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Hi!!

I'm Karen, Lionkiller's wife.

We have a 2003 touring model. I've always been taught to keep a car at stock and am now trying to get over my bias and start learning about the mods he is looking into. It's a "can't beat them so join them" attitude and its my hope this site will help me get a little more knowledgeable and therefore more comfortable with all the changes...

So far, I have found this website very informative and am looking fwd to reading everyone's experiences/opinions.

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I know where you are coming from. I know people that think modding a car can mess it up or depreciate the value and reliability. This may be the case if you try to do "cheap mods" and cut corners. Also if you take things apart and do not put them back together right, problems may arise.

Modding a car can be very safe and rewarding if you do your research and plan accordingly. Of course there are all types of modding ranging from strictly visual appearance to full engine overhauls. You have to decide what route you want to go.

One thing to note is the addiction. Once you start, it may be impossible to stop :) This can be good and bad. The good is it can become a great hobby.

Visual mods can be great if done right. But there are always people lacking in taste who can ruin the looks of a beautiful car :( Power mods are fun and most of them are safe. Intake/Exhaust can change how the car sounds, if you are looking for that kind of thing. Suspension mods can really change the way the car drives. One thing to note, is the higher performing the suspension is, the more road you will feel (bumps, road cracks, etc...)

Definitely check out what people are doing to their cars and see what you like/dont like. Don't be scared to ask questions. Don't assume the most expensive parts are the best.


One last thing... WELCOME! We love having the girlfriends/wifies hang around and join in the conversations.
 

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Hey Karen welcome aboard. I know your husband spends a lot of time on here as he is a very respected member. Its great to see a wife take interest in something such as this. Do a lot of reading and ask any question you may have and someone here will be able to answer it. Look forward to seeing you around! :wavey:
 

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Hi Karen!!! Resident ZChick here, as you see it's not just a man's hobby either....study up and read as much as you can, ask questions and have fun.........PS We'd love to have you drop in on ZChickz.com sometimes.....we have lots of fun there too! :biggrin: :wavey: :welcome: Glad to have you stop on in!
 

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Hi, Karen! Glad to meet you and see an intelligent 'researcher.'

I don't know how to truly explain the modding bug, but it is fun and different for everybody on so many levels. Some are into the looks, some into unique setups, and some for the power. I think it's all a matter of personal taste and desires.

What I like about this site is the warm friendliness and willingness to help out a fellow Z enthusiast. When it comes to finding information, help, personal issues, or whatever, we're all here to do it. The wide spectrum of personalities and experience is a bonus for us. We come from all walks of society and all parts of the world.

Anyway, enough of the introductions. Glad to see you here and hope to see more of you.
 

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since another part of being new here is learning how the posts work, ill just do a general "Thank You, and good to be here" to everyone thats replied.

like i said, a lot of what i have seen here has been informative, and has also convinced me that hes not doing risky things to the car. we did get a new coilover suspension but that seems to be the biggest change. what i want to know is, when is he going to decide to put a new stereo system in! lets convince him, shall we?

yep, trying to be a good wifey...thats my job.
 

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:lol: Just letting me keep my Z makes my wifey a good one, or as they say around here, "She's a keeper."

I'd say a coilover suspension is a significant mod, so you're moving in the right direction, especially if you or hubby are planning some track time.
 

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I do agree that coilover is a great mod. I also say that you take out the crappy stock stereo and put a nice aftermarket in there. The stock one almost hurt my ears to listen to.
 

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Originally posted by Dave079@Dec 4 2004, 11:01 PM
I do agree that coilover is a great mod. I also say that you take out the crappy stock stereo and put a nice aftermarket in there. The stock one almost hurt my ears to listen to.

I would love to get a new HU, but I have champagne taste on a beer budget. Plus, I would rather spend that money on other Z mods. The stereo is good for now. Sometimes I just leave it off and listen to the car and the world.
 

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Ha thats what I used to do Dave. Just roll the windows down and listen to the engine. Sometimes that beats the sound of the stock stereo.
 

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Originally posted by Dave079@Dec 4 2004, 11:10 PM
Ha thats what I used to do Dave. Just roll the windows down and listen to the engine. Sometimes that beats the sound of the stock stereo.

Right on! :thumbsup: Besides, you can always listen for that sweet sound of a challenge or a compliment from the next car over.
 

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Coilovers would really liven up the way the car handles. Will definitely increase the funness of the car. I think all the coilovers available for the z are pretty good quality, so you shouldnt have any issues picking a good set.

As for the stereo, I would definitely upgrade. I couldnt listen to the stock one for more than 30 minutes without my ears hurting. In my first Z (i have had 2 because of a wreck), i went all out on the stereo. I bought top of the line stereo equipment, including head unit, speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers. I go lucky becuase i payed about 1/2 price for everything ( it helps to know people :) ) The system sounded 100 times better than stock, but was really overkill for what i used it for.

On my new z, i dropped in a new head unit and speakers and that is enough for now. I plan to spend my money in other places ( turbo kit! ) Maybe i will add a subwoofer and amplifiers later. But right now I am power hungry!
 

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Originally posted by toykilla@Dec 5 2004, 07:48 AM
On my new z, i dropped in a new head unit and speakers and that is enough for now. I plan to spend my money in other places ( turbo kit! ) Maybe i will add a subwoofer and amplifiers later. But right now I am power hungry!

see, im not power hungy. thats LK. id much rather do visual/audio stuff.
we've got the bose and its alright but adding aftermarket would be ideal.
im the sort for long drives with lots of music, but i do agree the car sounds nice.
 

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:welcome:

And let me start off by saying that even the stock Bose system isn't up to par with what it should be.

I hope you enjoy the boards here and have fun reading up on our beautiful machine. It's always great to have more members.

:wavey: Welcome!
 

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Hello Karen,
i know LK very well to and is a great member here to. i am adding a new HU (Headunit) next week due to mine breaking, but you will notice a big difference in sound by adding a new HU. well, glad to have you here and :welcome:
 

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Originally posted by JTS2005@Dec 5 2004, 12:07 PM
Hello Karen,
i know LK very well to and is a great member here to.  i am adding a new HU (Headunit) next week due to mine breaking, but you will notice a big difference in sound by adding a new HU.

glad to know people like the husband. i mostly do :wub:

yay for people who say "HU/headunit" (there were others...) for the uninitiated!
 

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I think you should take such a caring wife out for a nice dinner LK
 
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