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Omega General Help / Re: Vectra vxr 345mm front Brake swap?
« on: Yesterday at 17:08:32 »
Ignoring MK, there aren't too many places in the UK where under normal conditions you can really cook them if they are well maintained, without driving like a real loon, but you can easily get a bit close for comfort on a spirited country lane jaunt.

Apparently you can cook them running up from the M4 to Brackley, especially on the last few roundabouts :-X ::)
Back in the 80's I ploughed a Brand New Cav 130 SRi into a Round About on them roads due to Brake Fade, from MK to Buckingham.  :(

I was actually on the way to SuperChips for a Rolling Road Test, never made the Appointment though.  :-[
That is my daily commute, and nowadays you will not really get above 35mph, due to the retards too inept to attempt to approach the speed limit...   ...and they straightened that road out a lot in the 1990s.


Do you remember which roundabout?  I hit one myself about a dozen years ago, when I managed to overtake the bike I was riding ::)

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Omega General Help / Re: Vectra vxr 345mm front Brake swap?
« on: Yesterday at 17:03:59 »
Ignoring MK, there aren't too many places in the UK where under normal conditions you can really cook them if they are well maintained, without driving like a real loon, but you can easily get a bit close for comfort on a spirited country lane jaunt.

Apparently you can cook them running up from the M4 to Brackley, especially on the last few roundabouts :-X ::)
Only if the brakes aren't in good shape....    ...as I believe Mr Wood found out once.

If you've come off the motorway, your brakes wouldn't have had too much of a hammering for a while, so should be cool. There are 6 roundabouts (of sorts), 3 in quick succession, then about a 3 mile section to allow them to cool, and another 3 at 1 mile intervals.

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General Car Chat / Re: Screenwash
« on: Yesterday at 16:57:02 »
Christ TB, do you drive along holding the lever down? ;D I think I only topped up my Omega once thanks to the giant reservoir ;D


Mine needed about 2 litres a year until I fixed the headlight washers. I've just filled it up with 4 litres.


I still don't consider anything that's diluted 1:1 as being concentrated.
Try this stuff, which is 1:100 :y
Surely that's likely to be no better (mixed at their quantities of 1 bottle to 2.5-4l of water) that the TripleQX shite that I used to clean the drains?

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General Car Chat / Re: LPG resurgence?
« on: Yesterday at 16:52:48 »
I disagree, LPG is cheaper now that it has been for years, currently around 53 to 56p around here against 1.22 for Petrol, thats well under half the price, wasn't that long ago, maybe 3/4 years, if you could get LPG for 70p your were having a result, and it was always priced slightly more than half the petrol costs.  :y
Within a 40 mile radius of here, you'll be hard pressed to find LPG sub 69p. That's including large towns like Banburyshire, Oxford, Aylesbury, Bicester, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Daventry etc.

To make matters worse, around half the LPG stations in that area above - and there wasn't that many to begin with - had their pumps removed when most BP stations had the pumps ripped out...  ...or shortly after that time when a few of the local Shell stations were rebranded to BP.

Within a 40 mile round trip, there are 3 LPG filling stations now - Shell at Towcester (easy to get to, frequently the pumps aren't working), Shell at Bicester (though a complete arse of all arses to get to since Chiltern Slugline tarted up what was Bicester Town station, due to the level crossing having to be down if there is a train in the station (and I hear they've now applied for that crossing to be active for 50mins in every hour :o), and the private Countrywide in Banburyshire (account based, you have a key to allow you to draw fuel).


Hence I now have a tractor  :'(

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Washed it yesterday. Not that you'd know, looking at it today  :(

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Omega General Help / Re: Vectra vxr 345mm front Brake swap?
« on: Yesterday at 09:27:36 »
Fit '04 Pontiac GTO/Base Monaro calipers with Monaro front brake hoses :y
I thought the general opinion were these did not perform as well as perhaps they look they should?

