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Old 20-01-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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1996 Astina BA Matte Black

Hey everyone, time to introduce my ride. The car will be a complete stealth look car, and everything I am going to be doing will be keeping that in mind.

Car Specs:

Mazda Astina 180se (BP 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve)

Engine:
- Engine overhauled about 35 000km ago (this included new bearings, gaskets, seals, pistons, rings, oil pump, water pump, cam belt, tensioner pulleys, head overhauled, clutch, pressure plate and so forth)
- Induction kit
- Mild cams
- Vernier pulleys
- The head is ported
- Powerflow Branches (4-2-1)
- Powerflow stainless steel exhaust system

Suspension & Handling:
- BC-Racing coil-over suspension
- Front strut brace

Wheels & Tyres:
- 17" black Lenso wheels

Interior:
- Pretty much stock (This is where the next load of work is going to be)

Exterior:
- Anti smash & grab window tint
- LED Park lights
- Crystal indicator lights on fenders
- Lamin-X on most lights
- and the subtle complete matte black vinyl wrap

Excuse the shoddy images, but I'll be taking some more soon enough and update.





A fair bit of smaller jobs will be following and I'll happily post the progress here. Mainly it is going to be on the interior, but here is a preliminary wishlist.

- Full interior reupholster
- Possibly new front seat install (not racing for now, but comfortable)
- Amp and speaker install, current Pioneer headunit does not fir the stealth profile, possibility of going double DIN with GPS
- Theme for interior might be focused around MOMO and MOMO products, I've always been a fan, so red and yellow accents around the majority of black
- Reverse audible indicators or camera, visibility is pretty limited on the Astina despite being a compact car
- Aerial install on the windscreen as the matte black vinyl required bodywork to be smoothed nicely and the aerial was just in the way, read ugly, and had to go
- USB port installation in the armrest

Sure I will think of more
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Old 21-01-2014, 02:42 AM   #2
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NICE!
the matte vinyl wrap looks sweet.
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Old 21-01-2014, 04:55 AM   #3
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Looks sick!
How much did the vinyl set you back?
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Old 21-01-2014, 02:31 PM   #4
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Looks sick!
How much did the vinyl set you back?
Thanks a lot. Well I am in South Africa, here it was R4000, so that is NZ$440 roughly.
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Old 21-01-2014, 02:42 PM   #5
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how did you go wrapping around near the C pilars? did you just do a overlap of 2 sheets there?
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Old 21-01-2014, 02:47 PM   #6
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how did you go wrapping around near the C pilars? did you just do a overlap of 2 sheets there?
Wish I could say I did it myself, but I had the wrap done professionally, from what I could see watching videos on how they wrap, the rather overuse the wrap and then cut away sections not needed, over door handles, windows, etc
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Old 21-01-2014, 03:32 PM   #7
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Nice! Is it hard to keep the surface of the matte wrap clean?
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Old 21-01-2014, 03:36 PM   #8
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Nice! Is it hard to keep the surface of the matte wrap clean?
Damp cloth some soap and your golden. Just can't use anything containing alcohol, shine factor additives, silicon, etc

Pretty much something with the least amount of chemicals.
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Old 22-01-2014, 07:52 PM   #9
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So like $400 aud for a professional wrap. Here it's almost 3000!
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Old 22-01-2014, 07:56 PM   #10
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So like $400 aud for a professional wrap. Here it's almost 3000!
Must be the labour charges that really add up. Car related labour charges are quite cheap here when compared to the US and EU, guess the same applies to AUS. Raw material can't be the most expensive par.
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Old 22-01-2014, 07:59 PM   #11
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Yeah it would probably still be a few hundred in materials. Most wages are between 20 and 35 for trades.
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Old 22-01-2014, 08:07 PM   #12
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A complete car respray cost me R15,000 or AUS$ 1500 2 years ago. Yeah definitely cheaper labour here.
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Old 27-01-2014, 03:00 PM   #13
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Really wanted to take some good photos the weekend for you guys, but I didn't because I was too busy driving Snapped this when I got home though.

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Thats evil looking bro.
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Old 27-01-2014, 03:17 PM   #15
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Thats evil looking bro.
Especially when the sun starts to go down

Consindering if I should Lamin-X the headlights too.
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Had some time this weekend to install a bit more sound in the car.

So I had quite a bit of fun mounting this in,


And these speakers




Did not actually get to take one of the final install, will follow soon enough.

I've never been one for subs, and losing bootspace. So for me it is just about a good amount of clean sound I can turn up when I feel like it. This does the job very well.

Made for some good road tripping.
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:07 PM   #17
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Car looks great mate. I love seeing Astinas all over the world.
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Wow, this matte black vinyl wrap looks superb. I am just a big fan of matte finished vehicle wraps because they give a classy look. For my own car I too would be installing a matte wrap. If you have any tips or suggestions please share here.
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