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Modified Opel Corsa B – Car Modification List

4 June 2010 10 Comments

I wrote a blog a few years ago about a good friend of mine Angi and his Opel Corsa B.
Back when Angelo had 1st got his Corsa, it wasn’t very fast. Corsa-BSo what did he do? Well, he went straight off to Cowley and organised a really decent free- flow system and branch! What a difference that made to his Corsa B! You don’t understand, the cars throttle response was good in its standard form, but once the exhaust system was completed, you could really hear those butterflies scream!
A few months later he invested in probably the next best thing at the time. A suspension kit!  The  Corsa was lowered 40mm onto a pair of Nforce springs.
I wont lie, we took the Opel down to Killarney for a few Open Track Days and Angelo personally gave a few VW’s a good run for their money…(myself included). A few other “mods” were added soon after. Cambers were played with, strut bars added and a few other bits here n there!

Now there is no science to where to begin with car modifications, but there is a slight formula. You can’t have a super performance engine and not have the braking power to stop the car, get what I’m saying?
Certain modifications just  go hand in hand.

Here is a very rough list of how to go about modifying one’s car!
Remember that everyone wants different results from their modified cars, so there is no right or wrong way of going about it.
So you have your own ride, but you want it to sound fast and at the end of the day you do want to give the car at the traffic light next to you a good old hiding!

Aftermarket Exhaust Systems – Free Flow
Invest in a good aftermarket exhaust system! There is a very valid reason we say this, your car breathes in exactly the same way as we do, in and out in and out! SBranch Exhaust systemo in order for your car to breathe better, you need to get rid of the exhaust gases more efficiently. A Free flow does an amazing job getting gas out faster. Most exhaust specialist will offer you a 5omm free flow which is pretty much the standard. If you have extra money and you can afford a branch. get one! This all helps your engine breathe better at the end of the day.

Dropped suspension or Coilovers
Now this is where the important bit comes in. Winning a race isn’t always determined by who has the best performing motor. Generally a race is won on driver’s skill and car handling. coiloverTherefor, the suspension setup is extremely important to your cars functionality.
A Coilover suspension is the best type of suspension system you can get these days, but depending on your car make, it is most likely the most expensive route to go! If you can afford R4000+ for coilovers, get them. They’re the best way to go because you can change your cambers at the twist of a spanner and the same with ride height or setting your dampers.

A suspension drop kit is generally the most beneficial for your back pocket and can improve your car’s handling tremendously! for example, Angelo got the 40mm N-force kit for his Opel Corsa and I have the same kit in a 60mm drop. They are almost identical when it comes to handling of the car.
Many of people forget how important it is to have a car that handles well. Look at it like this, you have a car that produces 120kw yet when that car comes into a corner, he can’t use all that power.  Now the guy he’s racing has 80kw and an amazing suspension setup, yet this guy has no problem using all his power. Who wins??? Exactly!


10 Comments »

  • Allen Taylor said:

    Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

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  • Angelo said:

    I know this isnt your article Blair as you clearly havnt read it! Something along the lines of having a nice motor without the stopping power??? Annnd exaust systems, surely a 2l breaths quite heavy!? Should take some time to read it, its a good article!

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  • Angelo said:

    Next article bout heads and fueling?

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  • Blair (author) said:

    Are you trying to shoot the deputy Angi.. LOL
    I will be writing another follow up to this about Chipping and playing around with the Cylinder head and maybe touching on the importance of Camber! Ill have to see what the response to this post is like…

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  • Angelo said:

    Well now that you added the words Corsa B into it, you’ll def get some responses! And you no it…

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    Blair Reply:

    HAhaha i think ill write a Golf post tomorrow, did you rate this post??
    you better!
    Check your status in the Automodified group.. you’ll be so proud! :D

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  • Alan said:

    nice one blair! amped for my 135i :P

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    Blair Reply:

    Thanks for reminding me… remember that post i did a while back about that HOT 135i
    The one in black!

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  • CorsaBOY said:

    Hi dude this was a very helpfull article I have a corsa Utility 1.6 is still std but I want to modify it soon

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  • Alan said:

    yes!! shit was HOOOOOTTTT!!

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