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I can now move on with this car; next steps are to get a new front lip (the old one has basically been ripped off), give it a trim (a lipectomy to reduce unnecessary scrapage) and install that with the aluminium skid plate. Unless I stick the car in the garage, I won't be doing any substantive work in terms of supercharger services - it's full on winter here, cold and snowy. I spent an hour this morning clearing my drive.
 

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It's not reallty a whinge but my fuel filler cap was frozen today: needed a little blast with the other half's hairdryer to break loose. I suppose it needs some lock oil? Or is there another solution? Last time this happened to me, I was in a Ford Escort company pool car in a town called Mikkeli.
 

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If I remember correctly, there’s a way to open it from the inside.

Just found a description on the web:
There IS an emergency release handle for the gas door. I found it by accident one day. If you take off the panel on the left side of the boot, and look in and up, you will see a white handle. If you grab it and slide it toward the rear of the car, it will unlock the gas door. It's a little tricky, it doesn't rotate, it just slides straight back.
 

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Discussion Starter · #468 ·
That wheel sensor was frankly pretty awful, and in addition, the 53 has a replacement front lip - another lipectomy required though as it just scrapes everywhere - and the aluminium skid plate is reinstalled.

The skid plate seems to have done some good at some point (perhaps it was the rock in the Swedish car park?) as one of the four mounting bolts has been sheared off, and I'll need to drill that out at some point.

Plus there's evidence of more oil leaks from the engine. Probably the crank position sensor thinks Micke. Anyway a major front end clean up required.

And I put some temporary summer tyres on...
 

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I've agreed to buy Micke's white 17x7 OZ Ultras so now I'll have a matching set of 16s and 17s... and I now have the following:

16x7 ET48 TD ProRace1s in matt black / Nokian Hakkapeliitta7 195/55-16 (6mm)
16x7 ET37 OZ Ultra in crystal titanium / Federal 595-RSR 205/50-16 (new)
17x7 ET40(?) Enkei SC15 in silver / Nitto NT01 215/45-17 (2mm)
17x7 ET37 OZ Ultra in white / Continental SportContact5 205/45-17 (5mm?)

This means is that I'll have to sell the current 17" Enkei SC15s at the end of the season/end of the tyres (whichever comes soonest). And I'll need a new of track tyres, but I needed those anyway...
 

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Good collection of wheels right there. 1 set more and you’ll require an intervention 😁 And they call me the wheel pimp...
I’m starting to think you have a Ultraleggera fetish/addiction going on. Want first dibs on the set I just bought? 😎
 

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I think I'll manage now; we have some of the grey ones on the GP2 and - as it turns out - a set of matt graphite ones on the 997. It's only the GTI that manages without, but it's got the even cooler OZ Leggera in light grey.
 

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I'd struggle to make up my mind which to run
 

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The usual sequence is Nokian-Federal-Nitto-Federal-Nokian from winter to spring to summer (or track) to autumn to winter again, but now it's Nokian-Continental-Federal-Nitto etc. At least until the Nitto's wear out and get replaced.
 

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If you don’t run 3 sets your compromised every other month, 😬
I find it simpler now to change cars, but when my r53 was my daily I didn’t have a choice, although one year I went Nokian to Ado8r during a warm spring
 

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You can have the right tyres in the morning and the wrong ones in the evening, and the wrong tyres in the morning and the right tyres in the evening, or you can just drive at certain times of the day... or not drive at all.

What I tend to do is change wheels on one car, and leave the other, so I should have at least one car on the right tyres for the conditions.

So right now, at the back of winter (winter's final fling of wind, sleet and 0-1c), I still have friction winters on the GTI and the Discovery3...
 

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We managed a few laps at Ahvenisto yesterday, the first track day of the season. JKo got about one lap in on warm tyres before getting ignominiously black flagged for a minor infraction by some jobsworth.

Anyway I'm pretty happy with the car's set up (it helped to firm up the dampers a bit), if not my own driving (what lines?) but not so impressed with what is essentially a stock street set up for the brakes. They're hard to modulate and lack bite. I really need to get the BBK re-installed, but that will probably have to wait until my son gets his driving license, as BRB is the learner car - the only manual in 'the fleet'.

Next up, Alastaro at the end of the month!
 

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It has now occurred to me that my 53 is so old that some of the mods are in need of replacement. The OMP lower strut brace for example, is bent lile a banana, dented and rusty. You'd never know that it was once red.

Anyway, looking forward to a bit of track work tomorrow at Alastaro.
 

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tweedbean has a nice pink one for sale
 
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