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Offline Chucky

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My first Cali - All original SE5
« on: May 10, 2013, 11:51:35 AM »
Alright guys, i'm new to the forum and this is my first calibra. I'm lovin it! i've upgraded from a 1.0 1985 nova saloon so i can't get enough of the power xD

So the cali is a 1996 se5, 89k on the clock, full history in mint condition. Glad the guy held onto it for me.

I will be keeping the exterior and interior standard, the steinmetz kit looks nice, the blaupunkt sterio is good, the irmscher suspension is quality.. i will be tinkering with the power side of things a bit, i aim to uprate all breathing mods (induction, manifold, full system) kent cams, clutch, brakes, flywheel, power boost valve, tyres, spacers, bushes, plugs, leads, quick shift, possibly new ecu and remap.. Will take time but bit by bit she'll improve =)

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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2013, 11:59:49 AM »
Welcome to ClubCalibra, looks like a good example you've picked up there.

I won't jump on your comments on tuning it yet (I'll save that one lol) but the 2.0 8v is the baby of the range, you won't get a great deal more out of it whatever you do (believe me, I toyed with it for a long time & ended up dumping a 2.5 V6 in mine instead)!

Cracking engines though from a reliability factor so concentrate on keeping it well maintained & serviced & you'll get plenty of years of fun! :)
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2013, 12:22:00 PM »
Thanks mate =) Yeah i know what you mean, i'm in two minds about it at the moment. I know i'll struggle to get it past 130bhp but i love the grunt it has.. the low down torque on the 8v is really good, I suppose i could give it a good service, sort out induction, exhaust and new brakes and leave it like that for a while.

I'm just not sure what'd cost me more? drop in a redtop or v6 or get a few bits and bobs for the 8v and accept it won't be the fastest cali around.. I'll have a good think about it but for now she's all good! =D

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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2013, 12:35:08 PM »
I've owned my SE4 since 2003, remained an 8v until 2011.

I had a Powerflow Exhaust, originally a K&N Induction kit which I binned off for the standard airbox with a decent panel filter. Also had an FSE on it which ironed out a few flat spots but possible that was just the placebo effect I was looking for after fitting it.

Never bothered me really until I got a Vectra GSi as well, that gave me the V6 bug. A V6 conversion though is NOT a walk in the park, I'd personally rather set fire to myself than ever have to do it again!
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2013, 12:58:17 PM »
Welcome :)

I'd leave that engine well alone TBH. If you want proper grunt buy a V6 :)
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2013, 13:26:06 PM »
Woot! Another SE5!

Welcome.  :)

Gotta be honest, I've wanted nothing more than to squeeze a little more oomph out of mine but it's just going to be a money pit tuning the C20NE. I've gone with a manifold, super panel filter and bloody good service, but that's about all that's reasonable on the wallet to do! Your front bumper is different to mine though, as is your exhaust, and I don't have that spolier nor yellow flashes.

Gorgeous car you have, looks really really smashing. Take care of him/her!  :) I think there's only 49 of them left in the world now!  :o
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2013, 13:39:26 PM »
Your front bumper is different to mine though

Looking at it I'd say the bumper has been replaced with an earlier one, quite possibly to obtain that front splitter. Don't think the headlamp washers came with those originally.
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2013, 13:59:49 PM »
Welcome along, lovely SE5 there and in really nice condition, as above 8Valver, just leave it alone and enjoy.
If you're thinking about a V6 upgrade to yours, read Dan's project thread first !!!!!
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2013, 14:20:05 PM »
As Miscbrah....Yey another and a crackin one too.

Your all putting mine to shame :'(


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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2013, 14:43:05 PM »
It wasn't moving at ?900, how much had the price dropped when you bought it?

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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2013, 14:54:44 PM »
Oh, if you do end up dropping a non 8v engine into it, Gav will try to tell you it's no longer an SE5.

If he does, just shove a banana up his exhaust. ;)
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2013, 15:48:55 PM »
looks great to me....8v`s are cool !!

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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2013, 16:19:21 PM »
Oh, if you do end up dropping a non 8v engine into it, Gav will try to tell you it's no longer an SE5.

If he does, just shove a banana up his exhaust. ;)
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2013, 16:27:05 PM »
That is one nice looking......Nova

oh yeh the calibra's ok too XD nah i like that, to be fair i like all calibra's with a front end, they look much better that way, 10 out of 10 would recommend you dont crash it!
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Re: My first Cali - All original SE5
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2013, 19:03:48 PM »
Looks nice mate, i'd stick with the 8v, mine has very little in the way of maintenance and starts every time. Every other engine type I've had has given me problems even when maintained well. Although iam looking forward to getting my 3.0 Dtm back on the road cos the growl is tremendous!