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    RichardK got a reaction from yes oui si in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    My partner thinks I'm mad doing all this stuff on the BMW but likes it, apart from it being too noisy. I don't know how to explain the difference between noisy like the 208D which is toddler smashing a tin toy on an apparently never-ending bannister while repeating NONONO and walking on pistachio shells in clogs, and noisy like the X3 3.0sd with a stainless de-DPF setup which is a TOOL gig performed on a platform pulled by a Deltic and why the latter is acceptable, even desirable.
    The only bit I don't like about the X3 exhaust/DPF removal, other than legality/breaking my own moral code of "make it right like the manufacturer intended and make it work properly, don't bodge or bypass", is that it makes the garage into something resembling an early 1990s Scottish Borders Transport bus garage full of green-at-the-gills students adding NOx and asthma to their hangovers. And that's just reversing 20ft.
    On the other hand, I'm definitely getting my money's worth from the high VED.
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    RichardK got a reaction from N Dentressangle in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    My partner thinks I'm mad doing all this stuff on the BMW but likes it, apart from it being too noisy. I don't know how to explain the difference between noisy like the 208D which is toddler smashing a tin toy on an apparently never-ending bannister while repeating NONONO and walking on pistachio shells in clogs, and noisy like the X3 3.0sd with a stainless de-DPF setup which is a TOOL gig performed on a platform pulled by a Deltic and why the latter is acceptable, even desirable.
    The only bit I don't like about the X3 exhaust/DPF removal, other than legality/breaking my own moral code of "make it right like the manufacturer intended and make it work properly, don't bodge or bypass", is that it makes the garage into something resembling an early 1990s Scottish Borders Transport bus garage full of green-at-the-gills students adding NOx and asthma to their hangovers. And that's just reversing 20ft.
    On the other hand, I'm definitely getting my money's worth from the high VED.
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    RichardK got a reaction from N Dentressangle in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    This is just faffing - I'm going to do waterpump and thermostats soon but continuing the curse of "messed up parts delivery" Amazon have /damaged/ the parcel for the Febi pump that was supposed to arrive today.
    I'll probably get the intake pipes out of the way then decide "oh I'll just do the turbo vacuum pipes as well" and by the time I'm done will have refurbed everything 😂
    Running totals:
    Secondhand tail light: £24.95 posted (yeah, I missed one at £43 and was annoyed then that one popped up - arrived next day on Fedex!).
    Central locking solenoid for fuel filler: £33 but not here yet
    Both EGR and main thermostats: £76 (Behr - OEM with BMW number ground off) - was £130 from dealer but they messed up first time so I never picked them up.
    Oil filter, oil, air filter - irrelevant consumables but about £100 using proper oil.
    Rear dampers £120 Bilstein B4 plus £17 for bump stop kit
    Parts needed, in order of "ease of sorting"
    Upper air cleaner housing - a whole box is £25-35 on eBay so not worried
    Wheel arch liner NSF - £40 secondhand typically but I need one with an extra cooler vent - only one I've see  so far has damage. £700 new so that's not happening!
    Front dampers: Bilstein B4 look to be around £250 for the pair, plus any useful things like upper bearings. They aren't stiff or noisy, so might be okay.
    Front suspension R&R. It clonks a bit, and has a little wander, so like the dampers is probably all original. There are kits of all the links for around £200-250 but I don't trust the quality, and a polybush kit is eye-wateringly expensive and hard to fit without a press.
    Prop centre bearing: ££ - who knows. Part is cheap, but fitting involves getting the old bearing off, plus it's wise to replace the guibo/flex disc and those are expensive for good ones. Say £100-500 depending on what I end up doing.
    Transfer box: £700 if it needs it. I'm not convinced and suspect the right wheels and tyres, a fluid change, and recalibration may be all that is needed.
    Differentials: oil changes for sure. If I drop the centre bearing and it's not worn, the rear diff may be the source of the noise but I think @Robson3022 mentioned that the previous owner had had something done with the diff.
    Again,  unsure, as I don't see much sign of anything being done major maintenance-wise with the car bar the freaking obvious stainless noisy exhaust system. It does have a history of investigating a turbo issue that was down to vacuum hoses.
    Turbos/oil/crap: it chucks out reek when the second turbo kicks in, only momentarily, and sometimes feels off-boost despite hearing the small one spin up right away. Lots going on with these engines, but worst case seems to be a core exchange on the turbos, at around £200.
    However, it's not a new car and the breather/intake system looks like a pacific island disaster movie after an oil tanker crash. My gut feeling is that if I can find the mojo to strip and clean the intake manifold, breathers, anything related and change the cam cover gasket carefully to try and eradicate leaks, the car will be cleaner overall and more economical. The discouraging aspect is how grim and filthy the engine bay is around the engine. Typical diesel things, but I wonder if steam cleaning an engine bay is still a thing and if it's a monumentally stupid idea on a modern car. Cleaning the inlet manifold (I don't know if this has swirl flaps, but that area usually gets really coked up) would be a bigger win than chasing down the weakness in the rocker cover seal that drips oil near the EGR, but also I take a holistic view - breather systems are important on low compression, clean-running petrol cars, so on a high compression soot-filled derv burner I suspect they are really important to the original design's performance.
    While I'm repairing it, I have a dream* car to drive. There are some remarkably cheap ones for sale and I suspect I'll buy one when the Range Rover finds a new home...

