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    Jaguar X350 XJR

    Having searched through PF to see what history Jaguar has here, i was kind of in two minds if I should post this up or not.

    And then I realised, fuck it, why not...so this is the story of my 2005 Jaguar XJR, so far.

    For those who don't know these cars, here are the highlights;



    Full alloy body, weighs in at only 1665kgs kerb weight
    4.2L AJ33 all-alloy quad-cam V8, with an Eaton M112 supercharger (intercooled)
    ZF 6HP26 6-speed auto, Brembo brakes, adaptive air suspension
    This one left the factory fitted with 20" BBS split-rim alloys

    Power when new was 400PS / 300KW & 408 ft.lbs / 553Nm

    Inside it's full leather, electric everything (really, everything), heated everything
    7" touchscreen with Nav, 12-speaker 320W Alpine system, phone, voice controls, etc...

    I bought it in London sight unseen, & drove it back to Switzerland the same day that I picked it up.
    The drive home is a story all on it's own.



    On my way down to Dover I realised that it was not going to make the 1000km journey, was pulling to the left & shaking pretty bad under brakes, so i pulled into a tyre shop to see what could be done;



    Turns out the shitty potholed roads in London had knocked the front alignment out by a mile, and bent one of the rims on the front. The tyres on the back were barely legal, with signs of cracking. I had no time to fuck around with this so the bloke fixed the alignment as best & could, and re-balanced the bent wheel, it drove a hell of a lot better, but i would have to take it easy on the way home, no V-max attempts in Germany, oh well...

    Back on the road, to the ferry terminal in Dover. I'd pre-booked a ticket for the 4.20am Sat ferry. But it's now 3.30pm on Friday.
    The "variation" was the same as what i'd paid for the original ticket, but they could get me on the 4.40pm boat.
    I'd already booked priority load/unload, so it wasn't too bad.



    Got on the ferry, right at the front. I then realised, I've got no headlight adjusters, no warning triangle, no safety vest, no GB sticker, nothing.
    Bought the kit on board in the duty free. Don't ask how much. Oh yeah, magnetic GB sign, that's helpful....

    Really needed to get some sleep, but there must have been two dozen busloads of bloody French schoolkids on board.
    It was like nothing i've ever lived through. They were all shouting and making the most horrific sounds, if i'd been hung over there would have been fatalities....So after finding a quiet corner, I started to doze off when one of the little cunts came right up next to me, and started to yell out to his mates, on the other side of the cabin. I shot up & told him to FUCK OFF!!!! That's when I knew this was going to be one of those trips.

    First off the boat in Calais at 7.40pm. I wanted to get out of France as soon as possible, those bloody kids!!!!
    Hit the Belgian border about 15 minutes later. Kept on going until I found a garage to pull over about an hour in, take a leak & put the light-bender things on the headlights, cause it was starting to get dark. Pushed on & hit the Dutch border at 9.50pm.
    Only about 20 minutes through Holland, and finally into Germany, stopped at a garage to fill up & grab a bite. Took a good break there.
    I was still going strong but my eyes weren't (I wear glasses) so I finally pulled into a rest stop in between Köln & Bonn at about 11.30pm.

    Went for a walk, came back to the car at midnight & settled into the back for a snooze.
    It was then that I realised the back seat in the XJR is kind of sculpted into two buckets impossible to lay flat across the back seat, so I kind of sat up a little in the corner.

    Dozed off, must have been about 1am. Got woken up at 3.35am by some wierdo taxi driver with a Bonn number plate.
    He pulled up next to me, which made me stir, and when I woke up properly I realised he was looking at me through the "steamed up" window.
    WTF is going on here? So I get out of the car to confront him, it's dark as hell so I can't see his face.
    Asked him in very angry German "Morning! What are you doing?" He didn't answer & just walked away.
    I'd planned to get on the road at 4 o'clock anyhow, so I started up the Jag & moved it away from his Taxi Mini-Bus thing, to the other side of the car park.

    Engine running, demist on to clear the fogged up windows. I re-set the average speeds in the Nav to something more reastic for Germany.
    Rolled a smoke, & while standing outside of the car, this Taxi driver gets in his minibus, and pulls up next to me again, this time I could see him looking at me through his window. So flicked away the smoke, got in the car & went to get back on the highway, this clown then blocks me in.

