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  1. I had a BMW 528i with limited slip diff, and the manual warned that with excessive or heavy use of the throttle in wet or slippery conditions the vehicle may display a marked tendency to rotate about the centre of gravity. They were right, it did.
  2. The pipes are absolute swines to fit and have to be pushed in quite hard and dead straight, so the O rings compress; are you sure it doesn't fit? Try loosening the box on its bolts a bit so it can move. I have a box bought new from Adwest with a tdci part number fitted in a 300tdi and it fitted fine where the old one came out, with aforesaid proviso.
  3. I can't see the power altering much unless you retune the fuel pump, as with excess air, it is normally dependent on how much fuel is injected, and that isn't changing. In fact if it improves the volumetric efficiency it would tend to reduce the boost pressure, so it may even reduce the fuelling. Do you know if it has been divided internally or is it still one large chamber inside?
  4. Different wing repeaters on td5 to previous,but you can move to td5 both sides.
  5. If you have airbags maybe take the fuse out of them?
  6. If all that doesn't work, try warming the caliper in an oven, it is supposed to withstand heat after all, and maybe add a squirt of freezer aerosol on the bolt. If the whole thing is warm you should have more bolt wiggling time. Serve with a cold beer.
  7. I think there are firms doing this kind of thing to London taxis (adding DPF not V8)
  8. You can expect a certain amount of free play without hydraulic pressure as that is how it detects you are turning so it can give give you a helping hand. The adjustment process is fairly critical, it has to be done at the central position (you may have holes to line up in the pitman arm and box, or you may have to count turns with the drag link disconnected). That is because the ratio varies, as the pitch of the screw changes - you have to adjust at the finest point. It might well be somewhat sloppier away from dead centre, but you'd either be turning a corner or on opposite lock, either way p
  9. As I recall there was 280 odd bhp version with twin turbos; my daughter has a stock X5 with 236 (ish, single turbo) so I reckon 250 won't exactly burst it.
  10. You could get yourself a nice set of 18" Sawtooth Mo... I'll get my coat
  11. Most important though - lose the swirl flaps.
  12. I just stumbled on this... link. Sheer guesswork but I think the full upgrade would cost you a kidney
  13. The problem garry col mentioned above I alluded too as well. There is a dirty fix especially if it is just one or two studs that are causing the problem, and that is to get them out before attempting to remove the parts, like you would a bolt.
  14. I think too, the tools that fit the head in factories improved and with torque to yield bolts they could get get a well defined clamping pressure - and of course faster and not needing to be re-torqued. But, if I was building a V8 I would want to use head studs. In a pinch a stud can also get you out of a problem by using a section of tapped hole further down beyond what a bolt might have previously chewed up, ie a previously unused bit of thread.
  15. When you screw in a bolt the tension is applied as the bolt screws in. There may be friction on the bolt from what it passed through. In an Ali block, you may chew the top of the thread, which to grip Ali has to be reasonably coarse. With a stud, the stud can be screwed right in with no tension, and helps locate the head. The top end that applies the tension can have a finer thread, and the nut can be longer than normal if need be, and made of strong stuff. Why not always do this then? Slower production, and can make removing parts difficult as sufficient clearance has to exist to get the part
  16. Thanks for your support folks, it's good to think someone is on your side
  17. Well we have them cold with a contravention of GDPR; not only on the slow response but also the content was incomplete, despite their insisting it was all they had. They made a completely false accusation of a further offence after the first letter of complaint. They had numerous opportunities to sort this out months ago. It begs the question of whether they try to just intimidate people into paying up whether they have actually committed an offence or not (incidentally if anyone has knowledge of such a thing happening to someone else I would be very interested to hear from them). We had reach
  18. Hi, Just thought I would post an update. DVLA have now (today) withdrawn the threat of prosecution, and say the response to the GDPR request has been despatched to us on 17th Sept - still not arrived. They are awarding £100 for the stress and anxiety all this has caused. All this in a fairly apologetic letter. We had to ask our MP to intervene in the GDPR request, and that must have caused someone sensible to finally look at it. It will be interesting to see what the GDPR dump contains when it finally arrives, as this may shed some light on DVLAs policies which will require further investigati
  19. I use a pointing chisel, I think they are called, used for knocking mortar out between bricks. Very strong and only about 6mm wide blade. Once you get it started it peels it back
  20. Try having a feel of the U/Js after a drive. If you have a hot one, it's a sure sign. (Careful, they can get fing hot)
  21. Or head gasket blowing at the back from No.4 cylinder. If it's that you can probably feel it by sticking a finger near the head gasket joint at the back of the engine - there's a bit of a ledge where the head is a wee bit shorter than the block. It sounds like a badly adjusted tappet. You'd feel it as puffs of gas. If it is that, don't delay fixing it as it can damage surfaces.
  22. There are the YRM insanely expensive ones too. They at least look like the originals, if you did want to paint them.
  23. Is it possible to get a speedisleeve on there I wonder?
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