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£6.90 - 12x Waxing Polish Wax Foam Sponge For Clean Cars Vehicle Glass
£14.20 - Gtechniq W6 Iron and General Fallout Remover (500ml)
£20.97 - Gtechniq P1 Nanocomposite Polish (500ml)
£18.97 - G1 and G4 Clear Vision Screen Kit (15ml)
£19.99 - C2 Liquid Crystal (500ml)
£15.99 - Large Autoglym Bottle Quality Bodywork Shampoo, 2.5 Litre
£10.49 - Meguiars Luxurious Lambs Wool Wash Mitt
£6.00 - Green Jantex Round Plastic Bucket 10Ltr
£4.99 - OK Bucket, Lava Red, 10 Litre
£10.99 - Farécla G3 Formula Bodyshop Detailer 500ml
£6.20 - 10 Pack of Yellow Lint Free Microfibre Exel Super Magic Cleaning Cloths
£12.99 - Armor All® Tire Foam Cleaner 3x500ml = 3pk
£112.93 - Kärcher K2 Premium Full Control Car and Home Pressure Washer
£16.90 - Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel Cleaner 1 Litre
£15.90 - Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax 250ml
£20.50 - Bilt Hamber Surfex HD - 5 Litres
£7.96 - Microfiber Mitt,Ariel-gxr Car wash mitt(2-Pack)

£322.87 - Total. Ooops. And I still don't have any snow foam. :o

edit: and a Farécla G3 Body Prep Clay Mitt but I don't know where I bought it or for how much.
RCZ 156 GT Mercury Grey 2013 £9960
Remap to 181.9hp and 300.7 Nm £354
RCZ Keyring (£10)
Chrome Dustcaps (£2)
Private Plate RCZ 2820 (£365)
Recaro Car Seat Protector £22.50 (for the dog)
Cleaning Kit Bits (£322.87+)
Autobrite Magifoam 5 Litre Snow Foam (£33.99)
TireTek Pressure Gauge (£11.95)
Laser 5157 Tyre Depth Gauge (£5.07)
Cargo Tidy Net Boot (£5.99)


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ianGT156

That looks well good, you have done a brilliant job. The colour is growing on me !

and I love the plate.... finishes the car off in my opinion. Twit too woo !!!

I'd be really pleased with the result and the last pic does look fab.

Keep us posted and hope the remap goes well.

My cars still in manufacturers warranty so I'm not doing any mechanical mods yet, but when it's out that's a different story. Still thinking about the decals to put on, Mrs doesn't like what I was going to do so back to the drawing board...

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:lol: Laugh and the whole world laughs with you.... or is that at you? :lol:

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Thanks Mick, you made my day!

I bought the plate from regtransfers.co.uk. Me and the Mrs were coming home from picking up the car. I said to her, "A private plate would look good on the car". Her reply caught me totally off guard when she said, "Yes. I think we should get one". Well then, as soon as I got in I got onto the aforementioned site and searched for RCZ. I was dead lucky spotting ours for just £230, no VAT on it as it was a private sale on the site. Add on all the gubbins though and it was £364.49 in total. I bought it immediately. The current cheapest on there now is RCZ 57 and RCZ 333 both at £1300. It wasn't until a few days afterwards that the too-wit-too-oh struck me as the "wise" RCZ.

I've just read your legendary sensor swap thread. I'm gobsmacked. I'm the person afraid to use a clay bar because I would probably drop it. I once replaced a heated wing mirror on an Octavia, and I thought I was clever!

Thanks again for the compliments, I'm thinking of sticking my rear end on my avatar. So to speak!

:beer: :beer: and a packet of crisps, PLEASE!
RCZ 156 GT Mercury Grey 2013 £9960
Remap to 181.9hp and 300.7 Nm £354
RCZ Keyring (£10)
Chrome Dustcaps (£2)
Private Plate RCZ 2820 (£365)
Recaro Car Seat Protector £22.50 (for the dog)
Cleaning Kit Bits (£322.87+)
Autobrite Magifoam 5 Litre Snow Foam (£33.99)
TireTek Pressure Gauge (£11.95)
Laser 5157 Tyre Depth Gauge (£5.07)
Cargo Tidy Net Boot (£5.99)

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Update on my Remap

I was asked to take my car in this morning at 08:00 for it's remap. I dutifully turned up at just before 08:00 to find the place locked up and the small yard that they have completely full of six vehicles or so. To be fair, they arrived at 08:05 and moved two vehicles out. I sat there until 08:20 until one of the two guys asked me to pop in to the "office", aka a garage.

