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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to VAD17 in Event Organisers   
    Apologies, my bad about Beaulieu. Was trying to be helpful and put few events in the diary, but was not sure about etiquette if not attending it myself. Thanks @Leevsfortyone.
    The rule "you put it in the diary - you "own" it" is right and I will organize stand for Summer Action Festival @ Castle Combe (already done for JDM Castle Combe & Tunerfest South).
    I think it may also be helpful to put forward events people would like to attend or thinking about well in advance and for those accessing forum on mobile decides with no calendar having some way to suggest events (hence the topic I started)
    @rob275 and @Leevsfortyone - very happy to help with events south or within 2hrs from London.
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to rob275 in Event Organisers   
    The issue is I used to do 80% of the work on most events. Which i'm fine with but I haven't been around as of late due to simply barely having a life at the moment. With regards to beaulieu, I was PM'd about this and @VAD17 offered to take the reigns with it. As far as i'm concerned, the person who starts a thread should be the one arranging things. I thought this was the case with this event so nothing has been done. 
    Kevin messaged me about Japfest and I asked him to discuss with Lauren as I wasn't going to be there. Though i'm not surprised Japfest parking didn't go to plan, nobody listens and leaves their cars wherever they want! The club does need some help organising events and if anyone wants to they can certainly put their names forward. I did ask in the survey I put out last if people would be interested, I pm'd those that put their names forward and for the most part the response was they couldn't be arsed or don't have the time. This does make me wonder why they offered in the first place but hey ho...
    @Deacon The system demoted you, you aren't actually demoted lol.
    @Test Drives Unlimited your comment is part of the reason why i've taken a step back as of late. A prime example that my efforts aren't appreciated by most. I've had thanks from many people over the years for organising events for the club, but them thanks come from the same people each year and they are the same people that are happy to help out. There is a huge chunk of people here that expect a load of stuff and really don't appreciate the time & efforts put in. But they are happy to complain when things don't happen. 
    It's clear that as the club expands more help is needed, and i've asked before and got little response. @Leevsfortyone thanks for putting your name forward for helping it's appreciated. Feel free to drop me a PM so we can make the south great again
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Leevsfortyone in Event Organisers   
    My concern is and I use Beaulieu and Silverstone as an example, members have been putting their names forward to attend these events.
    (Beaulieu) Yet unlike previous occasions when Rob organised this, it appears no one has booked a stand causing a possible problem with us all arriving and having no where to park.
    (Silverstone) I noticed in the run up there was a lack of preparation in planning the stand layout, myself and Kevin had made plans to get to the stand in advance of members arriving to control the parking and attempt to make a great display, unfortunately a large number of cars had beaten us there and parking as per the previous year was disorganised.
    We definitely need a team of people to step up and take the lead in controlling these events. It can be a lot of work sometimes especially when the collection of funds are involved but if the club has a dedicated area representative working with event proposers the work load can be shared.
    I am happy to assist others in the southern area creating events/ social meets for the members and help with the planning.
    We do need some more people in the south to take a lead with events and social meets.
    It can also be great fun creating a event and seeing it through, our members do enjoy a get together and I’m sure will support the club going forward.

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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Rich in 29th September 2012 Space Saver Spare   
    I've had one puncture and the tyre kit was useless (2" sidewall tear), luckily it was during the day so I was recovered to a local garage and on my way in a couple of hours. Since then I carry a space saver.
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    Test Drives Unlimited got a reaction from Mike in 29th September 2012 Space Saver Spare   
    I really don't care what you think Lauren as I will always carry a full size spare wheel in my car !!!!

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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Paul in Maxton Designs Skirts/Splitter   
    My car is lowered 20mm on coilovers, my HT Autos lip does occasionally meet the tarmac over larger speed bumps but very rarely.
    Steep multi-storey ramps are where the problems arise...
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Subota Boy in March Sussex meet   
    Sorry to hear that Nigel.  Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Subota Boy in March Sussex meet   
    And the white cars were the most popular by a whisker.  Thanks again to those from this forum who attended, and to Mark from Abbey Motorsport for lending his technical expertise.  

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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Yotast3v3 in Specialist garages for 60k service   
    I did a bit of research before going to look and noticed the mileage, so when I went to test drive it, managed to get the price down a bit due to it needing this service. Guess this is why the previous owner decided to chop it in!
    Just spoke to RRG and they have quoted £600 inc vat for it, said they are doing a lot of these recently due to the first cars coming up to the 5/6 year’s mark, which makes sense, at least they’ll be well rehearsed!
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to MartinT in Servicing   
    Thanks, all. Time to book, looks like I'll hit 12 months and 10k at around the same time.
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Nails in March Sussex meet   
    Ok, well if you are not members the usernames of the people attending won't mean anything to you anyway. It is probably more useful to say there are currently 18 people signed up for the meet. 
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Subota Boy in March Sussex meet   
    So far got 10 confirmed and another 9 possible/probables  
    Thanks for all your interest.    Hope to see you all.
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    Test Drives Unlimited got a reaction from Lauren in Lauren's GT86 100K miles and onwards   
    I just read your whole Blog Lauren and was very interesting reading but now gives me to many ideas

