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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:42 
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That S2000 does look really nice. Are they OK for 'regular' driving though or is it the sort of car that has to be hooned?


It's an old-school VTEC so up to 4000rpm it's very tame and a perfectly nice 'normal' car, 4000-6000rpm it starts getting interesting and then 6000-9000rpm it all goes a bit mental.

Peak torque is at 8500rpm.

So it's very much a case of how you drive it and what sort of mood you're in.

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Car just needed front pads, other than that just three advisories: front calipers sticking, a bit of play in the ARB and a bit too much travel in the handbrake. :attitude:

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Car just needed front pads, other than that just three advisories: front calipers sticking, a bit of play in the ARB and a bit too much travel in the handbrake. :attitude:


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Car just needed front pads, other than that just three advisories: front calipers sticking, a bit of play in the ARB and a bit too much travel in the handbrake. :attitude:


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To celebrate I've bought a set of genuine remanufactured front calipers in red (£150), OEM Type R front and rear interior mats (£46) and a set of Bosch AeroTwin wiper blades (£15).

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VTEC is more like 6k in the s2k. 9k redline means an up shift puts you back above it.

It's fine in normal driving before there though.

Just gotta drive it to your mood and not whinge about lack of overtaking 'low down'.


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Slightly more torque than my Civic - ie not much. Rev it high if you want power!

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Just had a sniff around and a shit in the new Nissan Micra at my local Nissan dealer.

Conflicted, now. My plan for when the LEAF went back (and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver) was to replace it with a BMW 730d, a decent one of which I should be able to pick up for ~12K, and I would own it at the end of the finance period.

However, the new Micra does tick all the right boxes - with one potential exception - and would undoubtedly be more reliable and economical - but I'd basically just be renting it again.

(the exception is that it currently doesn't have an automatic gearbox, and with my current back/leg troubles I'm not sure I can stomach driving a manual day in day out - I'm OK normally but when my problems flare up it causes immense pain to use the clutch)

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Conflicted, now. My plan for when the LEAF went back (and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver) was to replace it with a BMW 730d, a decent one of which I should be able to pick up for ~12K, and I would own it at the end of the finance period.

When it will be worth about £5K.

Just buy an old Nissan Micra. It will probably be reliable and you could own it outright for the price of a less than a months rental of the new one.

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Conflicted, now. My plan for when the LEAF went back (and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver) was to replace it with a BMW 730d, a decent one of which I should be able to pick up for ~12K, and I would own it at the end of the finance period.

When it will be worth about £5K.

Just buy an old Nissan Micra. It will probably be reliable and you could own it outright for the price of a less than a months rental of the new one.

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Conflicted, now. My plan for when the LEAF went back (and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver) was to replace it with a BMW 730d, a decent one of which I should be able to pick up for ~12K, and I would own it at the end of the finance period.

When it will be worth about £5K.

Just buy an old Nissan Micra. It will probably be reliable and you could own it outright for the price of a less than a months rental of the new one.

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I learnt to drive in one of those, badged as a Kia Pride. Then, a girlfriend (i think kov met her) had a 121. Happy days.

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My mate Matt had a brown Micra in college. It was shit and it clashed with his ginger hair really badly. And he really liked The Pet Shop Boys.

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My mate Matt had a brown Micra in college. It was shit and it clashed with his ginger hair really badly. And he really liked The Pet Shop Boys.

As you can tell, we were downing in pussy at college


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Those old boxy Micras are much better than the bubble Micra that came after it.

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Those old boxy Micras are much better than the bubble Micra that came after it.

I had a girlfriend with one of those, too. Never liked it.

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(and assuming I don't just use the Celica/Fabia as a daily driver)


While you will, because you/we can't afford another car.

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Those old boxy Micras are much better than the bubble Micra that came after it.


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Just buy an old Nissan Micra. It will probably be reliable and you could own it outright for the price of a less than a months rental of the new one.

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Ohhhh yeah, my first car - in an odd yellow/orange colour (it was sunfaded down one side and part of the roof from where it'd been parked up and not used for a year or two by the previous owner (an elderly neighbour).

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I've just serviced Mrs Zs RAV4. :metul:

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Replaced my front wiper blades with Bosch AeroTwins today. Noticed that the paint on the wiper arms is very flakey and it's a bit of an eyesore. Is it easy to remove them, sand them down and paint again? What kind of paint do I want?

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Replaced my front wiper blades with Bosch AeroTwins today. Noticed that the paint on the wiper arms is very flakey and it's a bit of an eyesore. Is it easy to remove them, sand them down and paint again? What kind of paint do I want?

I'd suggest sanding them, using Halfords grey primer, then using regular matt or gloss black Halford spray paint. If you want to be super sure, you could then put a couple of coats of laquer on there. But by that point you've spent £30 to respray them... (at roughly a tenner a can)

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Without seeing a picture it's a bit hard to say but if they looked an arse to remove I'd just leave them in place, mask off the surrounding area thoroughly, give them a sanding and then just hit them with a few coats of satin black Hammerite spray.


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Replaced my front wiper blades with Bosch AeroTwins today. Noticed that the paint on the wiper arms is very flakey and it's a bit of an eyesore. Is it easy to remove them, sand them down and paint again? What kind of paint do I want?

