Hibiscus Red TQS - New Car, New Project, cars been here before though.

midas

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Well a week of running, can’t say I can see it’s dropped more. Sandip certainly said he noticed a difference when he spotted me around town. I’ll be honest……..I thought the ride might have been a little more supple now I’ve had time to get a good feeling of it. But I can live with it.

My lower door strips arrived today from Latvia. These were the only ones I could lay my hands on since the Genuine ones are now long gone. I did think I had some new plastic clips to hold them on. But having replaced the ones on the passenger door, it seems my clips make the trim sit proud of the door slightly. So I’ll have to try and find the correct ones. I’ve cleaned all the crud off the door also, there is some small patches of corrosion, but nothing I’m really worried about currently. I also had to get the white spirit out and rub this horrible shiny top layer off they came with. Horrendous, I think when the strips were packaged they were still wet, so the nylon bags they were in, stuck to the strips making a right old mess. All looking good now.

I also took apart the shocks, as I’ll look to sell the springs on to those who need them. I now know why the car was higher on one side at the back, an issue highlighted by the previous owner MaverickTDI. Looks like somebody put an aftermarket special spring on, which was nowhere near the sport spec spring.
I think my shocks were shafted too, can’t quite believe the state of them. The top arms when removed, the inner bushes were actually loose in their casings. No wonder the car feels so much more planted at the rear now.

So cars all polished now, for a trip to Oulton Park for the BTCC tomorrow. Not sure if anybody else is going? Had a fair few admirers last year and it was nowhere near the condition it’s in now. If anybody’s there, come say hi!

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midas

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Managed to get a job done tonight, and thank holy god it’s now done. Was attempting previously to try and get the yoke out of the prop shaft. But along came injury and some other issues. Couldn’t get my press to do it as the arbors wouldn’t stay still. So some brute force and ignorance combined with using the vice as a press, and it’s out. Managed to grind out the stake marks, being careful not to grind too much off. Just need to press the bearing caps in, and then improvise a staking tool to stake the new end caps in place. I stopped going any further as I want to add more grease to the bearing caps, and I don’t have any lithium grease.

I also got my caliper halves back from a friend who has media blasted them. So have sprayed these with 3 coats of colour, and 2 of lacquer. Hoping with these fitted the alignment should be much better. I’m trusting it that much that I’m going to order to better discs, and new pads as well.

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midas

Registered User
Calipers done today, bleed nipples were a bit rubbish, struggled to undo them, even with heat. So took them out, got a wore brush on the thread and reinstalled with a sliver of copper grease. I’ll have to find time in the weeks ahead to reinstall everything.

I also managed to spend time doing the prop shaft today. Was so relieved to get the older UJ out, I was inspired to carry on this evening and get the new one in. Used the vice to close the caps into the prop, filled with all new Lithium grease. Once in, I used a 20p, and closed the caps in to the depth of the 20p. Once everything was installed, I needed to stake them. I’ve tried and tried to get a staking tool, but cannot get one on its own. So I adopted another strategy I’ve seen done, a cold chisel. Managed to use the corner of the chisel, to get the correct result. Once all the stakes done, I sprayed it with under seal as it looked a bit snappy all rusty. I do have a brand new prop bearing to go on also, still deciding if Im going to use the standard bearing carrier, or an aftermarket version. Brand new prop joints at each end as well. Hopefully this will go some ways to address the banging and bearing whirring noise.

Im happy now though, as the prop is ready to go on, as is the exhaust!


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midas

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Little bit of work at weekend. Managed to get the prop shaft completely rebuilt now, with the dreaded bolt wound back in, and the centre prop bearing pressed into position. I’m not putting the outer CV’s on until it’s being fitted To save any damage.

The new drivers door handle is fitted now also, looks 100% better, and the tension on the handle spring makes door latching a lot better.

Also saw something that’s been winding me up for a while, a replacement cigar lighter assembly. Just need to get that fitted now.
Has anybody ever seen a ‘how to’ on replacing the armrest internal mechanism? To stop it clicking down randomly when you lean on it? I have a spare armrest (in blue) which I’d pull apart to swap parts out with if it was an easy-ish job.

Anyway, hopefully some more parts from AUTODOC tomorrow. Can fit the original calipers then.

Last picture is now Ive just washed it, in some ways I wish the suspension was a bit lower. But then I drive it on the fantastic roads around Bolton and I know any lower would be a mistake.

