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Here's a checklist I did for the 348. Should cover most things. All prices are in UK pounds.


For reliability:


* Refurb and upgrade alternator with better parts (£40, Parts £65 plus removal & fitting)
* Check alternator bracket and replace if cracked (£30)
* Refurb aircon motor fan in front luggage bay (£40 plus removal and fitting which is very easy)
* Replace OEM tensioners with Hill engineering tensioners (£220)
* Change all belts, cambelt, alternator, air-con. (£90 ??)
* Replace all hoses with silicon hoses (£120)
* Replace all other hoses ie: oil & fuel etc
* Check fuel hoses for cracks and replace if necessary (they can easily crack if over tightened - £220)
* Replace water pump (Optional. Never heard of a water pump going, but you can never be too careful as it shares the cambelt - Cost £650 new or £200 for the ebay rebuilt version)
* Check and recore/replace radiators as required (Cost £1,000 new or £200 for recored)
* Change radaiator sensor (£9)
* Change oil temprature sensor (£15 for non Ferrari or £75 for Ferrari)
* Check the header tank (water tank) at the bottom for corrosion. Replace/repair as necessary. (Cost me £75 for a used one)
* Change engine oil to Redline 75W90NS (very good for the gearbox)
* Change every single fuse in the car (Cost £5)
* Put stabilant 22 or similar on every electrical contact (£25 plus time)


For performance:


First thing you need to do is put it on a rolling road or hub dyno and see how much power the car has. If it has significantly low power, then do a compression test. After you do all the things below, take it back to the same place and do the test again and then compare. I ended up witha significant increase of power of around 10%.

* Use NGK iridium spark plugs
* Replace OEM spark plug leads with Magnecors (£170)
* Do the cam timing (I got an extra 30bhp+ from just doing this)
* K & N air filter (£50)
* Ensure throttle cable is not too loose (doesn't cost anything to do)
* Remove OEM cats and replace with Hyperflows (£800 plus fitting)
* Change the 348 wheels for 355 magnesium or other 18" wheels (£750+)



For handling:

The 348 gets a lot of criticism for it's handling. The main problem is because most 348's don't have them refurbished or sorted out. It's very sensitive to change. To get the car at it's best, it's recommended to do the following:

* Refurb dampers (£60 plus vat plus removal and fitting cost) and change the rubber bits at the ends.
* Replace suspension bushes (Between £500 to £1,000 depending on wether you get OEM rubber or poly bushes - plus fitting and removing is a pain))
* Do a full geometry setup by someone who knows what they are doing (£400 plus £45 for a set of Hill Engineering shims)
* Balance tyres (£40)
* While your at it, have the wishbones powder coated if necessary (£40
* Front lip spoiler (supposed to aid high speed stability)


To enhance the driving experience:

* Get a Tubi, Capristo or X-OST exhaust system (Anywhere from £500 used to £2,000+)
* Carbon sports seats (£2,000)
* 360 Challenge steering wheel (£180)
* Carbon fiber bits for interior (£800 to £2,000+)
* Stripe - option from £350
* AP racing brakes (£1,800 - make sure they are proper colour!!!)


Other modification:


* Speed up the electric windows (£90 plus fitting from www.ferrariwindow.com)
* Start Engine button in centre consoole (£60 plus fitting)
* Carbon fibre interior bits (£800)
 

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Sy you have out done yourself great job buddy...:)
 

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348 fog lamps

This is another item that sometimes get overlooked but as these lights are becoming very rare to come by and can cost $600 to $1000 each care should be taken when removing them by placing towels on the floor in front of the car.(trust me on this it ended up costing me $850..:crazy:)

The other step is to purchase clear or light blue 3M film at least 3mm thick then make a cutout of your driving lamps and seal the front with film. They will almost become bullet proof (don't try and shoot your lights it's a figure of speech..:tongue2:)but you defiantly wont crack them with a loose stone.

The 3m film is a must piece for your lights it will cost around $50 make sure it's at least 3mm thick or it wont be effective.
 

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Anybody familiar with the 30k maintenance kit being sold on ebay for $950.....supposed to be equal to the kit sold by Ricambi for $1400? The inventory is the same as far as what is being changed. Both kits offer Hill bearing upgrades.....

With regard to magnecor wires, there was a thread critical of the fit of the magnecor wire set......as I need to purchase a set I wanted to solicit a little more feedback. I know the original set is $550!

I am going to attempt the 30k service myself. I have collected everything I can find on the process so we will see how it goes. Trouble is the car runs beautifully - no engline lites on etc. I am worried about the belt though in as much as the car has 16k on it and no record of a belt change (two previous owners).
 

