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Old 08-02-2017   #16
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While waiting for good weather to clean the Doblo and snap a few pictures:

Have a guess which mod I've done with nothing but a pair of shoelaces?
Hint: I go camping once in a while.
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Old 15-02-2017   #17
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A few pictures of the black mesh installed behind all grilles to prevent rocks and other junk messing up the vital parts.
I'm very happy about the subtle effect it has on the looks as well.
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Old 15-02-2017   #18
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While talking about mods with a subtle effect on the looks: Italy represented on the B-pillars and rear hatch.
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Old 15-02-2017   #19
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Since I like to go camping with the Doblo (still tent-style with just a sleeping bag and other essentials thrown in the back), I wanted to make it easier to slide the doors open/shut.
Instead of spending big money on 2 plastic OEM grips, I made some myself out of metal tubing. A lick of paint, some threaded rivets and bolts, et voilą!
It's a bit industrial but it matches the black steel ladder behind the driver's seat.

1 Problem: there are no inner door handles either and the locking mechanism of my "Professional" isn't made to connect inner handles to them!
That's where the shoelaces come in: they simply hang out a small hole drilled in the door card and finished with a grommet so it's nice and doesn't wear. The other ends are tied to the lever mechanism of the outside door handle. When I pull on the shoelace a ghost pulls on the outer doorhandle and opens the door for me!
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A pod air filter is a cheap modification they said...
It only takes a few minutes of time they said...

3 Hours later...
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So another 3 hours later:
- LPG evaporator relocated to create space (new custom bracket, coolant lines, lines to the filter, LPG feed line shortened)
- New intake pipe from a Bravo T-Jet, customised (shortened, plastic welded + sealed)
- Custom bracket to support the intake, attached to the motor support so the intake can move as one piece with the engine but the weight is supported.
- Fuel evap and boost blow-off recirculation lines elongated (boost control and pcv were direct fit)
- Wiring for the right hand side headlight rerouted to create space.
- K&N RG-1001-RD pod airfilter installed.

Brrraaaap pshhht

(28000km on the clock now)
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So this happened (28.500km)...
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"Watching glue dry"

New windshield, upgrades while I'm at it:
- blueish sun strip
- blacked out VIN-window
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Picture of my Bella Doblo with the new windshield.
No more ugly white VIN window, got a nice and practical sun strip instead:
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And why I was at the Fiat specialist when the cracked windshield was discovered:
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Re: Candisa's Doblo T-Jet LPG

Technical updates:

30.000km: full maintenance time:
- oil change + filter
- interior filter
- No air filter service as the K&N pod is only recently installed.

40.000km:
- oil change
- wheels switched front to back

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Recent:
45.000km: PROBLEMS!
(Warranty)


- Misfiring under high long load in high gears, AGAIN!

Since we had a lot of issues getting enough temperature in the Lovato LPG system in the past, and the injectors were already replaced with a different brand after having multiple Lovato ones fail, the part that heats the liquid LPG to gas is now also switched out with a different brand.
-> The LPG ECU now reads a higher temperature and much less drop under continuous load, so this definitely shows again Lovato LPG parts aren't recommendable.
-> The temperature follows the coolant temperature closer, which means minimum temperature to run LPG is reached sooner. Petrol savings!


- Cold start issues: long starting and running terrible for a few seconds, inconsistent.

When working on the LPG system the mechanic found out the LPG self-adjusted quite a bit lately, likely due to the misfiring.
This isn't desirable as the Fiat ECU also learns, so if these systems start compensating for eachother when running on LPG, the next time I start the car on petrol everything's thrown off!
After replacing the LPG heat exchanger the LPG ECU has been recalibrated.
-> The theory of the fighting ECU's should be solved now, but since the problem was inconsistent...
-> I'm still not entirely convinced the starting issues are over, I now video every cold start so I can catch it if it acts up again...
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Re: Candisa's Doblo T-Jet LPG

Modifying update:

Fiat thinks it isn't necessary to have full performance in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear, which causes rubbish acceleration. (Emissions?)
I don't want this full time eco mode as this actually invites me to floor the throttle and rev the engine, so I contacted a well known dutch FCA ecu tuner to solve this issue.

