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The Fiat Forum app - completely disappeared from the iPhone App Store. No signs of it returning it comments from admins?? Canít upload photos via the normal site or mobile site either for some reason. And yet Iíve just got a new Panda with lots of discussion and photos to add!
Ben had his laptop stolen and so hasn't been able to do any admin for a while, chill
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Ben had his laptop stolen and so hasn't been able to do any admin for a while, chill
Perhaps we could do a little fundraiser in each section of the forum to raise some money for him to be able to get a fairly nice new machine? Eternally grateful for the Fiat Forum, after all!
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Daffo the yellow Panda making creaking / cracking noises over bumps. After new struts, strut top bearings and suspension arms I am well P'd off. Dismantled the struts tops and a small stone fell out. I think all is now well.... Shame about the large sum spent on the drop links and diagnosis...... Still they did need doing as someone had fitted 1 new one of a different thickness than standard. At least now they match. Only the anti roll bar rubbers to do and the front end is 100% new. It certainly feels really good all new gas filled dampers have totally transformed the ride braking and handling. It feels as good as Noop who has now reached the dizzy heights of 854 miles.
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Daffo the yellow Panda making creaking / cracking noises over bumps. After new struts, strut top bearings and suspension arms I am well P'd off. Dismantled the struts tops and a small stone fell out. I think all is now well.... Shame about the large sum spent on the drop links and diagnosis...... Still they did need doing as someone had fitted 1 new one of a different thickness than standard. At least now they match. Only the anti roll bar rubbers to do and the front end is 100% new. It certainly feels really good all new gas filled dampers have totally transformed the ride braking and handling. It feels as good as Noop who has now reached the dizzy heights of 854 miles.
What was of differing thicknesses..?

Too long a list there.. hope my new panda isnt like that..
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The replacement fitted by Toyota was nearly twice the thickness. Something like 6mm original and 9.5 on the replacement. Probably not an issue as they are not resigned to bend anyway. It had no hex key slots to ease fitting and removal. I decided to fit a balanced pair as a matter of good practice. It all seems fine now as far as I can tell. It has 95% brand new front end.... I just need to deal with the clonking rear dampers. Bilstein have larger steel bushes, so I either need a bigger bolt or a sleeve to stop the irritating rattles and clonks. The Bilstein B4 dampers are however very effective and the ride ery smooth. I understand I can get thicker bolts, if not I may have them built up with weld and machined back to the right size so the car will sound as good as it feels.
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The rear damper bottom bolts cannot be drilled out and tapped to a larger size. The top bolt holes "could" be drilled out but that would mess things up for fitting OEM dampers and a whole list of things can go sideways when opening out body shell captive nuts.

Suitable sleeves are far more sensible.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M8-Clearance-Stainless-Steel-12mm-O-D-washer-spacer-sleeve-PICK-LENGTH/282625428789?var=581815649354&hash=item41cdc9cd35: m:m-3_0IN-7KH0hX2i_zzHDHA

Top tip. Fit the shock absorber top bolts first. The self cleaning threads can very easily go cross thread and even shear off if you try too hard.
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Thirteen years ago I had a hip operation, now I'm waiting for the other one to be done... Still trying to keep as active as possible. I've just finished washing my daily runner & I'm knackered & in pain. The simple jobs like oil & filter change & seeing to the brakes will soon be a memory.. Doped up with tramadol helps a bit...

I'm still a youngster inside my head......
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Thirteen years ago I had a hip operation, now I'm waiting for the other one to be done... Still trying to keep as active as possible. I've just finished washing my daily runner & I'm knackered & in pain. The simple jobs like oil & filter change & seeing to the brakes will soon be a memory.. Doped up with tramadol helps a bit...

I'm still a youngster inside my head......
Hips can go from grumbling to horrible very quickly so to anyone else with a wonky hip get it checked and if the X-rays indicate, get on the list for a new one. As Jim says life can be very miserable until it's done.

But the good news is that replacement hips are really excellent these days. They have you walking (almost) as soon as the anasthetic has worn off.
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Indeed Dave, I'm an upbeat sort of guy, my glass is half full. Of late though I have to sit down to put my pants & trousers on, this doesn't sound much but I'm going down hill on a weekly basis. Sense of humor is still there though..
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Jim, I'm a chiropractor and I understand your pain. I get people in every week with unusual back and leg pains. Many of them turn out to be hip problems. But when they are replaced it's like a new lease of life. Take care how you go and dont play down the pain levels when you see the medics. I'm not saying you should make an excessive fuss but many do over play their problems. That colours the Dr's view of what's really bad and what's manageable.
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Bought some cd's to play in the panda and the cd player is refusing to accept/play them, it's very annoying.
At least the radio part of it works though.
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Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh deary me! Poor Becky (our Panda) has suffered a rupture to a main artery! I noticed a wee - roughly £2 piece sized - oil deposit on the drive where she stands the day before yesterday when Mrs Jock went shopping in her. I've known she has a very small oil leak, more of a dampness, from the N/S driveshaft seal on the gearbox, I've found these types of leak often go on very gently suppurating for ages before needing to do anything about them so I just thought "must keep an eye on that". Tonight I was walking up the street just as Mrs J pulled into the drive and I saw a drop of something fall from under the front of the car. Stuck my finger in it - oh dear, oil! Took the wheel off and this is what confronted me : Oops? Upload of file failed? I thought this had been fixed? Ah well, sorry can't give you a picture. So How best to describe it? well it looks as if an oil bomb has gone off under the wing. The top seal on the strut has failed big time and shocker oil has been sprayed all over the place - inner wing, running down the shock itself, bottomsuspension arm, driveshaft (which has merrily flung it off all over the place). It's a right old mess, I've never seen one fail quite so dramatically or quickly - It must have pumped itself dry in less than 20 miles of driving!

Anyway I've asked at a couple of local factors and they are all more pricey than our friend Mike (or is it Mick?) at Shop4parts so as I know his stuff is good I'm going to order from him and claim the Forum discount as well. I've not heard of his Top Line brand of shocks though but there seem to be good reviews on some other sites so I think I'll go with them. The local factor is selling KYB at £50 +VAT another is doing them at £66.90+VAT. Also being offered by the first chap is a make I've not come across before - Ashika - for £35 +VAT pretty much what S4p want for their "Top Line" brand. Anyone got an opinion on which might be best of the three. Top Line, KYB or Ashika?

I'm going to do a total rebuild, Struts, springs, bump stop and gator, top mount, on both sides. I might as well whip the driveshaft out and renew that weeping seal at the same time. S4p's prices beat all the locals and then there's the extra forum discount too and all for parts I feel confidence in. Yes, I think I'm going back to S4p online tomorrow.

If we could get the pictures upload to work again by using that paperclip icon on the "go advanced" page I would love to send you all a couple of pictures of the mayhem and the nice shiny new parts Mike (Mick?) will be sending me.

Stay safe everyone
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If we could get the pictures upload to work again by using that paperclip icon on the "go advanced" page I would love to send you all a couple of pictures of the mayhem and the nice shiny new parts Mike (Mick?) will be sending me.
I've raised it with the boss, I think the storage is full (again!)
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