Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 01 May 2017, 13:02

Just completed the MK Half Marathon (my first) in 1 hour and 53 minutes :D

https://www.strava.com/activities/965913113

It was a most awesome experience and I loved every second of it and every inch ran...

Got a rather lovely medal and a teeshirt for all that work!

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Now I want to do the big one ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 01 May 2017, 16:23

Well done, Jim. My Mum ran the London Marathon in 2000, completing it in around 6 hours 40 minutes.
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 01 May 2017, 16:25

Thanks James :-D

Hell Razor5543 wrote:My Mum ran the London Marathon in 2000, competing it in around 6 hours 40 minutes.


Excellent and a good time too. I can imagine she still feels very proud of her achievement to this day. I know I would. The London Marathon is my big ambition and one I'm now seriously working on ;)

I have a lot of training to do though...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 01 May 2017, 16:34

She has 2 T Shirts from the London Marathon. One she got at the end of the Marathon itself, and I got her the other a couple of years back. Virgin Money (who now sponsor the London Marathon) worked out (in 2015, IIRC) that they were due to have their 1,000,000 runner cross the finishing line. They then came up with the idea that (if you knew the year and finishing time) people could buy T Shirts with their position in that 1 million. Mum was somewhere in the 400,000 group (but I cannot remember where).
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 01 May 2017, 18:28

Well done Jim!

I'd be dead after a tenth of that I reckon.

I can walk all day or sprint at a decent pace for a couple of hundred metres, but beyond that I've had it!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 01 May 2017, 18:34

Thanks Zel :)

Zelandeth wrote:I'd be dead after a tenth of that I reckon.


A year ago, I'd have been exactly the same! A year ago I'd not even started seriously running...

Like me, if you get the training in you could easily do it ;)

The secret is slow and steady... I was averaging just under 9 minute miles... The say the best way to approach it is to start slow and get slower... Not a bad policy in practice...

As a runner I'm a bit of a tortoise but toward the end of any run I end up passing an awful lot of hares!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 05 May 2017, 11:18

Gabriel is back on (occasional) daily driver duties this week and the Pug is resting...

So lovely to be back in Gabriel, she's so comfy and laid-back :D

Love her to bits :D

She won't be going anywhere next Thursday as that's International Cycle To Work Day ...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 05 May 2017, 14:25

I know how you feel Jim. The new C4 is so easy to drive and relaxing.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 05 May 2017, 14:57

demag wrote:I know how you feel Jim. The new C4 is so easy to drive and relaxing.


Yes, Same sort of ethos! The 207 is not built for comfort and is far from laid-back.. It demands to be ragged everywhere :lol:

I presume you mean C5 and not C4!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 05 May 2017, 15:46

Just wanted to check you were alert Jim! ;-) The Synergie came along at the right time but it wasn't as useful as I thought it would be, namely because it was a 7 seater so to move anything big I had to remove 2/3 seats and they weighed a ton! If it had been 5 seats it would have been better. But the C5 has oodles of room and drives lovely. I thought the Kia was going to be "the one", then the Synergie and hopefully the C5 definitely will be. I can't keep spending money on cars at my age. :-)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 08 May 2017, 17:15

Did a little bit of work on an XM this afternoon. Undoing a common 'modification' carried out by a certain dealer who forces the suspension into permanent soft mode by wiring both electrovalves to a switched 12v supply.

Permanent soft mode on an XM is both a bit dangerous in my opinion and makes the car ride a bit like a boat.

I put it all back to normal, carried out the diode mod whilst doing it, rand diagnostics, cleared the faults in the Hydractive ECU and all was found to be working beautifully...

I did find the rechargable batteries in my portable oscilloscope no longer seem to be...

Goodness knows why the dealer in question does this 'mod'. I've seen (and reversed) a good few now and apart from often needing the diode mod I've never found any significant faults with the ECU, electrovalves or the sensors...

Rather enjoyed myself if truth be told... It's been a while. I believe the owner of the XM is happy too...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 08 May 2017, 17:53

The suspension on my XM was solid when I bought it. It had been maintained by two Citroen mechanics. Yeah? I don't think so. It took a long long time to soften the suspension, including the diode mod, running on hydrauringe flush and replacing spheres. It ended up with BX comfort spheres on the front and eventually the ride became quite acceptable. There was a huge suspension thread on the XM Forum that went on and on and on.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Mandrake » 08 May 2017, 19:31

CitroJim wrote:Did a little bit of work on an XM this afternoon. Undoing a common 'modification' carried out by a certain dealer who forces the suspension into permanent soft mode by wiring both electrovalves to a switched 12v supply.

Permanent 12v ? :shock:

Surely that would overheat the coil ? The coil is about 3 ohms so at 12v that would be 48 watts and at 14v 65 watts.... that's why it is pulse width modulated in the first place, to bring the power dissipation down...
Permanent soft mode on an XM is both a bit dangerous in my opinion and makes the car ride a bit like a boat.

Indeed. Without the automatic switching to hard mode the suspension easily bottoms on things like hump back bridges. Not safe...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 09 May 2017, 05:07

Mandrake wrote:Permanent 12v ? :shock:

Surely that would overheat the coil ? The coil is about 3 ohms so at 12v that would be 48 watts and at 14v 65 watts.... that's why it is pulse width modulated in the first place, to bring the power dissipation down...


You'd have thought so Simon but no, they seem to survive for ages like it. As I say, I've 'de-modified' a good few like this now and all the electrovalves have happily survived the abuse...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 1.9TD, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Peter.N. » 09 May 2017, 08:50

You could make a 'switch and hold' circuit where you use 12v to open the valve and then say 6-9v to hold it open to overcome the overheating. If you don't want to go electronic you can use a relay with a capacitor across the feed voltage which in turn is fed from 12v with a suitable series resistor. This will apply 12v to open the valve and you can adjust the value of the series resistor to give the required holding voltage.

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