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    Titanium lug bolts now fitted.
    I bought a 17mm allen socket and filed down the corners to ensure it didnít damage the Ti bolts as I have read can happen.
    I know weight is not the reason to make the swap (itís the fact that Ti bolts donít corrode), but they really do feel very light indeed.
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    May Bank holiday weekend drive to Wales:
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    Quote Originally Posted by giles View Post
    May Bank holiday weekend drive to Wales:
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    I like your choice of 5-spoke wheels.

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    Giles - was that your recce for the upcoming drive out? Looks fab!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Baker View Post
    I like your choice of 5-spoke wheels.
    Yep, these are the wheels as delivered when new, like most of my car itís the factory build spec, however these starfish alloys are my favourite, I think the Challenge Stradale alloys also look great but take a while to clean and the option split rim alloy (in my opinion) makes the rim appear smaller because the spokes of the star doesnít extend all the way to the rim edge and in doing so gives an illusion of a smaller rim diameter. Also Iím loving my new shiny nuts (I know they are bolts but you lose the 1980ís style humour!)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stero View Post
    Giles - was that your recce for the upcoming drive out? Looks fab!
    Nope, this was the MacLoop on the way into Tywyn. The other drive I tried out was the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, care of Mike for the route.......
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    The Roma was very elegant with a superb interior, bumpy road mode was a bit squidgy, but in normal chassis mode it was ok and it was plenty loose at the rear in Race but it’s very hard to draw conclusions because it was fitted with winter tyres, not sure if fair conclusions can be made. One thing that was a serious problem for me was the capacitive buttons on the steering wheel, regularly an accidental touch would change the TFT screen view and it momentarily takes your focus off the drive, not ideal.
    I covered 312 miles in it according to the paperwork from Ferrari but the infotainment system is so complex I’m not even sure that’s enough to get a feel for it. Strangely the cruise didn’t work and before I left the dealership a message came up saying there is a problem with the parking sensors so it was reminding me to look out for obstacles! I’m sure these are teething problems but it did surprise me.

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    Recent meet supporting the Drive it Day:

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    The guy who releases you tube vids on depreciation of interesting cars has done a new one on the 360 & F430:

    https://youtu.be/u8KIIWQfvyo

    News on the Hill Engineering rusty wheel bolts.... their conclusion (supported by a report no less) was that the bolts had been subject to a corrosive environment, that is correct, it’s called a British winter. The only thing we agreed on after conversations about the durability of the bolts (or lack of it) is that they are not robust to being used through winter. So if you want pretty shiny bolts from Hill Engineering for summer use only, I’m sure you will be fine, but if you want to drive it all year round buy Titanium bolts like I’ve posted recently. The good news is that the Titanium Bolts from Wisdom Titanium are cheaper than the Hill Engineering bolts.
    Cheers, Giles


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    Quote Originally Posted by giles View Post
    News on the Hill Engineering rusty wheel bolts.... their conclusion (supported by a report no less) was that the bolts had been subject to a corrosive environment, that is correct, itís called a British winter. The only thing we agreed on after conversations about the durability of the bolts (or lack of it) is that they are not robust to being used through winter. So if you want pretty shiny bolts from Hill Engineering for summer use only, Iím sure you will be fine, but if you want to drive it all year round buy Titanium bolts like Iíve posted recently. The good news is that the Titanium Bolts from Wisdom Titanium are cheaper than the Hill Engineering bolts.
    Cheers, Giles
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    Sounds like a complete cop out to me. Doesn't surprise me about Hill Eng though.
    And yes. The Wisdom bolts are "much" cheaper than the Hill's ones. Clearly a Ferrari tax being applied by Hill Eng, where I don't think Wisdom titanium have cottoned on yet to the mandatory Ferrari tax.

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    Hi Folks,
    I’ve had my annual service after a full year of use over 10k miles.
    Date of service: 24th May 2021 @ Stradale Italia
    Miles: 165989
    Extra work: gear change cables replaced, air con pipe replaced
    A few things noted that were not 100%
    Cam cover slight oil weep but it’s been like that since I’ve had it and no real negative impact, one day I’ll get it done.
    Low tone Horn inop
    Headlamp wash inop
    Front springs corroded
    Slight split on gearbox mount
    2x front ball joints starting to become a little worn but not excessive

    As part of the service I get a full health check and my car scored 94.61%, love getting a score!
    Plus you get a comprehensive set of photos:
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    Some things planned for this year will be a small amount of bodywork corrosion and the rear roof section has become adrift, wheels to be refurbished, potential gearbox replacement (it’s ok but could be better), HeVAC ECU replacement (it’s a little bit creative in the interpretation of what the HeVAC controls are requesting) and the latch for the engine cover is weak, I’ve tried adjusting and lubricating the cables but I think the latch is just spent, with little effort I can lift the tailgate without releasing it from the pull lever from the b-post lower.

    Lots of fun and games, I expect this will be a more expensive year than last year, but then it’ll be sorted!

    My titanium nuts are shiny though!

    Cheers, Giles


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