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    Default Fitted Rear Parking Sensors today!

    As the rear visibility of these cars is not great with the roof up, I decided to fit rear parking sensors.

    But I didnt want to have red sensors plastered across the back of the bumper. So I decided to order them in matt black and fit them in the recess in the rear bumper so they are very subtle.

    Here is the kit. I decided to go for the kit with dash mounted display, which is very much like the set up on my CLK. It also has the speaker on the dash pod, as a speaker in the boot of a convertible could be hard to hear.



    The dash pod had to be painted matt black, so this was done and the dash pod fitted.



    The on to the rear, I decided to strip the car to do it correctly.



    All marked out for the sensors.



    Now for the drilling!





    The bumper was then removed to enable me to fit the sensors.





    To keep the wiring neat and tidy, and as protected as possible, I decided to run it all through the crash protection foam which fits between the bumper and rear panel.



    I then drilled a new hole in the rear panel to feed the loom through. I then fitted a grommet to ensure it all stays sealed.



    I couldn't resist cleaning behind the rear lights!!



    Once powered up, this is what you see on the display once in reverse with nothing behind you.



    With the kind help of the Mrs, she walked up to the back of the car to enable me to test the system.



    So job done!







    I then decided to test the accuracy of the system to see how good it was. So I reversed to 1 meter away from my Audi.



    Then I measured the distance with a tape measure. The idea is so that you can get some trust in the sensors.



    Dead on 1 metre!! So very pleased!



    So all done, another improvment to the car, which looks very subtle and OE, and all for the price of £22!!

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    great job done there matt,nice n tidy indeed

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    Nice job Maverick. Fancy doing mine lol

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    Really tidy job that Matt, looks great

    But how come your only getting 22.9 mpg out of that thing ?

    Thats less than my VXR

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoons View Post
    Really tidy job that Matt, looks great

    But how come your only getting 22.9 mpg out of that thing ?

    Thats less than my VXR
    I disconnected the battery Steve, so the trip re-sets and it takes a while for it to build back up. But it only averages mid to high 20's anyway.

    It is mainly down to the type of use it gets, it only comes out and does short journeys so it never gets a chance to get decent mpg, but on the way to PVS she averaged 40mpg at a steady 65 on cruise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick View Post
    I disconnected the battery Steve, so the trip re-sets and it takes a while for it to build back up. But it only averages mid to high 20's anyway.

    It is mainly down to the type of use it gets, it only comes out and does short journeys so it never gets a chance to get decent mpg, but on the way to PVS she averaged 40mpg at a steady 65 on cruise.
    Makes sense. My VXR is turning into a show car now.

    Just being detailed to death and it doesnt go anywhere. lol

    Its five years old, done 39,880 miles and I dont want it to get to 40,000

    New Clutch
    New Flywheel
    New Brakes front and rear

    All need to be run in and heat soaked like a new car yet.

    Its going to get new TD Pro Race 1.2 alloys and the Yoko A048 semi-slick racing tyres are going on it... they've only been heatsoaked for 15 minutes round Castle Combe, so are fairly brand new as well. Might see you at the shows next year
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    Steve, you need to get on to Steve at Classic Car Services, we are putting together the details etc for the show stand at Billing on the 14th and 15th July. Do you want to have your VXR on the stand? My new interior should be done by Billing.

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    Fitted them to my old coupe in the same way, didn't have the display though as wasn't sure on a decent location to hide it away. On the back of the black strip there are already marks where to trim the holes for the sensors, real easy mod and well worth doing imo, hopefully adding a set to the veccy in the future!

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    That's interesting, mine did'nt have any marks on the back of the bumper!

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    first class job that fella

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