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Got yah, I'd have been tempted to slacken off a unions to the rack and drain from lower down. Check the amount that's come out and then top up with fresh. Possibly 2/3 available however extra risk in something going wrong too sadly. Nice work pal and at least you can feel the difference. 

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Decided to run a can of BG 44K Platinum (£22.50 from Amazon) through the system. It's nearly a 16-year-old car so I thought why not. I've listed my current fuel stats (tracked with Fuelio) below and I'll compare them once I've travelled a similar distance. This testing wouldn't find itself in a peer-reviewed journal but no harm in it. 

 

Current fuel stats:

AVG: 24.62MPG over 2,657 miles

BEST: 30.15MPG (over a full tank)

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Cleaned the MAF sensor today just for the sheer fun of it (apparently they should be cleaned every 50,000 miles). There was actually a tiny bit of muck which I managed to very satisfyingly blast out.

 

I did another PSF reservoir change. For anyone else thinking about doing it, you'll need roughly 225ml worth of PSF to fill up the reservoir to just under the cold maximum.

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Time for a bit of leather care. The photos don't do the difference justice (due to image size restrictions).

 

Leather Cleaner: Gliptone Liquid Leather Cleaner

Leather Care: Autoglym Leather Care Balm

Brush: SONAX - Leather & Upholstery Brush

 

Applied both products using a clean microfibre. I agitated the leather cleaner using the brush.

 

Seat

Before

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After

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Bolster

Before

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After

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Headrest

Before

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During

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After (it was slightly wet when I took the photo, no cause for alarm)

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14 minutes ago, HEADPHONES said:

Your bolster wear looks identical to what I had.

For a few pounds and about 20 mins work you can get it 95% perfect.......

 

 

I see what you mean - the wear is nearly identical. I'll definitely get it sorted. It's now on the list!

 

Thanks for the recommendation. 

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New bonnet struts and a little engine bay detail. Need to figure out a way to get the plenum nice and clean.

 

Bonnet Struts

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Engine Bay Before

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Engine Bay After

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A new day, a new challenge. With the sage advice of @HEADPHONES in hand, I embarked on the perilous journey of touching up the worn leather on the driver side seat. To do this, I bought Angelus Acrylic Finisher Matte and Angelus Acrylic Flat Black Leather Paint.

 

What I did:

1. One application of acetone using a q-tip/cotton bud

2. Two coats of Flat Black using the built-in brush

3. One coat of Finisher using a random airfix brush

 

Unfortunately, I didn't get the result I was after. The 'Flat Black' is just too black and contrasts heavily against the dull aged seat leather. Applying the Acrylic Finisher didn't do much help and it actually made matters worse by leaving a light sheen around the painted areas. I don't have any photos but I'm not leaving it here. I've just bought proper preparer & deglazer (to replace the acetone), paint duller and a set of leather brushes. Hopefully this will sort it out.

 

Seat after applying acetone

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Original seat bolster condition

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As you can see in the photo below, the new paint didn't blend in nicely with the existing seat leather. Although you can't really notice it unless you catch it in the light, I knew it was there and I couldn't leave it like that.

 

The 'preparer & deglazer' worked brilliantly and removed all the previous paint I'd applied beforehand (not pictured) but this basically brought me back to square one as the original damage is now visible again 😐

 

Paint issue

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The next day

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Very good effort and considering these pictures are from just a few inches away looks decent. I would just suggest for the next time working with rolled back edges thus not to have a hard blend line for the colour match. 

 

Bonnet struts have been fitted upside down as you want the body of the damper upside down, so the oil is always providing lubricant for the ram seal.

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Sorry to hear the paint match was so far out. Possibly wasn't as noticeable on mine due to my paint only needing doing upto the orange stitching which breaks and masks the transition between factory and touch up paint :shrug:

 

 

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11 hours ago, davey_83 said:

Very decent effort and considering these pictures are from just a few inches away looks decent. I would just suggest for the next time working with rolled back edges this not to have a hard blend line for the colour match. 

 

Bonnet struts have been fitted upside down as you want the body of the damper upside down, so the oil is always providing lubricant for the ram seal.

 

Thanks, it's definitely not perfect. Didn't know rolling back the edges of tape helps with blending in paint, good tip! I'm hoping that over time the new paint will dull a little and blend in nicely.

 

Good catch on the bonnet dampers, in my world my car drives strictly on the ceiling 😂

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On 18/10/2022 at 21:32, HEADPHONES said:

Sorry to hear the paint match was so far out. Possibly wasn't as noticeable on mine due to my paint only needing doing upto the orange stitching which breaks and masks the transition between factory and touch up paint :shrug:

 

 

 

Not to worry mate, I'm quite meticulous when it comes to these sorts of things. Additionally, leather colour will vary slightly from car-to-car/production run/manufacturing location so there's never truly a one-size-fits-all solution.

 

Adding a drop or two (5-10%) of Angelus duller helped massively, really 'calmed' the black down and reduced some of that contrasting effect. Unfortunately, matching it perfectly is beyond my abilities.

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Nice to be back. I've been quite busy during the blackout.

 

All four wheels received a full refurbishment (in OEM Rays silver of course), ceramic coating and balancing. At the same time, I had the rear tyres replaced with a fresh pair of Michelin Pilot Sport 5. I also fitted H-Dev's intake plenum spacer kit. I'll likely get the UpRev map soon to follow this up. Additionally, I fitted a genuine Nismo shift knob and polished up the Miltek exhaust tips (pictures to be added soon).

 

I didn't notice an increase in power after fitting the plenum spacer, but I did find accelerating to be a touch smoother. Placebo? Anyone else want to weigh in with their experience? I've read that an UpRev map is the key to unlocking its true potential, so I guess I need to get that booked in!

 

Wheel refurbishment

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Somebody nicked my wheels

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Welcome back to weekly throttle body cleaning. Cleaned using Liqui Moly 5111 Pro-Line Throttle Valve Cleaner and the aggressive use of a toothbrush. The carbon build-up came right off with a bit of elbow grease. Resetting the ECU was an absolute pain; I just couldn't get the timing right. This video saved me in the end.

 

The after photos don't look much different so I'm going to pretend I've made a massive improvement 😎

 

The tools

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After

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