    So I get on the horn. In a crowded rest-stop, ten-to-four in the morning, full of tired, sleeping truck drivers, one wierdo taxi driver, and one crazy "Brit" in a black Jag.
    The taxi driver must have realised my intentions, so he takes off. I pull out after him onto the Autobahn.
    Come along side, window down, arm out, finger up, foot down, listen to the Supercharger bitch, i'm outta there and on my way south.

    Swear I did not make that up. I don't really understand what happened myself.

    So now, 4am, heading south. There's no traffic. I'm rolling along at my self-imposed speed limit of 100mph / 160kmh because of the knackered tyres. The XJR just eats up the miles. The monotony is regularly broken by sections with 130, 120 or 100kmh speed limits, or road works.

    Just before Stuttgart it starts to rain, but it passes, traffic is still light.
    Press on past Stuttgart, in the home stretch now. Arrive at the Swiss border at 8am on the dot.

    Then the real fun begins, trying to import a car from England without any proper paperwork...

    After about an hour of running around, collecting papers & stamps, i'm presented with a bill from the Swiss customs, and the import documents for the car. Go home & sleep....

    Over the next two months I manage to get the car prepped in order to get the Swiss registration.
    Needed tyres, changing the headlights to LHD spec, and making sure that everything works.

    Picked up a set of part-worn Falken 452's in Karlsruhe for only 250 EUR, ~7mm left on them.
    Also swapped the bent wheel for the brand new, unused spare. All shaking is gone. Very pleased.

    Managed to convert the lights to LHD spec myself, just a matter of turning around the flap in the Bi-Xenon assembly so it cuts off to the other side of the road. Checked out the aim of the "new" lights while getting the tyres fitted, it was correct.

    So ready to get the car registered in Switzerland, & the day before the test, the rear passenger door locks itself shut, solenoid has died. Fuck.... took the car to the local Jag specialist, who fixed that one for me (cunt of a job, replacing a door lock with the door closed) but he also took the car in for the test and it passed without issue. A relief.

    Next I need to sort out the aesthetics....

    Here is what the interior looked like from the factory;



    Yep, that's a bit fucken loud isn't it...no worries, a new wheel & some gloss black vinyl;



    Much better!

    In the meantime I also swapped the original Tape Deck (yeah tape deck, figure that out) for a CD player, and fitted up the iPod/AUX/USB interface in place of the CD-changer that wasn't working.

    So with the interior sorted, it was time to get on with the exterior.

    First was to lower the car. As you can see from that pic at the ferry terminal, there was a mile of fresh air between the tyre & the wheel arches. This needed fixing. In order to do this I had to procure a dealer-level diagnostic system. Luckily they are available in the Chinese clone market these days.

    So an afternoon in the shed fucking around on the laptop, and I managed to drop the front by 30mm & the rear by 15mm.
    The front was actually 10mm too high compared to the factory settings, so in the end it's now lower than stock by 20mm at the front.



    The problem is that you can't really go much lower than that, because once you exceed 160km/h, the car automatically lowers itself another 15mm. It wouldn't be good to find yourself on the bump stops at that kind of speed...

    So with the ride height sorted, time to look at the general colour scheme.
    The XJR's had colour-coded grills & boot trims, but chrome inserts in the bumpers.
    This always looked odd to me (I have a black X-Type as well, similar features) so it was decided to swap the colour coded pieces out for chrome ones. Suitable parts were collected...and it was chromed.



    At the same time I vinyl-wrapped the reflectors in the bumpers, to try & match up with the chrome inserts. And de-badged the boot lid.

    The mesh insert for the front grill was chrome from the factory, but with the chrome grill + mesh it was too bright.
    Luckily I picked up a full set of black mesh from a mate in the UK, which is what you now see in the 1st pic of this post.

    With the looks sorted, it's now time to think about power.
    First step was to replace the restrictive air intake with something that flows a bit better.



    These elbows are produced by a guy in the US, and have been dyno-proven to bring 10-15HP at the wheels on Jaguar S-Type R's (same engine as the XJR) and no only that, you can really hear the whine from the supercharger now.



    And that's pretty much it for now.....

    I've got a set of 21" Arden alloys down in the cellar (10" rears, to take 295's) but that's for next year.
    Plus a long list of further mods to get the most out of the AJ-V8...

    The goal is 600HP, and it's very acheivable. Our idol is a guy in Belgium who is making kits to fit a Kenne Bell 2.6L twin-screw unit onto the AJ-V8 in place of the Eaton. This, along with some other tweaks has seen 631HP at the crank with his 4.2L XKR (524rwhp).

