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 Post subject: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:15 am 
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hey everyone im new to this website and ive just recently picked up an ef fairmont for 1400 bucks, 240k on the clock, everythings mechanically sound and has been great since i got it 3 months ago... i was just wondering what are a few things i can do to it. ill post what ive done, and what i want for how much :)

what ive done: fusion enclosure sub, fusion encounter 6x9's, mid high range alpine headunit with usb n blutooth, green parkers, green neons in the footwells, blue l.e.d's in the cluster, seat covers. and thats pretty much it

what i want: i want it to sound better(maybe breaking the catalyst in the cat?), its stock height so i want it lower (not something crazy expensive though, im willing to lose a little comfortabilty) new 17 inch rims, 6 inch speakers for doors, 300-500 watt amp to power all speakers, and even just little visual things im open to all suggestions, i just want to start slow and then get up to the bigger stuff... sorry this post is big, but please feel free to comment :)
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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:29 am 
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Dont break the cat open for better note

The best way to improve your exhaust note on a budget is to either

-cut off the rear resonator
-look around your local exhaust shops or even on ebay for a 2.5" catback exhaust for around the $350 mark, then later on down the track you may want to invest in some headers

Hope that helps a little

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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:42 pm 
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or you can do a search
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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:06 pm 
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Welcome to Fordmods mate.

I agree with Adam, just get the rear ressy cut out, its cheap and gives it a bit more of a note.

and catback exhaust aren't overly expensive. just shop around for a few different exhaust shops.

as for minor things you can always paint a few plastics. do the rocker cover and engine bay to give it a nicer look under the hood.
ford-4l-and-6-cylinder-f1/painting-an-e-series-rocker-cover-t97220.html?hilit=painting%20your%20rocker%20cover

Also don't be too hesitant to experiment and pull materials apart and play around, see what you want to change to leather or valour etc.

If you like the neon's but dont like them on all the time you can just put some LED's in the footwell lights :wink:

 

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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:59 pm 
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thanks heaps mate. yeah i dont like them on all the time so i hard wired them from the battery to a switch just under my headunit :)
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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:46 am 
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That's alright then mate. the apprentice at my work has his on all the time. i mean constantly, he thinks you cant see them when your out the car but it glows like a big jap spaceship.

So what's next for the Monty? :wink:
Can we see some pics soon bud?

 

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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:47 pm 
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yeah of course!, ive got 3 photos up in my gallery.. i dunno, i wanna spray the rocker cover and intake, but ide rather have a ba rocker cover they look way better when there re sprayed, ill maybe do a black and the lettering in red, chevy style haha... mainly just wanna do the cheap things at the moment i dont really have the money for exhausts and things like that, but thats probably my next step, and im good at spraying so i might get a colour match and respray my bumber :) check out my pics, pretty good pickup for 1400 ide say lol
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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:58 pm 
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be hard pressed to get a ba rocker cover on without a ba engine under it lol

 

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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:27 am 
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dylby1 wrote:
be hard pressed to get a ba rocker cover on without a ba engine under it lol

well it was some sort of other rocker cover from another ford, im not entirely sure wich one i was just going with what popped into my mind... have a good one
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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:30 am 
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dylby1 wrote:
be hard pressed to get a ba rocker cover on without a ba engine under it lol

actually i meant to say au rocker cover, theres a guy in here thats done the same thing, looks sick
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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:54 pm 
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Should check out KWIKXR's rockers covers. he's got some impressive AU covers on his ride :wink:

 

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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:41 pm 
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If you're looking for some cheap 6.5" speakers, you can do worse than Pioneer TS-G1643R. I did a lot of research recently when looking for new <$100 speakers for my EL, and from everything I could deduce these were pretty much the best value for money. I got them for $58 from JB Hifi and they gave a huge improvement over standard.

Sell your 6x9s, they're pretty much pointless with the sub as you want the sound stage in front of you.
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 Post subject: Re: cheap mods to my 1996 ef fairmont
Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:49 am 
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if your anywhere near Hoppers Crossing Flexi Fit Exhaust on Old Geelong Road do a good deal. i got a Redback cat back exhaust for $260 inc.fitting, $80 for tips on top of that if you want one.
so not too bad and sonds great.
also woodgrain door spears and shifter surrounds look good too.

 

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