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Title: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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)
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160706_113358_zps0gqq0yhv.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160706_113358_zps0gqq0yhv.jpg.html)


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  ::)
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160706_113612_zpsojk7o645.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160706_113612_zpsojk7o645.jpg.html)

Next job has been waiting a while but finally installed the keyless entry kit.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160706_113408_zps26rw6va4.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160706_113408_zps26rw6va4.jpg.html)


One of the first things i did was to replace the gear lever and handbrake gaiters with these nice looking leather ones
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160706_113738_zpsfsinz6hw.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160706_113738_zpsfsinz6hw.jpg.html)

Finally this took all of half an hour  ;)
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160706_113451_zpstudkvwik.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160706_113451_zpstudkvwik.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160706_113630_zps04smoffl.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160706_113630_zps04smoffl.jpg.html)

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

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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 06, 2016, 12:35:19 PM
Thanks Will do
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: JohnLew 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.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz 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
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz 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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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 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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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz 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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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 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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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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...
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160707_121823_zpssebhb3rn.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160707_121823_zpssebhb3rn.jpg.html)

voilà The grey box.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160707_122118_zpsjkpca49e.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160707_122118_zpsjkpca49e.jpg.html)

Underneath it are a bunch of wires which you can get to better by undoing the ecu mounting screws.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160707_122129_zpsruvqxpu2.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160707_122129_zpsruvqxpu2.jpg.html)

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:
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160707_123207_zpslx9qgfjr.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160707_123207_zpslx9qgfjr.jpg.html)

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

Any questions just ask
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 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.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 08, 2016, 13:13:37 PM
So got a parcel of goodies yesterday...
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160707_120352_zpszjdxixtj.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160707_120352_zpszjdxixtj.jpg.html)

Some cool bits to fiddle with   :D
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160707_121309_zpsinr0o42j.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160707_121309_zpsinr0o42j.jpg.html)

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?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz on July 08, 2016, 14:50:59 PM
Where did you buy the keyless system from

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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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 (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
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz on July 08, 2016, 15:14:25 PM
Thanks

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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: rocket on July 10, 2016, 13:48:04 PM
What head unit is that youve fitted ??
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 10, 2016, 15:07:50 PM
Its a Phillips CED780 think its the same as this one:
http://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/CED780_05/car-audio-video-system (http://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/CED780_05/car-audio-video-system)

I would have preferred to have a double din size one but that would have meant cutting the dash and i didn't want to lose the nice oil / battery gauges.

Only problem is you have to use spacers to bring it out from the dash otherwise the screen can't open properly
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 13, 2016, 20:42:35 PM
Got this now for my trip computer.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20160713_200415_zpslhqubjoe.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20160713_200415_zpslhqubjoe.jpg.html)
Had a little look today as well and I have the plug for the computer but not for the control switch so I will probably have to wire it in. Unless anybody has tried this before and found a plug?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 20, 2016, 11:32:30 AM
Ok so a quick update...

Found the wires for the trip computer but not for the control switch so a bit of wiring to be done  ::)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160719_184229_zps2b9muprr.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160719_184229_zps2b9muprr.jpg.html)

Wired it in in the heat of the day yesterday...

and cut the hole for the control switch:

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160719_185405_zpslrjlezjx.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160719_185405_zpslrjlezjx.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160719_200335_zpsgr3nkiet.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160719_200335_zpsgr3nkiet.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160719_200347_zpsvzchlgku.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160719_200347_zpsvzchlgku.jpg.html)

Result! An installed switch and a soaked shirt...

Will update once it is all back together
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on July 20, 2016, 19:02:36 PM
Looks good.....did the same for my old 8v.....just the fuel range on the computer seemed to be wrong.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 21, 2016, 17:31:40 PM
im hoping that because this one came out of another 2l ecotec cally that it will have the correct readings. will post when i get more pics
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 22, 2016, 16:01:56 PM
Ok so now have Problems   >:(

Have the computer and switch in the car:

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20160722_151037_zpsdqddcyvz.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20160722_151037_zpsdqddcyvz.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20160722_151047_zps4f5obr1a.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20160722_151047_zps4f5obr1a.jpg.html)

Over the last few journeys it has been giving very wrong economy. Instant hovering around 190 mpg and an average of over 130 miles per gallon! Also because of this the range is very high as well. Has anybody encountered these problems before? Help Needed Please   :'(

Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 on July 22, 2016, 16:53:37 PM
Not sure I can help but will try. What car model and year did it come out of and what are you trying to fit it to? Does the average speed calculate correctly?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 on July 22, 2016, 17:03:35 PM
Doing some digging, is yours or the donor car the same 2.0 or is one redtop and one ecotec by any chance? Seems that they have to be programmed depending on the model. Tech1 is needed (allegedly) - I'll keep digging.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 on July 22, 2016, 17:09:01 PM
Press and hold the select and reset buttons down together then switch the ignition on (no need to start it, keep buttons pressed down) - it should give an odd looking number in the top part of the display and some letters and numbers in the bottom.

When you release the buttons it should then show you a new number in the lower display which tells you the revolutions per mile - lots of info here: http://www.vauxhallcavalier.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=6513&sid=5adf565fa1192045bc6a46c2c3750ece&start=25

Hope it helps.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 22, 2016, 18:26:42 PM
Thanks for all your replies.
The car it came out of is the same engine, 2.0 16v ecotec 1996 se7 and have put it into a 1998 16v ecotec se8.
the average speed seems to work correctly.
I will study the link you have given - Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 22, 2016, 18:57:21 PM
Ok so i have now got the numbers it comes up with 43 at the top of the computer and then EC 02 at the bottom and after released says 8603 which dosent seem to match anything i can read  :-\
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 on July 22, 2016, 20:18:04 PM
You'll need to get it reprogrammed, there was an excel list of the codes but I can't find it. I don't think you have the right one. Apparently it is supposed to tie up with the digits stamped on the lower right of the VIN plate on the slam panel. Visit here and see if you can contact the guy, seems he offers a programming by post service http://www.abs-zero.com/fuel-computer-programming/fuel-computers/
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 on July 22, 2016, 20:20:32 PM
Got it - yours is out of a Cavalier C20XE :-( http://www.abs-zero.com/FC/memories.xls
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 23, 2016, 15:08:33 PM
 I see looks like the owner of the car it came from must have fitted it himself. Thanks for all your help. I have contacted Ian and will see what he will quote for reprogramming it. Otherwise i may have to search for another computer.  :P
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: FruitLoop on July 23, 2016, 18:04:35 PM
I like the head unit and keyless entry. Will you be keeping the cloth interior or looking to put leather in?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 23, 2016, 18:25:31 PM
Thanks FruitLoop, I will probably be keeping the cloth interior for the moment as it is not bad as cloth interiors go. I also have a project calibra v6 which has black leather and was considering swapping them over but the cloth in my car at the moment is in near mint condition and so i will probably be keeping it standard se8.

For now anyway...
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 28, 2016, 22:38:37 PM
Went for a little drive a couple of days ago...
Got some good photos  ;)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160722_125749_zpsis3sspti.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160722_125749_zpsis3sspti.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160722_125835_zpsbcop9liv.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160722_125835_zpsbcop9liv.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160722_125733_zpsr6rtgmqo.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160722_125733_zpsr6rtgmqo.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160722_125842_zpsjxeukiag.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160722_125842_zpsjxeukiag.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz on July 28, 2016, 22:45:06 PM
Always loved that shade of blue looks ace polished up with white wheels

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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 28, 2016, 22:47:51 PM
It does look great polished up, not that i get much time to do it though :(
Not sure about white wheels though - i like my standard ones  ;)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz on July 28, 2016, 22:54:19 PM
You should try it i said that before i put white wheels on my yellow cally and it turned out awsome

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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on August 28, 2016, 17:46:04 PM
Finally got the backing plate i needed to install the Vectra steering wheel, It was surprisingly easy.

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/P1040891_zpsbwascmx3.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/P1040891_zpsbwascmx3.jpg.html)

I think it looks miles better than the standard wheel and loving the radio controls!  8)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160828_151653284_HDR_zpsjdnizfid.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160828_151653284_HDR_zpsjdnizfid.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/P1040895_zpslekg1zxi.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/P1040895_zpslekg1zxi.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz on August 29, 2016, 21:01:04 PM
Looking good mate

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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on August 30, 2016, 10:01:50 AM
awesome progress.....whats next ?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on August 30, 2016, 13:40:06 PM
Thanks. I've now done most of the things id like to on this calibra, but have a project v6 that I'm hoping to get started on. Will update with pics soon  :)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on September 01, 2016, 10:17:18 AM
Heres a few photos of the new project - ill be starting a progress thread on it soon.

