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  • The driveshafts have arrived so..

    Dry assembled one


    Fitted to the car with the cross shaft..


    And as i suspected the crank sensor no longer fits, even after grinding some of it away, but we think we've found a non vauxhall alternative which will work.
    A small price to pay for identical length drive shafts.

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    • Slow progress at the minute, got some of the mundane stuff done, engine oil and filter changed, refit the exhaust down pipe, put some quick release catches on the bumper so it take 3 minutes to remove instead of thirty.
      Also, finalised, welded up and painted the cross shaft carrier.


      Final fit of the cross shaft, and drivers side shaft


      made an adapter for the new crank sensor and mounted it, now have millimeters of clearance!


      Mounted the gearbox oil cooler


      and made up the hoses for it
      Last edited by andrewt1971; 3rd September 2018, 01:58 PM.

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      • Had a quick read back as I've not had a look for a while - impressive amount of effort and initiative, look forward to seeing the results!

        Astra

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        • Quick re program of the dash so i know what gear i'm in.


          Washed and ready to go for MoT, which he passed .


          Knocked up a couple of very rough brackets to hold the damper reservoirs and mounted them.


          Cut another hole in the console


          and attached a bracket to the rear


          to mount the trigger box for the fire extinguisher

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          • Awesome build hats off to you.
            Stage 2 black VXR gone - rabbid tuned Stage 3 303 sold 9/2014
            Now Revo stage 4+ forged Mk2 Focus RS

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            • How did the MOT tester react when he saw the car?
              Astra GSi ~ VXR Injectors / VXR 80mm AFM / VXR Turbo / CDTi Airbox / TS Recirc / K&N / 3" Piper Exhaust / CS FMIC / EBC YellowStuff / Bridgestone S001 / Bilstein B12 Pro-kit / Whiteline RARB
              CS Mapped 285 BHP / 340 Ft.lbs

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              • Originally posted by Noxious89123 View Post
                How did the MOT tester react when he saw the car?
                Like it was any other fifteen year old Corsa, it goes to him every year, he'll ask/comment about any obviously new bits but that's it really.

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                • Aww.
                  Astra GSi ~ VXR Injectors / VXR 80mm AFM / VXR Turbo / CDTi Airbox / TS Recirc / K&N / 3" Piper Exhaust / CS FMIC / EBC YellowStuff / Bridgestone S001 / Bilstein B12 Pro-kit / Whiteline RARB
                  CS Mapped 285 BHP / 340 Ft.lbs

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                  • A small update.. I was out working on the mapping/flatshifting when, during an upshift, there was an almighty bang and vibration through the car.. Trundled home to find the gearbox mount was been ripped to pieces.


                    So made a new one from thicker material and with extra webbing, you can see the bends and cracks all over the first one.





                    Also been working on patterns for a roof vent


                    and undersealed the rear arch as it was starting to get a lot of surface rust

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                    • Nice work bud
                      Stage 2 black VXR gone - rabbid tuned Stage 3 303 sold 9/2014
                      Now Revo stage 4+ forged Mk2 Focus RS

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                      • More progress
                        finished making up the roof vent



                        Had a visitor to the garage!


                        And finally made and fitted my own spoiler.


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                        • The last few weekends and evenings saw me stripping the rear anti roll bar off for modifying...
                          First I added a lever and bracket to carry a push-pull cable.



                          Which allows me to rotate the near side blade from 'soft'



                          to 'stiff'



                          via a push rod in the car



                          to the third lever I installed with the shifter and hydraulic handbrake assembly.



                          The lever back is the softest setting so, the most rear grip, the lever forward is the stiffest setting so should push the balance forward, in theory. There's no photo of the bar on the car as you cant see it mounted above the rear beam and trailing arms.

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                          • Holy crap, that's pretty neat!

                            Is this common on racecars? Never heard of such a thing before.
                            Astra GSi ~ VXR Injectors / VXR 80mm AFM / VXR Turbo / CDTi Airbox / TS Recirc / K&N / 3" Piper Exhaust / CS FMIC / EBC YellowStuff / Bridgestone S001 / Bilstein B12 Pro-kit / Whiteline RARB
                            CS Mapped 285 BHP / 340 Ft.lbs

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                            • Yeah, pretty common.

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                              • Yesterday I made some new spacers up for the front suspension, old on left, new on right with an 8mm offset

                                Which moved the pivot point of the rear of the bottom arm down from here

                                to here

                                This should remove some of the anti lift geometry built in to the suspension which should help traction at the expense of some pitching under braking and acceleration. Theoretically it wants to go down further but that would require a major re-engineer of the subframe.
                                Also marked up the roof..

                                and fitted the vent.



                                it still needs sealing and i'll cut down the studs when i do.

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