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 Post subject: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:34 pm 
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For those who haven't seen in the general Suzuki discussion section I recently bought a little black 1996 GTX hatch off of Ebay.

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It made it from Sydney to Canberra so that is a good start.
So far I have degreased the engine and removed surplus stickers on windscreen.

I am currently in the middle of removing the old sad purple window tinting.

It is booked in for its ACT rego inspection on Saturday morning, hopefully I can get it through without much drama.

There are many reasons why they could knock it back, sad soft suspension is one.
It needs a lot of TLC.
I will post some pics once I have cleaned it up and old tint is gone.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:01 pm 
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itsdamo wrote:
It is booked in for its ACT rego inspection on Saturday morning, hopefully I can get it through without much drama.


I hope you're not taking it through Dickson!

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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:56 pm 
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[YLD80Y] wrote:
itsdamo wrote:
It is booked in for its ACT rego inspection on Saturday morning, hopefully I can get it through without much drama.


I hope you're not taking it through Dickson!


No, it is going to a place called Gas Tune in Tuggeranong not far from home.
They inspected the cars we have / had when we moved here and had to change from NSW to ACT rego and had no problems with them... however, they were both in near perfect order.

I got side tracked tonight and instead of continuing on with removing window tint something made me do a simple lights check and I discovered the reverse lights don't work.
Disconnect switch at gearbox and short out contacts and alas the reverse lights work.
It is like de ja vu, I had to replace the reverse light switch on my previous red Baleno too.

I also spent part of this evenning removing the old Repeller alarm system... Given I was only supplied with one broken remote I will fit a new alarm.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:23 pm 
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Cool, well if you get stuck or need a hand finding reputable auto places in town give me a yell. 8)

Actually I think I have some stock Baleno 1.6 shocks in the garage. If they're any use to you please take em, they might be better than what you have. (About 90k on them)

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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:25 pm 
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I placed my first ever order with Super Cheap Auto Online today.

I figured I would wear the delivery charge as most stores rarely have everything in stock that you need.

I ordered the following:
1. Tridon reverse light switch
2. Ryco oil, air and fuel filters
3. 4x NGK BKR6E-11 spark plugs
4. Oil flush and fuel tank additive / injector clean
5. 2x 1 litre bottles of Valvoline power steering fluid
6. 1x 5 litre bottle of concentrated coolant
7. 1x 4 litre bottle of Castrol VMX80 gear box oil
8. 3x complete replacement wiper blades
9. 1x Sony CD/MP3 player $99
10. 1x electric car polishing machine with 2 buffing and one polishing attachment.
11. 1x bottle of lightning gel hand cleaner

All this for $563.41 delivered.

Now it is just a matter of when? Hahaa!

I also ordered from Blackwoods a tin of Devcon nickel based anti seize compound so I can start replacing bolts with stainless steel items.

Tonight I will try to concentrate on removing the last of the window tint and getting rid of glue residue.

I also got a quote from Suzuki for new "Suzuki", "Baleno" and "1.8" badges for rear hatch... at close to $300 they can wait.

I know I will also need to flush brake and clutch fluid but that can happen after all this.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:30 pm 
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The 1.8 badge is unique on the Baleno, but you could replace with the 1.8 badges that came out on the Holden Astra alot cheaper.

Have fun with the tidy up on your new Baleno.

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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:29 am 
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suzukiboyoz wrote:
The 1.8 badge is unique on the Baleno, but you could replace with the 1.8 badges that came out on the Holden Astra alot cheaper.

Have fun with the tidy up on your new Baleno.

Hahaha! I just sold my (Mum's Ex) 2002 Astra CD auto sedan directly prior to buying this Baleno... Some may think I am nuts to buy an older car with more than double the kms, but it was an auto and I did not trust it's ongoing reliability one bit. It kept on logging torque conveter shudder errors. This hadn't caused the lights to come on the dash and it is still drove ok but the fault was visable when checked with the OP-COM diagnostic tool. I did not wish to own it if and when that became a gearbox out issue.
I am very familiar with the Baleno and much more comfortable with it and any issues it has or may have in the future.

I will pass on the Astra badge. Hahaha!
I will get the Suzuki badges sometime soon.

I finished removing the old tint last night and all the windows are clean.

I just need to tidy up the wiring after removal of old alarm, not to mention the messy sunroof wiring and I am getting closer to something half way decent.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:55 am 
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Welcome back to the Baleno fold :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:04 pm 
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I put off the rego check till next weekend as I am still waiting on my parts delivery including new reverse light switch... I didn't want to push my luck with reverse lights that don't work.

Well today was busy, I did the following to the little car.

1. Finished removing last of old alarm , clean up wiring and sunroof wiring.
2. Remove door trims, remove old speakers that are ruined. - Both inner door handles are damaged and will be replaced.
3. Fixed wiring associated with power windows near drivers side switch... Passenger side window now works.
4. Remove both driver and passenger side outer door handle / locks. - Drivers side was damaged previously by break in and will be replaced.
5. Remove old stereo.
6. Remove rear seats, all rear trim and rear speakers.

