I First got my astra sxi in sept 2006. I bought it standard with 70K on the clocks. Things soon changed - basically the whole look of the car and also the engine (number one snapped the timing belt, bent 14 valves, demolished 3 pistons and also damaged 3 bearing shells beyond repair) and also a brake upgrade to groved & drilled disks with greenstuff pads and braided hoses.
SO it all started when I got bored one day. I wasnt really a fan of the standard look so I set about looking for some bits and bobs for it. Luckily enough (for me anyway) someone I know managed to write off their astra which I managed to aquire a few bits for. namely kamei grille, full powerflow exhaust system, smoked lights, wheels and tinted windows all for pretty much nothing. This is it after the above parts were fitted:
It also came with full leather interior. they are heated seats but as of yet I still havent got round to wiring them in:
I soon got bored of it how it was - the 3 problems were 1. I hated the wheels, 2. It was still far too high and 3. it needed colour coded side skirts and bump strips
So a good refurb to take out the battle scars and several rattle cans of gloss black later the wheels were soon shiney black and also got some colour coded side skirts and bump strips:
I got invited to a rolling raod day and came out with 107.5bhp which I was happy with as the engine was pretty much standard bar catback and induction kit and it was running on poverty spec tesco fuel:
Then Came the 60mm Lowering springs:
Then a few new bits came - new exhaust, de-cat, polished rocker cover, removed front tints (big thanks to local police for that mod ), heat wrapped the manifold & exhaust and also got some nice GSi smoked headlights to go in too
Due to the crap summer and me being on holiday for most of it anyway there hasnt really been anyting done for a while. I've sprayed the side repeaters completley black, sunstrip has gone for an all black one and basically anyting else non-black has been made black or removed except the carbon footprint sticker (which endlessly annoys my hippy neighbour who hates the car - the only real reason it is still there), Most recent pic is this one:
Plans for the future: I've got plans for a mantzel style powerbox. I've designed one and just need to sort a vaccum connection and then its good to get made. after that its time for a new sump gasket and APR bolts to help out with a remap and upped rev limit. After that there will more than likley be more engine bits and at some point I will be getting coilovers to drop the back 100mm and front 80mm.