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    How much was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    How much was that?
    It comes from the Netherlands and is 138.95 Euros, which works out at £122.70 including shipping...but there are a few different ones at different prices for differing years of the F40 gearbox....here's the website: https://www.short-shifters.com/

    The service is amazing, I ordered it last weekend, it was despatched Monday and it arrived on Wednesday....from the Netherlands!!

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    Short Shift linkage fitted earlier.....quite a bastard to get off, but then again I suppose they aren't made to come off!....I had to borrow a neighbours slide hammer to get it off the splines!!

    But, what a mod! The gear change is about half what it used to be, very short and precise and a joy to swap cogs!

    I didn't think it was too bad originally, when I changed from my Calibra back in 2013 I loved the gear change on the Insignia, (Not that the gearchange in the Calibra was bad) however after driving a couple of new Mini Coopers last week as courtesy cars, it made mine feel like a big old slack knacker....something had to be done!


    A couple of pics and vids....

    The 2 together...


    20180512_151842 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr


    Fitted....


    20180512_152530 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr


    and a couple of vids to show the difference in change/throw....



    Before:


    20180512_142142 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr


    After:



    20180512_152640 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr



    Very happy chappy & well worth it in my opinion

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    After a couple of days driving around with the new linkage/selector fitted, it's a superb mod and one I'd recommend to anyone if you want to sharpen up your gearshift....the only downside really is that because it's a single unit and it doesn't have a pivot and rubber isolator bush in like the original, it can feel a touch agricultural as you get feedback through the gearstick, but it certainly doesn't bother me





    Another small mod done today.....now, this isn't what I'd normally do, and I hate people badging cars up as something they aren't, but the story goes like this...


    The passenger side SRi wing badge has always looked slightly crooked to me, and I'm aware the passenger side wing has had paint at some point......now when I was washing the car last the badge caught on my wash mitt and came off.....hmm, so bugger it i'll leave it off and take the other side off too....

    When I'd dried the car off, and went to clean and polish the area where the badge had been, I saw that the badge had been re-glued on after the paint work....with SUPERGLUE!!! which had left marks on the wing that I couldn't get off and also the glue had reacted to the lacquer and sort-of burned into it! effing marvellous!.....so, I needed something to cover the damage up, a new SRi badge wouldn't work because the marks were bigger than the badge, so something larger was called for....and the only thing I could find were these decals....



    20180514_123145 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr

    20180514_123203 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr



    Like I say, I hate people that badge cars up as something they aren't, like putting a VXR badge on a non VXR and M3 badge on a 318i etc.....but desperate times call for desperate measures and this was a situation.....so these were bought and fitted this morning.

    I quite like them really, I guess others wont like them because (Like me, I know) it's not an 'OPC Line'....and yes they are straight honestly, it's the angle of the door shut and repeaters that make them look on the slant.

    There are 'VX-Line' decals out there but they either weren't big enough or they looked amateur-ish, at least these look official.

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    I need to clean out my EGR and throttle body on mine, not very handy at anything so worries me a bit but something I would like to learn to do regularly as I plan to keep the car for a good while

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme1975 View Post
    I need to clean out my EGR and throttle body on mine, not very handy at anything so worries me a bit but something I would like to learn to do regularly as I plan to keep the car for a good while

    Once it's done, and as long as you use decent fuel then it shouldn't really get back in too much of a state.

    It's quite daunting to do at first (and messy) but once you have done it, it's quite easy.....it's a fiddly job too.

    You might find a local member on here may offer to help you.

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    Another instalment.....


    It's off away again tonight for a couple of days.....I'm having the bumper stripped down and re-sprayed.....due to this incredibly lousy blow-over job it's had done in the past at some point.................

    It pee's me off and lets the car down...



    P1020623 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr

    P1020624 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr

    P1020625 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr

    P1020626 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr

    P1020627 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr

    P1020628 by Paul Bethell, on Flickr


    I should have it back late Friday...looking all fresh and tidy

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    It would me. That's pretty bad and odd. Looks like flaking paint was resprayed over. Is it going somewhere you know will do a good job?
    2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Sri Nav 1.5 (165ps) Turbo petrol in Lava Red - Keyless entry and start - 18” bi colour alloy wheels - Front fog lights - Tinted rear windows - Aluminium sports pedals - Ambient interior led lighting - Front sports seats with driver’s AGR - Front and rear parking assist - Active emergency braking - Forward collision assist - Front pedestrian alert - Traffic sign recognition - Lane keep assist - Cruise control - Speed warning and limiter - Voice recognition - Bluetooth - Duel zone climate control - Front and rear electric windows - High beam assist - Auto lights - Auto wipers - OnStar connection - Wifi hotspot - 8” colour touchscreen Navi 900 incorporating Androidauto/Apple CarPlay and DAB

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    Quote Originally Posted by marko301 View Post
    It would me. That's pretty bad and odd. Looks like flaking paint was resprayed over. Is it going somewhere you know will do a good job?
    The flaking paint is due to a very bad or non existent prep before spraying...hence why it's all chipping off too, no plasticiser in the paint......the sprayer has never seen anything like it.

    and yes, it's being done by the guy who sprayed and fitted the full vx-line kit on my Silver one.

    It's getting fully stripped to bare bumper, including removing the lip...sanded right down, 1 or 2 coats of some sort of high build primer to level it all out, painted and then lacquered....I'm expecting it to look better than new when I get it back.

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    Nice one. The place I use isn't cheap but wow what a job they do. Get some after pics up when you get it back.
    2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Sri Nav 1.5 (165ps) Turbo petrol in Lava Red - Keyless entry and start - 18” bi colour alloy wheels - Front fog lights - Tinted rear windows - Aluminium sports pedals - Ambient interior led lighting - Front sports seats with driver’s AGR - Front and rear parking assist - Active emergency braking - Forward collision assist - Front pedestrian alert - Traffic sign recognition - Lane keep assist - Cruise control - Speed warning and limiter - Voice recognition - Bluetooth - Duel zone climate control - Front and rear electric windows - High beam assist - Auto lights - Auto wipers - OnStar connection - Wifi hotspot - 8” colour touchscreen Navi 900 incorporating Androidauto/Apple CarPlay and DAB

 

 
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