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16:47
April 6, 2017


bmn

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Prior to MOT fitted two new Star performer tyres to the front (£55.60 per tyre) and replaced a rear exhaust hanger. Had to get it from Estonia.  Passed the test with the examiner praising the condition of the car. Nice to hear. Good for another year.

Brian from a sunny St.Andrews Cool

11:41
April 8, 2017


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Well done Brian. Glad to hear good news instead of tales of woe ! I have always used Nankang tyres on my Vel, at a similar price. I know they're not for boy-racers who want to throw their cars round corners, but perfect for this car ! And they seem to last for a great number of miles !

14:29
April 12, 2017


bmn

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Hi John, I've used Star Performers for a number of years and found them great for grip they also have B rating for wet which is good for Scottish winters. I,ve had the car for a number of years and was fortunate enough to find an RTE who left Renault and is now on his own and does repairs and servicing at very reasonable costs. Has now covered 90025 miles

Cool

04:28
April 30, 2017


alanclarke

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 MOT at 141000 miles required required N/S steering arm and O/S lower ball joint .

 

Good for another 12 months.

 

Also replaced rear anti roll bar inner D bushes so now back to a clunk free ride.

13:40
April 30, 2017


bmn

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Well done. The big 3.5 does tends to eat the steering arms/track rod ends. What engine do you have?  Yes,the rear clunks can be a pig to sort out. I've got the start of a noise and I think it might be the nearside rear control arm. I replaced it two years ago with one from a breakers and being a similar noise and the drop links and bushes in good order I supect I'll have to replace the second hand arm. £25 for two years is not bad I suppose. The main problem being that Renault do not have any in the U.K. Got to go to Poland or Lithuania for the new Renault part.

16:43
April 30, 2017


alanclarke

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Hi Brian

 

mine is a 3.0dci

 

I was expecting it to be the control arms as I replaced them 70k ago but really pleased to find it was the roll bar bushes so can afford to eat for the next month.

 

In anticipation of it being the transversal arms I did a bit of searching and came across a Polish company that appears to supply a replacement bush. Unfortunately the site is all in Polish (does Rosic still look in occasionally?) but I was going to email to ask if they would post to UK. About £25.00 for the bush as opposed to £180.00 for the arm so could be worth a try.

http://mpbs.pl/vel-satis-2001-…..38138.html

 

or google

Tuleja wahacza tylnego poprzecznego (zewnętrzna) – MPBS: 51038138

and click on first link to come up.

cheers

Alan

16:26
April 2, 2018


bmn

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M.O.T. joy for another year, passed today with a few advisories,nothing serious. Drop link rubber covers worn and not giving  full protection to the ball joint. Brake line with some corrosion. All this for £27.42

A happy Brian from St.Andrews. Smile

18:13
April 16, 2018


alanclarke

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And me as well. Passed today with only advisory being that couldn't inspect under engine cover for leaks etc.
MOT at ATS Euromaster for £10.99 with Groupon voucher. ATS were very professional and thorough.

I did however have the grumbling back end sorted a few months ago using transversal arm bushes sourced from the Polish website mentioned in last year's post. I also had to replace one rear brake caliper plus new rear discs and pads at the same time as the bushes. It was a mistake to only replace one caliper about 18 months ago as it meant two sets of discs and pads in that short interval. New rear shock absorbers at same time

Another year of Vel Satisfactory motoring ahead.

22:01
April 16, 2018


bmn

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Hi, Congrats.  What part were the bushes for? Was it the control arm or the trailing "Y" arm. I thought you couldn't fit the bushes only and had to purchase the complete item. I've already fitted the two complete control arms which stopped a knock I had for yearsAll the best,

Brian

22:17
April 16, 2018


alanclarke

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Hi Brian

The arm to which the bushes fit are part number 8200602621. If you Google this part number or search for it in ebay it will show the arm.

I think you couldn't fit bushes because Renault didn't supply them but the bush specialist in Poland now does supply bushes only.

Cheers

Alan

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