    But that's still a long way off for me....

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    nice one! driving through europe sucks. but a nice and comfy car does heaps
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    good thread - and good story.

    ...weirdo germans indeed..
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    Great write up mate... Thanks for sharing. Have always had a thing for Jags
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    taxi driver was probably looking for a fisting partner?

    that wood & red leather, oh dear god my eyes....

    skid pics?
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    I do have a soft spot for jags. Thanks for sharing!
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    Couldn't get one cheap in Switzerland?
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    Yeah nice car and cool story. That dash would have been a bit tricky to do

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    Good read!
    red leather and woodgrain, wtf were they thinking?

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    good read

    prolly could have scored a free wristy from the cabby if you werent such a surly bastard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cambo351 View Post
    Having searched through PF to see what history Jaguar has here, i was kind of in two minds if I should post this up or not.
    Glad you did. Epic car and great post.
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    First thing that came to mind when I read the thread title was Chev 350 conversion!
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    Great post and I like where you've taken the Jag - what were they thinking with that interior?

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    Nice writeup and a nice result so far with the car! I was kind of expecting that 'fixing' the interior was going to involve changing the door inserts and possibly the seats, not the woodgrain (aside from the wheel) though hahaha. That black vinyl looks like its worked a treat though.

    Every few months I find myself checking out earlier XJR's on carsales, probably not a good idea though
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    Quote Originally Posted by tut View Post
    nice one! driving through europe sucks. but a nice and comfy car does heaps
    Thanks. Depends where you drive, Germany vs. Oz, i'd take Germany everytime... 100 km/h speed limit, uh!

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    good thread - and good story.
    ...weirdo germans indeed..
    Thanks. The thought of being raped in a car park on the side of the highway made me shit my pants.

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    Great write up mate... Thanks for sharing. Have always had a thing for Jags
    Thanks. Yes i thought it was story worth sharing.

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    taxi driver was probably looking for a fisting partner?
    that wood & red leather, oh dear god my eyes....
    skid pics?
    Or worse!
    The leather looks magic in the flesh, but the wood ruined it. It's better now.
    Skid pics to come eventually.

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    Couldn't get one cheap in Switzerland?
    Half the price in England as here. And a fraction of the price as in Oz.
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    Yeah nice car and cool story. That dash would have been a bit tricky to do
    Thanks. The only tricky part was the airbag cover on the passenger side, had to do that in situ.
    Rest of the pieces came out easily, took a few hours all up.

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    Good read!
    red leather and woodgrain, wtf were they thinking?
    Thanks. If is was a very dark grey woodgrain it would have been OK, but the orange clashed with the red so badly...

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    good read
    prolly could have scored a free wristy from the cabby if you werent such a surly bastard
    Thanks. I can't come up with a cheeky response to that one...yeah you're right...

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    Glad you did. Epic car and great post.
    Thanks mate!

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    First thing that came to mind when I read the thread title was Chev 350 conversion!
    He He, more like a Kenne Bell conversion!

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    Great post and I like where you've taken the Jag - what were they thinking with that interior?
    Thanks. I'm trying to keep it tasteful. Well actually get it more tasteful than it was.
    The red leather (actually called Cranberry) looks wicked in the flesh, don't let the pictures put you off...

    Quote Originally Posted by CXTdreamer View Post
    Nice writeup and a nice result so far with the car! I was kind of expecting that 'fixing' the interior was going to involve changing the door inserts and possibly the seats, not the woodgrain (aside from the wheel) though hahaha. That black vinyl looks like its worked a treat though.
    Every few months I find myself checking out earlier XJR's on carsales, probably not a good idea though
    The reason I bought this one was the interior. It's pretty rare to find.
    I always knew the wood would go. I have Piano Black wood in my other Jag so it was always gonna happen.

    There seems to be a heap of XJR6's (95-97) for sale in Oz, but I didn't see any of the V8 X308 XJR (97-02) for sale recently, which are a great buy when it comes to performance. The later model X350 like mine (03-09) is tougher to modify.

    Thanks to all for the interest. Probably sometime next year this car will be heading down under.

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    yeh, i know, i live in belgium (i live at 6 km from one of the points on your trip.. A few years ago, i ran lowprofile tyres as a daily, and i spent several grand in 3 months on broken wheels and tyres..

