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    My B Shape Sri - Bike Carb'd

    Hi guys following on i will give a summary of the main changes my car has seen over the 3 years of owning

    Picked up my ‘94 16v Sri locally with 46k miles on the clock and 3 local owners 1 being a local Vauxhall garage. It had a year of being standard before i found the potential these cars have

    Exterior plans:
    Colour coded facelift bumpers (complete)
    Irmscher Splitter (complete)
    Spray plastic arches/bumper parts (incomplete)
    Vauxhall vectra sri alloys (complete)
    Brake callipers and drums painted (complete)
    Stubby areal (complete)
    White sidelight bulbs (complete)
    8000k HIDS (complete)
    White number plate light (complete)
    Clear side repeaters (complete)
    German rear lights (complete)
    Pressed plates (complete)
    Punto mk2 rear wiper (complete)
    2013 Exterior Plans:
    Pre facelift bumpers with irmscher aprons (incomplete)
    Renault turbines (complete)
    Come out with some kind of bumper, arch/apron paint idea. (incomplete)

    Interior:
    New mats (complete)
    Drivers bolster re-upholstered (incomplete)
    Double pillar gauge pod for fpr+ afr gauges (complete)

    Chassis:
    Front + rear strut brace (half complete)
    40mm or 60mm Lowering shocks+springs (complete)
    288mm brakes (complete)
    Braided brake lines (complete)

    Engine:
    Freshen up engine bay – spray cover and caps (Complete)
    Oil Catch Tank (complete)
    Piper stainless steel system (complete)
    'Race tube' center section (complete)
    Pipercross or K&N panel filter (complete)
    De-restrict airbox (complete)
    Silicone pipes (complete)
    2013 Engine Plans:
    Upgrade to piper stainless system (complete)
    4-2-1 manifold (complete)
    Stainless de-cat (complete)
    R6 Bike carbs (complete)
    EDIS 4 Ignition system (complete)
    Megajolt ECU (complete)
    High lift cams (complete)
    Headwork (porting) (complete)
    Bottom end rebuilt (incomplete)
    Carbs balanced, fueling sorted and ECU mapped (complete)
    Heat Wrap manifold (complete)
    Polish Rocker Cover (complete)
    New brake servo piping (complete)
    Facet silver top fuel pump + Filter King fpr (complete)

    ICE:
    USB/AUX stereo (complete)
    Uprated speakers all round (half complete)
    Subwoofer (complete)

    Before:






    To Date (July 2013)




















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    Modifications carried out roughly in 2010:

    First changes were rear de-badge, front fli door speakers, stubby areal, aero wipers and a compact sub.

    After that managed to pic up these beauts for 70 just needed new tires!


    off to get some tires!

    went for a 45 profile, thought wheels looked odd with the plastic bumpers so got some facelift ones asap!

    picked up the facelift bumpers from reclemet:


    Popped to a garage round the corner from me and they sprayed them both for 175 which i thought was pretty good?? as the finish was ace!:


    pretty neat behind the rear bumper no rust at all, although there was rust behind the front bumper which i will tackle at a latter stage!

    Then got some red and black calliper paint





    Once that was all sorted then came some wind deflectors!


    So after the previous modifications decided to get some 8000k hids which luckily have hardly changed the beam pattern, never been flashed by other drivers either:


    Then got some vauxhall mud flaps:


    The orange side repeaters looked awful so they were next to change for some clear ones :



    Then managed to pick up an OMP strut brace for 25 quid locally which i thought was great! but didnt really notice much handling difference at all :/


    After those few bits things got quiet for a while but then i got bored and decided to get the paint out!
    Re-sprayed the strut brace and engine caps vaux flame red:




    and the rear heat sheild:



    Also decided my car needed more sound so got a sportex backbox which has been great! makes such a decent sound for just a backbox!



    And to free up the airflow up front got a pipercross filter and de-restricted the airbox:



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    Cool

    2011/12 saw the following mods ...

