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3 hours ago, lisbon_road said:

On ebay if you search for breaking Sirion, a few come up.  Including one that looks as if the windscreen has been the victim of a machine gun.  I don't know about different models and stuff.

No joke getting a windscreen out.  I've got bonded glass out by using a cutting disc to cut out the screen with some metal all the way round then gently sawed through in short sections and pulled them off.  Takes a while mind. 

haha, yes I see what you mean - "target has been neutralised, returning to base"

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Guess a direct line to Pilkington won't work, know of some in the past and that has worked but it is a long shot

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I've found an old thread from Retro Rides which suggests an outfit called 'Uroglass' in Bolton who might also be able to help, I'll give these guys 48h to get back and tell me that it turns out someone hadn't updated the warehouse inventory management system then assume its going to be OK.

I can pull the MOT slot and SORN the car, but I'd really prefer not to.

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  • 2 weeks later...

After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

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Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.

Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.

Then its MOT time next Friday

 

 

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  • Stanky changed the title to Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5

I managed to get out and fix the exhaust earlier, it was hitting the bodyshell in the pinch between the rear beam and the bodyshell - its an awkward spot. I ended up swapping the hangers around so it sits lower in the centre section, and higher in the rearmost section and now clears a lot better. I also enlisted my youngest daughter to do the pre-MOT checks of lights, tyres, horn, screenwash, oil, coolant and brake fluid and it should be OK I hope.

I'll get it tested then I want to redo one of the joints on the exhaust, its gastight but I'm not 100% happy with it. I had a go at fiddling with it but then decided that its currently fine for the MOT and maybe it'd be best to leave it well alone until after I have a new ticket on it.

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Dropped the Daihatsu off for its MOT tomorrow and skated back home in between rain showers. Fingers crossed its all ok. I've checked everything I can so we'll see what the tester reckons in the morning. 

Its racked up a fairly unimpressive 1000 miles since the last test (and I fixed the advisory from last time) so hopefully it'll be OK. 

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Never doubted it m8

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The garage complimented me on how tidy it is so I'm a happy boy. I think the 'oil leak' is actually where I slopped some down the block when I last topped it up, but whatever - another year's ticket on the car! I'll be able to bring it along to the Solent Shiters meetup in a couple of weeks too.

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  • Stanky changed the title to Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - MOT Success 31/05
  • 4 weeks later...

Today was MOT day for the Lexus, I'm always a bit nervous about the first MOT on a vehicle in my ownership in case it had previously been tested by S. Wonder & Sons famous 'MOT by post'. I knew that the tyres it has were a bit sketchy. It proudly wears a pair of Sunny tyres on the front axle and some Jinyu Gallows-pro on the back axle and can be provoked into some Tokyo Drift antics rather easily on a wet roundabout. They have legal tread depth, but are rather lacking in grip, I think the datestamp is 2019 and they're just cheap and have gone plasticky. I'd held off buying new rubber until the MOT on the basis that I didn't want to have put £400 of new boots on a car with some sort of catastrophic accident damage or similar, and having a legit test at a garage I trust would tell me if there was anything serious wrong.

I'm pleased to say though that it passed with flying colours - the garage were very complimentary of it, only noting that three tyres were worn to below 3mm but otherwise it was in great condition. 

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The MOT history on this thing is pretty impressive, the only fails it seems to have had have been on tyres - previous owners clearly wanted their money's worth from them! But otherwise its clean pass after clean pass.

I'll look at getting some new tyres ordered up for it in the next few days now I know I have a solid base to work from. 

Pleasingly, I have the Dacia to MOT tomorrow, its first test. Its only done 15k miles in 3 years so should go through OK, but its at the main dealer (where its also getting serviced by the book to maintain the warranty) so we'll see what bullshit they try and find with it. 

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  • Stanky changed the title to Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - MOT Success #2 - Lexus 26/6
44 minutes ago, Stanky said:

Today was MOT day

Ditto. Assuming you used the usual place, I was in there this morning. 

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44 minutes ago, mintwth said:

Ditto. Assuming you used the usual place, I was in there this morning. 

Just seen, thanks for being the 'decoy' fail for the day! They looked busy, were you in the scenic or the gt86? 

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The Megane. Just means the suspension refresh will get done a bit sooner. I was wanting to get it done in the next month or so anyway

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Wow, three for three this year!

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Dacia has breezed its first MOT, I got an email saying one tyre was down to 4mm and did I want it replaced, but the same email also said the brand new spare which I bought myself was at 6.5mm, and that has literally never been used so I think someone might need their tread depth gauge calibrating! its now having the filters and brake fluid changed as per the schedule to keep the warranty going. 

I'm not unhappy about that.

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  • Stanky changed the title to Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - MOT Success #3 - Dacia 27/6
  • 2 weeks later...

I knew the tyres on the Lexus were a bit iffy, they were 5 years old and nearly worn to the tread markers on the back. The fronts had some tread left but were budget brands. The front tyres were Sunny 'Sport Macro' and the rears were Jinyu Gallopro. They were OK in the dry, though it really wasn't hard to get the traction control light flashing if you needed to zip out of a junction, and they were quite noisy on the motorway.

