Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Post by addo » 02 Nov 2012, 09:50

Would you actually get in trouble if you installed a hoist immediately in front of your garage?
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Post by Xaccers » 02 Nov 2012, 14:56

Not from us he wouldn't :)

Jim the blue ramps I had (which you may now have) have got holes in them to fix them to the ground and stop them slipping.
Mark the holes, drill and use bolts just dropped in.
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Post by DickieG » 02 Nov 2012, 17:28

If you're driving up ramps with the driven wheels they very rarely slip and even if they do its only an inch so front end up on a Citroen is no problem whatsoever.
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Post by Citroenmad » 02 Nov 2012, 17:50

CitroJim wrote:Wind-up ones sound good Chris. Do you have any further details as I'm very interested and might treat myself as a Christmas present :)


I don't actually Jim, Ill have a look at them later and see if I can see a make. At a guess they look quite old, probably outdate the design of an XM :lol:

They have been useful in the past when a broken Citroen has been unable to lift up from low. Even in normal the longish overhangs on the front of Citroens do not usually allow them to be driven up ramps.

Driving up ramsp is find, as the ramp is being pulled under the wheels. However reversing up them can be interesting if you have no one there to hold the ramps in place. That idea of securing them to the floor when in use sounds a good one.
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Post by citronut » 02 Nov 2012, 20:40

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Post by DickieG » 02 Nov 2012, 20:48

citronut wrote:try these Jim

http://tinyurl.com/ctsjbmk

Crikey £50 just for the lead on to the ramps, angle iron has gone up in price :shock:
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Post by Xaccers » 02 Nov 2012, 21:07

DickieG wrote:
citronut wrote:try these Jim

http://tinyurl.com/ctsjbmk

Crikey £50 just for the lead on to the ramps, angle iron has gone up in price :shock:


£62 with delivery!
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Post by CitroJim » 02 Nov 2012, 22:09

Time to fire up the welder I reckon :lol: That price is extortionate. Maybe they're made of Kryptonite?

Xac, I'll try the trick of bolting down your ramps. Wonder if XMs and Xantias have the same track?

Otherwise I'll need two sets of bolt holes :roll:

I'm sure the neighbours would love a hoist outside my garage... And I be it wouldn’t stay there long either - disappearing in the dead of night aboard a pikey wagon :twisted:
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Post by Citroenmad » 02 Nov 2012, 22:30

CitroJim wrote:I'm sure the neighbours would love a hoist outside my garage... And I be it wouldn’t stay there long either - disappearing in the dead of night aboard a pikey wagon :twisted:


A 4 post lift could well be the end to your parking 3 cars problem :roll: :lol:
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Post by CitroJim » 02 Nov 2012, 22:35

Citroenmad wrote:A 4 post lift could well be the end to your parking 3 cars problem :roll: :lol:


That's very true Chris :) In fact there's a company who make them especially for storing one car on top of 'tother. I've seen their ad in Practical Classics. Price is a bit spicy though...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Nov 2012, 09:15

Touch-wood and cautiously I'm noting a distinct improvement in my health lately :-D I'm not being optimistic and it may be that I'm on a bit of an 'up' but this past week or so things are definitely going the right way... No real reason as far as I can identify - perhaps all the rest and taking great care is finally coming good...

Main thing is, I'm sleeping a lot better and waking up more refreshed than I have in a long while.

At this rate I may well be able to resume work in the next few weeks :twisted:

Shame really as I'm getting very used to being semi-retired :lol: :lol:
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Post by Citroenmad » 04 Nov 2012, 09:59

That is excellent new Jim :-D
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Post by citronut » 04 Nov 2012, 10:13

you must watch you dont drift into you old routine of over doing it then hun, as none of us want to see you like you were every again [-o< [-o< :wink: ,

so just behave your self if thats possible :-D :roll: :wink:
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Post by CitroJim » 04 Nov 2012, 10:18

citronut wrote:you must watch you dont drift into you old routine of over doing it then hun, as none of us want to see you like you were every again [-o< [-o< :wink: ,


Not least me but yes, you are absolutely right Malcolm! It's the one thing I must very carefully guard against... So often in the past as soon as I've started to improve it's been straight back to my old ways and straight back down again...

I'm just beginning to get the hang of this relaxing lark :) It's still a bit of a stranger tome but I'm getting there :wink:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 05 Nov 2012, 18:58

The re-worked Activa cat on the XM is not to my satisfaction. It sits too close to the ARB and subframe and bangs on it from time to time. It niggles me so I've bitten a bullet today and bought a new cat for it. I'm expecting it to be a kitten judging by the low price I've paid but running on LPG that'll be no worries. All the MOT tester needs to see is there’s a cat fitted.

Whilst I had the plastic out I went to the Bilt Hamber Website and bought a load of Dynax S-50 and Dynax UC to do a bit of XM and Xantia rustproofing...

In other news, my GP has released me to resume light part-time working so toward the end of the month I go back to work :evil:
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