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Post by DickieG » 17 Feb 2010, 22:56

What about slipping a section (or two) of cycle inner-tube over the heatshrink to press the heatshrink against the ram?
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Post by CitroJim » 18 Feb 2010, 21:44

No, you've understood the problem perfectly Mike and that, along with your idea Richard, is good.

The heatshrink idea was very much a MK1 and now something that really seals it is needed. I will be pursuing this and with better health on the way, the time is ripe.

I must be on the improve. I braved the elements this afternoon and replaced my leaky rear ram with my brand spanker. It was a rather soggy afternoon and busy under the car I did not even realise the rain had become torrential until it dawned on me that my lower legs and feet were soaking.

I did the job in two hours start to finish with no dramas and no douches vert or even any split LHM for that matter :D You do loose a litre and a half doing the job though.

The weather got so bad I had to break off for a couple of hours and finish off in darkness.

I've been out in my Activa this evening and took it for a longish run.

Not having driven it for three weeks it was magical and reinforces just how great the Activa is :D :D :D :D :D Worth every penny of the cost of a new ram! Activas rock, they really do...

Anyway, I had to get my Activa back on her feet as tomorrow my new Activa is due to arrive and it needs to occupy the driveway. More news as it happens on that :D

I found a slightly better method of swapping the rear ram. Do the whole job with the suspension on high so that the rear ram is compressed to its shortest length. It saves all the effort of jacking wheels up and down to get the ram out of its eyes.

It also helps to whip the Activa balancing sphere off. Just a little bit more room afforded.

It was good today to go out and play cars; just what I needed. I've missed it terribly and I think my inability to do so delayed my recovery...

In an way though, it's worrying just how necessary cars are to my wellbeing. Like a drug...
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Post by myglaren » 18 Feb 2010, 22:31

CitroJim wrote:
It was good today to go out and play cars; just what I needed. I've missed it terribly and I think my inability to do so delayed my recovery...

In an way though, it's worrying just how necessary cars are to my wellbeing. Like a drug...


Pity you can't get them on an NHS prescription :)

Nice one with the rear ram Jim!
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Post by CitroJim » 18 Feb 2010, 22:56

myglaren wrote:Pity you can't get them on an NHS prescription :)


Now there's a thought Steve :lol:

"One Xantia, to be taken as often as required, with LHM"

Warning, may become addictive...

I'm going to rest up my V6 for a while now and use my Activa daily for a few weeks. I'm still wondering if the chronic under-use it had last year somehow contributed to the rear ram dying so soon. Besides, the new ram cost me a lot of money so I'm going to enjoy it :D
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Post by lexi » 18 Feb 2010, 23:38

Excellent Jim.

Are cycle tubes not still made of natural rubber?.........if so oil will kill it. You could hold an oil proof membrane on with long coiled springs wrapped around tight top and bottom then interlocked and cable tied or wired........ like elastic bands. Make shroud from a CV or steering rack boot OR ..what kind of membrane is in a sphere?

Get one opened Jim till we have a look :lol:
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Post by CitroJim » 19 Feb 2010, 10:23

lexi wrote:Get one opened Jim till we have a look :lol:


I've a test bed for these things now lexi so in the fullness of time!

Amongst other things, my latest arrival has suffered an MOT fail on leaky rams...

Here she is:

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A very original, unmolested Activa built on November 30th 1995 so a real early one. One of the first maybe?

She's in need of some TLC but pretty straight and clean.

Despite the private plate, she's a genuine N registration. Not had a chance to give a close look just yet.

More to follow :D
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Post by lexi » 19 Feb 2010, 10:45

Looks clean! Very nice in silver but that red is lovely.
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Post by CitroJim » 19 Feb 2010, 18:32

lexi wrote: but that red is lovely.


Even lovelier now she's had a good wash and spruce-up Lexi :D Certainly makes the new arrival look a bit scruffy but she had a quick wash as well and she shows she'll scrub up really well :D I don't know if it was as a result of the journey to here on a trailer but she was covered in salt!

Before looking at 'XAN I gave both my red Activa and my V6 a good wash and interior clean, the first of 2010! Then V6 and I took a trip to the tip with 25l of waste oil and on the way back, I dropped the V6 at her holiday home just up the road from me.