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160626_212142_zpsptgpwlpw.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160626_212142_zpsptgpwlpw.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160626_211650_zpsgrgbgkbg.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160626_211650_zpsgrgbgkbg.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20160626_150405_zpsnuqhy2eq.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20160626_150405_zpsnuqhy2eq.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on September 13, 2016, 15:30:28 PM
Ok so been having a problem with the 2.0 ecotec cally. Couple of weeks ago when i overtook a car in third gear it seemed down on power and it bounced off a rev limiter at 4500 revs, After turning the engine off and re-starting it seemed to go fine and rev upto 6500 with no problems so thought it must be a one off.
Today the same, overtook a car and seemed to be down on power, so changed down to third and sure enough it bounced off rev limiter at 4500 revs. Engine off and restarted and it was fine.  ???
Has anybody experienced a problem like this? any suggestions as to what to try?
Thought it might be some kind of limp mode.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as im not the best with electronics.  :D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: KERR_Se2 on September 13, 2016, 21:41:11 PM
Cam sensor or wiring to the sensor can sometimes get trapped under the cam cover if someone has made a bad job of changing the gasket
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on September 14, 2016, 10:54:04 AM
ok thanks i will have a look
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on September 27, 2016, 18:37:35 PM
Problem seems to be sorted...   
Checked the cam sensor and wiring. All looks good.
Put a good dose of redex through it and gave it a good blast. Havent had the problem since... Hopefully OK now  ;)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 22, 2016, 14:13:47 PM
Ok still having the problem. Still no management light but down on power and limited at 4500 revs.
Found it seems to do it when the car is started when hot. Leave the car a while and it seems ok. Must be a sensor somewhere. Anybody got any suggestions? Should i start by replacing the cam sensor?  ???
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: CalibraNath on October 25, 2016, 18:35:50 PM
Yes. The 4500 rev limit is the ecu's 'get you home' setting. Mine broke after I had a prang & I had a bit of fun trying to get the old one out by pulling back the cambelt cover.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 26, 2016, 11:02:32 AM
Ok thanks i will give it a go. There seems to be a few different sensors on ebay. is the wiring part of it?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: CalibraNath on October 26, 2016, 15:51:36 PM
The camshaft phase sensor is a single piece with a plug socket at the top & a 2 prong fork at the bottom.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190460618420?clk_rvr_id=1114928882020&rmvSB=true
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 26, 2016, 21:47:27 PM
Ok thanks il have a go when i get a moment.  :D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on November 02, 2016, 16:36:40 PM
Spent 2 Hours cleaning and waxing today  :D
What do you think? Worth it?

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161102_152526606_HDR_zpsgyucizue.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161102_152526606_HDR_zpsgyucizue.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161102_152555327_zpsl98fuzhs.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161102_152555327_zpsl98fuzhs.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161102_152606487_zpsh9lqqtu0.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161102_152606487_zpsh9lqqtu0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: calibul on November 02, 2016, 20:52:43 PM
It's shiny as brilliant... and you spent only 2 hours 8)
Just gorgeous! ;)

P.S. Next time, please clean the lens of your MotoE2 to take better pictures  :P
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on November 02, 2016, 23:34:17 PM
Thanks calibul !
Il try to dig out my proper camera tomorow  :)

And how did you know what phone i used?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: calibul on November 03, 2016, 13:06:54 PM
It's enough to clean your fingerprints from the lens.
"And how did you know what phone i used? " ... from your pictures of course  :D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on November 03, 2016, 17:48:24 PM
Ok took a couple of photos with the camera.  ;)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_4482_zpsu4wtyoek.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_4482_zpsu4wtyoek.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_4481_zpssdiynaem.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_4481_zpssdiynaem.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on November 26, 2016, 20:50:43 PM
Wondering what to do with my old airbag as cant really send though post. Thought id better dispose of it safely today  ;)
So if anyone wants to see what their calibra airbag looks like deploying click here...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxt6udvR0yc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxt6udvR0yc)
Great fun  :D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on November 26, 2016, 21:45:19 PM
Ok...nice buy......as for the wiring of the trip computer you may be lucky to find the Yellow plug that does in the back of the display....it mabe tucked back behind the glove box zip tied to the main loom....that is where i found mine on my old 16v...as for the control switch the loom for that could be under the pannel just behing the gear gaiter....or hiding under the carpet/center console.

