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Modified my ELM cable and got the service indicator reset after today's service!
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Modified my ELM cable and got the service indicator reset after today's service!
Where you can change the service, I suppose you are using multiecuscan...
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Modified my ELM cable and got the service indicator reset after today's service!
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Where you can change the service, I suppose you are using multiecuscan...
Yep. Had to do a bit of hunting to suss out how to modify the cable as it looked different to most, but after a bit of circuit tracing I got it done
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Drove to Manchester (yesterday) and back today, nice little run out so took the scenic route across from the M1 over the 57 - Always a great drive, even in traffic.
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The major parts that had to be replaced:


To get these 18" 4 wheel aligned:
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Nice drive York to Stokesley via Helmsley this evening very light traffic so great fun

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Shreded all four tyres... Bought four new ones (continental eco-something) in 215-55-16 setup. I'm done using winter tyres on the saloon as I have the pajero available for those really complicated winter situations to come.
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Still deciding if 2-3mm of tread is viable now it looks like summer is over I think I have pushed it out as far as I can......
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Played with plastidip.... I'm not totally convinced about the door handles, but the wheels came up ok
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Played with plastidip.... I'm not totally convinced about the door handles, but the wheels came up ok
You plastic coated your wheels?!

Could we have some more pics please? Perhaps showing some pics and explaining how you achieved it.
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Sure, it was trial and error really, I've not had the car long and the wheels were in a sorry state, so before laying out hundreds to fix them, I decided to give Plasti dip a ago, as I've seen others with good results. Most of the chips on the alloy I sanded back, most were surface and not too deep....then when crackers with a can of gun metal grey dip!
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That's actually not the best pic, it dried a lot darker and much more appealing!
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Played with plastidip.... I'm not totally convinced about the door handles, but the wheels came up ok
Not tried the Gun metal, but black works well on Strombolli

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Again personal preference, Know which can I'd be reaching for with a black car.

Good luck with the wheels.
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Still deciding if 2-3mm of tread is viable now it looks like summer is over I think I have pushed it out as far as I can......
Come on Jay you really know the answer !

A fun couple of weeks then bite the bullet for a new set of boots for winter.
Currently setting up the old 17" wheels with winter boots ready for the ****ty weather.
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Aye, I know what your saying, I think they'll end up black in a few weeks, with red callipers to compliment of course!
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Aye, I know what your saying, I think they'll end up black in a few weeks, with red callipers to compliment of course!
Plasti-dip make a "metalizer" spray that you could spray over the gunmetal to give it more of a metallic sheen. Given Plasti-dip is liquid plastic, there is always the danger with lighter colours in the grey spectrum that they end up looking too plastic, which is why they created the metalizer top coat.
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May also take a look at that. Although I do quite like the matt finish
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Aye, I know what your saying, I think they'll end up black in a few weeks, with red callipers to compliment of course!
No, grey wheels look great on a black car. Just look at the Black S. Try the metalizer as suggested by Jay.

Had no idea people were messing with these coatings. Sounds interesting....
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