I'd suggest sanding them, using Halfords grey primer, then using regular matt or gloss black Halford spray paint. If you want to be super sure, you could then put a couple of coats of laquer on there. But by that point you've spent £30 to respray them... (at roughly a tenner a can)

Nice ta!

Do I need a special tool* to get the arms off?

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I have bosch wiper blades on The Rover, wioer blade buddy!

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Well sure, if you want to buy rubbish cheap forrin muck rather than supporting Britain and MAKING BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN.

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Replaced my front wiper blades with Bosch AeroTwins today. Noticed that the paint on the wiper arms is very flakey and it's a bit of an eyesore. Is it easy to remove them, sand them down and paint again? What kind of paint do I want?

I'd suggest sanding them, using Halfords grey primer, then using regular matt or gloss black Halford spray paint. If you want to be super sure, you could then put a couple of coats of laquer on there. But by that point you've spent £30 to respray them... (at roughly a tenner a can)

Nice ta!

Do I need a special tool to get the arms off?

Not unless you have a weird car - every vehicle I've had or come into contact with has had clip on, clip off wipers.

Oh, except Dad's TR4a, where they had a grub screw.

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Not unless you have a weird car - every vehicle I've had or come into contact with has had clip on, clip off wipers.

The blades just clip off, yeah. I was talking about the arms. They just unclip too then?

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Not unless you have a weird car - every vehicle I've had or come into contact with has had clip on, clip off wipers.

The blades just clip off, yeah. I was talking about the arms. They just unclip too then?

God I'm an idiot.

Yeah no, they don't. There should be a grub screw of some sort holding them in place.

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Not unless you have a weird car - every vehicle I've had or come into contact with has had clip on, clip off wipers.

The blades just clip off, yeah. I was talking about the arms. They just unclip too then?

God I'm an idiot.

Yeah no, they don't. There should be a grub screw of some sort holding them in place.

So, do I need a special tool? :D

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Without seeing a picture it's a bit hard to say but if they looked an arse to remove I'd just leave them in place, mask off the surrounding area thoroughly, give them a sanding and then just hit them with a few coats of satin black Hammerite spray.

:this:

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Not unless you have a weird car - every vehicle I've had or come into contact with has had clip on, clip off wipers.

The blades just clip off, yeah. I was talking about the arms. They just unclip too then?

God I'm an idiot.

Yeah no, they don't. There should be a grub screw of some sort holding them in place.

So, do I need a special tool? :D

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Not unless you have a weird car - every vehicle I've had or come into contact with has had clip on, clip off wipers.

The blades just clip off, yeah. I was talking about the arms. They just unclip too then?

God I'm an idiot.

Yeah no, they don't. There should be a grub screw of some sort holding them in place.

So, do I need a special tool? :D

You are a special tool.

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I have bosch wiper blades on The Rover, wioer blade buddy!

My old ones were Bosch too. They weren't Bosch AeroTwin though!

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Lonewolves wrote:
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Not unless you have a weird car - every vehicle I've had or come into contact with has had clip on, clip off wipers.

The blades just clip off, yeah. I was talking about the arms. They just unclip too then?

God I'm an idiot.

Yeah no, they don't. There should be a grub screw of some sort holding them in place.

So, do I need a special tool? :D

You are a special tool.

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Not unless you have a weird car - every vehicle I've had or come into contact with has had clip on, clip off wipers.

The blades just clip off, yeah. I was talking about the arms. They just unclip too then?

God I'm an idiot.

Yeah no, they don't. There should be a grub screw of some sort holding them in place.

So, do I need a special tool? :D


:)

No, should just need a small spanner

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Or just leave them Rat look like the rest of your car.

The wheels are a disgrace and the body work needs some TLC, but I want to get it done properly and it's going to cost a bomb, so I'm doing cheap things first.

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Unclip black plastic cover, it hinges up. Undo 13mm nut, or maybe 12mm... I think on civics you have to do this next but with the bonnet up to avoid scratching it but I may be wrong. Lift the wiper arm until perpendicular to glass, like you would when washing, then grab with both hands and wafl violently up and down (toward and away from glass) until it comes free. This is because its in a taper spline which is designed to stick on. Try to mark them before hand so you get them back on the right spline.


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Or just leave them Rat look like the rest of your car.

The wheels are a disgrace and the body work needs some TLC, but I want to get it done properly and it's going to cost a bomb, so I'm doing cheap things first.

I've no idea how your car looks :D

I've found Wheels are fairly easy to improve the appearance of. Done all mine black and currently doing the silver alloys on Mrs Zs. Only done one so far, but I'll take lots of pics and write up how I do the next one. Helps to have a full size spare while you do them.

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Or just leave them Rat look like the rest of your car.

The wheels are a disgrace and the body work needs some TLC, but I want to get it done properly and it's going to cost a bomb, so I'm doing cheap things first.

I've no idea how your car looks :D

I know, but I thought I'd use it as a segue into talking about stuff that needs doing. ;)

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EXCITING ROVER UPDATE!

The "feed me" sensor doesn't appear to work, as there appeared to be a complete lack of 710, so I stuck 4 litres of B&M's semi synthetic​ in £10 for 4 litres). And took the air filter out and gave it a shake. And refilled the coolant which is looking pretty brown, and the tiniest spot of mayo on the filler cap.

Might get it washed today, see if the wheely bin scratches will disappear.

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