    Thanks to Dan Richards these came through the other week



    (Vauxhall sticker was added to the cover the next day)

    And thanks to hoppydan got an irmcher splitter, which was so well wrapped took a good 5 minutes to get into :L!



    Then time to spray!



    Finished product


    Then after much debating 2 weeks ago i ordered the 288mm big brake kit from LMF Vauxhall, took a bit long arriving but was worth the wait !



    lovely size difference!



    Then on the car nice filled wheel!



    New exhaust rubbers


    and braided lines




    Also managed to get the new center section on today:




    Last summer went for a track day at my local track (Lydden)

    Got there and couldnt have asked for better weather but then we also realised are cars were nothing compared to the majority there haha!



    Then booked a couple of 15minute sessions and stripped out the bonnet lining, engine cover and front pipe of the airbox just so that everything could stay that little bit cooler!



    We then lined up in our group (novice) and the competition didnt exactly match what we had haha!





    Then got out on the track












    Awful body roll:







    Decided to step up my game with the engine performance









    R6 carbs and custom 14/16xe manifold with Megajolt ECU and loom, also got a spare near complete set of carbs too!

    Picked up a whiteline front anti-roll bar and cavalier rear anti-roll bar. (one of the best handling mods i've done)



    Also today came some Gaz rear coilovers! would have got fronts to match but due to price they can wait!



    got some rear bonnet raisers and popped them on today, after about 20mins couldnt work out why the bonnet wouldn't line up. After about another hour of re aligning the bolts and various use of washers managed a decent finish





    Finally go round to doing my coilovers, what a mission that was smashing the inner arch to shape









    Wound them all the way down but was rubbing too much





    Clearance

    But popped them to a more sensible height


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    2013 saw the most mods as i really got stuck in especially mechanically wise

    Stainless steel De-cat on



    Getting a nice load of pops and bangs! but with the mild steel system it was so loud which has been cured by a piper s/s backbox with mid section to follow





    The Piper backbox has been one of the best purchases of this car, quiet for having a 4-2-1, decat, straight through, when around town but then gives a lovely sporty (non-boy racer) sound when you go for it!

    After nearly 4 weeks and them turning up individually i finally have my apex front shortened shocks.



    Got my stainless center section and got that on at a mates garage...



    Also some videos for exhaust sound.... Both these were done from a near cold start (car had been running for around 5 mins) and rev to 3k

    This is the old system.. with the cat, hoffman centre section, sportex backbox. All mild steel.

    SNB21836_zps5c74d8ea.mp4 Video by liquidd_monkeyy | Photobucket


    This is the new system. Fully stainless steel manifold back. De cat, non resonated center section and piper backbox.

    SNB21841_zps2a866dc7.mp4 Video by liquidd_monkeyy | Photobucket

    All comment welcome

    Small update... Lowered the front end at last but with awful comfort consequences cars in the garage atm being checked over but it could just be the front set up being too hard .





    Looks tons better but smaller wheels are needed now as there's minimal wheel to arch clearance





    Ordered a few more parts for the carb conversion. New trigger wheel (VR) sensor



    And a malpassi fse fuel pressure regulator





    2nd time i've used LMF Vauxhall and great service once again

    Next day delivery on my springs and camber bolts!







    Can't wait till the weekend to get these on!

    Unfortunately had to buy the whole set as couldn't get fronts on their own even after calling up eibach themselves.

    Sorted the new springs and camber bolts out, turns out old springs wouldnt have given such a hard ride if bump stops were fitted but i've got the perfect amount of lows i was after now so quite happy





    Break in the weather meant a much needed clean





    Ordered a few little bits that came through the other day....

    New powerflex bushes to stop my bumper from melting



    New bulbs to give HID affect (actually work well and would recommend, only 10 posted)



    Main breather pipe (chris asterly motorsport) just needs a clean



    Paintwork still comes up mint after 19 years



    Also got rid of the camber bolts and re-tracked car, steering is far lighter now and actually have far more grip, with the suspension and Arbs its like a go kart now

    So lasts nights antics involved this...



