Model: 2006 VZ SS Thunder
Bodykit: Standard SS
Engine Type: L76 6.0ltr
Engine Mods: Standard
Exhaust: Twin 2.5" XForce Cat Back Exhaust
Gearbox: Factory 4 Speed Auto
Diff: Standard LSD
Brakes: Standard w/ Corvette C5 Front Calipers
Wheels: Genuine VZ HSV R8 19" Shadow Chrome Rims
Suspension: Pedders Lowered Shocks, Pedders SL Fronts, Pedders SSL Rears
Interior: Factory Black Leather
Other Mods: Twin Hump Hard Lid, Tinted Windows, Strut Brace, Lower grill, Debadged Tailgate, Phillips Crystal Vision Globes
Stereo: Factory 6 CD Stacker Double Din Head Unit
Future Mods: OTR CAI, Extractors, High Flow Cats, Mafless Tune, Mild Cam, Valve Springs, Lower Springs (DONE), New Shocks (DONE), Darker Tint, Sound System.
Last edited by ZOMBIE; 07-07-2011 at 04:43 PM. Reason: new pictures
So i've been a member of the forum for a little while now and thought it was about time that I show you my ride. Its my first V8 and I love it! When I first saw it I joked about getting it and within a few weeks I was driving it home. There are some future mods that I would like to do to it but I want to keep it fairly standard, saying that I'll start and wont be able to stop with the modifications like so many people. I plan to keep it for a long time because I love seeing old commodores in mint condition. It gets washed every week and I try to give it a full detail every month so its always looking its best.
Hope you guys like it.
Let me know what you think.
Last edited by ZOMBIE; 12-07-2010 at 07:08 PM.
Hey mate yes it's a very very nice ute. All of your mods and ute remind me of mine except mines the kids version haha. Damn P plate rules....
You should put a sound system in it aswell. A touchscreen can fit in really nice which looks good and also because of the small area in a ute the sound is good aswell. If you would like I can get a picture of my head unit for you and show you if it will help convinve you!
Thanks, yeah love my car. I couldn't wait till i got off my P's to get a V8.
Yeah, i've been thinking about a sound system, what have you got in yours?
Put some pics up of your head unit and your system.
great ute mate! bought one of these myself in black . .
love the look of the r8's, can i suggest getting the lower front bar mesh (bout $60 from holden)
makes a real differnce to the look of the bar
Yeah love the thunder and yeah ive looked at those lower honeycomb grilles. They should of come out as standard i think.
How hard are they to install?? do you just take the front bumper off and clip it in??
The R8's set the ute off for me, love them in the shadow chrome!
yea piss easy mate . . 15min job clips are there just pops on (although my bottom 4 clips were broken off from the previous owner?) so just used a bit of silicon to hold it in place
how much was your cat back and were was it installed if you dont mind me asking?
Ah ok, i should look into getting the lower grille. As you said, it just finishes the front bar off.
I got mine from the "Exhaust Shop" in Frankston (03 8774 0900) for $520 installed. Apparently they are the wholesaler for the performance shops in the area like chevs, APS, MC Auto etc. They stock everything.
I really like the sound of it, nice and throaty/burbly how a V8 should be. I couldnt stand having a V8 that sounded like a vacuum with the stock exhaust haha.
Would like to see some photos of your ute ssmate.
I have been in one of these, all the way to 210km/h where it sits on a speed limiter, awesome car mate, what did u have before this?
Heres my head unit
Heres my 6x9's behind the head rests
Heres my amp that sits in the middle between the seats
Heres my amp that sits infront of one of my subs behind the seat
Heres my other sub that sits behind the other seat
I also have two 6.5 inch splits, both replacing the door speakers. I have another two 6.5 inch splits which I'm thinking about placing on the corners of the roof and also two 6x9's which I'm thinking of placing one in the top section of each sub box.
Thanks for the comment, yeah i like the R8 wheels because not everyone has them like the VE gts or senator sigs.
Yeah im not sure at all, its just what he said to me.
You would know more than me, i see your car has had a lot of work at chevs. I should drop in one day there and check all the cars out, I live not far from there.
But as I said, its just what he said, i didnt take it as gospel.
Hey VZ storm ute,
its quite a sound system you got there.
The touch screen double din fits in snug, looks good.
Whats it like having the 6x9's blaring away behind your head?
It is nice and loud. For some people it can be to loud but you can simply turn the volume down haha but only the girls mainly don't like it to loud. If anyone is going to put their 6x9's there I would highly recommend to get high quality speakers like mine so there is no distortion otherwise it would be VERY annoying!
No dramas wikky.
I also would like to see your car in the flesh. Looks tough as!
Let me know next time your heading to chevs and i'll drop by if I can.
Just a little update, im planning to get some new HPX brake pads from gsl rallysport which are a really good price (holden wanted to charge me $680 for pads and installation). I am also going to get some new Monroe gt sport shocks and thinking SSL springs in the rear just to even the ride stance out. Some new tyres might be on the way too!
I also took some new photos of my ride so I thought I would share them.
Let me know what you think.
Nice ute dude... Can your HU show TV?
Also.. Want to give me your rims? kthxbye
Those photos of the head unit arnt mine, those are photos of "VZ storm ute" ride. You'll have to ask him.
Yeah I love my rims, set the car off.
mint SS mate . gota love a VZ
is that a xforce stainless or mild steel u got on??
Thanks for the comment.
Yeah VZ is my favourite shape Commodore, nice and sleek with its sharp edges.
The XForce system is only mild steel, I figured that when I get extractors and high flow cats I will get them in stainless and replace the cat back with stainless so the whole system is stainless.
Why you ask?
no worries mate ,
well u mentioned $520 and thats dirt cheap for a stainless so had to confirm this because i know some1 in exhaust wholesale and im only getting a xfroce stainless for 800 lol so ye.
im doing my full exhaust soon to .
cant wait!!!! need to hear some 6litre =D
also got pics of the C5 calipers?/
any diferent from stock?
My brakes on my ute arn't quite as good as they use to be now. What would be required for me to buy to fix this? Just some aftermarket disk brakes and calipers? And how much will this cost and also what are a nice brand please?
I have emailed a performance shop near me asking on what is the best exhaustI can get on power and sound with $2500 and they have told me a mild steel x-force system. I was thinking should I get stainless steel and how much extra would this cost?
Yeah, there's nothing worse then having a 6ltr and not being able to hear its power haha.
I dont have photos of the C5 Caliper yet but my understanding of them is that they are the same caliper used in the HSV range. If anybody knows I would like to know what the differences are.
You could get a performance brake upgrade for better stopping power and there good looks or just get some new HPX police spec brake pads. Ive heard there amazing, you never get brake dust, brake squeal from them and because they're the police spec they have much greater stopping power because they have more pad surface area on the disk. Talk to greg from gsl rallysport in the forum section and he will be able to point you in the right area.
As for you exhaust most people recommend Pacemaker extractors, high flow cats and a twin 2.25" cat back exhaust for the alloytecs. Check out The Ultimate Alloytec Performance Thread and it has some information on whats best for alloytecs along with some videos. There is also a thread in the V6 performance thread about V6 Exhausts. $2500 sounds a bit much for a full system for a V6 so shop around to a few places and ask people in the V6 exhaust thread what they paid.
Hope this helps.