Useful links...

http://www.abs-zero.com/how-to-guides/how-to-fit-a-cavalier-calibra-fuel-computer-switch/

http://www.clubcalibra.com/technical-troubleshooting-servicing/board-computer-pinout-(yellow-plug)/

http://www.migweb.co.uk/forums/other-mechanical-electrical/357879-calibra-dashboard-computer-install-help-needed.html



Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on November 26, 2016, 22:05:31 PM
Its ok I did find the plug for the trip computer but unfortunately it looks like its the wrong one as im getting around 140 mpg average  ::)
Did try to contact a guy who did recalibration but he never responded so looks like ive just got a fancy clock now  :D
Thanks anyway!
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on November 26, 2016, 23:16:49 PM
Thats ok mate...whats next...?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on November 27, 2016, 16:23:05 PM
Thinking about leather...
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on December 17, 2016, 13:22:18 PM
Ok peeps, just bought a full cream leather interior off ebay (front rear door cards all seats) for the very reasonable price of £35 all in good condition apart from the front seats which are quite worn. Will be fitting soon so will post when i have. Done 500,000 miles so is a testament to how good these cars are  :D

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161216_184603170_zpsxcoxz9om.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161216_184603170_zpsxcoxz9om.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on December 17, 2016, 13:36:46 PM
Has anybody found a solution to the door cards bubbling / blistering when the vinyl lifts? Rest are ok but my drivers one has this problem. They are getting rare now and all the ones i have seen have bubbles. Any suggestions?  :o

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161217_121452549_zpsitf40x04.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161217_121452549_zpsitf40x04.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161217_121457239_zpss2cf03ti.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161217_121457239_zpss2cf03ti.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: Damoh on December 17, 2016, 20:14:57 PM
35£ cant go wrong at all for that money wear isnt too bad only 120k on mine and iv no bolster left at all managed get full crwam i terior for 150€ to swap in
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on December 17, 2016, 23:46:13 PM
35£ cant go wrong at all for that money wear isnt too bad only 120k on mine and iv no bolster left at all managed get full crwam i terior for 150€ to swap in
Thats what i thought :)
I think the bolster depends on the driver. Someone who brushes past the seat when they get in will wear it very quickly. Before i bought mine i saw one with ony 60,000 miles on the clock but the bolster was in pieces.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on December 18, 2016, 16:17:28 PM
When it used to get hot here I always open the. Sunroof to let hot air out....plus Sun screens to try n stop it getting hot in there.....I'd say the heat softens the glue and it comes unstuck.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on December 19, 2016, 13:56:33 PM
Looks like the only sure way is to find another door card then.  :(
I had a go with the old one. using a heat gun and nothing else. Managed to improve it. What do you think?

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161218_121737931_zpsv6ngjzsn.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161218_121737931_zpsv6ngjzsn.jpg.html)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161218_130351184_zpshxoyo9qf.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161218_130351184_zpshxoyo9qf.jpg.html)

Can still see a bit of roughness along the arm rest but it will do until i find a good one...
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: chargerbandit on December 19, 2016, 19:40:23 PM
Looks great but I think it is pointless chasing a good doorcard, they will all eventually turn out like that. Better off reupholstering the entire thing and making it better.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on December 19, 2016, 19:42:44 PM
Thats lots better than it was.....how did you get it to stick....?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on December 19, 2016, 23:38:52 PM
Looks great but I think it is pointless chasing a good doorcard, they will all eventually turn out like that. Better off reupholstering the entire thing and making it better.
This would be ok but there is no way i could afford to get it re upholstered - i work in a supermarket  ;D

