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Old 06-20-2012, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mods I have done to my X

Hey guys I don't post much here but I read up a lot so I thought I would post some pictures of the modifications I have done to my X thus far...

View of car: (2003 ford mustang roush wheels 17")





The stock shift knob was plain and too long for me.

another of knob



now my car didnt come with nav or bose so I installed a 7" touchscreen (i used to install audio professionally)



JL amp in back storage area:



JL 10W0 with custom fit wood bracket to retain stock mounting bolts:



I mounted the trailer wiring harness directly to the bumper because it is less of an eye sore. The bully prevents people from parking by "feel"



back up camera on a swivel so I can see small children and so i can back up to trailers without help:



and last but not least the secondary cat and resonator delete. I installed a straight pipe and added a glass pack to keep the noise down (very sorry for poor light quality)



Soon I will be adding a new muffler and I am working on CAI right now.

Thanks to everyone on the forums for inspiring me to mod the X!
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good, what head unit do you have? Also how many miles on your MDX?
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Its a JVC, and its the biggest POS in the world. I am going to replace it with an Alpine most likely. 223K miles on the X.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am on 135k and was considering putting a system in my truck. I have all the components from my old Integra install, although I was worried that my truck had a lot of miles. Seeing yours gives me hope.

Also, do you ever tow anything, how does the truck do for towing with that many miles, do you have any issues

4 - JL XR series speakers with crossovers
1 - JL 300/4 Amp
1 - JL 500/1 Amp
JL 10W7 in custom box. SO LOUD!

*Link related to Integra sound system. (halfway down page)
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Trunk Pet Net}

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Old 06-20-2012, 12:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It runs/drives perfect. It tows just fine with no problems. I have never broken down. I had a rear main seal leak that i got fixxed last year and i just replaced my p/s pump, alt, water pump and timing belt so i do maintain her as required.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I like it!!!

Keep up the good work! 223k miles!! Wow! I was worried about my 160k ; ) thanks for the inspiration.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I lied, lol



this is how the wheels look on the car, slightly staggered without spacers:



Yesterday i took the pix with my wife's iphone. I found my android last night at home. I hate that Iphone lol... picture qual is so much better with my android
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Looks good!! Added LED's for the interior lights in my X, they look great, especially at night Have slotted/drilled rotors on it, they stop much better than the regular rotors, a huge noticeable difference. What others mods do you have planned for the X? I have done alot with mine and can't think of anything else to do.. ): lol.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Looks good!! Added LED's for the interior lights in my X, they look great, especially at night Have slotted/drilled rotors on it, they stop much better than the regular rotors, a huge noticeable difference. What others mods do you have planned for the X? I have done alot with mine and can't think of anything else to do.. ): lol.
Hey Tyler, its exciting to trade mod ideas. I was interested in the drilled/slotted rotors myself and different pads as well! I am working on a CAI right now and soon a muffler.

Ive been hearing about the pulley systems lately but im not sure I want to go that route until I hear about someone that has had them on the vehicle for a while to see the pos/neg aspects of the mod...

Where did you buy the rotors? How long have you had them on the car? Any warp or discoloration?
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I am on 135k and was considering putting a system in my truck. I have all the components from my old Integra install, although I was worried that my truck had a lot of miles. Seeing yours gives me hope.

Also, do you ever tow anything, how does the truck do for towing with that many miles, do you have any issues

4 - JL XR series speakers with crossovers
1 - JL 300/4 Amp
1 - JL 500/1 Amp
JL 10W7 in custom box. SO LOUD!

*Link related to Integra sound system. (halfway down page)
FS 97 Teg - Tastefully Modded 7/8/09 - Page 2 - Team Integra Forums - Team Integra

The 500/1 amp and the 10w7 with a decent head unit would be just fine. The base stereo has alpine speakers and i have found that with proper tuning they are very, very loud already. I used my head unit to do a high pass on all the in-cars and adjusted the mid up a little on the crossover while sending 55hz low pass to the 10w0 in the back. It thumps loud enough for people to stop way before the white line at stop lights =) but its not a king kong thump like my old Digital Designs 15" was lol. My recommendation would be to get the right harness and tune the crossovers, install the amp and sub, i promise you wont be dis satisfied
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nuclidex, I'm all for trading mod ideas and anyone else feel free to share! I have not thought about a CAI, but if installed right, I believe it can be a good mod to the car. Feel free to post some pictures, please when finished, I'd be more than happy to see it! What are you thinking about doing with the muffler? As you said, I have heard a few things about the pulley system but not much, not sure if I'll go down that route. They are brembo rotors, I bought em off ebay, a bit pricey but they are top of the line rotors. I think I put them on the car at about 70,000 and it has 125,000 on it now and they are wearing very nicely (although the pads wear a bit quicker, rather than the oem rotors cause of the slots) No warping so far, and I have yet to see any discoloration. They make a huge difference, on our other X, it has the oem's and whenever I drive that, I notice a huge difference.


