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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by pessimizt on 21st September 2009, 6:24 pm

Nice !
I am putting some into the cup holders too because bought quite a big roll and dont know where else to put the anti-slip mats.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 21st September 2009, 6:54 pm

pessimizt wrote:Nice !
I am putting some into the cup holders too because bought quite a big roll and dont know where else to put the anti-slip mats.

For the cup holders part... was thinking of putting some of those 3M / 3A mats...

Some cushioning.

Smile
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Post by joepele on 28th September 2009, 3:52 pm

Some updated picts taken over the weekend.











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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 28th September 2009, 3:54 pm

Some interior picts.













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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by pessimizt on 28th September 2009, 4:02 pm

Wah....you went Malaysia issit ? The place looked so kampong.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 29th September 2009, 12:16 am

haha...

Ya.

My granny's place.

My car managed to touch 140-150km/h...

Only 1st servicing.

Smile

Anyway... over the last couple of days I tried to use only the fan w/o the A/C... the FC improved and there was quite an increase in the torque... Quite substantially...
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by inrike on 29th September 2009, 12:24 am

[quote="joepele"]Some updated picts taken over the weekend.





Nice car on nice back background! cool contrast!

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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by Mr.Farang on 29th September 2009, 12:27 am

man...you guys do a lot of modifications. cash is tight, brahder!

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Post by joepele on 29th September 2009, 12:39 am

[quote="inrike"]
joepele wrote:Some updated picts taken over the weekend.





Nice car on nice back background! cool contrast!

Hahaha....

That was the intention.

Only you noticed.

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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 29th September 2009, 12:41 am

Mr.Farang wrote:man...you guys do a lot of modifications. cash is tight, brahder!


errrrmmmmmm........

I did not do many...

Curtains...

Steering Wheel cover.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by pessimizt on 29th September 2009, 8:47 am

joepele wrote:haha...

Ya.

My granny's place.

My car managed to touch 140-150km/h...

Only 1st servicing.



Anyway... over the last couple of days I tried to use only the fan w/o the A/C... the FC improved and there was quite an increase in the torque... Quite substantially...


Wow oh i see.
By the way, how is the feeling of driving at 140-150km/h ?
Is it noisy ?
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 29th September 2009, 10:32 am

pessimizt wrote:
joepele wrote:haha...

Ya.

My granny's place.

My car managed to touch 140-150km/h...

Only 1st servicing.



Anyway... over the last couple of days I tried to use only the fan w/o the A/C... the FC improved and there was quite an increase in the torque... Quite substantially...


Wow oh i see.
By the way, how is the feeling of driving at 140-150km/h ?
Is it noisy ?

First, I'll describe what was in the car....

My wife and 2 kids (3 yo & 7.5 yo)
parents.
Boot 1/2 full going into Msia, boot full to brim when coming out.
*The customs officer also did not bother to check...

Let's just say that my initial intention was to
1. Wheel Balancing
2. On wheel balancing (High speed balancing)
3. Hydrogen gas for tires...

What I did...

Nothing...

1. The car was quite stable even @ 120km/h constant...

2. @ 140km/h... still stable but because the engine was still running in... I was @ that speed for less than 5 mins each time.

3. Since did not do 1 & 2... did not really bother with 3 as well... Coz I remember a lobung in SGP that for 20+ or so... they also allow you to go back to pump again when the gas is low.

Am just waiting for the car to be fully run and then try again.

Noise? Well... Mine is a 17" vs your 15"... how to compare le??
It's def noisy but still acceptable as the iPod was always on @ volume 8 or 9... with SDV on.
*Personally... I find the noise insulation pretty good... IMHO, it's even better than the Altis.
Sometime, with the iPod on @ 6 or 7... I can hardly hear the cars if they were honking me...

But yesterday tried something else.

@ TPE towards SLE, took the Serangoon / Houguang exit...
The corners were quite.... tempting...
Usually would take those corners @ about 50-60km/h...
Yesterday... took the corners @ 80+km/h...

The grip was quite impressive I'd say...
My previous ride's (Altis) handling did not even come close @ handling @ the same corner even @ 60km/h...

But having said that... the Altis is def more comfortable....