Thats lots better than it was.....how did you get it to stick....?
As I said i only used the heat gun, with a lot of patience i worked from one end first heated the vinyl to get it to stretch and then used a thin book to push it into the corner and hold it down. Then i used the heat gun to heat up the vinyl while it was touching the card so it would soften the glue. Held it in place with the book untill it cooled and it seemed to hold. So far anyway    ;)
Takes a while though, I spend about 2 hours gradually working from one side to the other. If you try it be careful not to heat it too much as i found the vinyl will melt  ;D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on December 20, 2016, 12:24:21 PM
Awesome.....I`ll keep that in mind.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on December 21, 2016, 13:24:02 PM
So got all the interior swapped over now.
Rear stripped.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161217_152009593_zpsqxytdmlt.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161217_152009593_zpsqxytdmlt.jpg.html)

Rear leather in. Sorry about light it was getting late at this point
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161217_161959181_zpsdbrptplo.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161217_161959181_zpsdbrptplo.jpg.html)

Looking for heated seat plugs which werent there  >:(
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161218_152917578_zpsrlqoivst.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161218_152917578_zpsrlqoivst.jpg.html)

Finally finished. heated seats wired up manually.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161219_124105391_zpsqelamwrw.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161219_124105391_zpsqelamwrw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on December 21, 2016, 14:07:38 PM
Great job.....wish I had the spare time to work on my project.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on December 21, 2016, 17:06:36 PM
Great job.....wish I had the spare time to work on my project.
Thanks, sometimes you have to make the time  ;)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on December 22, 2016, 14:07:43 PM
So got a delivery today...

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161222_123017922_zpszx7mmbhk.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161222_123017922_zpszx7mmbhk.jpg.html)

Set of fully tailored cream / beige car mats. £20 off ebay. Thought they would be easier than trying to find a cream carpet.

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20161222_123717799_HDR_zpshtaouk99.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20161222_123717799_HDR_zpshtaouk99.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on January 01, 2017, 17:46:32 PM
Since im not using the old interior thought it would make a nice comfy seat  :D

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_5763_zpsfhler2vy.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_5763_zpsfhler2vy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 on January 01, 2017, 17:47:18 PM
Awesome!!!


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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on January 01, 2017, 19:36:34 PM
yeh i like that....
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: BigDaz on January 02, 2017, 20:03:39 PM
Very nice

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Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on January 09, 2017, 23:19:53 PM
Having porblems again with limp mode  >:(
It was a intermittant problem but now it seems to be in it all the time. The engine management light is not on though!  ???
Limits revs at 4500 and down on power all through the range.
Does anybody have any suggestions? No Idea what to try.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on January 11, 2017, 15:45:41 PM
Ok so did the paperclip test and came up 0340 so looks like camshaft sensor.
Ive ordered one now so hopefully this will solve my problem.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on January 17, 2017, 19:20:55 PM
Cam sensor fitted now and no limp mode. Just driven 400 miles round trip to Cornwall and back. No problems. Happy Days  :D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: chargerbandit on January 17, 2017, 19:30:02 PM
The magic of paperclips saves the day. Glad to see it working now.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on January 18, 2017, 13:02:17 PM
Thanks chargerbandit.
I also had a fiddle with some LED strip lights i bought for the footwells.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20170105_162831887_zpssow5c28z.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20170105_162831887_zpssow5c28z.jpg.html)
They are warm white so don't look too aftermarket. Lovely and inviting on a dark night   :)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: RedCalibra33 on February 07, 2017, 20:59:19 PM
Hi, how is your door card now, did it hold? Where did u buy ur Cam Sensor from? And where did u supply the power from for the footwell lights?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on February 08, 2017, 10:51:38 AM
Hi, how is your door card now, did it hold? Where did u buy ur Cam Sensor from? And where did u supply the power from for the footwell lights?

The door card has held so far...

I bought the cam sensor from ebay, it was one of the cheapest I found and said it was unbranded aftermarket but when it came it was actually Siemens VDO Made in Germany like the OEM WIN  :D

As for the footwell lights if you look behind the kick panels and pull out the bit of foam you can find the wire going to the door open button. I wired the negative to this and the positive to permanent live, they come on and off with the doors and if you pull the headlight switch out but don't stay on with the delay.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: RedCalibra33 on February 08, 2017, 17:57:24 PM
Great response, many thanks.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will on February 09, 2017, 17:04:54 PM
tristandimond, I've been reading the thread and I am loving the car and what you've done. Great job  :)

I'm having the same problem with the door card so your solution is interesting. And kudos for fitting the interior, the cream leather really lifts the car! After seeing your car and others on here, I really need to love my car again and find a solution to the minor problems I'm having with my SE6.