They were also pretty sketchy in the wet. I'd had a couple of 'Tokyo Drift' moments leaving roundabouts at really quite tame speeds in the wet so knew they needed doing.

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The MOT picked up on them being a bit crap. I'd been holding off changing them until the MOT verdict came in, but a clean bill of health (other than the tyres) meant I could pull the trigger on some new rubber with no nagging doubts.

I'd been seeing what options I had. it has 225/45/17s on the front (which were fairly cheap and plentiful) and 245/45/17s on the back (which were not cheap, or especially plentiful). Almost all of them were XL rated which was a bit annoying as it does the comfort no favours. The Lexus wasn't specced with XML tyres from new, but the only not-XL rear tyres I could get were about £170 each which I couldn't quite stomach. Anyway, in the end I opted for a full set of Kumho Ecsta PS71s from Oponeo for £304 all in, and had them fitted earlier by my local tyre fitter for £20 a corner including disposing of the old ones, valves and balancing which I'm fairly happy with. I checked half a dozen supply & fit outfits and they all wanted £500+ for Kumhos or similar so £385 feels a lot better.

I've run Kumho tyres before and been pretty pleased with their performance and longevity. All the reviews seemed to praise their wet grip which is a big consideration for me. Living in the Effluent South were rarely get snerr or sustained subzero temps but it does rain a lot which is where I've found the key difference between budget tyres and mid-ranges really comes out.

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Anyway, all fitted and done now. I need to wear these in a little bit but even driving home at 30-40mph the new tyres were definitely quieter than the old ones so seems to be money well spent.

EDIT - I've now looked at reviews for the Sunny NA305 that were fitted to the front of the Lexus, someone has described as being something "I wouldn't even fit these to a wheelbarrow." which made me chuckle

 

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  • Stanky changed the title to Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - Noo Boots 05/07
  • 2 weeks later...

I would like to sincerely apologise to the residents of Fareham for what happened on Thursday evening

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As I left my Tai Chi class, feeling very relaxed and at one with the universe, the exhaust on the Daihatsu sort of disassembled itself a bit. The centre pipe (with silencer) had wiggled free of the front pipe and fell off. Sadly for Fareham I didn't have a 16mm spanner on me, and the clamp was done up a bit too tight to be able to wiggle the centre pipe back on. I decided that I could call the breakdown people and wait hours for them to come and then spend 30 seconds with a spanner fixing it, or just YOLO it home. Guess which one I chose?

Yeah, sorry about that. I tried to keep the revs down as much as possible, and drive as slowly as practical, but nothing was going to disguise the fact that there was only 2' of straight pipe to quieten* down the noise of Daihatsu's finest. It was OK at idle, and there was a weird spot at approx 1983rpm where it was actually no louder than normal, but anything else was A BIT LOUD. Especially pulling away from junctions and extra especially going up hills.

Happily though I made it home without the rozzers pulling me over, and I've been able to loosen the clamp, slide it all back together with some exhaust paste and do the clamp up REALLY TIGHT this time. Now I know its a bit prone to this I can check it more regularly!

mercifully, the centre and rear bit didn't hang down very far so it didn't get smacked clean off the car on some of the potholes round here

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  • Stanky changed the title to Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - WHAT? SORRY I CAN'T HEAR YOU? 14/7
1 hour ago, Stanky said:

I would like to sincerely apologise to the residents of Fareham for what happened on Thursday evening

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As I left my Tai Chi class, feeling very relaxed and at one with the universe, the exhaust on the Daihatsu sort of disassembled itself a bit. The centre pipe (with silencer) had wiggled free of the front pipe and fell off. Sadly for Fareham I didn't have a 16mm spanner on me, and the clamp was done up a bit too tight to be able to wiggle the centre pipe back on. I decided that I could call the breakdown people and wait hours for them to come and then spend 30 seconds with a spanner fixing it, or just YOLO it home. Guess which one I chose?

Yeah, sorry about that. I tried to keep the revs down as much as possible, and drive as slowly as practical, but nothing was going to disguise the fact that there was only 2' of straight pipe to quieten* down the noise of Daihatsu's finest. It was OK at idle, and there was a weird spot at approx 1983rpm where it was actually no louder than normal, but anything else was A BIT LOUD. Especially pulling away from junctions and extra especially going up hills.

Happily though I made it home without the rozzers pulling me over, and I've been able to loosen the clamp, slide it all back together with some exhaust paste and do the clamp up REALLY TIGHT this time. Now I know its a bit prone to this I can check it more regularly!

mercifully, the centre and rear bit didn't hang down very far so it didn't get smacked clean off the car on some of the potholes round here

We've all been there I think!

Worst one I ever had was on a non turbo XUD powered 306 when the downpipe without warning sheared off about 8" down from the manifold.  This was in a period before I could afford breakdown cover, and I was about 20 miles from home, in the middle of nowhere in Aberdeenshire.

Speed on the way home was limited to about 40 - as above that the resonance from the exhaust noise became so bad that I couldn't SEE properly.  Worst part was that I had to drive another sixteen miles to the nearest exhaust place the following day to have it sorted!  At least for that trip I was able to arm myself with ear defenders.

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