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  1. All their stuff is expensive and always has been. Im not sure if they ever sell anything!
  2. Hi Simon Hopefully you might find some useful info on the site. There are a few good places to get spares the the A series these days. The main thing you will find hard to get is the trim as no one remanufactures that yet and any NOS in German is very expensive! It would be great to meet up at one of the meetings next year. Andy
  3. Welcome to the club and good to see another A series. Looks nice and has the SR gauges 🙂 I have a few parts links and workshop manual sections on my blog which might help you out and as Wayne says, you are in the right place if you need help with anything. https://www.theopelproject.com/ Andy
  4. Paul, if i drove it every day i would probably go softer but when its just used on sunny days for having a bit of fun or for the odd trip out then i can live with the harder ride.
  5. Think my springs are quite hard and i could probably go softer and get a better ride on our roads but then it does corner nice like it is 🙂
  6. It really depends what the base map is like and what its based on? Is it a base map for an Opel? When i took mine up and they had to put the Omex on they loaded a base map from a 2.0l Ford and it fired up and ran ok and ran the cam in. Then they tweaked it so it ran properly for my setup. I was supposed to go back from the full power run but to be honest its so good i haven't felt the need to go back. Im sure they could squeeze more power out of it but it has good power and not bad fuel consumption. If the base map is not specific to the Opel or your engine size them main issues could be under fuelled, so it might not run as best and might be lacking in power, over fuelled and it would be running rich and you probably wont wont to do too many miles like that. Who loaded the base map? Could be worth calling Manta hatch's recommendation and asking what they think? I had a good chat with Northampton Motorsport before i took mine up to them. They were super helpful. Can you hook a laptop up and let someone remote connect to it? As that's what they did to mine as i had to go back and fit the new ECU and wiring and when i was all ready to fire it up the connected up and tweaked a couple of setting remotely. They might be able to do an initial setup so its good enough to drive etc.. and as you say give it a shakedown. Also make sure the battery, cooling etc.. are all working fine when you do take as you don't want any problem when your are there, they don't stop the clock if you have to sort something out 🙂 Cost me a fair bit to get mine sorted with he ECU issues but worth it in the end. He did tell me before i came i should chuck the ECU i had, and he was right!! Andy
  7. If you are worried about the drive to Portsmouth then you won't love it when they pop it on the rollers!! Make sure the car is as prepared as it can be as there time is expensive and they will give it some welly! so you don't want it breaking down while its there! Can you not trailer it there? I hired one of those drive on recovery things and took mine up to Northampton (from Bournemouth) as it was not run in with the new cam. It might seem like an expense, but the cost of tuning is way more expensive! I had issues with my ECU (old Webcon Alpha) and they had to swap it out for an Omex one, so that added an hour and a half to the cost! Why are you worried about the drive? because its not setup properly? Andy
  8. Hey Fin The Yellow adjustable Koni's are quite hard. I know i also have uprated springs but its quite a harsh ride. I thought the red Koni's were suppose to be softer but im not sure if they are adjustable. I was looking for a stiffer ride as the old A did you to roll a fair but on the standard stup! You just have to pick your route based on the smoothest roads 🙂 which is getting harder as in the UK they just bodge the roads as they think everyone now drives big willowy 4x4's 🙂 I have never used anything else so im not sure. A friend ran Bilstein's and i thought they were a bit softer but i dont know what spring setup he had. Andy
  9. Hey Lewis I have a bit of spare time so let me know what i can do to help. Web stuff would be quite easy for me if you want to setup any sort of part numbers list. I happy to do it initially on my blog if you want and then we could move it over to the Opel site if that's easier to manage to start off with? Just let me know what works for you and what i can help with. Andy
  10. I have some A stuff left so pop up a list and i can let you know if i can help as well. Andy
  11. Let me know the part number if its for an A and i will add it here: https://www.theopelproject.com/part-numbers/ Andy
  12. Hey Fin That setup is quite interesting. I wonder what it handles like compared to standard?? I already had the front springs but they made it sit too high, so i worked out the hight of the spring so it would sit just right (i cant remember exactly how i calculated it as it was years ago!!) then sent the spring off to Coil Spring ( i think) and they made the new spring the right height and rate for it to all work and they are spot on. There are a few places selling the shocks again as Koni started to make them again. These are the numbers for the A KONI 82-1739SPORT Shock Absorber Front Koni Shock Absorber Manta A/Kadett C-Rear (82-1740SPORT), Yellow KONI Mine are set to the lowest setting for the road as the roads are so crap these days! But did wind them up years ago for a track outing! I had Koni's before the rebuild and just replaced then for new when i did the build. I think you can get rebuild kits for them. I have the old rear ones sat in the loft and you can have them for the cost of delivery if you can get a rebuild kit for them. Think the fronts went with some of the stuff i was selling off a while back. Andy https://www.autodoc.co.uk/koni/7279254
  13. Would have been much easier to get my 2 1/2" system in without the roll bar in the way 🙂 but getting back to suspension Fin. Koni sport adjustables with Koni sport springs, except i had the front made to the same rating as the koni but shorter to drop the front a bit.
  14. Hmm, interesting. That must make it so much easier to get a nice big exhaust on with no roll bar at the back as that was always the issue with with the A. Is it a kit you can buy? Andy
  15. Just make your own Andy, much easier and i would have had the car back on the road about 3 years earlier if i had just done this at the start 🙂 https://www.theopelproject.com/a-series-custom-manifold/
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