BlackBeast

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  1. Just seen the new XC60s B)

    1. Gregs T5R

      Gregs T5R

      Forget what the cars look like what about the women:lol:

  2. The kum wagon was sold to lightning on here, so I'm officially back in the TT full time. Glad to have Spotify back and 55mpg, though I do miss the straight line speed of the 850R. In the next few months, it'll be lowered by 30mm with H&R springs, a genuine set of 19"x9j Le Mans or RS4 wheels will go on at the same time and a slight freshen up of the lights, HIDs for dipped beam, led sidelights to complete the look on the front and genuine Audi led numberplate lights for the rear which aren't blindingly bright like all the aftermarket ones. Slight taster
  3. I collected BlackBeast V3 on Thursday from Coventry, drove the 3 hours home with a mix of motorway cruising and Welsh A roads (through Brecon and Llandovery if anyone knows it). I've already clicked with it It's an Audi TT (Coupe) TDI Quattro (later CFGB engine) with 128k miles on the clock, in black with full audi service history, previous owner used it as a motorway cruiser and it shows inside, interior is in very good condition, the seats don't look like they've been sat in. Cambelt was changed at 80k (2 years ago) and it was last serviced at 113k miles. It has a decent spec list too: Heated seats RSN-E with the media button and 2015 map, AMI with various leads, Bluetooth, MFSW Folding mirrors and Electric anti glare mirrors Rear parking sensors Light & rain sensors I already have a to do list as you do: Buy VCDS Oil & filters change (engine & Haldex) Full cambelt change Retrofit cruise control And once the tyres are worn down change the alloys to a decent set. Pictures to follow once I've given it a good clean and it stops raining.
  4. Glad you joined up! Was wondering if you would. You should have had the v5 by now as I had the change of ownership leaflet through the post a few days ago.
  5. 255/35/19s are reassuringly expensive :o 

    1. Gregs T5R

      Gregs T5R

      Choose a different tyre size then

    2. BlackBeast

      BlackBeast

      245/35/19 are more expensive lol

    3. Lord B

      Lord B

      195/50/15's aren't B) 