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midas

Registered User
Managed to get the newly repainted ‘Genuine’ calipers fitted on this Thursday this week. Bled up using a power bleeder, things certainly went back together a lot better with these calipers. Pads slotted straight in, no bending, the pad retainer on the outside slotted straight in, was a breeze. Gave it friday to see if there was any catching, and there wasn’t. So just goes to prove, all the trouble I’ve had with these brakes is thanks to using non-Genuine aftermarket calipers. There’s a moral here somewhere. I did however have quite a long pedal on test drive however, so I’m thinking there is air somewhere in the system.
So today I’ve got up early to fit the new Zimmerman discs, TRW pads and bleed all 4 corners again. All went together really well. And this time round I sprayed the pad retainers in black enamel, with an ‘S’ sticker to finish off. I know some wont like that at all, but I thought it finished it off, and looks in keeping with modern big brakes. This time on test drive there was no long pedal, and the brakes felt great. Should feel better once everything’s bedded in.
I really wanted to get some more jobs done, as I’ve got a new rad fan, as this replacement unit I got from Edinburgh is noisy. Plus I really wanted to get the new cig lighter surround in. But in this weather, I’m not going to do mechanics especially inside a car.

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After:
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And with the wheel back on:

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midas

Registered User
New parcel arrived today as well. A Mishimoto universal power steering oil cooler. So now I can find some time to fit the intercooler I’ve already got. I really didn’t want the original oil cooler just cable tied on like I’ve seen with some installations. So this should look a hell of a lot tidier. I’ve a funny feeling I’ll be fitting a new P/s pump when I fit this though, as it’s really starting to wine now.

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Gops

Badger 5 Edition
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Great progress on this mate! I agree with the weather it’s not kind to any work being done at all!

Loving the brakes, really does make it look cleaner i the wheels!


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Gops

Badger 5 Edition
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Well a week of running, can’t say I can see it’s dropped more. Sandip certainly said he noticed a difference when he spotted me around town. I’ll be honest……..I thought the ride might have been a little more supple now I’ve had time to get a good feeling of it. But I can live with it.

My lower door strips arrived today from Latvia. These were the only ones I could lay my hands on since the Genuine ones are now long gone. I did think I had some new plastic clips to hold them on. But having replaced the ones on the passenger door, it seems my clips make the trim sit proud of the door slightly. So I’ll have to try and find the correct ones. I’ve cleaned all the crud off the door also, there is some small patches of corrosion, but nothing I’m really worried about currently. I also had to get the white spirit out and rub this horrible shiny top layer off they came with. Horrendous, I think when the strips were packaged they were still wet, so the nylon bags they were in, stuck to the strips making a right old mess. All looking good now.

I also took apart the shocks, as I’ll look to sell the springs on to those who need them. I now know why the car was higher on one side at the back, an issue highlighted by the previous owner MaverickTDI. Looks like somebody put an aftermarket special spring on, which was nowhere near the sport spec spring.
I think my shocks were shafted too, can’t quite believe the state of them. The top arms when removed, the inner bushes were actually loose in their casings. No wonder the car feels so much more planted at the rear now.

So cars all polished now, for a trip to Oulton Park for the BTCC tomorrow. Not sure if anybody else is going? Had a fair few admirers last year and it was nowhere near the condition it’s in now. If anybody’s there, come say hi!

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Ahh mate I got the same side trims and the bag they came in made a permanent indent in the things. I'll get some white spirit on them too, it's a horrid shine on them!!
 

midas

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Yeah there isn’t really a out of choice with these trims anymore. Have to get what you can from the eastern block. The good thing is, with all that horrible shiny stuff off, they actually look ok. Thank god.
 

midas

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got busy with the lower rear arms this weekend. A friend gave me this Triflow stuff, which I coated the brake hose unions with, and my my they came undone pretty much straight away. So brake pipes off, brake cables off, and then a right old task of removing the old bushes and chiselling out the metal casings. What a nightmare. So I’ll get to these over to my friend this week, he’s told me he’s going to do his best to get the rear uprights, driveshafts, and wishbones done as soon as he can. The it’s a case of building everything back up, make sure I’ve got replacement bolts, and then choose my week to have it off road to change everything. I’ve already got hold of Powerflex bushes for these arms.
I really think I’m going to need new brake cables, removing the remnants of the old cables from my repacement rear arms required them to be broken. So I guess mine will be the same. Finding new cables though is proving difficult.

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definatly needed all the tools on this bench for this job.

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midas

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Few more jobs this weekend. Sorted out my non working siren. Just a little issue that was annoying me. Already bought a later spec siren which wa also capputt, so this the second time of having everything out. Tested this one before I reassembled everything, and it works, hurrah.
Also swapped out the used fan I got last year, the bearings had gone and the noise it was making was also annoying, so installed a brand new NRF fan. Not an easy job to do, but it’s done now.
Also tried rejigging the TIP, which is a silicone one I bought through ECS Tuning. For some reason when I installed my new headlamps, together with the filter box, it was becoming squashed by the high beam bulb door on the headlamp. I’ve moved the filter firewall up as far as it will go, and also cut down the TIP. But it’s still squashing it. I’m a bit frustrated by this as I know thats interfering with airflow to the turbo. I’ll have to come back to this, and rejig some more at a later point.
My next jobs I really need done is the prop shaft and exhaust system. Hopefully see about doing them in the next couple weeks.

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