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  1. Regardless of having a CVT tranny, S mode gives you goose bumps :D  😍

    1. matroska

      matroska

      GP1 right? I have fond memories of the 'S' mode :D 

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @matroska yes. Very recently i tried the S mode with ECO off and damn it got some balls :D

  2. Guys looking for Solar powered lights which will automatically switch on at night and switch off in the morning (not with motion detection). Any recommendations with a reasonable price?

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    2. Rajith Pathiraja

      Rajith Pathiraja

      At the moment sourcing is the issue . Try these guys https://lumens.lk/

    3. Dee Jay

      Dee Jay

      I got some lights via daraz (with motion sensors) but there were ones without motion sensors as well. And as I saw the ones I have two modes (haven't tried it out though) one of which is catering to your need. That was from a local seller so they delivered within a day or two.

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Dee Jay could you pls DM me above mentioned links?

       

  3. Guys looking for a good set of tyres for my FIT. Any recommendations?

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @matroska called couple of places. They seems to have tyres made in 20/21 planning to pay a visit. Since I replaced 2 front tyres with Japan dunlops, thought of doing the same with the rear once as well. Was running on original tyres and all are expired now.

      They quote me from 16500 -19000 . Only few shops had dunlops. others recommended to go with Hankook stating that even the new audis are told to replaced with Hankook :D i highly doubt it. It is made in korea right?

    3. matroska

      matroska

      Well Hankooks aren't bad - yeah they're Korean. But it seems the tire situation has improved somewhat albeit at a higher price- around a year ago it was pretty difficult to source tires at all. 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Yeah. replaced tyres with Jap Dunlops. I guess im good to go for another 5 years (hopefully) until I sell the car :D 

  4. 2015 Tivoli a good vehicle for daily use?

  5. Any recommended vehicles to purchase below 3mil?

    Main requirements are;
    * Should be AUTO (and no 2 door vehicles please )
    * Prefer something beyond 2000 (YOM)
    * Preferably a english letter reg no
    * Fuel city 8+ is enough
    *Parts availability is a must

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @MaleCortana i know the feeling. we owned a 4 door for almost 8 years. good car with low maintenance cost. Only issue was leg space and ground clearance issue. Now my brother has increased his budget upto 4.5mil :D 

    3. iRage

      iRage

      Well...in that case...

      You do get 

      - Lancer CS

      - Corolla (export variant)..yes..it is a Corolla...but the thing is the cheapos stayed away from it because it did not do 23.567 kmpl. 

      and both you might find one with a decent agent's service history.

      I beleive a Swift (Beetle model) might also be there...

      A somewhat newer option might be a Hustler if a kei car that is somewhat larger is on the table...

       

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage thanks man. Unfortunately he sold his swift beetle like 2 years ago. that was in topping condition 1 owner low millage car. Now he doesn't want the same one. so looking for other options. Corrolla is also in his list. but most are hacked :( 

  6. Looking for a reasonable place to program a roller gate key ( except three singha) :D 

    1. mazdaspeed

      mazdaspeed

      I've had multiple issues with 3 lions whos service sucks like nothing I've seen before. Elcardo does all the work including programing of keys/remotes but may not be able to give the unit as it's not form them. Very good service, friendly staff, reasonable rates and a hotline. 0716844822.

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks @mazdaspeed i checked with Elcardo. They don't program Three singha roller gate keys due to frequency issues

  7. Is it normal to reduce the KM/L after a tuneup?

    1. HaeylM

      HaeylM

      Sometimes the ECU will take some time to readjust to the new throttle body settings and airflow. Hopefully u get better or simillar fuel figures after doing around 30-40KM. 

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      have done close to  5-6000 km still its little less. Could be due to my driving pattern has changed. Not driving very fuel efficiently as i used to be.

  8. Found a new Mercedes group (SL) and damn, I can't imagine where these gems were hiding all this time. Unfortunately non of them are selling their beauties.. But atleast starring at them bring a smile to my face ❤️

    1. walkernet

      walkernet

      Care to share the group with the rest 😁😁

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Mercedes Benz W124 Enthusiasts Club of sri lanka 🇱🇰...

  9. Sometimes feel like I made the right decision purchasing a hybrid. But there's a part of me who wants something else regardless of all the expenses :D 

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Dee Jay hopefully the next one gonna be either a fun hybrid or non-hybrid FUN model :D 

    3. Dee Jay

      Dee Jay

      Let's see what you will pick ;) 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      fingers crossed..

    • Honda FD1 manual 
    • SUBI B4 manual OR
    • Honda GP1 auto

    What is your choice and why?

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    2. MaleCortana

      MaleCortana

      @iRage yep yep that makes sense, what I meant was that our vios was higher specced in comparison to our 121. Obviously a luxel would be better specced than a vios.

