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i've been considering a few things lately and can't really make a final decision so, i'm turning to this forum for some opinions.

1. lowering springs
2. exhaust/header
3. stereo(sub/amp) - does our stock stereo have rca cables linked to it, as is?

in your honest opinion, which would you folks recommend? i mean, i may do all of these things eventually. who knows.
 

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stereo is not a mod really, its for your entertainment, if you feel that you want more crisp clear sound "woomp" in your system than go for stereo but IMO i would get lowering springs + aftermarket shocks and just settle with that for a bit, because i know that for me fun cornering cars leaves a bigger smile on my face than stereo mods :)
 

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I'll be semi-useless and compare you to me and then say that I'm skipping lowering springs in favour of coilovers, not bothering to do exhaust/header until I go the TC/SC route since I'd have to redo it afterwards, so that leaves the stereo.

But really, you can break it down easier like this:

1. Aesthetic mod ($)
2. Performance mod ($$$)
3. Comfort/Luxury mod ($$ - $$$ depending on what you get)

Which would you enjoy most for how much you'll spend?
 

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Adding lowering springs can be harder on stock struts over time, meaning they'll eventually fail prematurely. Unfortunately that I'm aware of nobody makes aftermarket struts for our cars, so it's coilovers or lowering springs + replacing struts earlier than maybe you would have otherwise. I guess it's just how much you want to pay now versus the longterm. Personally, coilovers are better in that regard and have the added bonus of being able to revert the car back to stock if you really need to. They do have a harsher ride though.
 

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QUOTE (sheldon902 @ Aug 18 2010, 08:40 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=350327
does anyone know if there are carbon fiber hoods for our cars?
There's only one in existence that I know of. An old forum member named ATARI got one done, but there was a problem with it - he couldn't use the existing hinges with it and as far as I know never figured out a solution. The dude only lived 3 hours away from me and all my attempts to contact him to find out where he got it done and to help suggest solutions with the mould were fruitless. The guy just doesn't care about helping the aftermarket expand or the community. Typical Calgarian (sorry nobody :) )

I have a second hood all lined up and ready to deliver to a semi-local CF place if I can find one, but every lead I chase down for a company that works with CF has been a dead end and I refuse to believe that there's not a single shop in this province that doesn't deal with it though I'm getting to the point where I may have to find a place in Vancouver. But before all that, I have to decide what I want to do with the hood - if I want to add a functional scoop to it, vents, etc. Right now I'm leaning towards adding an SX 2.0 SRT-4 style scoop. Small, but functional.
 

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QUOTE (Naky @ Aug 21 2010, 01:35 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=350881
There's only one in existence that I know of. An old forum member named ATARI got one done, but there was a problem with it - he couldn't use the existing hinges with it and as far as I know never figured out a solution. The dude only lived 3 hours away from me and all my attempts to contact him to find out where he got it done and to help suggest solutions with the mould were fruitless. The guy just doesn't care about helping the aftermarket expand or the community. Typical Calgarian (sorry nobody :) )

I have a second hood all lined up and ready to deliver to a semi-local CF place if I can find one, but every lead I chase down for a company that works with CF has been a dead end and I refuse to believe that there's not a single shop in this province that doesn't deal with it though I'm getting to the point where I may have to find a place in Vancouver. But before all that, I have to decide what I want to do with the hood - if I want to add a functional scoop to it, vents, etc. Right now I'm leaning towards adding an SX 2.0 SRT-4 style scoop. Small, but functional.


Yea man, that's what I'm talking about, small (perfect for our cars) but functional!!! I'm behind you buddy!
 

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1) Have Not Done Myself But Want To

2) If you Shop Around, Can Get A Nice Cat-Back Stainless Exhaust Set-Up For Around 300 Dollars Total. 2.25 Tubing With Free Flowing Muffler And Resonator Really Opens Up The Top End.

As Far As the Header, Will Come To About 300 Total As Well. Increases The Whole Power Band Tremendously (At Least 10hp)

3) I Kept The Stock XM Reciever And Added A Sub, It Sounds Fantastic.