The first news was that it would take at least two days, not the five hours that I was previously told. In addition, I misunderstood their procedure and was informed that I needed to supply the air filter and the Forge "divert valve" or aka "Blow Off Valve" for them to fit.It was suggested that the part would be about £100. The Divert Valve and Blow Off Valve appear to be different things?? They also need to change some component or other so that the washer faces the other way. What?

They also wondered why I didn't have anybody to give me a lift home. Cornsay Colliery is even more in the middle of nowhere than I already live. I was going to get the bus to Durham, it runs four times a day and get it back later that day. I have to work on Friday and have no spare vehicle. I didn't have the parts. I was quoted £350 for the remap exclusive of these extra parts. I agreed to arrange another date when I got home. This company has never even taken my name, registration, address or telephone number.

I decided straightaway, "f*** this for a game of soldiers".

I had a look around the web when I got home and found http://durhamremaps.co.uk/. They also have a rolling road and do before and after graphs. They will fit the new air filter, supplied by me, they recommend Pipercross. They answered the phone immediately and asked me for contact details. The guy called me by my first name, which I really appreciate, and asked me if I wanted a morning or afternoon appointment. They will also give me a courtesy car. They charge £295.

Lesson learnt. Fingers crossed.

PS To be fair to North East Remaps, I think they're really geared up to doing Stage 1/2/3 mods. He told me that they race themselves. He showed me under the bonnet of one of the cars in the yard. It had two long fat blue pipes and a big intercooler, apparently costing something like £1000. I think it was a plain blue Ford Focus, I didn't really care at that point.
RCZ 156 GT Mercury Grey 2013 £9960
Remap to 181.9hp and 300.7 Nm £354
RCZ Keyring (£10)
Chrome Dustcaps (£2)
Private Plate RCZ 2820 (£365)
Recaro Car Seat Protector £22.50 (for the dog)
Cleaning Kit Bits (£322.87+)
Autobrite Magifoam 5 Litre Snow Foam (£33.99)
TireTek Pressure Gauge (£11.95)
Laser 5157 Tyre Depth Gauge (£5.07)
Cargo Tidy Net Boot (£5.99)

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Remap News

Hi all, yesterday I took my car for her remap.

Caveat Emptor. I know very little about remaps. I just had expectations of getting more power, torque and probably improved MPG. If I make any statements that are wrong, it's because I don't know any better! Any "stock" figures I refer to are from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_R ... ifications

Off I went to Durham Remaps in Gilesgate Durham. I arrived half an hour early, mainly to avoid traffic. I sat in the car and watched the guys getting the place ready for the day. They operate out of a small modern business unit.

As I sat in my car, waiting for 09:00, I heard a noise, getting louder and louder. I'm fairly certain it was a car on a rolling road. It didn't sound like a car engine, it was rather weird, liking a low howling noise. I think it was probably the combined noise of an engine and the noise of the rolling road. I later learned that it was a "BMW" on the road.

Well in I went at 09:00. The charming m'laddo knew I was checking in an RCZ. He'd clearly clocked that the gorgeous looking Coupé bearing the RCZ plate was an RCZ that was booked in for a remap. Seriously though, he was the epitome of good customer service, charming and helpful. I was asked what I wanted from the remap and immediately said, "more power", perhaps I should have asked what the options were but I doubt I would have chosen a different option.

I took my free courtesy car, an 07 Ford Focus TDCi and passed the next six hours by gorging on a (crap) large Tesco breakfast. A trip back home to do some wonderful unpaid "e-learning". A trip back to Durham. Sitting in the car waiting and watching people in Tesco's car park. Spending money in Matalan, Poundworld and Tesco, again. By the way, that Ford Focus interior had the most cheap nasty looking plastic that I have ever seen in a car.

At last they phoned me to tell me my car was ready. I was about 60 seconds away and did a wheel spinning red light start, a J turn, a handbrake turn and a power drift into a single car parking space outside their workshop. Errr, hang on, I just drove there actually.

M'laddo greeted me again. He really is a very nice young chap. He told me all about what they actually did. They reset the car to stock before doing anything else, then they do the first rolling road test. He was in the car himself. They do the test in fourth gear. They accelerate up to the rev limit at 6450RPM. I'm judging that figure purely from the graph. I asked him what the highest indicated speed was. He was quite certain that it was 131mph. He told me that it is quite scary in some cars. In one particular Merc, he was doing an indicated 200mph+.

