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New beater - MY09 Silver SS

Discussion in 'VE - WM' started by notStock, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. notStock

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    Sooo...

    I sold my VF. Sad. It was fun, but probably reaching a bit too far for a 27 year old tech nerd right now. However being without some kind of fun car was going to send me nuts, so I tracked down this. This being a bogan-spec VE, however it had very low miles on it and was mechanically pretty good. Onwards...

    MY09 VE SS Sedan - Silver - 6 speed manual
    88,000kms
    6.0 L98
    T56 trans
    Standard cloth interior
    Standard everything really, other than an X-Force catback that came on the car.

    The day I picked it up from South Penrith

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    Pink metallic floormats and polyester sheepskin....

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    The floormats and seat covers didn't even make it home and are probably still in a dumpster behind a BP in Penrith somewhere.

    Got it home - brakes were warped pretty good. Interesting times on the middle pedal at 100km/h

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    It sat in the garage for about a week, while parts and such trickled in.

    Replaced the front wheel bearings, rotors and pads:

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    Couple of nicer interior bits (console cover, gear knob):

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    Traded the plates straight back to RMS for some standard issue ones.

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    Bolted the stock wheels (included in sale) back on the car soon as I could.

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    Got a set of Pilot Sport 4s fitted all round

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    The only mod the previous owners made that I kept...

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    The plans are: standard issue modded Commodore stuff. Set o' headers, an OTR, etc. Some Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs for handling. Eventually retrofit some kinda better interior.

    Got some stuff coming to fit a sneaky bluetooth streaming functionality, and while I'm in there I'm going to look at fitting pre-amp outputs to the stock stereo.

    Back into the modding world we go...
     
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    Where did you get your gear knob from & cost ?
     
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    eBay, $139
     
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    Cheers.

    Good quality ?

    Do you have a link to the seller ?
     
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    Thanks mate.

    I ordered some mats from the same seller last week. Apparently their stuff is genuine GM.

    I've already seen that they list the black leather (which is what I'm after) but it is backorder rather than immediate dispatch.

    Good price though.
     
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    Some LED work

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    Miles better!
     
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    Nice. Love the wheels
     
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    Looks Awesome Massive Improvement
     
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    Added a bluetooth module to the stereo for wireless music. It's not perfect, you still need to control track etc from the phone/device but it tidies up the interior a bit, no more aux cable hanging out. Forgot to get any pics of how I got it in, but I bought a receiver from ebay for about $10, and a plug and lead for the rear aux socket for about $8. Combine the two, and get 12v from the radio power circuit, and it all works just fine.

    The board is installed inside the radio with the audio lead snaking out the side to plug into the rear aux port.

    This is the unit I used:

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    Great job getting rid of the ugly stuff. Should be interesting with your future mods.
     
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    Ok so I've learned a lesson - don't skip on bits that others say you can get away with not using. Sounded like I was driving along with a bucket of spanners it rattled so bad.

    Grabbed a hardware kit off a dude on eBay, and it might as well have been a magic cure.

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    Audio day - normally I'd just cope with the stock stereo. But FFS the stock speakers in a VE are just extra bad, so I went and did this.

    Alpine type s 6.5" front splits - got a pretty reasonable deal, in they went.
    Kenwood random 2 way coax 6" rears - were like $60, and who cares about rear passengers anyway

    Other things not pictured: Jaycar noise filter/supression device. Pretty much cuts out alternator whine from the system. You just intercept the power feed(s) to the stereo and send them through the filter, which then gives you an output lead to connect to. I grounded the unit to a bolt into the chassis behind the dash.

    Inside the stereo unit itself (again no pics...) I took the my bluetooth board out and remounted it properly (bolts and spaces, not just double sided tape) and put a little voltage regulator on it. It seems much happier with constant 12v on it now.

    Disconnected the craptastic centre speaker, then just bolted it back down and snapped the grill over it.

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    Kept the stock connectors on the cables (why? dunno) and connected new fly leads for the new speakers.

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    Front speaker mounted in bucket thing:

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    Tweeters - I put these up in the dash the same as the stockers, but there's no real nice way to get them to sit in the stock location... so I holesawed out the grill in the dash trim piece and sat the new tweeters in there, they're secured by a threaded ring on the underside. The mounts gimbal so I can point the tweeters away from the windscreen a bit.

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    And the rear speakers just breezed in - nothing advanced here.

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    End result: unbelievably better for only spending around $200 on the thing, the sound has range now, the front speakers hit hard and fill out the low end surprisingly well. The Alpine tweeters work really well and details in the music are much clearer. Also alternator whine has been pretty much eliminated, and the bluetooth board means no more ugly-assed aux cable hanging out of the dash.
     
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    PROGRESS!

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    If you buy one of these alpine kits - sometimes the screws holding the climate LCD to the fascia are overtightened, which means the touch controls don't work. Also getting the "sports display" to come on can take awhile. Ugly AF anyway, I'm going to do a E1 HSV gauge setup soon.
     
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    Nice choice of music.
     
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    What was you're reasoning for going aftermarket as appose to a Series 2 Conversion?
     
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    Pre-amp outputs, and the way the IQ conversion works in forcing single zone/dual zone ac thing. Doing the s2 setup into a single zone s1 means modifying the hvac controller - you end up with a couple of useless controls on the hvac panel, and I didn't like that, from an overly attentive OCD kind of viewpoint. Without tracking down and installing the extra sensors (interior cabin temp, exterior ambient, and dual zone sun sensor) the car is forced to think the cabin temp is always a set temperature, so the climate control part of it acts weird.
     
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    Nice car mate, good stuff.
    I am considering getting an upgraded speaker system fitted as audio and interior disassembly are not my strong suits!
    Just have to cough up the install costs.
     
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    This happened:

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    Installed: only broke two things (seat rail trims on the back near trans tunnel. Convinced it's impossible to get these off without destroying them).

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    No backseat ?
     

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