what have you done to your car today ?

iammooks

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Did you have to jack the car up at all?

I put it on axle stands so all I had to do to undo the screws was turn the wheels. I'll leave it like that until I put the bumper back on. If I have time I'll finish the paint on the bonnet too but I'm in less of a hurry to do that at the moment.

Rain starts on Saturday, so fingers crossed I'll have all the paint done by the end of tomorrow. I can't see that being a problem though.


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Thai-wronghorse

Self proclaimed Cupra R addict & butcher!
Dec 3, 2015
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Something weird happened today...



I DID SOME WORK ON MY OWN CAR!!!!

Don't get too excited though as it wasn't much but it involved pulling out some bits from my personal stash that have been tucked away for at least 2 years I reckon.

First off was to fiddle with the mk3 Leon Cupra multifunction steering wheel, this came off a nice low mileage car so is in great condition and that's accompanied by a brand new airbag.

I recently had someone make the conversion loom for the CAN-BUS adapter module as you can see in the photos, I haven't wired this in yet though.

Slight hitch with the airbag install though...the flipping retaining springs are missing from the wheel so I need to poach them from somewhere so it clicks into place but on the whole very happy with the way it looks and feels.
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Thai-wronghorse

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Oh and whilst I was at it I swapped over the nearside front door card that had suddenly developed some saggy pants fabric and irritating the hell out of me.
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iammooks

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Well, my day's got progressively worse.

I got a few coats out of the cans I bought, but something just wasn't right - the spray wasn't consistent and it was splattering quite a lot. The second can didn't spray at all - it was just like it was building pressure before releasing, but no paint came out. That meant the bumper was... I suppose stripy is the best way to describe it - it just wasn't clean and consistent. I hoped flatting it a little before spraying the clear would help, but I can see it's not going to work.

It's definitely going to show - I can see the imperfections, splatters and the inconsistencies whichever way I look at it.

Sometimes it's best just to call it a day. Wish I'd decided to do that before I pulled the pin on a £20 can of 2K clear.
 

iammooks

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It looks worse under certain types of light, but the 2K clear can only cover so many sins.

I put a couple of messy coats of clear on my front wings though so I didn't waste the whole can. I'd put base on one of them and it needed some, so at least there's that. I'll see how the bumper looks in the sun tomorrow, but this might have to be a paint shop job.


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mty12345

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Jun 17, 2011
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Something weird happened today...



I DID SOME WORK ON MY OWN CAR!!!!

Don't get too excited though as it wasn't much but it involved pulling out some bits from my personal stash that have been tucked away for at least 2 years I reckon.

First off was to fiddle with the mk3 Leon Cupra multifunction steering wheel, this came off a nice low mileage car so is in great condition and that's accompanied by a brand new airbag.

I recently had someone make the conversion loom for the CAN-BUS adapter module as you can see in the photos, I haven't wired this in yet though.

Slight hitch with the airbag install though...the flipping retaining springs are missing from the wheel so I need to poach them from somewhere so it clicks into place but on the whole very happy with the way it looks and feels.
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Love the wheel and cluster mate, top work indeed
 
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Thai-wronghorse

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Yeah look good together don't they, it'll be even better once I've got my head around the wiring up of this module.
It'll tie everything in nicely with the illuminated steering wheel controls which should operate functions on the stereo headunit and cluster MFA.

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Upia

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Did an oil change and changed fuel filter today. First time I've done it on this car, no idea when it was done before I owned it, but the oil was pretty bad.
 
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iammooks

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It's a tough gig. It still took 2 guys three and a half hours to do mine yesterday.
See how it looks tomorrow with fresh eyes.

It's far from perfect, but it's better than it was before I sprayed it and that'll do for now. If one day I decide to turn it into a show car () then it'll get some more attention, but I really don't think most people would notice.

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When you look at it from certain angles you can definitely see something's not quite right... This is probably the most obvious part.

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And a couple of places like this one where there's some overlap...

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The paint company has offered to send another can, which I might accept as it means I can do my bonnet, but I'm just looking forward to getting the whole experience behind me.


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Thai-wronghorse

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No work carried out but I did take delivery of another Cupra R and had a touch on eBay with resolving my missing airbag clips...bagged another steering wheel for a measly fiver literally 10 mins from home.
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iammooks

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No work carried out but I did take delivery of another Cupra R and had a touch on eBay with resolving my missing airbag clips...bagged another steering wheel for a measly fiver literally 10 mins from home.
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I'm missing doing fun jobs like that.

The more Cupras you break, the rarer they get, meaning ours go up in value. Would be nice to drive a petrol one before they're all more expensive than a new Ferrari though.


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Nathan penney

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Something weird happened today...



I DID SOME WORK ON MY OWN CAR!!!!

Don't get too excited though as it wasn't much but it involved pulling out some bits from my personal stash that have been tucked away for at least 2 years I reckon.

First off was to fiddle with the mk3 Leon Cupra multifunction steering wheel, this came off a nice low mileage car so is in great condition and that's accompanied by a brand new airbag.

I recently had someone make the conversion loom for the CAN-BUS adapter module as you can see in the photos, I haven't wired this in yet though.

Slight hitch with the airbag install though...the flipping retaining springs are missing from the wheel so I need to poach them from somewhere so it clicks into place but on the whole very happy with the way it looks and feels.
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This is impressive.
looks like a brand new car with the double din sat nav screen, modern dash and steering wheel. Brilliant job.
 

iammooks

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they’re dirt cheap from here: View attachment 32074
I use a plastic trim tool:

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I recommend replacing them. The new ones will be so easy to remove. You know you’ll be removing them at some time in the near future. 😉
Sorry I didn't reply sooner - thanks for this!

I came across that part number while I was looking for the clips but didn't know for certain it was the right one - if it worked for you, that's good enough for me so will put in an order later.

Looking at the paint in sunlight today, it really doesn't look too bad. There's more of a gap between the bonnet and the grill, but once I've got the clips back in and the trim, it might not look so bad. I've always had a gap though, so maybe just another part of Leon life...
 

Connor H

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tried to align my subframe because its been wonky for a year lol. naturally realised my tyre was bald in the process.
 
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