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Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« on: July 06, 2016, 12:05:10 PM »
So thought it was time i started a progress thread...
Bought the car in September, its used as a daily driver brilliant economy averaging 38mpg and my commute is only B roads.  8)



Been getting a few things done recently:
First fitted this a few weeks ago... Only problem is with screen open i cant get to heater controls  ::)


Next job has been waiting a while but finally installed the keyless entry kit.



One of the first things i did was to replace the gear lever and handbrake gaiters with these nice looking leather ones


Finally this took all of half an hour  ;)




So basically thats all so far welcome any comments / suggestions
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2016, 12:23:35 PM »
Looking good mate keep the up dates coming

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2016, 12:35:19 PM »
Thanks Will do
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2016, 18:03:38 PM »
Can I be cheeky and ask for details how you fitted the keyless entry. I tried and had to give up.
Couldn't get a long enough signal to operate the locks.

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2016, 18:42:48 PM »
Can I be cheeky and ask for details how you fitted the keyless entry. I tried and had to give up.
Couldn't get a long enough signal to operate the locks.

I would also like to know how you did it i tried years ago but couldn't get it to work
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2016, 19:51:45 PM »
Yes i will take some photos and show you how i did it in a couple of days so stay tuned  ;)

By the way they only lock / unlock the doors if you want to use the alarm you would still have to put the key in.
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2016, 19:54:17 PM »
Am mines is garaged all the time so no alarm wont bother me lol

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2016, 21:37:18 PM »
You can include the alarm and deadlocks too but you need to change drivers locking motor for a passenger side one and add an additional relay. Watch out for wiring colour changes - seems to fluctuate slightly depending on the year.


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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2016, 21:48:19 PM »
You can include the alarm and deadlocks too but you need to change drivers locking motor for a passenger side one and add an additional relay. Watch out for wiring colour changes - seems to fluctuate slightly depending on the year.


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Oh wise 1 can you tell us how to do it pictures or diagrams would be great lol

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2016, 03:13:12 AM »
Yup - will dig it out this week and post with the pics I have :)


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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2016, 12:44:11 PM »
Ok as promised How I installed the central locking
Here goes...

Hiding behind this ere panel be a central locking ecu...


voilà The grey box.


Underneath it are a bunch of wires which you can get to better by undoing the ecu mounting screws.


There are two different wires that I needed and these were the Brown with a red stripe (for locking the car) and Brown with a white stripe (for unlocking the car). These wires will lock / unlock the car when connected to ground. Here is the instructions i got with the kit:


as it is a negative trigger i spliced the white wire on the remote kit to the brown/red wire on the car and the white/black wire on the remote kit to the brown/white wire on the car. then i just followed the rest of the instructions and connected wires to ground and to permanent live (which by the way was the red wire at the bottom of the cars central locking ecu). then the two brown wires were connected to the indicator wires and Hey Presto keyless entry. Awesome.

Im not sure whether all the cars are the same but this is how it worked for my car.

Hope this helps someone  :D

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2016, 14:16:39 PM »
And here's the added parts needed to make it deal with the deadlocking and alarm.

I can't take credit for these instructions, I assembled them including the diagram from a variety of sources.

You will need:
- a single pole 12v relay (SPDT) like this one - the current rating is way above what's needed btw, but it has simple spade connections: http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/12v-30a-dc-spdt-automotive-relay-n00aw
- a diode (the thing shaped -->|-- in the diagram attached) like this one: http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/1n4001s-1a-silicon-rectifier-ql73q
- an additional passenger side central locking motor (you need to swap the driver's door motor which has mech deadlock for a passenger side one which is electrical)

Basic instructions:
- Remove the drivers door trim, the drivers side sill trim and the cover trim at the side of the throttle pedal.
- Remove the drivers central locking motor (you will need to remove the handle and whole lock mechanism)
- Disconnect the wires (at the bottom of the door - round plugs) to the two mirco switches which fit on the handle.
- THE WIRES TO THE 3 WIRE MICRO SWITCH MUST BE DISCONNECTED. DON'T JUST PULL THE SWITCH OFF AND LEAVE IT DANGLING IN THE DOOR.
- Fit the new motor to the bracket, ensuring it is as high as possible. When the mechanism is in the locked position, the motor plunger must be fully in.
- Fit a new terminal into the motor plug. This is a standard pcb edge connector, fitted to many fords, eg. to the old ford rectangular mirror switches.
- Connect this new terminal to black/blue wire at the round plug where the mircoswitch used to plug in.
- Re fit mechanism.
- Locate the central locking control unit in the drivers footwell. The new relay should be fitted close by.
- Follow the wiring loom that comes out of the drivers door and along the sill.
- As is starts to run along the sill to the rear of the car, remove the outer tape, and locate the 2 black/blue wires.
- Connect a new wire to one of these and then to the relay as shown on the diagram attached.
- Wire up as shown and fit the diode with the silver/black band side connected to the alarm. The silver line on the body of the diode represents the | in the ->|- in the diagram.

If you don't understand the wiring diagram, let me know and I can explain. This job takes about 1.5 hours - solder all connections and shrink wrap them or tape them (very well) for the best possible outcome.

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2016, 13:13:37 PM »
So got a parcel of goodies yesterday...


Some cool bits to fiddle with   :D


The computer is from a 2.0 16v late calibra which I think is quite rare as most of them are from v6's. Hopefully it wont be too difficult to wire in.
Anyone done it before?
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2016, 14:50:59 PM »
Where did you buy the keyless system from

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2016, 15:07:42 PM »
Bought the cheapest one from ebay that didn't look tacky. Very similar to this one:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vehicle-Car-Remote-Central-Locking-Keyless-Entry-System-Remote-Controller-UK-/321634522657?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368

Only about £8. Long delivery time though.

The fobs actually look quite original :P Nothing wrong with it
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