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These flippin’ LED things.

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I’ve always stayed away from these LED replacement bulbs things, they always looked a bit, well, cheap.
When we found that Osram were introducing a limited range we thought we would get a set and give them a try.
Got to say they seem a world apart from the far eastern offerings we’ve seen so far. There isn’t a massive range and to be fair they are properly expensive but I’m quite pleased with them at the moment.
The clincher for me was that these looked like they had half a chance of being waterproof with their opaque dome which also helps to diffuse the light and scatter it about a bit. As you can tell I’m no lighting expert.
Anyway, we’ll see how they go.

Cooling problem overcome.

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Had a little issue on a customers van today, just thought this maybe useful to others in the same boat.
The front to rear coolant pipes on the early T3 syncro 1.9l DG engines have 32mm front to rear coolant pipes.
The syncro pipes that are available on the aftermarket only come in 38mm and they are a different shape.
There are some 32mm pipes available for early 2WD models but due to their shape they foul the fuel tank so they don’t fit either.
So, you have a van sat on your ramp, customer wants it repairing, what do you do?
Hhmmm.
Okay, pipes off.
We had to enlarge the hole in the chassis that the pipes pass through.
Change the front rubber radiator hoses to ones suitable for 38mm pipes.
We then had to make a flange piece the attach to the engine cooling pipes and then angle them downwards.
We then used some old coolant pipes to step up from 32 to 38mm.
All done, pretty pleased with the outcome.

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