My "love" of all things xantia...and Xm...and Cx..

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Post by lexi »

Can you show what you are trying to do with tester Dave? A few pics of what connects to where?

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I've been building a sphere tester for about the past 20 years lexi and I keep on not finishing it :roll:

All it is is an HP pump (mine's from an early "sinker"), a pressure regulator and a gauge. An LHM reservoir (an old LHM bottle0 feeds the pump, the pump feeds the Pressure Regulator and the optput of the regulator goes to the gauge that will read up to 100 Bar. Pop a test sphere on the pressure regulator, nip up the bleed screw, rotate the pump by hand and keep turning until the gauge settles. Read off the pressure in the sphere.

The issue I think you have Dave is to connect the regulator output pipe to the gauge. This is mine too and I will one day turn up an adaptor on the lathe to allow a 3.5mm pipe stub to be soldered into the back oof the adaptor. I must do mine as it's a very useful tool. Like a hydraulic Lexia really and it takes all the guesswork out of sphere condition.
davetherave wrote:Drove back to my parents about 2hrs away last night, and it was just damn painfull, the back end feels so bouncy, then bangs over every bump in the road. Reminded me of the time when the xantias plastic height adjuster bit popped off and the back went rock hard.
I thought that replacing all the rear spheres would help but seemingly not.
Sounds like your rear Hydractive electrovalve is not working Dave. I assume yours has Hydractive II so what applies to hydractive Xantias should apply to your XM. Can you hear it humming and clicking? You may just need to do the diode mod...

Hydractive cars stuck in firm mode are rather unforgiving on the ride front...

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Post by lexi »

The pressure regulator and gauge? Is this the regulator from the front of our Xantias? The oil pressure gauge is an industrial type or one from a car?

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Post by davetherave »

The regulator i believe can be from the front of any old citroen, mine is from a BX, and the guage is from a company recomended by Jim, Harrier power fluids i believe, at a not unreasonable price.

The Pump for mine is a single output CX pump, and i already bought flaring tools and pipe from pleides to make the pipes.
I rang martin again about the hyrdraulic connector to connect the gauge to a flared pipe, when he gets back to me ill post up on here.
Ill take some pictures of my setup once i get back to norwich!

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Post by Citroening »

Might be totally the wrong person but....

Spotted a silver Exclusive XM in March today at about 5:00ish on Elm Road - was this you Dave?


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Completely the right person im back home for a few days!
Is the 2.5DTR cx down norwod road yours by any chance?
I stopped and had a drool!

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davetherave wrote:Is the 2.5DTR cx down norwod road yours by any chance?
It is indeed! 8-)
I stopped and had a drool!
That's not that nice really! There's a huge amount of work left to do yet to get it anywhere near CGOO standard!


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Indeed, replacing the Flat tyre for a start!, i have stopped and had a look in the past when it was the other side of the compound.

Anything looks good compared to the one i have in storage! went to visit it the other day, and applied power to it. Amazingly the electric windows and radio worked! as well as the horn Lol.
Engine didnt turn though.

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davetherave wrote: Engine didnt turn though.
How long has it been standing for?


After 15 years:



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Yep ive seen that one and wasy impressed, the last tax disc i found in the car was 1994 so im not hopefull, the starter did turn but didnt sound as though it was engaging with anything!

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Post by davetherave »

Well something positive today, and somethings not so positive.
I finally got round to cleaning the washer jet pipes out in preperation for the MOT, ive never seen so much crap in the pipes! They were black to begin with!
All working now though 8-).

However the car has gone back into shed mode, so it was banging all the way home. :evil:

Th brakes are also still uber scary, when pressed the ABS cuts in and out, and my black leather goes brown...
i was doing some more reading up on the different types.
think green=bendix, blue = teves
Well at the back of my car its one of each :?
oo er.
When it fails the MOT on monday, i think i might just bite the bullet and buy a genuine sensor to see if that cures it.
If not its bulbs out time and dot matrix disablement for the re-test!

Next Cx arriving on monday! Not that ill be able to go back and see it for a couple of weeks :(

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Post by vince »

Keep battling Dave......we are with you...from the comfort of our arm chairs at least :P :wink:

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Post by davetherave »

Lol, im taking a break from the battle in a week, so long as it gets us to the airport... :)

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davetherave wrote:The brakes are also still uber scary, when pressed the ABS cuts in and out
Is this happening at slow speed just prior to stopping?

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Is this happening at slow speed just prior to stopping
Thats correct, coming down from high speeds, all seems fine, similarly braking at high speeds is no problem.

At slow speeds,= brown seats time.
Just means i have to leave a large gap so i dont shunt the car in front!