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Next mod was retrofit of a low screenwash warning sensor.

I find this an odd omission that it's only fitted to cars with headlamp washers.

This one is dead easy!

My sensor came from a scrapyard vauxhall. When you look at the washer bottle it's obvious where it fits.

Drill a hole (I used a step drill.) The hole needs to be about three quarters of an inch in diameter.

Fit the grommet then the sensor it all just pushes in.

The multiplug is lying around nearby it even has a little cap to protect it when it's not in use. Just plug it in.

You don't even need MES it just works😀

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Bit of exhaust modification today. More by chance as I was getting some bits for a friend's Focus and found this.

It's a bit of a stopgap as I Have other plans on the exhaust front.

Sticks out a bit more than I would like but it'll do for now and eventually it'll get used on another of my cars.

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EGR valve work today.

One of my mounting holes had stripped so work was needed.

I decided to fit studs as was suggested on here. Bought some high tensile threaded rod, new nuts and washers.

Fitted a helicoil to the damaged thread and fitted everything together with stud grade threadlock.

Photos below. You'll notice the replacement gaskets are slightly different.

Car seemed to run OK but after a couple of trips around town the eml light came on.

Off out with MES then.
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Well as promised full exhaust modification.

Decided to go down the 2.4 JTDm route. Picked up a pair of used rear boxes in good condition and the driver's side heat shield.

The centre section was new from Euro Car Parts.

New fitting kit from eBay.

You need two extra hangers for the driver's side box and an extra clamp.

I started last night by cleaning the tailpipes and dressing the joints and took out the driver's side cover in the bumper. This has never looked right and I was glad to see the back of it!

Tonight I removed the old system. To make it easier I cut the centre pipe behind the DPF and removed the bulk of the old system.

I then removed the last part. As the DPF had been cleaned a few years ago it came apart OK.

I then fitted the heat shield to the drivers side.

The passenger side cut out is slightly different (probably as the 1.9 tailpipe is smaller as it doesn't have the stainless finisher). I cut out the cut out with a Stanley knife to match it up with the driver's side. As time and daylight was running out I didn't get chance to sand down the edges although you'd have to look very closely to see any issues.

I then fitted the centre section followed by the two boxes. Leave the clamps loose and give it a check to make sure everything is lined up correctly and nothing is going to rattle on anything before tightening the clamps.

Light was fading so the picture of the finished job aren't great ill take some more in daylight.

I did notice that the centre pipe is a bigger bore than the 1.9 one although everything fits together fine.

Overall this is an easy modification but makes a big improvement in the rear end look.

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Cool...I'm doing the same...both sides are cut out the same on the bumper.....you need to get a proper trim bit...like the mirror of the one fitted on the left on your car before you cut it out....from a 2.4 (or any of the twin pipe models) that clips in place of the blanking piece.
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Teaser.... Next mod soon.
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After the teaser I can now reveal my new interior look.

Been looking for a set of Ti seats for a while and finally found a set in the right spec, condition and at a decent price.

Was initially thinking black but the set that came up are in tan and although its made the interior very different I like it.

They had to be electrically operated and heated and the memory on the driver's side is a nice bonus.

Another nice bonus is they are split folding rear seats.

Fitting the rear seats was the biggest challenge as I had to remove the metal centre section of the rear bulkhead and some of the brackets were missing despite the seller saying that they had sent them in the package.

I was also lucky enough to get the door panels too. These needed a bit of work too as I needed to swap over my trims.

The last job was to run a proxi alignment to cure that pesky flashing mileometer!

Lots of photos below!
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Cool...I was told it was not possible to fit the folding seats in a car built without them....obviously not true. That opens my search for a set of tan seats for my red 159 right up!

EDIT....What did you do about the seat belt holes through your parcel shelf?...as it's a different part on the fixed seat models.
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All the mountings are there. The hardest bit was removing the strengthener from the rear bulkhead. Just need to trim up the hole edge to neaten it up a bit.

I removed the centre belt from the parcel shelf. The trim is still there but it doesn't look out of place really.

If I could get the correct parcel shelf I might change it one day.

Did the 159 ever come with a factory fitted rear blind? If so I want one!
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I don't know if anybody has tried, but Ali Express have loads of suppliers and decent prices.
I think a lot of ebay sellers use them.
Buy led headlight bulbs and get free shipping on AliExpress.com
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Well a few more modifications done today.

Firstly I fitted electric folding mirrors. Simple job. You just need the mirrors and the matching switch.

It's all plug and play. The door ECUs are the same. However the car my mirrors came from had manual seats so that might make a difference I don't have any memory function on the mirror adjustment and the passenger mirror doesn't adjust when you engage reverse.

The passenger mirror folds fine, the driver's side is a bit hit and miss. Hopefully it'll sort itself out.

Secondly I fitted these door trims. They came from a Lusso. A bit nicer than the tourismo ones.

More to come soon......
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Next mod was retrofit of a low screenwash warning sensor.

I find this an odd omission that it's only fitted to cars with headlamp washers.

This one is dead easy!

My sensor came from a scrapyard vauxhall. When you look at the washer bottle it's obvious where it fits.

Drill a hole (I used a step drill.) The hole needs to be about three quarters of an inch in diameter.

Fit the grommet then the sensor it all just pushes in.

The multiplug is lying around nearby it even has a little cap to protect it when it's not in use. Just plug it in.

You don't even need MES it just works😀

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Any idea what year / model vauxhall it came from? Thanks.
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Mine came off a Vectra I think. About an 06 or 07 not too sure it was just in a local scrap yard.
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Hi my first Post on here had my 159 Limited Edition since November and gradually getting it the way I want it, so far I've upgraded to drilled and grooved discs all round, OEM satin wing mirror covers, wind deflectors and replaced the badges with black ones. I've braided brake hoses to fit maxtondesign spoiler just arrived today, front splitter was also ordered but won't arrive until later in the month not to fussed as going to wait until I get some Ti sideskirts and get the front end resprayed and get them fitted at the same time as it's pretty bad with stone chips. Most recent upgrade was the head unit I've fitted a kenwood dmx7017 with the optional dash cam, added a reversing camera and uprated Alpine speakers in the front replaced the door speakers and dash tweeters, also have a GPS/DAB/FM sharkfin antenna to fit which is looking to be a bit more difficult than I anticipated due to the difference in the mounting bolt.
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So next modification is retro fit of parking sensors front and rear.

At last a 159 came into a local breakers. It was a 2.4 lusso and had a fair few options so I ended up stripping lots of parts off it😁

Once again all the wiring is there it's just a case of finding it.

Component locations are as follows :

ECU is on the right hand side of the boot behind the trim panel.

Rear buzzer is in the driver's side rear pillar behind the trim.

Front buzzer is located below the lower dash on the driver's side. My plug was tucked away just below the fuse box.

The sensors are obviously mounted in the bumpers.

My car had an issue where the front multiplug for the sensors had not been fitted with its blanking plug probably in the factory. This led to the plug corroding. The rear was fine. I therefore had to solder in a new connector.

Also when I eventually got everything fitted it still didn't work. This turned out to be three faulty front sensors (diagnosed by MES) Three new ones from ebay fitted tonight and it's now working.

MES enabled the dash display and I ran a proxy alignment which stopped the mileometer flashing.

I painted the sensors with my touch up paint but unfortunately it's too orangey and is not a great match despite supposidly being 289A.

Photos to follow when I get time.

The one good thing about the early 159 is all the wiring is there to add these parts.

Shame that pesky plug for the auto dimming rear view mirror isn't there. My car most definitely was built on a Friday afternoon!!!
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So what parts do you actually need for this? Mine has rears, but not the fronts, and did you have any difficulty mounting the front sensors, or were you lucky enough to find a bumper and (some) sensors in Alfa Red?
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Holes are marked on the rear of the bumper. I just glued the mountings on.

I'm not sure but I think the Ecu may be different on the models with 8 sensors.

If you get the part number from yours I'll see if it is the same or different to the one I fitted to mine.
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Thanks, I'll see if I can dig out the part number when I get the chance - I was under the impression that it'd be a new instrument cluster, front bumper, new ECU and 4x colour coded sensors - I'm not overly picky about having it, but if it's just a couple of parts to swap over, then why not?

Assuming if different ECU, then that will dictate whether existing wiring is there or not I'd guess?
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The wiring is all there you just need the parts. However :

Now I have the fitment completed they're not working properly anyway. The rear sensors keep telling me I'm about to hit something when there's nothing near and the front ones don't pick up objucts at all. Absolutely useless! So either I have an issue or the system is just useless!
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So either I have an issue or the system is just useless!
I'm going to guess you have an issue. My car has had the system from new and it works just fine so long as you either activate from the switch on the roof console or engage reverse. There's a display on the dash and beeps from the speakers in the relevant corner/corners.

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There was a thread sometime back where someone retrofitted it, but thought they put a different instrument cluster in.
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The instrument cluster works fine it just tells me I'm going to hit something every time I'm in reverse!
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