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Ar$e... I was hoping to meet my friend from Welwyn Garden City half way between us to swap over some bits and bobs, one of which was my Spires Exhaust.

We both had some time off between Christmas and New Year so were planning on meeting for a coffee or a bite of lunch somewhere around Lymm. Yesterday’s announcements mean that’s not going to happen now and it could be ages now before my exhaust arrives in Glasgow.

I got a call from Stratstone on Friday reminding me that I had 6 months left on my PCP agreement. They claimed they could do me a fantastic deal on a brand new 20MY F-Pace SVR. I told them it’d need to be absolutely amazing as my current plan is to pay off the PCP balloon and keep my XFR. When they called back, they’d found a stock car that was black despite me telling them I had zero interest in black cars.

I can’t believe I’ve had the XFR for 2.5 years. The first summer I had it was spent in the dealer waiting on the rear diff, the second summer I had it my gran wasn’t well so we didn’t go anywhere, and the third summer I’ve had it has been written off due to COVID So it’s not even done 10k miles in the time I’ve had it so I reckon the only sensible option is pay it off, keep it, get some miles on it and enjoy it, especially as I’ve not even had a chance to experience it with a proper exhaust on it!

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s so long since you test drove mine David.
 

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I know, Gordon, it's mad, isn't it! It'll be 3 years in February since I drove yours, I believe!
 

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There are far, far worse things just now than being "stuck" with an XFR. I am envious!
 

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Wilf, how about being stuck with an XFR and no where to go... :(

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I certainly don't think of it as "Stuck" with the XFR :) When the opportunity to drive it does arise, it's still a thoroughly enjoyable event. Hopefully, it'll be even more enjoyable once I've been able to sample the audible delight of the Spires exhaust!
 
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Seeing as my XFR has most of the factory options fitted to it and seeing as I still can't get down south to fetch my exhaust, I decided I'd take another step to spruce up the interior of the car.

Thanks to Brakebuster, I now have a billet aluminium gear selector and a leather topper for it.

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In the pictures it looks bruised but it's just reflections thankfully :D

It feels nicely made and feels much nicer to touch then the original plastic one and the leather topper is a nice finish. In the pictures it looks matt but the finish will match the selector surround nicely in the flesh. It'll match the aluminium paddles now too!

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They are great, got my set from Britcar for £95 before Xmas. I think they add that extra touch, although think the topper has more of an impact than the selector.
 

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I second these, have them on both my Jags. The most recent was purchased off Ebay, brand new and unused, knob and genuine leather topper, £44 for both inc delivery! I couldn't hit the buy-it-now fast enough!
 

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After collecting my Spires exhaust on Sunday, I climbed into the XFR for the first time in about 6 or 7 weeks today. It was so long ago that when I went into auto pilot and twisted the gear selector to D I thought the selector felt funny... I glanced down and saw the black leather topper and the aluminium gear selector I‘d bought from BB and smiled as I’d forgotten I’d fitted it.

I drove the car into the workshop and put it on the ramp to install the Spires back boxes that after buying 6 months ago, I now have in my possession. I smiled again when I remembered how good the illuminated tread plates looked in the darker light of the workshop.

I was falling in love with the car again having not driven it for so long, and not having driven it anywhere other then 10 minutes up the road since October.

The back boxes had been cleaned and polished yesterday ready to be fitted. You can see the yellowing on the pipe on the far away one. That’s come off now they’ve both been polished :D It really is a shame they’re underneath the car!

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Today I fitted them to the car. I was surprised at just how heavy the original boxes are. These Spires ones are MUCH lighter.

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I’m grinning as much tonight as I was the day I bought the car. It really has transformed the car... and I’ve not even heard it out of the workshop yet :D I’ve fallen totally in love with this car again today. I’ve looked at changing it recently but couldn’t find anything that I really wanted... today has confirmed that it’s going nowhere, ever!

I’ll clean the brakes tomorrow and will fit the YellowStuff pads I bought from Shrek and then she’s good for another summer of use!

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This was my XFR 8 years ago with Quicksilver Exhausts, great days

 

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Well, after a 5 hour stint in the workshop, all of the brakes have been stripped, the discs were sanded clean, the pads were cleaned up and had copper slip applied, the calipers were cleaned up and the carriers were wire brushed. All of the brakes are now nice and clean, working perfectly and there’s no vibrations from them whatsoever so that’s a good result.

The intermittent pad warning I’m getting is from the rear wear sensor. It was broken in the pad for some reason so I’m going to get one of them from the local dealer tomorrow.

