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Old 05-09-2021, 11:39 AM
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c-bass is on a distinguished road
Originally Posted by Leghab View Post
I've only got through five pages so far, but I have a few thoughts on why you don't have a CEL.

It's called the EU2 flash. I've seen this done by people before - they flash the Euro 2 tune, which removes the CEL-on conditions for all emissions-related errors. Unfortunately, it also removes the CEL-on condition for... well, everything.

Another thing that I thought of was related to your misfire. In my X5, I had many of the same issues - it would be intermittent, even after changing the plugs and coils.

I eventually chased it down to the DME itself. Seems there is not a very good weather seal around the DME box. Once I replaced that (any used MS43 DME will do, then you can eliminate the EWS) it was fine again.
That's an interesting piece of info. I'm not very familiar with tunes and the likes. I've only heard of the Alpha 1 tune.

How would I go about finding out what version is flashed on there?

I think I got the misfire under control (it's been about 12,000km) but I won't give it away if you're reading through the thread.
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Old 05-09-2021, 03:24 PM
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c-bass is on a distinguished road
The Black Bastard has been in dire need of new brakes all around since I bought it but it was being a prick and I held off to see what the end result would be with the misfires before I sunk more money into it.

When I went in to get a better look I was actually pretty impressed this thing stopped at all

Money has been tight and I didn't think that it was worthy of the Zimmerman rotors I normally go with so I investigated other options.

I usually look around Kijiji and marketplace before I buy something retail just in case someone wrote off their vehicle with a pile of new parts and stumbled across a marketplace ad for "Premium rotors".

I contacted the seller and was quoted $130 for both front rotors and a set of ceramic brake pads.

Normally I'd pay about the same for a single Zimmerman rotor so the curiosity and being cheap getting the best of me I decided to go for it. BB needed some end links as well so for another $70 I got the "heavy duty" ones.

A few days later I met the seller at a parking lot and he wasn't quite what I expected. Not really a car/parts guy at all, just someone peddling offshore brake and misc auto parts as a side gig and didn't look like he could wrench on a bicycle. So as far as getting a better idea who makes this stuff fogeddaboudit.

Either way the price was right on the rotors and the pads basically cost me $10 extra so even if they last for a few months I'd be fine with that.

As you can see from the amazing quality control job with a dime size wood chip on the packaging these brake pads are sure to be....of equal quality

The black metal part of the brake isn't even attached mechanically. Just pressure fit
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:20 PM
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c-bass is on a distinguished road
The rear brakes I replaced on Swampy weren't in bad shape at all. A little surface rust but no grooves and plenty of meat so they will be used on the Bastard. There is a sliiiight bit of pitting at the outer edge of the rotors but it isn't anything I'm bothered by.

I cleaned them up with a 3m rust remover pad and wire brush combo but didn't take any pics.

After pulling off the rear rotors I was greeted by some cracked up parking brake shoes but otherwise the rust wasn't too bad for these parts.

After brushing off all the surface rust and putting everything back together again it doesn't look too bad for some hand me down rotors and $10 pads

and now to see how long these pads last. Place your bets, place your bets!

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