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where to begin.....at the start i suppose.



so back in october 2010 i purchased my new car, an 58 plate astra sporthatch sri 140 in ultra blue, with the xp kit fitted.



wasnt too sure of the car at first and after a few weeks wanted to change it for a mk5 golf, however they offered me a silly amount for the car so just held on to it.



after owning a few highly modified cars i bought the astra with the intention to keep it pretty much standard



so some pics from the day i picked the car up.















one of my mates a member on here sduk was selling his astra and we came to a deal, some cash and my std parts for his parts, swapped over my pentas and chrome grill and boot strip for his white 18x8 revolution milleniums and blac bootstrip and black vxr grill. then i debaged the rear, this was after just 2 days of owning my car.... so this is how it started to change.



few pics.















after a few weeks i had to get the car lower as all of my previous cars and cars in the family had been on coilovers and the astra was like a jeep in comparison, i was faced with the dilema of spending a fair whack on coilovers or using the cash i had to make a big overall change to the car, so i opted for some eibach sportline springs, a piper 2.5inch cat back, a pipercross panel filter and a vxr intake pipe, also derestricted the air box at the same time. :D



by this time there was snow on the ground and the car stayed like this untill after xmas. wasnt the best weather for taking pictures so only have the one.













so in january the fun started again, first on the cards was to get rid of the rear seats :D most of my cars have always gone down this route lol. free power and more sound.







got bored of the white wheels rather quick, so wanted a change,

wanted to make another big change to the car that people would notice.



so got a shot of a set of td's from a mate











off went my wheels to be powdercoated,

removed the sri door badges,

swaped the long aerial for a short bsting one ment for a pug.

fitted team heko wind deflectors,

got the windows tinted all round and a sunstrip,

got some custom centre cap badges made along with some wing sri decals for around the side repeaters.

also tinted the fogs and side repeaters.

oh and my private plate went on the car.



the pics.



















 

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next i fancied trying to fit an lcr front splitter, i knew that one wouldnt fit as had tried it on sammys car before, so off i went and bought two to see if i could chop them and make them fit to look like one.

it was a bit tricky with not much material on the xp kit to secure the lcr splitter too but im happy the way it turned out and adds a bit more agression to the front end.













after a few weeks of having the decals on and the dark indicators and fogs i wasnt liking it, so bought some std side repeaters again and removed the tint from the fogs along with the stickers,

also gotmy bootstrip colour coded and removed the rear wiper to tidy up the rear,

got some phillips blue vision bulbs for dipped and main beam too. with blue tint side lights and rear number plate bulbs.



how the car stood after that.















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was around this time i got the car remapped, read about it alot and bit the bullet and made the drive down to mpg and got the eds remap.



engine: z18xer 1.8 vvt.



mods on for first run, pipercross panel filter, vxr intake derestricted air box. piper 2.5inch catback.



first run results; 135.7bhp and 121.2 lbft



after eds software



results; 158bhp and 148.8lbft



was very happy with that result, was told the car would take time to adapt to the map and the 2 weeks after it just got quicker and quicker, should be over 160bhp now.



fancied adding some colour to the car next, so out came the arden blue paint.











 

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after booking my place on some stands at show i thought more of a feature was to be made of the seatless rear, so i came up with the idea of some b-c pillar braces, love the way these look in civics and other jap metal. so my dad and i set about making some custom ones for the astra,

first i had to strip the rear properly so i could work out where to position the braces and pick up fixing points, will let the pics do the talking























next up i really didnt want the vxr grill anymore as everyone who didnt have a vxr seemed to have one so i went for an opc item which i much prefer the look of and it goes with my custom centre caps

got it painted in vauxhall saphire black.











was pretty happy with the way the car looked now, apart from the stance, needed the car to be lower and needed some camber and width the make the car look squat on the road.



so along came the eibach camber shims, also had eibach camber bolts on the front but cant find any pics of the set up while i was on the sportline springs.



removed the camber bolts when i fitted my eibach coilovers.

when my coilovers arrived i also fitted some eibach 16mm prospacers all round to get the alloys filling the arches more, always felt they were too tucked in.



also got the centre box removed from the piper system for a more peppy sound, pops and bangs loads now



before shim





after shim.











with spacers and coilovers.













 

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with one show out the way it was time to start focusing on the engine bay and adding a few cheeky wee stickers to make the car more individual.

so painted more engine bay plastics and added some blue apiro hose covers to add a little colour, gave the bay its first detail too.



























my brakes were needing changed as was nothing left of the pads and the discs were in a state so was the fine excuse to upgrade to something better, never been a fan of the brakes, lacking feel and performance,

the 1.8vvt only had 280mm discs as std so i bought some astra 1.9cdti carriers and 308mm discs and std pads for a nice oem upgrade and what an improvement much much better. if its good enough for a corsa vxr will do for this.

gave them a fresh lick of paint too.











some moe blue bits arrived back from the powdercoaters, got my braces done in a nice candy blue, which matches the ardenblue engine bay pretty well. also added the other stickers i had bought.





















next thing i done was removed the bump strips, just to clean the car up a bit and draw the line of site to the skirts and closer to the ground if that makes sense.















some pictures sammy (sduk) took of the car in its current state.















so last week i fitted my Dbilas flowmaster intake set that i had been waiting on for 5 weeks.



not a plug and play item as such. heres what i done.



removed the grill, picture of the std vxr intake,

removed the airbox,

removed the slampanel,

had to mark and drill 2 holes for the intake pipe bracket,

remove engine bracket bolt then refit with dbilas bracket for airbox inplace.

picture of dbilas intake,

all fitted and connected up.



job done, nice sound above 4k all the way to 7300 :D (rev limiter removed when remapped)

car feels so much more eager to go now feels quicker.































and a few last pics i like of the car, took them while sammy was shooting my car. i know i know im a total photo whore

















well thats it up to date folks



hope you have enjoyed the loooooonnnnnngg read





not much else planned for the car, would like to go lower but im enjoying the handling atm.



future mods will include;



some nice recaro seats.

vxr wheel,

custom rear spoiler,

dbilas inlet manifold,

whiteline rarb,

maybe blue smd conversion,

carbon mirrors??



but thats prob the car for this year, got a few more shows coming up and im back to nightshift next week so wont have much time to work on the car. but will see.



cheers mike.



any comments, suggestions welcome good or bad
 

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amazing!!!

I really really want to mod mine now but im saving for a house :(
 

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Awesome car mate! Some nice mods there!

I really like that colour too, wanted my Astra in that but it's really rare so had to settle for black!
 

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Awesome car mate! Some nice mods there!

I really like that colour too, wanted my Astra in that but it's really rare so had to settle for black!
yeah i love the colour, just a bit different, not seen a sporthatch the same colour at any of the shows ive been to either which is a bonus.
 

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yeah i love the colour, just a bit different, not seen a sporthatch the same colour at any of the shows ive been to either which is a bonus.
Yeah it is really nice mate! :D

Not too many folk have it in that colour, when I was looking for mine I only saw one in blue, but it was a 1.7 SXi diesel so was out of the question lol.
 
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