-I'm going to be rebuilding the alternator in a week or so, not sure if thats a common problem on the X, my other X has 167,000 on it (3 tranny's later) and it has not had the alternator rebuilt so far..have you had any issues with that? Btw, do your tires grip on any better? The low profile 20's handle and grip onto the road incredibly better than the oem's too.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hey Nuclidex!

Thanks for sharing. I'm new around here. This is my first post.

I've been reading the forums since 7 days ago when I purchased a 2003 MDX Base with 209k miles on it! (yeah choosing to buy a car with miles that high was a little nerve-wracking..but this thing has been immaculately maintained and I have all the dealer service records from the original owner). I don't think I've ever seen someone do absolutely everything by the book before. Tranny done only once at 156k.

So I'm loving the vehicle, but I'm a little disappointed with the audio quality of the base (non-Bose) audio system, and I'm sorely lacking an aux input for my iPhone. (full iPhone control a plus but Apple is going to change the connector in the next rev so I don't want to go too far down this path…)

Sound quality: It's just, well, "muddy". I am looking to take a measured, relatively low budget approach to upgrading the system. I have self-installed pro-level audio in past cars and have the IASCA trophies somewhere in the basement to prove it. Of course, most of that action happened in the 90's. My last "system" car was sold off in 2001.

Since then, I've had a string of about 8 leased vehicles that I was reluctant to mod, plus other items of life took priority. You know, like building my business, marriage, kids, home ownership, mortgage, on and on. You get the idea.

So, while I have a (somewhat) extreme car audiophile past, I'm not going to that level with this car, but I really want a sound quality bump and iPhone input, while I'm at it--bluetooth handsfree. Other features nice but not the priority. After all, back then I practically lived in my car, and today I drive about 10K (or less) miles per year.

What I'm looking to do here is preserve all the cargo space so I'm not going to be doing any custom enclosures, or even fiberglass in the doors. Stock swaps. In fact, my sequence of improvement priorities would probably be:

1-Install new double-din head-unit
2-Consider using additional amplification
3-Swap speakers only if necessary

Questions for you:

A)You say you are using your head unit to do a high pass on the stock speakers? What head unit can do this? Are you using the amp in the head unit for this or does the MDX base (non-Bose) have an amp somewhere? What head unit BTW? (I know it's "crappy JVC" but I could pull up specs and see what features/capabilities are)

--I've been wondering how much better the stock speakers would sound with a clean signal and better amp feeding them. Might be enough to satisfy me on this one.

B) How are you tuning? Any outboard eq/crossover? All in head unit?

C) Speaker wiring…are you going through factory wiring harness? (that would be much easier if I can get away with it)

D) Subwoofer feed to back. Is this line level or are you dropping speaker level back to line level for your amp. I'm assuming you are running the amp in mono mode to support the sub?

E) Custom fit wood bracket for sub? Tell me more about it. Made it yourself? Does your stock speaker grill still fit over it okay?

BTW I have a couple of old 10W JL Audio subs in a self-built dual-chamber ported 3 cu ft. box. LOL boy did that thing rock in the day. Could pull and perhaps re-use one in the MDX (may need to find a low profile one instead though).

I've also got a few old MB Quart separates and coaxes that may or may not be useful on the MDX. I've got some 4" coaxes pulled from the dash on an old car but can't think of a way to use them in the MDX. But I also have a pair of 6" separates. The problem there is the tweeters are too big to fit in stock locations. Honestly if I can get the stock speakers sounding better I may just quit there. Details and thoughts appreciated.

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How was the gain or feeling of the deleted resonator
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:28 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Tyler,

I heard brembo only sells drilled OR slotted, to get both is a 3rd party shop. Not sure what im going to end up with yet on the rotors. What brake pads are you running?

For the muffler i am thinking Hayame EXT Exhaust but may change my mind before I order it. Post # 2 in this forum has a pic of how nice it looks CAT-BACK or Cold Air Intake .

CAI is almost all done, fitment issues and working with manufacturer.

My tires are stock goodyear integrity but im fixxin to replace them soon. there are better options out there. the staggered stance of the mdx seems to help it in the corners a bit.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:45 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I used crossovers built into the radio, kept the stock mids/highs and just replaced the 10" sub and added a new sub amp. The sub from the factory was amplified but I bypassed those and ran new lines to the sub and amp. I used the pre-existing wiring for the mids and highs and tuned it to accommodate the stock sounding muddiness. line level/mono bridged on amp. wood ring screws into the 4 bolts that held oem sub, then i screwed the sub into the wood ring. There really isnt a lot of room for a longer sub in the stock placement, the 10w0 fits perfectly with mabee an inch to spare. the speaker cover/protector slips over the new sub perfectly as well. I found this to be the best most cost effective route to enhance the stereo and i was surprised it sounds so good. also remember the car has oem crossovers in the front doors and i reused them as well and they sound good enough.

keep in mind the base mdx speakers (non-bose) are alpines, and in my opinion are just very under powered by the stock head unit.
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