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Re: Social Isolation jobs list on the R3 Vi

#46 Post by 216secoupeessex » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:17 pm

Any chance of an idiots guide how to on the gear stick gaiter replacement?
I need to do that on my late model coupe and got stuck when it came to taking off the dash round the radio

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#47 Post by GTiJohn » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:54 pm

216secoupeessex wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:17 pm
Any chance of an idiots guide how to on the gear stick gaiter replacement?
I need to do that on my late model coupe and got stuck when it came to taking off the dash round the radio
The Haynes manual covers it pretty well but simply, and as far as I can remember, it goes something like this:-

1. Remove rear centre console - remove rear ashtray and small access panel under handbrake lever to access screws (if you've got the armrest/high centre console you might need to take the cassette/CD tray out from inside the console) The rear fixing just need loosening, nor removing completely as the console slides off them.
2. Remove radio and disconnect harness connectors
3. Unscrew gearknob from lever (anticlockwise)
4. Remove 4 screws by front occupant's feet - 2 each side of the front part of the centre console
5. Carefully prize out upper part of centre console around top row of 5 switches
6. Disconnect harness connectors to switches and cigarette lighter
7. Put car into 2nd or 4th and withdraw console to rear of car, over gearlever

The gaitor is attached to the underside of the console with a small metal plate secured with 4 small screws.

Refitting is a simple reversal of the above steps :laughing

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#48 Post by 216secoupeessex » Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:04 pm

Thanks seems easy enough - how do you get the radio out is there a special tool?

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#49 Post by GTiJohn » Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:07 pm

216secoupeessex wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:04 pm
Thanks seems easy enough - how do you get the radio out is there a special tool?
If it's a standard Philips radio there's a U-shaped tool that goes into the pair of holes at each end of the headunit. Having 2 of these tools makes it very easy but you can manage with one.

Alternatively, 2 long, stout pop rivets can be used but they're a bit more of a faff...
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#50 Post by 961tat » Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:12 pm

Or you can use allen keys :D

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#51 Post by itcaptainslow » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:13 am

The keys are a couple of quid in Halfords and make the job ten times easier with less likelihood of damaging anything.
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#52 Post by 216secoupeessex » Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:17 am

Great thanks I will ask in Halfords

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#53 Post by Russnp » Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:39 pm

Your car is looking fantastic John

Are the door handle tweeters unique to early R3s?

I replaced the gear lever gaiter on my coupe, bit of a pain with the centre armrest but not too bad .
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#54 Post by GTiJohn » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:54 am

Russnp wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:39 pm
Your car is looking fantastic John

Are the door handle tweeters unique to early R3s?
Thank you :D

All R3 200s had the same door handle 'escutcheon' but it was only certain higher trim levels that actually had the tweeter fitted !

The lower models had a blanking cap fitted inside, which does mean that an upgrade is possible with a bit of additional wiring from the main speaker up to the tweeter as it's unlikely that this would have been included in the wiring harness on the lower TLs. Does anybody know if it's there or not?

I do have a full set of the original front door speakers I removed now sitting in a box if anyone fancies trying this upgrade :cool
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#55 Post by Russnp » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:30 pm

Did they change this when it became the 25 and ZR?

Can I also ask a question as this is the 200/400 and later are questions on ZRs permitted?
Not that I have any at the moment but I do have what I think is a nice ZR
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#56 Post by GTiJohn » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:18 pm

Russnp wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:30 pm
Did they change this when it became the 25 and ZR?

Can I also ask a question as this is the 200/400 and later are questions on ZRs permitted?
Not that I have any at the moment but I do have what I think is a nice ZR
Yes, the door casing changed when the 200 became the 25. I've seen 25s with separate tweeters and the lower trim levels may have these, or blanks, or a door casings without the tweeter hole cut into it. We'd need somebody with more specific knowledge to confirm this...

It's not a matter of being permitted, it's whether the 'collective' can answer ZR queries. There'll obviously be significant commonality with 25s but we may run out of specific ZR knowledge. Try it and see how it goes :cool
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Re: Social Isolation jobs list on the R3 Vi

#57 Post by Russnp » Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:58 am

Cheers John
I've not had much contact with early R3s so didn't realise this was different. The cynical side of me thinks the later setup must have been cheaper to produce.
Ii thought I'd ask about ZRs incase there was some kind of stigma attached to them
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#58 Post by GTiJohn » Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:40 am

Russnp wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:58 am
Cheers John
I've not had much contact with early R3s so didn't realise this was different. The cynical side of me thinks the later setup must have been cheaper to produce.
Ii thought I'd ask about ZRs incase there was some kind of stigma attached to them
It's possible they were cheaper , although there's not a lot to 'cost didn't in a 200 door casing... The primary reason was style - the 25, and 45, were restyled to take on a more retro-look to fit alongside the newly launched 75.

I suppose car clubs can have 'soft' or 'hard' boundaries and we've got a bit of both! When we expanded from only covering the R8 200/400 to all 200, 400, 25, 45 and Streetwise models there was discussion about including ZRs and ZSs but we decided not to include them as there's already a club for them. That doesn't mean we can't talk about them :D
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Re: Social Isolation jobs list on the R3 Vi

#59 Post by Russnp » Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:12 pm

thats looking mint john.
If you have the space why not keep the parts as if you are thinking of using the interior in it again you could also go back to some of external mods as it was all tastefully done and certainly not Barry boy.
If we ever get back to regular shows different looks for it would be good
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Re: Social Isolation jobs list on the R3 Vi

#60 Post by GTiJohn » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:15 pm

Russnp wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:12 pm
thats looking mint john.
If you have the space why not keep the parts as if you are thinking of using the interior in it again you could also go back to some of external mods as it was all tastefully done and certainly not Barry boy.
If we ever get back to regular shows different looks for it would be good
Funnily enough I'm now keeping the ZR interior as they are a bit firmer than the standard Vi seats. I've got the 16" Cosmos wheels to be able to the Vi's 'Linford' wheels for best.
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