      I still prefer leather over cloth seats, cloth seats tend to retain more dust in my experience and needs to be vaccumed out whereas leather can be wiped

       

       

    3. iRage

      iRage

      Both have pros and cons....the nice fabric feels a lot better than the fake leather than all the cars like Vios/Corolla/etc..come with as well...the only nice alcantara leather comes only in the high spec models like Harrier, Crown, etc... (even the Camry does not have any actual leather...it is mostly synthetic..especially those in the SEA market). But then, leather does heat up and cool a lot as well so it is difficult to keep it tempreture managed unless it comes with heated seats, etc...and leather needs to be treated as well. So where up keep is concerned I would say both are more or less the same in terms of effort. It is just that the effort has to be put in different ways.

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      yeah im someone who always prefer fabric over leather. cz the fabric is more comfortable than the leather. However i like the leather seats which comes in W124s. those are genuine leather as i feel and its so comfortable and soft. 

  10. GP1 or FD1 manual ?? What are the issues I may encounter during the ownership of a manual FD1 assuming the millage is around 150k where my GP is in 70k range..

    Is it a good opinion to exchange or go for a FD? (only reason to go for FD is cz it got a MANUAL tranny ❤️ )

    #feelingconfused

  11. Guys my brother is looking for a Mazda Familia 323 or the same year wagon (AUTO transmission car). Any known issues or things I should be aware of while doing pre-inspections? and how about the spares availability? Anything I should know ? Never owned a Mazda in a our family :D 

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @isuru003 yours is looking mint. best i've seen so far..

    3. PreseaLover

      PreseaLover

      @isuru003great congratz. Can I offer you a brand new gear indicator strip for your bj5? I do these spares. DM me if you want

      IMG_5480 (1).jpeg

    4. isuru003

      isuru003

      @PreseaLover Thanks for the offer but I already got one from Bjautoparts. Someone from walisara do this part in our 323/mazda fb club. I think he does that for several cars as well. Could it be you I wonder 😂   

  12. How can we identify which oil can do 10k.. for an example, given below is the oil I used .

    image.png.505da8fea96a8c6efb9ca94c43668022.png

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      This is whats been used by agents and they always says it should be changed every 5k intervals. Well i mostly do highway runs and less city traffic driving. However, since mine is a hybrid cant control the idle stop times 😬😬

    3. Kavvz

      Kavvz

      I don't have a lot of experience with hybrids, but just going on logic: Having a hybrids probably means your ICE engine runs less and is under less stress (warms-start-stops aren't hard on the engine, as the oil is at temp etc its the initial cold start that mostly causes wear)- So if you are doing a fair bit of highway runs, I feel you can easily push past the 5k limit with fully synthetic oil such as this. I would shoot for a one year or 8500km oil change window, what ever comes first for this kind of oil....(And if you are anything like me that means it will be around 9k when you finally get around to taking the car in for its oil change... 😆 )

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks brooo.. I usually change the oil at correct intervals .. im kinda planning to change the service location as at agents  prices have gone up.

  13. I'm currently running on 0w-20 and planning to switch to 10k oil with same viscosity if available because i'm doing 5k every 3 months.. My question is, if I change from semi to fully synthetic, someday if I stop using car more often, can I switch back to semi-synthetic just by changing the oil? Or do i have to do some cleaning before switching ??

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    2. The Don

      The Don

      If you are switching between semi and full its probably a good idea to use some extra oil of the type you are switching to, to flush the system through. 

    3. iRage

      iRage

      May I ask why you feel you should switch to semi-synthetic when the car is not being used often ? Cost of oil is not justified ?

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage sorry my mistake.. Im currently running on full synthetic oil. My question is, is it ok to swap to 10k oil from this? and if someday I stop using the car more often then i can switch back to 5k synthatic oil as before without any additional cost or cleaning?

       

  14. Aftermarket universal hand rest any good??

  15. Merc project is officially off the hook. Car was sold last week. I hope the new owner will continue the restoration project and get it into running condition soon.

  16. what are your insights on purchasing a evo 4/5 or sti 4/5 probably a conversion? How about the durability of the parts and how difficult is it to source parts? Is it a good decision as im planning to use it as a daily and roughly do 1500km per month..

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    2. iRage

      iRage

      Well...adjustable dampers are pretty good....so don't discount one with a TEIN or..damn..what is the brand assorciated with a lizard ?...upgrade. See if you can adjust the dampening levels and see what it feels like. I think the adjustable dampers would be more versatiley...you can set yourself a parent-friendly setting...kid friendly setting...friend friendly setting....I am all alone and want to go bonkers setting...just think of all the possibilities ! Typically 8-10 different adjustment levels !!! Lets not even get in to the damber and height adjustment possibilities and the # of permutations of setting that offers you ! OMG !!!

