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Old 1st November 2017, 11:47 AM   #1
VenusFly is offline VenusFly  Australia
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A new thread focusing on cars, not just focusing on audio but performance and luxury aswell.

We have threads talking about snake oil and various other things like the weather, so why not talk about our cars too? Sure this thread could be better suited for another forum dedicated to cars but we as a community don't know about each others rides. Hence why this thread exists. Thread also exists to prevent threadjacking of other threads to discuss cars, which occured in the snake oil thread.

If you are on-topic in this thread it means that you are talking about your cars and/or their audio systems. Don't necessarily need to talk just about the audio systems of cars.

BUT, don't make a comment detailing some insane mods which require specialized knowledge that is better suited/served by a dedicated car forum. This is mainly just got to deal with the members personal rides, what they look like, how they perform, etc. Would also like to hear about other members rides, performance, repairs, etc.

I have two rides at the moment. A Ford Falcon AU Wagon with the 4.0L Inline 6 engine and a Toyota Camry Vienta Grande V6. Think I'm going to improve the sound system in the Ford because the Toyota is a bit long in the tooth now and the Ford has 6x9's in the front doors.

Ford Falcon (AU - Wikipedia)

Just some history on the australian variant of the I6:
Ford straight-six engine - Wikipedia
Ford Barra engine - Wikipedia

I would love the V8 engine but I don't want the fuel consumption.
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Old 1st November 2017, 09:05 PM   #2
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Old 1st November 2017, 09:33 PM   #3
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This is how far we've managed to push the 4.0L Inline 6 in australia:
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Old 2nd November 2017, 01:56 AM   #4
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1998 Audi TT Coupe 225(Mk.1 / 8n Quattro) in silver, 2 owners (first was a well-to-do lady) from new, 64,478k miles as of an hour ago.

Stock externally.
Re-mapped to 277bhp, 350cc injectors, S3 coils though it does have a special exhaust which includes a 'race cat' and it passes emissions / noise test with ease.
VDC (rear diff) mods so it runs roughly 55/45 drive split at all times.
Fully adjustable suspension / poly-bushed / -30 ride height f/r / stock 17" wheels and rubber / set-up on scales / data acquisition system.
Rear seat delete / battery in cab on floor over the fuel tank.
Daily I get 28mpg-ish which drops to 13mpg-ish when I give it some.

It's nothing special in the world of tuned TT's, just 'sorted to taste' and utterly reliable.
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Old 2nd November 2017, 04:00 AM   #5
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I currently own 3 cars, all stock. I tend to prefer factory components; if I upgrade a car at all, I tend to just replace with a different factory part.

My daily driver is a 2010 Ford Flex Limited AWD EcoBoost.
Ford Flex - Wikipedia
Ford EcoBoost engine - Wikipedia
This is a full-size 7 passenger crossover SUV with AWD and twin-turbo 3.5L 355 bhp.
We needed this size because we are 5, with 2 car seats and a stroller at minimum. I absolutely love it. This is a fat man's sportscar.

The 2nd car is a 2010 Ford Fusion SEL AWD.
Ford Fusion (Americas - Wikipedia)

The 3rd car is a 1998 Corvette Coupe.
Chevrolet Corvette (C5 - Wikipedia)
It's a great car, it has a removable top plus it came with both factory tops (solid & translucent) and has 345 bhp, but it has issues.
It eats batteries like crazy if you don't drive it daily. I first tried a battery tender and then an automatic low voltage disconnect. Still debating what to try next.
I also have the Achilles heel problem of this age of Corvette, a dead EBCM which is no longer manufactured by anyone and is overpriced on the salvage market.
So though I put up with the car, I would recommend against buying an early C5 to anyone, buy a late C5.
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Old 2nd November 2017, 08:34 AM   #6
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Nice. Ford Ecoboost is amazing.

I just measured the 6x9 depth and placement for the front speakers in my Ford AU Falcon and I could raise the speaker out by 16mm using an MDF spacer but it would conflict with the door trim, I could trim the door trim but i'm sure I would make something ugly.

Unfortunately despite this car being so large the speaker depth from bottom of the cage to magnet is only a mere 5cm, stocks were 5cm depth, 6cm if I encroach in on the glass, reading on the measuring tape was 6.5mm when it hit the glass and it went down to 6.2cm in some parts when I did a circle on the glass with the tape measure so I rounded it up to 6cm to be safe.

A good high power 6x9 with a shallow depth of 5 or 6cm is as rare as hens teeth. Even pioneer only makes a driver thats 69mm deep.

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Old 2nd November 2017, 09:03 AM   #7
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Daily driver BMW 118d.
2l diesel with 118hp stock (probably chip tuned by previous owner) and manual transmission.
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Fuel efficient and fun to drive, great runnabout.

For longer drives BMW 325i
2.5l L6 petrol 218hp and MT.
I have owned this car for 6 years and never had a more reliable car. I only had one breakdown when the electric water pump failed at 100k miles. Except for that, I have only changed oil, tires, brake pads and cabin filters.
This one have a quite good factory stereo. Logic 7 by Harman Kardon.
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Old 4th November 2017, 02:38 AM   #8
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Found out that the speaker size in my AU Falcon is actually 5x7 aka 6x8 so I will be able to make some MDF spacers for that size to convert to 5.25". I've got some Focal Polyglass 5.25" drivers with tweeters/splits that I want to use from an older project that never panned out.

Plus they have a huge heavy magnet on them which fits perfectly in depth and doesn't make contact with the window or its groove even when placed flush up to the metal of the door. Something that I couldn't say if I tried to fit a super-slim 6x8 or 5x7 driver in there.

Not entirely sure where I'm going to place the tweeters yet, I could put them onto the same MDF board that the main drivers go but I could also place them up near the pillar/mirror is located. If I put them up where the rear mirror/pillar is I can put the plastic cover back on to the door trim.

They should sound very nice indeed with vocals and midrange.

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Old 4th November 2017, 03:09 AM   #9
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I cannot find any information online about them as I've kept them for so long but they are marked with 5V2 and 5V3. and the tweeter looks the same as the TN-45.
Amazon.com: 5V3 Single - Focal 5.25" Polyglass Midrange Car Speaker: Electronics
Amazon.com: Focal TN-45 1" PolyGlass Series Titanium Tweeters: Electronics

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Polyglass technology, exclusive to Focal, consists in applying molten glass microballs on a cellulose pulp cone. This process combines an excellent paper damping with glass rigidity. The rigidity index exceeds even that of a single skin KevlarŪ and is almost ten times superior to one of polypropylene.

The mass/rigidity/damping ratio adjustment results in outstanding linearity of the frequency response curve, all from the inherent design of the cone. This innovation also greatly increases definition in the midrange.

Mounting Depth:2.5"
Magnet Diameter: 3.5"
Mounting Diameter: 3.5"
Overall Diameter:5"
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Frequency Response: 75-4,000Hz
50 Watts RMS Power Handling[

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