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Old 9th May 2010, 23:40   #1
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Cool ICE'd A STAR

Well, its got a sweet engine and handles well at high speeds. It is priced fine for what its worth for. Its comes with power steering ( which is pretty light even at high speeds; read bad), power windows, cd/mp3 player with aux in and lot which had nice thump. err, just thump !

I am talking about Suzuki A-Star, a car I got to drive for 400plus kilometers in a day! Why? I was to take it and its owner, Sankar to Cochin to ICE it.

We were on a S T R I C T budget! Strict as in, dude ! stay there, %^there not an inch forward!



What should it cost in total ? 30k Max

What did we have? A HU and a 4 Channel amp.

What did these cost? 130 + 130 dollars ; almost.

What we wanted ? VFM compos at front and coax at rear door; no cutting!

What we want in future? A 8/10 inch sub; powered by a mono!

What all we got ?

Clarion
HU
Clarion 4 Channel Amplifier
Auditor
Components
Auditor Co-axial
Stinger
RCAs
Cadence
power cable & fuse
Noise Kill
Executed @ Galaxy Cochin


End result? Great ICE for a budget, no bull !
I got pix, lots as usual. Will update by tomorrow.
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Old 10th May 2010, 08:17   #2
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Yes it does sound good, better than i thought it would, especially after i read about someone's Auditor experience here.

Many thanks to Jk for taking the car & me there, driving all the way to Cochin & back, i didn't want to drive this time, i was getting back on to the highway after a long long gap. So just wanted to sit and watch.

Pics would follow, i hope the DVD works this time
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Congratulations on the ICE install Sankar, i've been wanting to upgrade my ICE too, i have a VXi and so am retaining the HU.
I have used a parcel shelf for the rear Co Axials

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/ask-gu...-star-lxi.html

Do put up pics Sankar/ JKDas especially of the front components. Even i am not keen on mounting them to the front door without any cutting. You have quoted the price in dollars. Are these available in India?

Looking forward to the pics
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Old 10th May 2010, 09:41   #4
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slicvic, stock HU is okay and I'm sure with decent speakers it would sound good. Stock setup sounds muddy and vocals are not very clear. Mine is a VXi too, I decided to go for an Clarion HU since I have upgrade plans in the future.

Cutting is not required to install 6.5" speakers in the doors! But they did cut the door pad to mount the tweeter, cutting is not required if its mounted elsewhere though.

Clarion is not very well supported in India. But it must be available and the prices I'm not sure of.
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Old 10th May 2010, 10:34   #5
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I was wondering if the Auditor range is available in India, and their pricing. If they fit in the stock speaker locations (in the door) even i'll go in for them since they've been tried and tested in your car

What 6.5's are on your car clarion or auditor?

I had saved up to buy an amplifier and components, but splurged it on a Roadking. Have to wait for a bit now
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I was wondering if the Auditor range is available in India, and their pricing. If they fit in the stock speaker locations (in the door) even i'll go in for them since they've been tried and tested in your car

What 6.5's are on your car clarion or auditor?

I had saved up to buy an amplifier and components, but splurged it on a Roadking. Have to wait for a bit now
He got Audiotor's for front and rear.
Cost 6k and 3.5k for compos and c0-ax respectively.
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Old 10th May 2010, 12:09   #7
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Default Auditor Components Rip-165 and Audiotor Co-ax Rip 165-C for A-Star

The Auditor co-ax Rip 165-C

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The MDF ring
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The MDF ring after it was fixed to the door.

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The Clarion 4 channel amp. XR 2410; 60W X 4 at 4ohm

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The power cable used; Cadence 8G; guess at 200Rs /meter.

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The Auditor Rip 165 Components after they were fit

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Damping :Noise kill


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The stock speakers of A-Star : Nippon

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The man! Muneem on his Fiat Yamaha R15 with slick front tyres !!

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Old 10th May 2010, 12:35   #8
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Jk, how does it compare in your opinion to other installs with similar budget? Compare sound wise, i mean!

Asking you since i haven't heard many.

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JK, any pics of the tweeter placement?

Sankar did you have any problems with the stock HU? asking you because the volume control knob on my car kept falling off.
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Yes tweeter pics are there, he will post it or wait till i get home.
No i didn't have any problems as such with the volume control knob.
One of the biggest downers of the stock HU is that it doesn't play USB flash drives. It matters when music collection spans a few GBytes. It can however play/control iPod but that will need a separate module which is sold extra.
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Default Auditor Rip 165S

More pix.

The cable used for powering the speakers.

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Auditor tweeters

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RCA: Stinger


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DLS kit which we didnt use :(

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Stock HU of A-Star

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8G power cable

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DLS RCA

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The void when you take the stock HU out.

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Damped by Noise Kill

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Another pix of the Auditor

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Coz the rear bench of A-Star has a metal sheet, screwing an amp to it was easy. I had to push in a MDF for my Santro for the same !

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MRP of Auditor

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The fuse ; Cadence.

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Roots relay for headlights.

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Nice nice can we see some more pics and post install pics please
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Stupendous install guys! Lovely workmanship there.
For a second, I thought it was my Alto's door in the damping pics.

The choice of equipment is great as well.

@Sankar
Congrats for the ICE setup!
Allow the speakers to run-in for 20-30 hours at moderate volume and they'll sound even better.

Looking forward to the Sub upgrade!
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Congrats. Looks cool.

I'm almost a noob, but what was the purpose of the relay ? Isn't it used to prevent current from flowing in the opposite direction ?

EDIT : Alright, it's not used to prevent current from flowing in the reverse direction. So what's it's purpose ? Whatever Wikipedia had went over my head....

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Nice nice can we see some more pics and post install pics please
Thanks Jaggu. Few more pics attached

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Stupendous install guys! Lovely workmanship there.
For a second, I thought it was my Alto's door in the damping pics.

The choice of equipment is great as well.

@Sankar
Congrats for the ICE setup!
Allow the speakers to run-in for 20-30 hours at moderate volume and they'll sound even better.

Looking forward to the Sub upgrade!
Thanks thelord!
Sub should be in there in a month or two.

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Congrats. Looks cool.

I'm almost a noob, but what was the purpose of the relay ? Isn't it used to prevent current from flowing in the opposite direction ?

EDIT : Alright, it's not used to prevent current from flowing in the reverse direction. So what's it's purpose ? Whatever Wikipedia had went over my head....
Thanks anku94.
Relay is for the headlamps. Relay is a switch basically, relay uses low current circuit to switch ON/OFF a high current circuit to power up the headlamps (or any other device) directly from the battery.

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