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Old 13th September 2016, 22:30   #61
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How difficult would it be to source this part from Maruti and fit it to VXi AT model?
Not at all difficult to fit it. Only difficulty is to source the tachometer.

Give me 5-10 days time, a D.I.Y. thread is on the way.
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So this rat mesh covers up the AC vent entry points
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That would be interesting !
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Not at all difficult to fit it. Only difficulty is to source the tachometer.
Why will it be difficult to source the tacho?? All you need to do is place an order with proper advance. You can expect a delay of 10-15 days for the part to come.

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Why will it be difficult to source the tacho?? All you need to do is place an order with proper advance.
Exactly, that's why I had to ask you to ship me the tachometer from Ranchi to Hyderabad after me being tired of waiting for parts that I tried to order from Hyderabad MGP stockist but they didn't get me the parts at all and weren't interested.

So buddy advance or no advance it all depends on your luck with the MGP stockist jokers.
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That would be interesting !
Hey,

Please check this thread for the details for OEM Tachometer Install on the A-Star.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/diy-do...-star-lxi.html (DIY: Tachometer Installation for WagonR & A-Star LXi)

Do let me know if you need any help.
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Congratulations on the DIY, Anurag! But its too complicated for simple beings like me. I have a tough time handling Feviqwik, without making a mess of things!
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Major upgrades to the music system:

Total cost: Roughly Rs. 25,000 (including cost of wires, enclosures, installation etc)
Components used: Entry level (mass market) but from well-known brands

1) Got rid of the parcel tray and placed the JBL speakers in a box - to make room for a sub-woofer. Also, parcel tray on a small boot reduces its useability even further.

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2) Replaced the tinny front speakers with Pioneer TS-G1625R speakers:

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3) Replaced stock HU with a Pioneer unit. Radio signals are much clearer with no distortion. Also, now I can just plug in my Android smartphone to the unit via USB and it plays music (no need for Aux cable). At the same time, the phone is charged.

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4) Sony Xplod XM-N502 2.1 channel amp, placed under the front passenger seat:

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5) Sony Xplod XS-NW12002 Sub-woofer:

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Now, there are a small issue with this setup. In such a small cabin, the sub-woofer sounds way too boomy (brrr, brrr, brrr) - especially for those sitting at the back. That issue has been resolved by -

1) Choosing the "Vocal" equalizer setting in the HU.
2) Making the sub-woofer lie down on its "face"

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Now I'm very satisfied by the output quality of this setup!
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Is it a ported enclosure ?
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Is it a ported enclosure ?
It is. If I want it to be less boomy, can I close the port (with paper for example)?

Meanwhile, upgrading the music system has resulted in rattles from rear seat area.
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It is. If I want it to be less boomy, can I close the port (with paper for example)?
A basic point about sub-woofers is:
ported for booming ouput
sealed for tighter bass ouput. Sealed boxes are also smaller.

Closing the port with paper will not help. You need a proper sealed box. Check the specs of the speaker, and you will know the required volume for a sealed box. Get a sealed box of that size & you will hear a difference in the output. Ideally, placing it face done is not a great idea.

I got a shallow sub-woofer (Infinity 1200S) and I am getting a box that is 13.5 x 13.5 x 6 inches

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Apparently, rats have got into the cabins of many maruti cars via the AC vent. And some rats have got stuck there, and died inside the AC vent stinking up the car. So this rat mesh covers up the AC vent entry points
Did you also cover the cabin air exit vent?
It is located in the spare wheel well, towards the number plate area.

I have removed the flimsy plastic piece and stuffed mesh in there.
The rear number plate light wire suffered from a deadly rat attack few months ago.
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Did you also cover the cabin air exit vent?
It is located in the spare wheel well, towards the number plate area. I have removed the flimsy plastic piece and stuffed mesh in there.
The rear number plate light wire suffered from a deadly rat attack few months ago.
Will check. I was not aware of this.

I can see tiny little rat paw marks inside the engine bay (on the dusty engine cover, for example). But rats in our neighborhood are well-behaved and do not nibble the rubber tubes
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I can see tiny little rat paw marks inside the engine bay
I used to get those too. Below are list of items found on the air box in the past :
1. Fish bones
2. Chicken bones
3. Biscuit packet
4. Some rubber block
5. A piece of eaten corn
6. Rat! I kid you not. One day I found the fellow sitting there

I do not use the car on weekdays. I make it a point to pop the hood every weekend before firing the engine. Later all signs of rats disappeared and I was clueless as to what caused the sudden change. Few weeks past and I got to know why - cat paw prints seen on a dusty windshield
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