: N00b from AZ!



EnV
01-20-13, 03:19 PM
Hey guys! Names Brandon, I have been trolling here for a month or so since I got my V, I figured I'd make an intro thread.

I am new to the V8 world coming from a 460whp/450wtq Evo VIII. The Evo was a blast to drive but a buddy of mine offered a good amount of money for it and a black 2005 V with low miles popped up for cheap so I had to jump on it. The V is pretty much stock besides a Volant intake, Xpipe, magnaflow axleback w/ muffler delete, and H&R springs. Plans for it are Forgestar F14 19x9 and 19x10 (Order placed on 1/18), Cam, Heads, LT's.

Before any power adders I will be upgrading my axles and differential, but I had one question: My diff (55k miles) has a slight whine at highway speeds. I was planning an 8.8 swap when funds permit, but is it worth it to upgrade to stronger axles prior? I'd like to get some track time in, and axles are much cheaper (for now) than a stronger differential. How long will my diff last with some 1/4 passes and Gforce Axles? Any input is appreciated!!

Onto some pictures.

Evo when I purchased it:

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/4db25e98.jpg

How it looked when I sold it:

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/8cc8e5ab.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/6211e778.jpg

The V when I picked it up

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/2A7E1A68-E986-40E1-BB25-C68E7638685A-1912-0000008A0B214091.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/B09A2C7B-84AF-42C9-B33A-1B87C1436F37-1912-0000008A1EB10864.jpg

After some fresh paint (on the bumper and grills) and H&R's (I need coils :yup:)

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/B7291E7A-4237-48DB-8CDE-A2B9842AF10B-7907-000006670315169B.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/0E5C1A1B-AC21-47B6-B394-FF24AFAEDEF3-7907-00000666FBAFE377.jpg

carlson_mn
01-20-13, 08:08 PM
I liked the wheels gold on the evo better, but I like the blacked out look on your V. Looks great. Any idea wtf happened to the front bumper/grill on that thing? The paint on my 06 with 95k miles looks awesome still even on the bumper.

EnV
01-20-13, 08:44 PM
It looks like the car might have been repainted at one point and it was probably just a shotty job. I'm glad it's taken care of now. Lol

carlson_mn
01-20-13, 08:54 PM
Is a tinted windshield legal there?

EnV
01-20-13, 09:24 PM
It is not but I haven't had any problems (previous two cars had the windshield tinted as well). It is not as dark as it looks in the pictures. 5% all around and 35% on the windshield

mberisha
01-20-13, 09:53 PM
^^^5% around and 35% on the windshield.....Wow!

I'd imagine caskets get more light in them....

How's it driving at night?

EnV
01-20-13, 09:58 PM
Haha. It's really not that bad at all. I drive with my windows down a lot anyways. Here in Arizona you want tint as dark as you can get it because in the summer time it's brutal

thefulmonty_07
01-21-13, 01:17 AM
Where did you get your windshield tinted?

EnV
01-21-13, 10:25 AM
It was a shop in Scottsdale- Echelon Autosports. They do all of my tint jobs

Skidmarcx
01-21-13, 12:10 PM
Welcome and grats on the purchase! I'm up in north Glendale give me a shout if you need any help or work done

alradco
01-21-13, 02:36 PM
Congrats. I had an EVO too, what a fun car. Welcome to the site.

Peter

EnV
01-21-13, 02:36 PM
Will do buddy. I'm on AZFT as well :)

JD03Cobra
01-21-13, 03:43 PM
Looks real good! Be sure to post up with the new wheels!!!

EnV
01-22-13, 12:51 PM
Thanks, guys! I will definitely keep this thread updated when the parts start coming in.

Skidmarcx
01-22-13, 12:56 PM
Will do buddy. I'm on AZFT as well :)

lol nice ... you probably recognize the name then

repenttokyo
01-22-13, 02:03 PM
Love your Evo, my fave Evo colour is white. I have my V's grilles blacked out like yours.

EdmundGTP
01-23-13, 03:05 PM
I think there are at least a half dozen AZ guys on here (myself included).

carlson_mn
01-23-13, 08:10 PM
Seems like about 9/10 V owners are from the East Coast / NE area

Mrs.LS6
01-23-13, 10:56 PM
Welcome! Car looks good! Anymore pics of the grilles? I've been contemplating blacking mine out.

EnV
01-24-13, 11:06 AM
Welcome! Car looks good! Anymore pics of the grilles? I've been contemplating blacking mine out.

Do it! It looks so much better. I don't have any close-ups.

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/CDDB63F5-654A-4401-A187-19B7ED087E1E-2598-000000E023451155.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/764F1AE2-B6AA-4B3E-B57D-C7717C8E8126-2598-000000E011929845.jpg

silentwig
01-25-13, 05:54 PM
Welcome. I came from the 4 banger world myself.