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Omega General Help / Re: Vectra vxr 345mm front Brake swap?
« on: Yesterday at 09:26:48 »
This subject always really puzzles me. Factory omega brakes are really good.

Iím all for making good progress, but if youíre so hard on your brakes that genuine GM setup isnít enough, itís probably time to slow down.

Unless of course we are talking track use - in which case disregard my post :y
They are good enough (if you don't let the pads wear beyond half way) to a point, but its a big heavy car with, by todays standards, small disks and pads.

Getting across MK on one of the NSL gridroads is enough to cook them if you get it back up to the speed limit and brake reasonably late and have to stop at each roundabout.

I've always maintained the Omega with well serviced brakes is good for about 10 big stops from 70mph in a short period before they're properly cooked, and about half that from 100mph on the local runway (that I can no longer get on  :'().

Ignoring MK, there aren't too many places in the UK where under normal conditions you can really cook them if they are well maintained, without driving like a real loon, but you can easily get a bit close for comfort on a spirited country lane jaunt.

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General Car Chat / Re: LPG resurgence?
« on: Yesterday at 09:08:36 »
Outside of Londonium, LPG has always been pricey - when I use to work opposite Harry Potter less than a couple of years ago, *all* the stations around there were 20ppl cheaper than the "options" I have here (20 mile round trip to towcester, or 30m round trip to Bicester).

But LPG is still hovering around just over half the price of tractor fuel in these parts.


I don't think manufacturers will jump on LPG bandwagon, as they are investing in, and betting the shop on, milk floats of various varieties.

Small engine, efficient, turbocharged petrols will be the future of the combustion engine in new car designs.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Man flu.
« on: 17 February 2018, 16:59:32 »
Aren't you near to that place where the men wear skirts?  :P

Ron.
I think you need to look Brackley up on the map ;D

Our local BBC News comes from Southampton ;)

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Omega Gallery / Re: The 3 Omigos
« on: 17 February 2018, 10:03:27 »
Very nice! a Credit to you  :y ...Especially like the bottom one  8)

Wouldn't mind a MFL again myself if a tidy one turned up for sale, Something about them that the FL lacks.

My first omega was 3.0 MFL Elite  . . .still think it was the best of all the TEN omegas I have had. FL models just seem to be lacking something & have a "plasticy" feel to the interiors IMO
I agree Big Al, I started with a MFL MV6 3.0, and it was the best of all I had (and I doubt I'll have another).  I also agree with the FL comments.

I've had a PFL, 2 MFL and 2 FL, so only had half the number you've had...

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General Discussion Area / Re: Big Thankks to Loo Knee!!!
« on: 17 February 2018, 10:00:57 »
Yeah I am afraid he did lead me astray, but here I am up cooking breakfast, but he is still snoozing, few beers in the Asylum last , Loo Knee turned up yesterday driving one of those hair dryer cars with some weird looking german car badge on it ;D
Yeah, but he's a poofy Northerner, and can't take his drink....

...oh, hang on, remind me where you're from again ;D

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Omega General Help / Re: Spark plugs
« on: 17 February 2018, 09:56:55 »
I just ordered 6 Bosch single electrode plugs for my v6 for £11

They will be just fine for the service interval.

Itís not a racing car  ::) :y
I prefer the twins, as singles shield spark more.  But then a) I use LPG, b) Loo-knee say I "drive like a cock" ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Big Thankks to Loo Knee!!!
« on: 17 February 2018, 09:51:07 »
BTW, when he does surface, someone in car chat is looking for him ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Big Thankks to Loo Knee!!!
« on: 17 February 2018, 09:50:37 »
Are you trying to say DLK lead you astray last night, Mr Dundee?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Man flu.
« on: 17 February 2018, 09:48:25 »
When I had it, all I got from here was "Man Up wetpants"
Yeah...well....that's cause you told us you had it. No complaints from me on here, even though I nearly passed away......twice.

Bunch of nancy boys in Brackley. :)
Batty boys haven't been invented here yet, we're a bit old fashioned...

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