Puma Swede

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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:13 pm

I've never had any problems on 4 other cars having power and signal lines on the same side several meters.
On the puma it's separated until last 50 cm. Proper grounding is the key. Should be ok :)

mounted amp today in a wooden plate with felt.
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My friend helped with some cabling. You can see the green bungee cord that pulls the amp plate into place.
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:40 pm

How the rear speakers grilles turned out in car. (not the best picture..)
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The previous installation.. what a joke :p
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The speaker distance ring was only mounted with one screw on one side.. and one cone was warped.


Doors cleaned from stuff and dirt
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I was so much into the build from here that i forgot to take pictures but i think my friend did take some.
Did mount sound killer mat and foam inside doors.
expanded the speaker holes and put some paint on it.
foam on backside of door cards.
some new clips
glued some stuff that had come loose from the doorcards.
put sound mat in speaker bins and closed them.
mounted speaker
glued moisture barrier
put everything back.

Sounds amazingly good now :grin:
And even the original stereo can play loud.

Car a lot more quiet now.

Also fixed the passenger window that where sticking. one bolt to the guide rails had come of and some previous owner had put some cardboard between rail and door. of course it sticks then... Also put some silicone grease in moving parts. Now its like new :)

and boot gas struts changed to new ones.

Long day.

Tomorrow head unit and maybe some decent pictures.
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by Wild E. Coyote » Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:08 am

Excellent progress! It is amazing how the car quiets itself down after the treatment, isn't it? Do the roof as well, while at it. You will appretiate after the first drive in the rain :wink:
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:32 pm

almost annoyingly quiet :grin:
I should get the roof done too. but maybe with a bit less material.

Put head unit in today but needs some fiddling with the cables behind the unit before it sits properly in the dash.
had to remove 4 mm on the gray plastic thing on the bottom edge of the hole and bend up 2 small metal flanges a top, Then it was quite the push to get it in but it fits. kind of.. :)

Finally some sound tests. I'm a bit surprised how loud it plays! :grin: The jl:s sound a million times better than the old crappy installation. Very linear frequency response from the fronts and rears. Almost no eq required so far. Should take a good listening session and fine tune.

The android head unit have some interesting set of features and lack of some. Can't set sub roll-off freq and level for example. Lucky me it's quite ok set up from the beginning. Could always use an external rca filter for experimentation.
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:18 pm

Door.
sound killer and foam panels on whole outer panel and some left over pieces on the inner parts.
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Looks funky but works :)

You can also spot the closed speaker bins filled with some fluffy stuff.
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:11 am

the biggest difference is when you shut the door. It is almost like a Volvo: thud! instead of japanesque thin!

PS: what silicone grease are you using?
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:04 pm

I would not put my fingers between the door and the chassis if i say so.. :) sounds massive.

Silicon was just some automotive silicone grease i found. quite runny and slippery.

Here is how i had to modify the hole to fit the head unit
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Head unit installed.
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Put some plastic pieces beside the hu to hide ugly metal and such.

The amp mounting in the trunk.
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:15 pm

Very nice! What is the startup time of that HU? Heard that all Android ones have startup time in region of 30 seconds? Like booting a computer?
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Post by xztraz » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:42 am

It depends. If just shuting down the car for a short time it only takes seconds but if leaving it a while maybe 15-20 sec. rear camera functions and such are instant thou since its handled by hardware video switching.
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:00 pm

Finally got my OBDlink MX and to my surprise it actually works with the hu. The elm 327 adapter i have don't pair up(works with my phone thou)
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:00 pm

I am also not very happy with ELM327. MX is supposedly much better all around? Can you do all the diagnostic tests in forscan without problems at all?
How much is the OBDlink MX?

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Post by xztraz » Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:33 am

i need some time to evaluate the mx before i could recommend it. i actually lost connection to it today but might have kicked it out of it's socket. Now i'm just using torque but should try forscan and see if that works good with this adapter.
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:20 pm

The mx cost me with shipping and all around 120$.. quite expensive.

i have some problem with the mx adapter un-pairing on the bluetooth sometimes. Well later problem. I've started repairs on exhaust front. going to change front flex pipe and a piece of pipe. removing flange coupling since it's rusted into oblivion.
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:38 pm

Fixed up the front of the exhaust today.

New flex pipe and 0,5 m pipe afterwards.



the removed pieces..
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forgot to take a picture with car jacked up.

Also tried a new blend of paint on the fuel filler lid. but still to bright. hm. well back to the paint guy and test some other mixture.
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by xztraz » Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:06 am

Summer time are approaching 8-)

My headlight plastic lenses where in a quite sorry state.

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So masked the car down and got started with some sanding. 600grain paper and lots of water.
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Sanded until I didn't see any yellow colour or deep scratches.

Then 800grain paper
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1200 grain paper
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After sanding, machine polishing. used almost a whole tube of Autosol chrome polish with a oscillating sander with a foam pad. and some water.
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And finally some fine car polish and a new pad for the machine
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Like new ish :)
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Re: Puma Swede

Post by Wild E. Coyote » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:24 am

You need to protect them from UV lights as you have sanded down the protective film or they will turn yellow in 6 months!
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Post by xztraz » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:29 am

i think the film was already removed on most of the headlights. but i'll see what i can find to protect them.

ordinary clear coat should have uv-protection. i have some 2k clear coat. that will do i think :)
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Post by xztraz » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:17 pm

As you said the lights did get a small tint of yellow over time without protection. they still look alot better than before. but now i'm polishing them up again and this time they will have a coat of 2K.

also added som leds(warm white) in the upper part of lights. think i need a switch for them..
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Post by xztraz » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:30 pm

It was a while since i wrote something here so..

Had an accident with a dear a year ago so had to pull out the front beam to original position. Replace bumper. A tube for powersteering. A New headlight. It's sorted.also did a wheel angle adjustment to check frame. Still square.

Also a some maintanance stuff. New bushes in front. New rear brake cylinders and drums and bearings.
New cambelt, tensioner, water pump, termostat, new brakelines in copper. New braided brake hoses. Flushed cooling sys and oil sys. New air,Oil and pollen-filter. New generator belt. New belt runner. Fresher steeringwheel. And probably more stuff i've forgotten

Also continued the never ending rust fight. Front wheel area wirebrushed and painted to stop some surface rust. Front wing needed some love too and got a new piece of metal in the lower part.

And today i discovered that a sill needs some new metal too. Better to fix before it's just holes with rust inbetween.. it's not that bad but needs a bit of welding. I'll just remove the worst and put some new metal over. Probbably need to replace the sills quite soon before stuff gets out of hand. But until next summer a patchwork will do. And some oil baded rust protection in the sills should slow down the process a bit.

Rear arches still holding up. But he 1k paint seem to have someething wrong with it. It have like small cracks all over. No rust or anything but looks a bit weird. Need to sand down and repaint some day. Probably next summer.

Got a house in the middle of nowhere and have been renovating the shit out of it so the car have not had that much love lately. Soon most of renovating is done so i can do a real oveehaul of the car again.
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Post by xztraz » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:50 pm

Ah well. i grinded away all rusty metal in the affected sil and i'm now replacing it. trying fluss welding wire. (gassless) works quite well if you don't need super tidy welds.
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