Dan_Gurney
01-25-13, 10:05 PM
Tinted windshields...:cookoo: glad to see looks are outweighing safety... Yes i live in AZ, and it's not that bad to justify the windshield.

EnV
01-26-13, 11:22 AM
You tell me if this looks dangerous....

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/975CA090-A9B1-4A12-8A8E-0D724CB91C92-6615-000002141A5908E6.jpg

silentwig
01-26-13, 01:03 PM
No, your G meter readings are weaksauce.

EnV
01-26-13, 05:00 PM
:lol: I'm on 4 no name tires, I'd rather not die so I'm waiting until my new wheels and rubbers come in. Lol

Mn800r
01-26-13, 06:10 PM
Welcome and the V is looking good, go with updated axles,reduces wheel hop for a longer lasting rear.

mberisha
01-26-13, 08:05 PM
No, your G meter readings are weaksauce.

uh oh....is it G-meter time?!

Nate37AZ
01-28-13, 02:42 AM
Welcome! Which part of town are you in? There are a few AZ people on here...

thebigjimsho
01-28-13, 02:57 AM
uh oh....is it G-meter time?!

BRING IT!

:coffee:

EnV
01-28-13, 06:39 PM
Welcome! Which part of town are you in? There are a few AZ people on here...

I'm up in north phoenix near desert ridge.

silentwig
01-28-13, 06:45 PM
Did your evo get smoked by srt-4 all the time?

EnV
01-29-13, 12:49 AM
Haha. I never ran any SRT4's but there are some very quick ones around here.

BBR87
02-04-13, 06:53 PM
I'm here in Mesa I wanna come see those forge stars when u get them :p

EnV
02-05-13, 10:51 PM
I'm here in Mesa I wanna come see those forge stars when u get them :p

Definitely! I will be posting pics of them tomorrow and I should be at the Pavs this weekend.

Camaro383ci
02-06-13, 01:03 AM
Just got my V today! I am in central Phoenix. Got a 2007 with 50k on it. Love it.:D

JDB
02-06-13, 10:36 AM
Nice, welcome... I too am coming from a big turbo on a 4cyl world... Audi A4 1.8T ...no where near your numbers... EVOs are easier to turn up the wick.

Looks like your air bag light is on. The pass seat sensor is a common failure.

EnV
02-07-13, 11:59 AM
Yeah, the Evo was a blast. And yes I still need to take it in to get the airbag light fixed.

Here are some pictures with the Forgestars

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/889BE5A7-55D3-48CD-827F-596656380C52-9104-000002AEF85839D9_zpsba47a7ff.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/6D3DE62E-441B-48E7-AFCD-80250F2FDBBC-9104-000002AEFDE4C4A8_zps9c2d3ee2.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/51E24A9A-A3AD-4F97-AC58-77115A972F2A-8758-00000291B5E61783_zpscf63bb4c.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/7F01A3F0-2139-436A-82AA-F2E044178D07-9104-000002AF80C903E1_zpsbd69ff47.jpg

Rear before I washed it

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/6AD95601-91FB-4260-80DE-26C30945F947-9104-000002B0B280A6DE_zpsf9660eb8.jpg

mberisha
02-09-13, 05:39 PM
^^^^nice rims....sharp....what rubber is that?

BTW...the black license plate is a nice touch!

Mn800r
02-09-13, 10:50 PM
EnV, that thing is sick,would look even better dropped and red calipers. What size/width forgestars? Price? Looks real good.

Dan_Gurney
02-09-13, 11:40 PM
V06... i like it

EnV
02-11-13, 11:34 PM
Thanks guys! The car is currently on H&R Springs. I wish the rear was a tad lower but it's not too bad- I like the stance of it.

Tires are Hankook V12's. 245/40 front and 275/35 in the rear, Forgestars are 19x9 front and 19x10 rear. The calipers will be powdercoated yellow after I figure something out for these damn headlights :banghead:

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Here are some other pics that I took today.

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/2B243555-01B7-4E9F-9BF8-00D40EA236A7-6128-000001F771A9F508_zpse724fa92.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/E5711260-07F8-400A-A257-A96315419927-6128-000001F777744C20_zps69a4b411.jpg

izcain
02-11-13, 11:57 PM
Those look sweet man!

verywhitedevil
02-13-13, 12:45 AM
nice. i am in Tempe. windshield has been tinted for 3 years. zero issues.

mberisha
02-14-13, 12:22 AM
nice. i am in Tempe. windshield has been tinted for 3 years. zero issues.

What %....?

The more I see it...the more I like....arghhh.....