But I'm not mechanically minded and garages don't like to work on twenty year old cars!
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on February 09, 2017, 17:21:08 PM
Great response, many thanks.
👍

tristandimond, I've been reading the thread and I am loving the car and what you've done. Great job  :)

Thanks Will!

And yes loving the interior. Hopefully i'll find some better front seats soon as these are a bit worn.

And as for being mechanically minded, you don't need to be, get yourself a good manual and get stuck in! These old vauxhalls are some of the easiest cars to work on. If you do hit problems theres plenty of peeps on here ready to give help.  ;)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on March 23, 2017, 10:32:06 AM
Update: On Tuesday I got another full cream interior with better condition front seats so will be fitting these soon.
Didn't realize the seats in the Calibra are Recaro.  8)
Will post some pics when I get a moment.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will 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!
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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.  ;)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will 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
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: calibul 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!
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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
;D

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
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will 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!
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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.  :-\
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will 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.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on March 23, 2017, 19:04:56 PM
Yes i'll have to have a look.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic 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.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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  ???
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic 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.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on March 23, 2017, 23:00:13 PM
I see...
Also depends on the policeman if you get pulled over I suppose.  :o
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic 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
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond 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.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20170430_201014723_zpsb83ce3xh.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20170430_201014723_zpsb83ce3xh.jpg.html)

Bit of a fiddle but heres the drivers side cover off.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20170501_094923258_zpsg3j6quhl.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20170501_094923258_zpsg3j6quhl.jpg.html)

Even more fiddly was getting the passenger one back on the drivers frame but it worked.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20170501_094900274_zpsoxvhle9r.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20170501_094900274_zpsoxvhle9r.jpg.html)

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.
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20170501_095003264_zpsz15ob2eh.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20170501_095003264_zpsz15ob2eh.jpg.html)
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20170501_095805722_zpscy43ayxk.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20170501_095805722_zpscy43ayxk.jpg.html)

Finished result a seat with a perfect bolster!  :D
(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20170501_105905327_HDR_zpsefvqq9es.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20170501_105905327_HDR_zpsefvqq9es.jpg.html)

So what do you think? I can put a more in depth description of how i did it if anybody wants to try it.  ;)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: Damoh on May 03, 2017, 17:05:28 PM
Great work there iv spare cream interior here do might try that myself
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on May 03, 2017, 17:35:54 PM
Great work there iv spare cream interior here do might try that myself
👍
Since its so hard to find a good condition drivers seat it could be a good option.
Its a bit time consuming though, the seat is held together with lots of metal clips like keyrings that each need unwinding.
Heres another photo of the finished seat   ;)

(http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/b448/Tristan_Dimond/IMG_20170501_105854716_zpsn4ndipah.jpg) (http://s1044.photobucket.com/user/Tristan_Dimond/media/IMG_20170501_105854716_zpsn4ndipah.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: slipperdaz on May 03, 2017, 21:43:22 PM
You have done a great job with all these repairs, replacements and mods. Well done.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on May 03, 2017, 22:06:17 PM
You have done a great job with all these repairs, replacements and mods. Well done.
Cheers  ;D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on July 06, 2017, 17:05:44 PM
Does anybody have any sun visor clips for the calibra. I have broken all but 1 of the ones i have in my 2 calibras  :-[
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on September 08, 2017, 17:06:43 PM
Does anybody know what has happened to photobucket? I cant get my photos to appear anymore.  :(
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 on September 09, 2017, 06:34:30 AM
Does anybody know what has happened to photobucket? I cant get my photos to appear anymore.  :(

Yes, they changed their terms of service so that unless you pay and have a premium account, you're not allowed to host your pics anywhere else's. in the process, they managed to destroy many wikis and other posts with owners pics, tips and tricks...
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: sealeysonic on September 09, 2017, 08:24:45 AM
same here....my build thread is the same....photobucket is sh*te now...you cannot download your album also.....im now using Postimage.org
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on September 09, 2017, 22:45:30 PM
same here....my build thread is the same....photobucket is sh*te now...you cannot download your album also.....im now using Postimage.org
Il have to give that a go...
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: LE7 on October 14, 2017, 23:25:32 PM
If you stil require the visor clips I got some 2 years ago from my local dealer, Evans Halshaw in Hilsea, £4.21 each.

