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    The white light looks so much better. I did same in my x type, looks good too but if the passenger uses the reading light, bit bright. Always something.

    What are the round things? Cup holders? They're stressing me.

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    It's illegal to use interior lights like those while moving in the dark anyway isn't it? For the most part, almost the only passenger I ever have is my 2.5 year old son, I take him to nursery two days per week so there's no big concern there.

    Round things, you mean in the center console at the bottom of the shot? Yes they are cup holders. Is it because they're not the same size? They're normally obscured by the armrest when it's in the forward position, it can slide backwards and then raise up to allow access to a small storage bin behind those. I just pulled the armrest back to drop the old bulbs into while I was working away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jag-Black View Post
    You're welcome. Spray on vinyl, well there's a thing. I took my wheels off just to clean them inside with a scrubbing brush and it was exhausting.

    5.0L supercharged, I bet you can't wait to get up in the morning.
    It's one of these you need for keeping the inside of your wheels clean, basically a fancy toilet brush

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EZ-GO-Det...rk:87:razz:f:0



    As for the spray on viynl Niall, is it Plastidip? I did my Caddy's wheels in it a while ago, it did the protection job great, but it doesnt look very nice. Since its a rubberised sort of coating you cant wipe it clean with any sort of mit/sponge as they all just stick to it...like trying to use a sponge to clean your tyres it just falls apart. Also it has a matte finish, which is fine on a clapped out honda civic's alloys with a 17 year old giving it yeeha down the beach boulevard....but I wouldnt put any of it on the jag wheels if I were you.

    The plastidip is good for doing little bits though. Things like making your badges a different colour or bits of interior trim etc. The one thing you need to remember with it though - THE THICKER YOU PUT IT ON, THE EASIER IT PEELS OFF. If you just put a small amount on and try to peel it off it just all breaks away like an annoying sticker, tiny bits at a time. If you put on lots of coats, when it comes to peeling it off you can do it in one big sheet. I found this out the hard way with the caddy....the first wheel that i put in on thick came off as one big sheet...the next wheel that got the dregs of the tin was an absolute nightmare.
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    Cheers Maz. I have something similar to that brush, it's fairly handy but still misses bits, doesn't really get round the back of the spokes and although mine looks smaller than that it has a hard time getting in between the caliper and the inner drum of the wheel so there's always a big patch missed. I loved the Cremona wheels I had on my old car as they were so easy to keep clean, just a shame they wouldn't fit the new car. They're still for sale, in case anyone's interested

    Regards Plasti-dip, yes that's what I was talking about. I just meant as a way to see how it looks on the car, maybe even just do two wheels on one side so I can get a proper look at it. I have used it before, I did a set of front grilles on the old car in black and then added their gloss coat, didn't like the finish there either so I binned it. I used it recently to black out the silver parts visible behind the upper radiator grille, so they didn't show through brightly once the black grille was in place.

    Thanks for the tip, if I did apply it then it'd just be to see how it looks with the black wheels before committing to having them done properly!
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    I used that brush at my pals first and he told me what it cost, me being me, i said pfft im not paying that for whats basically a fancy toilet brush.....ended up going through a few slightly cheaper versions first before eventually just buying it having then probably spent double on inadequate brushes haha. Honestly it reaches every part and gets behind the spokes easily too.

    As for your wheels yeah maybe worth giving it a bash then, and yeah works perfect for behind grills etc.

    Seen a photoshop request thread on a few other forums...they always work a treat as well
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    It's not illegal to drive whilst using interior lights. It's a common misconception.

    If the police see you and think its distracting to other drivers, they'll just ask you to turn it off.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8bit View Post
    It's illegal to use interior lights like those while moving in the dark anyway isn't it? For the most part, almost the only passenger I ever have is my 2.5 year old son, I take him to nursery two days per week so there's no big concern there.

    Round things, you mean in the center console at the bottom of the shot? Yes they are cup holders. Is it because they're not the same size? They're normally obscured by the armrest when it's in the forward position, it can slide backwards and then raise up to allow access to a small storage bin behind those. I just pulled the armrest back to drop the old bulbs into while I was working away.

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    I stand corrected, thanks for that.
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    So I was greeted one morning recently with this on the dash:



    Given that there are sensors at the front and rear of the car it seems a bit silly that it couldn't at least tell me which end needed new pads but there we go. I checked the handful of service history and healthcheck documents I got with the car, on the healthchecks they estimated the rear pads to be more worn than the fronts so I tackled those this weekend. Didn't bother replacing the discs as they look OK, only a small lip around them. The front pads didn't arrive in time but I think I'll change the discs there too as they've got more of a lip and they feel a bit grindy from cold.

    Also applied new R logo decals on the logo plates and gave them a bit of clear lacquer:



    Once that was done I installed the Ctek comfort connector, which immediately started flashing red. Left the car plugged in overnight, will keep an eye on it to see how well it holds a charge.

    Finally, removed fuse 19 for the active exhaust valves. Fairly minimal difference really but it beats having to drive everywhere in Dynamic Mode just to hear the engine note that little bit better...
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    Small update again, got round to replacing the R badge on the tailgate as the original one was tatty and missing some of the red bits. Here's a little how-to in case anyone else fancies doing the same:

    You will need (or at least, this is what I used):
    - A new badge (the one pictured is C2P14325 from a dealer)
    - Some dental floss
    - A hair dryer or similar
    - Some Tar Spot remover
    - An old or disposable microfibre cloth
    - An old credit card
    - Some masking tape
    - A pen

    Put a strip of masking tape along one side of the badge. I used the side (rather than underneath) intentionally, I'll explain later on. Mark the tape with the pen to show the edges of the badge. This is to help you correctly align the new badge later:



    Use the hairdryer to warm the badge up until it's almost too hot to touch. This is to soften the adhesive behind it which holds it to the car. Once it's hot, take a length of the dental floss and pull it round behind the badge and using a back and forth sawing motion, cut through the adhesive. It should cut fairly easily if it's hot, the badge then falls or pulls off and leaves something like this:



    Put a bit more heat on the remaining adhesive and gently push against one side of it with the old credit card to roll it back, once the worst of it is off you'll have something like this:



    Spray a little tar remover on the dirty area, let it work for a moment or two and rub gently with the old microfibre to clean it up. I had to repeat this a few times. This is why I didn't put the masking tape underneath the badge; the tar remover can run down and attack the tape, making it hard to line the new badge up neatly. Get it as clean as you can here so the surface is ready for the new badge:



    Now it's just a case of attaching the new badge using the tape and the lines on it to line it up. Take care to ensure you don't place the badge so part of the adhesive backing is on top of the tape. Push firmly on the badge for 30 seconds or so to make sure it gets a firm bond. Remove the tape and clean the area around it.





    I have a new set of front brake pads and discs, planning to do them this weekend if I get time and weather.

    Oh, and I might have bought a new exhaust...
    Current: 2009 XKR 5.0
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