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2012 VE SSV Z Series

Discussion in 'VE - WM' started by JoshlikesCalais, May 26, 2017.

  1. JoshlikesCalais

    JoshlikesCalais Active Member

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    Hey everyone, time to show off my new(ish) ride :)

    Model: SSV Z Series
    Year: MY12.5
    Km's: 57,000
    Transmission: Auto/Tiptronic
    Colour: Black
    Standard Z Options: Sunroof, FE3 suspension, Z Series badges, 19" alloys, extra shiny chrome bits, Brembos on front, Reversing camera
    Engine: 6L V8


    List of things to do

    Sharkfin aerial
    Brembos on rear
    I want HID's but don't think its worth the risk
    15-20% tint with a upper windshield banner
    Swap out exterior bulbs for LEDs to give a more modern/new look
    XX plates
    Get all black plastic exterior bits in gloss black
    A subtle stripe down the bottom of the doors like on the VF's
    Clear bra for the whole car to protect the paint
    Flow coat but not sure if it can be done on older paint
    Exhaust to be ordered soon
    When its payed off and I have the money I'd like to Supercharge it

    Here is a couple pictures for a start

    At the dealer
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    And at home
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    So far Im so impressed with the fuel economy, getting 12.5L/100

    Things I'm not too fond of
    • Handbrake is horribly cheap, feel like I'm gonna break it
    • Having a sunroof means you can't have the Sunglasses holder
    • Can't see the headlight switch when driving
    • Not full electric seats on a car that was almost $60k new
    Thanks for reading :)
     
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    Very nice. Have some fun with the mods, once you start it opens a whole new world.

    I definitely agree with you on the handbrake lever.
     
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    I want your wheels!!
     
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    So got the Catback on today.. Mild steel 2/1/2".. the best price for a custom one I could get... and I'm far from happy...

    My ears are bleeding from the droning and it sounds like a straight piped alloytech....

    AND the guy put a F#cking sticker on my back window.. Will never go there ever again

    Should have just went stainless from the start
     
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    Exhaust wise I reckon ya can't go wrong with a 2.5 inch xforce stainless cat back, have one on my 2007 ssv (manual) and it has zero drone it sounds good when ur up it but when cruising it's almost dead silent and that's without any catylic converters either (I'm in NZ)
     
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    X-Force seems to be hit and miss quality wise though, I think its just the fact that its only a catback and is mild steel. The AFM makes it pretty bad too. I reckon Ill just cut my losses and go back to stock and save for a full system. The guy did offer to put some resonators in for me so maybe Ill try that first. Probably buy one from Abba
     
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    Lovely looking Z , the exh as ust must piss you off
     
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    Looks good mate:)
     
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    Who did the exhaust from you mate?
     
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    exhaust note preferences will vary, i would recommend finding a second hand difilippo catback or if you have the money, a full new system ($3700). I like them because they have a deep sound, xforce sound tinny, pacemaker and manta have more bark.
    Only drone with tge difilippo will be going up a hill at a particular speed, every other time like highway you wont even know you have the exhaust done.
     
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    There is only one exhaust that actually sounds like a proper V8 on VE /VF , Difillipo hands down the best system.
     
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    I have to save up a bit first since work has completely stuffed me over.. I will definitely look into Difillipo
     
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    The place in Adelaide that supplies and fits DPE systems wants $2570 for a catback or $4800 for a full system
    So I'm going to order everything minus headers from DPE's website for $2880(ish)
     
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    c&a autofashion in melbourne do a full dpe system/otr and custom tune for $4700
     
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    Put stock mufflers on and its quiet now, never appreciated a stock system so much lol
     
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    what did you take off
     
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    The mufflers the exhaust shop put on. They were really small almost like a hotdog but about 2x the diameter, they were causing the droning, vibrations and rattling
     
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    spend some money on a good exhaust man, difilippo/pacemaker/manta, look on gumtree and or facebook, club ve on facebook has some good things here or there or the marketplace on facebook is good too. You dont have to spend alot of money but if you want something youll be happy with its most likely going to cost more then $1000, id look into some hsv headers and have a exhuast shop fit some 200 cell cats to them and a good brand catback like difilippo or pacemaker, will sound awesome and if you get the catback second hand wont be more the $1200-$1500. From there a cai and tune might cost you $900 and i can guarantee that youll be loving the sound, performance and improved fuel consumption
     
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    can you upload a pic of system and rear cans, if you want a bit of snap crackle pop and growl, stock system and j-pipes (some like some don't)
    I have a 2 1/2" system with merge at front 2 hot dogs middle and 2 large sports mufflers with offset entry/exit at rear no drone, (well maybe tiny bit in sixth doing 100kph trying to accelerate uphill)good sound, with snap crackle and pop
     

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