Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Dommo » 12 Oct 2016, 13:07

My recommendation with dodgy looking undertray mount points is to make a large washer out of a piece of arch liner type material, which goes between a large metal washer on your bolt, and the undertray itself. Hard to explain and I'm on a phone but when I get back home this weekend I'll get some photos of what I mean Jim!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 12 Oct 2016, 13:26

demag wrote:I've really enjoyed reading this article. Thanks Zel and Jim.


Dave, thanks, good to know the blog is being enjoyed :D

There's a lot more to come yet ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 12 Oct 2016, 15:06

Oh, had forgotten that!

The under tray was half removed when I was fiddling with the belts when the A/C pulley decided to play up, and I never got around to properly reattaching it...was mostly held on by cable ties when I started anyway...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 12 Oct 2016, 18:24

I reckon it's near the end now Zel but I'll keep it as I can make it good again with some metal reinforcing..

I'm really falling in love with the 1.9TD engine again. It may be old-school these days but it's still a bloody good engine...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Oct 2016, 19:15

I am guilty of getting ever so slightly carried away this afternoon and evening... I went out at around 5PM just to pop Gabriel's rear wheels off and apply some more Plus Gas around the rear calipers...

I did that and then just tried loosening off the caliper bolts after applying a bit of heat as an experiment... With care and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing they started to move quite freely and to cut a long story short, one side is now completely done with a new disc and pads fitted :D

The caliper bolts showed signs of Loctite so that's likely the first time they've been out...

I reassembled with copious quantities of copper grease...

I'm hoping the other side will be as straightforward...

The only casualty was the little through-bolt that retains the disc pads. It was stuck fast and resisted all attempts; it sheared... Luckily, I had a good second-hand one...

Are they still available?

Tomorrow I will do the other side and then put the new flexi hoses and disc pads on the front and hopefully, if it arrives, fit the new back box and then...

She'll be ready for her MOT...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 13 Oct 2016, 19:18

Erm, those kits are available from ECP (I can hear citronut now), for under £9;

http://www.eurocarparts.com/brake-acces ... itting-kit

You can also see the front kit is available. I would say (based on personal experience) to inspect the packet before you leave the site. The first kit I bought had a split in the bag, and parts were missing. As the guy on the counter had watched me check the packet (and then seen what I found) there was no argument.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Oct 2016, 19:21

Thanks James, excellent, much appreciated :-D

A set will be on order soon!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by myglaren » 13 Oct 2016, 20:19

They are supposed to be available from Halfords but they never have them in stock.
I suspect ECP supplies them to Halfords on demand.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by RichardW » 13 Oct 2016, 21:43

Allegedly still available at the dealer for the princly sum of £1.34 for the bolt. No load on it, a bit of threaded bar with a nut on each end will do....
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Chris570 » 13 Oct 2016, 22:21

Yep m5. I have some m5 bar here if you want it. I had it for exactly that purpose. The estate ones are nfp
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2016, 08:20

Thanks all, I've now ordered some from ECP! Their kit also contains springs which I need.. Mine are a bit rusty...

Going to crack on with the job in a bit whilst the weather is on my side...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2016, 15:58

All MOT work on Gabriel is now done and as I type this she's up at the MOT place being done...

She now has new discs and pads at the rear and new pads and flexis at the front but she's just failed the MOT on the exhaust centre section.

I'm not doing that job myself so the garage has been tasked to do it..

The work I did today went really well, no big problems at all :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2016, 16:13

Apart from the exhaust, she's OK for an MOT :D

Exhaust will be done on Monday...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 14 Oct 2016, 16:59

What a pity still not too bad really.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2016, 17:25

demag wrote:What a pity still not too bad really.


It's not bad at all Dave...

I see where the centre section has gone.. It's collapsing with rust all around the bell-end...

It could not be seen until the clamp and the old back-box stub was removed...

A new exhaust will be one less thing to give trouble later on ;)
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