But the Forte is def more fun.

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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by JuanST on 29th September 2009, 10:40 am

nice inputs about speed and handling.... nice bro
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 29th September 2009, 12:07 pm

Thanx
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by ong on 29th September 2009, 12:15 pm

joepele wrote:Some interior picts.















hi joe how much u go the curtian and where can i get it ??? thanks
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 29th September 2009, 12:20 pm

ong wrote:
joepele wrote:Some interior picts.















hi joe how much u go the curtian and where can i get it ??? thanks

I got them @ Motec.

Quite inconvenient location but they make it up for
1. Great boss + great service
2. Great opening hours (mine is an OPC)
3. Decent pricing, these are 35 / pair + installation.

Look for their address in the Advertisers section.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by ctoh on 29th September 2009, 12:20 pm

Joe, u missed out a shot of your new curved side mirrors wor
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 29th September 2009, 12:23 pm

ctoh wrote:Joe, u missed out a shot of your new curved side mirrors wor

Errrmmm....

hahaha....

Coz that pict not "outstanding" enough le...
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So did not put it in.

Very Happy
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by ong on 29th September 2009, 12:23 pm

joepele wrote:
ong wrote:
joepele wrote:Some interior picts.















hi joe how much u go the curtian and where can i get it ??? thanks

I got them @ Motec.

Quite inconvenient location but they make it up for
1. Great boss + great service
2. Great opening hours (mine is an OPC)
3. Decent pricing, these are 35 / pair + installation.

Look for their address in the Advertisers section.


Thank you.
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Post by ReDeViL on 29th September 2009, 10:08 pm

Hi,

how does the curtain look like when it is fully extended?? will it be very crumpled when nearing the side mirror portion where the window curves downwards?? I'm looking at installing this but concerned about the amount of "spare curtain" flapping around when fully extended

thx Smile
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joepele wrote:Some interior picts.















hi joe how much u go the curtian and where can i get it ??? thanks

I got them @ Motec.

Quite inconvenient location but they make it up for
1. Great boss + great service
2. Great opening hours (mine is an OPC)
3. Decent pricing, these are 35 / pair + installation.

Look for their address in the Advertisers section.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 30th September 2009, 9:49 am

ReDeViL wrote:Hi,

how does the curtain look like when it is fully extended?? will it be very crumpled when nearing the side mirror portion where the window curves downwards?? I'm looking at installing this but concerned about the amount of "spare curtain" flapping around when fully extended

thx
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ong wrote:
joepele wrote:Some interior picts.















hi joe how much u go the curtian and where can i get it ??? thanks

I got them @ Motec.

Quite inconvenient location but they make it up for
1. Great boss + great service
2. Great opening hours (mine is an OPC)
3. Decent pricing, these are 35 / pair + installation.

Look for their address in the Advertisers section.

There are pros and cons...

These curtains come in 3 sizes if I am not wrong.

Small Med Large.

Mins is Med if I am not wrong... coz I told the guys @ Motec that I dun want it to "slack"...
So if you take a closer look... mine if actually quite stretched.

And the top and bottom rails are actually being held in place by double sided tape + a little glue.

*mine actually came off a once or twice... but they guys @ Motec were nice enough to stick it back for me.

Anyway, if you see the shape... as the curtains are being drawn closer to the side mirror, it starts to slack slightly... but for me... still acceptable.

*It's def not as loose as if I were to get 1 size larger.

Personally, I find that this "tightness" gives it an organized and classy look. A little more slack may make it look a little sloppy.

Smile
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 30th September 2009, 11:21 am

Posted this in another thread but thought it'll be good for my thread too...

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My prev ride, I did in Msia
1. Balancing (4 wheels)
2. Alignment (4 wheels)
3. High speed balancing (2 wheels)

For about 80-90 Ringgit.

Divide by 2.4 = 37.50 SGD.

Pump Nitrogen for 4 tires is another 10 Ringgit I think...
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 4th October 2009, 8:55 pm

Bz weekend...

Got somethings installed...

1. Alarm upgrade 018.
2. Additional ciggy adapter
3. Hurricane filter.
4. Air con insulation - Thanx Pessimizt! (you the man!)