The it was time to give my red Activa an oil and filter change. That's one reason why I had to take waste oil to the tip. I had no more room for waste oil :lol:

XAN is in need of TLC but is a fundamentally sound car :D Engine runs very sweetly and she's just been serviced as part of her failed MOT. So new oil and LHM amongst other things. She's always been dealer serviced and came with a sheaf of history a mile thick.

She's very early (RP6960) and has no aircon and the full black interior, a black roof lining only broken by a sunroof! Everything works too!

I'm surprised how different this early Activa is. No fake wood on the dash and no wooden gear knob :o It does have a upmarket wireless (but no CD player) and the nice chunky leather steering wheel. It looks like a very dark SX inside :lol:

I thought initially the hydractive ECU was dead but no, it turned out to be a couple of duff door switches confusing me..

The front electrovalve is showing faults on the Lexia but just needs the diode mod carrying out. It starts and stops and you can hear the ECU trying to reset it.

The main accumulator is as flat as a pancake (so much for dealer
servicing :twisted: )

The heater matrix is bad and the car is rather damp inside as a result. It arrived very steamed up..

The blower fan is not working on any speed but it can't be the transistors as it does not have any :lol:

The front ram is a bit wet and the rear a bit damp. Last week it failed its MOT on just the wet front ram. Not yet had a close look at it to see exactly what the problem is.

I had her transported down after putting a request up on the Shiply website. It worked a treat and is well recommended if you need a car moved.

I wish I'd kept the tailgate off the V6 we broke. The tailgate on XAN has a small hole in it; it looks like the car was reversed into something sharp. I'm sure I can do a good repair with a touch of filler though.

That's the initial. Hopefully, soon be back on the road :D
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Post by xantia_v6 » 19 Feb 2010, 18:46

Sounds good Jim, I think that there are one or two other bits you would have kept from the V6 had you had a premonition...

Is the black upholstery leather?

I am sure it will be nice car when you are done with it.
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Post by Citroenmad » 19 Feb 2010, 18:52

Its a nice looking Xantia Jim, good colour and it must be one of the very early Uk registered Activas, which is nice. I like its number plate too.

I liked the interior in the early Activas, a nice dark clotch with the small coloured stripes and sports seats.

Ours was also a N plate with no-wood interior, just all black.

How many miles has this one done Jim?
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Post by CitroJim » 19 Feb 2010, 18:55

xantia_v6 wrote:Sounds good Jim, I think that there are one or two other bits you would have kept from the V6 had you had a premonition...


Not much went to the scrappie Mike. Mainly a bodyshell, tailgate and rear doors! Practically everything else was removed...

No, it's not leather, the standard Activa tartan..

One thing I forgot to say earlier is that this car is totally unmolested and has not been bodged anywhere and still has it's aux belt cover. How rare is that?

It's so refreshing to have a car this old that has not been subject to amateur repairs or mods...

Definitely one saved from the Puggerisers :D
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Post by CitroJim » 19 Feb 2010, 18:59

So your old one was the twin of this one then Chris :D I must admit I rather like the dark look even though it came as a complete surprise to me. Reminds me of my old 205GTi in some ways...

The seats are very comfy too...

Citroenmad wrote:How many miles has this one done Jim?


150K but you'd never know it. The engine is incredibly sweet, the sweetest 2.0 TCT I've known so far...
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Post by Citroenmad » 19 Feb 2010, 19:36

Yes, probably was Jim, im not sure how early ours was, though it was the same spec as your new silver one, si it must have been a fairly early model too. I so want it back :(

Average mileage then, they seem good for it.

You've got me looing at old Activa photos now, nice to know there is someone out there saving them. :D
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Post by andmcit » 19 Feb 2010, 20:23

RP 6960 does sound early - does anyone now what the earliest figure
is for the UK then? Your new one is close to a couple of mine Jim but
isn't quite the next one: my first green one is 6945, the newest acquisition
blue one is 6939 and my A6 TVA is 7036 and I thought that was early!!

Where on earth did it materialise from - are you going to say? :lol:

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Feb 2010, 20:35

andmcit wrote:Where on earth did it materialise from - are you going to say? :lol:


A CCC member....
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