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G.Lewarne

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  1. Not a done to, but a done with.... Used my 7 to jump start our generator for our 500 attendee Outdoor Cinema event in the estate of a stately home. Terrible movie (greatest showman), but the 480 ladies attending loved it. Pretty much maxed out our enormous soundsystem and gained some temporary deafness. Awesome night. wouldn't have happened if I didn't have my jump leads and a willing battery
  2. Replaced smashed up rear light custer with replacement from AMS, and properly secured fuel tank exhaust heat shield with proper machine screws and washers in prep for today's MOT. Heat shields are a thing for the MOT now, so check yours. Its only the "Fire Risk" ones such as manifold, cat and fuel tank shields.
  3. Painting Replacement Brake Calipers

    You can get clear coat VHT
  4. So just over a year ago I completed a front end rebuild comprising, amongst other things a new set of KYB shocks - purchased from an online supplier of reasonable reputation I recently went over a crater on the M5 at 70 mph and damaged my passenger side shock (blew the seal). So, to be thorough I bought another pair of KYBs from my trusted local supplier which were sourced right from KYB uk. Imagine my surprise on extracting said blown shock and finding a totally different brand under the KYB Excel-G sticker - they are actually "Optimal" made shocks which seem to come from china and are the same basic make as most of the cheapo "rebranded" shocks out there. I guess faking the KYB sticker and box wasn't difficult..... don't ever buy Optimal shocks. even the one on the undamaged side was totally fecked after just 1 year. 10mm free play up/down on the piston, squeaky seals, virtually no rebound pressure left, hard and soft parts along the stroke -oh, and rusty too. I am usually very diligent when I source critical parts, but this time I was caught out and thought I would share the experience. ps - with genuine KYBs at the front now and known genuine KYBs at the back it doesn't half ride stiffer ! its like its on rails
  5. I got the same ones, they feel pretty nice. Rubber, not plastic. Definitely felt firmer than the shagged ones I took off. fit perfect, no issues with them. Got the same upper isolater/shock boot as well - 1.5 years on and no tears or perishing
  6. its all a conspiracy!
  7. honestly reboxing rebranding and/or faking is getting so prevalent now I basically avoid critical parts coming from eBay or overseas companies. I now only buy any super critical "holds my wheel on or slows me down" stuff from a couple local motor factors - and even then im choosy with the brand of part if there is a choice. you can inspect them on the premises and there are humans there if you have a problem. Most of the time its only a few quid more. Im not sure about checking the rear shocks as I know mine are genuine (saw the KYB van drop them off to my local depot)
  8. are you ever gonna read my PM ?   :P

     

    1. Crazy Cat Lady

      Crazy Cat Lady

      Hi Gavin

       

      confused dot com here

       

      i have no notification of a recent PM from you, the latest is 19 June? [which i've replied to]

       

      > insert head scratching confused looking emoticon here <

       

      Unless you've sent it to someone else by mistake?  :lol:

       

    2. G.Lewarne

      G.Lewarne

      a-ha!   I sent it to CrazyCatLady (without spaces) which must be someone else

  9. Bug splatter

    not sure whats worse, the bug splatter or the jiggalo number plate
  10. I finished my super cheap (maybe 10 quid) and super lightweight (about 3kg total) "sound proofing" in the rear cabin and boot area today Totally pleased with the results, quieter than my friends lexus now even the exhaust is quieter in the cabin. I await confirmation from another member before I post details.
  11. that thing is a pain in the ass I resorted to bending the edges of it over the fuel tank lip with some pliers to keep it in place. Seems to have held fine for a year
  12. Gen 7..good used buy or not?

    sounds like you have some stories
  13. Replaced all three wiper blades with new Valeo units. much better wiping than the bosch on there before and totally silent.
  14. Bug splatter

    y'all don't have forcefields?
  15. 1) someone dinged it with a trolley (or something) in Tesco, rear wing area 2) reversed it into the corner of the skip someone badly placed behind my garage today I cant have nice things
  16. What came in the Post Today?

    is that a new design membership card?
  17. rear disc shields just had to go - luckily the inner plate and caliper bracket were in great shape or it would have been £££ to TCB for new ones
  18. after fitting a new front set of KYB shocks yesterday (after the "fakes" debacle), I finished the job properly with another full geometry alignment. Pleased to report front and rear are all in the green, car drives great ...in fact...better than ever if I may say so myself. feels super planted, firm and tight
  19. don't worry debs yours are all fine., I just remembered a couple other differences On the fronts, the genuine ones have the droplink attachment plate exactly as in debs picture. on the "fakes" its a single small piece just welded at the end
  20. would prefer not at this time, I want to see what their response to my email is look at yours and you see a sticker AND the KYB part number & "made in japan" stamped on the outward face of the shock. The top "plate" around the piston should be silver not black and be a flat disc with tacwelds. The weld around the very bottom of the shock where it has the hub plate pressed around it - it should be a continuous weld all around the tube, not just a few spot welds. that was all the more obvious differences I could see
  21. Gen 7..good used buy or not?

    its hard to say - you cant really judge someones enthusiasm, mechanical aptitude and preparedness with the usual short introductory posts. I think I remain positive with a hint of caution. Certainly I think its pretty fair to be blunt about some issues such as preface 140 oil issues.
  22. Ive been fed up with my cracked and damaged number plates looking skanky so I got some new (completely standard) ones made up. Got the rear one replaced without drama. However, on fitting the front I put a permeant crinkle in the reflective backing just to the right of the last letter. Its pretty obvious and looks crap Since I have already had two new plates made (and registered with the dvla) will it look dodgy if I get a third one made up to replace the one I crinkled? it would mean a third plate swap being registered with them in like 3 days..... ? or should I just keep it now because the crinkle isn't infringing on the letters.
  23. how on earth did you manage to crack it?
  24. is this going to look dodgy to the DVLA ?

    all the ebay ones seem to be more expensive than from a local place too? I paid 7 quid each for mine with all the requisite makings on them and got them in minutes of handing over my paperwork.