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    Wywywywy's Europa Blue Coupe Turbo

    Please also see http://www.wywywywy.com for more up to date log and pics. Thanks.




    So, my last car was an Escort Mk6, with a pretty good spec I think.

    Specs include 2.0 engine, Cosworth wide arches, big brakes up front, disc conversion at the rear, 18" wheels, Morette lights, half leather seats, Magnex exhaust, Koni suspension, nice ICE, etc. About 140bhp on the pedal which was pretty good for what it was. I absolutely loved the car.




    Unfortunately some ****** from the Carphonewarehouse crashed into it And wrote it off as it was very beyond economical repair - the insurance claim is still going on!!

    So time for a new motor!

    My criteria at that time were:
    - 200bhp or so
    - Coupe shape
    - Not a Jap (nothing wrong with them just not interested)

    And the cars that match the criteria were:

    - 3-Series Coupe
    I don't like most of the BMW drivers

    - 406 Coupe
    Nice looking car but too expensive to run... but definitely a second choice.

    - CLK
    Out of budget

    - Astra Coupe
    That leads us onto the Astra Coupe Turbo!

    A very short time of searching, I found a Europa Blue ACT down south. It wasn't ideal - I originally wanted a Black one with Leather, but later I found out that the black on Astra Coupes isn't metallic And this one didn't have leather, but the condition was good and the price was right, so I went for it.
    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    August 2006

    So this is what I bought.






    Europa Blue Astra Coupe Turbo in standard form with beige cloth interior.

    197bhp feels really nice!

    In the mean time many parts were sourced so that the modifying can soon begin
    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    September 2006

    Sourced a set of 18" BK299 for a good price with four brand new Yokohama Parade 2 tyres. And the reaon for the good price is... the lacquer on the lips has cracked and peeled looking really crap And I found that it is actually a common problem with BK wheels!

    So I bought a metal polish kit from eBay (£20), sanded down the lacquer from the lips, and spent 25+ hours polishing the crap out of it.

    The result was okay, not chrome-like but pretty close. The downside is that I have to use Belgom Alu to clean/wax it every bloody week...

    At the same time, I sourced a KW Variant 2 Coilover kit! It's really good too! Wholeheartedly recommend it. It costed me about £100 in fitting, which is a bit more than I expected.

    Lowered 30mm at the front, and 40mm at the back, and now it sits sort of level. The back could actually do with another 5mm or so. I will do that when I have time but I need to jack the car up to do that... and my jack isn't low enough! If anyone can get an aluminium racing jack for cheap, please let me know!



    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    October 2006

    This month sees me fiddling with the lights

    Before even I bought the car, I knew I would change the lights. Not because the standard ones are crap, just that the aftermarket ones look so much better.

    First off is the FK Angel Eyes headlights. First of all I gotta say, when people say the light output from the FK Angel Eyes was crap, I was like "how bad can it be anyway?" And how wrong was I!!! The light output from these lights was phanomenally crap!!!! But they look cool anyway. By the way I didn't replace the light bulbs in the rings with LEDs, because many people have problem with them, possibly due to the heat. There were some problems (well quite a few actually) when fitting these lights.

    Problems:
    1. The main beam and dipped beam connectors were the other way round (wtf?!)
    2. The LHD/RHD "switches" were impossible to switch, I had to disassemble the light units, trigger the switches, then refit
    3. The electric height adjustors were a nightmare to fit in, took me hours!
    4. The manual light adjusting mechanism can break quite easily if not careful...
    5. The light output is REALLY crap
    6. I broke some brackets on the bumper while fitting it
    Overall they are crap, but they look cool.

    To combat the crap light output problem, I also ordered some HID light upgrade kit Bought these on eBay shipped from China and it took only 3 days, very impressive. These are 8000k, which is not as blue as I thought. Fitting the bulbs and wiring was rather easy, took only 10 mins if that. Finding somewhere to hide the control boxes was a problem. It was recommended these boxes are placed on the empty spaces beneath the headlights, but mine are slightly larger then the ones other people have, and didn't fit the spaces. In the end I had to use the lower headlight mounting bolt to secure the driver side box, and use many cable ties for the one on the passenger side onto various cable looms and holes. The light output is now fantastic! I think I will get HID for every car I own in the future

    Also fitted but not pictured, is a pair of black Lexus style rear lights (the new style ones) to match the front lights.

    Oh and the grille was also replaced with a de-badged grille. Made a huge difference. Originally wanted a recess-style one, but this will do for now.


    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    November 2006

    This month I've been working on my car PC. And man it is so much work!

    Hardware sourcing took a lot of time (and still not finished), but software was the killer. It takes sooooooo much time to get it how it is supposed to be.

    I've been building PCs for over 15 years, I've built many desktops, servers, media centres, even laptops, but nothing comes close to a car PC.

    It is still on going, I will update when I finally got it done.

    As part of it, I also fitted a headunit - the Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP - imported from the America, same as the DEH-P8600MP in this country. Most headunits imported from the America can't seek the full range of FM radio stations in the UK, but for some reasons this can? So it is all good... especially it is half the price of the UK model! And it has got a flashy OEL colour display too Still thinking I might upgrade to the P9800MP though in about a year.




