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Old 01-07-2014, 02:10 PM   #41
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Default Re: White Saturn Astra XR progress

Phatfire's red VXR had a new full exhaust setup, and he was kind enough to bring his old VXR muffler/backbox for me to buy. I got it mounted a couple of days later.



After a couple of weeks, I decided to change the exhaust tip to a larger trapezoid one. This pic is from a German forum, showing the side by side comparison.



The muffler shop cut off the old tip and welded on the new one super quick. I think it suits the bumper much better.




There is a stock Astra in a plaza near my house, and I just had to take these comparison pics.





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Old 01-07-2014, 11:50 PM   #42
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It's about time I got started on a progress thread. I've been sitting on these pictures for a long time, so the whole write up is gonna take a while to do.

It all started when I bought a base 5dr Astra XE in June 2011, manual trans, cd30 with BID, plain steering wheel with no radio controls. Boy, did I ever get the modding bug! Right away I knew I wanted to brand it something other than Saturn. The Opel blitz was too simple looking for me, so the chicken holding a flag won me over. By the time I traded it in July 2012 for a 3dr Astra XR I had gotten it to this point:





Vauxhall facelift grille, plastidipped black
Chevrolet Cobalt SS gunmetal 18" wheels, Insignia centre caps
Drilled rotors, ceramic pads, gunmetal painted calipers, white decals




Full blue SMD interior conversion
VXMMI gen 1, blue SMDs
Leather 3-door steering wheel, had to get the wheel controls enabled with tech2
Removed the Saturn airbag emblem, fitted the chrome insert from a Vaux centre cap

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After




6000K HIDs, LED bulbs all around (rear foglamp made to work along with the main brake/signal lamp)
Insignia washer jets, deristricted airbox, homemade 2.5" PVC intake
Fitted a 1-1/4" hitch carrier, with a hitch mounted bike rack


Do you have the same ill-fitting Curt brand hitch on your car as I have on mine? That brand hitch put on an Astra is a joke. Just had to be said.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:35 PM   #43
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Yep I still have it in my garage. I used it the entire time I had my XE 5 door, but I never tried it in the XR3. What problems did you have with yours, exhaust clearance I'm guessing? The XE5 has the hidden tailpipe like in my pic, I never had any rubbing or rattling. Installation couldn't have been easier, the wire guides to feed the bolts made it easy.

I didn't try it in my XR3 when I got it, knowing I'd be doing the center exit exhaust at some point. Clearance looks like it would be tight for the stock XR tailpipe though.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:55 PM   #44
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I got a curt hitch put on today, why is it off center? lol
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:32 PM   #45
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By design.
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Old 12-23-2020, 05:31 PM   #46
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By design.
No. I had to grind off about a half an inch of the hitch metal above and around the muffler so they would not hit each other and rattle while going over bumps in the road.
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It's looking fantastic! If you ever sell it, let us know!
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Instead of creating a new thread, I was wondering if anyone can help me source the following parts in either Opel or Vauxhall but preferably Opel:

Front grill
Rear badge
Door sill plates
Caps for 18" OEM wheels
Badge for steering wheel
New headlight covers, as mine are yellowed and though I treated them they stayed yellow.

I don't plan to do this work until I'm able to repaint my Astra, but I'd like to gather the parts now in case they become sparse.
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This white Astra is sweet - one of the best I have seen.
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