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ICE and other "moding" questions!

Hey guys I decided i'm not going to buy a spider now (yes i know i'm sad :/) but due to financial problems of my dad i thought its stupid to go take a loan out on my own to buy a new car! As a result i've decided (and got approval from dad ) that i can mod my 156 to my liking!

I've decided on a few things to change for starters.

1) Change my head unit from a pioneer cd player to rather nice hud unit. MP3/Bluetooth (support for phone) is rather high on my list so any particular brands/models i should look for?

2) Changing the hud means new speakers/amps/sub is in place. Well the speakers i guess are the 4 on the door so the measurements will be taken from there! In regards to amp and sub i was wondering where alfa fits the bose system so i can get a small idea on where to mount these.

Also suggestions on brand/model for all 3 parts is welcome. I want to do this once and right

Don't want to spend a fortune on these 4 parts so if you recon one isn't needed priority on what to get is fine aswell

Now after this i've decided for some mechanical/body work fun (prolly 2-3 months down the road though when i get 2-3 more salaries lol).

I've decided on getting the cadamuro 156 kit (on its site is the greyish alfa and adding a sports muffler.

This is the tricky part ... What muffler sounds sexy on a 156 and should i go for a end pipe only or the whole thing? Should it be 1 double tip or 2 (brera/159/spider) style.

My final question is... Can you buy a 3.2 V6 engine and is it worth the added cost ?

Thats all for now... Basicly ICE recomendation and exghaust tail pipe for now
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whats your ICE Budget, what sort of music do you listen to? are you willing to lose any/all boot space? what kind of ICE are you after SQ/Streetbass/SPL?

you can buy the engines, check ebay etc for recon ones but i think it will be a big job fitting it and will cost more to insure than a car bought with the engine already in
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Re: ICE and other "moding" questions!

way easier to buy a GTA than changing nearly everything to fit a 3.2 v6

consider all the engine parts, brakes, suspension, exhaust etc etc etc

unless your some kinda mechanical genius and have all the parts in the shed
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Re: ICE and other "moding" questions!

for ICE, probably the best value system-design include:
*2-way 6.5" components for front
*single 10~12" sub
*4-channel amp: channels 1-2 for fronts, ch.3-4 'bridged' for sub
(*retain stock rear speakers)

hard for me to quote prices cos i'm in australia, but, presuming a rough 1:2 ration of UK:AUS, i'd estimate:

*CD HU UK$100~200
*component speakers UK$200: focal 165V1, boston acoustics SX60, hertz HSK165, mb quart DSG-216, morel pulse 6, digital designs DDC6.5
*sub UK$100~200: alpine type-S/R, boston acoustics G1/2, JL audio 12W1v2, image dynamics ID12v3, digital designs DD512
*amp UK$200~300: alpine MRP-F600, audison SRx4, digital designs C4a

note, i cannot say for sure that those speakers will drop into the front doors without any mods. could require minor or major mods, from trimming the plastic, to cutting that section out and replacing with an mdf wood spacer ring. though if you're paying a pro to do the work, this would not be a difficult job.

for a quality entry level sub as suggested, you can make do with a prefab 'sealed' enclosure. though you're going to have more optimal performance with a custom designed and built version, especially if you go with a 'ported' enclosure (those subs above suiting ported are the alpine type-R, ID ID12v3, and DD 512; though each work fine in sealed boxes).

also factor in all wiring/cabling, which can be another UK$100.

for a HU:
*alpine: great for iPod, features, value, but BT adaptor (ie: KCE-300BT) is buggy and far from best on market; probably better to buy a Parrot CK3100 kit instead
*pioneer: those with BT inbuilt are very good from all reports; new '08 models look nice and sleek; 'blue' display doesn't suit alfa's though
*blaupunkt: some have inbuilt BT

other HU issues you may priorities include:
*fascia colour
*display/button colour
*steering wheel control compatibility: if applicable

best to find a specialist car audio store and discuss your budget and options. you can always do it in stages, starting with a quality HU + component speakers; stage II can be amp + sub. if you buy good quality gear, it can last years and years and go into your next car. some of my audio is years old, still going strong, and would cost double to have worthwhile upgrade/replacement. so, buying wisely - rather than cheaply - can be a reasonable investment.

for a bodykit, i had a full Zender version on my 156 and i loved it. i didn't go with the high wing or deck rear spoiler, but chose the rare lip spoiler that is flush and simply sticks back. high quality ABS resin material, not fibreglass (not sure what the Cad one is; but FG will crack and split if you nudge a curb/driveway hard enough).

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Re: ICE and other "moding" questions!

very sound advice from shiny-car there!!

@shinycar: just a note but he's in cypress so it'll be euro not sterling...
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Yeah in cyprus euro But its ok i can do the converts on my own

Thanks for the advice on the ICE

As far as engine goes i guess the only "engine" worth getting is the 1.6 super kit from autodelta heh

Any ideas on a nice tailpipe? I here ragazon (sp?) is good and supersprint? (i think this is the name)
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Personally I wouldnt touch one of those Cadamuro bodykits, they look sh*t
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Only Head Unit I can comment on as I own is the
Pioneer P65BT - £150 - IPOD compatible and Bluetooth
Works with my Samsung D900 - Displays Signal Strength and Battery Life and Syncs all my Phonebook fine.
I have it with Steering Leads and IPOD Controller - Total Cost £230
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Was checking out these 3...
DEH-P800BT Pioneer Car Audio - CD Player - In CarĀ*Entertainment
DEH-P700BT Pioneer Car Audio - CD Player - In CarĀ*Entertainment
DEH-P85BT Pioneer Car Audio - CD Player - In CarĀ*Entertainment

The 8 series being the main attraction but the negative is that htey only have blue led
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