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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Lauren in Whining diff (was actually a wheel bearing)   
    Glad you got it sorted, Nigel, also good to get it under warranty as I wondered if a wheel bearing would be covered at your mileage. Alas for me I'm beyond the warranty now with my mileage so it came in at £290 fitted. It's surprising how a worn wheel bearing affects how the exhaust sounded, it really ruined it on mine, now it's back to it's tuneful self without having to compete with the wheel bearing drone! 
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    Test Drives Unlimited got a reaction from Stutopia in Whining diff (was actually a wheel bearing)   
    My car is now fixed and sounds good

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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Lauren in Whining diff (was actually a wheel bearing)   
    How many miles has your car done, now Nigel? 
    Also which bearing has gone? 
    Did Motorline Gatwick not do a diagnosis then? You would have thought they would have been able to tell.
    Just had mine done. It's a lot quieter now.
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Lauren in Whining diff (was actually a wheel bearing)   
    Well the good news is you will get it covered under warranty. It's not particularly cheap! Maybe they should have done what RRG did and put it up on the lift and got the wheels rotating under drive as you could fairly easily hear it on mine when I put my ear relatively close to the spinning wheel. Still, I suppose you got a diff oil change early! 
    Mine is easily the highest mileage car RRG service so it's often the case that it's a first on mine. I do have the advantage of Gary though.
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Lauren in Whining diff (was actually a wheel bearing)   
    Popped down to RRG first thing and took Gary for a ride. I was told by Gary no sideways and that he wasn't a good passenger. So we trundled up the Silk Road so he could hear the whining. Richard had money on it being a wheel bearing. We came back on the old Macc Road which involved a greasy roundabout. Greasier than I was expecting. Sorry Gary! 
    Gary got it up on a four post lift and stuck 'young-un' in the car, so they could get it running and listen for noises. Richard gave me a shout and I was able to hear the noise the nearside rear wheel bearing was making. A good way to do it, I thought! 
    Wheel bearing has been ordered and car will be booked in for a week's time. There was no play in the bearing, it's just noisy. 
    Excellent service at RRG as always and we had a bit of a laugh with my antics with Gary, well Richard thought it was funny. 
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to alucardo in Whining diff (was actually a wheel bearing)   
    Could troubleshooting article for diff's in general

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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to ChrisKnottIns in Chris Knott Quote   
    I'm loving those pics of your car! It'd be great if we could use them and mention you on our social media - is there a story to go with the car?
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    Test Drives Unlimited got a reaction from ChrisKnottIns in Chris Knott Quote   
    Just like to say what a friendly Insurance Company Chris Knott are
    I rang up yesterday and got a very good quote for my GT86 Auto and you managed to beat the LV Renewal by about £48 , other Insurance Companies through Compare The Market were quoting about £100 to £200 more
    So looks like I will be taking up your Quote (Broker Ref: TINP001PC2) in the next few days before 15th February renewal date
    As I said on the phone can forward a Full Modification List if you need it for your records
    Insurance Quote from Highway LV £425.00 including the following :
    18,000 miles Zero Points on my License £250 Max Excess NCB Protected 9yrs+ (Driving since 1984) Value of car 15k Replacement Modifications (Like for Like) Dash Cam (3 Camera's) Retired Foreign Use Key Cover Motor Legal Cover Windscreen Cover Private Plate Cover GT86/BRZ Club Discount

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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Mark@Abbey M/S in Abbey Motorsport Ecutek Traction control   
    No we would just have 2 different slip angle maps on 2 different separate maps switched via the normal EcuTek map switching procedure 
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Mark@Abbey M/S in Abbey Motorsport Ecutek Traction control   
    We been waiting for a Ecutek RaceRom update to allow us to push on our Traction control development , being a master tuner we have a Beta RR package that allows us to do this.
      With some carefully built RR maps and the EVI Ecutek Bluetooth module we have got a pretty good adjustable traction control set up still needs some more work but already it is pretty good     Your see wheel slip at the bottom being controlled. Throttle pedal is fully down commanding 80% throttle butterfly opening but our RaceRom custom maps is keeping the Throttle butterfly only @ 54% reducing the power together with reducing timing normally @ 5000rpm and 1.9 engine load we would see around 23/24 deg timing our RaceRom maps are dropping the timing to around 14 degs to reduce the power to keep the wheel speed (slip) under control. The traction is controllable via the Ecutek Bluetooth EVI with a slider to adjust the amount of traction control   We should soon have this sorted so when the new RaceRom update is released it will be available to our Ecutek tuned customers. We hope to have 2 levels calibrated to enable use without having a Ecutek EVI module but it wont be adjustable by the driver
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to Lowe in Fixing the centre box lid   
    So earlier today on parking up I went to get my phone out of the centre box. As I opened the lid it came off in my hand. Luckily it seems to be a fairly simple fix, so I thought I'd share in case it happens to anyone else. There's two pins which act as the hinge, and in my case one had come off and fallen inside the lid itself.

    Right hand side has the hinge pin in place. Left one is missing.

    Turn the lid upside down. You'll see 6 screw caps - use a flat bladed screw driver or similar to pop these off. Under neath you'll find allen bolts holding the lid together.

    Undo them all and hopefully you'll find the lost pin inside.

    The pin itself is split, so it expands along its length and holds itself in place. Put it back in so that the expanded end is inside the lid.

    Put the lid back in the car and then reassemble. Easy
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    Test Drives Unlimited reacted to knightryder in Chris Knott Quote   
    Although based on your OP you're still insured by a LV subsiduary. I always find it Bizarre that brokers can get better prices than the actual parent company.