    Replaced the track rod end last week but the bolt shat itself straight away and wouldn't tighten or loosen as cats gave me the wrong track rod end with too short a thread so got the right part for free and then the air grinder came out

    Also bagged myself gated underground parking this week and can use it when i need to work on my car so that makes things easier



    On the plus side many parcels were received today

    Would like to thank Daniel119 for the quick posted and very well packed lights



    Also would like to thank philip2 (great guy to talk to about modding small and big block XE's) for sorting me out with a solid cam tensioner and bottom end barrings



    Received my expansion tank hoses from autosiliconehoses.com, very pleased with the quality for what they cost!



    Also got my trigger wheel for the crank pulley



    And from autovaux - Timing belt kit, Headset, Sump gasket, Crankshaft seal:



    All im waiting for now are some Ford Motorcraft red HT leads from a fiesta RS turbo then i finally have everything . Far more expensive then planned but it should be worth it !

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    Pretty simple ecu



    Found out is has the hard cut limit built in



    Checked i had everything:



    Also got some ford motorcraft HT leads, ebay bid purchase at 4.66! couldn't believe my luck



    All ready to go!



    Sprayed a few bits Monday morning







    Then got down to the action ...

    Last night involved stripping everything down:











    In a sorry state



    Tonight involved cleaning, opening the ports on the inlet manifold and removing the valve stem seals:













    Heads being skimmed tomorrow and will be back down on Friday for rebuild and start on the wiring loom! Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly

    Picture Heavy Update

    So after my car sitting like this for a few days:







    spent the last 2 days down the garage:

    Ripped out the old loom and ECU:



    Painted the thermostat:



    Modified the oil pick up pipe to fit the new silicone hose:





    Popped the head and old rocker cover in the dishwasher



    New valve stem seals:



    Nice surface after lapping in the first valve:



    Couple of hours of hard work and 16 valves lapped



    Skimmed head and valve faces re ground:



    Opened up/tapered the ports on the inlet manifold:



    Inlet manifold on:







    Rebuilt Head:



    Head and new head gasket on:



    New red silicone pipes made up for rear of inlet to heater matrix and FPR/gauge located:







    New Water Pump and Solid tensioner:



    Water bottle and pipes measured/cut:



    Various Parts mock fitted















    Found a 4-2-1 in the yard off a vtec honda prelude and next week will modify the flange to fit as the exhaust ports line up really well







    Need to sort the fuel hoses out properly and i may invest in some proper connectors as im not sure on how safe jubilee clips are :/



    Machined crank Pulley, standard of finish is amazing:







    1 week to go!!





    Nearly there now, wired in the majority of the ECU earlier with an on/off switch and fuse box, just got to wire the fuel pump, coolant temp, oil pressure light and run a switch to the small fuse box in the PIC for the pump.

    Tension the timing belt and connect the brake servo pipe then hopefully she's good to go!



    We have power!!!! also found the fuel pump wire and tested it, pump held a solid 2.5 psi which will be tweaked to 3psi.

    Couple of better pics...


















    Honda prelude 2.2 manifold made to fit



    Video's

    First time trying to start it, ended up having no spark:

    VID_20130604_210124_zpsbe556f41.mp4 Video by liquidd_monkeyy | Photobucket

    2nd time with wiring sorted:

    VID_20130604_214616_zpsd4f3087d.mp4 Video by liquidd_monkeyy | Photobucket

    Although it may seem like the timings out we have triple checked and its not. Thinking it could be due to sticking lifters due to not enough oil

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    So finished the car 5minutes before leaving for PVS! tight on time and no testing i braved it!!

    Made it home in one piece, no major problems which was lovely! Felt like the hard one paid off and I got some good luck for once!

