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 Post subject: XH ute with XE ESP front
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:30 pm 
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Can anyone advise if an XE ESP Fairmont front end could easily be fitted to an XH series 2 XR8 ute.
I've read that the XH front end was different from the XD/XE/XF series.

I love the XE ESP look, but also like the idea of a much younger, updated ute as well. I'm not that keen on the XH XR8 front.
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 Post subject: Re: XH ute with XE ESP front
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:01 pm 
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wrong section dude, should of been posted in the exterior mod section

 

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 Post subject: XE ESP Front on XH XR8 ute
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:06 pm 
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Can anyone advise if an XE ESP Fairmont front end (bonnet, bumper, guards, lights...) could easily be fitted to an XH series 2 XR8 ute. I've read that the XH front end was different from the XD/XE/XF series.

I love the XE ESP look, but also like the idea of a much younger, updated ute as well. I'm not that keen on the XH XR8 front.
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 Post subject: Re: XE ESP Front on XH XR8 ute
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:41 pm 
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Wow, really...

Your the first person I've heard that doesn't like the series 2 xr fronts

Any way, I believe you need the radiator support cut out and replaced with an xe unit. Really I think thats the major thing, other than that its just sheet metal. I have seen xes converted to xhs but not the other way round, the onhly other thing I can think of is maybe the inner guards may taper down more.

Just try pulling all the front panels off the xh and see what xe bits will bolt up.

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 Post subject: Re: XE ESP Front on XH XR8 ute
Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:39 am 
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Thanks for the speedy reply.

I haven't actually bought the ute yet, and am trying to decide whether to buy an XE, or fork out a bit more and get the XH.
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 Post subject: Re: XH ute with XE ESP front
Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:27 am 
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It wont fit mate. The XH is pretty much an EL front (with all suspension, etc) tacked onto XD firewall (which isn't exactly the same either - I know cos I did a 5.0L conversion on my XF)

You'd be MUCH better off finding an XD/E ute, and doing it that way. You can easily refine the front end with RRS rack & pinion steering, better suspension etc. And this will be much cheaper, and much less work IMO.

There's effectively no benefit at all by starting with an XH body if you want an ESP front. If you want a 5.0L, that's an easy enough conversion to do to an XD/E/F.... they drop straight in :)

 

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