Get This: ($20) http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wc...e=21-72180620-2

The Metra One Works Well With Our Cars From My Experience, Zero Feedback, Cut Wires Into Rear Speakers

Head To Wal-Mart and Grab Their 300 Watt Dual AMP and 500 Watt Dual Sub ($75-$80)

Install Kit (Wal-Marts Works Fine Forget The Name (~$20)

Build A Box ($5) Buy A Box ($30)

Just Some Of My Experience For You
 

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QUOTE (pjoduo @ Aug 22 2010, 01:18 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=350987
1) Have Not Done Myself But Want To

2) If you Shop Around, Can Get A Nice Cat-Back Stainless Exhaust Set-Up For Around 300 Dollars Total. 2.25 Tubing With Free Flowing Muffler And Resonator Really Opens Up The Top End.

As Far As the Header, Will Come To About 300 Total As Well. Increases The Whole Power Band Tremendously (At Least 10hp)

3) I Kept The Stock XM Reciever And Added A Sub, It Sounds Fantastic.

Get This: ($20) http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wc...e=21-72180620-2

The Metra One Works Well With Our Cars From My Experience, Zero Feedback, Cut Wires Into Rear Speakers

Head To Wal-Mart and Grab Their 300 Watt Dual AMP and 500 Watt Dual Sub ($75-$80)

Install Kit (Wal-Marts Works Fine Forget The Name (~$20)

Build A Box ($5) Buy A Box ($30)

Just Some Of My Experience For You
Head To Wal-Mart and Grab Their 300 Watt Dual AMP and 500 Watt Dual Sub ($75-$80)...

Don't do that man. I'm telling you. Craigslist.

I have a JBL Grand Touring 601.1 600 W sub amp (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-z2cA1M6cA3P/p_109GTO6011/JBL-Grand-Touring-Series-GTO601-1-II.html) and Pioneer Champion series 12" sub (http://www.pioneer-america.com/PUSA/Products/CarAudioVideo/Subwoofers/Champion-Pro/TS-W125C|DVC?tab=B) that I bought TOTAL off craigslist for $95 (separate transactions with different people).

Craigslist quality will almost ALWAYS beat Walmart. My sub even came in a brand new high-quality 5/8" board carpeted HATCHBACK-designed enclosure.
Craigslist Craigslist Craigslist.
 

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QUOTE (bloodninja @ Aug 22 2010, 02:17 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=350992
Head To Wal-Mart and Grab Their 300 Watt Dual AMP and 500 Watt Dual Sub ($75-$80)...

Don't do that man. I'm telling you. Craigslist.

I have a JBL Grand Touring 601.1 600 W sub amp (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-z2cA1M6cA3P/p_109GTO6011/JBL-Grand-Touring-Series-GTO601-1-II.html) and Pioneer Champion series 12" sub (http://www.pioneer-america.com/PUSA/Products/CarAudioVideo/Subwoofers/Champion-Pro/TS-W125C|DVC?tab=B) that I bought TOTAL off craigslist for $95 (separate transactions with different people).

Craigslist quality will almost ALWAYS beat Walmart. My sub even came in a brand new high-quality 5/8" board carpeted HATCHBACK-designed enclosure.
Craigslist Craigslist Craigslist.
If you can find a better deal definitely go for it, I just know for the money, it was a very very good deal on mine (and it is new).
 

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The 300 watt Dual amp is what I've got.  It's good for it's price, but I would suggest getting something better if you're willing to spend a little more.  The Dual amp is nothing special.
 

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QUOTE (berserko @ Aug 22 2010, 03:24 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=350998
Ummm KYB? Its not an aggressive strut but probably valved 20% stiffer than stock struts.
if you are referencing KYB GR2 struts, they are just quality oem replacements. I have used them on past cars.
For an upgrade from KYB, you have to get the AGX adjustables, and they dont make them yet for our cars. If they did, I would already have a set.

Also, for the op, I would just do your audio upgrades first. I also agree that you should stay away from walmart, much better can be had used from ebay and craigs list. when I was shopping for amps, I found some old school U.S. acoustics 4 channel amps for $60, the ones designed by Steve Mantz of zed audio.
 
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