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Omega General Help / Re: Air Hose Kit AK-29 to Rear Shocks
« on: 13 October 2017, 12:20:09 »
I presume you have tried GM / Opel dealers? I don't know whether they are still available though without asking the question.
My experience of some dealers is that they sometimes say items are not available, when actually there is stock in warehouses in Europe.
The pipes come in various lengths depending on their position on the car, and come with the relevant connectors.
If you need the part numbers to ask the question of your local dealer, please see the attached link and list of the part numbers of the pipe work.

GM   Name   Quantité
2   90473520   437690   PIPE,PRESSURE,1140MM LONG   1 
3   90473519   437691   PIPE,PRESSURE,500MM LONG   1 
4   90473521   437688   PIPE,PRESSURE,275MM LONG   1 
5   90251877   437689   PIPE,PRESSURE,730MM LONG   1 
6   90473522   437693   PIPE,PRESSURE,860MM LONG   1 
6   90473522   437693   PIPE,PRESSURE,860MM LONG   1 
7   90447414   437692   PIPE,PRESSURE,4050MM LONG   1 

Hope this helps.

Omega General Help / Re: Mintex
« on: 13 October 2017, 00:23:53 »
To be fair Mintex are priced in the midrange category.
Because of the name ;). Their aftermarket spec pads are definitely not god enough to be classed as midrange. They are budget.

Brembo also do (expensive) cheapo pads, which are also shite. And not to be confused with the decent stuff sold through specialist outlets.

On an Omega, you have a simple option for cheap - TC pads. Nothing in the sub £50 bracket comes close. Only downside is a dead feeling for the first 100 yards when they haven't been used for a few days. Around £15+VAT on TC, or free with the (also very good) TC disc sets.

Why oh why people piss around with other cheap pads on an Omega is a complete mystery to me.

Not wanting to be argumentative on the subject of Mintex pads, but my thoughts about Mintex has to be formed on the basis of my own experiences - I have fitted Mintex for many years in different cars ranging from Honda, Audi, VW, Kia, Vauxhall, Renault, Peugeot, Ford (can't remember all the other vehicles I've fitted them to), and I've never had any complaints, either about pedal feel or noise. Fitment has always been good too (no filing to fit). Their pads that I have fitted to my own cars have also been very good.
So I personally don't quite get the statements that Mintex are shite - just as similar comments that Bosal exhausts are cheap and nasty, which I also have to disagree with.

General Car Chat / Re: Anyone had a RFL rebate recently?
« on: 12 October 2017, 23:12:49 »
SORNED 3 cars at 23.30 hrs on Saturday 31st October, and the three refund cheques arrived in three different envelopes on Thursday 5th October! I too was impressed with the speed of sending the refund.
Modern technology is instant now I suppose, rather than previously filling in a form, sticking the surrendered tax disc to it, posting it to Swansea where it no doubt sat in a pile until physically opened and dealt with......

General Car Chat / Re: Exhaust trim
« on: 12 October 2017, 22:51:10 »
Original GM in the UK never had chrome tips early pre -facelift had gloss black though.

Yes, you are absolutely correct about original GM never having chrome tips.
The original OEM tailpipe tips were actually stainless steel.

Omega Gallery / Re: A few of my current omega's
« on: 10 October 2017, 22:08:48 »
When I showed these photos to t'other half (in an attempt to help justify my reasoning for why I have more than one, well four....), her only comment was "Well, he must be single then" and carried on watching the telly......
I admire your collection......!
Don't see so many red ones either.......

General Car Chat / Re: Exhaust trim
« on: 10 October 2017, 21:53:10 »
Last time I changed the tailpipe on my 3.2, I fitted a Bosal system. The old tailpipe was one of the OEM originals with the angled stainless tips which were held on by two blobs of weld. I ground the welds off to remove the tips, and then slid them over the new tailpipe using some plastic metal to hold them in position. Were still on when I sold the car. Only trouble is, not many cars these days still have the original GM tailpipe with the stainless tips on......

Omega General Help / Re: Another years ticket BUT .............
« on: 15 September 2017, 23:39:11 »
Right, got the plate off curtesy of my new impact gun and lots of plus gas.
Rubber bit in the middle took a screwdriver in the middle and a bit of a tug and twist.

