Thought I'd put a post up for the Whiteline ARB which I've just fitted. There are a few ARBs around but the cost, around the £250 mark, means that this mod is out of reach for a lot of people. However the Whiteline ARB costs around the £150 mark and from accounts of other people appears to be of a better design and has a better fitment method. If your interested in this kit you'll probably be better off importing the kit yourself from the Whiteline site https://www.whiteline.com.au/store/ there are 2 types of rear ARB available for the Astra, which is marketed as the Holden Astra in Australia, there's the non adjustable BHR75 and the adjustable BHR75Z. The non adjustable one costs approx £67.23 with the adjustable one costing approx £94.76. These prices are correct at the time of this post but currency variations mean they can vary but it shouldn't be by very much. Carriage can be quite high and you'll have to factor in the chance you'll get stung for import duty, so budget accordingly. Import duty isn't always charged so you may get lucky. Out of around 40 imported parcels I've paid import duty on only 3 but you may get unlucky. I'd advise against a group buy as I did a test on ordering 3 and the cost wasn't worth while as you only saved a few pounds and you'd lose this when you had to repost in the UK, unless you have a set of local people who are interested
The one I fitted was the adjustable one. The instructions are ok but aren't the best, a little common sense is needed but it's definetely within the reach of a good amatuer. All that's needed is to remove the rear wheels and dampers and lower the rear swinging arm so that the rear springs can be removed, if you've ever fitted lowering springs you know how easy this is. The hole in the spring seat is enlarge to 10mm, real easy. A bracket is attached to the bolt you run through the enlarged hole. Now the front pivot bolts are loosened and the nuts removed. Each has a bracket put onto the OE bolt and the nut retightened. The front bracket has 2 polyurethane bushes inserted which the ARB runs through, again pretty easy. The car is then reassembled and has to be either put on ramps or some other method so that the car is resting under load ie NOT on jacks. A figure 8 link is fitted to the end of the ARB and one eye goes to the ARB while the other goes to the bracket previously fitted. Tighten up and the jobs done.
So how does it perform?, well really really well. The back end feels much much tighter, theres very little dip in corners now and the car handles like it's on rails. Is it a worthwhile mod? I'd say get one ASAP and get fitting, for the price it's a very worthwhile mod which makes a big difference to how the car handles.
I'm having to mod my fitment slightly, this is a temporary thing and Whiteline have assured me that future kits won't suffer from the 2 problems I've hit. If your interested in one I'd advise waiting a few weeks before ordering so that the kits can be altered to reflect the mods I need to do.
I'll post a few pics of it fitted, as you can see from the pics the figure 8 links aren't hanging straight, this will be rectified in future kits as this is the mod I need to do.
Oh and before anyone posts and asks what the large extra pipe is in the 2nd picture, that's the extra exhaust pipe for the Duplex exhaust.
Hope this helps anyone considering this mod, I believe the Kmax ARB costs a lot more and doesn't fit half as well