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Astra G – LSD and Uprated Clutch and Flywheel

We recently had this Astra G GSi Turbo in with us to have a Quaife Limited Slip Differential fitted into the F23 gearbox and whilst the gearbox was off the car we had the opportunity to fit a lightweight billet steel flywheel and uprated clutch cover and 6 paddle disc, in preparation for some big horsepower upgrades.

Work In Progress:

Astra G GSi Turbo with engine bed and gearbox removed.

Astra G GSi Turbo with engine bed and gearbox removed.

Astra Subframe

Astra Engine Bed/Subframe Removed

F23 Gearbox

F23 Gearbox – LSD Fitted

Engine Bed/Subframe Bushes – Astra G/H and Zafira A/B

Front End Improvement for Astra G/H and Zafira A/B.

Poweflex have engineered a solution to replace the factory engine bed/subframe bushes in Astra G/H and Zafria A/B which can be prone to failure and contribute to vague handling. These stiffer engine bed bushes help improve the front end feel of the car especially during turn-in and cornering. By removing the flex in the subframe bushes the handling is improved giving a more positive feel to the front end.

These Front Subframe Bushes feature two polyurethane top-hat style bushes that makes for simple installation and durability. The bushes house a stainless steel sleeve and are supported by zinc coated steel washers at each end for increased support under load.

Poly bushes will be resistant to corrosion and the addition of a stainless steel sleeve should help prevent the bed bolts from seizing into the bushes, which can happen with the factory bushes.

Suitable for Astra G, Astra H, Zafira A and Zafira B All Models.

These new bushes replace OE part numbers 90498689, 9223022, 9223023 and 13107328 used across the model ranges.

The application of corrosion resistant materials, robust design and the Powerflex Lifetime Warranty ensures the subframe need not be removed again once fitted, unless removal is required for other service work to be carried out.

These bushes are available in Purple Series 80 Shore Road Spec material for vehicles that are mainly used on the road and also Black Series 95 Shore Track Spec material that suits vehicles being used in Motorsport or predominantly on the track.

Purple Spec: £22 each

Black Spec: £24 each

6 bushes required per subframe.

Professional installation is recommended. The ideal time is when the subframe is removed to allow access to the gearbox or clutch.

Engine Bed Bushes - Purple Series

Engine Bed Bushes – Purple Series

Engine Bed Bushes - Black Series

Engine Bed Bushes – Black Series

Poly Bushed Front Wishbones – Astra G/H

Now Available, we have direct replacement front wishbones for Astra G and H models. These front wishbones are brand new and come pre-fitted with uprated 85 Shore polyurethane wishbone bushes in black and a brand new high quality OEM ball joint.

This will make fitting uprated poly bushes far easier and much more straightforward. No need to spend hours knocking out existing bushes and fitting new ones, simply undo 3 bolts, drop the original arm off the car and fit the direct replacement wishbone.

Priced at £90 each inc VAT.

Pre Bushed Front Arm Astra

Pre Bushed Front Arm Astra

Focus ST Remap

Just for a change we recently had a Focus ST here for remapping and rolling road set up. Already fitted with a cat back exhaust system (the standard downpipe and cat had not been changed) and an intercooler, we remapped the ecu and carried out a rolling road set up achieving 261bhp and 311 lb ft torque.

Focus ST on the Rolling Road

Focus ST on the Rolling Road

KW V3 Coilover Kit – Astra G Turbo

Upgrading the suspension on this Astra G Turbo with a KW V3 inox line adjustable coilover kit.

KW V3 Coilovers - Astra G Turbo

KW V3 Coilovers – Astra G Turbo

Astra H VXR K06 Conversion

One of our recent jobs was this Astra H VXR, brought in to have a K06 turbocharger fitted (complete with an uprated recirculation valve), along with our CSRacing Full Height Front Mounted Intercooler. Whilst in our workshop it was also converted to Evans Power Cool 180 Waterless Coolant.

Already fitted with a 70mm exhaust system it was onto the rolling road for mapping and full set up. During mapping the mid range and top end boost was reduced slightly due to the 70mm exhaust system giving more back pressure than a 76mm system and also because the engine did not have steel rods or uprated valve springs. Once the ignition timing and fuel were optimised we saw results of 304 point something bhp (so nearly 305bhp!) and 341 lb ft torque. With a 76mm system estimated gains are 305-310bhp so this particular car is making good power on a 70mm system.

There is still some in reserve to come for this car once it has a 76mm exhaust system to help with back pressure reduction as 310bhp+ is more than possible, with potentially even more should an inlet manifold, steel rods and uprated valve springs/shims be fitted.

