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  1. Nice looking car, congratulations
  2. Great result with the DBEaters. Without doubt that's going to be the best approach. Out of interest, is it a road or track system you have. I.e. was it trying to be quiet before you started or was it a louder road system?
  3. Hmm, now questioning it. Might have cross contaminated the options lists provided by the dealer.
  4. So, I took the plunge and decided to do this. I could always put it back on. Here's how it went. I started, as I do when removing anything sticker like, by boiling a kettle. Partly for the necessary cup of tea , but also as I find hot water is very good at making it easier to remove sticky stuff. I didn't know how the sticky pads were orientated to understand where to start. To be honest trying to get any purchase on the holder was difficult. Partly fat fingers maybe but I found it easier to get the tips of my fingers behind the holder bottom right. Don't try along the top edge, it's too tight. Theres a little gap so I used this to pour in a bit of hot water to help the process. Also poured along the top. It's a bit of a big pull to start during which you start to question what you're doing, but with the help of the heat of the water, it began to come away. It still hurt the tips of the fingers. Note that the number plate plinth will bend a bit. Take it easy teasing a little more each time so as not to damage the plinth. After getting it started I was conscious to be very careful of marking the paint. It turns out the Plinth is pretty sharp at the edges making it very easy to mark the clam. I ended up with a very slight mark but barely visible. If I was doing it again I would slip some decent weighted paper between the plinth and the clam as a precaution. I would also potentially start the pull from both sides rather than just one so it was lifted away from the surface. After removed I was faced with the obvious residue and dirt from the year. After the first pass wash I was a little disheartened as there was a clear shade difference between the black under the plinth and that which was exposed. However a second pass with Intensive Tar Remover, it's all good. I had a short rear plate from my S1 Exige to put on. It's a standard legal plate. I don't think it looks too bad but will look into getting a slightly smaller one...maybe. All in all I'm happy with the result. Standard plate looks fine. It definitely changes the look and it accentuates the wide arse on the car. not too difficult to do and easily reversible.
  5. Using your axle stands might be better. its less convenient but safer
  6. Its all vapour-ware until you can actually buy it. Its 'promising' that there are signs that an aftermarket option for chargecooled blowers might be something that becomes available in the future. If one tuner does it then others will too. The actual system components come from Harrop, so if there's a market which I think there would be, then tuners are going to put something together.
  7. Nice one. How did you go about it? Did you use a fishing line or just brute force?
  8. Funny, I hadn't thought about the Matt paint fading in the sun. I'm game for removing if it can be done without damaging the paint surface or the plinth. It could always be re affixed if it could. I'm just not game to do it first
  9. Thanks Stephen, done the front already (there's another thread on that) and you have the later model rear transom which doesn't have a specific holder for the plate. I'll find a picture to show you what I mean. The earlier rear presents a challenge for shorter plates. It appears from deroure that the plate holder is only stuck on with double sided sticky. Has anyone been brave enough to remove it?
  10. Anyone done anything interesting with a shorter rear number plate? The standard plinth reduces options. A shorter plate would obviously not look right. At the moment I have a full width plate, and to be honest it looks perfectly fine. Can't help thinking about a how to fit a cut down plate though. I've heard of removing the rear number plate plinth but never seen an example that doesn't have more extreme mods to the rear transom as well. I'm interested in what others have done
  11. Was wondering what options are out there.... I can't seem to find pictures or diagrams that show the internals of the various approaches. As far as I can tell there are three: 1. Integral to the inlet manifold 2. sandwich plate 3. Factory (not quite clear on its operation) I'm interested in the benefits and limitations of each, some clarity on how they are put together, and where you can get them. Thought it would be a good reference conversation for the board.
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