The exhaust has been levelled and looks great. :)

I was a bit OCD about getting it to sit level...

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As I sit here typing, I’ve realised I’ve not put the locking wheel nut key back in the car so I must remember to do that tomorrow.

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Well, today wasn’t quite as I expected. I went back to the workshop and had a look for the locking wheel nut key and to my annoyance I couldn’t find it anywhere.

The only explanation I can come up with is in my haste to drive it, I’ve not noticed that I’ve left it on the last wheel nut.

I rang the local specialist who said try the local dealer, they have a master set that has one of each so I rang Taggarts in Glasgow who said you’d need to book it into the workshop and see if they have a key that can fit, apparently most of the sets have keys missing and are incomplete. If they do have one then there’d not be much to pay, if they don’t I’d need to pay to have them removed. They couldn’t do it for 2-3 weeks either.

I then rang Parks Jaguar in Ayr and the girl on the service desk said bring it down in an hour. The car went into the workshop and I went to parts to buy 4 wheel nuts. When I came back out the tech was waiting for me, he’d identified the correct key and removed the lockers, he asked for the 4 nuts I’d bought and he fitted them for me. 15 mins later the girl from the service desk came back with my keys and when I asked what I owed she said nothing.

I slipped the technician a few quid for helping me out and left. He also said it sounded superb when he started it inside the workshop. So, he agrees with me and not the wife :D

Top marks to Parks in Ayr, I’ll be using them instead of Taggarts if I need a dealer again.

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Well, today wasn’t quite as I expected. I went back to the workshop and had a look for the locking wheel nut key and to my annoyance I couldn’t find it anywhere.

The only explanation I can come up with is in my haste to drive it, I’ve not noticed that I’ve left it on the last wheel nut.

I rang the local specialist who said try the local dealer, they have a master set that has one of each so I rang Taggarts in Glasgow who said you’d need to book it into the workshop and see if they have a key that can fit, apparently most of the sets have keys missing and are incomplete. If they do have one then there’d not be much to pay, if they don’t I’d need to pay to have them removed. They couldn’t do it for 2-3 weeks either.

I then rang Parks Jaguar in Ayr and the girl on the service desk said bring it down in an hour. The car went into the workshop and I went to parts to buy 4 wheel nuts. When I came back out the tech was waiting for me, he’d identified the correct key and removed the lockers, he asked for the 4 nuts I’d bought and he fitted them for me. 15 mins later the girl from the service desk came back with my keys and when I asked what I owed she said nothing.

I slipped the technician a few quid for helping me out and left. He also said it sounded superb when he started it inside the workshop. So, he agrees with me and not the wife :D

Top marks to Parks in Ayr, I’ll be using them instead of Taggarts if I need a dealer again.

David.
That’s service, not many dealers would do that 😁
 
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Well, today wasn’t quite as I expected. I went back to the workshop and had a look for the locking wheel nut key and to my annoyance I couldn’t find it anywhere.

The only explanation I can come up with is in my haste to drive it, I’ve not noticed that I’ve left it on the last wheel nut.

I rang the local specialist who said try the local dealer, they have a master set that has one of each so I rang Taggarts in Glasgow who said you’d need to book it into the workshop and see if they have a key that can fit, apparently most of the sets have keys missing and are incomplete. If they do have one then there’d not be much to pay, if they don’t I’d need to pay to have them removed. They couldn’t do it for 2-3 weeks either.

I then rang Parks Jaguar in Ayr and the girl on the service desk said bring it down in an hour. The car went into the workshop and I went to parts to buy 4 wheel nuts. When I came back out the tech was waiting for me, he’d identified the correct key and removed the lockers, he asked for the 4 nuts I’d bought and he fitted them for me. 15 mins later the girl from the service desk came back with my keys and when I asked what I owed she said nothing.

I slipped the technician a few quid for helping me out and left. He also said it sounded superb when he started it inside the workshop. So, he agrees with me and not the wife :D

Top marks to Parks in Ayr, I’ll be using them instead of Taggarts if I need a dealer again.

David.
Nice that you got it sorted. I'd left the wheel locking key on the nut on before - and gone for a drive. Thankfully I found it a couple of miles away on a roundabout.

Charles Hurst in Belfast didn't want to help to be honest, and wanted to charge me for the tech's time.

Then they'd charge me a premium for a replacement lock key.

So that's why I spent an hour or so hunting for the original.


Did Parks offer to supply you a new key, or are you just ordering from eBay or the likes?
 
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