Astra H VXR with K06 Conversion

Astra H VXR with K06 Conversion

KW Clubsport Coilovers 2 Way Suspension

We have just taken delivery of a KW Clubsport 2 Way Coilover suspension kit for our Astra H Sprint track car, which will be fitted over the coming weeks and set up prior to its first outing in 2015.

Here’s a preview:

KW Clubsport 2 Way Coilover Kit

KW Clubsport 2 Way Coilover Kit

KW Clubsport 2 Way Coilover Kit

KW Clubsport 2 Way Coilover Kit

KW Clubsport 2 Way Coilover Kit

KW Clubsport 2 Way Coilover Kit

KW Salt Test

What makes KW so good? Apart from their build quality, assembly process, attention to detail and technical support?

Their durability and resistance to rust, meaning KW coilovers continue to work, unlike cheaper competitors where spring perches corrode onto the struts making adjustment impossible.

All KW coilovers are made using high quality and perfectly matching components and materials. So both their renowned racing applications for international motorsports benefit, but also your KW coilovers for the road.

All KW coilovers, Variant 1, Variant 2, Variant 3, Street Comfort and the adaptive KW DDC coilovers from the KW iSuspension range are made from stainless steel. Whether the strut or the trapezoid thread or the vehicle-specific connections – KW only use stainless steel. KW stainless steel “inox-line” coilovers in conjunction with corrosion-resistant springs and elastomers stand for a long-term driving pleasure.

  • Highly corrosion-resistant
  • Unsurpassed quality
  • No signs of wear at the adjustment mechanism – also during long use
  • Trapezoid thread in stainless steel eases height-adjustment
  • Perfect look – permanently
  • High load tolerance

How resistant to rust are the KW coilovers “inox line”?
KW wanted to know precisely and therefore worked together with the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Esslingen. The chemists and engineers of the FH tested the KW coilover struts made of stainless steel. So in total nine coilover struts from six different manufacturers went through a quality check.

The image shows the results which speak for themselves:

KW Salt Test Comparison.

KW Salt Test Comparison.

3″ Exhaust and Poly Exhaust Mounts

Astra H VXR being fitted with a 3″ (76mm) full exhaust system with non resonated centre section (single silencer system):

Astra H VXR

Astra H VXR

with uprated polyurethane exhaust mounts:

Poly Exhaust Mounts on Astra H VXR 3" Centre Section

Poly Exhaust Mounts on Astra H VXR 3″ Centre Section

Poly Exhaust Mount £6.60 Each:

Full 3″ Exhaust System (1 Silencer) £995 or (2 Silencer) £1095:

1984 – 2014 30th Anniversary

30th Anniversary Advert:

2014 30th Anniversary Ad

2014 30th Anniversary Ad

30th Anniversary Picture Montage:

2014 30th Anniversary Picture Montage

2014 30th Anniversary Picture Montage

Brake and Chassis Upgrades – Astra H 1.9 CDTi

Enhancements being carried out to the brakes and suspension on an Astra H 1.9CDTi (150 PS) 3 door sport hatch.

Astra H 1.9 CDTi (150PS)

Astra H 1.9 CDTi (150PS)

To improve the chassis our Courtenay Sport Clubman Plus fast road suspension upgrade was fitted, which is a full kit that includes original equipment (OE) genuine Astra VXR dampers and a set of DAP Road springs, which not only improves road holding but also lowers the car by around 25-30mm.

The front and rear brakes were upgraded with EBC Turbo Grooved front and rear discs with EBC Red Ceramic (fast road) pads all round, and the system was bled with DOT 5.1 fluid.

Front EBC TGD Discs and CSR Suspension

Front EBC TGD Discs and CSR Suspension

Rear EBC TGD Discs and CSR Suspension

Rear EBC TGD Discs and CSR Suspension

Speedline Turini Alloy Wheels

Type 2120 – Turini. 8″x18″, 65.1mm, 5x110PCD ET38mm (possibly ET35mm) for Astra H VXR fitment.

Speedline Turini in Silver

Speedline Turini in Silver

Speedline Turini in Anthracite

Speedline Turini in Anthracite

Speedline Turini in Gold

Speedline Turini in Gold

We would like to have these Speedline Turini flow-formed 18″ wheels manufactured for Vauxhall/Opel fitment. If there is enough interest we will get a small batch of wheels made in 3 colours: Silver, Anthracite and Gold. The flowforming process makes these wheels extremely strong and light. They are fully heat treated up to motorsport specification and ideal for trackday use.

This would be a limited production run of wheels, meaning we do not need huge numbers of people to get this moving for delivery early 2015, and limited numbers would mean a certain level of exclusivity.