    On the other hand, I fitted a Vectra C air intake. I don't notice any difference but it is a nice peice of mind.
    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    December 2006

    This month I have fitted the pièce de résistance!!

    I bought a set of cream leather interior, with a pair of Cobra Daytona recliner seats at the front, and a re-trimmed hatch rear bench. The Daytonas are soooo supportive! I love them!




    Fitting the rear was straight forward (well, reasonably), except my hands were cut all over due to Vauxhall insisting on using T45 Torx screws instead of proper bolts... and obviously they are naturally stiff, which made a few scary moments of nearly rounding them off.

    My Coupé was originally a four-seater, but the rear bench has the fifth (middle) seat belt fitted into it - so I had to somehow convert mine into a five-seater. It sounded easy, but it was actually pretty confusing.

    There were originally two seat belt buckles bolted onto the floor, one NS one OS. But, there is also a buckle attached to the rear bench for the NS seat belt... which I thought for was for the middle belt. The solution is to remove the original NS buckle, and bolt it on the OS next to the original OS buckle, and use it for the middle belt. Then I used the buckle on the rear bench for the NS belt.

    Fitting the front seats was proven more problematic. The OS one was removed and fitted without too much hassle, as the ones I bought came with the correct subframes already. Well, detaching the airbag connector took a while due to the stupid clip, but it was reasonably easy, just time consuming. Doing the NS however, was a nightmare!! Basically one of the stupid T45 Torx screws was stupidly stiff and nearly rounded off. I spend many hours trying to undo it, with T50 bit, Pozi bit, hammering a socket on, etc to no avail. At the end I had to pay a bodyshop 10 quid to weld an M8 bolt on top of the stupid thing, and undo it with a breaker bar. You should really see the amount of thread-lock on it!! I will definitely replace all these stupid things with proper bolts.

    Anyway its all done! And they are reallllllly good to sit on! Everyone commented on how posh they look too

    Now I just gotta find someone to re-trim the door cards...
    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    January 2007

    This month I am set to put on some of the stuff that I have accumulated in the garage onto the car.

    First off, I put on the Astra 2.2 airbox with a Green filter.



    Don't believe it when someone tells you it is easy... well actually it is pretty easy, but all the pipes were so tight to fit, so hard to cut! Took me quite a while to get the pipes right. I also had to extend the wiring to the AFM, which was pretty easy thanks to a cordless solder iron. At the same time I also tried to fit my old big K&N cone-filter (from the Escort) in instead of the 2.2 airbox, unfortunately the filter is a little bit too big But all is not lost, because the crank case breather from the Escort now lives in this engine bay

    Performance wise, I don't think it is now quicker, but at low rev it seems smoother now? That is completely opposite to the theories (longer intake vs shorter intake), so may be it is just the effect of a new clean filter. Oh the OE dump value does sound a bit louder though!

    This month I finally managed to move my lazy arse and de-badged the rear.



    I am leaving the Turbo badge on for now, as it is quite of cool... I used a hairdryer to warm up the badges, and just pulled them off basically. Then I used some white spirit to remove/melt the remaining glue. There was unfortunately unlevel paint underneath the badges, but there is nothing some T-cut won't sort out!

    Taking the car up and down a dual carriage road a few times, I wanted a bit more dump valve noise, but not over the top. So I fitted a Bailey DV26A Dump Valve, which has been sitting in the garage for a while.



    Originally I wasn't going to put it on (even though I bought it), as there are some stories of rough running after fitting a dump valve on the web. But as the crossover pipe was already gone, it would only take me 10 mins to put on (and take off) if I don't like it, so I gave it a go. To avoid the possibilities of rough running, I left the original dump valve in and working, so it can do its own things (it really does many things). The DV26A is plumbed in to the fuel pressure regulator, using a 4mm T-piece, and was pretty easy.

    And yes, the dump valve noise is spot-on now, which is only audible from 4k rev upwards. Nice!
    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    Feburary 2007

    Okay, I am going to call this month the GROMMET month, as I have been totally owned by it...

    Basically I need to run various cables and tubes for things like amps, car PC, boost gauge, traction control switch, etc. And the proper way to do it would be to use the spare grommet (which is only used on drive-by-throttle-cable cars, not on drive-by-wire cars) behind the fusebox, above the throttle pedal.

    But how to get it out? This is one MOTHER of all grommets. I originally tried to "peel" it out, but because of its location, which is inaccessible from the engine bay unless you are 2 years old with small hands, and unseeable from the inside because it is behind the fusebox, I just couldn't get it out.

    In the end I had to use a massive screwdriver and pushed extremely heavily from the inside on one of its corners.

    So now we need a hole in the grommet to pass the wires through. However this grommet is proven to be impossible to drill! Basically I didn't have anything to hold it steady with, except my hands, and everything I tried to drill it my drill bit would get stuck (and very close to cutting through my fingers) due to the grommet's rubbery nature. My Stanley knife wouldn't cut through it either. Believe me it is the mother of all grommets!

