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Ordered! Watch this space! Views on blacking out the chrome on the grille? I'm half keen to try it, but don't want to spoil it!
Cool. Please do some pics when done.

Did you take the wheel and or tyre off? How much paint did it take?

Personally I wouldn't touch the front of the Brera (other than to add a set of Jay's/Coxy's Halos) as it's just about perfect. But obviously I'm interested to see it done on someone else's car!
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Nope, left the wheels on, just wrapped a bag around the brake unit (lots of instructional vids on YouTube) roughly 2/3 can will do one wheel, unless like me you ballsed one of them up!
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Ordered! Watch this space! Views on blacking out the chrome on the grille? I'm half keen to try it, but don't want to spoil it!
Grille and head lights works well too.

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Put my old LED sidelights back on after one of newer ones blew and got the nice Eastern Europeans to clean it.
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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.
Yeah yeah, I know the only way forward is new rubber, but I am just seeing how far I can push it

Priced up a new set of Sessanta's today. About 650 quid delivered from Reifen for all 4. Bargain vs the PSS's I was considering for all of about a minute at £1200+ !! Also found some flush fitted motorsport valves for less than a fiver that will look awesome!

Been investigating upgrades to the gearbox again as well so am annoyed at having to replace my tyres as my gearbox fund was almost at the right number to hit go!!!


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Got down and dirty painting the subframes, ready for the winter salt.
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Got down and dirty painting the subframes, ready for the winter salt.
What did you use to treat the rust? I really need to treat my subframe.
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I used Bilt Hamber Dynax UB (spray-can). Last year I used wax-oil which appeared to have partially slowed the rust down, but decided to try and use something a bit more permenant this time which will hopefully not wash off as easily as wax-oil. As the rot isn't too bad yet I didn't use a rust treatment beforehand. I've also become quite particular about washing (gently spraying) the underside of the car in winter if it gets salty. Incidentally I also coated the garage lifting points as the underseal had been damaged.
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It's not really do-able with a proper lift is it? I'm going to ask the local indie if I can borrow a ramp for a few hours and give it a proper good clean and treatment.
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Replaced sidelights with LEDS

I put some 24 LED bulbs in to match the xenons. They replaced a pair of 8 LED bulbs I put in last week but I felt they were a little dull. I didn't need the resistors but did need a file to get them to fit.


Thanks to JabawokJayUK for his excellent guide to LEDs in a 159......

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Took the spider into the garage to have the cold start misfire, rough idle when upto temperature sorted out...
Also went into limp twice in two days then did a regen, so poss DPF is about to die...
Remap and DeDPF is on the books once garage warranty runs out...

Had 5 new glow plugs and new MAF sensor fitted, and cleaned MAP sensor....
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Watched my FiL drive the Brera to Swansea, joining the GT he took there some weeks back.
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The QTRONIC box had gotten a bit lumpy and had developed a more frequent 2-3 & 3-4 upshift flair so I reset the automatically learned parameters in the box (not done since my oil change), and went for a few 1-2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2-1 runs to teach it how to change gear

Smooth as silk again, and remarkably better power delivery! It must have been retarding power delivery with the slipping.
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New clutch, slave and dmf. Been expecting it, clutch plates worn significantly, dmf had enough movement to definitely warranty the change.
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Been getting increasingly lumpy juddery regens of late, so bit the bullet and finally put the car in for dpf removal with an Alfatune remap. Collected it after work and went for a quick spin - feels good so far! On top of the front suspension replacement I had a couple of months ago, its really feeling like a new car! Thanks to Johnny at JJB here in York, got it sorted in a day - now I'm really looking forward to putting it through its paces on a long run up to Scotland this weekend .
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Had a bit of maintenance day as I had a free day
  1. Fixed water ingress into the cabin from the failed door seals on the drivers & passenger side doors
  2. Stopped Squeaky Drivers Seat with some spray lithium grease
  3. Fixed the sticky gear knob button with some heavy grease
  4. stopped numerous rattles and massively improved road noise by sound deadening the front drivers & passenger doors while they were in bits!

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indeed had to get her prepped for my 600 mile round trip next week, heading up to the north west it always rains so figured I needed to sort the leak! Also juts got notified my tyres have been shipped from Germany so hopefully they make it here in time or I will be taking it easy!!
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After getting poorer than average mpg, and feeling the handling being off slight, checked the tyre pressure and well dow, note to self: check more regularly!


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Turbo removed ready for collection tomorrow for rebuild & gearbox oil dropped and replaced with redline.

My car has only been off the road for 2 days and I already miss it... maybe its got something to do with me now having to drive the GF's pink fiesta
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Got the local to change over the gearbox oil to some redline MT-90, the guys noted it was slightly dirtier than he was expecting.
Has done nearly 70k, but did say it might get more dirty if used for motorway work due to 'churn'. Hadn't had any of the warning signs of failure (1st gear movement, or whining in 5th/6th).
Anyone comment on what theirs was like?
Seems a little happier afterwards, but only really drove it round the block, 150miles tomorrow, so will see then!
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Took to a specialist to have the 18" 7 circle wheels dipped ready for the paint job.
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Toke out central console scanning for the air con vents. Find nothing useful, ended up cleaningg the dust. At least i coul find stickers all around whit the Made in Portugal sentence... Yeah, no wonder the electronics fail.
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Some more bits arrived

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Ready for the new bottom arms, when I'm better.

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