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Author Topic: Changing from Galaxy to Sharan  (Read 4138 times)

Offline chocolate mark

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Changing from Galaxy to Sharan
« on: May 12, 2015, 09:51:04 PM »
I know this is a strange question but what would be involved in changing my Galaxy into a Sharan?

By this I mainly mean outside bodywork looks like the badges etc

As most of the car is VW anyway i thought this may be quite nice to do as i like putting my personal touch on cars!

Has this been done before?

Offline insanitybeard

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Re: Changing from Galaxy to Sharan
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2015, 12:19:01 AM »
The basic bodyshell is the same and possibly the doors I think. However, externally, the tailgate, bonnet, wheels (assuming alloys are fitted) and front bumper are certainly different between the Sharan & Galaxy (the bonnet will be different to accomodate the different shape front grille and headlights and the tailgate different because of the different shape inner lamp clusters etc fitted. The headlights are obviously different, so because of that the front panel may also be different. And I think the mirrors are also different, as well as the external door handles.

Internally, the (upper) dash & storage compartment layout differ, as well as the dial cluster, then you've got the interior trim, although the basic design and layout is similar the trim colours, patterns and materials were unique to each marque, you won't find a Galaxy with the same interior as a Sharan and vice versa.

In short, although the basic mechanicals and body are the same between the two vehicles it seems like a lot of trouble to go to to convert one to the other, to me anyway. It depends on how far you want to take it I guess but if you want a Sharan you'd be better off just buying one that started out life as a Sharan in the first place!
« Last Edit: May 13, 2015, 12:31:32 AM by insanitybeard »
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Offline chocolate mark

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Re: Changing from Galaxy to Sharan
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2015, 05:40:34 AM »
Fair enough, it was just a idea. Thanks for your reply. I will enjoy it as it is!

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Re: Changing from Galaxy to Sharan
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2015, 07:53:43 PM »
If you have the Mk1 it is pretty easy, just swap the rear badges, alloys, steering wheel airbag, both front headlamps and grill. :)

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Re: Changing from Galaxy to Sharan
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2015, 09:27:25 PM »
i like the plastic sill guards the later 07 on sharans seem to have     can they be fitted to galaxy mk 2   looks like they could  but i bet expensive
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Offline chocolate mark

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Re: Changing from Galaxy to Sharan
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2015, 10:00:31 PM »
Looked into this a little more and to convert takes a lot less parts than you think!

The rear outer lights fit into the same spaces
The front headlights fit into the same spaces
Change the bonnett boot and grille
Put the blanking panel where the clock is

Thats it!

Everything else is exactly the same as the Sharan/Alhambra.

Got one side by side with mine and looked at the differences.

Offline Russats

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Re: Changing from Galaxy to Sharan
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2015, 07:32:11 AM »
I've had an Alhambra before my current Galaxy. I'm considering a Sharan next. Although ideally I need at least 8 seats so might go all out and get a Mercedes Viano. 😂

 

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