Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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

Post by demag » 14 Oct 2016, 17:37

A rusty bell end.... Awful![emoji23]

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

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2016, 05:49

I see I have some instrument panel lights out :twisted: That annoys me so very soon I'll be ordering in a fistful of bulbs and getting that job done. At least with Gabriel being an S2 I can get the instruments out without having to remove the steering wheel.

Going to try re-training the PLIPs and keys on the Lexia later and see if I can make the PLIPS work again...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 15 Oct 2016, 11:07

On my Xm the system was fritzed so I bought an RF locking kit from eBay. Took a few days to wire in but worked great.

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

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2016, 16:29

demag wrote:On my Xm the system was fritzed so I bought an RF locking kit from eBay. Took a few days to wire in but worked great.


That's not a bad idea Dave. Especially on an XM which I believe uses it's very own system and is a bit impenetrable and not easy to fix if it packs up...

Earlier today I had a look at my PLIPS and found one has no RF output - checked on my spectrum analyser and nothing, not a sausage. It's not the battery at fault...

The other one has broken buttons but has a good RF output on 432MHz but it has broken push-switches...

I then dusted off my Lexia and retrained my keys and the one PLIP that radiates and it trained up fine and works. It can't be used due to the broken push-switches...

I did look at swapping switches but that's well beyond my soldering/electronic skills - I can work on valved equipment but this mini stuff is well beyond me. I neither have the tools or the eyesight...

So, has anyone any good S2 PLIPS for sale or has anyone any experience of soldering in new push-switches to an otherwise good one?

Or can anyone offer a repair service?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 15 Oct 2016, 16:40

I actually bought a couple of those switches with good intentions and gave up immediately I opened the packet![emoji23] Defeatism at its worst!
Jim I have a friend who is very good at micro soldering. He recently repaired a lose USB charging port on a phone I was repairing. I can ask if you like. I could only just see the USB port never mind the soldered connections. [emoji16]

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

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2016, 16:46

demag wrote:I actually bought a couple of those switches with good intentions and gave up immediately I opened the packet![emoji23] Defeatism at its worst!


No, we know our limits ;) It looks to me like an SMD rework station would be needed to do it properly...


demag wrote: I have a friend who is very good at micro soldering. He recently repaired a lose USB charging port on a phone I was repairing. I can ask if you like. I could only just see the USB port never mind the soldered connections. [emoji16]



Dave, if you could that would be most appreciated :) Many thanks indeed!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 15 Oct 2016, 16:50

Ok Jim am still in sunny (and very hot) Majorca but will WhatsApp him.

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'96 XM 2.5TD VSX.......Sadly sold. What an idiot! I should have held on to that.

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

Post by demag » 15 Oct 2016, 17:00

There are a few on the bay for approx 25 quid but not sure if s1 or sll

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

Post by Zelandeth » 15 Oct 2016, 17:14

I could give it a shot Jim. Steady hand and good eyesight should help. Got a tiny tip for the iron too somewhere.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2016, 17:18

Zelandeth wrote:I could give it a shot Jim. Steady hand and good eyesight should help. Got a tiny tip for the iron too somewhere.


That would be excellent Zel. If you could, would really appreciate it!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by myglaren » 15 Oct 2016, 18:27

demag wrote:I actually bought a couple of those switches with good intentions and gave up immediately I opened the packet![emoji23] Defeatism at its worst!
Jim I have a friend who is very good at micro soldering. He recently repaired a lose USB charging port on a phone I was repairing. I can ask if you like. I could only just see the USB port never mind the soldered connections. [emoji16]

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:) I have a nice Harmon/Kardon sub-sat system here needs a new pot on it.
Been sat looking at it for the past 12 years. Have bought gear suited for the job but need to think about if for a bit.

Did the sensible thing back then and replaced it with a Cambridge system :)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2016, 18:38

myglaren wrote::) I have a nice Harmon/Kardon sub-sat system here needs a new pot on it.


What's one of them then Steve? H/K were once high-end Hi Fi stuff... Is it satellite TV?

myglaren wrote:Did the sensible thing back then and replaced it with a Cambridge system :)


Again what's one of them?

Would love to know as I like looking at high-end stuff like that ;)

Forgot to say, the rear disc fitting kit from ECP is made by Pagid and includes the through-bolts, springs and the thin covers.. Good value for just over £8...

Picked it up click and collect early this morning... Thanks for the tip-ff James :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by myglaren » 15 Oct 2016, 19:05

The firrst H/K was a computer speaker setup - actually a watered down version of the one they built for the Mac.

Like this - currently half the price that mine were :(

The Cambridge system was much the same and again £300 - gave that to my daughter in law when I discovered Jackie Evancho, replaced it with a proper H/K amp and Jamo speakers.

I always lusted after an H/K Citation X amp but could never afford it.
Bought an Electrocompaniet pre-power system EC4.7 and Ampliwire 120 a few years back (Norwegian) and found it was designed by Matti Ottala, who designed the H/K amps :)

Have to say one of the best upgrades to that is a pair of XLR leads, paid £13 for some from China, rather than the £180 ones from the local hi-fi place (cheapest the stocked). The difference was incredible.



Good deal on the pad fitting kit Jim - When I last went to Halfords they wanted almost £12 for them, but had none. Bodged it with some steel plate and bolts from B&Q.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Oct 2016, 19:22

Gosh, that H/K stuff is some serious kit Steve 8-) I like it a lot! That's proper stuff :wink:

£180 for XLR leads :shock: That's a heck of a price! Mind, I do understand some high quality audio gear is now very expensive - it's not dis-similar to high-end cycling accessories; they seem to use the same price generator as Citroen use for spares pricing - You can easily pay over a £100 for a jersey and £150 for bib-shorts..

I'm guilty of having paid £150 for a pair of cycling shoes - they are good though and work well with the £80 pedals I bought to go with them...

That sub has got to be well worth fixing (or getting fixed). It looks fantastic! I can't see it being hard to replace the pot as it's not miniature like a Plip by any means.. Reckon even I could do a good job on that...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 15 Oct 2016, 21:44

I admit I'm a heathen when it comes to high end hi-fi. But I was in Curry's last week and they had a Sonos WiFi speaker thing going. Only small but you could hear it around the store and the impressive thing was standing right by it it was crisp and clear.

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Bx 1.6 TGS Auto 50k A rare beast by all accounts. A bit tired but getting better by the day.
'96 XM 2.5TD VSX.......Sadly sold. What an idiot! I should have held on to that.