    Met a few members and a massive thanks to sparky for stickers, tigra scuttle and getting my car looking nice and shiny!



    Next time I shall try socialise more too haha

    Managed to get a few bits done today that I meant to do sunday morning but I was too cold and tired

    Tigra scuttle from sparkyxo (fitted Sunday)



    Changed my rear lights







    Strut brace and stainless rocker cover bolts fitted







    One of two fire extinguishers fitted



    Used about 70 in petrol for 320 miles, evidence of over fuelling, this was nice and shiny yesterday



    Not too much to update on as i'm currently doing a 3rd year module for uni in advance

    Before PVS got my magnetic sump plug in when i did the oil change



    Need a slimline fan as my manifold has started to melt the casing of the original one, anyone ever used the corsa b aircon fans as a main fan? know its a popular mod on the novas



    Also picked up a facet 2.5-3.5psi solid state fuel pump to help sort out the fueling and as soon as its in we can start on setting everything up



    Car also reached this the other day, still fresh at nearly 19 years old



    And a few pics of her on the way too and at PVS

    When the carbs fell off





    Beverage top up



    Recently decided to change the looks and going back to old school with Irmscher parts

    Got a front irmscher apron earlier for my original bumpers. Will get better pics in the next few days





    These are upto date (9-July-13)

    Got some time to spend on her tomorrow so will start the updates again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
    looking good
    Cheers mate ! i look at those last pics and think why am i swapping bumpers and alloys but i know it will be worth it for the end result just want her looking a bit more 'retro again'

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    At the begining of the week i started de-rusting the slam panel by sanding and treating it with kurust, just awaiting paint now







    Also fitted my fuel pressure gauge! this is temporary untill i get a few more gauges then buy a pillar gauge holder



    Had a productive morning today front bumper off, tackle the surface rust that's behind there











    Difference between pre-facelift and post-facelift irmscher bumper







    Once its sprayed, got a splitter and with new alloys and slightly lower at the front i think it will look good !

    Also received my fan mounting kit today


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    No pics today as phone ran out of battery down the garage !

    Facet pump in, with no fpr at the moment, old fuel pump is out and we just connected a hose to the tank filter then to the rest of the lines.

    Holding around 3psi with some fluctuation and seems to drop to 2psi after 4k revs :/.

    Glad to say that she's pulling a lot harder now (keeps pulling to 6.5/7k) and still have the carbs to balance and ECU to map so I can't wait for some more power

    Also got to drive a mk5 golf gti with the dsg gearbox! Have to admit I loved it! Smooth quick changes and doesn't hang about either!

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    Pic doesn't exactly show it, but the oil leak seems to be rocker cover and not cam seals luckily



    Fuel pump temp mounted



    And found this no idea how it happened but could explain why the steering has been pulling to the right?



    Still losing fuel pressure when opening up the throttle and to top it off it seems the fuel pump is leaking and not from the unions either :/ fuel everywhere

    Slowly losing patients now as just want it running right, looking to get a 4-7psi fuel pump with a malpassi filter king fpr set at 3psi. In theory that should cure any unstable fuel pressure?

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    And found this no idea how it happened but could explain why the steering has been pulling to the right?



    Still losing fuel pressure when opening up the throttle and to top it off it seems the fuel pump is leaking and not from the unions either :/ fuel everywhere

    Slowly losing patients now as just want it running right, looking to get a 4-7psi fuel pump with a malpassi filter king fpr set at 3psi. In theory that should cure any unstable fuel pressure?
    What is the picture above of exactly? Looks quite serious as it's a mounting point for something solid. I'd get it welded asap

    I'd be losing patience as well but i'd never have went the carb route personally.
    Once you get the fuel pressure sorted, you'll still need to get the ignition timing set up properly, then you might need to fine tune the carbs by either adjusting the needles or / and different sizes of jets. Any time you change the engine mods, you'll need to retune the carbs as the fueling will need adjusted and there's no ECU to adjust the petrol input on the fly. Usually it's a case of trying lots of different set ups (carbs out job) to find what set up runs best.

