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  • Aideo's Arden VXR

    Hi, thought I ought to start a project thread after pestering everyone on here for the past few months

    I bought my Astra with:
    • 18" BBS Ch
    • Miltek turbo back with race cat
    • CDTi airbox
    • FMIC (TX i think)
    • TX tophat
    • Fake Forge Re-circ valve
    • Eibach sportlines (on the front)


    And looked like this



    I didn't plan on doing anything to it apart from a bit of tidying it a little as the front is pretty stone chipped. I got the car mapped as it was ready for a stage 3 but hadn't been done and then decided on a set of Dap-r springs; as for some reason one of the previous owners had put the front on Eibach Sportlines and left the rear on standard VXR springs.



    After breaking up with my Mrs at the time a mate and I decided on a Nurburgring trip. All I can say it, DOOOOO IIIT. Amazing place, so much car porn and immense atmosphere. This gave me a chance to build a "stealthyish" Go-Pro mount as I had read that the ring marshals are a bit funny about externally mounted cameras. I also think the fog surround frames it quite nicely.





    Few snaps from the track too.







    Unfortunately, the car started running a bit flat out there and making the dreaded turkey noise. Got it home and discovered that the chocolate fake "Forge" re circ valve had blown all the seals. So replaced this with a new genuine one. Forge is less than 10 miles from me. Car ran so much better, shows just how long this had been going down for. Also bought an adjustable Whiteline RARB. Its currently on the Med/Hard setting and its made the car so planted and predictable when its all gets lively on track.

    Next came a few days off from work with nothing to do. Whilst looking on the forum I saw a VXR with grey grill and black wheels. I had time off and nothing to do so went to the paint shop. Wheels needed a re-furb anyway as the edge of the spokes had a little bubbling. Planned on getting these done in the new year after the winter along with the stone chips on the front. Decided that id rather change the colour myself than pay to get them done in the new year and not like it. If I like it they will be redone this colour professionally. Settled on gun metal grey.





    A few weeks later I was looking at pictures of my old 200sx on which I had painted the headlight internals. Decided I wanted to do this so set about researching this. Turns out that Astra headlights are a pain to bake apart so I set about cutting them up. If you think about doing this I warn you .. it is not a fun job. The car needs new headlights as a previous owner had lost some of the rubber caps from the back and had obviously had an issue with damp ... SOOOOO had drilled little holes in the bottoms of the lense. Top job that man. Lights were stripped painted, lenses re fitted, sealed, new caps bought, holes filled and fitted to the car. Again, if I like them a new set will be sent to the body shop in the new year to be done properly.



    Makes the front look much more aggressive I think.



    And that's where we currently stand. I have a Quaife diff on order. Hopefully fitting that next weekend and am planning on doing a fitting guide as I've not found one with pictures for the Astra. Can't promise though. Will see how it goes. Can't wait to get this in. Heard its meant to make a massive difference. Hope so as I was getting frustrated short shifting to 4th coming out the Esses at Castle Combe the other week on a track day.

    Last picture, Then and now..



    Next in line is looking like shocks. Have been thinking Bilstein B8's. Any view on these or other recommendations would be great.

    Cheers again for all the advice so far.
    Last edited by Aideo; 6 October 2013, 10:21 AM.
    18" BBS CH, Bilstein B8, Dap-R, Whiteline RARB, Quaife LSD, Aston DB9 Brembos, Forge re-circ, Miltek turbo back, Cdti conversion with K&N panel filter, Oil restrictor bolt, Forge fmic, Courtney Sport Brake cooling ducts and fog delete, SPA and Stack gauges.

    BUILD THREAD HERE

  • #2
    nice motor. good write up. love the wheels.

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    • #3
      Nice bud

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      • #4
        Cheers, I wasn't sold on the wheels when I saw it in the advert. Was thinking of going Compo MO6's. But when I saw it in the flesh that changed instantly. Now I think they're. Still toying with a set of Compos for track wheels if I can find a 2nd hand set.
        18" BBS CH, Bilstein B8, Dap-R, Whiteline RARB, Quaife LSD, Aston DB9 Brembos, Forge re-circ, Miltek turbo back, Cdti conversion with K&N panel filter, Oil restrictor bolt, Forge fmic, Courtney Sport Brake cooling ducts and fog delete, SPA and Stack gauges.

        BUILD THREAD HERE

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        • #5
          Very nice mate
          .airtec intercooler.fully d-cated. Daps. Stage 3 is jus round the corner

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          • #6
            Go pro placement is very cool mate! Nice work!

            Sent from my C6603 using Tapatalk 2

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            • #7
              Originally posted by B17BLG View Post
              Go pro placement is very cool mate! Nice work!

