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Wide arch Tigra

Discussion in 'Tigra' started by john and Jake the dog, 23 June 2009.

  1. john and Jake the dog

    john and Jake the dog Full member

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    Car:
    97 1.4 Tigra
    Hi,
    new here and looking for advice please.:)
    I have a 97 Tigra and I'm looking for a wide arch look.
    There are a couple of kits but they seem to just roll around the arch without giving a particularly wide look.

    I much prefer the look of the Calibra wide arch, so would anyone know whether the inner shape/meausurement of the Calibra standard arch was similar to the Tigra in order to give me some hope of fitting it.
     
  2. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    Hello there John and welcome to TorqueCars. thats an unusual username, does the dog travel with you in the car everywhere or is he your secondary mechanic?;)

    Few kits have real wide arches. The best bet is to go to a proper custom shop like xquisite automotive and let them fabricate the arches and blend them into your chosen kit. I think the Calibra arches bigger than the Tigra but it still might be possible to use the Calibra kit as a basis to work from.

    What are you going to do to get the wheels to fit, run spacers or use a custom axle/driveshafts and suspension setup?
     
  3. john and Jake the dog

    john and Jake the dog Full member

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    Car:
    97 1.4 Tigra
    hi Waynne, and thanks for the welcome.
    Yes, Jake is in the car everywhere, first in the car, he's a black Portuguese water dog who now has an important relative in the Whitehouse. He is a constant supervisor in everything I do.
    I like to do all mods myself and not use garages so will probably use the the Calibra arches as a starting point, a combination of wheel offset and spacers should sort the wheels, hopefully, as the Vauxhall has a different offset to most.
    cheers
     
  4. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    Sounds good. Get some fibreglass and filler and you will be well away.

    One tip, keep standing back and checking the arches are fairly even. It will REALLY bug you if they are slightly different. Also take your time and be patient.
     
  5. john and Jake the dog

    john and Jake the dog Full member

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    13
    Car:
    97 1.4 Tigra
    Hi, bit the bullet and ordered a wide arch kit from Portugal.
    Fitted them with steel washers glassed to the inside so I could countersink rivets and leave them in along with bonding glue.
    Pics show a first fill and rubdown and then first coat of primer to show any holes etc.



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    Last edited: 9 July 2010
  6. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC ModFather Moderator

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    Insignia SRI.
    Looking good keep us updated mate.
     
  7. pgarner

    pgarner TC ModFather Moderator

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    Car:
    Octy smoke machine
    your going to need some spacing on the rear.

    might have been an idea to remove the indicator 1st however ;)
     
  8. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    Looks very nice. Good work.
     
  9. john and Jake the dog

    john and Jake the dog Full member

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    Car:
    97 1.4 Tigra
    hi,

    Spacing the wheels around 20mm-30mm at the rear and 15mm at the front until I can get some wider alloys.
    Smoked lenses going in when done, so not too bothered 'bout a bit of overspray.
    Thanks all for the encouragement as when doing drastic mods, a little doubt comes in occasionally.
    Must look better spaced out though.
    First spray of blue to see marks etc.
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  10. john and Jake the dog

    john and Jake the dog Full member

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    Car:
    97 1.4 Tigra
    Hi
    an update
    Still not got around to the final paint as I have some more ideas but Tig has new 7 x 16 wheels and coilovers.
    I've only fitted the rear so far, waiting for spring weather.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    Wow - that's looking really smart, thanks for the update. I suppose you'll have it all ready for summer! :D
     
  12. T9 man

    T9 man TC Pro Founder Moderator

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    That turned out much better than I expected it too! well done! ;)
     
  13. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC ModFather Moderator

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    Looking good buddy. It came out well if you ask me.
     
  14. isakisme

    isakisme Newbie

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    From:
    Sweden
    Car:
    Tigra 16V 1.6
    Great Tig! :) which site did you get the wide arches from? I have veen searching a long time'coz my alloys are wider than the body ;)
     
  15. T9 man

    T9 man TC Pro Founder Moderator

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    Greetings isakisme and a Warm Welcome to our TorqueCars Forum my Friend!

    Good to have you along with us :)
     
  16. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC ModFather Moderator

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    Hello and Welcome to TorqueCars.:bigsmile:
    Hope you enjoy your time with us.



     
  17. john and Jake the dog

    john and Jake the dog Full member

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  18. HugoBoss

    HugoBoss The Torque Meister

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    Car:
    r33 skyline gtst
    Came out really good mate, you did a great job.
     
  19. T9 man

    T9 man TC Pro Founder Moderator

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    I never new that so much in the way of bodykits was available for that car :amazed:
     
  20. isakisme

    isakisme Newbie

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    From:
    Sweden
    Car:
    Tigra 16V 1.6
    Thank you for the link! I think I will order them and see how I can fit them, I would lika to use pop rivets along the upper side, that is a good look :)
     
  21. isakisme

    isakisme Newbie

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    From:
    Sweden
    Car:
    Tigra 16V 1.6
    How much would you say that they widen the car on each side? Is it the same front/back?
     

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