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Old 16th October 2020, 05:01 PM
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Hmm...never quite saw you as the Borg Queen, but maybe I'm not thinking hard enough...
I'm more of the monster's mother, but I'm not one to waste a good analogy

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Old 16th October 2020, 06:15 PM
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Absolutely amazing work there MJ! Reading the thread just for the transformation of the car is one thing, but I find the clever thinking of getting the bolts out etc even more satisfying. It's these jobs that distinguishes a skilled mechanic from a bodge artist. Well done!

P.S. Love the new toy, you can never have too many toys in a workshop!
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Old 16th October 2020, 06:31 PM
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Well until this thread I'd never heard of MAPP gas (stabilised methylacetylene-propadiene) but it sounds seriously useful, almost the temperature of all-out oxy-acetylene but in a handy can! What's not to like?
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Old 16th October 2020, 08:11 PM
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Absolutely amazing work there MJ!.... I find the clever thinking of getting the bolts out etc even more satisfying. It's these jobs that distinguishes a skilled mechanic from a bodge artist.
Iíve followed one of Michaelaís threads on my own car - itís amazing! The 200 or so photos that accompanied the thread were a daily thrill!

But the huge difference is that, had I taken my car to anyone else to get the chain tensioners sorted, thatís what I would have got (hopefully). Michaela did the job and sorted a host of issues along the way with some ingenious solutions, some of which that would have thwarted most mechanics.

But she also addressed and fixed everything else that she found along the way (and not just engine related stuff). She even cleaned the whole engine bay before she put it and the box back, and repainted my inlet manifolds.

The car news runs like a dream - with well over 190K miles on the clock.

Michaela is not just a skilled mechanic - sheís a genius, a perfectionist and an artist. And also a selfless sharer of all her knowledge. IMHO, one of the greatest assets (if not THE greatest asset) to this forum.

Hope youíre not too embarrassed, Michaela
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Old 16th October 2020, 08:38 PM
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Well deserved accolades.
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Old 17th October 2020, 12:35 PM
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Is that suspension strut (or whatever it is called) aluminium on FL cars?
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Old 17th October 2020, 01:06 PM
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Yes, facelift with 17 or 18" wheels had aluminium uprights / knuckles / achsschenkel with bolt-in wheel bearings for either Brembo or HP2 brakes, save for the first 500 cars which had a unique steel one. Factory FL with 20" wheels all had steel uprights, again for Brembo or HP2, but with a larger bolt-in bearing.

All FL had aluminium rear uprights too.
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Old 17th October 2020, 03:32 PM
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That's interesting!

I had 20" wheels from D3 on my PF S8, and it was just horrible to drive. I thought maybe I had too much unsprung mass, because I had read that FL cars had more aluminium on the chassis. But strange to hear that factory 20" had steel uprights. Bigger bearings make sense. There's a reason for everything I guess.
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Old 17th October 2020, 04:03 PM
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Some edge-case where the original design calculations showed the alloy upright and / or 82mm bearing wasn't strong enough with the extra rotating mass / inertia of the 20" wheel I think, so they went for a steel upright and 92mm bearing, making the unsprung mass even worse!

The D2s with 20" wheels ride remarkably well though tbh.
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Old 17th October 2020, 10:04 PM
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Did the other upright yesterday. The tie rod bolt came out with the nut method, as did the pinch bolt, so only two hours for this one.



I replaced one of the CV boots (I've shown that before) but when I checked the other shaft I noticed the outer joint was loose. Its oddly common for people to reassemble the joints incorrectly when changing a boot. I have no idea why. As usual with this issue, the spring washer and spacer were missing



Luckily I had these two spare



Boot on first, then the spring washer, then the spacer



Should look like this:



Both shafts ready to go back on



So I put them back on



That's as far as I can go with the drivetrain now, so on to the car. This has been a city car so the arches are full of cobwebs rather than dirt



Both front and rear halves of the arch liner are damaged on this side. I think its run over some road debris like a traffic cone



Clean with Gtechniq W5 all purpose cleaner



Much nicer to work in



The tie rods are utterly seized and are never coming apart



Rescued the boots as they are just fine



Luckily I had some good original inners and low mileage Lemforder outers in the box of useful things so stuck those on. Same on the other side.

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