Now for the sleeve  :'(

Are these fookers normally pressed in with some sort of mastic / panel sealant ?
Well this bugger is ..........  ::)
1 1/2 hours upto now and its out by about a inch  >:( >:(

Last time I replaced the doughnuts, I used a 3 legged puller with the legs knocked into the notches in the bush which started them moving slightly. I put suitably placed blocks of wood between the body and subframe, and supports under the subframe, with a long narrow bolt to fit in the centre of the bush with a nut for the puller to push against using the block of wood to retain the head, and they both came out reasonably easily in one piece. It just needs a bit of thinking, as you have forces pushing in both directions when you wind them out. 

Omega General Help / Re: NEARLY passed the MOT.....
« on: 11 September 2017, 20:06:14 »
Really, no car should fail the MOT on tyres. It's like wipers and washers, and lights. Something that every owner should at least check and remedy as required before the test.

General Car Chat / Re: Workshop rental.
« on: 11 September 2017, 09:36:17 »
Unless you are working out of a van / car everyday and keep all your tools in the vehicle, I would be tempted to do what you can at home. Been there, got the t shirt as they matter what tools and equiptment you take, I will guarantee you will forget the something you need, and not being at home it will be impossible to get them.
Working where your tools are kept is imho the best working enviroment.

General Car Chat / Re: 2 things - headlamp & underseal
« on: 11 September 2017, 00:34:53 »
Do you mean undersealing or rust preventative measures, because these are two different things.
I personally wouldnt bother applying underseal, but I would consider applying a GOOD quality rust preventative penatrative wax to the inner rear wheel arches and all box sections, although this will involve removal of  a reasonable amount of trim to get to the relevant areas. I would only consider Bilt Hamber or Dinitrol for this, and for seam welded areas, a highly penetrative substance such as Supertrol. I have used these on all my Omegas from acquiring them, and none have any rust at all in the rear arches for example.  I have applied it to my clsssic Triumphs; one I have owned for 33 years and it has little visible corrosion that has come from internal sections. I put this down to the rust preventative measures I have applied over the years.
It all depends on the condition of the car before its applied. Its pointless doing it to a car that is alteady showing signs of corrosion. If the car you are refering to has had a very sheltered life and is predominantly rust free from a visual inspection underneath and all the suspect areas, then I would say its worth doing.
The other point is that many wax based treatments are highly flammable so if any welding is likely in the future, then waxed injected areas have to be treated with extreme caution.
Underseal is not good on an older car; it can crack and allow damp under it which is then trapped, and it then accelerates any areas of corrosion.
So rust prevention - yes depending on the cars condition to start with, undersealing - NO!
Also, any wax rust treatment must not be applied to any rubber components or they perish and turn to jelly...

Omega General Help / Re: Looking for gearbox seal
« on: 06 September 2017, 16:39:52 »
I did see them but read the reviews not good i was hopeing to find in uk thanks
Rummage and you shall find...


Several years ago, I needed to replace my air compressor / pump for the self levelling on an Elite, and as you may well have experienced, the bolts securing it to the inner wing were solid, and had to be ground off, and in the process the already rusty compressor mounting bracket fell to bits.
Couldn't source a new or good used one at the time in the UK, but I found two listed on Ebay by this company White Racing Products in Tampa USA. Bought both (just in case!), and they were delivered ok. A bit lacking on the communication side, but no real problems at all.

Omega General Help / Re: Discontinued Parts for Catera
« on: 06 September 2017, 16:26:20 »
As long as the bush and knuckle joint are serviceable, the adjustment caps and adjuster bar on the rear track control arm can usually be freed off with a bit of heat. They need to be removed from the car, but this isn't a difficult or lengthy job. Once freed off, grease the threads before refitting to aid further adjustment if required at a later date.

General Discussion Area / Re: Word Association.
« on: 04 September 2017, 23:38:33 »

Omega General Help / Re: Self leveling.
« on: 04 September 2017, 17:00:18 »
This is what the plastic pipes and connectors look like with self levelling shockers...... not exactly well up on getting pictures on here, but here goes......

Omega General Help / Re: Self leveling.
« on: 04 September 2017, 14:16:13 »
I assume you have also ordered the plastic pipes from GM? They are supplied in various standard lengths and come with the connectors, which are 90° fittings, as Nick says, located with a cross spring clip. The ends of each pipe is flared and has an O ring which form the airtight seal. They will be self explanatory when you see them.

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