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Messages - TheBoy

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General Car Chat / Re: Omega wheel balancing vol II
« on: Yesterday at 18:23:01 »
ok,so how would one find the heavy part of the tyre? Forgive my stupidity
You fit tyres, right?

So you already know (or you shouldn't be fitting them ;))

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: new head unit
« on: Yesterday at 18:21:39 »
Sony do a nice
That's an oxymoron.  Sony don't do anything nice.

Besides, I think Sony now buy in cheap Chinese tat and rebadge, rather than design their own.
But you don't like anything ::)
I disagree. There are some fine systems out there. Just Sony ain't one of them. May as well buy Goodmans or Alba, and get better quality ;).

Some of the stuff by Alpine and Clarion are pretty decent

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: new head unit
« on: Yesterday at 17:40:32 »
Sony do a nice
That's an oxymoron.  Sony don't do anything nice.

Besides, I think Sony now buy in cheap Chinese tat and rebadge, rather than design their own.

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General Car Chat / Re: Omega wheel balancing vol II
« on: Yesterday at 17:28:33 »
If the wheels are off balance significantly with no tyre, use that info to fit the tyre slightly differently using the heavy bit of the tyre to counteract.

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: Yesterday at 17:26:33 »
Best diesel lump is probably the 3.0 V6 Isuzu lump in 180bhp
How do they manage so little power from such a sizeable engine :o

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Still trying to track down further faults, following its argument with a huge pothole at proper speed last week.
Could be, given the mileage, that a decent clout was enough to destroy already worn out bushes... Heavy cars are tough on suspension components, especially if driven hard, but you won't necessarily feel it from the driver's seat as 2.5t and a decent wheelbase make for a surprisingly stable ride inspite of worn out parts...

Other thing you might find is that an arm/link has moved out of place on a bush. Also, if aluminium, check for distortion and cracks.
I think you'll find its the same weight as an Omega ;).

But it probably needs bushes checking. Its been a while since its last inspection, where I polybushed a couple.

I thought you said you drove it down a muddy lane, got the underside covered in Horse plop then promptly whisked it round to the Gixer fellow....  :D
I didn't mean to, your honour. Its just have you seen the state of the roads round his way, especially with the local telco digging up all the verges...

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Lighter than I thought... Favourite luxo barge tips the scales at a most panzer like 2,190 kgs  ;D
That's because MB haven't had any car designers since the 80s ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: Autodata....
« on: Yesterday at 17:13:03 »
I always look at Camskill for prices, but usually just end up paying whatever the tyre place quotes me  :-X ;D That was back when I had a local place that knew me, though. But it's for the BMW, which means they're 19" and (very) low profile (35 & 40 profile)..
Trouble with buying tyres online/mail order is fitting.  Most place want at least 15 per tyre (and rightly so to cover costs), which makes it around the same sort of costs as a local fitted price...  ...and getting same place to supply and fit helps if there are issues down the line (I seem to suffer from quite a lot of tyre failures).

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: 16 December 2018, 18:47:34 »
2.8 is auto only, but is the only petrol v6 option.
The 2.6 and 3.2 v6s from the Omega were fitted to PFL Vectra-Cs.  The 3.2 is a hoot in a Vectra-C, just drive it full on loon mode, turn on full lock and control the amount of steering on throttle.  But I can't tolerate any Vectra C for long before my back is broken.

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: 16 December 2018, 18:36:40 »
It may be too late for Ronnyd but a Signum will make the owner very attractive to women. :)
But not a patch on a Marina TC :P

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Omega General Help / Re: Battery removal
« on: 16 December 2018, 18:35:20 »
There are a few different types, all look identical from the outside, but internally take different batteries etc.

TBH, not worth the effort, and with global warming and all that BS, we need to fill landfill more to raise the ground level.

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: 16 December 2018, 18:30:19 »
.... i am now looking for a replacement. Thoughts on a Vectra C please.
There is NOTHING to like about the god awful Vectra-C, except perhaps space.  An awful ride, and anything more powerful than the 2.0DTi engine shows the (lack of) capabilities in the chassis.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 16 December 2018, 18:24:22 »
Still trying to track down further faults, following its argument with a huge pothole at proper speed last week.
Could be, given the mileage, that a decent clout was enough to destroy already worn out bushes... Heavy cars are tough on suspension components, especially if driven hard, but you won't necessarily feel it from the driver's seat as 2.5t and a decent wheelbase make for a surprisingly stable ride inspite of worn out parts...

Other thing you might find is that an arm/link has moved out of place on a bush. Also, if aluminium, check for distortion and cracks.
I think you'll find its the same weight as an Omega ;).

But it probably needs bushes checking. Its been a while since its last inspection, where I polybushed a couple.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 16 December 2018, 18:22:30 »
Still trying to track down further faults, following its argument with a huge pothole at proper speed last week.
30 MPH  :-\
like it said on the road sign  :D ;D
Yes, officer ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 16 December 2018, 18:22:02 »
Ouch!  :(

That around brackers? I've noticed the roads round Northants have gone from rather awful to an absolute joke recently.  ::)
Oxfordshire, which has always been anti car since I was a lad ;D

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