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    There's no comparison mate, trust me. It's a bit like comparing a touring racing car to one when it was stock!

    Now, I've not quite had as much done to my car as that, but you get my point. The bits I have improved are no-brainer fundamentally better than what they replaced. That's always the brief when I do these things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    There's no comparison mate, trust me. It's a bit like comparing a touring racing car to one when it was stock!

    Now, I've not quite had as much done to my car as that, but you get my point. The bits I have improved are no-brainer fundamentally better than what they replaced. That's always the brief when I do these things.

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    its a bit like saying you cant better a stock amp by a few choice upgrades
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    Indeed, or modify a Technics SL-1210!

    I don't see the point in keeping something as stock, if stock can be bettered. The only exception to that rule is with vintage stuff, especially cars. Now overly 'pimped' classic cars are just WRONG!

    There I'd agree with Adam, otherwise no, especially if you're a car enthusiast, and get a big kick out of doing something to you car that makes it perform SO MUCH better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Why? If *done right*, i.e. professionally, not a cheap bodge. I only ever carry out the former, done by experts in their field, and so providing that the replacements fitted are fundamentally better, it results in a better performing and nicer looking car!

    The Brabster was good when I bought it, but trust me, it's not only much faster now, since the bespoke remap I've had done to the engine (by my mate who writes mapping software for NASCAR), straight through stainless-steel quad exhaust system, from Longlife (DPF/EGR delete), and various other bits I've done to the engine, but with the other mods I've carried out, it HANDLES and reacts/responds to the road so much better now, so what's not to like?

    Including the kickass sound system I've installed (designed and fitted by a professional car-audio installer), and which looks factory fitted!

    The end result is a bloody quick and lovely car to drive. If I'd tried to buy a car with all that stuff fitted from new, it would've cost a fortune, even if it were possible, so this way I've added them bit by bit when I wanted, ensuring that every time something new was added, it was much better than what it was replacing.

    So please explain what's "wrong" about any of that?



    I know, it was mainly to showcase the gorgeous Mandrus wheels, which incidentally have been tailor-made to fit Mercedes cars like a glove - far better than Merc's own!

    Marco.

    P.S My car mats are Brabus, and are as 'correct' as Merc ones
    Just the way I'm wired, I suppose. I personally think that a lot of (but not all) styling modifications make cars look worse and, as an engineer, when it comes to performance modifications, I prefer to trust the R&D teams of experienced car makers who have large budgets rather than a bloke in a shed with a laptop. Same with hi-fi, which I think comes from the number of times I've had to repair modified equipment, because the (often expensive and highly praised) modification was carried out by a clueless numpty with seemingly no basic electronics knowledge!

    Oh, and as to the likes of Brabus and AMG, these are official Mercedes-sanctioned tuning houses, so I have no problem with them, or their accessories! You're off the hook on that one!

    On the aftermarket car stereo front, as a former car loudspeaker designer, I know what goes into the installation and tuning of ICE, so I despair at the sort of people who just bang a couple of 6x9s into the front doors and a sub in the boot and think this is audio nirvana. I've read your car stereo journey and it's hugely impressive, clearly done properly and I bet it sounds superb but, again, my CDO just hates non-standard stereos stuck into car dashboards!

    And finally, you know me well enough to know that I can't let this one go...

    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    So please explain what's "wrong" about any of that?
    It's still a bloody diesel!
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    Hi Adam,

    Quote Originally Posted by Beobloke View Post
    Just the way I'm wired, I suppose.
    Yeah it's that 'engineers head' of yours... You need to learn sometimes to switch it off

    I personally think that a lot of (but not all) styling modifications make cars look worse and, as an engineer, when it comes to performance modifications, I prefer to trust the R&D teams of experienced car makers who have large budgets rather than a bloke in a shed with a laptop.
    I completely agree, as that's often been my experience, but you should know me by now, and that if I do something, I do it right! I hate cutting corners and detest 'bodges'. However... In terms of that last bit, which I've highlighted, remember that whilst what you're saying is right, *everything* is ultimately built to a price.

    Therefore, if you enlist the services of a professional (expert in his field), who understands the electrical and mechanical requirements of the car concerned and where *genuine* improvements can be made, and replace cheaper stock parts with superior specialist ones, so that all modifications are done in sympathy with how the car has been designed, then quite simply, there are NO downsides - and that's exactly what I've done.

    Oh, and as to the likes of Brabus and AMG, these are official Mercedes-sanctioned tuning houses, so I have no problem with them, or their accessories! You're off the hook on that one!
    Lol - thanks! Add Mandrus to that list, when it comes to wheels.

    Sometimes though, even Brabus and AMG parts can be bettered by those from other high-quality, specialist manufacturers, when you're not paying as much for 'the badge'... A case in point being the stainless steel quad exhaust system my car's been fitted with from Longlife, see here: https://www.longlife.co.uk/performance

    Trust me, when I had the car remapped, by a mate who runs a professional car tuning company, and who *really* knows his stuff, I wanted to do a DPF/EGR delete at the same time, as I know what a bottleneck that is to performance, so we looked at replacing the existing Brabus SS exhaust system, which had a back box and DPF fitted, with a straight-through type from Longlife, as shown above, and for him to do the remap in conjunction with the new exhaust system, in order to maximise engine performance.

    And I can tell you that both in terms of engineering construction and performance, the bespoke-built Longlife exhaust system outperformed the Brabus one! No contest really... So it's not always the case that companies that are "Mercedes sanctioned", or whatever, are the best

    On the aftermarket car stereo front, as a former car loudspeaker designer, I know what goes into the installation and tuning of ICE, so I despair at the sort of people who just bang a couple of 6x9s into the front doors and a sub in the boot and think this is audio nirvana. I've read your car stereo journey and it's hugely impressive, clearly done properly and I bet it sounds superb but, again, my CDO just hates non-standard stereos stuck into car dashboards!
    Does this head unit look "stuck into" the car's dashboard to you:







    it could've easily come out of the factory that way...

    And as for the sonic performance of the aftermarket stereo system versus what was in before, let's not even go there, as it's utterly laughable!! So yes, you're right, it was done properly, and also at some expense. But, as I said before, if a job's worth doing, then it's worth doing right!

    Just to remind you what the other end looks like (apologies for the LEDs, just a bit of fun if I should ever demo the system at a show):



    And finally, you know me well enough to know that I can't let this one go...

    It's still a bloody diesel!
    Hahahaha... LOVE IT

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    Well another grandkid arrived yesterday (God, we're breeding like flies), that's two extra ankle biters in less than 3 months. Her name looks like it may be Dolly (I suspect that idea is written in crayon rather than stone) so I'll be nipping over later to say Well Hello
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Well another grandkid arrived yesterday (God, we're breeding like flies), that's two extra ankle biters in less than 3 months. Her name looks like it may be Dolly (I suspect that idea is written in crayon rather than stone) so I'll be nipping over later to say Well Hello
    Congrats! As the old saying goes, If Id known how great grand children are, Id of had them first!. My daughter is holding out, too involved in her career, but I keep hope. But my niece has just announced she is expecting, so we are all excited about that. Im very happy for you, grandchildren are a great comfort in our later years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Well another grandkid arrived yesterday (God, we're breeding like flies), that's two extra ankle biters in less than 3 months. Her name looks like it may be Dolly (I suspect that idea is written in crayon rather than stone) so I'll be nipping over later to say Well Hello
    Nice one, congrats. If you're struggling to get Dolly to sleep some time, you're welcome to pop her onto the back seat of my car, beside the sub, and I'm sure the soothing rhythms will soon rock her to sleep... Do they do a rap version of Rockabye Baby?

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