EnV
02-14-13, 01:26 AM
I am going on two years with a tinted windshield and no issues with cops. 35% on my previous two cars. It just looks much darker because of the 5% on all the other windows.

verywhitedevil
02-14-13, 10:05 AM
I tinted the front two windows all the same %. the back two windows and rear window same % but all darker. makes the front look darker than they really are.
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt169/verywhitedevil/DSC02317.jpg

this was 3 years ago like 30 or 33 %. only negative is it makes it hard to ride in other cars without tinted windshields.

thebigjimsho
02-15-13, 10:27 AM
Thanks guys! The car is currently on H&R Springs. I wish the rear was a tad lower but it's not too bad- I like the stance of it.

Tires are Hankook V12's. 245/40 front and 275/35 in the rear, Forgestars are 19x9 front and 19x10 rear. The calipers will be powdercoated yellow after I figure something out for these damn headlights :banghead:

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Here are some other pics that I took today.



You have some bright blue trash cans!

On a different note, that is one of the more clever vanity plates. Most vanity plates suck. Yeah, I'm talking to youse guise in here with your bad caddy crap...

Skidmarcx
02-15-13, 02:00 PM
I am going on two years with a tinted windshield and no issues with cops. 35% on my previous two cars. It just looks much darker because of the 5% on all the other windows.

I don't know how you guys do it... Last time I got illegal tint I got pulled over the next day... Damn DPS

EnV
02-27-13, 10:44 PM
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/059C9E3F-1159-48F8-91FA-231FF1B5AC9E-2039-0000008FC0F4B218_zps2801a61f.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/EC0713A2-625C-4233-AEE4-9ABE5C282488-2039-0000008F9B9F244A_zpseead69c5.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/B8C48C38-5181-4AF1-9A78-1C0B6E174DB7-2039-0000009558ED96B2_zps20f272e2.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/C8920F3E-44F3-4C4C-A1A7-A000030098DE-2039-000000955F0260F6_zpseaf6cbe6.jpg
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af315/wildcatsbball85/7F7B2708-E68D-4E8D-9730-3A1F4E7C5582-2039-0000009564746450_zps04e084ff.jpg

joshuajohn1981
02-28-13, 12:28 AM
Very nice looking car

Gilbert CTS-V
03-04-13, 06:12 PM
Hey Brandon, I think I just saw you on Val Vista and the 202. Do you live in this area? I was in the Red V and saw you heading north (at least I think it was you). Anyways....if your in this area we need to meet up. Let me know

EnV
03-05-13, 11:31 PM
Hey Brandon, I think I just saw you on Val Vista and the 202. Do you live in this area? I was in the Red V and saw you heading north (at least I think it was you). Anyways....if your in this area we need to meet up. Let me know

Yeah, I saw you! Your V is super clean! Unfortunately that is not my area, quite far from it haha. I live up in north Phoenix. You ever go to the Pavs on Saturday nights? I'd love to check out the car.

H-town_V
03-06-13, 12:39 AM
You guys have some balls rocking 30% tint on your windshields.
I use to manage a tinting shop and we would only do like three windshields a month and 95% of those people got tickets within a week. I had a very light 50% on my old trucks windshield and I only got away with it for like a month before I got popped.

Does AZ have different laws about tinting?

Gilbert CTS-V
03-06-13, 11:33 AM
Damn...I was hoping you would be close. Man your car stands out!!! It looks awesome. I tried several times to get V owners in the area to meet at the Pavs but could never get a good turnout. If the weather is nice I would be willing to meet this Sat but I heard it is supposed to rain. If not maybe next week. I would also be willing to meet in the morning some time for breakfast. It would be cool to have a good showing of V's. Let me know what you think...

EnV
03-06-13, 12:32 PM
You guys have some balls rocking 30% tint on your windshields.
I use to manage a tinting shop and we would only do like three windshields a month and 95% of those people got tickets within a week. I had a very light 50% on my old trucks windshield and I only got away with it for like a month before I got popped.

Does AZ have different laws about tinting?

I've heard mixed outcomes from friends here. Some have gotten tickets for dark tint and some have never had any problems. I personally haven't had any issues here, all of my previous cars have had dark tint as well


Damn...I was hoping you would be close. Man your car stands out!!! It looks awesome. I tried several times to get V owners in the area to meet at the Pavs but could never get a good turnout. If the weather is nice I would be willing to meet this Sat but I heard it is supposed to rain. If not maybe next week. I would also be willing to meet in the morning some time for breakfast. It would be cool to have a good showing of V's. Let me know what you think...

I'm definitely down for a meet if we can round up some people. As for this Saturday, I won't be out. I will be in California until Sunday. I will probably be out next weekend though.

Gilbert CTS-V
03-07-13, 12:20 PM
ok...sounds good. Lets plan for the following week. I will repost my Phoenix area meet and lets hope we get a good response.

EnV
03-07-13, 01:18 PM
Cool sounds good man!

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