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Ben's 2005 VZ Calais V8

Discussion in 'VY - VZ - WK - WL - V2' started by ben315vz, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. ben315vz

    ben315vz Donating Member

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    Here is my new car as of only about a month ago! Let me know what you think.

    Name:


    -Ben Galea.

    Age:

    -25.

    Year:

    -2005.

    Make:

    -Holden.

    Model:

    -VZ Calais.

    Type:

    -Sedan.

    Engine:

    -5.7 Litre V8.

    Transmission:

    -Auto Standard.

    Diff:

    -Standard LSD.

    Engine Modifications:

    -Big Mouth Cold Air Intake.
    -Pacemaker Headers, High Flow 200 CPI Cats, X-Force Cat back.

    Power:

    -226rwkw/303rwhp.

    Wheels & Tyres:

    -20" Genuine GM Super Sports.

    Suspension:

    -Pedders Springs all round (lowest they have).
    -Pedders Shortened Shocks all round.
    -Pedders Strut Tops and Bearings.

    Brakes:

    -Slotted & Drilled Rotors on Front.

    Interior:

    -HBD GPS.
    -Full Black Leather Seats.
    -Leather Door Trims.

    Stereo:

    -Alpine IVE-W554ABT (Headunit).
    -Alpine Type-R Splits (Front).
    -Alpine Type-R Coaxial (Rear).
    -Alpine Type-X 12 Inch Subwoofer x2.
    -Alpine PDX-F6 4 Channel Amp.
    -Alpine PDX-M12 Mono Amp x2.
    -Mongoose Sound Deadening through whole car.

    Other mods/Features:

    -Tinted Windows (20%).

    Future mods:

    -Sunroof.
    -Performance.

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    So I have already spent some money on fixing a couple of things, like a new electric antenna, new memory seat module, etc. But the next thing I want to do is get a clay bar and go over it and give it a polish. Then after I save up some more money, I will start thinking about mods.

     
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    VS 5.0 Well-Known Member

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    I think is good.
     
  3. wraith

    wraith Hand over the dog bikkies

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    Looks good. Typical caryard clean up the outside leave the engine bay messy. Tune will do wonders on this. Factory airbox is better then that Growler intake though.
     
  4. ben315vz

    ben315vz Donating Member

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    Yeah I will clean up the engine myself when I get a chance. Was thinking of getting an OTR and mafless tune. Haven't had much to do with V8's so definitely keen on learning what I can do to give it more life
     
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    looks the goods there Ben.lots of potential. if you need any help on how to do the clay bar/polish side of things let me know,have had quite a few years experience with that side of things.
    good luck
    cheers
    warrick
     
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    wraith Hand over the dog bikkies

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    Stock VZ intake is actually better then VT-VY and doesn't really need changing. No one could guarantee I would see any benefit at all switching. One thing I did look at was the VCM side pod as in my opinion OTR sits on a hot radiator heating up the incoming air. Could be all BS but makes sense to me.
     
  7. WazzaVN

    WazzaVN Wazza VN

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    Hey mate nice ride you've got there. Wheather or not you decide to go OTR with your intake I would consider keeping the maf for a few reasons. They're not really a restriction the bigger vz maf sensors, some cops may not like it not being there if they know what to look for, maffless tunes cost more and the maf is a good bit of gear on a relatively stock engine for sensing air temps and what not.
     
  8. DevilDRake

    DevilDRake Braaaap

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    Looks good mate! Suprised it came with the factory GPS!
     
  9. Trayner

    Trayner Fresh prince of Pakky

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    Yup 2 hole mod and she will be more then enough.
     
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    Its not factory sat nat its the HBD option. Nice car cant believe they didnt bother to clean the engine bay
     
  11. ben315vz

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    Sorry for the late reply guys, just having some complications in my personal life and haven't been on here.

    Thanks mate, over the weekend I went over the whole car with a clay bar and the paint feels so much more smoother now. I then went over it with polish, and I am glad I did. It rained today and the car was parked outside, looks like the rain never even touched it, no water marks or anything, looks great!

    Yeah that's just the intake that came with it, will probably end up changing it but have a couple of other things I need to get done to it first.

    When I had my VE SSV, it still had the maf sensor with the vcm otr, might end up just going with the same setup as that, was happy with how that went!

    I know! that's one of the reasons why I got it as well, don't really see too many of these with the HBD GPS anymore.

    Haven't heard of that one! Will look in to it.

    Sorry my mistake, will update that on the first post. It does have the HBD tag in the engine bay for GPS. Yeah I will give it a good clean as I get time, the whole car was never really washed as the owner of the car yard was driving it around until it sold. But I have given the exterior a clay bar and polish and she came up looking mint, very happy with the result!
     
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    By the way, I have now replaced the electric antenna with a brand new one, and have replaced a couple of other minor things that were damaged. All genuine parts used of course :)
     
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    Make sure you give it a good coat of wax as well (once you have washed it again and the paint is nice & clean) to protect all of your hard work.
     
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    Looks in really good condition
    Good score :)
     
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    UPDATE: Please check the first post on this thread as I have updated with work that has been done.

    Haven't posted on this thread for a while and you were probably thinking that this thread wasn't going anywhere. Well I have been slowly getting things done and this is where she's at now :)

    Lowered on Pedders Suspension all round.

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    Then the new Genuine 20 Inch Super Sports with Pirelli P-Zero Nero GT 245/30R20 Tyres went on.

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    Then this is when I took it in to get a new headunit installed and wire up my Alpine Type X sub (will add photos soon).

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    Even had a chance to give the engine bay a clean up!

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    Let me know what you think of the progress. Will take more photos and upload soon, also better quality photos.
     
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    Drawnnite Obviously Unsensible

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    Very tidy and clean ride.
    Any plans to put the engine covers back on? Always found the LS motors to be really messy without them and they do make it seem a bit more on the neat side.
     
  17. ben315vz

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    Thanks mate :)

    Engine covers are definitely already back on, only took them off so I could clean them and the engine properly. I like how it looks better with the engine covers on. Will take more photos of how it looks soon!
     
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    Good choice with the Supersports
     
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    Here are more photos, just one of the engine with the new headers and engine covers back on, and one of the new Blaupunkt Headunit.

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    Now thats how you make a modify a car looks perfect. Only thing it needs is the cover on the radiator shroud to hide the radiator cap
     
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