Reviews and pict coming up.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by pessimizt on 5th October 2009, 9:48 pm

Bro, you are most welcome (i am preparing a step-by-step guide for others to download). So far do you feel any difference for the air-con ?

Check with you, the purpose of pumping nitrogen is to:
- lighten tyre (thus improving FC) ?
- or some other reason ?
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 6th October 2009, 10:32 am

pessimizt wrote:Bro, you are most welcome (i am preparing a step-by-step guide for others to download). So far do you feel any difference for the air-con ?

Check with you, the purpose of pumping nitrogen is to:
- lighten tyre (thus improving FC) ?
- or some other reason ?

Cool man!

Nitro in the tire is good for
1. Lighter gas but honestly... how much lighter can it be?
but it's def a cooler gas.
e.g.
Unlike the natural gas that we pump... Nitro is able to keep it's "coolness" even when the tires are hot so... does not expand the tires... so lesser uneven wear @ long distances.

2. Does not need to be pumped as frequent.
Reg gas needs to be pumped / topped up @ abt 2 weeks?
Nitro maybe @ 4 weeks or so?? (If there are no punctures la)
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Post by pessimizt on 6th October 2009, 10:51 am

I assume have to get it checked and pump at special places huh ?

For my case, i pump petorl and check the tyres together weekly.
The tyre pressure sometimes go to as low as 210 within a week. Wonder if this is consider fast ?
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Post by joepele on 6th October 2009, 2:32 pm

pessimizt wrote:I assume have to get it checked and pump at special places huh ?

For my case, i pump petorl and check the tyres together weekly.
The tyre pressure sometimes go to as low as 210 within a week. Wonder if this is consider fast ?

You mean the Nitro?? Yes. they need a Nitro extractor or something like that to extract it from the env and pump it into your car.

But IMHO, if you dun really travel long distances... dun bother abt the nitro thing. not really worth it.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by Forte899 on 6th October 2009, 2:53 pm

pessimizt wrote:I assume have to get it checked and pump at special places huh ?

For my case, i pump petorl and check the tyres together weekly.
The tyre pressure sometimes go to as low as 210 within a week. Wonder if this is consider fast ?

Hi Bro,
BTW how do you use the pressure gauge to check the tyres pressure? and usually what shld I set at the pump stn meter going to pump? Thanks

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Post by joepele on 6th October 2009, 2:57 pm

Forte899 wrote:
pessimizt wrote:I assume have to get it checked and pump at special places huh ?

For my case, i pump petorl and check the tyres together weekly.
The tyre pressure sometimes go to as low as 210 within a week. Wonder if this is consider fast ?

Hi Bro,
BTW how do you use the pressure gauge to check the tyres pressure? and usually what shld I set at the pump stn meter going to pump? Thanks

1st time car owner?

As for the gauge, there should be an instruction manual.

As for the gas station... pressure should be 220-230KPI or 32PSI.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by Forte899 on 6th October 2009, 3:03 pm

Not really, 2nd time but many years back not driving lost track on vehicle thingy. So, once set at desired KPI and pump I remember there is a tink tink sound wat is this indicating?

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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by jeff2510 on 6th October 2009, 3:08 pm

I normally set it to 230 as a taxi driver told me before that the pump at the gas station might be slightly off.......

As of the tink tink sound.....it is to inform you that tire pressure OK liao

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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by Forte899 on 6th October 2009, 3:25 pm

Thank you so much.

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Post by kenincf on 6th October 2009, 3:48 pm

joepele wrote:Bz weekend...

Got somethings installed...

1. Alarm upgrade 018.
2. Additional ciggy adapter
3. Hurricane filter.
4. Air con insulation - Thanx Pessimizt! (you the man!)

Reviews and pict coming up.

Hi bro joepele!

Looking forward to reading your review and seeing photos on the "air-con insulation" job that you did with pessismizt! thumbsup
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 6th October 2009, 4:00 pm

kenincf wrote:
joepele wrote:Bz weekend...

Got somethings installed...

1. Alarm upgrade 018.
2. Additional ciggy adapter
3. Hurricane filter.
4. Air con insulation - Thanx Pessimizt! (you the man!)

