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#1 perr_mike

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 06:30 PM

Hi all

Hope this is the right place. I'm looking recommendations of a non main stealer mechanic/ garage that would be capable and prepared to change the clutch on my Zed.

The guys I usually use dont like doing clutches :unsure:

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:14 AM

Hi Mike,

Try Dodds Garage - Sherfield on Loddon, I've used them for my old car but not yet the 350. They are some "old boys" seem very helpful and provide great customer service.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:40 PM

I have a man who can do your clutch - if Weybridge isn't too far?

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:50 PM

Weybridge is about 30 miles away so not too bad, I'll happily drive that distance if theyre good! Is there anything to do in Weybridge for 4 hours?

I'll give Dodds a shout!!

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 01:14 PM

Weybridge is about 30 miles away so not too bad, I'll happily drive that distance if theyre good! Is there anything to do in Weybridge for 4 hours?
Mike


These are within walking distance.

Brooklands Museum.

MBW.

I'm not sure they will commit to doing it while you wait though. Drop me a PM if you want their details. :clap:

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:05 PM

Will do mate, waiting on a few friends to come back to me about a few guys locally.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 11:32 AM

You could try my local place in Farringdon, 4 miles south of Alton on the A32. Must be about 20 mins drive for you.

The guys are pretty good and I think they still have a courtesy car knocking around (I can't vouch for what it is, as I can walk to the garage from my house).

Contact details: F.S.C Farringdon
Unit 10, Old Station Yard, Farringdon Industrial Centre, Lower Farringdon, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3DP
Tel: 01420 587403

Talk to Robin (the owner) or Harry. They do work on my 350Z (new brakes/discs/lines going on at the end of the week) and re-built the gearbox on my Golf GTi a few years ago. Pretty well priced.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:13 PM

You could try my local place in Farringdon, 4 miles south of Alton on the A32. Must be about 20 mins drive for you.

The guys are pretty good and I think they still have a courtesy car knocking around (I can't vouch for what it is, as I can walk to the garage from my house).

Contact details: F.S.C Farringdon
Unit 10, Old Station Yard, Farringdon Industrial Centre, Lower Farringdon, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3DP
Tel: 01420 587403

Talk to Robin (the owner) or Harry. They do work on my 350Z (new brakes/discs/lines going on at the end of the week) and re-built the gearbox on my Golf GTi a few years ago. Pretty well priced.

Nice one, I'll give them a shout in the morning!! I still cant believe I cant find a garage in Basingstoke willing to quote on fitting (and poss supply of) a clutch, except Nissan who want to take my soul in PART payment :thumbs: .
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:48 PM

Nice one, I'll give them a shout in the morning!! I still cant believe I cant find a garage in Basingstoke willing to quote on fitting (and poss supply of) a clutch, except Nissan who want to take my soul in PART payment :thumbs: .



We can help you with supply, but a 600mile round trip is probably a bit far for fitting.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:55 PM

Cheers Phil, spoke to you about the clutch a few days ago (in fact you suggested I post in here to find someone to fit it!!) :thumbs:
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 08:03 PM

Cheers Phil, spoke to you about the clutch a few days ago (in fact you suggested I post in here to find someone to fit it!!) B)


:thumbs: Sorry don't always manage to link forum names with real ones.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 02:54 PM

Ordered a clutch from Phil today as I have been recommended a local guy who delivers and collects (who wouldnt when its a 350?). I'll report back when he's done the work.

Now just need to tax my RS so I'm not carless for the day its away.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 07:47 PM

Got the car back an hour ago. And what a huge difference, there must have been a regular slight slip as she is pulling so so much better now, never had such a difference in performance from a clutch change before!!! The thrust bearing on the Zed was apparently badly fitted and could have gone at any time, and the clutch components were badly heat damaged (not your usual wear).

The guy I used, Stuart at Performance Car Specialist Ltd, is a top chap and certainly knows his stuff (His 700ish bhp focus will be in Performance Ford soon). Not trying to advertise for the guy but he'll take on anything from a Fiesta to a Ferrari (which he regularly repairs) and has worked on a turbo'd zed before (He's going to take me out in it when its next in town). I'll happily recommend him. If anyone local to Basingstoke wants his number drop me a PM.

Big thumbs up for Big Phil to, ordering a part from way oop north in the afternoon and recieving it the next day before 10 aint half impressive!!!
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