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  1. Thanks mate [emoji1417]. Over 600bhp sounds nuts - will be so much fun to drive. Hope the mapping goes well and let me know how the traction control feels once set up. Hope you got some decent rear tyres to cope with all that extra power! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Cheers mate 🙂 You can actually see where you're driving at night with these, day and night difference to the original headlights!
  3. Thanks mate and hopefully so, can’t wait until it’s finished! [emoji3]. I’ll definitely continue this thread with updates of the build and respray as we progress. I haven’t had traction control enabled no, but Greg has quoted for it, launch control and a host of other features for when the rebuild is done. I’ll probably get it enabled to see how it feels. Yours was at Jimmers over summer wasn’t it? Black SWB almost 600hp? If it was, then you have a lovely Zed sir. You should start a thread, never too late - be interested to see what you did with yours. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Me and Therealnips are going for sure [emoji1417]. Tickets bought when show was announced on the club. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Looking forward to Go Japan and the bbq!! Your cars a lovely example - enjoy it in its stock reliable form for as long as possible [emoji846]. Modifying, as fun as the results are, is like opening a can of worms on cars of this age [emoji51]. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks for the support and feedback. I always thought it would need rebuilding at some stage but yep didn’t expect it to be so soon - one of the many reasons I bought it was because of its meticulous service history - e.g oil changes done every 6 months since import in 2007, with a gigantic service history box. Ah well, it’s all good and will be sorted hopefully before next summer! Seems to be running ok and yep only driving it gently bentley until November hibernation. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I asked Greg to forward the above findings to Jim @ PowerZed, as I knew with the mountain of bad news, I’d probably forget some of the bits he told me! I can drive it around for the last of the summer he advised, which is the saving grace, otherwise I’d be seriously peed off if she was sat on the driveway for the last of the half decent weather. I’ve asked Jim for a quote for a full rebuild and a target of 600bhp, with reliability and response a key, so I’m flexible on power targets for the sake of those two objectives. I’m hoping to get the rebuild done at the same time as the full respray in January, as the bodyshop is Jim’s recommended one in the Bristol area. This will make things much easier logistically and be two birds with one stone timings wise (respray is circa 3 months). On the plus side, the Link G4 has seriously improved the driveability of the Zed, with simple things like revs after gear changes being so, so much smoother and just the overall behaviour of the car being much better, despite the terminal problems!! She no longer runs super rich on start up which is good. Strangely, since mid-last year, I’ve gone through a year old refurbished starter motor and onto another. Earlier this year, the starter motor I fitted, began requiring two attempts to start her. Now she starts on one turn. Another plus is she is now running on a MAP sensor, so the dual MAF’s and the Selin Translator are redundant – they’ll be put onto ebay soonish when I get around to it. It's not the end of the world, as I had planned to do the rebuild in the next few years as mentioned above, but it definitely wasn't expected to be needed right now. The next step is to plan the rebuild with Jim depending on his diary, sell some organs to free up some funds and set up a Gofundme page!
  8. The following week, Greg and the guys carried out their thorough pre-dyno checks including boost leak tests, compression tests etc. They found the turbo actuator pipework was loose and hanging off one bank, of which was the reason to the occasional over boosting (hitting a wall feeling around 4-5k revs). This has been happening for the last half a year really randomly, and on some journeys not happening at all. I haven’t been driving the car in any anger due to other issues/worn clutch and flywheel and new clutch being bedded in etc. We had thought this was due to the ecu/nistune issues. Unfortunately, this has led to the opposite bank turbo being overworked, and as a result is now leaking some oil. They carried out the compression tests and found more bad news – 3 tests were completed and are summarised in the below photo. None of the cylinders are optimal so say the least (circa 175psi ideal??), but cylinder 2 and 6 are in technical terms, fu**ed! When the engine is cold, Greg found the hydraulic lifter is collapsed and when the engine warms up after a few minutes and the oil begins flowing well to the head, they release. This explains the cold start idling issues that I’ve always had in the year and 6 months I’ve had her.
  9. I took her upto Protuner in Coventry on Friday 20th August to fit the Link G4X ECU, partly to solve the minor running issues the car has and also as preparation for the forged engine rebuild and big power, which I had planned for the next 2-3 years. The running issues were minor and very random/infrequent, of which I ruled as being caused by a dodgy Nistune chip or the butchering of the chip by Turbonoz - forum posts the previous owner (Ollie) made, findings with Protuner when Ollie had the 740cc's fitted/mapped and general research brought me to this conclusion. I set off early at 5:30am with a stop off to fill up with Shell's finest V-Power. Unlike @TheRealNips's beauty that manages over 300 miles (jealous!!), mine only manages 220-230 miles on a run, driving at or around the speed limit. Second photo is just after I arrived at Protuner, with an array of 90's Jap cars.
  10. From Jim’s wording on the post, he mentions it’s developed the fault before collection. I’ve seen dealers prep their cars then leave it unused until it sells - especially when they have a huge amount of stock. I can only assume once they agreed the sale, they’ve gone to do a pre collection valet and test drive, make sure everything is in order and come across this running issue. The advert might have been accurate when they parked it up for sale. It’s just like when I sold my full main dealer history mint Lexus hybrid. When I put it for sale it was fine, but because it had an undersized 12v battery from the factory, the battery died whilst it was sat for a month (common issue with those). Anything can happen when cars sit for a while. Who knows - just a guessing game... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. When I bought my daily driver last year, the dealership didn’t take it off eBay for another 3 days after I collected it. I’ve also seen before with people not removing the advert until the buyer has actually turned up and collected it, in case they’re a no show etc. Jim mentioned the buyers not collected it yet, so might be that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I’m sure the maintenance interval for the 60k/120k service is 60k miles or 48 months! 48 months might be a bit OTT for a stock NA car, but still should have been done plenty of times by now for cars of this age. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. This ones been listed quite a few times over the last couple months. Someone on here was looking at two red zed’s and bought the other one. I remember mention that this ones bids were likely being inflated by fake bidders etc. No idea if the car is a good one or not. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I would contact Greg Gush at Protuner for advice. I recently had a Link G4X ecu fitted with them and they knew instantly what heat range spark plugs I should have and fitted them for me to suit. If you give him your engine spec as per your post, he should be able to confirm. Failing that, ask Jimmer at PowerZed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I’ve not used any of the above mentioned products but I really do rate the Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil, which works wonders on old leather. Used a few times, it makes rock hard leather nice and soft again, and continues to condition. It is pricey though. I have aftermarket leather, so no idea how it will react to OEM leather (if that’s what you have). Best to sample a small area first before doing the whole seat as they advise, but saying that I’ve used on 5-6 different cars as well as furniture and always had the same fantastic result. Link: http://www.motorgeek.co.uk/cgi-bin/ecom.cgiCommand=ShowProduct&db_pid=129 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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