              Sent from my C6603 using Tapatalk 2
              Cheers, although I have found an issue with it now. Watching Castle Combe videos back I noticed that as the camera is on the passenger side and that Combe is a clockwise circuit; it looks like I'm missing apex's left right and centre. I'm not claiming to be Lewis Hamilton but it makes it look like I'm way off. You can hear the drivers side front clip the kerb on the apex but what you see is a car width away. Going to try to find a way to mount it in the middle of the car. Somewhere discrete.
              18" BBS CH, Bilstein B8, Dap-R, Whiteline RARB, Quaife LSD, Aston DB9 Brembos, Forge re-circ, Miltek turbo back, Cdti conversion with K&N panel filter, Oil restrictor bolt, Forge fmic, Courtney Sport Brake cooling ducts and fog delete, SPA and Stack gauges.

              BUILD THREAD HERE

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              • #8
                Your love the diff mate top mod
                Arden Astra VXR WGM350 stage 4.5
                Progress thread.......Instagram Chris.Lee 1973 http://www.vxronline.co.uk/forum/sho...uilt-Astra-VXR
                W G Motorworks

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                • #9
                  Mint mate
                  Stage 2 black VXR gone - rabbid tuned Stage 3 303 sold 9/2014
                  Now Revo stage 4+ forged Mk2 Focus RS

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                  • #10
                    Looks ace! Love the wheels so much !

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                    • #11
                      Cheers for the comments guys. I cannot wait to get the diff fitted. Just ordered up the oil so hoping to do it on Sunday. I have a question for anyone whos fitted one before. The guide I found on Courts site uses a hammer to tap the bearing on. Surely this is risky. Any better ideas or idea on how much a bearing press would be?
                      18" BBS CH, Bilstein B8, Dap-R, Whiteline RARB, Quaife LSD, Aston DB9 Brembos, Forge re-circ, Miltek turbo back, Cdti conversion with K&N panel filter, Oil restrictor bolt, Forge fmic, Courtney Sport Brake cooling ducts and fog delete, SPA and Stack gauges.

                      BUILD THREAD HERE

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                      • #12
                        like the painted headlights

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by arden tez View Post
                          like the painted headlights
                          Cheers mate, like I said, not a fun job but really finishes off the front end in my opinion.
                          18" BBS CH, Bilstein B8, Dap-R, Whiteline RARB, Quaife LSD, Aston DB9 Brembos, Forge re-circ, Miltek turbo back, Cdti conversion with K&N panel filter, Oil restrictor bolt, Forge fmic, Courtney Sport Brake cooling ducts and fog delete, SPA and Stack gauges.

                          BUILD THREAD HERE

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                          • #14
                            Has had a delivery



                            Also have all the tools and bits I need. Roll on the weekend.
                            18" BBS CH, Bilstein B8, Dap-R, Whiteline RARB, Quaife LSD, Aston DB9 Brembos, Forge re-circ, Miltek turbo back, Cdti conversion with K&N panel filter, Oil restrictor bolt, Forge fmic, Courtney Sport Brake cooling ducts and fog delete, SPA and Stack gauges.

                            BUILD THREAD HERE

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                            • #15
                              Right then, bit of an update. Diff is in. Can really feel it pull the car around the bends but has highlighted just how naff my tyres are In the wet. Hear good things about Verdensteins? Anybody know much about these?

                              First little update is a picture my mate took back when the sky's were Arden blue. We went out for an impromptu photo shoot when we all had a day off. This was my favourite shot. This was before the headlight internals were done. Spot the GoPro



                              Since then not a lot has happened, got chatting to my uncle who has a Striker kit car and he mentioned going to Spa in the new year. Its a track I've always loved on games, watching the f1 and one I really want to drive. Anyway, seeing as I have the diff I decided I needed bigger brakes. Got hold of some Evo 8 Brembo 4 pots at a good price. Just saving for the discs, (going for Vectra VXR 245mm ones) and pads. Then got to get some custom carriers and line made up. Cant wait to get them fitted. Currently in the process of tidying them up a little. The paint and decals are fine just the lacquer has started flaking. Been looking into rebuild kits too. May give this a go but not sure as yet.

                              Mock up with a cardboard 245mm disc


                              Can see the flaking on far caliper, Ive picked it off the front one but am going to wet and dry it all off so its not patchy and then re lacquer.


                              Wedged in place on the car, going to need a spacer to.
                              18" BBS CH, Bilstein B8, Dap-R, Whiteline RARB, Quaife LSD, Aston DB9 Brembos, Forge re-circ, Miltek turbo back, Cdti conversion with K&N panel filter, Oil restrictor bolt, Forge fmic, Courtney Sport Brake cooling ducts and fog delete, SPA and Stack gauges.

                              BUILD THREAD HERE

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