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mark1a
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Re: Blackberry Life

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Hello again John, hope all is good, Caddy Maxi Life is a good choice to start a Caddy project with if you’re looking at a leisure vehicle rather than a workhorse. Hopefully my previous wheels will clean up without too much difficulty and wheels always change the look of a vehicle.

As you see I tried both types, the Climair ones I had first looked great, but would sometimes fall off. The Heko ones are cheaper and in my opinion the fastening clips are better and so far they’ve stayed in place perfectly.

For the seat blanking, basically I don’t bother with anything for the 2nd row as they’re in and out often or folded forwards. More importantly however, I’ve permanently removed the 3rd row, and seatbelts. The mushroom bolts that fix the 3rd row in leave holes to outside and I was concerned about exhaust fumes entering the cabin so I simply bought 4x M10 bolts to go back in the holes and it’s been like that ever since.

Good luck with the van, feel free to get in touch or post on here with anything else.
2017 Blackberry Maxi Life 190TDI 6MT OEM+
Santiago 18” | OE Xenons | Limo tints | Wind deflectors
Remap 190bhp | H&R / Darkside lowering | TRC front splitter | RKD side skirts
Android HU | Focal 2.1+2 audio | Dynamat | 4G WiFi | Wireless phone charge
Build thread here http://caddy2k.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=34095
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Not much going on at the moment other than the Caddy is going in for cam belt / water pump change and service this week.

Probably a bit early for cam belt on 50k miles but it's 4 years old now and no point in regretting eeking out a few thousand extra miles on a cam belt when stuck by the roadside.

Also renewed insurance today, went down by £100 for dropping mileage from 16k to 10k per annum, so that's £310 for me aged 52, no accidents, no convictions, DT3 postcode, full protected NCD, drive other vehicles, legal cover, all mods declared. I know there's been mixed thoughts about Adrian Flux on here, but this is year 3 with them (Admiral sh*t themselves after the remap) and so far so good.
2017 Blackberry Maxi Life 190TDI 6MT OEM+
Santiago 18” | OE Xenons | Limo tints | Wind deflectors
Remap 190bhp | H&R / Darkside lowering | TRC front splitter | RKD side skirts
Android HU | Focal 2.1+2 audio | Dynamat | 4G WiFi | Wireless phone charge
Build thread here http://caddy2k.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=34095
SIMONSNOT
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Re: Blackberry Life

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Not that I was copying you with getting a blackberry but I’ve also just booked mine in for a service which is Tuesday next week, cambelt and water pump the week after, mines just over 53k and I’ve also just renewed my insurance! All just a coincidence of course! :D
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:shock:
2017 Blackberry Maxi Life 190TDI 6MT OEM+
Santiago 18” | OE Xenons | Limo tints | Wind deflectors
Remap 190bhp | H&R / Darkside lowering | TRC front splitter | RKD side skirts
Android HU | Focal 2.1+2 audio | Dynamat | 4G WiFi | Wireless phone charge
Build thread here http://caddy2k.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=34095
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Love what you have done with the maxi. I'm wanting to lower and eyeing up the Darkside H&R 45 mm springs and flip kit for my maxi life I think you went 60 mm, but I camp and park in race fields etc. Do you get many issues with the 60mm as your drop looks great.

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@kneecap thanks for posting, I got the H&R front kit from Darkside, and their rear shackle kit.

I don’t really get any issues with being low, it’s probably not much lower than a car, but due to the length sometimes the skirts rub the ground on say a really steep car park ramp. Never felt like it’s been in danger of beaching though. Get the odd scuff on the splitter underside on speed humps as you’d expect. I take mine to campsites and bike events too and no problem there, so long as they’re not ploughed fields, but general event sites and campsites are OK.

I only changed the front springs, flipped the rear axle and left standard front and rear shocks in place as the van was nearly new, however when the shocks need replacing I may look at something uprated as the back is fairly soft on a maxi life.

https://www.darksidedevelopments.co.uk/ ... 3-mk4.html

This is listed as 40-60mm drop, although mine went down pretty much near on 60mm but as you can see from early photos it looked like a monster truck before.

Basically there wasn’t any adjustment at the front so after fitting, I left it a week or so to settle and then went back and had the rear levelled off on the leaf shackles.

Good luck!
2017 Blackberry Maxi Life 190TDI 6MT OEM+
Santiago 18” | OE Xenons | Limo tints | Wind deflectors
Remap 190bhp | H&R / Darkside lowering | TRC front splitter | RKD side skirts
Android HU | Focal 2.1+2 audio | Dynamat | 4G WiFi | Wireless phone charge
Build thread here http://caddy2k.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=34095
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That's Bob on. Cheers for the info. They're the springs I meant. I thought you might have got the 60mm Eibach ones. Don't know where I got 45mm from! Mine is a 65 plate but I'll keep the shocks too for a bit. I have a standard maxi ( need to sell it) and that is so much lower than the life it makes it look like a tractor. Thanks again

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