timcrasher

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    IQ2 I-sports
  1. You can do it without removing the bumper, but you need to get underneath to get access. I used a two post ramp at work, but you could use a jack and a pair of axle stands to do it. There is a couple of sheild to remove to get to the fog light covers, but it is an easy job once it the car is jacked up.
  2. They are a pain to remove. I used a small flat blade screwdriver to push in the tabs so the cover could be removed. But, they are fragile and will break off it you are not careful.
  3. Nice looking wheels. One question though. Why are you running your tyres inflate so high? Due to the nature of the tyre construction and the weight/performance of the IQ, you are running the tyres about 10psi too high. All you will end up doing is wear out the centre tread of your expensive tyres. It will also have a detrimental effect on the handling, as the tyre will not work correctly. Have you driven it i the wet yet? It must understeer like crazy.
  4. Tuning parts took forever to be developed for the IQ, so the same will happen with the 1.33. Tuning companies have to deceide that there is a need before they will produce parts. But, as the engine is used in a few models, induction kits, exhausts should be the first parts available. These normally start appearing on the market after about 12 months. You will have to be patient, or go the custom route like I and a few others have.
  5. Hi Raj, I have 35mm H&R springs with 7x17 wheels fitted with 215/45x17 Toyo Proxes. These fit with no rubbing problems at all, and I drive on some very bumpy roads. I do have to take care over speed bumps though. But it is my big bore exhaust that just catches them if anything. I found it difficult to find suitable tyres, as all the tyres in this size are designed for heavier more powerfull cars. Because of this I have to run the the tyres at a lower pressure (26psi)because of the much stiffer side wall. You can fit 18" wheels, but the tyres are stupidly expensive, and the ride will be very harsh. Hope this helps Tim
  6. timcrasher

    1St Year Review

    Nice review. Very similar experience with mine. I have just booked my first service as mine is just coming up to being a year old. Time flies when your having fun :D The only niggles I have are the fuel economy( not as good as the Aygo I had before), and I don't think the seats are as comfortable as the Aygo either, especially on longer journeys. But, I suppose the IQ is not really designed for that, being an urban commuter. I do like the rarity factor though. I still don't see that many IQ's around. I just hope that doesn't effect the trade in value in a couple of years time. :(
  7. Sorry Barry I should have been clearer. Yes touch the door handle to lock the car. Touch it again within 2 seconds to deadlock the car( so you can't open the car from the inside if you smash a window). And if you try the door handle within another 2 seconds, the car will allow you a "check it is actually locked" pull on the handle. You then walk away from your locked IQ. You shouldn't have to use the bottons on the fob at all
  8. I am not sure we have this function on the IQ. I have keyless central locking, just a fob you keep in you pocket. I have had my car for a while and have just got used to locking it by touching the door handle. You just have to program you brain that it is locked I often end up checking it is locked, only to grab the handle and unlock the car again :D
  9. I'm liking that alot Great idea and very well accomplished
  10. Good choice. And obviously the best colour
  11. timcrasher

    My Iq Project

    I have 7.5x17 wheels with 215/40x17 tyres on my IQ. I have just fitted a set of Toyo T1-R's. They are absolutely amazing tyres, although, due to their load idex rating the side walls are a bit too stiff. This helps in the corners, but makes the ride a little choppy. I have been experimenting with the tyre pressures, and 26psi all round seems to work best. It will be interesting to see how well they wear.
  12. I got a genuine Toyota kit for less than £6 from my local dealer. The kits come with a tool for rubbing down the painted chips so they blend in. I have used the Halfords kits before, but they don't do my colour. And they are dearer to buy than a genuine kit.
  13. I have a silver IQ and I too have noticed that I have recently obtained lots of stone chips. The front seems really prone to them, and I don't sit right behind other cars. I have also got a few on the rear quarter panels. These have come from my commute on country roads. After the excessive salting of the road, there has been so much broken surface material which you just can't avoid.The primer is a dark grey colour, so the chips show up badly. I have just got a touch up paint kit from the dealer, so I will have a go at them tommorrow.
  14. timcrasher

    My Iq Project

    Just been looking at some photos on the TSS website. Your car looks ace. Loving the rising sun filler flap :D . Great "race face" too. Serious concentration! Did folding back the mirrors give you the enhanced performance needed to set a good time :D Good on you. And I hope you do well in your next round
  15. Definately a case of too many short commuter journeys. How many miles has your IQ done? Seeing as the IQ was designed for this type of inner city driving, this much condesation is a bit of a concern. A high moisture content in the oil can cause engine wear, as it turns the oil acidic. As the service schedules are based on conbined driving use, I would be inclined to change the oil at half the recommended interval to prevent excessive moisture build up. It will probably stabilize during the summer months due to a warmer ambient temperature, but I would take your car for a decent trip: 100 miles or so, on a mixture of roads including motrways, and then change the oil.