    I had the current Musso Sports and always wanted to try the Korando Sports, which had its own racing season for a while. On Pirelli Scorpions this one does handle very well, though you can feel the SsangYong wobble from the light steering.
    Some BMW content. You can't smell or feel what the trim in the boot was like before but I can assure you it is now fluffier and softer than I thought possible - when I can put this all back together it'll be lovely.

    Well, mostly. I don't like to wish ill on people but I hope the inventor of late-90s to early 2000s "soft touch plastic coatings" has a corner of the afterlife waiting for them where they suffer from eternal, skin-peeling sunburn that also goes sticky and claggy to touch.

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    RichardK got a reaction from N Dentressangle in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Worth the effort...



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    RichardK got a reaction from N Dentressangle in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Thankyou, that is very much appreciated! You can see I'm into the X3 for the long haul I think, hopefully won't waste too much money on stupid things but I'm trying to get all the preventative maintenance done and servicing, rather than just fix problems.
    Cannot believe that a previous owner of this thing - 286hp, 580Nm, £45K and clearly looked after and cared for in some regards, given I could undo the shock bolts left-handed while lying on the ground and the underside is so clean - had never replaced the suspension. It definitely needs the front shocks doing as well, which of course opens the gateway of "well I'll just do the springs at the same time etc" - but 17 years and 135,000 miles of high-performance car, worn out suspension for must be 7 years of that at least? Even that's being generous IMO, dampers never used to last a decade.
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    RichardK got a reaction from N Dentressangle in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    May as well lift the seat and clean more...

    Worth it!
    £3.56 scavenged - the hoover got a hidden £2
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    RichardK got a reaction from N Dentressangle in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Business end:

    Mystery business:

    This box was hanging loose in the engine bay and has clearly been getting friendly with the aux belt...

    I may actually be defeated by the idea of cleaning the vacuum/breather/turbo/PCV sort of system...
    But it's a bit grubby.
    I dislike diesels.

    But at least the leaking oil and gunk will be fresh

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    RichardK got a reaction from N Dentressangle in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Silver stuff would be fine for boom, but it's shaped like a cocoon to hold all the wires and trim away from bits they could rattle on, so it wouldn't work for a quiet interior. I'm just accepting that it's crumbling and it'd do that eventually behind the trim anyway.
    If a new piece were available and sensibly priced I'd replace it!
    BMW progress:
    Autodoc sent wrong parts, but Autodoc is also the only place with affordable, in-stock Bilstein B4 dampers so I ordered the direct equivalent ones (cheaper than sport ones) and am returning the others.
    Removing the dampers, trim aside, was stupidly easy - the 18mm bottom bolt coming off without jacking the car up or anything silly, just a normal 1/2" ratchet and 18mm impact socket. Upper bolts and mounts removed with 16mm ring spanner and adjustable to hold the shock.
    Dropped the mounts in the ultrasonic cleaner and have applied waxoyl to the body mount and shock mount plate, also deploying clear waxoyl in the rear inner wings.
    Since the interior is mostly removed I'm cleaning each part, and replacing the fuel flap locking motor with a new VDO one as it doesn't seem to be working. Retrieved the screw I dropped using a borescope with magnetic end...

    Also decided that cold oil or not, I'm changing the oil and filter while it's stuck in the garage with no rear dampers.
    This is what most of the interior (other than the boot floor/carpet - @Robson3022 isn't a monster and anything you could normally see was clean) looked like:

    Same part on the other side, now cleaned:

    It's an amazingly solid and straight car - the original damper being the ORIGINAL for example, yet coming off as easily as a new car - it makes me think BMW has gone for reliability by making cars out of good bits, then gone for "selling new ones" by making replacing said bits an absolute ballache guaranteed to result in broken trim etc.
    And what the hell is wrong with British drivers that they will run a £50K (in 2006) high-performance small 4x4 on the same fucking dampers for 135,000 miles/17 years?!? Why do people hate maintaining their expensive, advanced cars so much?
    If I get brave, I might remove the headliner and fix the sunroof guides. At this rate it'll still be occupying the garage when I have some money again, so I might do the front shock absorbers as well.
    Shame it needs a chunky puller to do the centre prop bearing!
    As if that weren't already enough planned work, I ordered two Moog front control arms for the PT Cruiser to deal with the separating rubber bush. Should handle better on those and Moog has a good reputation for Chrysler bits, though it's equally likely Autodoc will send me one dozen starving crazed weasels.
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    RichardK got a reaction from Robson3022 in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    My partner thinks I'm mad doing all this stuff on the BMW but likes it, apart from it being too noisy. I don't know how to explain the difference between noisy like the 208D which is toddler smashing a tin toy on an apparently never-ending bannister while repeating NONONO and walking on pistachio shells in clogs, and noisy like the X3 3.0sd with a stainless de-DPF setup which is a TOOL gig performed on a platform pulled by a Deltic and why the latter is acceptable, even desirable.
    The only bit I don't like about the X3 exhaust/DPF removal, other than legality/breaking my own moral code of "make it right like the manufacturer intended and make it work properly, don't bodge or bypass", is that it makes the garage into something resembling an early 1990s Scottish Borders Transport bus garage full of green-at-the-gills students adding NOx and asthma to their hangovers. And that's just reversing 20ft.
    On the other hand, I'm definitely getting my money's worth from the high VED.
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    RichardK got a reaction from Robson3022 in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Worth the effort...