  6. Ah the advantages of weighing less than a Volvo driver
  7. For those who don't know I'm back in a Volvo, bought Chris's grey one, aka Mo's old one aka the kum wagon aka Roy's old one, the old girl has been around Not taken any pics of it yet but you all know what an 850R looks like. Before getting it I was hesitant as it has an auto box, the only other auto I've ever driven was Lord B's v70 t5 on the ring which as fun as it was driving on the ring, the gearbox was its achillies heel. No such issues with the 850R on the road and the closest it will ever get to a track is towing the mx5 to track days so no issue there. The gearbox is very smooth, not sure if it's down to Tims mapping or if it's just a really good box or both, but it's actually a pleasure to drive. Tim rebuilt the 16T and fitted a set of nivomats before I collected it. It does have its faults which I'll need to sort out. On the drive home it became apparent that over a certain speed the steering wheel would vibrate, pushing on and the whole car vibrates quite badly. The front end also feels very floaty and not really connected. This morning I had a quick look underneath and found cv grease all over the inside of the drivers front wheel, so that's my first port of call. No idea if the gaiter has split or if the clip has loosened due to the vibration. Will get it up on axle stands tomorrow and inspect all the bushes whilst I'm there. Other less urgent faults include the ECC lights flashing on start up and the blowers are akin to someone blowing air at you through a straw, actually that's not fair on the straw The headunit doesn't work, doesn't power up at all and the red anti theft light doesn't flash. I did find a fuse blown in the fuse box which was for the headunit plus interior door lights and a few other things, replaced it and still nothing (though the interior lights now work) so not really sure what's going on there. I do have a single din headunit that I want to replace it with, but I'm reluctant to try it in case it blows the internal fuse on that. Other than that little lot, it needs a damn good clean. Has bags of character which is exactly what I wanted and will make a perfect daily car plus the occasional tow car duties.
  8. Yep It was never going to be up to the echelons of the V70, as I'd not do that again. Will also have to have a good think about what's happening with the mazda as I'm hoping to move back to civilisation later in the year.
  9. Nobody wants to buy the TT so I'm forced to sell the R
  10. Turns out the vibration was the tyre. Had the tyre removed and the amount of loose rubber rolling around was incredible, no wonder no machine could balance it as the balance kept changing, could also see the chords which in some places were badly frayed. I don't think that tyre had long left to go until the side wall blew. Replaced the tyre and no more shaky steering wheel
  11. Thanks Pete, first port of call is to see if the wiring loom is actually attached to the amp, if the headunit wiring is anything to go by then that's my hope I think I may have found someone who's worse than me with wiring and that's saying something Cheers Morgan, will let you know.
  12. Forgot to update this, turns out the front left wheel is buckled which I've not managed to sort out yet, though I do now have a spare set of wheels from Roy that was once on the car. Funny how things like that work out. Hopefully once I swap the wheel over no more shaky steering wheel. Headunit wise, I rewired the whole thing, only joking, I connected the plugs to their correct counterpart and it now works, though it does seem that the audio is only going through the dash speakers. No idea why, will have to look in to it further. Not had a chance to do anything with the ECC fault yet though.
  13. To be fair, mine at 458bhp was very user friendly on road and track, even with a paddle clutch and 1.7bar, though I did have a Quaife rather than a gripper and a really crap map. I know I've said it a few times before, but with that turbo, a decent map by Tim/Ben, more supporting mods and a 2.4, 500bhp wouldn't have been out of the question. However if it had gone racing probably covers it. For a T5 engine to be reliable for racing it's even more imperative that oil pressures and temps are stable along with coolant temps, none of which have been successfully implemented with a modest budget as of yet IMO. Much work needs to be done in this area for these engines to be classed as reliable for racing, which if the knowledge is passed down will of course help the track day enthusiast.
  14. As long as you unclip the hardlines from the rear 'beam' there's plenty of movement to service the rest of the rear brake system.
  15. Nice and clean, ready to sell.
  16. Changed the passenger wishbone today, ball joint was the culprit, quite wobbly and the dust boot was perished but still intact. now the knocking noise when manoeuvring at low speeds has gone. Haven't driven it yet so can't comment if the vibrations have gone, but will still get it aligned and wheel balanced in any case.
  17. I thought they had them as standard!?! Was it only the diesels that had them? I'm new to this old Volvo malarkey New gaiter fitted, hardest part was removing the outer cv joint from the driveshaft. Once that was removed it was plain sailing. New wishbone is on, the old bushes are indeed Powerflex Everything torqued up on the drivers side. Will do the passenger side wishbone tomorrow. Then on to the biggest mission, finding somewhere in South Wales that can do a proper alignment (and to a lesser extent wheel balancing).
  18. Ready for tomorrows work. My first cv gaiter swap on a Volvo. Got the driveshaft nut off already with the help of a trolley jack handle for extra leverage.
  19. Had the front up in the air and wheels off, cv gaiter has a split so need to replace that. Are the outer cv gaiters the same on manuals and autos? GKN still the make to go for? This of course doesn't contribute to the floaty front end or the vibration. The rear polybush on the drivers side wishbone looks a little suspect and the ball joint doesn't look quite right so I'll replace them with a pair of Meyle HD, that way I can be certain, I start with a fresh base and I get rid of what I suspect are Powerflex poly bushes. Someone in the past was kind enough to replace the subframe with a standard version, so the arms should be a little cheaper
  20. Cheers Morgan, didn't realise it was at Combe this year. Must have walked passed it so many times
  21. I'm 5hrs drive away
  22. Registration number has been put on retention, it doesn't look quite the same with the standard plates on.
  23. It's all making sense! That's what you were doing when you went 'away' every 3 weeks
  24. A white 850R if you're not careful Only you have those kinds of dates mate
  25. Turns out that I can fit the bike in the boot of the TT with the rear seats down, parcel shelf out and front wheel of the bike removed. However, it will be up for sale next month, the straw that broke the camels back happened yesterday when a new lady friend called it a hairdressers car!