Veloster Car Build – Audio

The Dimension audio system for the Veloster Turbo leaves something to be desired. The speakers are actually very good, but the sub is lacking. It is a 20W built-into-the-trunk sub that even when full blast I could not put my hand up to it and feel bass.

There are some fantastic options for audio in the VT. After some research I decided on J&L audio’s stealthbox.

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The amp is wired in tandem with the stock Dimension amp, and the wiring is split off of the stock sub. Bass level is controlled by a dial under the hand brake.

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The biggest issue I had with the VT is actually their “Active Sound Design”. You cannot install a new sub without turning it off, as it will make it unbearable to drive your car with so much bass. Active sound design will send engine noise through your speakers. The VT has a bit of a grumble in the low RPM’s and that is translated directly to your sub.

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This is actually a fantastic way to upgrade the stereo. J&L has very good instructions, so I won’t go into detail here. The stock head unit is very nice and the only qualm I had with the system is now remedied.

There are a few different options that are next on the list of upgrades ranging from a new exhaust intake, devil claw garnish and, a new grill to get rid of the brick in the middle.

Fun times!

Veloster Car Build – Beginning

I recently purchased a new car. A 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

So far, this car has exceeded my expectations. It was a little bit of a difficult downgrade after trading in my WRX, to lose 100 HP and all wheel drive was tough. However, it has allowed me to save enough money to actually drive my car, and to actually modify my car. It was with this in mind I chose the Veloster, which has a pretty big aftermarket following.

On that note, this is the beginning of my car enthusiast journey.

 

First thing that had to happen was those chrome wheels had to go.

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Plastidip is one of the most fantastic changes a car person can do. It allows you to make a very easy change, decide if you like it, and then paint, or peel. It is very easy to peel away and is very durable if left on. I also did the badges.

Second step was to remove the ugly badges on the back of the car using 3M adhesive remover. I simply used a blow dryer until they were hot, pulled them slowly off, then used the adhesive remover to get rid of the gunk. After a quick polish, it looked much better.

 

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Third step was something that may seem unnecessary to some, but has helped me in the winter conditions. A tow hook.

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Only minor changes so far, but it is really fun doing the research. Next week I’ll talk about audio upgrades and what is next!

The Emotions of Investing

The markets are like trying to ride a bull while drunk being mauled by a bear. As a Canadian this appears rarely more evident than in the last few months. Since Brent US Crude fell from what many were calling its absolute bottom, $60 USD, to where it is now ($29 USD), and Western Select even worse, the markets have become awash in emotion.  In some ways I envy the days past before computers, when an investor would have to pick up a phone and call the broker to know the markets. The ability to swipe down on my phone with the hope of riches gained, only to see a sea of red, is like being the only one to show up to the party of the century. Multiple times through the day, swipe…… fear. Swipe. Fear.

We tend to have an undue confidence in our home country, no matter what the data shows. Canadians are more likely to invest in Canada (Home country bias), Americans in America. I am 5% susceptible to this (It is quite measurable!), so I’ve gotten the joy of seeing 30% of my portfolio in ETF’s such as ZDV drop double digits % in just over 3 months. The same forces driving down Canada are also driving down the rest of the world. It is my belief that the market drivers have lost sight of how the markets work. The current environment feels almost fraudulent in how prices are being depressed. Due to the analysis of many smarter people than myself (moneygeek being my favorite one) I am able to derive a full picture.

It is thus that I do what is expected of me and predict. What market analysis would there be without a prediction? Within the next year, the lack of sustainability will culminate in cascading covered shorts and speculators pulling the plug on depressing prices. With this added pressure, prices will rise in spectacular fashion to more normal levels. I’m not saying we will go back to $100 USD oil, just that it will go up, and quick, to prices that make more sense such as a $40-60 range, more in line with historical inflation adjusted running averages.

How does one handle the emotions of investing? The only way I know how is to research, and forbid myself to trade with any button indicating “Sell”, unless I discover a toxic balance sheet and the underpinnings of a failing company. I took every last bit of my savings, and access to capital in the last three months, and poured it into the vacuum created by the recent world selloff. Most of that purchase has since, on paper, been erased, to come roaring back if my research is to be believed.

 

Happy investing.

(As always, do due diligence and your own research. I am not liable for any following of my ramblings)

 

 

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I do not adhere to a schedule. I post when I have something to say. I'm a programmer who in my spare time enjoys contemplating the meaning of life, the universe and, everything. So there will be code as well as random little stories, essays and, musing about whatever interests me at the moment.