If they aren't available now the ones on my 2004 Astra also fit and they have a metal clip that holds the visor in place rather that the one piece Calibra one which is prone to break.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 14, 2017, 23:49:18 PM
Yes ive got some now but always handy to know as im sure i will need some in the future  ;D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 15, 2017, 13:00:53 PM
Have recently decided to upgrade to HIDs. They give a much better light and look awesome  :D
I just bought a cheap kit of ebay, less than £20 and peasy to fit.

(https://s20.postimg.org/jzkn0yfil/P1050008.jpg)

(https://s20.postimg.org/georhqaz1/P1050009.jpg)

Here's before HID:

(https://s20.postimg.org/jx0re4bv1/P1050010.jpg)

And after:

(https://s20.postimg.org/kl9lx2akt/P1050011.jpg)

This kit is 6000k temperature or ice blue and its a bit too blue for my liking. I have ordered some 5000K (pure white) ones and will post some photos when i get a chance.
They definitely improve the low beam lighting. High beam is still a bit rubbish so i will have to look at some way of improving that now if anybody has any suggestions...
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: agw9262 on October 15, 2017, 14:40:39 PM
You could use exactly the same thing again in your high beam. When I bought my Calibra, it had them fitted to both. I removed them due to MOT issues and the fact I only drive it in summer. But it was certainly a lot brighter...
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 15, 2017, 16:39:23 PM
But the HIDs take a few seconds to brighten up, would this not mean that each time you dipped the beam for an oncoming car you would have to wait for them to brighten again?   :-\
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: calibul on October 16, 2017, 10:19:06 AM
Once they are warmed they need just a second!
And you made the right decision about your low beams.. The HID is the only solution for Calibra's lights  ;)

P.S. And yes, 5000k is better then 6000k!
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will on October 16, 2017, 15:36:57 PM
I'm liking that as the Calibra lights are rubbish; may as well lean out of the window with a candle.

But one thing, are HID kit/conversions legal? I thought they were made illegal a while ago?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 16, 2017, 18:21:00 PM
Once they are warmed they need just a second!
And you made the right decision about your low beams.. The HID is the only solution for Calibra's lights  ;)

P.S. And yes, 5000k is better then 6000k!

Yes just put my 5000k lights in, will post a photo when i get time going to be driving it tonight so i will see how they do  :)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 16, 2017, 18:24:32 PM
I'm liking that as the Calibra lights are rubbish; may as well lean out of the window with a candle.

But one thing, are HID kit/conversions legal? I thought they were made illegal a while ago?
Its a grey area I think as long as you don't have very blue or very yellow ones the the rozzers arent going to mind, after all lots of new cars come with them from factory now.
Not sure about what would happen at an MOT though, I havent tried mine yet.  :D
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will on October 17, 2017, 09:21:50 AM
Its a grey area I think as long as you don't have very blue or very yellow ones the the rozzers arent going to mind, after all lots of new cars come with them from factory now.
Not sure about what would happen at an MOT though, I havent tried mine yet.  :D

tristandimond, that's interesting indeed.

I asked as I remembered watching the Wheeler Dealers episode where Ed fitted a "HID kit" to a Lexus LS400: the blurb on the screen said it was now illegal. Unfortunatley, every flippin' tubeyou video is non original so the words on the screen are a different language! But I read this article http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/bulbs/Hid/conversions/conversions.html and it states that "HID kits" e.g. bulbs, are illegal.........so I am really confused.  :-\

It seems to be that the fitment of aftermarket bulbs in a standard unit is the "illegal" part. There is an AutoExpress video and links to other articles as well. Fitting complete aftermarket / upgrade units seems to be fine but "kits, e.g. bulbs into standard units not designed for them isn't. Especially if there is no self levelling feature as everyone else would be blinded.

It would be intersting to know what a MOT place would say on the matter.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: LE7 on October 17, 2017, 11:12:12 AM
I was getting headlight problems at MOTs because the cast bulb fittings were deformed, not holding the bulb tightly enough, probably because they were on for 2 hours morning and night during the winter and I fitted Angel Eyes HID headlamps 5 years ago.

The dip beam is much brighter that the originals and I have had no problem with them at MOTs since, the last MOT was at a main dealer so I don't think they can be illegal when replaced as a unit.