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    This is the same engine as the Range Rover Sport Supercharged yeah?

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    Always had a soft spot for these -

    Presume intake tune exhaust would give these a fair few extra ponies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebstar View Post
    This is the same engine as the Range Rover Sport Supercharged yeah?
    Yep same donk as the 4.2L S/C Range Rovers.

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    Presume intake tune exhaust would give these a fair few extra ponies.
    Not as much as you'd think.

    Usual round of intake elbow, smaller pulley on the S/C, and exhaust/cats frees up at most 50HP at the wheels.
    The ECU in these cars already have a good tune in them, and for the cost of an off-the-shelf tune ($1000-$1500) you don't get much more.

    The problem is the Eaton S/C. It's already at it's upper limits from the factory. The twin-screw conversion is the way to go.
    Unfortunately the whine is greatly reduced with the twin-screw, it's much quieter than the roots-style Eaton.

    The >600HP 4.2L cars i mentioned before have been fitted with bigger throttle bodies, re-worked cams, as well as the twin-screw.

    One day....

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    Black w red FTW !!!

    I will be back in Switzerland in spring. Autobahn field trip ?
    We can see it the grandpa's car can keep up with the 63
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    You're on!

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    .....oh, did I mention I had one of the 100 XJR100's ?

    20's Brembo's and that glorious s/c whine
    Originally Posted by RotaUte: Some say he carries around a 5D and a beat up teddy bear, all we know is... he's called THE Q

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    Was pissy about having to race back to GIB....
    Originally Posted by RotaUte: Some say he carries around a 5D and a beat up teddy bear, all we know is... he's called THE Q

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    Yes you did

    A mate over here has one



    I was looking at getting one in the UK a few months ago to send downunder but had to pass because our time schedule was brought forward...

    The X308 is surprisingly smaller than the X350, here side by side





    You can see that the X308 is a lot lower in the roofline, I couldn't sit comfortably in the back by head was touching the roof.

    Sorry about the photo quality, it was a really overcast day & i only had a cheap point & shoot...

    EDIT

    Yes it will be good to catch up before I have to leave. I finish up here at the end of May.

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    I need to convince the nopics to chop the rover in for a 6cyl XJR...

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    I've noticed there's quite a few XJR6's for sale in Oz at the moment. If you can find a manual one jump on it.

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    Ooo oh, nice ! Another 100 !!

    Yes, 350's dwarf them. I was surprised when i first got it, at how small the 308s are (except length)
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    Awesome read and awesome car. Another one on my possibly somewhere down the track list...

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    Hasn't been much to update in the last few months....

    Sold the X-Type so the XJR went to daily driver duty, & that meant getting some winter tyres.
    I picked up a set of 18" staggered wheels of a 2006-2010 XK with Pirelli Sottozero's off ebay.
    Front's 18x8.5 with 245/45, rears 18x9.5 with 275/40



    Had to lift up the rear suspension about 15mm back to standard ride height because the offset on the rears is way off & the tyres rubbed the wheel arches. PITA but it's been OK for the winter, apart from the heater on the drivers side unable to put out heat when it's -5ºC outside...

    So next week some things are happening...as I have nowhere to work now, the Jag's going in to the local specialist for a full 100'000mi service by the book, and...

    - Transmission flush, new oil, plan, filter, seals (sealed for life my arse!)
    - Fitting a smaller pulley on the supercharger (should be good for another 2-3PSI)
    - New coupler inside the supercharger & change the oil (again, sealed for life, bullshit)
    - Uprated Bosch 010 intercooler pump to compensate the extra heat from overdriving the blower & keep AIT's down
    - Fit a Quaife ATB Limited Slip in the rear, along with new bearings (no more single spinners)
    - Hopefully he can backflush the heater matrix & get some heat back out of the drivers side.

    I'll get him to give the suspension a once-over, as well as new brake fluid, ready for our trip to the Nürburgring the weekend after easter. I just hope the snow fucks off because I have to put the summer wheels back on the car, can't even look at a corner without the rears rubbing at the moment...

    Pics & vids from the 'Ring to follow!

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    You are going to risk the Ring in April? Don't the Swiss have the same saying as the Germans?

    "April April er macht was er will"

    Shame you are heading there so early. I am planning to go to the N24 again and also hit up some laps on another weekend. But that wont be until May. Enjoy and GL!
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