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage thanks for the explanation. Now the hardest part is to source a stock manual evo or sti. Most of them are heavily modified and i don't want stage 2 clutch on a daily :D 

    4. iRage

      iRage

      Well..look on the bright side...you won't have to work on your glutes and quads at the gym :) 

      uhh...well...at least those on your left...

  17. Is it true that ECU remap with stage 1, will provide better fuel efficiency than stock mapping and increase in power throughout the rpm band ?

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      hmmm i guess its better to stick to the stock mapping. Thanks for the valuable advices.. I'm kinda bored with the car now so thought of doing couple of mods to increase bit of pulling power or else to go back to a manual tranny with a turbo kit..

    3. tiv

      tiv

      Start with less radical mods like intake

      Ie performance filter and and exhaust, even an injector cleaner helps 

      Turbo is expensive but the most rewarding yet it comes with an array of mods 

      Intake, exhaust perhaps 

      ECU upgrade, manifold, fmic so on. 

      Expect atleast 400k for a proper job 

       

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @tiv are you familiar with i-tunedCh**ps ? was planning to get mine tuneup from them with a stage 1 not quite sure how much HP it will increase though.

  18. My vision of the Mercedes W124 after its full restoration.

    image.thumb.png.c75cafdacbbaf7b51cc6fc13cde9c7c5.png
    Paint job is exactly the same... with black fabric interior (without headlight wipers and sun roof)

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Magnum yes because the last version, which was manufactured from 1995/1996 onwards were from India with fabric seats. They are cheap quality materials and most the parts are not what's used in cars which were made in germany. So the reliability and the resale value is low.

    3. Magnum

      Magnum

      Not only that, it also had an issue with the wiring harness. After sometime the wiring start degrading and crap out.

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Magnum true that. I don't think even the body structure is the same quality. 

  19. Seems like Merc project will come to an end. No time to spend on it to follow it up due to this covid situation and my availability. Someone has seen the car and it interested in it. Might sell it to him to continue with the remaining part of the project :( 

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage yah. Father doesn't want to sell it as the paint job is so perfect. I personally selected the two tone colour since i was going to purchase it from him. But the restoration project took so long and i got fedup going there to see no improvement in the progress during 1st and 2nd covid season. And i wanted to purchase a hybrid as my monthly commute increased and wanted some way of keeping the fuel cost down.

      Someone has seen the car and has asked for it. So father has told his expected price. Let's see how its gonna end. To sad to see it leaving as its a 5 cylinder diesel :( 

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Ado no. 

      But then again, I get what you mean. Projects can suck. Parts are no where to be found sometimes, lying buggers, scammers, mechanics are lethargic and can screw up the work, now Corona. 

      I respect your dedication. I'm here already fed up of my Hawk 250 and now I think I'm going to sell it. Have talked to a few interested parties. It has been plagued by the above mentioned issues too as most projects are. 

      Its been 7 months and it has only run 3 kms... Just 3. 

      Yesterday I was working on the brakes and I found a wooden block in place of the brake pad.. Wooden brake pad. The bike has been kept well on the outside, no leaks, chrome is well kept, wiring works, all the meters and dash worked, etc.impressive on a 36 year old motorbike.

      But on the inside, it seems to have been the playground of a bunch of Maka bases. 

      The calipers have been hand painted, wood brake pads, dirty air filter, broken chain adjusters, it had the wrong rocker arms, engine valves from a Bajaj pulsar, both carbs leaking from almost every orifice, main harness under the frame has been pecked...but being a Honda, it ran without complaint. 

      I managed to fix most of the above issues and am impressed myself as all the others I have met in the hawk club seem to be atleast 15-20 years older than me as these are the only people who know them or have run them in the past. 

      But end of the day, I'm young, I'm not ultra-rich, I'm no Freddie Alles or Jay Leno, I'm not an early-retirement case.. Resources and time are limited, have to use that time either learning or putting miles on the odometer. There's a certain point after which you get fed up and it just isn't worth it anymore.  

      So I guess, it's sad but alright to move on. Wanted to see your completed W124, a fan of them myself, which you already knew. 

      Hopefully, when the resources are in place, can get ourselves into one someday! One can never know, right? 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @AVANTE sad to hear your story broo.. Yah i feel you. I went through the same shit. Mostly it took time to find the windscreen clips. Had to order those from the company twice as they have ordered incorrect item so that only took good 3 months due to covid. And that hold the final paint job for quite a good bit.