Reviews and pict coming up.

Hi bro joepele!

Looking forward to reading your review and seeing photos on the "air-con insulation" job that you did with pessismizt!

Sorry bro.... really bz yesterday...

Will try to post it tonight.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by pessimizt on 6th October 2009, 10:47 pm

hi forte899, sorry for late reply.

guess your queries have been answered.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by Forte899 on 6th October 2009, 11:34 pm

Bro pessimizt,
It's OK, Thanks for ur follow up

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Post by joepele on 7th October 2009, 10:14 am

My 2 cents / review on the air con insulation.

As mine is an SX and I've been without one for about 1 month liow... can really feel the difference.

Coz
before the install... Pessimizt can verify.... the pipes were so damn
hot... I wonder how the hell it's supposed to "pump" cool air into the
cabin?

I guess the fan is not blowing that "strong" / high now is one thing... but my
thoughts are that since the pipes are now insulated... the compressor
did not need to work that hard to pump cool air... the engine has more
resource for the drive.
*Not sure if you guys know what I mean.

I kinda feel a slight increase in my drive.

Almost comparable with my upgrade to Hurricane filter... but better!

Thanx again... anyway, how much do I owe you for the materials again? other than the dinner treat that is.
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Post by joepele on 8th October 2009, 9:04 am

Installed the Hurricane filter over the weekend...

Bought it @ Vim & it was Easy to install...



The was what it came with...



The air filer "box".

There are 4 release on the box to be "removed" before it can be opened.
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Re: Joe's Metal Bronze SX

Post by joepele on 8th October 2009, 9:08 am

Here it is



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Side by side...

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Post by joepele on 8th October 2009, 9:11 am

Replaced...



but noted...

The paper filter looks clean here coz this is the top...

Here is an image of the bottom.

*The filter is only 1500km old.



Not exactly very dirty but would make a difference @ 10,000km.
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Post by joepele on 8th October 2009, 9:15 am

Took a pict of the rims of the EX vs the SX while fixing the insulation of the Air Con pipes.

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Post by joepele on 8th October 2009, 9:21 am

Some before and after pict of the Air Con insulation project that bro Pessimizt helped me with.





Bro Pessimizt @ work.



Almost done....











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Post by joepele on 8th October 2009, 9:23 am

Would these rims look nice on my Bronze?

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Post by pessimizt on 8th October 2009, 9:33 am

Nice rims ! Especially with the shade of black which makes it looks abit 'dark'.
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Post by joepele on 10th October 2009, 10:14 am

After much consideration...

I have decided to change the rims...



But however, after much more deliberation...

I decided not to change to the rims I had posted earlier cos...

1. The rim I got were almost 1kg lighter...
2. The price is about 100 bucks in difference...
3. The brand of the rims I got were "better"
4. It came with those anti-theft nuts... which if were sold separately would cost maybe 100 more??
5. It was in Hyper black which is almost the same as black chrome which cost a bomb now...

However, it made my car look sportier... which is something that I was trying to avoid... but this design was one of the more boring designs that I could find...

Well... here it is...

ENKEI SC09



According to the boss, these were 7.8kg.

Compared to these 11kg heavy weights.

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Post by joepele on 10th October 2009, 10:19 am

Here are some picts of the changing process.









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Enkei SC09 Review so far

Post by joepele on 10th October 2009, 10:34 am

Since the rims change...

I've only managed to cover about 20-30km of off peak city driving.

Here's what I noticed...

1. The FC did go down slightly but not significantly... maybe need to travel more??
*I just topped up my fuel and is currently @ the first marking from the full mark.
Previously, the reading was 11.5l/100km but now it reads 10.8l/100km.

2. The pick up is for sure lighter. So a big big plus point. Considering it lost about 3.2kg from each axle... a total of 12.8kg...
*Note weight from the axle is different from weight from the cabin.

3. Honestly, I was not that hot about the sporty look.... But hell.... FC is more important... Was told that the earlier rims may be made in China... Not sure how true...

4. Why wouldn't I wanna pay slightly more for rims that are lighter and from a better make?

Anyway, comments?



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