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    More aggressive aero visible in this shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWStewart View Post
    Fantastic. I love it. Did you have an opportunity to weigh each lid?
    We did them without the lock and brake light in so we could compare like for like.

    Stock part (with standard grills) is 17.5kg
    Stock part (with scuderia vents) is 17kg
    Scuderia standard part is 12.5kg
    Challenge part standard is 12kg
    Lightening kit option is 10kg

    So another 7kg out and from high up too so all helping C of G and downforce
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    NOTICE: All spoken for now and delighted that they could go to folk on here.

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    Brake Caliper Powder Coating
    I had both the Scuderia and Speciale calipers blasted and powder coated plus powder lacquer. I polished the pistons before reassembly.
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    Last time I used red rubber grease in the ring lands to help prevent corrosion but over time it goes very sticky, so this time around I just used caliper assembly lubricant. The calipers were rebuilt with new seals and, of course, the brake fluid was changed.
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    I will return to the Speciale braking system as a winter project.

    16M Door Card Recreation - Handles
    I now have the inner door handles and storage nets. These are very rare parts so I'm quite pleased.
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    Door pulls and RH opening mechanism. The pull handles are in poor aesthetic condition so they have been stripped and sent for paint.
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    16M Door Card Recreation - Speakers
    I've purchased a two way JBL component system. I'm not going for three way nor an amplifier as I consider it needless weight.
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    Roof Microswitch Adjustment
    My car had an occasional roof up warning when the roof was down which at first worried me in case the roof wasn't in straight, but after a bit of reading of the WSM I decided to check microswitch adjustment. The roof is managed by its own ECU which uses various microswitches to sense the position of the carious components.
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    With a bit of familiarity with the system it would be possible to locate the switch without going via diagnostics, but this was my first time looking at the roof mechanism so I used diagnostics as follows:

    1) Create baseline data for roof closed - no errors;
    2) Create baseline data for roof open - no errors;
    3) Record data for roof open and warning light on.

    In my case EVA was triggering the warning and I found the root cause was two things: 1) the anti-chafe foam pad I'd used in the replacement roof tray was slightly thicker than OEM which meant the roof closed position was 2-3mm higher than with the original felt pad, and 2) with the foam pad replaced the switch was already nearly out of correct adjustment - see photo below.
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    Also on the roof a bug bear of mine is the level of noise created by the motor and pump assembly. It is behind a cowel on the RH side of the car which has a relatively thin layer of underlay type sound deadening i.e. not particularly effective.
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    To reduce noise inside the car I've cut a rough piece from an off-cut of Silent Coat Silent Coat Plus. If it does the trick I'll make something neater from a full sheet.
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    Black Air Vent Inserts
    The Scuderia has black inserts to the interior air vents rather than grey/silver on the F430. I think it looks better so I stripped down my vents and gave them a clean at the same time.
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    Interestingly, the vents in the central bezel which point out at an angle had been shortened so they sat better in the carbon fibre housing. The housing isn't of the most precise construction so it doesn't surprise me.
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    I used Tamiya TS-6 plastic (hobby/modelling) paint. It's great stuff that went on very smoothly.
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    Interior reassembled. I will paint the HVAC control knobs another time.
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    Luggage Strap Replacement
    Snapped luggage straps are a common issue on the 360 and F430. They are made from a leatherette type material which isn't particularly strong. 'Stevecobra' reproduces the straps in leather and sells them on eBay as a kit with replacement rivets, so I've fitted a set.
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    Air Box Lid Refurbishment
    The original Ferrari carbon gel coat is prone to going milky or yellow over time and the second-hand lids I purchased started to do just that. I decided to take them back down to bare carbon, and I used Synstryp to soften the gel coat - it is strong stuff and begins to burn skin instantly; in comparison Nitromors is positively weak.
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    It takes a good few hours of sanding to get down to the exposed carbon and remove all of the gel coat. The photo below shows the lids around 70% through the process with a few areas of original gel coat left. I will have the lids finished in a UV resistant lacquer.
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    Scuderia Engine Management Conversion - Recalibration
    The final stage before I start using the car is a 'remap' or rather recalibration of the Scuderia engine ECUs to suit my engine configuration. The Scuderia engine internals are identical to an MY08 F430 except for one key difference: the pistons. These are unique to the Scuderia and raise the compression ratio from 11.3:1 to 11.9:1, which is enough to warrant a recalibration of the ECUs to suit. The pistons are surprisingly cheap at ~250 each but I don't see the point in opening my engine now just to change the pistons - which will yield a relatively minor gain - when at 40k miles the engine must be removed at service time to check the cam chain and tensioners. At that point I will strip the engine and rebuild as part of project stage 3: 4.6 Speciale spec, hence, in the interim I want to set the ECU calibration for my current specification and also liberate a little more power.


    I've filled the tank with 95 octane as the fuel quality abroad isn't always good enough to match our 99, so I wanted the added comfort factor, though the ion sensing system does offer an increased safety factor.


    I was recommended Ray/West Tuning at Thurxton circuit by fellow club owner Gary, however Ray is too busy at the moment so I went with DMS - another trusted tuner.


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    I must say I've been hugely impressed by their knowledge; I've been dealing with Rob who talked over the spec with me and actually confirmed that I'd need to swap the coil packs, as despite moving to Eldor coils in 2007/8 there was actually a difference between the ion sensing equipped cars and standard, so I've ordered a set of the Scuderia/458 coils to go on. Bearing in mind he amount of different models DMS deal with I think that's impressive.


    Rob has started a base map by calculating the ignition map from Scuderia vs F430 compression ratio, and has reached a point where the idle is smooth, once the new coils arrive the next step is to put the car on the dyno; the ion module controls timing at high RPM and requires the ion specific coils to do so.


    I'm hoping for a comfortable 500+.

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    Great update mark - I too was deeply impressed by DMS and my car runs wonderfully well with their ECU work.
    Just a little update - some folk asked if the carbon lid matches the challenge rear grill.

    Yes is the answer but here are some close-up pics
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    Really interested to see the graphs before and after when DMS have finished with the car.

    From memory, the major spec items are... carbon airboxes, ported inlet manifold, Capristo ex. manifolds and cats, X-pipe exhaust? If that's correct I too would hope for comfortably over 500!

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    No sweat > 525hp is where my money is...

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    Just a short re-cap note re: the homologated racing exhaust system. It was evident on cold starts that a vibration had started in the rear chassis which seemed to change when hot vs cold. Closer inspect revealed the silencer spigot clashing with the chassis rail. This picture shows witness marks on the carbon panel. Name:  67510DC6-3410-4C9C-A514-BA68BC40D26A.jpg
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    We fitted some spacers to the rear bracket point which has lifted it clear of the chassis.
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    Be careful not to overlook this as the whole system has on my car recorded some 30mm of fore/aff movement. This is all good news as in the stock system these cycles are constrained and thus act directly on the headers to ruinous effect.

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    Something to keep an eye on as those rubber mounts will start to "perish" (harden/crack/flake away) and allow the exhaust to move in all three dimensions, and make contact with the chassis and carbon panels. I am suprised that a "homolgated" factory part has so little clearance

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