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  • Back to my Roots - 03 Astra Mk4 Irmscher

    So as some may know, my DS3 Racing dream ended up in tatters!! I still miss this car something shocking...



    But once the DS3R storm in my life had calmed, I was left without a car. So the next morning I woke up and immediately opened Gumtree on my phone where to my delight I found a 2003 1.8 16v Vauxhall Astra which was pretty well kitted out for a reasonable 500! I phoned straight away, and a few hours later I had purchased that very car... well some reckon I may aswell have stolen it after only handing over 200!

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    The car took me right back to my roots of driving around in modified Vauxhalls! So in no time at all, a plan was thought out to make this 200 Astra something special! First job was to swap the awful Lexus lights for some SRi original tail lamps!

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    Next up was the exhaust which needed serious attention as the back box had disconnected itself from the rest of the exhaust!

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    Then came the craziest moment so far... I bought a 2000 Saab 93 Turbo for 300... but why you ask??

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    Well I did say I wanted to make the Astra that wee bit special... so I decided to treat it too (imho) one of the best 4 Cylinder engines available in a production car! The Saab B204,
    The engine had 115,000 miles and was getting tired, so I rebuilt it and treated it to some fast bits!

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    Deka 630cc Fuel Injectors, 320LPH AEM Fuel Pump, 3 Bar Map Sensor, Bespoke Tubular Exhaust Manifold, Garrett GT2871R Turbo, Upgraded Saab ECU with Trionic 7 and Custom Remap... probably forgot loads, anyway here is a before and after!

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    So 4 months on, its back on its wheels and had its maiden voyage last weekend!

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    The experts reckon it should make in the region of 400bhp! I cant wait... I hope it scares the crap out of me! I will keep you's updated!
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    Awesome!

    Glad it all worked out in the end, sounds like a beast.
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      Must have missed this thread appearing, sounds ace!
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