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Anybody familiar with the 30k maintenance kit being sold on ebay for $950.....supposed to be equal to the kit sold by Ricambi for $1400? The inventory is the same as far as what is being changed. Both kits offer Hill bearing upgrades.....
Have you got a link to the ebay item?
 

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Ahhhh.......

The chap selling it is well known in the UK and I know many people who buy from him.

He's a sponsor on one of the UK ferrari forums and I've done business with both him and Ricambi.

There is a considerable saving to be made there on the kits.

Couple of important points though.

Firstly, there are some counterfeit tensioner bearings going around so be very very careful. Hill engineering have now introduced some new security precautions. More info here: http://www.hillengineering.co.uk/catalog/counterfeit-bearings-a-7.html

Secondly, I've been informed by various sources of cheap chinese made counterfeit cambelts. Whilst I don't have concrete proof, the information I have is from reliable sources. So best err on the side of caution.

Please note, I am in no way infering that the above two companies are involved or are selling counterfeit items. As far as I'm concerned, Ricambi is one of the most trusted suppilers I've come across.

Just to add...the best 348 silicon hoses are from http://www.sfsperformance.co.uk/prod_carkits.asp?make=ferrari

The Magnecors I got cost me £170 (UK curency) I think when I got them last year.
 

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thanks angelis.......I ordered from the ebay supplier - he adapted the kit for what I needed. I have ordered parts from Ricambi too.

My engine is now out and I am in the process of replacing what should be replaced as well as the updates. I will post pics here as soon as I can figure out how to do it!
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Angelis:

Excellent postings and advice. I've read those bearing problems and the knockoffs....recall something about the lettering/font, on the sides, to be key in detection.

Ricambi is trustworthy, and if something goes wrong, they are spot on in fixing the problem...

recall their and Hill's heavy work on Pap's rear spacer casuing his wheel to come off[?] loose? :yikes: Quite a scary venture but Hill and Ricambi stepped up :thumbsup:

I am going to be posting 456 info much like you did with the 348.

HOWEVER, don't leave us step-children out [always the brides-maid, never the bride...you 348'ers :) ]....talking Mondial T's here :deal:

SOMEHOW, and perhaps I'm the only one, feel the T is more suited in both sections due to engine similarities.
 

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Angelis:


SOMEHOW, and perhaps I'm the only one, feel the T is more suited in both sections due to engine similarities.
I agree as well we do share almost the same engine.
 

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Personaly, i can vouch for the hill engineering bearings. i no longer fit O.E Ferrari bearings anymore, the quality doesn't approach the hill stuff. As has already been mentioned, be very wary when buying these cheap service kits. I've ordered tensioner bearings before that seemed like a great deal, but were absolutely awfull when they arrived, just fit for the bin.
 

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30K service

Any update on the DIY job? How did it go, how long did it take? Very curious as I am thinking about a 348 but want to be able to do the vast majority of maintenance myself
 

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The beneft of buying from Ricambi is that I sleep well at night knowing I got a quality product. To me, peaceful sleep is worth the extra cost.
 

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Any update on the DIY job? How did it go, how long did it take? Very curious as I am thinking about a 348 but want to be able to do the vast majority of maintenance myself
Then the 348 is for you my friend, it is probably one of the last Ferrari that you can work on yourself. With the self diagnosis system on board makes things way easier. Plus engine is very accessible in most cases, and you have an incredible support system in the Brotherhood.

Most problems are easily identified and solved on line, but best of all most of the time a master reset and an Italian tune up is all you need :D seriously :)

PS Italian tune up means find a long stretch of road that you can open her up for a 5 to 10 min run hard on throttle. I'm not saying to reach 180 mph but you get the idea.
 

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.... and you have an incredible support system in the Brotherhood.
This is what made me consider the 348! I first thought it would be too difficult with the whole engine out thing, but after studying everthing on this site, plus my348.com, I am now much more comfortable with the idea. :thumbsup:

I am familiar with the 'italian tune-up' idea - I have owned many motorcycles that were with carburators, if they didn't get some serious throttle sometimes everything fouled!
 

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348 refurb

Angelis
I am just about to purchase a 348 and read your post. You have provided great information. I am in Australia and was owning whether it is still possible to purchase the items you have listed in your post. Are there any Ferrari specialist second hand part locations in the UK that I can order through?
 

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forsyth- Welcome. Eurospares usually has a bunch of used parts, but they tend to be very expensive. Maranello Classic Parts is another distributor you can try.
 
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