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So after a strongly worded response to this guy,he supplied me with an updated tracking number and it seems like the pipe is in south africa.

I've been dealing with covid for the last week so didn't get much done but do have a few updates.
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So after losing my K&N filter,I've decided to ditch the bottom mount intake for now and just go with a 90° bend from the MAF so the filter will sit infront of the battery.I ordered a big mouth snorkel to hopefully feed some cool air into that area and will work on a heat shield sometime in the future.

I've gotten abit annoyed by doing things in drips and drabs so I've decided to wait until all outstanding parts are here and spend 1 day fitting them.I am waiting for:
RS bonnet vents
RS wing(Still!!!!!)
RS vac pipe
Pumaspeed BOV

The previous owner had painted the rear diffuser and both front grills but the paint had started peeling so i took those off and sent them away to get painted in gloss black.
 

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Sooooo...RS vents,wing and BOV arrived.The RS vac pipe is apparently sitting at the post office so i'll collect that either tomorrow or next week.

I got abit too excited to see the wing on so did a quick install for a pic or two.I still need to drill it to fit the brake light and I'd like to seal it so no water gets under it but overall pretty happy with the look.Excuse the dirty car,the weather has been ****e to say the least.

I also fitted the BOV and holy ****,a 20min job turned into 2 hours because of crappy pliers that refused to behave.I'm certain the symposer had a leak because the car pulls so much harder now!

I've ordered a SAIC intercooler kit,maxton rear diffuser,airtec ecu holder and munchkin racing plenum cover which i plan on hydrodipping once it arrives.

Overall i'm pretty happy with the ST.I haven't had any issues besides a split coolant line.Parts have been reasonably priced and there is a ton of support for all areas of the car.It certainly turns heads and that 5 pot sound is just the cherry on top.
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My airtec ECU holder just arrived.The order was placed on 22/5 and arrived today.The RS vac pipe was ordered on 20/4 and i still have no idea where it is....that is the first and last time i use customod!
 

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I did purchased RS vac pipe from Anembo Eng. which is actually supplied from Customod. Also I waited for a long time.
 

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I think i'll shoot him a quick message.I understand that things take time to come from the UK.My main issue was the lack of communication and when he did respond,it came across as cheeky lol.Maybe I'm imagining things.....anyway,I did a thing or two today.
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I fitted the ecu holder,plenum cover and removed the bottom mount intake for now.Everything went smoothly until it was time for the test drive.

I took it out around the block and straight away could tell something was wrong.Power would come in and out,it would have a slight misfire between 2k rpm and 2.5k rpm and ran rich.I babied it home and firstly checked for only loose pipes or sensors.I then plugged in my scan tool and got p0017.I cleared it and took it out again but it did the same thing although this time i got a power steering malfunction warning on the cluster.Took it home again and the fault was back.I removed the KAM fuse and that didn't help either....a quick google search of the fault code tells me it is something to do with the exhaust cam position sensor.......the car was just fine before today which has me thinking i may have hurt a wire in the loom when fitting the plenum cover or ecu holder.........I feel like a dumb dumb.
 

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So more parts have come in.The only outstanding part I am waiting for is the vac pipe.

I haven't bothered to dig into the CPS issue i have because i am a lazy blob.Hopefully i can have a look at it tomorrow and get it resolved.I still have a cv boot that i need to replace then i can drop the car of with my panelbeater to get everything fitted.

The next "big" spend will be a full suspension refresh and powerflex upgrade....but yeah let me not put the cart before the horse.
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Let us know how you get on fitting the diffuser, i got the same one and have yet to install it.
 

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Will do but from what i can see,it has tabs on it so it looks like it just clips into place.

I got around the swapping the cam position sensors around and the fault code(P0017) remains the same.I checked the connector and loom for any damage and it seems ok.I measured voltage at the plug and that checked out also.

What are the chances that the belt may have slipped?The car starts fine but idle fluctuates now and then.
 

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So it looks like I'll be getting the block mod,cambelt and waterpump done.All signs point to a timing issue on the exhaust cam so might aswell get it all done together.This is eating into my panelbeating budget unfortunately.

There are no trustworthy 225 specialists in my town so i will need to hire a trailer and take it to 1 about an hour away.Fingers crossed.
 

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So my filthy ST is off to cobalt performance for waterpump,cambelt and block mod and hopefully with enough funds to get the intercooler fitted and the ecu remapped.The culprit for my P0017 is a faulty vvt solenoid and I'm praying it is reasonably priced....
 

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Small update.Car is stripped and some faults include:
-hairline Crack on sump
-swollen heater hoses
-Slight play on the turbo wheel

I've managed to find a replacement sump but that took a big chunk out of the budget so I'm unsure whether I will have enough to get the cooler fitted and the ecu remapped.I will be eventing the 225 brotherhood winter drive on sunday with a few of my mates so looking forward to seeing some hybrid and BT 225s.Hopefully I will have my car back the week after next.
 

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I agree with alb, if it's just a hairline then just get it welded as it's not like you got a big hole in it. With the money saved then you can try and get your turbo refurbished as you don't want that messing up as it will end with a bigger bill.
 
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I considered doing that with the condition of our roads over here,I'll feel a little bit better knowing that the new sump is spotless.

I will have the old one welded and kept away just incase but I really hope it doesn't come to that.

I plan on doing a hybrid setup before the end of the year so the turbo will be coming out anyway.
 

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