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Date Registered: 09-2009
Location: Leamington, Ontario, Canada
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Mike's SE from Ontario Canada


Ok, here is what my xey looks like, 2005, with 32,000 km

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Planning to put in Cosmo Racing CAI, Auto Dim Mirror, and maybe other bells and whistles, if I keep reading all the stuff you guys have done.... emoticon

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Date Registered: 09-2009
Location: Leamington, Ontario, Canada
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Here is what Leamington, Ontario looks like on Sept 26, 2009. Temperature was 20C but was very windy that day. This is the harbourfront which is on Lake Erie. If you can throw a stone about 40km... you would hit Ohio, USA.

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So Mike you're one of the 95% of Canadians that live within 50 miles of the US Border.....

Love the red....

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Date Registered: 09-2009
Location: Leamington, Ontario, Canada
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and about 50% of the population that shops in the states....

ya... the red does have it's merits

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Date Registered: 09-2009
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well I added a mod to the red wonder... gas bonnet struts... from the USA... got these guys interested in the Xey...

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Trying to get video .... technical problem on my end emoticon

 


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WOW Mike,

I am not sure what to say!!! You must be very brave or completely nuts (like me) to allow them to drill your bonnet for that bracket!!! emoticon

Most kits these days don't require any drilling whatsoever and I wonder why the US guys made it so complicated??

As I have used this method before when I first designed the struts, I can give you 2 things to worry about and keep an eye on, as they're pretty serious risks:

1. The drilled bonnet brackets will come loose after a while if only pop rivets have been used. Do NOT stand beside the bonnet struts if you notice the bracket to be loose. The strut can fly off at any second like a bullet and cause great injuries. It happened to me and the strut flew only inches beside my face!

2. The selection lower attachment point is the weakest point of the plastic fender. Keep any eye on the fender itself as it may crack with time due to the load that it can't handle. Yes, it happened to another xtrail owner in Canada and his fender has cracked!

The final issue you need to be aware of, is rust risks where they drilled the bonnet on the edge for that bracket.

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I will agree with [sign in to see URL] looks reverse to the way bonnet struts are set up in Oz.
But we are [sign in to see URL] maybe we are wrong emoticon

The bonnet mounting points look like tek screws, not rivets, to me.
The mounting point in the engine sill looks like it goes through the plastic fender, into the existing fender trim 10mm mounting points.
Its just at the rear, not the front.
Dont they all?

I cant see a problem with this, apart from it is reverse to the Oz setup?

And rust is a given, especially in Canada where they salt the roads like crazy emoticon
Cheers
nice innovation mate....
gotta add I love the red CAI, red engine bay and black engine [sign in to see URL] sweet emoticon


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Thanks Dave for the feedback....

Jalal, I will be discussing those concerns with the installers... I am sure the rivets technology is used in the aero industry... and the mount at the rear will be reviewed.... I don't believe they would give me something that unsafe... they are true professional in this field.

As with the rust... like Dave said... we live with it here.... before they installed the connection pieces, they lined the holes with a lacquer/sealant... to prevent rust... I am cool with it.

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Date Registered: 07-2008
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Sorry mate,

I just had a decent look at your pics (cant open them?...pics 7 and 8)
Do the rear mounting points (the windscreen end) go through the plastic guard and the engine sill" ie metal

If its only the plastic I would be very dubious...

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Date Registered: 01-2009
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The biggest issue I have is the bracket goes across the crease point in the bonnet, thereby strengthening the weak link designed to protect you....

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