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I hope so! Vince has one that's super close so will give it a shot once I have done the back bumper trims as I need to remove one to rehang the rear drivers bumper corner anyway :)

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Tonight I spent all of 30mins fixing an issue on the V6.
The rear bumper is now perfectly aligned and not poking out :)

Having had a poor paint job in the past hasn't helped with some parts but the bumper has been stripped of it's centre section and chrome trim parts and then mounted the drivers side with the bolt inside the bumper and the one in the arch.

I'm now quite converse at fixing this stupid issue and improving the cars looks a lot more when the other bits are done.

I was going to pop the front bumper corners off but they have relieved more paint in the past than the rear so I know too many lugs will get broken when removing them even with softening them up :( so they have been sanded, wet sanded and flatted ready for an easy prep hopefully :) can't wait to see this when it's done :)

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Oh and I put 6months tax on the V6 as well :) the dvla should soon be sending a cheque to Simon, though I had to go to a post office as the stupid online system wouldn't process it :(

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Sounds like the V6 is enjoying another new lease of life Will :-D

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It is Jim and it will soon be fitted with some new genuine citroen front brake pads before going up for sale :)

Other sad news is the activa may be going up for sale as well :(

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KP wrote:
Other sad news is the activa may be going up for sale as well :(
Hmmm........wondering how well an Activa would run on LPG :?:



NO, MUSTN'T TYHINK THAT................. :roll:

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Trainman wrote:
KP wrote:
Other sad news is the activa may be going up for sale as well :(
Hmmm........wondering how well an Activa would run on LPG :?:
Really well! Turbos love LPG. You'd have to find someone to actually remap the ECU - there are places, and I'm sure you'd easily see over 200 BHP on the standard internals.

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Hmmm Activa that does almost 50 mpg...............


NO, NO.....STOP IT!!!

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Yes the biggest thing to change would be to get hotter running plugs, which isn't too hard and new leads.

The best way to LPG a xantia IMO is to remove the spare wheel carrier and fit some cylinder tanks under there. Reckon you would get three in and a heat shield between the back box and would need to be a double skinned one, but would give a cracking range. Would make a good all rounder if the 5th gear was higher ratio'd as well to decrease cruising revs but then no cruise control is a bug bear to me these days :(

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Well I'm in the process of ordering the spheres i need for the new toy and the Activa. They have asked for its Reg so i have given it to them as im keeping the centre sphere standard and getting hydractive estate sphers as Jim has atested to. Lets see what they say.

I had a good trip down with Vince yesterday to the XM rally at Cosford. Sorry for being a bit slow Vince but the needle on the fuel gauge has only just moved now and i left it idling for 10mins while i moved it around this morning and did some citrobics.

I got a proper Xantia wheel brace for my brothers shed of a Xsara as the one that comes with them isnt much cope for dropping the wheel carrier down.

Vince also spotted something odd about the new toy in that one of the rear light clusters was a Series 1 Xantia and not a Series 2! so thats getting swapped over as well. I also need to order some dash bulbs up it and the activa if anyone has a link to some good ones off the bay?
Also got thinking about an LED for the switch in the new toy as it really irks me that after a while it gets hot but yet hardly gives off any light!

The activa will also get some time on its dash this week as MANY MANY thanks to Paul for bringing over the required bit to fix the stupid FFing switch and vent issue i have had for ages with it and i'll post pics up as well as im sure it would annoy others as well. Its currently ast being boxed in by a C5R HDi 1.6 with what looks like turbo failure but is just an inability to rev past 1200rpm and its not quick to get there either so thats some lexia time when i get over to my folks and pick it up again as i left it there after clearing my dads cruise control issue on his new one. And to be honest im half tempted to sell that ruddy thing as well now as X7's are dropping in price but i need to get him to try the seats in one first before we take the plunge as they are quite sporty-esqu, think Recaro buckets and your not far off! and most are half leather as well which could be a sticking point. He isn't too bothered if its an auto either as the newer C5r and X7 have the 6 speed auto box which should help with economy and coupled to the 2.0 HDi136 engine should be a cracking little runner but whatever i get for them to replace it will be getting oil drained sharp and then again after another 1k to flush it out before going onto a 6k service interval as the 20k/2yr is just poor form to be honest.

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Any pics of the new toy?

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All in time, it's goig thru testing now, then Vince-ing and some niggles being sorted like the dash bulb and the only rust I can find on it then it will be ready for prime time :D

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Lovely stuff Will :-D A good read...

Bulbs. You need these R286 babes. here's a typical ebay ad. Cheap as chips....

Swap them all as if you don't you'll find the ones you don't swap will then go.

Also, test each new bulb before fitting. These cheap packs of 10 always have one or two duffers in them. Get 30 and then you have enough. I think you need 22 for a full re-bulb...

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Cheers Jim :)

Are there LED versions at all as they could well outlast all my vehicles! Are they the same for the xm as well?

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No idea about LED ones Will but they are the same for the XM..

There's a trick to getting the instrument pod out of an XM - pull hard at the top as the top mounting screws are actually ball-ended and rest in cups..

It needs a very hard pull to free the balls from their cups and therein lies a danger...

Watch that as the pod comes away the back of your hands are well clear of the top of the dash surround otherwise it'll gouge them badly on the sharp edges.

I still have the scars on the back of my right hand from when I did one :twisted: