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Old 21-05-2012   #31
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Crikey that oil cooler is mahooosive!

Your old number plate seems familiar.

New exhaust looks nice and free flowing, my Magnex has a much sharper bend in it and is a slightly smaller bore, well at least until I chop it up.

Only thing I dislike is the condition of the rear beam and arms, best get those cleaned up before they decay any further.

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yeah, its not looking as fresh as it did underneath anymore. Don't worry it'll be sorted

The oil cooler isn't on there atm but it was bought by previous owner who ordered wrong one, isn't meant to be that big hehe. I'm gonna fit one from a PGT i think. I just need to get a new extension bolt for the sandwich plate to refit it.

Exhaust is this. I made an offer though and got some money off

I need to fix a slight blow from the exhaust which i found whilst it was on the ramps at MOT place, and turn fuel pressure back up, thats how i got it to pass emissions.. Its not particularly happy with this new lower pressure.
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Looking Good blu! Cant wait to see her running at Stanford

Can never remember, is she SPI or MPI?
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Looking Good blu! Cant wait to see her running at Stanford

Can never remember, is she SPI or MPI?
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yep, its spi at the mo.. mpi head is sat in the pile of parts in the lounge

Just noticed she has lost some water no idea where from though
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Exhaust is this. I made an offer though and got some money off
That's really excellent value and it seems to fit really well.

As for the water leak hope it's not the HG but best to sniff test just in case. I always like to change the resevoir cap on a regular basis too they seem to made of chocolate and weep sometimes causing lots of head scratching.
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Mmmm, perhaps.. You mean the cap on the expansion tank??

I changed the HG not long ago (read that not many miles ago, was the summer before last, but its only done about 100-150 miles since the HG was changed)..

I did the HG because it was losing water and i couldn't find a leak. Only to discover the HG looked fine and it was still losing water afterwards. But then i spied the tiniest leak/weep from the thermostat housing which i have recently had off and stuck back on, no leaks there i can see.

For now i have topped it upto the max line in the expansion tank and gonna leave it until tomorrow to see if it loses anything while its just sat there - kinda hoping it will as that would indicate its just a leak rather than anything more sinister. If i have to take the head off i may as well crack on with the conversion to mpi, no point sticking the same head back on really.

Either way, i reckon i will attempt the drive to Stanford and hope its makes it there and back. Then i'll take the head off and have a gander..

And finally, as promised few video's. Nothing that exciting i'm afraid but i did say i would. Sound on them is rubbish, terribly sorry.


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lol, its a shame about the sound quality as the footage really ain't that bad. By no means HD though . But for under 30 you cannot complain.
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Mmmm, perhaps.. You mean the cap on the expansion tank??
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I did the HG because it was losing water and i couldn't find a leak. Only to discover the HG looked fine and it was still losing water afterwards. But then i spied the tiniest leak/weep from the thermostat housing which i have recently had off and stuck back on, no leaks there i can see.
Crikey for the amount of hassle involved I would get it sniff tested before commiting to a HG change.

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For now i have topped it upto the max line in the expansion tank and gonna leave it until tomorrow to see if it loses anything while its just sat there.
A leak "anywhere" still may not leak unless the system is pressurised. Mine loses about a cup full of water a week (I know it's the HG but no point fixing when the engine is coming out so soon). Very hard to trace a slow leak could be anywhere. Some garages can pressure test the system which can make it easier to locate. Otherwise it's best to look for the leak when the system is up to temperature and fully pressurised, very carefully!

And... put your foot down you old lady, camera works well though.
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Well i like to change the HG before it goes and i figured at the time that although its before they normally need changing it has been a high boost since new so no harm it doing it for peace of mind..

Just been out and checked coolant level and it has gone down while its just been sat there so hopefully there is just a leak somewhere but i cannot see it and no drips under the car.. Will have to have a proper look when i can be bothered, not today though as it will be going dark soon. On the up side, probably not a HG problem if it goes down without the engine running.

Old lady.. pft, sensible driving don't make me an old lady - i drive things hard when its safe to and there was too much traffic this morning.
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Just been out and checked coolant level and it has gone down while its just been sat there so hopefully there is just a leak somewhere but i cannot see it and no drips under the car.. Will have to have a proper look when i can be bothered, not today though as it will be going dark soon. On the up side, probably not a HG problem if it goes down without the engine running.
Very likely not a HG or cap and will probably be quite a big leak if you're losing water when the system isn't pressurised as it will be much worse when it is. Hopefully not the heater matrix, should be easyish to find.

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Can't quite believe i can't see it tbh, but if it was the heater matrix i wouldn't be able to see it would I, not without taking stuff off. I'm still gonna leave it until 2moro, see how much it loses overnight, perhaps stick some cardboard or similar under it which will absorb any drips.

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within the matrix or maybe hidden leak within the radiator look under the car in the morning

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Looks great! My Sei wants to be like yours when it grows up
One question...how is that exhaust? Does it have a slightly more aggressive note than your standard systems? I'm looking for something with a bit of 'bite' but not chavvy if you get what I mean!
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