed as it drove so much nicer on the way home. Quieter, more stable, steering was better and it ride better also.
Ben G
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10th Apr 15 at 18:57   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Any pics of the two different spring kits installed?
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10th Apr 15 at 19:02   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Great choice of wheels James. Going to look fantastic lowered a few cm's.


Jambo
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quote:
Originally posted by Ben G
Any pics of the two different spring kits installed?


Scott's black one is on 50/30 I think on same wheels. (Few threads below).
30/30 isn't much different.

Thanks Alex looked better than I thougjt!
Ben G
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10th Apr 15 at 19:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ah ok. Go 50/30 then. Scotts one sits perfectly imo.
Jambo
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Yeah that's what I think I'll do, just unsure how much k fancy taking it slow over speed bumps as I'm used to kangarooing over them in the Citroen
Kyle T
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10th Apr 15 at 20:03   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Just seen this Jambo! Good job.

Love the seats in these.


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Jambo
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10th Apr 15 at 20:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Do you Kyle? Thanks

I'm not sold on the seats. I like the pattern and alcantara. But the seats whilst are "comfortable" they are like the seats in my Z3: Rock hard. Not sumptuous. There is also a teenie bit of play in the drivers seat when accelerating. Literally tiny but I notice it.

Other thing that bugs me is almost all of the seats I have seen with this interior have movable knee support, mines fixed?

Long term plan would be to get some GSi recaros and trim the centres to match this interior. The seats are quite readily available and not expensive no idea how much trimming would be for just centres.
Jambo
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10th Apr 15 at 20:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Kyle:

See knee supports.
Jambo
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10th Apr 15 at 20:22   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Gsi seats re trimmed centres (albeit leather but pattern is same)

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10th Apr 15 at 20:24   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Let me clarify, I've never sat in them

I just think they look brilliant. Always had a softspot for these, was just never in the market for one...


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Jambo
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Was just explaining they do good


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