Elmas Xantia V6 and Musical Stuff

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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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Osram Nightbreakers, or Philips X-treme. Both excellent top-quality lamps, and standard wattage, so wiring can be left as is.
Relays worth fitting on both dip and main, if not already there.
Also takes a very high-wattage load off the lighting/dip-switch, and shortens the high-current cable run.
If you think Xantia dip struggles, try . . .
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Stickyfinger wrote:carrot addiction Davie ?


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My mum did make me eat my carrots lol

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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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Tonights escapades involved a short drive to a nice quiet lay bay that I use as my main astronomical stop off because it is pitch black. I wanted to do Citrobics as I'd felt air in the suspension. After about 15 minutes it was still in there moving around and I was getting impatient and wondering if I had a leak. The LHM was a whisker below min when I had checked it on Sunday so it must be going somewhere.

I popped the bonnet and had a look around with my torch finding quite quickly a little LHM pool under the radiator. It seems to be coming from the bottom of the Hydractive electrovalve or the nut cap thing just next to it. It explains why the front suspension seems not quite right as well which I wasn't quite sure about. I shall have a clean and a tighten tomorrow so hopefully it stops leaking but at least I'll be able to tell where from if it doesn't.

Two good things happened as well, firstly I noticed the air filter box wasn't connected to the intake hose and reconnected it. Secondly the fans kick in at 90, well I say fans I didn't actually check if I have one or two or how many were spinning. Shouldn't one turn on with the aircon? I'll have to play more with the fans.
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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I suspect that you might have a broken return hose from the electrovalve or regulator.

There are 2 fans, run in series/parallel. It sounds like you only have one operational. They are controlled by the 3 relays behind the grille (which often have corroded contacts). Also check the fuses, there is a separate fuse for each fan.
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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I have the headlamp mod done on my Activa... That and good bulbs definitely helps...

Something like Osram Nightbreakers make a big difference..

If you think Xantia lights are bad, just try XM ones...
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CitroJim wrote:I have the headlamp mod done on my Activa... That and good bulbs definitely helps...

Something like Osram Nightbreakers make a big difference..

If you think Xantia lights are bad, just try XM ones...
I've got nightbreakers in both my cars, and had them in the two previous cars. Great bulbs, buy them off Amazon or eBay to save a few bob though.

XM lights? Ha. It's like having two candles in a jam jars stuck to the front of the car on dipped, and not much better on main! First time I drove mine at night on the motorway, I pulled into a services as I thought the bulbs had gone. They hadn't...
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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It is possible to lift the performance of XM dip beam, while using the halogen bulbs for which the were designed.
Much has been written about this on the club-xm.co.uk, with a good many owners having brought dip performance back up to acceptable levels.
Have to say, BX output and coverage they are not!
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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I think I've accidentally got Xm headlights. I'll buy some bulbs, the ones in there could be old.

I think my leak is definitely the solenoid to block union or the block itself. My return pipe is very dry. Will be investigating to.orriw in daylight.
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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elma wrote:I think I've accidentally got Xm headlights..
Me as well :) hence my little project I have on the go atm...
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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I should know the answer to this, but don't.
Do RHD Xantias have the same internal plastic fresnel lens on dip beam that XMs have?
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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white exec wrote: Do RHD Xantias have the same internal plastic fresnel lens on dip beam that XMs have?
Very early S1s do Chris...

I believe they were updated to have no Fresnel lenses in around 1996 when the S1.5* Xantia came along... I understand they did update the XM variant as there was not enough RHD demand to warrant it :(

I believe that bleaching the Fresnel lens in an XM if it has discoloured to a yellowish tint can make all the difference...

* My own definition - never an officially recognised variant!

I must say I find S2 Xantia headlights worse than relay-modified late S1 variants...
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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CitroJim wrote:I must say I find S2 Xantia headlights worse than relay-modified late S1 variants...
In which case you need to relay them as well - S2 lights should be far superior to MK1s. I found a marked improvement when I relayed mine when it was 11 or so years old and 140k!
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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I shall try new Nightbreakers first Richard but I must say I'm less than impressed with Gabriel's at the moment... I never recall S2 lights being inferior in the past but then it's been a few years...

Mind you, I was never impressed with the C1's either...
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CitroJim wrote: Mind you, I was never impressed with the C1's either...
A C1 doesn't go fast enough to need headlights. A bike lamp would do [emoji12] [emoji23]

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Re: Elmas Xantia V6

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Would it blow the candle out with the draft at top speed ?

FYI...90mm Hella units are a tight fit ((top bottom) vrs the S1 cars, but the "box" in the S2 car is a better shape for modifying depth/insides wise