[MOD] Stainless B-Pillar

Heres a few photos of replacing the stainless b pillar stickers that came on my crown, with new thick pieces of actual stainless.
Much better.

crown b pillar rhs before
RHS Before
crown b pillar lhs before
LHS Before
crown b pillar lhs before
LHS Before
crown b pillar rhs black
No Stainless – Black
stainless pillars
New Stainless Pillars
crown b pillar rhs after stainless
RHS After
crown b pillar lhs after stainless
LHS After

[MOD] Interior LED Conversion

I recently replaced the interior halogen lamps with LED’s.

The majority or the interior uses T10 wedge bulbs.
The boot uses a T10 wedge.
The rear number plate lights use a T10 wedge.
The front footwells use a T5 wedge.
The dome light uses a BA9S bayonet bulb.
The 2 front reading lights use a festoon bulb.
The 2 sunvisor mirrors use a fuse type bulb.

Install is very straightforward.


trunk and rear door leds
Trunk and Rear Door
footwell and front door leds
Footwell and Front Door
footwell glove compartment and front door leds
Footwell, Glove Compartment and Front Door
rear map light led
Rear Map Light
Front & Rear Door LED's
Front & Rear Door
Rear RH Map Light LED
Rear RH Map Light

[MOD] Coilovers Installed

The old coilovers were getting worse and worse, so I bought some new ones direct from Japan using the Jesse Streeter service.

The new coilovers are Final Konnexion Limited’s using Front 14kg/mm and Rear 10kg/mm spring rates.

The install procedure was very straightforward, removing the old and fitting the fresh suspension. It can be a little tricky trying to get the lower mount on the front, when the coilover length is set quite long.


Crown About to be Jacked
About to Jack the Crown
Old BuddyClub Coilovers
Old BuddyClub Coilovers
Old Lower Bushes Flogged Out
Flogged Out Lower Bushes
Old Lower Bush
BuddyClub Lower Bush
Old BuddyClub vs New Final Konnexion Coilovers
Old BuddyClub vs New Final Konnexion Coilovers
New Base and Bush on New Coilover
New Base and Bush on New Coilover
Final Konnexion Coilover Installed on Rear RHS
Final Konnexion Coilover Installed on Rear RHS

[MOD] Compliance Front Fender Blinkers

Well, I only picked up my Crown 2 weeks ago, but one thing that has annoyed me ever since, is the stupid round orange side blinkers that compliance installed into the front guards.

I have thought about either purchasing some used black front guards from Japan, or taking to a panel beater to fill in the holes and respray the guards.

In the meantime, I decided to look for some clear blinkers to replace the orange.

Im not sure about what type of blinker other compliance shops would fit in this particular case, but mine turned out to be a simple round lens with 2-prong bayonet type fitting. 

Orange Blinker Lens Installed by Compliance Shop

After trawling the internet I found some round clear ones that looked fairly similar.

Clear Blinkers for ’84-’01 Vauxhall Astra

They can be purchased from eBay here:

When they arrived, it was a simple case of turning the orange ones counter-clockwise to release the lens, then pushing and turning the clear ones on clockwise to lock them on.


Now I just need to replace the bulbs with some orange wedges or the chrome/amber type. I would prefer the chrome type, so you don’t see the orange through the clear lens, looking like a fried egg.

In conclusion, a very, very simple mod, but definitely worth taking away the ugliness of the orange.