They read out the ecu software to figure out what's going on:
- For now they only found a very strict torque limiter (105Nm!) in first gear.
- This is now removed and I'm getting 0.5bar of boost instead of zero boost in 1st, which is very close to the 0.7bar I'm getting in high gears, I guess limited by the low load.
- Instead of barely being able to break traction on wet roads when launching hard, I now have to feather the throttle according to the conditions in order to not smoke my tyres, so the performance release is obvious and plenty.
- Unfortunately 2nd and 3rd is limited in a different way they haven't figured out in the limited time of my visit, so no changes there yet. However they now have the software, so they're working on it and I expect an invitation soon.
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Hopelessly behind on updates, but somebody parked my Dirty Doblo's older sister behind her, couldn't resist taking a terrible phone picture:
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Re: Candisa's Doblo T-Jet LPG

Update:

The restrictions were found and fully removed shortly after my last update, which transformed the van and finally made it pleasant to drive.

Unfortunately my Doblo started having cold start issues a month ago. My garage has been looking and looking, every sensor behaves as it should, the LPG-system and boost-gauge have been disconnected, the engine itself has been inspected as much as possible without dismantling it, the throttle body has been swapped out...
All without any improvement.

Fiat suspects the ECU has become faulty, which would be bad news since it has been altered, but apparently they are working on a case of an Alfa with a Multiair engine that produces the same symptoms, which could set a precedent and keep Fiat from blaming my issues on the modified software.
Since diagnosing can only be done twice a day for a few minutes, and everything is going through Fiat headquarters, I'm without my Doblo already for almost a month now with no idea when I'll get it back.

I realise my luck is terrible and Fiat wouldn't be able to continue existing if this wasn't an exception, but since this isn't the first time something went wrong with mine, my trust is broken and my plans to make it a fast daycamper I'll drive until the wheels fall off are binned.

I hope this issue gets resolved and Fiat/my garage settle an affordable arrangement since the Doblo is out of its warranty period (although I could technically claim a few months extension from all the time it's been out of order within the warranty period), and I can enjoy it trouble-free for a few more years, but I will definitely sell it when something else pops up or in max 2 years while there is still some residual value.

I've always wanted to own a red Italian car, a van, and a brand new car. The Doblo was all 3 in one but unfortunately it doesn't seem to work out for me.
I'm sorry for those of you who were waiting on a Doblo tuning and/or camper build project, but you won't find it here. The Doblo has sunken from dreamproject to a utility status. My mind and dreams have moved on, and like a piece of IKEA furniture, the Doblo will do it's time with nothing more than normal care until it'll eventually be replaced by something better, most likely of a different manufacturer.
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Long long time ago!

The problems I've had last year were "caused by bad petrol". I've always used Total Excellium 98 from the local Total station, so I doubt it and it cost me a lot of money to have them find and fix the issues, so since then I religiously only use petrol from the Gulf pump at my dealer. If anything happens "because of bad petrol" in the future, they can eat the bill themselves!

Funnily enough, apart from another broken window and the first dent/scratch (soon to be fixed) -KNOCK ON WOOD!- I haven't had any issues anymore lately, so maybe I'll hang on to the Doblo for more years to come than expected.

However I did decide to cancel all plans regarding performance tuning. I'll just have the chiptuner max out what's possible with the stock turbo/cams/... and that'll be it.

I do have other plans: further personalisation. It'll become a hippie van (started stickering, work in progress) and since my tyres were mostly worn I've invested in a set of 7.5x17 Rial Bavaro wheels wrapped in Fulda Sportcontrol 2 235/45/17 tyres.
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