    So I had to hold it with my hands, and use a very small drill bit (1.5mm) to drill a lot of small holes, on low speed, to keep my fingers intact. And then I used two pairs of pilers to seperate the inner and outter bits. And least it is all done.

    So finally I can fit my (temporary) amp and sub!



    This is my temporary setup - Phoenix Gold QX300.4 amp with a Phoenix Gold QX 12-inch sub. The sound is very very good and yes I am obviously a big Phoenix Gold fan.

    Oh by the way I *do* have something better (Phoenix Gold again) lined up when I have more time.

    At the same time I also fitted an Autogauge Boost Gauge, in PSI. The design is similar to the Defi gauges, where the face is completely black when it is off. At the moment I am using a universal gauge holder, because nobody makes A-pillar pods for the Coupe...



    The car over-boosts to about 14 psi, and holds about 10 psi. Nice to see my turbo is working as it should!

    Shame I couldn't do the traction control switch yet because I'm having some problems with the speed sensor
    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    March 2007

    I was on holiday most of the month.
    But check back next month! I'll get some work done!
    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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    April 2007

    This month I spent a lot of time detailing the car! About time too, as over the years it has acquired a lot of swirl marks.

    To start with, I rinsed the whole car to get rid of the loose dirt, and then cleaned the wheels with the [b]Meguiars Hot Rims[b] wheel cleaner. I then shampoo'd it with Snow Foam shampoo using a SuperSpray system, following by claying (using Meguiars Detailing Clay)the whole car for the ultra smooth finish to prepare for polishing.

    I went over the whole car with Autoglym Super Resin Polish to polish out and fill the swirl marks. The bonnet and front wings are done twice because they had more swirl marks. This was really time consuming, this process took me nearly two hours! Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection, which is a sealant, is then applied to seal the surface against further swirl marks. The Extra Gloss Protection is really an excellent product - easy on, easy off, with good results! A further coat of Meguiars Gold Class wax provided some much needed extra shine and depth to the paint surface.

    While waiting for the polish/sealant/wax to dry or cure, I polished and waxed the lips of the wheels with Belgom Alu. The Belgom Alu is a pretty good polisher but unfortunately the finish doesn't last very long. I guess I should give my wheels a coat of proper sealant and wax next time.

    The interior is also cleaned and vacuum, and the leather seats are cleaned with the Gliptone Gentle Leather Cleaner and conditioned with the Gliptone Leather Conditioner. The conditioner gives a stronger "leather smell", some people hate it, but I love it!

    After all that is done (took me 6 hours!!) I drove to the Southport beach and too these pics





    Shiny eh!!!!!!!

    Okay then onto the more intensive bit.

    I finally fitted my body kit! Which is sprayed about a month ago by a local sprayer who does a very good rate.

    The front bumper is a Lumma GT/R2 front bumper made in fibreglass. The quality is very high for a fibreglass bumper, but obviously not as good as the plastic ones like the Rieger bumpers. Fitting wasn't too difficult but unfortunately my (two sets of) fog lights don't fit! My first set has a 70mm diameter, which is a bit too big as the fog light holes are 60mm. The second set has a 50mm diameter, but to my surprise they are too long! I found out when I was fitting the bumper and I was puzzling why the bumper wouldn't sit right... It was because the ECU was in the way since these 50mm diameter fog lights are like 150mm long So the car has no fog lights at the moment, and I need to source a set of super-thin 60mm diameter LED fog lights for it... grr... Also the driver side arch mounting hole didn't line up properly, so I had to use my drill.

    The bumper does look very good though!

    The skirts are Rieger Fluted skirts made in ABS plastic. The quality is very good and the fitment is not bad either. Fitting only took an hour without jacking the car up. If I had a ramp I am sure I could have done it in like 15 mins. Two holes are drilled at the front with stainless steel self-tapper screws securing it to the original skirts. A hole is drilled at the rear to re-use the existing mounting hole for the original skirts, as well as using a self-tapper screw instead of the original plastic pin for extra security. And then body-trim double-sided tape is applied to bond them to the original skirts. However, I still don't think it is secured enough, I will get a bodyshop to make two brackets for fixing underneath the centre of the skirts using the original skirts to hold them for even more security.



    You can probably tell the extra shine (again), as I applied a coat of Collinite #915 wax! This stuff is reasonably easy to apply, but what a pain to buff off! No surprise though, because this is meant to be the toughest wax in the world, so hopefully the shine should last a few months.

    Unlike the Meguiars wax which only lasted two weeks...

    There is nothing for the rear end at the moment, but I plan to get the Lumma GT/R2 rear valence. Only after I've got an exhaust though, because the rear is largely dependent on the tail-pipe I get.

    Overall, a very tiring month...
    Astra Coupe Turbo Project Log KW var2, BK299, Apexi, HID, Angel, Leather Cobra, Phoenix Gold, GT/R2, Fluted, DV26D, Pre/Sports/Catback, CarPC, B&M, VXR Turbo, Tarox-10, Phase 3! Car is for sale!

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