Target Price £936.00 per set of 4, depending upon the level of interest. (List Price £1008 inc VAT)

Please contact us as soon as possible to confirm interest giving your preferred colour. There is a contact form at the end of this post. If we achieve the desired numbers an order will be placed with Speedline upon receipt of payments from all participants.

Specification: 8″x18, 65.1mm, 5x110PCD ET38mm (possibly ET35mm) for Astra H VXR/OPC fitment. Will clear big brake kits such as AP 4 Pot and K Sport 8 Pot/D2 6 Pot.
These will not require a ‘fitting kit’ (spigot rings) or wobbly wheel bolts.

Colour Suggestions:
Gold suits White and Arden Blue cars.
Anthracite suits Silver, Red and White.
Silver suits most colours.

An iconic Speedline design, the Turini wheel is known for it’s classic good looks, durability and light weight.

The wheel comes with the ‘seal of approval’ from some of the worlds most important car manufacturers, as an original equipment option or line fitment. The 18″ version employ the world renowned Speedline patented Flowforming production technology, ensuring the ultimate marriage of low weight with high strength.

NOTE: These wheels are listed as available online on other suppliers’ websites, however having spoken directly to Speedline they have confirmed there is no stock of these wheels in a correct Vauxhall fitment, except by placing a minimum quantity special order.

FLOWFORMING – What is it and how does it differ?:

Speedline’s flowforming process is a unique solution to a common problem – how to make a wheel both light and strong.

Speedline’s flowforming method is unique within the wheel production industry, and patented.

This means that only Speedline can provide this precise technology.

The casting used to produce the wheel is much narrower than usual, but with the same amount of alloy that would be present in a conventional casting.

The casting is then placed in a specially designed machine within an additional mould. The hot casting is then spun at high rpm within the mould, and formed into the shape of the final wheel.

The resulting grain structure within the alloy of the wheel is linear, flowing in a single direction (see image below).

Cast versus Flow Forming

Cast versus Flow Forming

This grain structure pattern (shown above), combined with the exceptional quality of casting required for the process, gives the rim area of the wheel huge mechanical strength, and elongation. As a result of these mechanical characteristics, Speedline are able to reduce the thickness of the rim area resulting in reduced weight, without compromising strength and resistance to impact (see images below).

Pressure Cast Rim Profile

Pressure Cast Rim Profile

Flowformed Rim Profile

Flowformed Rim Profile

As can be seen from these images above, the flowformed wheel rim profile is much thinner that the usual cast wheel, resulting in lower weight and reduced inertia, making the wheel respond faster to acceleration and braking forces.

Note: Library Images

Speedline Turini in Silver

Speedline Turini in Silver

Speedline Turini in Anthracite

Speedline Turini in Anthracite

Speedline Turini in Gold

Speedline Turini in Gold

Please use this contact form to ONLY contact us regarding the purchase of Speedline Turini Alloy Wheels.

Thank You

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Front Poly ARB Bushes 21mm

21mm Front Polyurethane Anti Roll Bar bushes have been added to our online catalogue for Astra H models inclduing OPC/VXR and CDTi 3 door and 5 door models.

These are designed to replace the original 2 piece factory anti roll bar bushes on Astra H models which run a 21mm bar and are available in either purple or black material. The models include VXR/OPC, SRi and CDTi 3 and 5 door models.

Purple: £40.80 per pair

Black: £45.60 per pair

Astra Front Anti Roll Bar Bush

Astra Front Anti Roll Bar Bush

Astravan 1.9 CDTi Stage 3+ Tuning Package

We had this Astravan 1.9CDTi here recently for a few days undergoing some fairly extensive upgrades to cover the engine, brakes  and chassis.

Performance:
A Stage 3+ conversion. The van was fitted with our hybrid turbo charger, full 2.5″ stainless steel exhaust system (turbo back), full height CSRacing Intercooler and 80mm Air Flow Meter with revised inlet air path. At the same time an oil and filter change was also carried out.

After the hardware had been fitted, it was round onto the rolling road for ecu remapping and a full set up, which achieved 223bhp and 377 lb ft torque.

Astravan 1.9CDTi 150

Astravan 1.9CDTi 150

Braking:
At the same time a K Sport big brake kit was fitted, under the 17″ wheels, to greatly improve the stopping ability over the original factory 308mm brake set up. Red 8 Pot calipers, 330mm x 32mm 8 grooved and ventilated front discs with EBC Yellow Ceramic Pads. The brake system was bled through with DOT 5.1 brake fluid.

K Sport 8 Pot 330mm Brake Kit

K Sport 8 Pot 330mm Brake Kit

To ensure adequate clearance between the wheel spokes and the calipers a TÜV approved 3mm spacer has been fitted with longer 28mm black wheel bolts.

