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    Variator Solenoids - Complete
    A photo to show how I routed the longer cables on the Maserati solenoids. I did pack the solenoid plugs with dielectric grease in an effort to help prevent oil migrating further up the loom.
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    The back of the cam cover heat shields were looking a bit worn so I've made good with aluminium tape.
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    I didn't expect any issues but I've tested the car over a couple of days and all is well - the code has not come back. Note: there is not a need to perform further tests because the ECUs have a target cam angle and check actual vs target and will throw an error if there is a discrepancy.

    Advice I can pass on to others doing this is to make sure there aren't any kinks in the cable between the solenoid and the oil seal on the cam cover, and generally ensure that all connections and cables are properly supported.

    Seat Belt Warning Disabled
    The seat belt warning is annoying: it beeps as soon as the key is turned to position 2. On the 360 and F430 it's prudent to wait for the self check to complete before starting the engine, so the first thing I do is turn the key, then I put on my seat belt whilst the check completes. The buckle sensor completes a circuit when closed so disabling is simply a case of disconnecting the plug under the seat, or remove one of the pins and tape it up in the loom itself - I've taken the latter approach so I can keep the plug connected. It is of course easily reversible if required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWStewart View Post
    As a present my OH bought for me a Scuderia glove box storage net and iPod interface lead pocket...
    You do realise that if you actually put something in these little net pockets it'll negate part of the weight saving regime the car's been on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyodo View Post
    You do realise that if you actually put something in these little net pockets it'll negate part of the weight saving regime the car's been on...
    Purely decorative

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    Two recent pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWStewart View Post
    Two recent pics.

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    Nice work - truly unique car - and the self satisfaction of having addressed all weaknesses.

    How about a review of how the car now drives / performs at the end of your project?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWStewart View Post
    Two recent pics
    Great photos

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    Thanks both. In June we're headed to Italy for three weeks with the car. I'll take some photos and video footage and when back I'll write up the trip and my impressions of the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWStewart View Post
    Thanks both. In June we're headed to Italy for three weeks with the car. I'll take some photos and video footage and when back I'll write up the trip and my impressions of the car.
    Excellent, I look forward to reading that. I wish you a safe & trouble-free trip.

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    Catching up with updates...

    A new one-off carbon part. This piece replaces the heavy (10kg) fibreglass roof compartment cover with a vacuum carbon part, saving just over 7kg. The stripe is painted on using the OEM Ferrari masking kit.
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    I took the car to K Baggs trimming for a health check of the roof and replacement of the elastic straps as a precautionary measure. Kevin reported that it is all in good order.
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    I replaced the ageing Supersports with Pilot Sport 4S. Great tyre for the road.
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    I've been experimenting with geo and tried some 'fast road' specs out there on the internet, but I'm not happy so work continues. I'll cover this off in more detail in a later update.
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    The flocking on the driver's side door trim had worn away so I've repaired it with a flocking fit. I'll report back once I determine how durable in service the repair is.
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    I've been enjoying the car and I haven't spent much time working on it. I can confirm that it is quick: I hit an indicated 205MPH but I had to back off because the engine lid open warning light came on - obviously the air pressure was lifting it off of the catch!

    Carbon Bonnet
    I'm over the moon with this - it has been months in the making. It takes a not inconsiderable amount of hours in the bodyshop to make custom parts presentable .
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    At 6.95kg the original bonnet is actually quite heavy so the hinges are stout to match. The original hinges feature a catch arrangement to prevent the bonnet sliding through the windscreen in the event of a crash.
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    I've swapped to GT3 hinges to suit a carbon bonnet - because carbon simply cracks and crumbles in an impact, the catch arrangement isn't required. I've retained the original strut for convenience - the GT3 cars use a fixed carbon rod. The brackets save over half of a kilogram.
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    Bonnet mounted. The OEM Ferrari 16M stripe stencil kit was used to paint the stripe, and rather than a plain black centre stripe I've left the carbon exposed. I also had the bodyshop cut out some vent apertures to a template that I proved, so my next job is to fabricate some mesh inserts and some backing plates as a temporary measure until I finish some ducting from the front bumper.
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    Here's a photo of the new hood tray cover fitted.
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    Weight saving


