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Old 23-08-2017   #31
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

Thats davren, will go check later when i head over in a taxi, i will measure it too and then its a case of whipping of the rear and packaging it all up again.

Im reverting to factory setup on saturday, car will be back on the road then ( i cant wait) but am still very dissapointed as i was hoping ti have a nice low stiff stilo that won't ground out the engine tray...

I will get it lowered... its a case of taking measurments and getting suppliers to confirm twice over so this mistake is not made again.

Also... the wishbone is the one with the pressed steel bush (14mm) picking up a new tomorrow and its an OE one, not a cheap unbranded one (same for the shock)...

So two ebay refunds later (500 quid in cash tied up from two deals that havent got right) oh the joys!!!
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

Why not stick standard shockers on the front with those lowering springs you got from me. It would save your taking the other stuff off and it would still leave you with a lowered motor. Have a look on Amazon for supersport lowering shockers. Mine cost me 87 with free delivery for a set of 4.
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

Sweet... thanks for that bud.

I did think about this but... your jtd has smaller skinnier hub carriers so the shocks would not fit my motor... theyre hard to find for the larger thicker hub carriers... i feel a bit worried that i will endlessly be receiving the wrong bits as my reg and vin show wrong parts in almost all parts catalogues. Only fiat and updated eper /eps show correct.

I have ordered stock for now and all should be here very shortly. Fingers crossed it all fits.

I will lower her (daniella) she now has a name... but maybe in a couple of months, i need to ensure she is 100% ok when all back together and then tidy up some bits, the wheel that snapped has caused some scratches to passenger side, also grazing to under front bumper and my door trim has a buff mark on it.

Some divvy at work also rubbed there side bumper trim on my driver rear arch / bumper when parking next to me at work a few weeks back so that needs polishing out too.. got a nice black streak on rear arch and bumper (scratches off with a finger nail so its there plastic thats rubbed off onto my paint) once all tidied up... im buying some team dynamics (similar to golf gti edition 30 bbs wheels) then lowering and livery.. downpipe will be ordered next week. Still got to clean up spare intercooler and wash it with some white spirit... then relocate it. Lots to do!
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

Well hopefully it will all come together, I will bring the DA polisher over and we'll get it sorted.
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

Sounds like a plan bud.

So then today... used emery tape on the rear shocks... got rid of the small rust bubbles... nothing major then sprayed them up with some satin black that has its own chemicals that include primer and an ethcher to stick to almost any metal... the results are second to none... the shocks look virtually brand new, pitty the springs are coated and peeling, didnt fancy touching them so cleaned them up with elbow grease.

Like an idiot.. I struggled, cut fingers, knuckles, bruised hands trying to push in rear springs and then realised... I forgot to let one jack down on the opposite side - doh... lowered other side and springs went in like a hand and a glove... wont forgot that one next time.

Rebounds on rear shocks are perfect, nice and steady... no leaking either...

Fronts should be here by wednesday and already have a plan to get them fitted quick.

I cleaned up all rubbers, casings, repainted rear shocks, and im yet to spray the rubbers with with some silicone spray stuff to keep them fresh (can't remeber the name but you will see the tin in my pictures)

This spray should help everything to settle down with less rough resistance off the rubbers againts the metal body until it wears out (about a week or so) all helps to protect the rubber bushes and spring locating rubbers.

Shes coming along now.

Next job, need to weld up some wind back tools for rear brakes... will be quicker than using long pliers and safer and less risk of splitting seals...

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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

So then... another update before Saturday...

Was messed about on ebay for the springs from a seller in co. Down, Bangor... pitty... anyhow..m shocks arrived yesterday..

Held off on using old springs, refunded for new springs that never arrived then was told was returned by royalmail with a red label on... and now one is missing... anyhow refunded and went back to fiat, had part no checked by three dealers... so went back to GGB (shop4parts) in my home town, phoned them up from work, spoke to sean and he remembered me from before... two springs ordered, will be delivered by their own driver and they cost me 47 odd including vat... no postage and cash on delivery.

My last thing to buy.

Some break fluid (recommendations)

And a universal c.v boot, stretchy or tong and groove?
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

I've used the glue on type CV boots before now. The glue sticks like **** to a blanket so really do wear the gloves that come with them when you're sticking them together. The knives are sharp too! Worked just fine though.
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

Thanks bud, will be ordering one today or may even just nip to the motor factors tomorrow and grab one.

