So having got used to my car with it's 5200 rev limit and the fact that I thought it handled sweet. Then I destroyed the engine and off it went to RSD. Now it's back and it revs all the way through the range and it's a completely different car!! The engine was stripped out, most of it thrown away, and what was left has been honed, skimmed, cleaned, skimmed a bit more and then lots and lots of shiney bits added(I saw it being built on the bench and it was REALLY clean) and fully rebuilt. Now it has the ability to spin the wheels up through to third, and can break traction in any corner with great ease(although now I understand that understeer CAN be bad ).
Before the rebuild 80mph was reached at about 4700 revs in top but now it get there at about 3800 revs. Bare in mind it's a '98 1.6i and I'm wondering if this is how it should behave? Are the speed/revs normal and should it be able to "wash the front out" so easily??
I was told when I first came on here that the 1.6 suffered from understeer and was underpowered. Power-wise I was happy before but now I'm a lot happier, even though acceleration on wet roads can get "interesting". Obviously the handling hasn't changed it's that the engine is now working rather than just making noise.