I've fitted a TP208 kit to a mates Cavalier. General feeling seems that the figures SBD give are pretty much spot on. Very impressed with the workmanship on their parts however you seem to have to prise information and parts out of them rather than get a clear picture of what you need.
Bare in mind the prices on the Web site are very out of date and the 'kit' isn't all you need, expect to add things like fuel lines, throttle linkages, gaskets and so on to the list. The kits pretty much consist of just the throttle bodies, trumpets, inlet manifold (which needs to be drilled), fuel rail, loom and ECU.
It's an excellent kit, once fitted and working in conjunction with a quality exhaust manifold/system (such as BTB) should see your 1.6 16v push 150-160Bhp easy... I never did see the 164Bhp SBD qouted, although a 0-60 in 6.2 and a 14.7 second quarter mile made up for that It revs VERY high and pulls all the way to 7750, an awsome noise, it's a MUCH better set up than any Mantzel power box etc..
The kit's quite hard to fit as you need to drill/tap the brake servo feeds from the inlet manifold and drop the alternator a couple of inches. The throttle cable needs some kind of mounting braket made. other points to note is that the engine will have no cold start function, which may result in a poor 1-2minutes of engine running after being started from cold.
Expect to pay the best part of £2k for the kit and bitz...
Ianofbhills now owns my old Nova, maybe he can give you his opinion?
just to add - SBD can drill and tap your manifold for a tenner and jenvey do a nice linkage for 100 ( ) quid (worth it tho cos now i get a nice throttle). when the throttle pot is set up correctly (not the easiest thing to do tho) then cold start isnt a problem, 50 yards down the road mine idles fine, before that i just hold the throttle.
Yes as Dec stated I now own the nova with the sbd tb 164 setup.I have also been passenger in a similar setup but the engine was producing 200bhp in a corsa.The power is very addictive just because of the howling scream you get from the engine, although alot of that on my car is from the btb exhaust.You also get that awesome popping and crackling on overrun which is nice. The car is very driveable at low rpm too and there are absolutely no flat spots all the way round to 7750rpm.In all i think the performance of the kit is really impressive and the quality of the componants looks top notch obviously i cant tell you about fitting it because that was allready done for me. My cold starting seems to be worst than others tho I have been fiddling alot with the throttle position sensor and callibration to try and achieve some sort of happy medium. This is not really a problem it only really takes about two minetes of blipping the throttle before it warms up and idles perfect but the fully mapable ecu is there for this reason I just wish I had more of a clue on the mapping of it.
There is a bit of a choice in what type of inlet system you use wheter it be the TBs a powerbox type manifold or those dodgy halfhast throttlebodies from regal that use the standard afm. In my opion the stuff from sbd gives the best performance all the kits are developed through motorsport by sbd themselves and they currently have 245bhp from the 1.6 which cant be bad.
I think it comes from Dec doing some good Santa Pod times, and beating some 2ltrs.
Difference is probably stripped out, vs. 2ltr with ICE, seats, and electric everything
I would like to see the difference between the 1.6 and 2ltr novas on a track though. I find the 2ltr handles fine. When my suspension and weight distro is final, it's should handle just as well I think, and be nice 'n quick
have to disagree... I raced Ian Suttons freshly built 2.0l 16v Nova (+ Blydenstein head and L&B Bottom end, est 165Bhp) and ran a 14.7 to his 14.6... both Nova's were stripped out.
One draw back with 2.0l 16v Nova's is the Massive amount of wheel spin generated by the 150lb/ft torque. The less torquey 1.6 16v will get away a lot cleaner from the mark (Also note the torque curve on the TP164 engine is virtually flat!)