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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-21-2006, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Got my new cage finally.

Okay settle down it's not a cool Z06. But I am happy with it. 2006 Toyota Corolla LE. I am helping fighting terrorism by buying something good on gas But seriously fuel had a huge factor. Only had it one day so far but I am totally happy. Believe it or not the little 4 banger has some pep. It's no race car but it leaves off lights as good or better than my 6 cyl car did, probably becasue it's a ton lighter. The word is that it should get close to 400 miles per tank, the tank is only 13.5 gals
Only gripe is the radio. It's a 6 cd in dash changer w/6 speakers which kicks ass but the sound sucks compared to my old car with my Pioneer deck and Infinity speakers I put in. The sound is muddy in the Toyota and the bass is not tight at all. Do you think a amp and new speakers would tighten everything and clear everything up? I don't want a bass machine but I want my metal to sound better.

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I would start by replacing the speakers with something of better quality. That will make a huge difference in cleaning up the mids and highs. To suppliment that, look at adding an amplified Bazooka tube. A 6" or 8" tube will fill in the lows nicely without being overpowering.
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I would start by replacing the speakers with something of better quality. That will make a huge difference in cleaning up the mids and highs. To suppliment that, look at adding an amplified Bazooka tube. A 6" or 8" tube will fill in the lows nicely without being overpowering.
I did add new speakers to my old car and left the stock radio and it actually sounded worse because the stock heads are typically really weak and couldn't move the speakers very well, they were not as efficent as the cheapo paper stock ones. So you think the stock head is powerful enough to power aftermarket speakers?

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So you think the stock head is powerful enough to power aftermarket speakers?
No chance. You'd need to at least get a small AMP if you are using decent after market speakers but this would require a lot of re-wiring or a better head unit.
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So you think the stock head is powerful enough to power aftermarket speakers?
What do you have to lose? Put the speakers in and if they don't sound as good, add the amp. I love selling people equipment, but hate selling them things they don't need--I'm a better installer than a salesman.
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How's the car handle.. cornering? Is it just a good daily driver, or can you actually take corners at speed and not have it slide?
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Glad to see you went with the Corolla. I like that car. My fiance is looking to buy a new car next year and the Corolla is at the top of the list.

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Nice choice for a car....I don't understand why anyone would spend money on car audio equipment, but then again, I'm tone deaf and don't spend that much time in the car My Scion XB is a year and half old and has less then 14,000 miles on it, my ST3 which is 10 months old has 16,384 miles on it.

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I used to not get why people would spend a lot on car audio but then I heard a good stereo system. It's amazing. The sound is so crisp, clean, and you can feel it.

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I used to not get why people would spend a lot on car audio but then I heard a good stereo system. It's amazing. The sound is so crisp, clean, and you can feel it.
The stock audio in the Scion XB I can feel the bass from the sub-woofer. The first time it happened...I was thinking "What the hell is wrong with the car" Diane of course said..."Dork...that's the sub-woofer!"

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Stock audio systems are much better now-a-days than they were 10 years ago.

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How's the car handle.. cornering? Is it just a good daily driver, or can you actually take corners at speed and not have it slide?
It handles pretty well. Of course I am comparing it to a 98 olds with stuts that were kinda gone so the car really leaned on turns. But this thing is fun, it feels like a go cart but at the same time it has a smooth and quite ride. Very nice ride for a small car. Haven't noticed any sliding at all. Go test drive one and beat on it, think you will be happy with it.

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I used to not get why people would spend a lot on car audio but then I heard a good stereo system. It's amazing. The sound is so crisp, clean, and you can feel it.
Exactly, a system that is put together right is magical. I am not talking about these bass box cars, those are a waste in my view but a system that has tight bass, great mids and highs to the point where you can toss in some Zeppelin and you feel like Plant and Page are right in front of you when you close your eyes. While saying that I would never spend near 4 digits to get it.

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It handles pretty well. Of course I am comparing it to a 98 olds with stuts that were kinda gone so the car really leaned on turns. But this thing is fun, it feels like a go cart but at the same time it has a smooth and quite ride. Very nice ride for a small car. Haven't noticed any sliding at all. Go test drive one and beat on it, think you will be happy with it.

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You can get a front sway bar from TRD. Buddy of mine picked one up for $80 from e-bay for his 'Rolla a while back and said it made the car handle a lot better on the turns.
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