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Relay relocation for oil catch can-gaping hole in trunking, normal? (& new wheels :P)

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    Hi guys,

    So, finally got round to moving the 2 relays in the engine bay behind the strut brace into the trunking under the airbox so that there's room on the bulkhead for the catch can (which will come later). See below for some pictures. I ended up stripping back the wiring bundle back to where the MAF wire joins it; this way I could pop one relay upwards and one downwards - they fit nicer that way. Taped it all back up and made a grommet for the MAF wire now it pokes through the trunking.

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    However, got to the end and when I put it all back, noticed this gaping hole in the side of the trunking. Given that I'd just moved some relays into it, I was worried about water getting in; so I've taped it up for now. But is this hole normal?



    On a completely unrelated note, new wheels arrived today. Nothing special, but they get me out of trouble for now. Annoyingly, the delivery guy decided it was best to just throw the boxes off the truck onto the road....So i'll be checking them for damage in the morning....why are delivery guys always so obnoxious?...anyway, rant over

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    Thanks for the help guys!!

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    hmmm, question for a moderator too. Why did 4 of my pictures attach as small thumbnails and one come in full size and overlapping the width of the thread box? Or is this just on my PC...?
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    use IMG tags off a hosting site

    nice wheels
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    yeah, nice if they weren't damaged upon arrival...ba*tards

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    Ahh so you didn't hang about getting wheels either! What make are they?
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    1) I love how this thread has gone completely off topic :)

    2) They're just generic reps mate, no-name brand etc
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    Sorry mate, I didn't even read your post, just went straight to the wheel pic. I'll read it now ;)
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    I don't have that hole on my car. I've had the air filter off a few times recently too and it's definitely not like that. Maybe a previous owner has been hacking at it?!
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    the previous owner is a proper d*ck, the amount of work i've had to do so far to fix the thing after he's messed about with it (read: spun it into a kerb)...frustrating!

    well, I've taped the hole up now, and the relays are waterproofed....where does that trunking lead? Am I risking anything with it not being fully waterproof? :S
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    I do believe it goes up into the scuttle panel and across to the ECU. As long as you've taped it all up you should be ok. That area shouldn't get too wet anyway.
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    well the hole is down near the bottom, so the water won't run up to the ECU, so that's ok; where does that trunking run DOWN to though?
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    I think it runs down under the battery and feeds all the sensors and electrics to the engine. It's the main loom.
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    oh "good"....lot's of water in my main loom...I hate my previous owner, wtf was he doing with the car?! also, nothing in that document about the stuff in the trunking
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    Oh sorry It was just a link I had bookmarked.
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    nah, that's fine mate. Anyone else know if water getting down there is bad? I suppose i've run it with that gaping hole for months now, and now I've taped it up, so it can't be any worse now!
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    Like I said, you won't get much water round there anyway. The trunking is mainly just to keep the look tidy.
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    yeah, should be ok, hate finding things wrong with the car though....although it is a regular occurance :p
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