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Discussion in 'VY - VZ - WK - WL - V2' started by phatsix, May 26, 2010.

  1. phatsix

    phatsix New Member

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    After my VY Exec. was written off by the hail storm i decided to upgrade. And very stoked with the decision so far. 5 speed is so much more refined than the 4 speed.

    Ok so here it is....

    2005 VZ Calais

    Colour: Quicksilver
    Engine: Alloytec 190 V6
    Gearbox: 5 Speed Auto
    Suspension: Standard
    Exhaust: Standard
    Odo: 116,000km
    Interior: Black with Black leather. (Cream was going to get way too grubby)

    Current Mods:
    -Tint from previous owner, not sure what %
    -18' Advanti wheels (Not shown in pics) - will get pics soon

    Future Mods:
    -HID kit (Hi and low beam)
    -Phreddy style dash light conversion to blue.
    -LED Interior lights.
    -CAI
    -Exhaust system
    -Lowering possibly.​

    Enjoy!
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    Also if you have any other suggestions for engine mods that will give more hp that are low cost?
     
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    dude that car is sex, the interior looks like you'd never want to leave
     
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    Hey mate! nice pic up there! car looks super straight and tidy! I LOVE that first pic you took, what camera are you using? The tanker in the background makes for an awesome composition! Love it. What's your overall goal with the car? you mentioned lowering etc, but are you after keeping it luxury (and therefore soft susp etc) or you just want it to look good?

    good pick up again bud
     
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    Mate that looks absolutely insane, I love the pictures everything looks so sharp and yumm, get some pics with your advanti wheels, i am keen to see what time you have put on it! overall a stunning example of a tidy calais mate, you should be proud!
     
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    Bloody Nice mate
     
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    Neat car. Same as mine except mine is bone leather.
     
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    Welcome to the Calais Club haha Same as mine except BONE LEATHER!! same as hingo's ahaha.

    Shuld get 5% tint and with the cai just do the 2 hole mod

    Great pickup and nice pics love the first pic!!
     
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    That first pic make me want to get the SS headlights! Mate that car is clean, keep this one undercover!
     
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    GAMBLR More trouble than u think

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    Very nice Calais mate, looks like it's in great nick ;)
     
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    woah, loooove the glossy black dash! and the contrasting silver parts, looks legendary :D
     
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    Cheers for the comments lads im absolutely loving it so far. havent stopped driving since tuesday.
    it has quite a bit of poke for a v6! its so much more refined than the VY ecotec. has a really nice tone and the 5 speed seems to be spot on every time.

    cheers mate using a Canon 30D with 10-22mm wide angle in these pics, but upgrading to a 7D soon!
    It was pure luck having the tanker there. Just saw it coming into port so quickly whipped out the camera.

    Thinking of maybe lowering the car a little bit in the future but i want it to still be luxurious and comfortable.
    Other than that, i might do a few engine mods to improve economy and power, but pretty much want to keep it the way it is!

    always wanted to be part of the calais club haha.
    i think the tint is good the way it is, its already pretty dark. maybe later down the track when i have more coins.

    planning to do the 2 hole mod this w.e so ill show you how it goes.
     
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    Wow. The 7Ds are expensive haha. I'm using a 450D at the moment, and from my experience Canon seems to be the way to go! The photos came up awesome anyway. The first pic almost looks like it's a fish eye shot. Good work again. Be careful when you do go to lower the car, stay clear of any spring thats HD, because they're WAY too hard. Ive lowered mine about 3 inches and the ride is a lot harsher then previously. But i like it that way :) but i've gone through 4 different sets of springs, all different stiffness, and HDs are definately not luxury haha, something to keep in mind. Keep us up to date with mods!
     
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    @showxpony
    canons are like holdens - everyone likes em, theyre user friendly and they look the best. nikons are like fords - pieces of **** that always break and only a select few think they actually look good. cant wait for the 7d.

    anyways is my car worth lowering or will it compromise the comfort and luxury too much?
     
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    I'll rephrase that for you... "anyways, my car being lowered will compromise the comfort and luxury too much" haha. At the minute, i'm running Ultra lows up front, and Super Super Lows at the back. Which is very low. This being my 5th spring change, i've felt firm/hard all the way to soft. With the current springs, none are HD, which means theyre not harsh. Its low as all hell, but the ride is pretty good. Imo, no luxury is taken away because the interior is so comfortable. And for me, comfort has improved because the car doesn't roll around corners like a boat anymore. And the roll annoys me more then it being a bit firmer over the bumps. I rekon, if you put Ultra lows all round, being KHFL47SL and KHRL46SL, and keep 17" or 18" wheels on it, the ride would be pretty good. Put a spring with HD and 19 or 20" rims, then you'll have a very harsh ride. But if it feeling a bit firmer doesn't bother you, its the best mod i've done so far.
     
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    hhey buddy nice car. as for lowering it, it souunds like show pony has found a good set uup. my calais has ultra lows all round with standard shocks and 19s and it rides fair terable. i am yet to buy shortend shocks to see if that improves it. as for engine mods i ahve been lookin at manifold spacers and air hammer intake. any wayy keep up the good work
     
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    Nice tidy and clean Calais.
    If you like the ride think hard before lowering it as the ride will firm up.
    The Calais usually have Holden FE 1 1/2 suspension which is similar to FE 2 but a little softer.
    If you want to keep the soft ride but want a little better handing fit some Whiteline Heavy duty adjustable sway bars front and back.
     

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