    Have you pulled the plugs again recently? I'd do that to see how it's running internally. You don't want it running too rich or it'll coke up the inside badly and too lean it can burn the valves and / or the pistons through detonation.

    Can't you drop it off at a specialist and get them to do the work instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
    What is the picture above of exactly? Looks quite serious as it's a mounting point for something solid. I'd get it welded asap

    I'd be losing patience as well but i'd never have went the carb route personally.
    Once you get the fuel pressure sorted, you'll still need to get the ignition timing set up properly, then you might need to fine tune the carbs by either adjusting the needles or / and different sizes of jets. Any time you change the engine mods, you'll need to retune the carbs as the fueling will need adjusted and there's no ECU to adjust the petrol input on the fly. Usually it's a case of trying lots of different set ups (carbs out job) to find what set up runs best.

    Have you pulled the plugs again recently? I'd do that to see how it's running internally. You don't want it running too rich or it'll coke up the inside badly and too lean it can burn the valves and / or the pistons through detonation.

    Can't you drop it off at a specialist and get them to do the work instead?
    That's the front left engine mount, will get one Monday when places are open again .

    Yeah I wanted to be different but now I'm thinking otherwise! The ECU map I'm not too worried about as I've got the right maps on my laptop but its pointless uploading them till the fuelling is sorted.

    I've got some standard jets coming and calling up boggs brothers to ask exactly what size the jets should be drilled out and I'll have them done exact as im not sure how well they were previously done.

    As for balancing the carbs i'm waiting on a better inlet manifold to be made up so the trumpets face up towards the bonnet.

    The nearest specialist is an 90mins away which isn't too bad but where I go which is where I did all the work they know what their doing .

    I just need to chuck one last lump sum of money at her and spend a few long days and I reckon we can get her running properly

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    Is it not worth doing the ignition map as well so at least it'll help things slightly until the rest of the fueling is sorted?

    What does balancing the carbs do? I've not heard that term before..
    Remember and tell the guys the exact mods your car has as well before drilling out the jets so they can get a better idea of what size needs done.

    They'll be awesome when set up correctly but they can be a PITA to get set up right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
    Is it not worth doing the ignition map as well so at least it'll help things slightly until the rest of the fueling is sorted?

    What does balancing the carbs do? I've not heard that term before..
    Remember and tell the guys the exact mods your car has as well before drilling out the jets so they can get a better idea of what size needs done.

    They'll be awesome when set up correctly but they can be a PITA to get set up right.
    The base map its running at the moment isn't bad at all keeps everything running smooth as it can be, its just the fuelling letting the side down.

    Balancing the carbs is setting them up so each carb supply's the same amount of fuel/air ratio.

    Yeah I will do, only mods are carbs and exhaust, tempted to get some cams but I'm not sure how much more money I want to chuck at this now.

    As you say I know it will be awesome its just going to take time to get there, if this wasn't my daily car I wouldn't be too worried.

    Going out now to see what the plugs look like, will upload a pic soon

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    All plugs are like this



    Is this good or bad?

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    The colour looks ok to me, but i'd check with someone else to make sure (i'm colour blind)

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    Yeh they are fine, healthy. Should be a light tan/whitey brown colour. More heavy white deposits would indicate lean, dry black deposits, indicate rich. Wet black deposits indicates burning oil.

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    Cheers guys, well at least that's one good thing haha, found a tigra ready for the scrappies in my mates yard with the same engine as mine, and if I'm right the engine mount off that will fit my car??

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    Unfortunately 2 of the 4 must have had something on top of them as the very outter edge has slight stress marks in the paint and a chip (bottom of alloy in pic)

    Nothing too bad just need to get a can of the paint and blend it in . Apart from that their in great condition!

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