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XantiaMan583 wrote:I may find out soon what the emissions are like without a cat....
Good stuff Gareth :D Yours is a good test bed because we know with cat it was like mine at last MOT with very low emissions.

The V6 has the same cat arrangement as the Activa only about three times the size...

I'll start making enquiries about an S/S system for the V6. Any good recommendations of places to go?

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Blueflame were good for me but it would be a trek and a half for you jim and they generally tkae a whole day to do it as well but saying that it was about £300 all in for mine, that was without cat though...

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I second Blueflame, had a full stainless exhaust inc cat replacement pipe for my FTO from Blueflame, it sounded amazing, not to loud and chavish.

For £300 that's an absolute bargain, my FTO one was about £470~480 that was 5 years ago, when did you get that quote KP?

There's plenty of good exhast garages around, there's one here in WGC which seem quite good, heres a URL
http://www.predatormotorsport.co.uk/

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CitroJim wrote:And I still need to do the heater matrix
If you and Xac want an extra pair of hands I'd be more than willing to help out with the matrix :D (famous last words? :lol: )
Maybe we could film it...

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Thanks Kev :D

It would be educational and most valuable to film. Can you edit out the inevitable naughty words though?

I let a fair few go yesterday when I was replacing my pinion valve hose :lol: :lol:

Thinking on, we should liaise with Xac on this and do mine and his as a dual job.

I'm planning to take a week off commencing the 5th October and that's when I'm planning the job.

Thanks for the exhaust heads ups :D I need a new cat as well, simply because its exit pipe is rusty at the bell-end joint to the mid-section and I'm not sure it's repairable as it's double skinned and has begun to leak.

I've found this Exhaust Supplier local to me and it looks like a good price for the whole shebang. I can collect it and fit it myself with a bit of assistance.

Might be a good place for your Activa Xac. They're located in Blisworth (near Northampton). They'll knock out a complete system for less than £100 for your Activa. Speaking of which, mine will need one before the next MOT as well :(

Here's the Activa System with prices for all parts of it...

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Excellent find Jim, £105 for a cat/downpipe is very good. There is a local powerflow place here which did my Maestro back box 7 years ago, and its still spot on, so thats where i am going for the Xantia. May pop up there tomorrow to get a quote.

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Jim, Finmere for the fitting of exhausts?

I was contemplating buying a new center section and clamps, so that'd be about £55

5th Oct should be good for me, got nothing lined up (unfortunately).
Film and photos would be an excellent idea, I've got a DSLR, have either you or Kev got a camcorder?
If not, I'm sure I can borrow dad's.

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Ooo Jim/Xac, you don't fancy making that a long weekend from the 23rd to 26/27th of October do you? :oops: I can almost certainly get those days off. Im not going to be able to get any time off during term time :cry:
I suppose it would be a struggle doing it within a full weekend?

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Xac, excellent :D Finmere would be perfect! A dual exhaust job then? Might get discount for quantity :lol: :lol:

Do the matrices at my house though as I need ALL my tools at hand...
XantiaMan583 wrote:May pop up there tomorrow to get a quote.
Could you get a quote for my V6 at the same time please Gareth? Complete system, including cat. Don't fancy the chances of a V6 going through the MOT decatted somehow :roll:

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red_dwarfers wrote:Ooo Jim/Xac, you don't fancy making that a long weekend from the 23rd to 26/27th of October do you? :oops: I can almost certainly get those days off. Im not going to be able to get any time off during term time :cry:
I suppose it would be a struggle doing it within a full weekend?
That weekend is right out for me unfortunately Kev :cry: Already booked up by work :twisted:

Week after next is one week I can slip off from work without causing too much grief....

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CitroJim wrote:
red_dwarfers wrote:Ooo Jim/Xac, you don't fancy making that a long weekend from the 23rd to 26/27th of October do you? :oops: I can almost certainly get those days off. Im not going to be able to get any time off during term time :cry:
I suppose it would be a struggle doing it within a full weekend?
That weekend is right out for me unfortunately Kev :cry: Already booked up by work :twisted:

Week after next is one week I can slip off from work without causing too much grief....
And with autumn well on it's way, I'd rather get the job done sooner than later, sorry Kev.

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Tis a shame that :( oh well not to worry :)
It would be invaluable if someone could film the job, I'm still up for editing the footage though :D

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CitroJim wrote:Xac, excellent :D Finmere would be perfect! A dual exhaust job then? Might get discount for quantity :lol: :lol:
Could phone them and ask, I can pop up during the week and pick a complete system for you and the middle section for me :)

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Did an oil and filter change on the V6 this morning as a nice, gentle introduction to a busy day. I took a good look at the pinion valve return hose and was pleased to see it nice and dry following the replacement of the perished pipe a few days ago.

This was the end of the old pipe where it slips over the end of the metal pipe. You can see the cracks that were weeping LHM.

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Alex, and old friend of mine and erstwhile owner of a Peugeot 309GTi Goodwood dropped by this afternoon with a pair of Peugeot 106 front struts under his arm. He needed the wheel bearings replaced. Did he just :o They were nearly seized!

They were well rusted in and just getting the retaining circlips out proved quite a challenge, being firmly rusted in their grooves.

The hydraulic press made short work of extracting the old bearings but we were both quite surprised to see a force of almost 7 tons being needed to shift them from where they had been for the past 18 years!!!

The old bearings were full of rust and not a trace of grease left in them. Speaking about it to Dad, he thinks the car might have been stranded in floodwater at some time in its life.

The new bearings slipped home nicely, needing only about a ton and a half of force to settle them in.

All this talk of tons of force needed to do the bearings makes me wonder if Haynes ever actually tried this job using the vice method they suggest in the BoL for removing and replacing them. Perhaps on a new car it might have worked but on a J plater with 140,000 miles on the clock, no way!

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