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    RichardK reacted to Minimad5 in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Never knew X3s came with this engine !
    👏 Top repair skills
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    RichardK got a reaction from Minimad5 in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Dampers have a bolt at the top and a bolt at the bottom. Should be easy.

    "First, remove the boot side covers. By removing all the other trim that is in the way..."
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    RichardK got a reaction from Minimad5 in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    £11 for five. So £4 and two minutes and a critical engine part is secure...
     





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    RichardK got a reaction from Minimad5 in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Poor life choices?
    138K-ish, drives okay (a little low-frequency vibration on front), looks fair, back of sills not good but most other bits seem fine. Gadgets apart from radio display working.
    MOTd to next year. Will see how trustworthy it is before deciding on the rust being either "death" or "get it patched up".
    3 owners and new gearbox in 2018.
    So, BMW out then this gets taxed etc.
    Currently the tailgate is trying to behead me so new struts will be first fix.







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    RichardK got a reaction from gadgetgricey in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Worth the effort...



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    RichardK got a reaction from Six-cylinder in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    Worth the effort...



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    RichardK got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Peugeot, Renault, Rover, Trabant, Invacar & A Sinclair C5 - 24/05 - Live Breakdown Reporting...   
    I am astounded anyone who has travelled in a Merc 208D Autotrail camper has any rattle sensitivity left 😂
    (It hit 75mph on Sunday - well, indicated 75mph - and the rattles found an eerie silent harmonic spot. It scared me and I slowed back down to normal rattle levels)
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    RichardK reacted to Wack in X trail Dual Mass Flywheel woes UPDATE, something exploded   
    Just got the call from the garage, new alternator, pulleys, belt and a handbrake cable which had snapped
    £776.40 
    That's as much as I paid for the car 😂
    The good news is I'll be keeping it whatever, the DMF clatter has stopped and even if it does  need a new clutch at £1400 I'll only have £3k in it with new clutch and alternator 
     
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    RichardK reacted to sierraman in X trail Dual Mass Flywheel woes UPDATE, something exploded   
    Ridex 🤣🤣🤣
    Can’t understand going to the trouble of the Labour on a big job like that and fitting dog shit like Ridex. An acquaintance recently asked me to fit one of their EGRs, complete junk, didn’t fit and arrived cracked as we discovered as soon as the system was pressurised, the difference between the proper Pierburg one and the Ridex was palpable. I wouldn’t entertain any other clutches than LuK, Sachs or Valeo. 
     
    Reason the garage won’t want to know is that the customer is supplying a crap clutch which may/may not be correct and ultimately when it’s craps out in a month affects their reputation. 
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    RichardK got a reaction from vulgalour in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Peugeot, Renault, Rover, Trabant, Invacar & A Sinclair C5 - 24/05 - Live Breakdown Reporting...   
    I am astounded anyone who has travelled in a Merc 208D Autotrail camper has any rattle sensitivity left 😂
    (It hit 75mph on Sunday - well, indicated 75mph - and the rattles found an eerie silent harmonic spot. It scared me and I slowed back down to normal rattle levels)
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    RichardK got a reaction from beko1987 in RichardKs wanderings: Range Rover MoTd, but I'm still enjoying the X3   
    May as well lift the seat and clean more...

    Worth it!
    £3.56 scavenged - the hoover got a hidden £2
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    RichardK got a reaction from beko1987 in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Peugeot, Renault, Rover, Trabant, Invacar & A Sinclair C5 - 24/05 - Live Breakdown Reporting...   
    I am astounded anyone who has travelled in a Merc 208D Autotrail camper has any rattle sensitivity left 😂
    (It hit 75mph on Sunday - well, indicated 75mph - and the rattles found an eerie silent harmonic spot. It scared me and I slowed back down to normal rattle levels)
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    RichardK reacted to NorthernMonkey in Project 330Ci   
    Today saw the removal of the other rear shaft ready to descale and treat with Vactan ready for fitting new rings tomorrow.

    Once the rear anti roll bar is removed, there’s six M12 spline bolts on each side holding the inner joint to the diff. Not brilliant access but a couple of long extensions and the impact gun made light work…

    Then, it’s time to get brutal…

    To be fair, this side didn’t put up too much of a fight. Once removed, the crustiness is there to see…

    Five minutes with the power file and give it a coat of 
    resulting in this…

     
    Here’s one I made earlier…

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