Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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

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Davie, they look much better in a silver Activa for some reason!

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

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I think it is because the car rides quite high vrs "normal" cars Jim, it makes the wheels look bigger on an ACTIVA

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

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Stickyfinger wrote:I think it is because the car rides quite high vrs "normal" cars Jim, it makes the wheels look bigger on an ACTIVA
Yes, I'm wondering now if when wearing those wheels and tyres there may be an advantage in lowering the ride height a tad...

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

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Is that easy to do ?

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

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Stickyfinger wrote:Is that easy to do ?
Yes, if you have a ramp it is not hard. Just loosen the clamps around each Anti Roll Bar that transmits height position to the height correctors via the dog bones...

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

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The more I look at mine the more I think it would look better a little lower.

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

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I would imagine that if you set the car to the standard height with the normal measurements it will lower it by just the right amount.
I'm wondering if this will affect the ride at all? We all know raising a Xantia to off road height makes it hard so possibly lowering it will make it softer.

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

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James, it'll be a good experiment to try...

Main risk is going too low and bottoming...

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

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What is the actual correct height, and how do you measure it?

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

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daviemck2006 wrote:What is the actual correct height, and how do you measure it?
These should answer your questions, the first in particular, but the others included for interest. :)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/782 ... ension.pdf

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/782 ... ontrol.pdf

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/782 ... l%20SC.pdf

Of course you don't need the fancy tools that Citroen claim you do. :lol: All you need is an 11mm socket and ratchet with a small extension, and a little cunning to make small careful adjustments...

The other important thing to getting it spot on is always take two measurements - one after it corrects itself down the other after it corrects itself up and take the mid point between the two as your measurement. This eliminates the hysteresis in the mechanism which would otherwise skew your reading quite a bit.

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

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I think I understand all that, certainly understand enough to measure it. Mow I need a 4 post ramp, or one end on the ramps and jack the other end and let it down onto blocks a similar height. Presumably the car would have to be level to get an accurate measurement?

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

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You're not going to start slammin' Activas now are you.
Next thing you'll be sticking pineapples on them :(

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

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daviemck2006 wrote: Presumably the car would have to be level to get an accurate measurement?
Yes, it does help a lot... Be aware the adjustments are very critical and leave plenty of time on an Activa for things to settle and to get a true height. I find it best to go high, then low, high and then normal again before being satisfied with a new height setting...

It ccan be a frustrating and lengthy job to get it all spot on and then, again on an Activa, you hope it's not caused it to lean :twisted:

Adjusting Activa lean is real 'fun' :wink:

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

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myglaren wrote:You're not going to start slammin' Activas now are you.
Next thing you'll be sticking pineapples on them :(
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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I can't tell from the pictures but if the wheels are bigger and the tyres are lower profile then a slightly softer ride would make everything the same. Could be good, possibly damping may need refining but I'm sure could be achieved fairly easily.