It is quite grubby with all the trim out and will need a few evennings of work to clean it all up.
Now that all rear trim is out I was able to find the break in the rear washer hose (yet another problem to fix) It had broken inside tube between hatch and body.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:17 pm 
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Congrats and good to see you are back with your love of Balenos.
Umm my crystal ball says theres probably a 2.4 litre for it in some
nearby wrecker for when the j18 decides to kick its ghost :D


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:35 am 
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d wrote:
Congrats and good to see you are back with your love of Balenos.
Umm my crystal ball says theres probably a 2.4 litre for it in some
nearby wrecker for when the j18 decides to kick its ghost :D


I would be happy with a J20 when the time is right.

I am still waiting on my parts from Supercheap, they have been dispatched so hopefully arrive sson.
I have ordered two sets of Sony 6" 2 way speakers to replace the ruined originals through JB HiFi.
I ordered replacement outside door handles from Ebay. They are on the way.
I have ordered inner door handles and replacement clutch master cylinder (I noticed it was starting to leak when working under the dash) through Suzistore.
I have fixed the rear washer line and have now started cleaning, putting anti sieze on every bolt.
I hope the majority of parts come soon so I can take it for the rego inspection this Saturday.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:22 am 
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My Supercheap auto delivery and outside door handles (bought from CarsRus on Ebay) arrived yesterday. Last night I fitted the new outside door handles and the new reverse light switch.
A lot still needs to be done if I am to make it for the rego inspection on Saturday morning.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:29 am 
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The little car is getting its rego inspection now.
Fingers crossed.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:27 pm 
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itsdamo wrote:
The little car is getting its rego inspection now.
Fingers crossed.


The car failed today unfortunately

1. RH reverse light not working - I just changed the reverse light switch and did check all lights. It is just a dodgy dirty contact. #-o

2. Rear brake pads low. - I knew they were low but I considered them good enough to be safe... Oh well I will change them.

3. Drivers side outer CV boot is split. - This was news to me as I hadn't checked the car that thoroughly. I am not wanting to do that job to be honest, pain in the bum.

I bought new rear brake pads and CV boot kit as well as giving the car a basic service today.
That's it.... For now. :|


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:27 pm 
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If you want to save the hassle of changing the boot, N&B Driveshafts do reco exchange shafts for a very reasonable price. Whenever the boots go on my cars I just replace the whole shaft. :lol:

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[YLD80Y] wrote:
If you want to save the hassle of changing the boot, N&B Driveshafts do reco exchange shafts for a very reasonable price. Whenever the boots go on my cars I just replace the whole shaft. :lol:


Thanks Brayden, I will ring them tomorrow and book it in for new shafts.
I was thinking the same to be honest... Don't know if or when they were replaced last... If it has lasted this long, 217000kms on the originals (not impossible) they will be due to die soon. Also don't know how long / how much crud has got into the one with the broken boot.

I will return the $12 CV boot kit to auto pro for a refund or credit.

Well, today I replaced the rear brake pads (just plain old Bendix CGT).
I also replaced the fuel filter and flushed through 1 litre of power steering fluid, I will flush through the second bottle later.

I will go out to garage later and rectify that damn reverse light bulb.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:10 am 
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The car has just been dropped at N&B driveshafts. $380 to supply and fit two reconditioned exchange driveshafts.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:56 pm 
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Well, that was an expensive day.

The car now has new driveshafts and is "finally" registered for 12 months in the ACT.

Here is a pic of the car with it's shiny new numberplates.

Next job is to change the gearbox oil and coolant... but not today.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:47 pm 
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I changed the gear box oil and coolant this evenning.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:36 pm 
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Well today I refitted the original outter door handles and new speakers in front doors.

I removed all trim, seats and carpet.

Here is a pic of the sad old carpet.
I wonder what Suzuki would charge for new carpet? Hahaha!!!
I will probably buy carpet off the roll and cut holes etc.

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Here is a pic of the car with carpets out and after cleanning.

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Here is a pic of the front of the car with the carpets out and after cleanning.

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There are holes under both the front seats from where presumably amplifiers once resided.

The drivers side seat mount has broken at mounting point in the car (the one on the right rear of the seat)

There is also evidence of welding on the same mounting point where the passenger side seat bolts in.
The whole arrangement looks weak so I wonder if they just broke with time or due to an accident?

Here is a photo of the broken drivers side (a bit blurry sorry)

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Can anybody offer any advice on this and or is handy with a welder who can help?

Also, here is a pic of the majority of the rust I need to treat and fix.
Can anyone offer advice on that?
Is painting kill rust over the top adequate or will I need to sand it back etc...???

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