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Old 11 October 2018, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Floyd View Post
Great project BTW!

How much clearance do you have on the tyres to coil overs, when lowered?
I've not checked to be honest, it's not that low currently, it's probably about 5-10mm higher now than it was on the Prodrive springs. I'll have a look though, i'm running 8x17's with 225/45/17's.
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Old 11 October 2018, 12:00 PM
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If I lower mine too much the tyres touch the spring platform, so I need spacers. But then the tyres touch the arches instead!
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Old 14 October 2018, 06:07 PM
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If I lower mine too much the tyres touch the spring platform, so I need spacers. But then the tyres touch the arches instead!
Looks like i've got plenty of room on mine.
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Old 14 October 2018, 06:07 PM
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Car passed it's MOT Yesterday with no advisories
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Old 14 October 2018, 06:43 PM
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Car passed it's MOT Yesterday with no advisories
happy days mate, is it a de-cat or sports cat?
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happy days mate, is it a de-cat or sports cat?
Decatted.
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Old 20 October 2018, 10:09 PM
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Just wanted to stick an update in. Car is running well. Had to replace the rad cap on the header tank as it wasn't pressurising and I could change the level in the overflow bottle just by squeezing the hoses 🤣. Sorted now though.

Having another issue with it too, since being tuned it's had a couple of brief episodes of det, or what it thinks is det and pulled massive amounts of timing. You get a flashing check engine light with an alcatek ECU to warn you to back off etc. My knock sensor wiring was a bit knackered so I cut the plug out and replaced it and it was fine for ages again.

However today it's back, it seems to have det when I hit bumps in the road, or change gear hard, always seems to do it on the same stretches of road. I can go 2nd to 3rd then get det, or sometimes changing into 4th it does it. On other bits of road I can nail it through 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th and have nothing at all. At times even after I've completely backed off the check engine light is still flashing away for a couple of seconds afterwards.

I'm getting this chirping, squeaking rattling noise around 2750rpm on constant throttle or in engine braking, worse over bumps. Sounds like the exhaust moving about, I'm wondering if the knock sensor is hearing this thinking it's det. Seems too random and intermittent to be real det, although I can't discount it. The knock sensor is original to the car also but it doesn't look cracked etc.
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Old 21 October 2018, 04:29 PM
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It didn't suck the coolant back in from the expansion last night. So I think the head gasket has gone after further investigation. Header tank cap off I'm getting tons of little bubbles, worse when its revved. I'm also getting bubbles in the overflow tank just before the fans kick on. And I've also got black flakes of crud which look like head gasket coating (RCM). Had these exact symptoms on the 2.1 when it went.

It could be a leak, but I doubt it. Head gasket going was supposed to be the least of my concerns with a closed Deck, 14/12 head studs and RCM gaskets....
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if its head gasket thats gone mate then i really really feel for you pal. is the coating on the rcm gaskets poor quality then?
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Old 21 October 2018, 05:21 PM
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if its head gasket thats gone mate then i really really feel for you pal. is the coating on the rcm gaskets poor quality then?
No, it's just when the head gasket starts to leak it takes the coating off and it ends up in the coolant etc and you can see it.
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Originally Posted by ScottyPPP View Post
No, it's just when the head gasket starts to leak it takes the coating off and it ends up in the coolant etc and you can see it.
ah i see.

you have had nothing but bad luck with this mate, credit to you for trying to stick with it.

if it is the head-gasket what will you do?
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Old 21 October 2018, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by the shreksta View Post
ah i see.

you have had nothing but bad luck with this mate, credit to you for trying to stick with it.

if it is the head-gasket what will you do?
Get Ignition Motorsport to sort it and send the bill to WMS. Although at the moment I'm half tempted to just sell it to a breakers as I really cannot be ****ed with it.
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Originally Posted by ScottyPPP View Post
Get Ignition Motorsport to sort it and send the bill to WMS. Although at the moment I'm half tempted to just sell it to a breakers as I really cannot be ****ed with it.
you deffo need to find the cause of it buddy. do you get warranty on things like this?
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Gutted for you thought you were sorted now
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Old 21 October 2018, 07:28 PM
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It has drawn most of the coolant back in from the expansion tank now after running it up to temp earlier. I need to have a proper look over it next weekend not had time this weekend. The expansion tank has a lot of crap sat in the bottom of it though 🙄. All seems very similar to the 2.1, I ended up chasing that round for ages before admitting defeat and ripping it out. I don't know how it could have happened either, only running 1.6 bar, engine should be more than up to the job, it's not overheated or lost any coolant etc.
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Originally Posted by ScottyPPP View Post
It has drawn most of the coolant back in from the expansion tank now after running it up to temp earlier. I need to have a proper look over it next weekend not had time this weekend. The expansion tank has a lot of crap sat in the bottom of it though 🙄. All seems very similar to the 2.1, I ended up chasing that round for ages before admitting defeat and ripping it out. I don't know how it could have happened either, only running 1.6 bar, engine should be more than up to the job, it's not overheated or lost any coolant etc.
would a sniff test be the best way to tell? certainly the cheapest way
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Originally Posted by the shreksta View Post
would a sniff test be the best way to tell? certainly the cheapest way
Didn't on the 2.1, that never failed it even though it had done the head gasket.
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Originally Posted by ScottyPPP View Post
It has drawn most of the coolant back in from the expansion tank now after running it up to temp earlier. I need to have a proper look over it next weekend not had time this weekend. The expansion tank has a lot of crap sat in the bottom of it though 🙄. All seems very similar to the 2.1, I ended up chasing that round for ages before admitting defeat and ripping it out. I don't know how it could have happened either, only running 1.6 bar, engine should be more than up to the job, it's not overheated or lost any coolant etc.
FFS, what warranty do you get with the engine?
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FFS, what warranty do you get with the engine?
None that I know of. Could pursue other routes though if needed.

I'm not 100% sure it is the head gasket yet, just the symptoms smack of it so far. I need to have a proper look over it to confirm.
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None that I know of. Could pursue other routes though if needed.

I'm not 100% sure it is the head gasket yet, just the symptoms smack of it so far. I need to have a proper look over it to confirm.
Surely if a company has built an engine it has to last X time at least or else not fit for purpose - if it has gone then isnt that the 2nd issue with the same engine in a small amount of time/miles?
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