Hopefully she will all be back together by sunday, then i need to source some new wheels!
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

@Artermis do you remember which uni boot you used (sorry did you use one the stilo)... i may have to buy a stretchy one... but looking at how they are fitted requires lubrication and i was worried it would degrade the c.v grease over time... in videos they use thin based washing up liquid in warm water.
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@Artermis do you remember which uni boot you used (sorry did you use one the stilo)... i may have to buy a stretchy one... but looking at how they are fitted requires lubrication and i was worried it would degrade the c.v grease over time... in videos they use thin based washing up liquid in warm water.
Try this one mate. Not used on Stilo, no. I used it on my Alfa GTA.

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152300233853
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Re: Blow out + new wheel trashed

Little update for today... got carried away talking about the disco an the non existent egr..

But... here goes.

All parts obtained now... even c.v boot kits (bought both. See pics)

Then started to compress new springs... didnt go well first time round... took forever with a ring spanner then twang... no damage no drama... so tried plan b. Air gun and compressors on either side with 3 coils grabbed (7" of spring) no good... needed 11" compression to be safe and fit the top mount....

No where local had spring compressors that long... tried plan c... bust a few g clamps... mac compressors still fine...

Last resort... a call to westfield garage... only open to finish outstanding mots.. not usually open on a Saturday.

Charged me 10 x 2 for two springs & shocks built up... bargain, they used a cage round the spring and an air line... these stilos have big ass springs!!

Anyhow... new shocks and springs built up. Front off side fitted... scrubbed down brake dust catcher and repainted... to keep things neat... calliper is being rebuilt on both sides... had a bottom sticky pin... wire brushed the shims and working on them still... then finally the guiding pin that the previous owner had snapped has to be removed and replaced... then onto the near side and have to do near side c.v. finally rear brakes and new wheels / tyres then boom... back on the road.

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Final update of the week.

The front drivers side now has shiny new suspension, disc and pads. Fully recondition the caliper myself (lots of elbow grease, wire brushing, emery taping etc). Calliper sliding pins had previously been lubed up with copper grease!!! Ive cleaned out the pin holes (long rag and a screw driver)... gave the pins a gentle polish with some worn emery tape (didnt want to score them) lubed up with silicone grease (high temp resistant stuff, for hubs and other hot components) could have used Molly grease but was unsure of its high temp resistance. Final job was the shims...

Assembled it all on the car, used old pad to push piston back with some squeezy clamps (15 at aldi if anyone needs any).

Copper greased edges of pads and around where the caliper grabs it and where the piston pushes the pad... not sure if i needed to do this as the greenstuff pads have black pads on the back to cut down noise and vibration... anyhow don't see how it can harm them... if anything it will help with noise.

So thats it all done on drivers side, ive put the wheel back on and taped a black bin liner over the wheel as i don't want rain to get on my new disc whilst its stood.

I am also ready to fit the passenger brakes, i have done suspension, wishbone etc on that side, refitted hub etc... oh and c.v boot had a Tiny nick in it... cleaned it up and glued it as it was on a bit that doesn't stretch and was only nicked when the metal retaining thingy hit it when the incident happened... it should hold up as its a smooth tight nick so i glued it, see how it goes, i still have two new boots if needed .

Anyway all ready for dust plate and brakes... front should be complete tomorrow (im working 9 to 5 so only have 2 hours in the evening) then tuesday i will torquing up the rear suspension under load and fitting the new rear brakes...

I think im looking at wednesday before i will give it a ground shaking test drive... see if anything falls off LOL...

Then hopefully new tyre at the weekend and two wheels going on.

Its took much longer as I wanted to do it right... when I saw the state of the caliper, shims and pins... there was no way i was going to put my shiny new discs and green pads into them so i had to clean it all up... and boy im glad i did, its worth the piece of mind knowing its all like new snd moving really smooth...

Put it this way, my hgv mechanic said they looked awesome and that i had done a perfect job, so good that he wants me to do his on the disco when he next does them... well i aint gonna say no after all he has helped with and everything he has provided me with... what a top bloke! And very fit for 73 .

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A lick of Hammerite on the calipers would finish a fine job off just right!

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A lick of Hammerite on the calipers would finish a fine job off just right!

Yea - i was thinking that but... dont have the colour i want in the garage.
That's a job for next month
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