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My 06 VZ Thunder

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2006 VZ Thunder Ute - Holden
Date of Purchase: 20/12/2018
Kilometres:147,000
Price: 6,000

Hi guys, i just wanted to post about my ute and give updates when i can concerning modifications and changing the ute to what i like.

though i do not think many will see this or care i just thought i would do it because it interests me and to be social on this site that i may get more knowledge and information on cars in general as well.


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The Ute unfortunately did not come with a hard lid so i had to search for one (which i found and am waiting on some pieces to fit it on)

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The Engine Bay looks pretty clean, me and a friend (who drives a Lotus Elise 2005 and a 2010 XR5 turbo which are great cars) fitted a K&N cold air intake which looks stealthy and slick.
and it has a strut bar i think which i do not think this models gets out of the factory

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i have an exhaust cat back system from which i have not fitted as of yet ( though i will with my friend hopefully next week)

i have also upgraded the shocks and struts to Monroe gt sport
and have some kings springs as well
(upload photos with information tomorrow)

that is it for today, will be posting the rest tomorrow and the slow updating shall begin. hopefully some can embark and posts input on this journey with me

Zachariah
 
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so as i said i will post more photo's of what i did not yesterday,
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these were on my Ute when i replaced them these were:
King Springs: SSL (front) and SL (rear)
GT Monroe shocks for rear

they are all in working order if anyone is interested

what i replaced them with is:

King Springs: KHRL 127 (rear) KHFL 46 (front) think these are the correct specifications
which they are still "lowered"
and i got Monroe GT shocks and struts

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looking at these when you go under actually looks pretty good, and works fantastic as well.
 
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and now my hard lid and exhaust!

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this is a 2.5 Redback cat back exhaust system, costed me around 1000 plus tax, hoping this will give my Ute a bit more of a nice growl (which the CAI actually gave some grunt as well)
hopefully not way too loud though because i would rather it sound good then be really loud.
also i hope there will not be so much drone either because no one wants to deal with that!
will post pictures when it is installed


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This the twin hump genuine Holden hard lid. as i said previously i am awaiting the rest of the pieces in order to install it.
 

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Nice, welcome, utes tend to amplify the sound more ( that big space behind the cab) , hard lid makes it worse.
Having said that should be ok with only a cat back , will be louder with extractors and high flow cats.
Manual/Auto?
 

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thanks for the welcome, i saw a guy with the same ute as mine as well as a p plater. his ute was so loud but it did not sound good at all. i just simply want it to sound good. does not have to be crazy loud. but just a bit of a deep grunt. unfortunately it is an auto. could not find a manual that could come close to this in price and kilometres. unless i had 6k more and sacrifice another 50,000 kms
 

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i am coming up with a list of things to change on my ride. still in progress

- Big brake kit (or at least performance brake pads)
- Performance rotors (slotted or drilled)
- Genuine Holden SS VZ flute indicators
- Genuine Holden pod gauges
- sports pedals
- Angel halo Headlights

and will be doing some engine modifications eventually as well. a rough draft for now and some i might not even do but these are what i might like to do sometime in the future.
 

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Just a small update, i recently got my new locks and keys to my hard lid and new door handles that are satin chrome which is a nice finish (originally mine was black), sometimes the small things can make a difference in terms of looks i guess.


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i forgot to show you people what the inside looks like (not that many would probably be interested) the seat covers are awesome and good quality, got it to keep the seats in good condition from which they are, i got mats to keep the floor in good condition and clean. i put the door handles on (is it possible to kinda like opening car doors?) because it is much better then the black plastic handles. she was a pretty clean ride when i got her. i am going to try and keep it that way.

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very "low" Ks so nice buy, remember to change the oil regularly and check it weekly to prevent the dreaded sludge
 

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Hey JoshlikesCalais, thanks for the information. yeah this car was in great condition when i got it and has had no problem since other then one small thing. how often should i change the oil? do you know which oil would be best to buy for it?
 

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Hey guys!, on Friday i was able to place on my hard lid for the first time, which was awesome. unfortunately the hinge pins i needed from the guy i got the hard lid has not come in even though it was sent "twice". so i had to get creative.

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it looks a lot better with it on, it has the "complete" look rather then a ute with out the hard lid.

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Essentially what i used as a substitute was i pin that was meant for something else that was long enough to place a small lock nut on and put in a decent amount of "locktite" glue (basically super glue on steroids designed for threading which in this case works)

now the problem with this setup is that if the glue was to harden in the wrong spots it would make it harder to open the hard lid or just ruin what glue is there making it loose. how ever i have tested this setup by aggressive driving and going past speed bumps and fast speeds to see if it will hold, and it is going well so far. but i will keep my eye on it.

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in the extreme case i could weld it. but would be problematic to get the hard lid off, maybe a steel fabricator could help. i have tried the wreckers near me, Holden dealerships, Gumtree, Ebay, and three hard lid companies including the one that originally made genuine Holden Hard lids with out much luck i am afraid. pretty tough to find the correct hinge pins, but i shall still keep my eyes and ears out for some.

i have not placed in the struts or my new key set for the hard lid as of yet so you have to manually open and hold it open to access the tray. but i shall change it when i have the time and the tools needed.

i shall keep and eye on everything and make sure it is safe. (which it seems so far, i mean it has not moved even with aggressive driving)
 
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lol no.

When I say old stomping ground, I mean oooooooooold stomping ground.....long before you would have been a glint in your father's eye.
 
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