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Old 3rd October 2013, 20:09   #496
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I personally fitted a K&N on my cousin's Alto with the same engine.

He was very pleased with the outcome and found that he was able to drive 1 gear higher in traffic without stalling (with AC).

You can get it done by Maruti dealer like RNS who carry it in stock.

Cosworth is also very close in performance and the cleaning procedure for it is much easier because it does not involve oil spraying.
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Would installing a K&N Air Filter result in any improvement in throttle response. The only thread I could find on the forum was this,

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I sorely miss a driver's seat height adjuster in my car.
I have a 2011 A-Star Vxi MT and it has a driver seat height adjuster, although it just tilts the seat base. Mine is the one with the gray interiors.
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Hi,
I need some help here. I wanted to put a decent speaker set on the Astar. Can some one please help me , what is the speaker size I need to look for
for both rear and front door sides . Any pointer appreciated .

thanks
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what is the speaker size I need to look for
for both rear and front door sides
I think you can install 6.5" speakers without any cutting. An old thread, but you can find some pointers here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/ask-gu...-star-lxi.html.
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I need some help here. I wanted to put a decent speaker set on the Astar. Can some one please help me , what is the speaker size I need to look for
for both rear and front door sides . Any pointer appreciated .

thanks
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I have put two 61/2 JBL CS-6's in the back door. And the front im still continuing the nippons i got from maruti.. it gives a decent effect.
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Hi,
Instead can I go for new 6 1/2 inches in the front and put the nippon on the back doors ?

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Instead can I go for new 6 1/2 inches in the front and put the nippon on the back doors ?

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Both doors should allow for 6 1/2 speakers. I had these Sony Xplod's installed on all four doors of my A-Star:

http://www.sony.co.in/product/xs-gtf16382
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Car has done about 26k kms in about 17 months. Expenses so far:

1st service: Rs. 17
10k kms service: Around Rs. 1200
20k kms service: Rs. 3900 (including wheel alignment and balancing)

Voluntary air filter change at 25k, Rs. 195
Voluntary mirror change to day-night mirror (internal rear view mirror): Rs. 700

Total expense per km: Rs. 0.23

Horn started acting up, repaired thrice, replaced under warranty once.

Last tankfill with 15% highway drive (and some nasty traffic): 14.5kmpl
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^^^ That's nice FE you are getting and pretty low maintenance charges too.
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Voluntary mirror change to day-night mirror (internal rear view mirror): Rs. 700
Is this an MGA bought from the dealer ?

Also, has anybody got a roof-rack fitted on the A-Star ? Lack of boot-space is one of the major cons of the A-Star and this would help on long journeys.
Have seen a snazzy looking one on an Alto (which looks to be MGA), but given the sloping roof of the A-Star not sure if this kind exists for it.
Also fit is a major thing. It would also help if this were something that could be easily / quickly removed when not needed.
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^^^ That's nice FE you are getting and pretty low maintenance charges too.
Is this an MGA bought from the dealer ?

Also, has anybody got a roof-rack fitted on the A-Star ? Lack of boot-space is one of the major cons of the A-Star and this would help on long journeys.
Have seen a snazzy looking one on an Alto (which looks to be MGA), but given the sloping roof of the A-Star not sure if this kind exists for it.
Also fit is a major thing. It would also help if this were something that could be easily / quickly removed when not needed.
I have seen A-Stars fitted with MGA roof carriers. When we bought the A-Star in 2009 I have seen the roof rack in the official accessories brochure. I have also seen a Paradise Blue A-Star with the MGA roof rack and it looks cool.
OT: You seem to be a great fan of the A-Star after owning two A-Stars.
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^^^ Is this an MGA bought from the dealer ?
The day / night IRV mirror of the previous generation Wagon R VXI is a direct fit on the A Star.

