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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:22 am 
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Saturday and Sunday were spent installing my Rhino RAV3 car alarm / immobiliser.

http://www.rhinoco.com.au/product/RAV3

The alarm had been sitting on a shelf in the garage, in its box, for over 12 months... I finally got around to installing it.

It is nice to have the luxury of keyless entry again...


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:51 pm 
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itsdamo wrote:
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Damo, what size wheels do you have on the Baleno at the moment? 15x6?


Yes, I still have the TSW wheels pictured earlier... they are 15 x 6 or 6.5.


I had the wheels off today to rotate and in order to take bent one off.

Turns out they are 15 x 7 :shock: no wonder the front scrubbed when the low springs were installed.

I will be dropping the bent rim off to rallimaxsport in Mitchell tomorrow to see if it is fixable / worth fixing... http://www.rallimaxsport.com.au/


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:08 pm 
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Over the Xmas break I gave the motor a degrease and when drying / detailing afterwards I noticed the drive belt was looking sad and developing cracks.
When researching for a replacement I was amazed by what people ask for a simple 5PK1635 belt. Prices ranged from under $40 to $100 plus.
I ended up ordering a replacement Gates belt from onlineautomotive.com.au for $34.40 including delivery.
I fitted the new belt this morning, the old one was indeed looking sad. It was a good thing I replaced it.
219,053kms on the clock and counting....

The front tyres, particularly front left, is getting very close to the tread wear indicators.
I am contemplating whether I bite the bullet and shell out for new tyres, or, as the car is rarely used, wait six months and buy something slightly newer and nicer.

I keep dreaming of a approx 10 year old Pug 206 GTi / GTi 180, Clio sport, Alfa 147 or similar... It is amazing what a relatively low km, tidy euro of this age can be purchased for...


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:00 am 
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I just ordered some new front lower control arms for the old girl.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BRAND-NEW-LE ... 765wt_1098

I figured there was no point getting new tyres and a front wheel alignment if I were to replace these at a later stage.... So, I will replace them first.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:56 pm 
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I also ordered a set of front sway bar links to accompany the new lower control arms...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2-FRONT-Sway ... 2634wt_689

It already has new outer tie rod ends... Wondering whether I should shell out another $50 for the inner tie rod ends? I will have then freshened up all that is easy to do so...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2-INNER-TIE- ... 1198wt_922


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:36 pm 
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Hey itsdamo,
How much are you looking at for postage on the parts from the US and malaysia? is it worth it?
Im looking at doing something similar..

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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:31 pm 
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ZOOKIGTX wrote:
Hey itsdamo,
How much are you looking at for postage on the parts from the US and malaysia? is it worth it?
Im looking at doing something similar..


Hi, for the two front lower control arms it is just under $220 AUS including delivery... The air freight was a touch over half the total cost.

The front sway bar links are $45 including free delivery as are the inner tie rod ends.

You can also pick up rear sway bar links for about the same price.

These prices are the best I could find... Admittedly quality is still to be seen, but I am sure they will be fine...

I was unable to find any aftermarket alternative locally for the lower control arms. Unfortunately I pinched the rubber on one of the integral lower ball joints when I replaced the wheel bearings a while back. The price is less than half what Suzuki wanted for two new control arms and only slightly more than what wreckers were asking for one old control arm.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:49 am 
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Today I installed the new lower control arms and front sway bar links.
I didn't fit the inner tie rod ends as a very large spanner, size to be determined, which I do not own, is required.

I will probably just have them installed along with wheel alignment when I get new tyres put on it...
New tyres are the next on the to-do list.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
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A bit bored this afternoon, so after a rush of blood I flushed through a 1 litre bottle of power steering fluid... The second bottle I had from when I initially bought the car... The first bottle was flushed through when I bought the car...


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
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Hello, apart from just outlaying for another 12 months of car rego and comprehensive insurance I have just ordered a new set of slotted and dimpled RDA front brake rotors.
I will buy new front brake pads and give the old girl a freshen up.
Rebuilding and painting calipers is also on the cards... It will only be a discrete standard looking silver or grey colour.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:48 pm 
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Good to see things are still ticking along. :)

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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:12 am 
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Hello, well I replaced the front brake rotors and pads last Saturday... Painting calipers will be a job for another time.
I have ordered a clutch kit from Ebay, awaiting its arrival.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BAHNHOF-Stag ... 27bfd5868a

Last Tuesday driving to work the little car decided to split a water hose, one of the small hoses going to the throttle body. P/N: 13491-62G00 which is nil stock in Australia. The item is on order but may take weeks. I may need to see if I can find something of the correct diameter and similar bends, etc. To get me out of trouble.

On a positive note I got to have a sit in the Black Swift Sport at the dealers....


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:39 am 
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Good to see you still have the GTX, a new Swift would be nice.

I still have my GTX tried to sell it but just got stupid offers so it can sit under the house.

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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:37 pm 
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I managed to find a hose at Auto Pro to suit the car. It is going again.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:02 am 
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New ignition coils have been ordered to fix that annoying occasional miss it has always had...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/120932859108 ... 1423.l2649


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:01 pm 
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It is with a heavy heart I announce the trade in of my Baleno.
The paperwork was signed and deposit placed today on a 2004 Renault Clio Sport 182.
The Clio is black in colour and is a hoot to drive.
After long lamenting I decided it was time to stop pouring money into the ageing Baleno.
If anyone needs a GTX clutch kit or lowered springs let me know...
Cheers Damian


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:36 pm 
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I shudder to think what you got as a trade. :x

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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
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Sorry to hear it. Whoever picks up your old GTX will be getting a car with a fair bit of TLC put into it! Um, and I dunno whether I'm allowed to suggest this on a Suzuki forum, but would love to hear at least an occasional update on how the Clio is working out for you.


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:14 am 
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Here is my Baleno for sale, for a mere $3,800.
I am disappointed, but shouldn't be surprised after giving up and accepting the spin that it was worthless and then bargaining up to receive a piddly $1,000 for it.
The rego was worth that, almost.
I should have sold it myself but didn't want the hassle due to its issues.

Good points:
Long rego, new tyres, new brakes, new ignition coils and plugs, fresh oil, gearbox oil, coolant, etc.
New suspension items... Front lower control arms, front sway bar links.

Bad points:
Paint, rust, engine smoking using and leaking oil. Timing chain / tensioner noise. One bent alloy, air con compressor on way out, front left seat mount broken (I never fixed it), dodgy sunroof with no internal slide. Wind noise through sunroof and top of drivers door due to it being out of whack / bent. Numerous other little things such as door and ignition locks being worn. Electric windows slow and switches are dodgy. Clunk in steering box / rack.

Despite all this I miss it.

The Clio is awesome and makes me grin every time I drive it, but gee it is not an easy thing to work on.

http://carsales.mobi/cars/results?q=Car ... l&Offset=0


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 Post subject: Re: My new - old GTX
PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:50 am 
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$1000 trade in :shock:
Great choice with the clio sport. awesome little car IMO.. been eyeing off the classifieds after a quick spin on a mate's 182. I've heard belt service on these can be a PITA


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