: got my 18" wheels fitted >>> (pics, modem warning)



wamanning
08-26-06, 02:22 PM
to go along w/ my euro-tuner grill and aero antennae. next project is to do something about the lower grill opening. perhaps some sort of custom mesh grill.

http://brown-snout.com/automotive/catera/wheels/installed/p1020018.jpg
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Boris
08-26-06, 04:36 PM
You need to lower that thing ASAP.

wamanning
08-26-06, 05:14 PM
You need to lower that thing ASAP.

after hearing the troubles someone else has had w/ that, i'll pass!

perhaps i should chrome my rims, install neon underbody lights, fit 6" diameter exhaust, and tons of gaudy stick-on body-cladding too?!?!

inconnu
08-26-06, 05:45 PM
The ride looks real nice.

netager
08-26-06, 06:08 PM
Looks nice :) But I hope it's just a start - don't stop :)
Nothing wrong with the drop if it done right - nobody did that before as I know. Check my topic about Intrax springs down the page - I don't have any problems and will post DIY direction tomorrow night.

wamanning
08-26-06, 08:34 PM
Looks nice :) But I hope it's just a start - don't stop :)
Nothing wrong with the drop if it done right - nobody did that before as I know. Check my topic about Intrax springs down the page - I don't have any problems and will post DIY direction tomorrow night.

true. i was just giving Boris a hard time. ;-) lowering a bit would give it a really nice look (say 1" drop?). i'd prefer to maintain the factory self-leveling air shocks...if i can track down the right mods to do that, that'd be sweet. i might circle the wagons on that sometime down the road.

right now, i'm focusing on painting my calipers red and getting some vauxhall logo bits for the grill and boot and steering-wheel.

netager
08-26-06, 09:55 PM
Hey-hey!... Painting calipers red - that was my idea :rant2: Going to do it tomorrow :) Hope will finish the mesh grille, too - done with mounting mesh today - but screwed up - need to refinish the frame :(

The leveling system shouldn't be a problem -I disconnected mine but measured the distance from the sensor arm to the bottom of the body above - so now I have to modify the link to suspension to keep the original position of the sensor's arm. Tryed to move the sensor arm with hand - it works - car slowly goes up and down - amaizing :)

Not many choices with springs out there - but if you are looking for less drop - I think VOGTLAND(?) will do it - 1.2" drop all around.

wamanning
08-26-06, 10:30 PM
Hey-hey!... Painting calipers red - that was my idea :rant2:

mebbe so, but i got the idea from this guy:

Painted Calipers (http://www.2phast.com/Corvette/calipers.htm)

and ordered a kit online.

post pics of your work!

walter

netager
08-27-06, 07:58 PM
Just kidding :)

I read that article with Corvette, too.

Had time to finish only the front - will do rear soon. Custom grille will be done some time later...

Red calipers with EBC Green Stuff brakes. My both sensors broke - looking for replacement.

http://www.computersxp.com/catera/caliper.jpg

wamanning
08-27-06, 08:07 PM
nice work!

maynardm
08-28-06, 04:10 PM
Walter
I love your car where did you get that antenna will it work with my Onstar
New to the Forum hope you do not mind me asking
maynardm

wamanning
08-28-06, 04:13 PM
just google for "shark fin antenna".

i believe it will work w/ your on-star...you just fit in place of the existing external cellular aerial. it works thru the glass, just the same.

performance may not be as good, but the looks certainly are!

:)

maynardm
08-28-06, 04:47 PM
Walter
I love your car hope you do not mind me asking where you got that antenna
Newby
maynardm

Boris
08-29-06, 01:12 PM
after hearing the troubles someone else has had w/ that, i'll pass!

perhaps i should chrome my rims, install neon underbody lights, fit 6" diameter exhaust, and tons of gaudy stick-on body-cladding too?!?!


I am disappointed in you.
You forgot to mention the wing on the trunk lid.
You know the wing that played as an extra in Top Gun.:tisk:

Seriously, when I posted I was tired and didn't have the energy to finish my thought.

The wheels look clean and all the car needs is to be dropped a little bit.
1" to 1.5" should do the trick, I think it would look more elegant that way.
The self leveling system can easily be modified to work at almost any height by shortening or lengthening the rod.

Resilient
08-29-06, 01:46 PM
Just kidding :)
My both sensors broke - looking for replacement.
Why replace... connect the 2 wires, clasp and tape down... done. If you really 'need' sensors to tell you when your pads are completely finished, then replace the sensors... if you have regular inspections... you don't need them.

netager
08-29-06, 05:19 PM
I remember seeing that solution somewhere on the forum. Resilient, you convinced me :) And saved me $50. I just wanted to do it right :)

Resilient
08-31-06, 01:02 PM
Personally, I 'love' the irony that they actually call them 'sensors'... when all it really is: a wire bent as upside U... where the dend has no wire shielding, that is then encased in white plastic... that simply grinds away as the pad get thinner... until the plastic is shaved of, allowing the bare wire, to then start thinning or being shaved... until it break... causing an open circuit (thus the dash light)...

and they want 40+$ for said 'sensor'.

:thehand:

I'll snap a picture tonight.