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Old 03-01-14, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default 407SW going on the ramp tomorrow....

So I have finally got the time, parts, tools, and access to a ramp tomorrow morning and going to put a few things right on the car, but had a question about one of them....

Had the intermittent (now pretty much permanent) ABS/ESR fault for a good few weeks now, and I've downloaded the instructions from here on how to remove the rust etc to sort it. I was wondering if it's worth putting a coat of primer or something on after I remove all the rust, but before putting the sensor back in to prevent (or slow down) a recurrence or will this cause an issue (or be utterly ineffective).

Also got me a set of Ring DRL's to fit, going to do my damnedest to get them into the "air intakes" on the Irmscher front splitters - other wise they aren't going on - really don't like the look of the cars all over the road with aftermarket DRLs in the radiator grilles.

Third, FINALLY going to fit the AUX in kit I bought from someone on here MONTHS and MONTHS ago.

Last job will be rotating the tyres, and getting the steel wheel off which has been on since the valve failed on Dec 23rd - has taken until yesterday for the valve repair kit to arrive from fleabay).

If I have time, I might put a bit of black paint on the calipers while all the wheels are off, but definitely not a priority heh.

Nowhere near due a service but going to have a decent look at the ball joints while it's in the air.

Anything else you guys think I should check while I have the chance?
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Old 04-01-14, 06:40 AM   #2
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I stripped down all of the hubs on my blue 407 when I did the ABS sensor on the front, de rusted and tidied them up (I have rust ocd, any screws/bolts/anything! that is rusty gets removed and cleaned up and painted). Then put on a coat of zinc primer and some black hammerite. I used spray cans for that job though. Didn't fancy slopping crap loads of paint on to stuff where there was a possibility of anything causing a clearance issue. I did however use normal paint on silver hammerite on the calipers and disc hubs.
As for bodged on lights/anything else. I agree with you, just no, if it doesn't look like it came from the factory I wouldn't be having it.
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Looking forward to seeing the DRL"s on the front spoiler, should look excellent!

What way you plan to wire them up? you know what Pug electrics can be like!!
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what about using copperslip on the antilock sensors?
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Well things didn't all go as planned unfortunately - got the rear ABS rings all clean but it didn't fix it - moved onto the front and the rings are blatently rusty and I have no idea how the hell to get to them, they appear to be inside the hub. Got them as clean as I could (which was pretty clean) but there is a pretty big gap between the ring and sensor on the offside, and it looks like there's a chip or chunk out of the sensor. When I get the chance, I'll stick the Diagbox computer on and see if it comes up with a specific fault :S

Got the tyres rotated, didn't bother painting the calipers, and got the DRL's fitted and they look, in my opinion, absolutely fantastic. The RING drl's I got are dual brightness, and the wiring was simple enough - direct connection to the + and - on the battery, and then a signal wire gets crimped onto the sidelight bulb wiring to dim them when the lights are on. Didn't bring up any problems so I'm happy.

Also put a set of heavy rubber mats in, in preparation for the coming snow/salt etc, and got the Aux input kit fitted. That was a pain in the butt as the wiring called for me to put the earth into a pin which was already in use - ended up just pulling the old wire out (along with its partner) and everything worked - I realised afterwards that the two cables were probably related to the crappy sat nav I buried away when I first got the car.

Pics aren't the best as it was closing on 4pm by the time we got done....
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Those DRL"s in the front spoiler look the bizz, well done.....front end looks as well...if not better than any Audi / Beamer....


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Dayum, I have to get me some of those irmscher splitters car looks the biz mate
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Got a chance to take a better picture today when the sun was kinda sorta thinking about being out :s

Thanks for the comments guys - have to say they look WAY better than I thought they would and I'd go as far as to say they look utterly stock - really no sign of aftermarket (unless you open the bonnet lol).

Now to make up my mind once and for all about an SP Grille - I know trem hates the bloody things heh, and I don't blame him to an extent - the silver ones look really pants (in my opinion) on darker cars - but I'm sure I've seen black ones which MIGHT just finish the nose off nicely...
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Oi! what was that about silver SP grills on dark cars



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He said they look shite

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