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    Updating & Modding the Rancilio Silvia

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    Hi Guys,

    Not sure why Im starting a topic to talk about my machine (maybe its just the idea of a coffeesnob forum that allows for such ego), when a lot of what Im going to say has been discussed in other posts, but I just wanted to post some thoughts and get some feedback on the changes Ive been and am currently making to my Rancilio Silvia V2.

    Last week, I installed the shims to my Breville BCG800 and it has been grinding much finer than previously. Morning macchiatos have improved quite a bit.

    Last night, I upgraded the steam wand (and knob) to the V3 silvia - tested it this morning, and wow - what a difference it makes to the microfoam. not to mention its aesthetic look - makes the machine look more pro.

    On the weekend, Ill be adjusting the pressure to 9 bar - not sure what it is currently sitting on (most likely 11) and Gronking the machine.

    Tomorrow Ill be getting a double synesso basket with a pullman barista tamper. The tamper Im using at the moment doesnt fit the basket correctly (gaps) and Im not too fond of the slight convex it has.

    So I have a weekend of coffee making ahead.... any tips or suggestions? Obviously I could be working on my dosing and tamping as well, but after having the machine for a few months, Im eager to start tweaking things.

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    Re: Updating & Modding the Rancilio Silvia

    Replacing the shower screen screw is another simple aesthetic and quality improvement if you havent done that yet? Discussed many times.

    And Gronk is good :)

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    Re: Updating & Modding the Rancilio Silvia

    yes. another mod. can i call it that? do i just remove the screen screw and go to bunnings and find a matching thread size and with a lower head? what is the benefit to a different screw?

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    Re: Updating & Modding the Rancilio Silvia

    A Stainless M5x14 Hex Socket "Mushroom Head" screw is I think the one required - fairly sure youll need a specialist purveyor of bolt&nuts. *Compared to the standard franken-bolt the theory is that it reduces damage to the puck as you lock in, therefore reducing likelihood of channeling - best if you search for the previous threads for more detail.

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    Re: Updating & Modding the Rancilio Silvia

    Quote Originally Posted by 6A7A786B7C60190 link=1295484280/3#3 date=1295515132
    Compared to the standard franken-bolt the theory is that it reduces damage to the puck as you lock in, therefore reducing likelihood of channeling - best if you search for the previous threads for more detail.
    It absolutely solved my channeling issues. Blonde gushers nearly everytime prior to replacing Frankenbolt with one of these




    Gushers ceased from that day forward :)

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    Re: Updating & Modding the Rancilio Silvia

    This mod looks like it may be worthy of inclusion. Looks very neat. ;D

    http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/esp...inemods/358287



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