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  • Car Spotlight: Sam_SRi's Bike Carb'd X14XE

    Today we take a look at something a bit different, Sam Thomas (Sam_SRi) has owned his SRi for a few years now. But only recently has it really come to light what potential an X14XE can have, nestled in the bay of a beautifully cared for original SRi shell. Read on for photos, and to hear the full history and spec list from Sam :D

    Sam: I picked up my ‘94 16v Sri locally with 46k miles on the clock and 3 local owners 1 being a local Vauxhall garage. It had two years of being standard before I found the potential these cars have :laugh:

    Originally I planned on keeping the car for a few years to build my no claims up and get something different. Two years in and I was about to buy an Astra Coupι Turbo before the sale fell through. Feeling bummed out, the money I had left started buying wheels, suspension and brakes for the SRi. After a few exterior mods and switching around with pre to post bumpers then back to pre97 again I came across some R6 Bike Carbs for sale, along with a manifold to match and a Megajolt ECU for a good price. With not a massive amount of mechanical knowledge I jumped in the deep end, bought the kit and started buying and researching the rest of the parts over the next 8 months. I decided to convert the engine to bike carbs and fully rebuild the head 3 weeks before PVS 2013. I finished the conversion at 7am on the day before pvs, tested the car for 5 miles, drove home packed my car and to my surprise it made the 300 mile round trip!

    Since then I’ve mainly tidied up the bay and the exterior to how it looks today. After this summer the car will be setup to run for optimum performance/reliability. Along with ARP rod bolts, bottom end ACL bearings and a new 7k rpm rev limit with the ECUs inbuilt hard cut limiter.

    When people ask why you did stick to the standard x14xe engine and not “stick a C20XE in it”, well, I like to be different and in a sense not fully molest a good example of an early SRI. We think Sam has done a spectacular job at breathing life into an, ever increasingly rare, early SRi Corsa B. The attention to detail in the engine bay alone is to be commended. It's not often you see a bike carb conversion finished off so neatly. Freshly powder coated items bring a crisp fresh feel to the 1.4 16v lump. Another remarkable feat that we cannot fail to comment on, is how well kept the exterior paintwork is, I dont tink we can see a single spot of rust, nor a single scratch down an arch. On a body that has crept over 20 years old this year, this is fairly astonishing, and we can certainly tell that many hours polishing and waxing get spent on the carb'd beast each week. On a side note, the wheels are awesome, as are the SRi badges.

    We can't wait to see it get set up on the rollers later on this year. Credit to Sam Thomas on a very tidy 1.4 Corsa B SRi. Well done Sam.


    • Renault turbine alloy wheels (Phase 1 clio)
    • Anodised red wheel bolts
    • Stubby areal
    • White sidelight bulbs
    • White number plate light
    • Clear side repeaters
    • Smoked German Euro rear lights
    • Pressed metal number plates
    • Punto mk2 rear wiper
    • Front aero wipers with converted wiper arms
    • Tigra scuttle
    • Red front + rear badged
    • Awaiting spraying - Pre97 Irmscher front + rear aprons

    • GM Vauxhall mats 
    • Double pillar gauge pod for FPR & AFR gauges

    • Front OMP strut brace
    • Whiteline front anti-roll bar (poly bushed)
    • Cavalier rear anti-roll bar (poly bushed)
    • Front Suspension: Apex shortened shocks + Eibach 50mm springs
    • Rear Suspension: Gaz coilovers
    • Brand new Vectra V6 288mm callipers with apec pads and discs
    • Matt Lewis Racing braided brake lines

    • Sprayed caps with crackle effect paint
    • Polished oil Catch Tank
    • Edelbrock oil breather
    • Honda B18 4-2-1 custom fitted exhaust manifold + Heat Wrapped.
    • Stainless steel decat
    • Piper stainless cat back exhaust (no silencers)
    • Various silicone pipes (Mainly AutoSiliconeHoses)
    • Yamaha R6 Bike carbs
    • Custom inlet manifold
    • Ford EDIS 4 Ignition system
    • Megajolt Lite Jr V4 ECU
    • Custom ignition/ECU loom
    • DIY Headwork (porting)
    • Top end rebuild
    • Powdercoated Rocker Cover
    • Custom brake servo piping
    • Facet silver top fuel pump + Filter King FPR
    • Various braided fuel lines
    • Slimline fan with over ride switch

    • JVC USB/AUX stereo
    • Up rated speakers
    • Custom competition amp + subwoofer

    Once again, a huge kudos to Sam. Your efforts have paid off and you have created a very well rounded Corsa. You chose a path that wasn't quite the norm, and you've not only pulled it off, but you've made it look good too. The car is a credit to you, and we are very happy to have been host to the build thread.
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