    Original Part Fitted Quantity Original Part (kg) Replacement Part (kg) Sprung Saving (kg) Unsprung Saving (kg) Replacement Part
    Pedals - brake 1 0.987 0.627 0.36 - 16M/Scuderia.............................................
    Pedals - brake and clutch height adjuster bracket.................................................. .................... 1 0.086 0 0.086 - Removed - unused
    Brakes - ABS/ESP - acceleration sensor 1 0.091 0 0.091 - Removed - function provided by CAN yaw
    Pedals - Pedals - accelerator assembly 1 0.883 0.869 0.014 - 16M/Scuderia
    Door hinges 4 0.705 0.5005 0.818 - Machined to reduce weight
    Dashboard plaque 'F430 Spider' - carbon version 1 0.025 0.086 -0.061 - '16M Scuderia Spider - Limited 499'
    Interior - centre console, complete (carbon driving zone) 1 2.253 1.341 0.912 - 16M (carbon)
    Windscreen washer tank, pumps, and minimum fluid 1 5.257 2.899 2.358 - 360 non-headlamp wash version adapted
    Headlamps - standard 2 0.3505 0.137 0.427 - 16M (carbon)
    Wing mirrors 1 2.11 1.431 0.679 - 16M/Scuderia (carbon)
    Spider hood tray 1 8.45 1.555 6.895 - Bespoke carbon version
    F1 paddles 1 0.154 0.103 0.051 - Steering wheel mounted
    Steering wheel - leather with aluminium trim 1 1.78 1.85 -0.07 - 16M/Scuderia (carbon) - leather & alcantara
    Interior - rear bulkhead (carpet) 1 2.86 2.703 0.157 - Retrimmed in Alcantara
    Interior - rear bulkhead document nets (untrimmed) 2 0.119 0.257 -0.276 - Retrimmed in Alcantara
    Interior - rear shelf, centre (carpet) 1 0.402 0.465 -0.063 - Retrimmed in Alcantara
    Pedals - drivers footrest 'dead pedal' 1 0.181 0.162 0.019 - Hill Engineering (drilled aluminium)
    Interior - tunnel trim (carpet) 1 1.177 1.041 0.136 - Retrimmed in Alcantara
    Interior - drivers footwell trim (carpet) 1 0.305 0.316 -0.011 - Retrimmed in Alcantara
    Interior - rear shelf, LH (carpet) 1 0.822 1.039 -0.217 - Retrimmed in Alcantara
    Interior - rear shelf, RH (carpet) 1 0.98 0.91 0.07 - Retrimmed in Alcantara
    Interior - passenger footwell trim (carpet) 1 0.229 0.371 -0.142 - Retrimmed in Alcantara
    Bumper - front mounting washers (steel) 4 0.019 0.012 0.028 - Bespoke aluminium spacers
    Battery change #2 - Optima 'Red Top' 34R 1 18.75 16.72 2.03 - Bosch S5 007
    Pedals - passenger footrest (cast aluminium) 1 0.347 0.136 0.211 - 16M/Scuderia (pressed steel)
    Doors - door card mounting brackets and rivets 2 0.0785 0.28 -0.403 - 16M specific brackets
    Doors - wiring loom 2 0.526 0.532 -0.012 - 16M door loom
    Doors - inner handle with microswitches 2 0.188 0.256 -0.136 - 16M/Scuderia inner handle mechanism
    Doors - door card, scraper, and fastenings - driver 1 4.992 3.376 1.616 - 16M door card, scraper, and fastenings
    Doors - door card, scraper, and fastenings - passenger 1 5.461 3.376 2.085 - 16M door card, scraper, and fastenings
    Hi Fi - woofer, grille, and fastenings 2 0.945 0.54 0.81 - 16M midbass with fastenings
    Hi Fi - tweeter and trim piece 2 0.075 0.06 0.03 - 16M tweeter & midrange with fastenings
    Hi Fi - midrange and fastenings 2 0 0.163 -0.326 - 16M midrange with fastenings
    Hi Fi - amplifier 1 0 1.671 -1.671 - 16M amplifier
    Hi Fi - wiring for amplifier and additional speakers 1 0 0.5 -0.5 - 16M Hi Fi wiring
    Exterior - Undertray, rear 1 9.1 5.249 3.851 - 16M/Scuderia (carbon composite)
    Exhaust - Capristo exhaust valve controller 1 0 0.245 -0.245 - Capristo
    Interior - F430 door marker lights 2 0.012 0.009 0.006 - 16M reflectors
    HiFi - Area of sound deadening removed to mount amplifier 1 0.82 0 0.82 - Removed
    Exhaust - Solenoid valve blanking caps 2 0.003 0.078 0.078 - F430 solenoid valve to exhaust hoses reinstated
    Capristo F430 Sport catalytic converters 2 3.2 3.053 0.294 - Capristo 16M/Scuderia 02FE 023 03 006
    Capristo F430 Sport catalytic converter blankets 2 1.35 1.468 -0.236 - Capristo 16M/Scuderia 02FE 023 03 006
    F430 Challenge silencer - modified 1 9.65 10.7 -1.05 - Capristo 16M/Scuderia 02FE 023 03 006
    Bespoke mounting set for exhaust change #1 1 2.692 1.144 1.548 - Capristo 16M/Scuderia 02FE 023 03 006
    Bespoke mount heat shields & fastenings for exhaust #1 1 0.023 0.023 0 - Removed
    Spider hood cover 1 10 3.8 6.2 - Bespoke carbon version
    Bonnet hinges 1 1.766 1.14 0.626 - F430 GT3 (lightened)
    Bonnet (aluminium) 1 6.95 4.521 2.429 Bespoke GT3 style (carbon)

    Unsprung weight saved: 24.97 kg
    Sprung weight saved: 106.01 kg

    Total weight saved: 130.99 kg

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