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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #90 on: March 23, 2017, 11:05:39 AM »
Great stuff! Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

By the way, am liking the steering wheel with radio controls; did you have to do lots of wiring to make that work? While I prefer my cars to be original, I have no problem with minor improvements / amendments, and the steering wheel is a good one.

As well as better headlights: the Calibra lights are rubbish!
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #91 on: March 23, 2017, 13:08:42 PM »
Great stuff! Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

By the way, am liking the steering wheel with radio controls; did you have to do lots of wiring to make that work? While I prefer my cars to be original, I have no problem with minor improvements / amendments, and the steering wheel is a good one.

As well as better headlights: the Calibra lights are rubbish!
Thanks!
The steering wheel was quite easy to do. I like this wheel as it looks much better than the original, still has the airbag and still looks original. Wiring wasn't much of a problem, as far as I can remember I just had to connect the two wires for the horn, two wires for the airbag and then the last two are for the steering wheel controls. You need a radio that has programmable steering wheel function though.
If anyone does do this make sure you get all the bits. Not only the wheel will be needed but also the airbag & squib and the backing plate that the squib and indicators clip on to. If you have all these parts its just a case of swapping them with yours.  :)

As for the lights im thinking about HIDs but they are quite narrow slits so would not expect standard halogens to be the best.  ;)
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #92 on: March 23, 2017, 13:34:32 PM »
Thanks. I may just start buying bits for my car.................and get you to do it  ;)

As for lights, the aftermarket Angel Eye lights look good, and look 'standard'....ish. They are not HID's though.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-CALIBRA-89-97-BLACK-ANGEL-EYE-HALO-PROJECTOR-HEAD-LIGHTS-LAMPS-PAIR-/351428119273?hash=item51d2bf8ae9:m:mdSkLE8NMUNnbDqc4fnpQ2w
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #93 on: March 23, 2017, 14:05:55 PM »
All aftermarket Angel Eye lights are ugly and cheap made bullsh*t.... Standard one with a Xenon is the only and the perfect choice!

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #94 on: March 23, 2017, 14:15:23 PM »
Thanks. I may just start buying bits for my car.................and get you to do it  ;)

As for lights, the aftermarket Angel Eye lights look good, and look 'standard'....ish. They are not HID's though.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-CALIBRA-89-97-BLACK-ANGEL-EYE-HALO-PROJECTOR-HEAD-LIGHTS-LAMPS-PAIR-/351428119273?hash=item51d2bf8ae9:m:mdSkLE8NMUNnbDqc4fnpQ2w
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I did think about angel eyes for a while but decided against it, wasn't sure if they would look better. They're not cheap anyways.  :P
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #95 on: March 23, 2017, 14:37:02 PM »
Agreed. They are a tad pricey, but they do look pretty good................and I am not a fan of "mods".

Not sure what else would do the job!
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #96 on: March 23, 2017, 15:22:12 PM »
Seem to be able to get HID kits quite cheaply. Apparently they are supposed to be easy enough to fit as they use the standard connections from the bulbs already in the car.
Also heard something about re-wiring the headlights that makes them brighter.  :-\
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #97 on: March 23, 2017, 17:11:52 PM »
I would do a search in the technical sections for HID lights and wiring. I'm sure there will be something in there about it.
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #98 on: March 23, 2017, 19:04:56 PM »
Yes i'll have to have a look.
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #99 on: March 23, 2017, 21:57:11 PM »
Seem to be able to get HID kits quite cheaply. Apparently they are supposed to be easy enough to fit as they use the standard connections from the bulbs already in the car.
Also heard something about re-wiring the headlights that makes them brighter.  :-\

I have HIDs....easy fit....two wires......on our headlights you have the live wire to the end of the bulb...the negative wire goes to a pole fitting inside the headlight....i used these to wire mine up....and unplug/remove them at MOT time.

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #100 on: March 23, 2017, 22:52:11 PM »
I have HIDs....easy fit....two wires......on our headlights you have the live wire to the end of the bulb...the negative wire goes to a pole fitting inside the headlight....i used these to wire mine up....and unplug/remove them at MOT time.
Thanks for your reply. Sounds like a good option to consider...
Though I didn't know that you have to remove them at MOT time. Are they not legal?
I thought that many 'modern' cars have them as standard  ???
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #101 on: March 23, 2017, 22:57:28 PM »
It all depends on the mot guy....some will pass it...some won't as there not OE fitment.

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #102 on: March 23, 2017, 23:00:13 PM »
I see...
Also depends on the policeman if you get pulled over I suppose.  :o
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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #103 on: March 24, 2017, 21:18:23 PM »
I see...
Also depends on the policeman if you get pulled over I suppose.  :o

I dont think they will know if the calibra has them as standard or not

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Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
« Reply #104 on: May 02, 2017, 21:01:46 PM »
Had a bit of time to work on the old girl at the weekend so...
swapped out the front seats for some better condition ones.
I had a spare passenger seat and my drivers bolster was pretty worn so i thought id try to transfer the back to the drivers side.
I was going to just try to change the lever for tilting the seat onto the other side but found it was welded  >:(

So i decided to try to remove the cover and change it over to the drivers frame.


Bit of a fiddle but heres the drivers side cover off.


Even more fiddly was getting the passenger one back on the drivers frame but it worked.


Had to cut a little slot for the drivers seat tilter and cover the hole on the other side so i used some material from the old seat.



Finished result a seat with a perfect bolster!  :D


So what do you think? I can put a more in depth description of how i did it if anybody wants to try it.  ;)
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