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Just fitted my HID's, piece of p**s, even easier than putting in my sidelight LEDs ( one of the cables was caught, so very short, and had to do it all 'blind').

25mm drill bit worked fine ( the instructions said 23mm, but that looked way too small).

I've gone for the 6000k, but it looks very blue, maybe just as it is daytime (I'll add an edit later!).
Fitted the capacitors too, first time I switched on, the music player switched from media player to tuner, then turned them off and on again, no problems (presumably they had to charge the capacitor first time).

Edit: Whiteness seems ok, though did get flashed already (I was stationary on a slope though).

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Into Monza Sport?
Yes, hopefully they'll be able to sort it. I was told they were really busy, so they'll only be able to diagnose it, hopefully it's nothing major. Like I said, it doesnt feel or sound any different.

How far are you from Monza? Should go for a blast in the Spiders some time!
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Today I mainly ...... parked in the place where I used to park my 159 before I got rid of it.
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Yes, hopefully they'll be able to sort it. I was told they were really busy, so they'll only be able to diagnose it, hopefully it's nothing major. Like I said, it doesnt feel or sound any different.

How far are you from Monza? Should go for a blast in the Spiders some time!
I'm VERY close to Monza.

I have huge faith in them, their ability and honesty, you wont do better.
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I was going to do my own service but time was short so I got my local diesel specialists to handle it for me:

1 x Oil and Filter Change + Advanced Oil System Flush (Mobil 3000 Super 5w30 used)
1 x Diesel system treatment
5 x new glow plugs installed
1 x coolant system flush and fill 50/50 winter mix.
1 x Brake fluid flush and fill
1 x swap front wheels to rear
1 x clean K&N air Filter
1 x check all belts etc

I also had them diagnose a knock on the suspension which they "think" is a drop link, but 4 different engineers test drove it and none of them could work out if it was the front one of the rear!! It will be going back in to get sorted another day, along with a slight coolant leak from "a very inaccessible valve" that they are asking alfa how they got to without dismantling half the engine!

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Washed it for the first time in about a month
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Went to the garage to check if it was still parked there! It is, and I caught myself staring at it and silently let a "you sexy Mother f...r" still, i've got two more weeks to comute whit the boys from work in the HDJ 100 and wont be driving the car so much! I had to use the HDJ because it's a 7 seater and this comuting month we're 7 travellers!

Maybe tomorrow i'll go clean the interior and wash the carpets, maybe...
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WHent on a little Brera Adventure

totally out of the Blue decided to go to Cornwall for the weekend so from Southampton to Newquay 3 1/2 hrs then next day took the coast from there to lands to the outstanding views of pothcurno round to Mevegissy back to Newquay

following day from newquay via trevone, padstow, tintagel over the moors to Trago mills and back home. Not one Brera seen over the whole weekend but i gave the South west a treat
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Had new front pads and discs fitted, also new glow plug fitted to resolve pre-heating warning.

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Wiped the scratched bits with a rag, polished the tailpipes, sat in it for a bit.

Went back in the house cos it was cold.
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Fitted two new front tyres......
245 x 40 x 19 ...tyre fitter a bit worried about the 245 width ! been on rear for a while now, no isuues at all .
Falken FK452 146......
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Fitted two new front tyres......
245 x 40 x 19 ...tyre fitter a bit worried about the 245 width ! been on rear for a while now, no isuues at all .
Falken FK452 146......
I need new tyres all round, it was very slippery tonight, traction setting off is ridiculous.
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I need new tyres all round, it was very slippery tonight, traction setting off is ridiculous.
Little bit of a lighter right foot and smoother left foot helps a lot...
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Little bit of a lighter right foot and smoother left foot helps a lot...
Nah all four tyres were an advisory last MOT, cars been sat doing nothing though so haven't got around to fitting new ones yet.
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Installed my dpf clogging counter reset tool, which will automatically prevent regens from happening forever - or until the unit is unplugged from the OBD socket, when normal service will be resumed

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...ml#post5076629

A drilled dpf and no more regens, for less than 12. Happy days
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Installed my dpf clogging counter reset tool, which will automatically prevent regens from happening forever - or until the unit is unplugged from the OBD socket, when normal service will be resumed

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...ml#post5076629

A drilled dpf and no more regens, for less than 12. Happy days
Sounds good. Lets hope it works. but if you have drilled your DPF, it shouldn't clog up which in turn will not tell the ECU to regen... doesn't it read the back pressure to determine whether its blocked or not???
For some reason, that link is not taking me to your thread! It takes me to one by "Da Londo" which was posted in 2001...
Strange.... But could be a tapatalk bug...
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The link works for me, maybe it is Tapatalk. It's all in the 'DPF Quick Fixes' thread, last page is here, hopefully ! http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...-fixes-19.html

Regeneration takes place regardless of the backpressure, which is why when guys fit a bypass pipe, even one which supports fitment of the associated sensors, they also have the dpf deleted in software. The general belief is that if you don't delete the regens in software then when they do happen, there is significantly more smoke than usual. I haven't found it to be the case since I drilled right through mine, but I have only had one regen since then.

My dpf smoked during a regen anyway, but that's normal behaviour. Some dispute exists over why it smokes, but maybe that isn't important now.

The other issue with regens is they always dilute your sump oil with a bit of diesel. The effect is less noticeable with a bypass pipe or hollowed dpf though, so shutting of regens also stop oil dilution from occuring

The value of 'clogging %' which can be found with an examiner, AlfaOBD or FES/MES, always rises at the rate of about 5% per hour. A new dpf is regenerated at 80% and the counter is reset to an offset value (not 0%) depending onn the backpressure measured immediately after a regen.


I also think it isn't necessaty to drill through the dpf bevause the soot collects at the end closest to the exut and if your dpf is fully blocked then just drilling 10mm into the back of it will have the effect of permanently unblocking it - and some of the remaining dpf core still captures soot and the effectiveness of regens improves too when you do this.
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Yeah, toke it to work today!!! Amazing how the car feels after 2 weeks not driving whit it, suddenly the road feels wider comparing to what it feel driving around in the toyota! Was seriously starting to get enough of it, that clickity clack the valveshaft does turns annoying in your head!
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Had heated seats retrofitted to the front ready for the winter.
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Had heated seats retrofitted to the front ready for the winter.
How much did that set you back?
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How much did that set you back?
468 and they did it in day. They even managed to fix the tilt mechanism in my seat which was a bit flaky by accident!

The place I originally had it booked in at, which ended up closing unexpectedly last week due to family reasons, wanted 576. I budgeted for it when I bought my car a few months ago. I didn't have them on my last car, a GT, but did have them on the one before that.

The place that eventually did it are near Heywood called AV Solutions. They do lots of bits and pieces for footballers who like to change everything about their brand new cars.
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