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Old 13-01-2012, 11:31   #1
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What have you done to your 400/45/ZS today?

Pretty much as it says above peeps, what have we all been up to today?

I received the wiring adaptor (BMW to ISO) for the headunit so I can swap out the radio Got a bit of a surprise the other night expecting a two minute job!

When did the BMW style wiring come into play? I thought it was more of a 45-onwards thing? Car is a 99 400.
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Old 13-01-2012, 11:44   #2
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Had a 4 wheel alignment done (I replaced the outer CV joints, track rod ends, upper control arms and hub ball joints a while back so it needed doing) and the difference is incredible So much nicer to drive now! £61.50 well spent. And I have a properly centred steering wheel, which I've never had since owning the car
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Old 13-01-2012, 12:20   #3
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Had a 4 wheel alignment done (I replaced the outer CV joints, track rod ends, upper control arms and hub ball joints a while back so it needed doing) and the difference is incredible So much nicer to drive now! £61.50 well spent. And I have a properly centred steering wheel, which I've never had since owning the car

Where did you buy your parts from? I want to buy a few suspension components on my 45 including the lower arm. Local motor factors wanted something like £123 + vat for a front lower arm!
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Old 13-01-2012, 13:11   #4
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I got the upper control arms and track rod ends from Redline (I bought the FirstLine parts), the ball joints from my local Unipart outlet and the outer CV joints from J&R spares. Alignment was carried out by PK Motors in Tunbridge Wells; they emailed me with a promotion they had on with 4WA at £50+VAT. I also know they use a Hunter Hawkeye system and they've only had it a couple of years so it's pretty new.


Upper control arms x 2: £84
Track rod ends x 2: £34
Lower ball joints x 2: £47
Outer CV joints x 2: £30
Alignment: £60

Total: £255

My original intention was just to replace the outer CV joints, but the upper and lower ball joints and one of the track rod ends all had knackered rubber boots. Some of them split in the process of separating the joints so I replaced both sides before re-fitting everything. £255 is still quite a lot, but the car's done nearly 90,000 miles and is nine years old so it's just one of those wear and tear things that has to be done sooner or later!
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Old 13-01-2012, 14:34   #5
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Replaced the compliance bush on the near side rear trailing arm on my Rover 416 (1997).

The bush had started making a "clonking" noise just after Xmas and I was not looking forward to doing the job.

Once the arm was off the car I was amazed at how bad the bush was. The rubber centre and central mounting bar could be pulled out with minimum force just leaveing the outer steel band in the arm itself.

The car had sailed through a MOT less than two months ago?

Anyway, a replacement for less than £10 did the trick (and I got a second bush so I can do the other side at some time).

Looking at the history of the car (I have had it from new) this will be the third bush I have replaced. Amazingly, they have failed every five years within a month of each other!!
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Old 13-01-2012, 14:52   #6
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Old 18-01-2012, 11:07   #7
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Old 18-01-2012, 15:30   #8
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To be fair did not do this today,..........but finally changed the "project drive" nasty plastic gear knob for the lovely leather one that was delivered at the weekend.Then today spent the day whilst driving thinking how different the whole car felt with its " new " more pleasing gear knob,what a lovely car I have now got!
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Old 18-01-2012, 16:44   #9
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Old 30-01-2012, 12:57   #10
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Old 30-01-2012, 13:39   #11
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Well, I went out and jump started my zs 120 1.8L as its not moved for the last 3 months. It's on 52 plates. Green in colour. 105,000 miles. Great all round condition, just needs drivers window fixed, its came off the mechanism. I'm in the Longbridge area of Birmingham. If you are interested, please email me awburnside40@googlemail.com I would like about 1000 pounds for it, if you arrive in an MG or a rover, 900 pounds.
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Fixed the rear near side door handle with Araldite as it snapped clean off! Just about to bolt it back in. It'll be nice to be able to open the door again properly,
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Pretty much as it says above peeps, what have we all been up to today?

I received the wiring adaptor (BMW to ISO) for the headunit so I can swap out the radio Got a bit of a surprise the other night expecting a two minute job!

When did the BMW style wiring come into play? I thought it was more of a 45-onwards thing? Car is a 99 400.
She passed MOT today,no probs,the only thing:I have to put the 21W braking bulbs back in.I replaced them with,24point ledlamps http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/24-RED-LED...item1e63bb0c6e
but the brake lights aren't strong enough
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IVe done nothing :-( I want to give it a wash but is there much point with the roads in the state they are???? I think not. I'm treating it as protective dirt until further notice
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