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Fitted new wheels, tires, pads and discs at the weekend...


Loving how it looks now
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156 is in having her tbelt done. The missus drives it, so there's naff all miles on it since the last one.
Dug out the last receipt, just to make sure it was actually three years since. *Gasp Horror* its been four years
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Looking awesome, love that colour
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Received my new/replacement pre-de-flapped inlet manifold in the post today from CDTI Surgery... Yay!!

Upon inspection I find stripped out threads on the EGR valve mounting port.. Booo!!

Well one is completely stripped out, and another has obviously been stripped and has a thread repair insert... Bit miffed tbh... Car's booked in to Loz tomorrow so it's a bit late to be sending it back as damaged goods..

Have gotten in touch via their Facebook page... Let's hope they reply a bit quicker than they have been doing recently!
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What a PITA....

Im sure Loz and the lads will sort it..

Good luck tomorrow and post back when done to let us know how it went.
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What a PITA....

Im sure Loz and the lads will sort it..

Good luck tomorrow and post back when done to let us know how it went.
Yea I said to them I'd prefer to try and use the manifold I have and get Loz to sort it rather than send it back lose the cost of postage, wait x number of days etc.. Works better for everyone to let Loz et.al sort it in their workshop...

Other than the slightly dodgy rattle can makeover (and the threads!), it looks good!

1. Cambelt/waterpump, and aux belt with associated pulleys/tensioners.
2. Swirl flap delete (i.e. fit the new mani)
3. Rattly alternator inspection and advise.
4. General health check (looking at you oil cooler!)
5. MOT
6. Get a guy in to quote/inspect for dent removal on the door panels..

If that all goes well, then we'll see what (if any) spare cash I have to spend on fun stuff!

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My aux belt is due soon as well...

Its about the only thing that has not been replaced!

Re the b12s mine is the pro kit not the sportline...

So firm but not backbreaking.

Be interesting to see what kind of nick your mani is in if you decide to usd the recon..
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Be interesting to see what kind of nick your mani is in if you decide to usd the recon..
Yea I'm curios too... Hopefully it comes off with all the flaps still attached! Have been a few stories here of those driving about missing a flap for a while without seeing the effects... Will settle my neuroses once I know the flap are all present and correct.. The MAP sensor was pretty dirty when I cleaned it at 34k miles, but I fitted a restrictor at 34k, and then a full blank (and ECU map) at 47k... Now at 80.5K so has had lots of EGR free running, but given it had averaged <6k miles per year until I bought it I reckon the damage was done well before I got it... Either it was an infrequent toy, or a frequent short commuter!!

If it's in good nick and not too coked up I'll offer it up for sale... If not CDTI surgery are offering 40 refund as they'll clean it up and remove the flaps permanently then sell it on
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Swapped my tyre over onto my new wheel now less vibrations. Then drained the coolant out and replaced the thermostat. I now have a solid 90 deg temp on the gauge and obviously know the coolant is spot on.
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Diagnosed what I believe to be a lovely little oil leak from the turbo bleeding its precious contents into the inlet. Oh the fun!

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Having WMI fitted. Stealth install by devils own.

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Having WMI fitted. Stealth install by devils own.

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Where's the reservoir going then?
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Yea I'm curios too... Hopefully it comes off with all the flaps still attached! Have been a few stories here of those driving about missing a flap for a while without seeing the effects...
In my case I knew the car was unwell, with a high probability that it was detached swirl flap/s. I bought cheap because of this, the seller was quite open that he'd had some sort of incident 6 months earlier, and the car didn't sound or run the same since. He'd stopped using it at that point and bought a Brera. So although I was hoping the rattle was just a sticky injector, then a rattly alternator pulley or crank pulley, my instinct was flaps. I didn't dare drive it, I only did ~70 very restrained miles before taking it apart.

Looking back, the idle was uneven, though it seemed OK at the time. The turbo was sticking too, and there was a sort of surge at low revs, like the throttle was not constant. One flap had gone through the engine, bending two valves. Another was detached and sitting in the inlet waiting to cause more wreckage. Just as well I took it easy.

I'm amazed it ran as well as it did, but I think that if you're used to the car and know how it runs, you'd know if flaps had entered the engine. Typically they make quite a lot of clatter as they get macerated.

So I think you'll be OK.

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The best thing that could happen to any manifold with metal flaps, aside from burial at sea.
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Where's the reservoir going then?
In the redundant wheel well under the boot cover.. Plus the pump.. Stealth.. Jet is in my JTD performance stainless pipe off the inlet manifold. Looks awesome. The effect is even better.

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Few pics from the Devils Own FB page of today.

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There's definitely some evil going on there!
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Damien.
Lovely install! What size tank did you go for, and how often do you anticipate having to stop and top it up?

Very eager to hear your feedback in a free days/weeks once you've got used to it!
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she's looking awesome mate, stance is spot on,of course I have seen it in the flesh but certain angles highlight the overall effect of some of the finer touches.

the splitter is a piece of art and I love the red detail around the front grille..

all in all a really well thought out project that I am sure you will enjoy for many years to come. Such is the GT's design that it has a timeless quality not shared by some of Alfa'a later offerings.

Bertone really did get the shape right on the GT.

how's the water meth? I suppose its going to be hard to really get an idea of what's going on till you get the clutch sorted as I imagine you are holding back a fair bit.

good to see your cracking on though,


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she's looking awesome mate, stance is spot on,of course I have seen it in the flesh but certain angles highlight the overall effect of some of the finer touches.

the splitter is a piece of art and I love the red detail around the front grille..

all in all a really well thought out project that I am sure you will enjoy for many years to come. Such is the GT's design that it has a timeless quality not shared by some of Alfa'a later offerings.

Bertone really did get the shape right on the GT.

how's the water meth? I suppose its going to be hard to really get an idea of what's going on till you get the clutch sorted as I imagine you are holding back a fair bit.

good to see your cracking on though,


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Hi Joe.

Was no holding back yesterday. As long as i am careful around the 3k mark she pulls like a freight train. The meth certainly makes a difference. Gives her power delivery a real sparkle. Just like she feels on a crisp cool icey day. But constantly. I am going to get myself an accurate boost gauge now as Alfie fitted a boost outlet off the stainless Im pipe. We needed it for the boost management sensor for the meth. Am going to be mixing meth today lol. Bought a big tub of it from Devils own. I also opted for the tank low light which is very neatly located on my steering wheel cowl.

This would be great for you Joe. Even replacing the FMIC idea. This is way way more efficient. Obviously the FMIC adds to everything. But if it was one or the other meth would be the way. Also you can take it with you when you move on to another Turbo car. So its an investment.

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