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96 2L LPT
What mods to improve the mid range wallop?? and approx costs, I will do all the work myself wherever poss..
1. Cheap and sensible?
2. More money and more work?
3. Over the top?? prob mean aero upgrade?

Also any mods that would be sensible for distance motorway driving ie oil coolers etc..
 

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i could not say which would be best for your car, as each manufacturer will have its pro's and con's, but the best bang for your buck will be a computer upgrade.

of course, this will mean that you will have to lay for a few hundred.

i dont think that you can get a better ratio of $ spent to hp gained than with reprogramming.
 

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Bonjour etc
Try this ... 150bhp to 226bhp for £442.99
it is a Stage 1 (+76bhp/+141Nm) upgrade
[PU.334-1]

I'm just about to order...next pay packet end of march ...
 

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Well, that has to be one hell of a punch for not a lot...
Oh dear... I may have to consider my options!!!
How much can it tow, braked? I may need to run about on occasions with a car on a trailer..
 

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Towing, IIRC the max braked weight according to the owners manual is around 1800kg
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However you shouldn't really exceed about 85% of vehicle weight for stability, so around 1300kg is a safe max.
 

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1800?.. mm that sounds high.. but is just the kind of level I would prob need..
the tune up for added grunt would be required then too... he he he
 

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I have the Speedparts Stage 1 that Andrew is suggesting on my '97 2.0 lpt Anniversary and I can certainly recommend it.
Below 2500 revs the car is indistinguishable from standard, but let the revs go up and the power just pours on - and on - and on: fantastic.

I don't have a tow bar but even when driving very hard have not had any sign of overheating.

Fitting is dead easy - the only problem I had was deciding which way the APC valve bracket was supposed to fit onto the radiator cowl : it would have helped if I could have seen one fitted, but I got there in the end.
The instructions are wrong - don't take the plastic radiator cowl off to bolt through. Instead, just fit the APV valve bracket using self tapping screws - the cowl has bosses to accept these.
I used strong black cable ties on all the pipe ends for reassurance - I don't think these were in the kit.

Go for it - you won't be dissappointed!
 

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Cheers Mike
What about mpg on a run?? did it get worse or improve... if you can keep your foot out..!!! ha ha ha..

I like the idea of this.. the extra grunt whilst towing would be good, and the extra performance for that "hit" would be really nice..
Are there any gearbox issues with later cars?? or are they all sorted..
 

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I also have the Speedparts Stage 1, on a 96 2.0 lpt and agree with everything Mike says above, sadly, this also applies to the bracket - took me ages to work out how to fit it. I don't monitor fuel consumption that closely but it doesn't appear to use any more than it did before.
 

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I'm pleased to report thet the MPG *** IMPROVED *** after fitting the upgrade!
Reported ~31 mpg average on the computer compared to ~29 before the upgrade (the computer is at least 2mpg optimistic, but the improvement also showed up in the miles-between-fills).

This winter the mpg has been rather poorer than usual (back to 28-29 average), despite it being fairly mild on the whole. If it does not improve now the weather is really warming up I will have to start checking things.

One thing to watch is the cost of insurance - they have tightened up recently and now hardly any of the on-line places will quote if you admit to the 50% increase in power. You'll probably need to talk to one of the specialists (I'm with Chris Knot) to get a decent quote or even any quote. I had been really worried but ended up paying LESS than before the upgrade, so its not all bad news!
 

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I live in France and they are a bit more relaxed about things... plus as long as it doesnt look modified, no problem...

My current vehicle is a 2.1 but looks like a stock 1.9, even the engine number is 1.9, just a crank change.. mind, it still isnt fast... just less slow.. (we are talking 80 odd bhp and 1.5T unladen)....
 
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