Handling:
The van has also had our Courtenay Sport Clubman Plus fast road suspension upgrade which is a full kit that includes original equipment (OE) genuine Astra VXR dampers and a set of DAP Road springs, which drops the chassis significantly, as can be seen on the before and after pictures below. Ideal for fast road and light track day use.

Before:

Astravan 1.9CDTi Standard Suspension

Astravan 1.9CDTi Standard Suspension

After:

Astravan 1.9CDTi Clubman Plus Suspension

Astravan 1.9CDTi Clubman Plus Suspension

Time Attack Calendar 2015

The provisional calendar for 2015 Time Attack:

2015 Time Attack Calendar

2015 Time Attack Calendar

Gold Plug Magnetic Sump Plugs

Gold Plug Magnetic Sump Plug

Gold Plug Magnetic Sump Plug


Gold Plug manufactures Magnetic Sump Drain Plugs of the highest quality. Constructed from a 303 Stainless Steel body that houses the strongest, highest temperature, N45SH Neodymium magnet available.

The magnet is secured in place with a proprietary 2 step process and will never come out. Advancements in technology and materials means Gold Plug is continually evolving and at the forefront of technology.

The strong Neodymium magnet collects any swarf or wear particles missed by the oil filter. These particles are abrasive and potentially damaging to the engine. The magnet will hold any collected metal firmly, unaffected by temperature variation until the oil is changed.

Magnetic sump plugs are a proven product and even used by some manufacturers as standard, examples are available on the market today however few match the quality of Gold Plug and those that do are very expensive.

  • M14 x 1.5 for most Vauxhal Sumps.
  • High Quality Stainless Steel.
  • High Temperature Neodymium Magnet.
  • Collects particles which are not filtered out by the oil filter.
  • Simple to Fit.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Includes Sump Plug Washer

Some Vauxhall/Opel engines using M14x1.5 Sump Plugs:
X18XE X20XEV X25XE X30XE (FWD)
Y26SE
Z10XE Z12XE Z12XEP Z14XE Z18XE Z18XER Z32SE
1.6 Turbo: Z16LEL Z16LER Z16LET
2.0 Turbo: Z20LEL Z20LER Z20LET Z20LEH
1.6 Turbo: A16LER A16LET A16LES
A16XER

If you are unsure on your particular fitment please check with us.

Price: £15.55

Insignia VXR Remap

We had this 2009 Insignia VXR with us recently for ecu remapping and full set up. It had covered about 55,000 miles and had already had the second cat removed by the owner, with the pre cat still in place.

Mapping and set up resulted in 348 bhp and 396 lb/ft torque, up on a car with a remap and standard exhaust with both cats still fitted, with gains of almost 100bhp and 100 lb/ft torque throught the mid range.

Insignia VXR

Insignia VXR

Cylinder Head Rework.

We were asked recently to carry out rework to a pair (obviously) of 3.2 V6 cylinder heads; porting, polishing and gas flowing to improve the efficiency of the heads to maximise potential gains.

They were sent to us by the customer after they had been removed from the engine:

V6 Cylinder Head Before Cleaning and Rework

V6 Cylinder Head Before Cleaning and Rework

V6 Cylinder Head Before Cleaning and Rework

V6 Cylinder Head Before Cleaning and Rework

And after cleaning, rework and a reface to the heads:

V6 Cylinder Head Cleaned and Reworked

V6 Cylinder Head Cleaned and Reworked

V6 Cylinder Head Cleaned and Reworked

V6 Cylinder Head Cleaned and Reworked

V6 Cylinder Head Cleaned and Reworked

V6 Cylinder Head Cleaned and Reworked

Stage 3 Corsa VXR

We had a lovely 40 something thousand mile Corsa VXR in with us recently which had been fitted with a full 3″ exhaust system, twin silencers and pre cat removed and also our high flow CSRacing full height intercooler.

Compressions were checked all found to be good, then the ecu was remapped and the car underwent a full rolling road set up with full ecu datalogging and the software was optimised to suit the fitted components resulting in 240bhp and 249 lb ft torque and running on 99 octane fuel.

As we are sure you all know what a Corsa VXR looks like by now, we will show you the power and torque graphs instead:

Corsa VXR Stage 3 Power and Torque Graph

Corsa VXR Stage 3 Power and Torque Graph

Mapping Session – Supercharged VX220

This VX220 was in for mapping following a self-install Stage 1 supercharger conversion and was mapped and set up on the rolling road making 210bhp and 190 lb ft torque.

Stage 1 Supercharged VX220

Stage 1 Supercharged VX220

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