They fitted, for free, the Pipercross Air filter that I had bought. My current mileage is 34K. I really have no idea if they do anything else other than flash the new parameters to the ECU. The previous guy who I was going to give this job to said that all sorts of things contribute to the final engine output figure. He said that resetting the spark plug gaps and changing the tyres could have an effect.

So to the result:

Here I'll quote the 1) Peugeot claimed figures first, 2) Engine actual figures pre remap and 3) Engine actual figures after remapping.

All figures show the RPM peak. For power I'm using "HP" as opposed to "PS". For torque I'm using Nm as opposed to Lb ft.

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Peugeot stated spec

154 hp @ 6000 rpm
240 Nm @ 1400 rpm

Actual Pre Remap

155.8 hp @ 4995 rpm
244.3 Nm @ 3967 rpm

After Remapping

181.9 hp @ 4917 rpm 16.7% increase +26.1 hp
300.7 Nm @ 2374 rpm 18.7% increase +56.4 Nm

The results are a bit disappointing on paper. I haven't really had a chance to test drive the car yet. I managed an average speed of just 26 mph on the way home from the garage due to city traffic. How do people live in cities? I did get one short sprint to a figure "slightly 50%+ ish" above the national speed limit. I think that torque increase was making itself felt. Of note is that my new torque figure of 300.7 is higher than the Peugeot claimed 275 of the THP200.

My mpg is crap at 27 something compared to my average of 36.6 but that is based on such a small mileage (16 miles) and the city average snail driving speed.

I think I'll take her for a proper drive tomorrow and keep this page updated.

I am very pleased with Durham Remaps and their service. I would definitely recommend them. One more relevant point, it cost me the £295 quoted by them but that didn't include VAT, the actual total figure was £354. They did fit the Pipercross air filter FOC and the courtesy car was FOC too.

Any questions, please ask,

Ian :beer:
RCZ 156 GT Mercury Grey 2013 £9960
Remap to 181.9hp and 300.7 Nm £354
RCZ Keyring (£10)
Chrome Dustcaps (£2)
Private Plate RCZ 2820 (£365)
Recaro Car Seat Protector £22.50 (for the dog)
Cleaning Kit Bits (£322.87+)
Autobrite Magifoam 5 Litre Snow Foam (£33.99)
TireTek Pressure Gauge (£11.95)
Laser 5157 Tyre Depth Gauge (£5.07)
Cargo Tidy Net Boot (£5.99)

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Interesting :eusa-think: I would hope you will notice the difference in the drive and hopefully you'll get better economy. I haven't got any figures to quote on my remap I just know there's hell of a difference at the peddle end :dance:

My mate who did my remap said the quality of the program makes hell of a difference different remap writers alter different parameters so some remaps may be better in some areas than others. He has seen cars that have been remapped and were ruined and almost un drivable. :o
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Very nice diagram it seems to be a safe good result

Do you know whats your new turbo pressure?
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Thanks AEK.

Nope, I haven't got a clue what the turbo pressure is!

All I know is what the rolling road printout shows above. By the way, the image is just a photograph of the graph they gave me. I don't know what "Total ratio 3.825" means, any ideas? Also, "Weight 900.0" is clearly not the weight of the car, she weighs something like 1355–1474 kg I believe.
RCZ 156 GT Mercury Grey 2013 £9960
Remap to 181.9hp and 300.7 Nm £354
RCZ Keyring (£10)
Chrome Dustcaps (£2)
Private Plate RCZ 2820 (£365)
Recaro Car Seat Protector £22.50 (for the dog)
Cleaning Kit Bits (£322.87+)
Autobrite Magifoam 5 Litre Snow Foam (£33.99)
TireTek Pressure Gauge (£11.95)
Laser 5157 Tyre Depth Gauge (£5.07)
Cargo Tidy Net Boot (£5.99)

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Fuel figures might be a bit low at them moment, as the car might have had it stats reset, which it might have to re-learn how the car is driven.

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Tia2 is a 2013 RCZ Magnetic in Black with a 2litre diesel engine
Upgraded Peugeot sat-nav now has 7 digit postcode, safety alerts and updated maps
Other mods include door catch covers, rcz puddle lights, quad exhaust tips
Tia3 is a 2015 RCZ-R in Mercury Grey with a 1.6litre petrol engine, oh and 270 bhp
Other mods include door catch covers, rcz puddle lights
Both have dash cams front and back

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