Yeah yeah... I peeled the faces off the spokes and whatever else I could by hand, I soaked the rest with wd40, Bowdens wheely clean and Bowdens orange agent (I should have grabbed a few bottles of the stuff the other day, it's incredible- puts autoglym engine and machine cleaner to shame, maybe that's why they discontinued it 😂) and pressure washed it off. Scrubbed the hell out of the barrel and back of the spokes too, again using Bowdens wheely clean and orange agent and a Swisswax wheel brush- this brush is amazing, long enough bristles to get into every crevice, not too firm like the autoglym one, and not too soft like every other wheel brush I've used.
Also this morning, I've checked the gearbox oil level, because I thought I'd under filled it- good news, its perfectly fine. Engine oil is fine, also no leaks anywhere so that's great. Changed the battery as my old one died on me yesterday out of the blue.
Going to raise the suspension a little all round (a little more at the front, the front rake is too exaggerated at the moment). Doing an experiment on the second pair of wheels though (one front, one rear), not going to peel anything, just going to soak them kb the previously mentioned cocktail and see if the pressure washer will peel them for me.
They will be plastidipped again, when I can afford to get a load of black cans and some graphite pearl metalizer 😍
Have just taken fez for a post-service lap around the block. All seems to be well! Oil has been checked, looks like there's enough in it, there was some rev hang for a while due to either the throttle body being clean, or because of the ecu being reset, or both, but that sorted itself out. Shifts feel smoother thanks to the new oil, and it eases my mind knowing it does have new gearbox oil. Feeling much happier with the car now, and km glad I'm able to do this, I'll do this regularly, I've started a service log book and aim do to the basics (oil change, check over) every 10k kms, hopefully never the gearbox oil again, until LSD, and much the same with the throttle body, won't need to so that for a long time. Don't know how long a fuel filter is supposed to last, but I'd say it's not been changed recently.
Engine oil and filter changed.
Gearbox oil changed.
Fuel filter changed.
Air filter cleaned, just needs to be oiled.
Throttle body somewhat clean, but not finished yet.
All other fluid levels checked and topped up when necessary.
Haven't checked the wear on bushings and such yet.
It's probably going to feel pretty well the same to me afterwards, but I can't wait to see if there's any noticeable differences! Peace of mind will definitely be good though.
Clean fez means, as always, happy Matt. All ready for a service tomorrow. Will be doing engine oil and filter, gearbox oil, air filter clean (k&n pod, can be cleaned) and a throttle body clean, as well as a check over everything else like engine mounts, bushings etc,band maybe new coolant and power steering fluid. I would have liked to change the fuel filter and cabin filter as well, but the shop had neither, so I'll order from eBay and do them when they arrive. Keen :) #mightycarmods#mcm#mountune#st150#fiesta#fiestast#fiestaxr4#xr4#fastford#fordfiesta#thatgreyfiesta
I never really got around to putting up photos of the completed black dash board, gave it it's first clean today, so here you go! It feels surprisingly different to the stock grey dash and plastics, the gauge cluster stands out a lot more for sure. It's a good easy mod if you have the patience to pull the dash out and basic spray paint (rattle can) skill.
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Nearly back together. It's taken literally all day, but- dash disassembled and out, flock removed (at least 4 hours), everything cleaned down, dash dyed black, a pillar trims dyed black, centre plastics re plastidipped matte black, windscreen cleaned properly, as it's only when the dash is removed you cam ACTUALLY clean it well, all pieces that were removed cleaned thoroughly and reinstalled. What's left- steering wheel back on, centre pieces back in (probably in the morning to ensure the dip has dried properly), centre console back in, polish gear knob, vacuum carpets. So close. And it all looks a million times better than the flock job, and definitely blacker than oem- I was temped to leave it the bland oem grey, but the turpentine wrecked the finish, and I did buy 2 cans of fabric/vinyl dye after all.
Apart from a couple of spots that I just do not have the patience for (small spots, should be hard to notice) we are back to oem grey! Except the turpentine does wash out the colour, and not evenly, so currently it looks a little better than before, but not good enough to go back in the car, so it's time to wipe it down with some wax and grease remover, mask off the lower portion of the dash and hit it with some flat black vinyl dye. Will be doing the a pillars as well. If I had more time I'd love to pull the b and c pillars AND the head lining out and make it all black, but I don't, and I don't have enough money either. Should be good!
Update- dash is mostly back together, just need to put the passenger side together and the stereo back in, plus the dash vents. A pillar trims need to go back on, unfortunately I ran out of fibre so I couldn't flock them yesterday. Door rubbers need to go back, theres a couple of little trim pieces on either end of the dash that cover the bolts holding it in. Nearly back together- I'm going to see if I can get more fibres today- if I can, it'll all come back out again today for another attempt, with a roller for the glue this time. In hindsight, removing the dash isn't hard at all. It's tedious, and it's made up of lots and lots of pieces, but it's not a difficult job. On another note, the satin black centre piece looks sweet!
Couldn't help myself. This is going to be siiiiiick. After another inspection, and some careful removal of excess in spots that won't be seen, I think I've got good coverage! There's spots here and there but they can be sorted with a dab of glue and a small amount of fibre. I think we'll be good to reinstall tomorrow afternoon, as I'll do the touch ups tonight. I did some much needed adjustment on the stereo fascia and I've got it sitting much better now, unfortunately I did so after I'd plastidipped the rest of the trim, so I'm going to have to do that piece tonight as well, hopefully I have enough glossifier. Overall, all coming up really nice. Best budget mod ever. One thing I'm a little bummed about is the centre looks much closer to the stock grey colour against the proper black dash, as plastidip black is more of a dark grey, and glossifier lightens it a touch again. Would like to compare a stock dash to mine asap, I didn't pay enough attention to what it looked like before lol.