      But last time i went it was all done. Paint was pretty sick + door molding set yet to be painted and buffers. One of the rear buffer had couple of spots to be addressed by a fiber worker, but that got dragged as well. Other than that everything else was in good shape as i saw and the AC blower unit restored as well. so there is lot of time and money put in to this to make it perfect. I don't no what else needs to be addressed during assembling though cz i needed it to be trouble free (mostly as brandnew).

      Hmm anyways i hope it will end up in a better home than mine. Cz only Merc lovers visit that shop and pretty sure someone who already having a car is interested on this.

      Yah one day i will either purchase a good condition one or restore one somehow.. #ONEDAY 

  20. I always had a soft spot for a car with a manual tranny. Every time I see a car, I like with a manual tranny for sale, feel like trading my FIT and go for it :D 

  21. Is there anyone who fixed the GP4 spoiler on a GP1? I want to know how it's being done before purchasing a spoiler.
    Does it require drilling? anybody with experience please shed some light.

    attached below is the reference of the spoiler im looking for.

    image.png.37994417abf163d2ba24ca950fbba5ba.png

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    2. iRage

      iRage

      @PerfMad..a taped spoiler is not going to be that strong is it ?

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage i guess .. it depends on the quality of the tape and weight of the spoiler isn't it? I do highway runs frequently so it should hold upto 100kmph atleast :D 

    4. iRage

      iRage

      That is the thing...you will never know until it comes off :D 

  22. Ok Guys another interesting topic !!

    As most of you aware GP series has a known issue of oil burning regardless of the chassis series (as per Stafford), so i just did a small research and found out couple of solutions that are currently in place. I know this has been discussed in a separate thread but i guess this aspect was not included in that discussion(if im not mistaken).

    1) Clean the pistons, rings and plugs and reuse it (not quite sure how long you can run before you get the same issue again.) any idea in KM?
    2) Engine swap (which is not sure as you don't know the series which this engine belongs to)
    3) Fully rebuild the engine with the corrected rebuild kit -> 100% guaranteed method
    4) Well this is the newest one I found. Garages remove the pistons and do a modification to the ring groove and then put a new set of rings which suites it. And this seems to be a successful solution as well. A Garage I knows have done this for 4 cars and so far no complains (they have been doing this since couple of years it seems). Cost is almost like half the price including labor.

    So point 1 and 4 are open for discussion...

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    2. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      @PerfMad AFAIK both piston and piston ring have been redesigned - Honda wouldn't replace all four pistons along with the rings otherwise...

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Hyaenidae i thought the piston ring groove has a redesign and the ring as well.

    4. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      @PerfMad Not sure what the exact redesign is but I'm really not sure a "modified" piston could be as viable as a redesigned piston that has been manufactured from the scratch. I wouldn't risk it if I were you - apart from the issue resurfacing patchwork repairs like these have a tendency to create whole new issues - like a damaged engine block

  23. Back in the day when i was searching for FIT GP hybrids, I had a look on almost all the cars available on the two main sites which are closer to me and there was this one car which had a mugen kit and looked very sporty but had above 150k on the clock. So i gave up the idea of purchasing it since it was a high millage which i wasn't looking for + didn't have proper history. But afterwards i saw the car getting advertised in different car sales one after another.

    Came across the same car yesterday accidently, and the ODO meter reading is now 89k. Just imaging what is the level of mentality of most of the car sale owners in SL.

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    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      @PerfMad if that ain't the truth, haha! 

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Bro? W124? How? 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Couldn't go broo. All these weekends were pretty packed up. Some of the AC related components were given to an AC shop to get it sorted, i couldn't even check whether dad collected it. Its going in a slow phase :( Even the last time i went there , there was another W124 for a full paint job with same as ours. And for a moment i thought its our one. But to see it wasn't. Im pretty sure it will get finished sooner than ours :D i was ired waiting for it to get sorted. But these things are taking forever, unless i go there more often and followp up on things. Interior is still not fixed as AC thing is needed otherwise whole dashboard has to come off again.

      But the paint looked really nice. It needs the door claddings to get fixed up and painted as well (its a two-tone colour) :D 

      Drove dads W124 after 4 months of owning the GP. I really miss driving a manual. Drove the car whole day here and there to feel how it was to ride a manual :D 

  24. Guys out of curiosity, if a car has been using 0w-20 then move on to 10w-30 or 15w-40, if they perform a engine rebuild with new pistons and rings, what is the oil they should use afterwards?

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    2. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      @PerfMad Yes, if the manufacturer only recommends 0W20 - we've had a discussion about using xW20 oils in a Sri Lankan context and most members agreed xW30 oils are better suited when it comes to longevity. Most manufacturers who recommend 0W20 oil for JDM and EU markets recommend thicker oils for markets like Australia and ASEAN countries

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks. Appreciate the explanation :) 

    4. Hyaenidae
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