Thank You!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you out there, the readers of this website.   There is an overwhelming positive feedback that comes from you in comments on articles, YouTube videos and via the Contact page.  I try to respond when I can.   I always love to see pics of your cars and hear about your own repair adventures.

I’d like to send out a special thanks to Michael Crowther that was kind enough to buy me a Whiskey.   Mike used the ‘Donate’ page on the site and got me a bottle of MacAllan 18.   Yum!   Although Mike wasn’t here to share a dram with me, it was a good chance for me to also thank my cameraman Rob.

 

About 400 viewers a day are accessing the website now – just wow!   I’m glad some of the information is helpful.  I know I go way too deep into details for some, but I make videos and articles for myself first, and I want to see exactly how to do something, not some vague recollection of what was involved.  I make it for me, and share it with all of you.

Equally amazing is the YouTube channel (check it out here is you haven’t already).   My most popular video on The True Costs of an Aston Martin DB9 has nearly reached 1 million views.  Wow!   More people consume Aston1936 content on YouTube than on this website.   I think they compliment each other, so I’ll be continuing to do projects in both formats.

I also would like to thank the guest authors that have taken the time to contribute their own articles to this website [Truly – thank you guys].   I’ve managed to rope in a handful of like minded Aston owners that usually write me separately about their projects and my hope is to coax them and more of you into helping share the knowledge.  If you’d like to share an idea, large or small, just contact me.

I also work at an IT firm full time and we’ve been going non-stop during the Covid crisis (essential service).  Worrying about the firm, our staff, and all those responsibilities have sidelined some of my hobby time.  When I do get a few free minutes, I am stressed out a bit, so the MacAllan 18 was well timed.

What’s ahead?  I have a ton of backlogged content.   I waffle between sitting down at the computer and doing the hours of post production work for stuff already ‘in the can’, and the longing to just get into the shop on new projects (many of which I have parts staged).   Upcoming new works include:

  • The final results of my quest for more Horsepower.  The results are in…..
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid change (many are asking for this article)
  • Completion of the Brake Service series
  • Power Steering Fluid change
  • Coolant change
  • All about the magic AMDS dealer computer (I managed to purchase one ;>)
  • and a lot more….

Please keep sending feedback.  It keeps me going.

Stay safe!

Steve

Windshield Wiper Blade Options for the Aston Martin DB9

Failing OEM Wiper Blade

As part of your 2 year Annual Service for a DB9 you are supposed to inspect and/or replace the Windshield Wiper Blades.   I wrote about how to swap them and how ridiculous it is to automatically replace them on a 2 year interval in my other article here (check it out).   But, when it comes time to replace them you have more options than just ordering up a set from the Dealer.  Those options is what this article is all about. Continue reading “Windshield Wiper Blade Options for the Aston Martin DB9”

Installing the DB9 Badge/Logo on an Aston Martin DB9

What’s Missing Here?

My DB9 was resprayed (repainted) recently.  It was done by our regional Aston Martin Certified paint shop.   When I got it back I was gobsmacked by how awesome the paint looked.   A few days after I had it home I got the call from the paint shop, they realized that they had forgotten to install the DB9 badge on the trunk/boot lid.  Doh!   Sure enough, my car was debadged.  The paint shop was a 2+ hour drive away, so I opted to have them FedEx me the logo.  To my surprise it comes as three loose pieces D – B – 9 with NO template provided (Gee Aston – could ya toss in a piece of paper please).  I asked the paint shop how they do it.  They seriously said “We just wing it”.   Which got me started on how to figure out exactly where to install them.  This article covers it all. Continue reading “Installing the DB9 Badge/Logo on an Aston Martin DB9”

Understanding the SmarTire TPMS System in an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage

SmarTire Controller

When I purchased my DB9 used and was doing the initial walkaround, I opened the trunk and asked the sales rep “What’s this thing with all the LEDs?”.   It wasn’t a main dealer, and the rep didn’t know.    I figure there might be other owners out there that don’t know what it is, or what all the LEDs mean.  Let me explain…. Continue reading “Understanding the SmarTire TPMS System in an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage”

Dyno Testing Results After Installing a Airbox Delete Kit in an Aston Martin DB9

Airbox Delete Kit Installed

I am in the process of evaluating several ‘bolt on’ performance changes for my DB9.  Ultimately I am hoping to achieve power levels similar to a DBS (they are essentially just the same engine).  In this article I am testing the changes that come with fitting a Velocity AP GT4 Airbox Delete Kit (check out my other article on how to fit one).  This is a popular modification that promises less weight and better breathing to make more power.  Its that last claim we are testing here. Continue reading “Dyno Testing Results After Installing a Airbox Delete Kit in an Aston Martin DB9”

Dyno Testing a Stock Aston Martin DB9

How much power does my 2005 Aston Martin DB9 really make?   It certainly makes ‘enough’ – the car is not lacking for performance.  Lately I’ve been curious about a few ‘bolt on’ performance upgrades that I want to try out.  To know if they make any difference, I want to know the actual power my car make now that its 15 years old and has 44,000 miles on it.   I need a Baseline performance test. Continue reading “Dyno Testing a Stock Aston Martin DB9”

Installing an AML Performance Secondary CAT Delete Kit in an Aston Martin DB9

If you are a member of any of the Aston Martin Owners FaceBook Group or online Forums (like PistonHeads or 6SpeedOnline) you will likely have seen some chatter talking about fitting a ‘Secondary Cat Delete Kit’ (SCDK) in your car to increase the power and improve the sound.  It’s not like the stock DB9 has a deficiency in either department already, but its promise is a simple change will give you more of each.  Intrigued by this I couldn’t resist researching how to tackle this.

There are several vendors that make SCDKs, and in this article I will be covering my personal experience with the kit from AML PerformanceAML Performance is a small company in the UK, and I met its parts manager Mark Holden in the Aston Martin Owners Facebook Group.   He is a DB9 owner himself.  Mark suggested I might want to try out a set of their SCDKs and I took him up on the offer.   Read on to learn about their kit and how to fit it. Continue reading “Installing an AML Performance Secondary CAT Delete Kit in an Aston Martin DB9”

Dyno Testing Results After Installing a Secondary CAT Delete Kits in an Aston Martin DB9

Secondary CAT Delete Kit Installed

Power is like chocolate.  You could always use more even though you don’t need it.   I’ve been evaluating several ‘bolt on’ performance changes for my DB9, ultimately hoping to achieve power levels similar to a DBS (they are essentially just the same engine).  In this article I am testing the changes that come with fitting a Secondary CAT Delete Kit (SCDK or decat).  This is a popular modification that promises less weight, better sound and more performance.  Its that last claim we are testing here. Continue reading “Dyno Testing Results After Installing a Secondary CAT Delete Kits in an Aston Martin DB9”

Exhaust Sound Change after Installing a Secondary CAT Delete Kit in an Aston Martin DB9

Secondary CAT in an Aston Martin DB9

I’ve been fiddling with my DB9 trying out several ‘Bolt On’ performance improvements.  One of them is a ‘Secondary Catalytic Converter Delete Kit’ (SCDK) which promises to:

  • Reduce weight (it does by about 8 pounds)
  • Increase Power (yet to be seen- Dyno test coming soon)
  • Improve the Sound

This article is all about the sound, and how it changes. Continue reading “Exhaust Sound Change after Installing a Secondary CAT Delete Kit in an Aston Martin DB9”