Very straightforward to fit , remove the bumper, disconnect the wiring and remove the old units, fit the new ones, connect them up, fix the HID units in a secure location and refit the bumper.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will on October 17, 2017, 12:09:50 PM
I was getting headlight problems at MOTs because the cast bulb fittings were deformed, not holding the bulb tightly enough, probably because they were on for 2 hours morning and night during the winter and I fitted Angel Eyes HID headlamps 5 years ago.

The dip beam is much brighter that the originals and I have had no problem with them at MOTs since, the last MOT was at a main dealer so I don't think they can be illegal when replaced as a unit.

Very straightforward to fit , remove the bumper, disconnect the wiring and remove the old units, fit the new ones, connect them up, fix the HID units in a secure location and refit the bumper.

LE7, I believe that the fitment of full replacement units is fine and legal, and a great idea / upgrade; it is the fitment of new bulbs, or "kits", in the standard units that is the issue. I do like the Angel Eye unit as it is a complete kit, and although I like things to look and remain standard, I think these light units look good.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: LE7 on October 17, 2017, 13:31:24 PM
Will

I am with you on standard, the only changes I make are improvements such as these headlights as the originals are rubbish or longevity related , rust resistant brake pipes, stainless steel exhaust (I wish - quoted £1800!) etc.
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 17, 2017, 21:34:28 PM
Can you get full HID headlight units for the calibra?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: LE7 on October 18, 2017, 13:10:24 PM
Mine came from China, try the following which gives a few options, usual ebay warnings should apply!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=opel+calibra+headlights
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 20, 2017, 17:06:05 PM
Mine came from China, try the following which gives a few options, usual ebay warnings should apply!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=opel+calibra+headlights
I can't find any here which say they are actually designed to use HID's did your units come with HID bulbs or did you have to convert it?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: LE7 on October 20, 2017, 18:57:10 PM
Mine came with the bulbs fitted and with external ballast units and were described as HID Vauxhall Calibra black HID headlights. They had sticky pads to attach the ballast units in a convenient location but I fitted the offside one to the front of the air filter and the nearside one in front of the battery. Perhaps they are no longer available, like lots of other Calibra parts!
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 20, 2017, 20:20:54 PM
Maybe not  :(
All the ones on ebay now look like just halogen ones
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 21, 2017, 19:56:08 PM
Finally did a job i've been meaning to do for a while.
Got an armrest kit from ebay and while its not an exact match to the seats, it blends in well.
(https://s20.postimg.org/wp45ara4d/IMG_20171021_161806662.jpg)

Had to cut slots in the console to fit it
(https://s20.postimg.org/c4zbcceyl/IMG_20171021_161759691.jpg)

Fitted from behind:
(https://s20.postimg.org/ytoibw1h9/IMG_20171021_163603089.jpg)

Finished job:
(https://s20.postimg.org/bfgizyyzh/IMG_20171021_163627880.jpg)
(https://s20.postimg.org/kn8rgnb6l/IMG_20171021_163634279.jpg)

And raised:
(https://s20.postimg.org/4p01qhm3h/IMG_20171021_163640611.jpg)

Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: ALZ1307 on October 25, 2017, 15:17:45 PM
HID's will pass the MOT. Mine have for the last, at least 10 years :)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on October 25, 2017, 16:43:54 PM
Hopefully mine will too.
Just need to upgrade the beam now as that's pretty poor as well   :)
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: will on November 06, 2017, 17:17:27 PM
tristandimond, I really like that armrest.

Is there a link to it? Was it easy to fit?
Title: Re: Calibra 2.0 16v Ecotec 'Blue Beast'
Post by: tristandimond on November 07, 2017, 22:32:18 PM
Heres the ebay link: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BEIGE-ARMREST-CENTRE-CONSOLE-UNIVERSAL-CAR-VEHICLE-BOX-STORAGE-MOUNTING-KIT/361921144122?epid=1839781914&hash=item54442e653a:g:ZZsAAOSwfglZyVKu (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BEIGE-ARMREST-CENTRE-CONSOLE-UNIVERSAL-CAR-VEHICLE-BOX-STORAGE-MOUNTING-KIT/361921144122?epid=1839781914&hash=item54442e653a:g:ZZsAAOSwfglZyVKu)
It took about 2 hours to fit was pretty easy just need some wood screws.