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Discussion in 'Motors' started by Phil W, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Phil W

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    Ok, after a quick thread on Briskoda regarding Thermostats and CTS's along with info from owners on here, i decided to first try replacing the thermostat to see if that cured my temperature problem (running at 75-80 instead of 90).

    Getting to the thermostat wasn't too bad, i removed the upper and lower engine covers and loosened/moved the plate holding the N249 etc out of the way. Once that was done i removed the hose from the thermostat housing. This is where it got tricky. I got the top 10mm bolt out no problem at all, the bottom one proved to be a little more difficult. After much fiddling and swearing i managed to get the lower bolt loose (and then drop it - doh!). Once that was done i replaced the thermostat and seal, put the housing back on and replaced everything in reverse order.

    A quick top up with some fresh Anti-freeze and water and a good run and all is well again. Temp is holding at 90 exactly.

    Certainly a job i would do again :)
     
  2. Liverpool-Lad

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    It is a fiddly job. Yeah it was a GSF Hans Pires one that actually busted after about 6 months, fitted a genuine one in its place :)
     
  3. Phil W

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    Going by someones guide/pictures it looked quite easy. Then i started the job and realised the pictures lied... :D
     
  4. Liverpool-Lad

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    :) I had to use about a foot long worth of extensions.

    BTW, Im knocking up some more heat shields for the coil pack wiring if youre interested in the next few weeks.

    Looks like this - excuse the dirty rocker cover.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
  5. Phil W

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    Oow how much are they?

    Looking at the black box on your rocker cover i'm assuming you haven't done the N249 bypass?
     
  6. Liverpool-Lad

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    Just a fiver inc postage to cover my time and material cost.

    I havent touched any of that, havent needed to. Have replace the Y breather with a silicone item though, upgraded the DV to an ally one (not sure why), rear ARB and remap. Thats it I think.
     
  7. Phil W

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    Yeah i'll have one!

    My Y breather is a silicone one as well. I need to replace the pipe that follows that down to the front of the engine block as its split in two places (currently taped up with insulation tape!)

    [​IMG]

    That one!
     
  8. Liverpool-Lad

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    Ive found the bits I need Phil and will make some up tomorrow all being well (heat shield).
     
  9. Phil W

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    Ok chap :)
     
  10. Regy53

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    hello :)

    nice car

    what are the heat protectors on the coilpacks? is heat what causes them to fail?

    Cheers
    Ross
     
  11. Matt82

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    its not uncommon to see the loom for the coils in a very sorry state. the heat makes the insulation go brittle and fall apart, so the protection will be a useful addition
     
  12. Phil W

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    Looking into tuning options for after i get married (April).

    I was originally looking at a Stage 1 remap, however i am now considering...

    Stage 2
    Enlarged DP & Sports Cat
    Exhaust System
    Silicone TIP

    I've also read that i will need a 4bar FPR? Already got the Intercooler which is the most expensive thing (for me, anyway) so it seems daft not to save up a bit extra and do it properly.
     
  13. lordrobs

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    How does the standard clutch cope with stage 2?
     
  14. Phil W

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    Thats one thing i didn't consider.

    I'm not really that clued up on the whole '"Stage" thing... done a lot of reading up on it all but as per usual, peoples opinions/experiences vary massively.
     
  15. lordrobs

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    TBH on my car which is standard other than a rear anti roll bar my generic stage 1 Revo map is plenty for the car.

    I dabbled with the idea of going to stage 2 but decided that it was probably too much for the rest of the package.
     
  16. Matt82

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    How much did the arb effect the ride quality?
     
  17. Phil W

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    The biggest expense does seem to be the IC. I thought seeing as i had that, Stage 2 wouldn't exactly be hugely expensive.
     
  18. Liverpool-Lad

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    None for me. Same as it was.
     
  19. lordrobs

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    Yeah I didn't notice any difference in ride quality.

    Phil, yeah you might as well go for stage 2 as you have the IC which is the limiting factor normally with the little side mount jobbie being a bit out of its depth beyond a basic map.

    I've read that the difference between stage 1 and 2 is the same as stock to stage 1. If so then :eek: and yes, you may well need an uprated clutch :p
     
  20. Matt82

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    No chance you can try someone else's stage two before you buy?