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Also, has anybody got a roof-rack fitted on the A-Star ? Lack of boot-space is one of the major cons of the A-Star and this would help on long journeys.
Have seen a snazzy looking one on an Alto (which looks to be MGA), but given the sloping roof of the A-Star not sure if this kind exists for it.
Also fit is a major thing. It would also help if this were something that could be easily / quickly removed when not needed.
When we bought our A Star in 2010 we had hunted around for a roof rack at the dealer outlet but couldn't get one. So, we bought a roof rack (Classique) from a local accessories shop and it served us well for the three years that we had the car.
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I have seen A-Stars fitted with MGA roof carriers. When we bought the A-Star in 2009 I have seen the roof rack in the official accessories brochure.
Strangely, the MGA website does not show luggage-rack as an available accessory for the A-Star.

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OT: You seem to be a great fan of the A-Star after owning two A-Stars.
The 1st one happened because we were looking for an AT at that time and there weren't many options and they had just released the A-Star_AT then. The 2nd MT one was a more conscious choice as we needed a small hatch that was FE, had all safety features & strong build. And the A-Star made a strong case for itself with these requirements.

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When we bought our A Star in 2010 we had hunted around for a roof rack at the dealer outlet but couldn't get one. So, we bought a roof rack (Classique) from a local accessories shop and it served us well for the three years that we had the car.
Thanks for the snap. Your roof-rack looks good. We would need to hunt for one for our car as a 4-5 day trip in end-December is being planned and the boot won't hold our luggage for the trip.
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The day Night mirror is integrated with the cabin light. The one I bought was MGA and comes with the same light. Not sure if it belongs to Wagon R. The SA told that in new Wagon R StingRay the mirror is not integrated with light and hence wouldn't fit in A Star.

Somehow I am skeptical about roof luggage rack. I feel it may not be safe to drive with one loaded with luggage.
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I using A star Zxi(o) Manual for the last 18 months. Did some 8000km so far. 100% in city driving and mostly short drives.

I am facing the problems. Any suggestions would be helpful.

1) Wrong slotting of reverse gear. This used to be infrequent in the begin.
But now it is happening almost 50% of time. Does anybody have this problem?
When I complained this last time during 3rd free service; I was informed that
I might not be engaging gear properly. But I never had this problem with my
honda city or my previous 5-speed Maruti 800.

2) Pickup: Although the engine has smoothned out better after I crossed
5000kms of running; the low RPM pickup is really pathetic. It is a real pain in
the stop and go traffic. But the performance is better once I am near 3000RPM;
which I can do only in empty stretches. Is there any solution to this problem?

3) Hard steering: At parking speeds the steering is very heavy and difficult to turn.
But not a problem; once the car starts moving.
Is it do with high profile 155 80 R13 stock tyres? Any suggestions here?
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I using A star Zxi(o) Manual for the last 18 months. Did some 8000km so far. 100% in city driving and mostly short drives.

I am facing the problems. Any suggestions would be helpful.

1) Wrong slotting of reverse gear. This used to be infrequent in the begin.
But now it is happening almost 50% of time. Does anybody have this problem?
When I complained this last time during 3rd free service; I was informed that
I might not be engaging gear properly. But I never had this problem with my
honda city or my previous 5-speed Maruti 800.

2) Pickup: Although the engine has smoothned out better after I crossed
5000kms of running; the low RPM pickup is really pathetic. It is a real pain in
the stop and go traffic. But the performance is better once I am near 3000RPM;
which I can do only in empty stretches. Is there any solution to this problem?

3) Hard steering: At parking speeds the steering is very heavy and difficult to turn.
But not a problem; once the car starts moving.
Is it do with high profile 155 80 R13 stock tyres? Any suggestions here?
1. Problems of slotting of reverse gear are to do with the gear selection train. If it is cable (as in Alto K10), then the adjustments are very easy. If it is mechanical linkage (which I suspect), then the length has changed - as it used to on the older Fiats and Ambassadors. Again you have to get it adjusted.

2. The K10 engine has extremely poor low end torque. It starts picking up after 2500 RPM. Please up shift after 3000 RPM when in traffic, the K10 likes to be revved, hence as far as possible use it above 3K RPM. You may even get better FE.

3. There can be two reasons
a) The tyres have extremely low pressure. Check the pressure.
b) The electrical steering assist may be acting up or totally defunct. Check for blown fuse. If the electricals are fine then the steering needs to be checked at ASC.
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