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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 04 Mar 2013, 00:20

Jim, I recommend giving Total Tyres in Binfield a ring if you want some tyres, see what they can do. You can stop by for a brew and some tyres on your way down to Somerset next..

I say this because the price they quoted me for the Avon ZV3s which are £71 delivered / £84 fitted from the site Chris mentions are only £71 fitted at Total Tyres.. so , they might save you a few bob and give you a journey break. Especially if you go the right way down to the M3 next time...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Mar 2013, 07:28

Thanks Mike, that's appreciated :-D

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Mar 2013, 20:14

My new rad has arrived. A Nissins one from ebay and it's spot-on correct.

Hopefully I will be able, if weather and health are kind, to get it fitted at the weekend.

The XM is going into my local garage on Saturday for a bit of fabrication on the slightly blowy exhaust. I'd get a new one but they are quite simply unobtainable so it's a case of repairing what's there or spending a lot of dosh and having a custom stainless one made up. That'll likely happen in the future but for now the transverse box is sound enough for a repair by the looks of it... The front pipes to transverse joint is where the problem is...

I'm also cogitating over the purchase of four of these Falkens. I can't get used to the thought of the car having the wrong size tyres and it's really bugging me. I won't be happy until the right size is on there.

I understand Falkens are OK. Correct?

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 07 Mar 2013, 20:25

Jim, what about the spare wheel? Is IT the right size?

If you are unable to fit the rad this weekend, then (all going well) I will be more than willing to help you fit it next weekend.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Mar 2013, 20:40

Hell Razor5543 wrote:Jim, what about the spare wheel? Is IT the right size?
Not looked yet...

Thanks for the offer of help with the rad next week James :-D

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 08 Mar 2013, 00:33

My daughter put 4 of those on her astra td, she's done 20000 on them and just replaced the fronts, because tracking was out, worn on inside and still 4mm on outside. rears look hardly touched, and she does not hang about. he's put the same on again cos she's not lost traction or grip on them, and that includes cold frosty and snowy scottish winter roads. Going by her experience I would certainly recommend them.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Xaccers » 08 Mar 2013, 00:49

I use Falkens Jim and haven't spun off the road so far :)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by hattershaun » 08 Mar 2013, 23:28

My C6 is riding on a set of FalkenZE912 and I have nothing but praise for them, albeit in a different size.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 09 Mar 2013, 07:36

Good to hear that Falkens are good :-D The only comment I saw potentially against them is under the new energy ratings they score very poorly for fuel consumption...

It's all academic now as I negotiated a great deal with my very local tyre place for a set of four BF Goodriches. I've used these tyres on no end of Xantias (My V6 Xantia currently rides on them at the front) and like them very much.

I was shocked to see the old tyres on the XM are T rated (116mph) for speed (should be V) :evil: Whoever fitted them to a V6 should be put against a wall and summarily shot :x

Today I plan to replace the leaky rad in the Xantia V6 with a shiny new Nissins and take the XM V6 to our local garage to have a look at the exhaust and then to our tyre place for some new tyres... Two jobs I don't do...

My workshop has been cleaned, tidied and organised ready for the arrival of an RX-8 engine....

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Post by addo » 09 Mar 2013, 07:50

Unsurprised about the old tyres. 88 rated walls, too?

You need to say what model of BFG, otherwise the brand doesn't really matter.

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Post by CitroJim » 09 Mar 2013, 08:00

addo wrote:Unsurprised about the old tyres. 88 rated walls, too?
Concrete I believe :twisted:

G-Grips I would imagine...

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Post by addo » 09 Mar 2013, 10:17

Does the XM seriously not spec a 94 load rating, but a 91?

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Post by CitroJim » 09 Mar 2013, 15:14

addo wrote:Does the XM seriously not spec a 94 load rating, but a 91?
Yes, must be 94. Be surprised if it wasn't...

Been a busy little bee this morning... Replaced the duff rad on the Xantia V6. A nice, easy job all things considered...

Dropped the front ride height on the XM - a very easy job...

Took the XM to my local garage for an exhaust looksee. Garage declares it quite fixable and it's going in on Tuesday to go under the knife (or welder)...

XM is currently at the tyre place having a set of tyres fitted...

Neighbour has just knocked on the door with a coil of Fiesta front spring in hand... He's just gone off to the factors to get one so guess what I'll be doing for the rest of the afternoon :roll: Problem is he's stranded...

Good thing is that new front springs for a Fiesta are only £18 each,,,

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 09 Mar 2013, 18:18

That would seem like a busy day. Isn't it time for a pot of Earl Grey?

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 09 Mar 2013, 20:27

Hell Razor5543 wrote:That would seem like a busy day. Isn't it time for a pot of Earl Grey?
It was a busy day James.. Ready now for an urn of the stuff!!!

Basically I rarely do anything for anyone else like this but there are exceptions and neighbours most certainly are...

What a bloody job though :twisted: but my neighbours are ever so good to me and helped me enormously when I was really ill back along so it was a kind of pay in kind. And besides he's giving my garden a makeover for free so it all works out... We all help each other in our little close... As neighbours should.. I feel very lucky to have such good ones and they in turn tolerate my car antics very well.. Many wouldn't I'm sure..

What a ****** of a job it turned out to be... Straightforward enough except for the top nut on the strut which was rusted solid because Ford stupidly don't protect it so water gathers there..

That bloody nut fought and fought but I won in the end :D To get enough force on it I had to carefully grip the very top of the damper piston above the bump-stop with a pair of very meaty Footprints (like Stilsons) and a breaker bar on the nut...

The rest of the job was dead easy...

But the moral of this tale is if you are asked to replace a Fiesta spring run as fast as you can and consider emigrating...

Rather a satisfying day by and large :D I feel quite content and rather tired in that good sort of way that comes from a productive day...The new tyres on the XM (BFG G-Grips) are excellent and they've transformed the car.. It rides better, handles better and is a lot quieter despite the blowing exhaust... The difference is like night and day...

Tyres maketh the car...