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Omega General Help / Re: Best EBC pads for the 3.2.
« on: 19 March 2019, 22:06:35 »
If the system is tired, then a proper service should be all you need to restore it to how an Omega should be. Disks and pads all round and chenge the brake fluid. Also check that the servo is working properly and none of the flexible hoses are bulging under pressure.

If it's still not right, you have a fault somewhere.
^^^ This ^^^

My own Omegas, including the Tractor showed no issues despite being hammered, unless properly provoked (flat out across MK is enough to kill any brakes on any car).  Some people complain about the "feel" of Omega brakes - mainly that Gixer fella - almost implying that Omega's extra pedal travel meant weaker brakes.

Properly set up standard brakes are good enough to fire the ABS at 130mph on decent quality tyres.

I've yet to drive an Omega on EBC pads that I could live with. Red Stuff is almost bearable but simply won't work when cold - they are a track pad - which makes them totally unsuitable, as you know they won't stop you on a motorway for example.

Omega General Help / Re: Best EBC pads for the 3.2.
« on: 19 March 2019, 21:58:09 »
A couple of my mates who race Westfields swear by Apec pads.
They fade like a bastid on the Omega if you drive it :-\
Don't they just, and don't recover well once cooled, never seem to get that bite back.

Omega General Help / Re: rear brake pins
« on: 19 March 2019, 21:53:33 »
especially if you drive like TB
Oi! I'm a reformed character, remember.

Omega General Help / Re: rear brake pins
« on: 19 March 2019, 21:52:37 »
Just how often is the TC triggered on a 3.2??
In the 9 years I had my car, it probably averaged twice a year. And only one of those occasions wasn't pulling out of hills.
But we've ascertained already that you drive quite steadily.

Omega General Help / Re: rear brake pins
« on: 19 March 2019, 21:51:29 »
Actually allows better heat absorbtion when driven hard as TC actively applies rear brakes on DBW V6 cars. So when driven hard the rear pads, and therefore pins, get hammered far more than on the non vented cars such as your 3.0...

Ergo, the pins wear out more readily. The springs are only thin, so rot out over time regardless of use.
All MFL V6's have exactly the same ABS/TC setup as FL V6s.  And Andy B's Omega was MFL, so had the same TC setup as a 3.2 ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: I am not a robot
« on: 19 March 2019, 21:24:47 »
Its a necessary evil, hence we use a simple system here as well.  Although the system we use probably blocks 99.99% of robotic attempts to spam, a fair few still get through.  If we were to be actively targeted this percentage of blocks would drop, and number of attempts would increase.

You have to accept that where there is money to be made - be it a link in a spam message, or attempts to steal private data, or just target an individual - people will try to exploit it. Because of the small sums made for each click through, it makes sense to automate, so if you get 0.001p per click through, that can be significant if you can get it on hundreds of pages across 100,000 sites....

General Discussion Area / Re: I am not a robot
« on: 19 March 2019, 09:58:46 »
The idea is that they are NOT easily automatically bypassed. Thats the point ;)

The old obscured letters setup was easily bypassed by bots, hence the new scheme.  Because the same backend system, operated by the likes of Google, is used on many sites, continuously cocking up one on one site will mean you are more likely to get repeatedly asked on other sites.  If you don't get frustrated, and take care, you will notice more and more that you'll still get the tick box to confirm you are not a robot, but get shown the picture verification less and less.


General Discussion Area / Re: Barnsley
« on: 19 March 2019, 09:53:49 »
Only if you eat that god awful French food.
The French don't really have a "dish" or style of food (Parisians might think they do, but Parisians are as near to the French as Londoners are to the British).  For the most part, French cuisine is much like UK cuisine.  Obviously on the south coast, fish features more strongly.

I will concede, however, the French can't cook a slab of cow.  They have to serve in near raw so as not to need a chainsaw.

General Car Chat / Re: Head gasket replacement on an Astra 1.8
« on: 19 March 2019, 09:48:34 »
Her existing policy will be finished at the point the insured car being written off. So she now needs to insure something else in order to have cover in that way, or be added as named driver (usually expensive if NOT at same address).

In addition, be wary of adding her as named driver on YOUR policy, as another accident will severely impact YOUR own premiums, as its YOUR policy that gets claimed on. Protected NCD or otherwise.

I think it would be wise for her to get an assessment of some kind, maybe from her doctor, that she is still OK to drive.  A professional opinion is worth more than any of us can suggest without knowing all the details.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 March 2019, 09:42:08 »
When I got to work I plugged in the code reader.  P0170 and P0173  Fuel Trim

I've erased them.
Erasing codes on the 3.2 will reset all the learned values back to default.  So now keep a daily eye on LTFT from both banks.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 March 2019, 09:40:23 »
Takes 20 minutes to change the plugs on a 3.2... Did you stop for tea ???
20mins includes shifting all the LPG stuff out of the way, in order to allow coil packs to come out...

General Discussion Area / Re: Barnsley
« on: 18 March 2019, 18:50:30 »
I'll eat any sort of cheese.
Well don't blame me if you start looking at other guys in that way...

General Discussion Area / Re: New Aston Martin V8
« on: 18 March 2019, 18:43:23 »
No disrespect to MB engines, but its a sad day when Aston Martin are using them rather than their own hand built engines with a plate on the rocker cover with the builders name inscribed on it.
I think they are heading for trouble tbh. They floated on the stock market not long ago and the share price tanked and afaik, has never recovered.
The Merc V8, when properly tuned (which MB can't (nor can AMG - they use another company)) can produce decent power :y (but with a fairly aggressive delivery).  Its the rest of the car that's absolute shite.

General Discussion Area / Re: Barnsley
« on: 18 March 2019, 18:39:27 »
Trouble is, mine died in a microwave.

 ??? ???

Sounds careless to me. ::) Obviously it survivied the "fall down the stairs". Unlike the printer. :'(

when the forum conspiracy theorist reads this, we'll get a rambling post with this gist: phone in microwave; in garage; with gas cylinders; so it follows that the Russians are involved; so TB is to blame for Trump. Or Brexit. Or Facebook. Or the decreasing size of Mars bars. Or some other 'dangle berries' 8)
Sounds feasible.


And I was worrying that all the beer, cheese and sunshine I've had in southern France over the last few days had gone to my head :)
Only if you eat that god awful, gay, soft French cheese.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 18 March 2019, 18:36:38 »
Looked at mine, decided it really needed a wash.  So did nothing other than drive it about.

Decided that the quality of driving around these parts is shocking, having had to take defensive, evasive manoeuvres on multiple occasions today.  One time, I saw a car overtake me, and I knew he wouldn't be able to take the car in front, so braked significantly to make space for him...   ...but no, he carried on, making the car in front have to do a full blown emergency stop, and the car coming the other way do likewise, and even then it was tight.

I'm all for making progress, and believing that everyone else should also make an effort to, but never at the expense of other drivers having to take avoiding action.

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