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Old 07-15-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U New Baja Owner

Hi, I just bought a 2005 Baja Sport and all my friends are envious. when I showed it off to the mechanical engineers in my office they just went wild (I think it was the fold out license plate. They loved the good design.)
But I have a couple of questions. The first is pretty straight forward--what's the largest size of tires I can safely put on the Baja when the Bridgestones wear out? Or is it recommended to stay with the same size tires? I'm not going off road or anything, I was just looking for a little softer ride.
Second, the head unit on the radio, doesn't have a way for me to put in aux input. I'm an iPod girl, so I was wondering if anyone had hard wired an aux in port into their radio? I don't want to put in an FM repeater inside the dash, there's too many stations locally that could override it. I've not had good luck with the iTrip (annoying squeal), and the Belkin caster eats batteries. I was shocked at how expensive a head unit installation was. Suddenly a $60 radio with an aux port, would cost $100 for installation.
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Old 07-15-2005, 02:44 PM   #2
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225/60-16 is the stock tire size, i believe you can only go to 225/65-16 without rubbing, although some have resorted to using the sawzall method (not highly recommended). i am sure i am one of many who are waiting for a lift kit to be made for the 04/05 baja's, but until then, that's it. make sure when putting on the new rubber that all four of the tires are the same size, or else you may ruin your diff's. as for the aux input, the only thing i have really heard of is an fm modulator that plugs in where the fm antenna goes into the back of the radio, seems to work well for most people, but unfortunately not for you it seems. as for the head unit install, ill do it for $10 and a six pack of newcastle brown ale....
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Old 07-15-2005, 11:06 PM   #3
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Well, welcome aboard and congrats on your new ride.

The sidewalls are pretty big as it is, I dont think you will see much difference changing tire sizes, other than screwing up your speedometer. I thought the ride was pretty soft as is. Maybe a bit more break-in will help loosen up springs/shocks.
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Old 07-16-2005, 07:01 AM   #4
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Welcome to the Baja Babbette.
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Old 07-16-2005, 07:49 AM   #5
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Hi Babette,

As stated above, ususally 65 is the largest you can go without trimming. Someone I know used stainless sheet metal screws to pin the fender liner in closer to the body and that was enough to fit some 65's. I am gonna try 70's when the time comes, but I don't have faith that it will work without the aforementioned sawall.

I asked the same question about the iPod earlier. If you come up with something I would love to hear about it. Good luck with that.

By the way, in a few weeks you won't think the ride is too hard at all. It will begin to seem too soft, so then you will get new springs and struts, and then you will get sway bars, and then you will get tower braces and then you will get end links and suspension bushings and then you will get a lift kit, and then you will get a intake and then...;-) Good luck.
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Old 07-16-2005, 09:02 AM   #6
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Congrats! you'll enjoy the Baja, it is a fun little car...err trucklet
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Old 07-16-2005, 11:28 AM   #7
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Ride not soft enough?? Wow. Um you ridden in an Explorer Sport-Trac or Nissan Frontier Crew cab lately??
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Old 07-16-2005, 02:44 PM   #8
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OMGHi2U Hi and Thanks to All!

I came to the Baja from a diesel Jetta, so I'm a bit spoiled for 'soft road feel'. I don't want to mod the car to put in bigger tires, so I'll hold off on that :-) I guess I'll get used to it. Are the Potenzas 'hard' rubber for wear, or 'soft' rubber for grip? I've always liked a grippy tire.
As to the iPod. So far putting in a new radio head unit appears to be my only route.
I bought the Baja because I'm doing a garden renovation and I wanted to get down to a single car for commuting and 'do it herself'ing. So far it's a happy little car. I've got the back seats folded down for the dog, and I'm getting 24 mpg combined city hiway. I'm looking forward to doing my own routine maintenance to save a little. It's been a long time since I've done that. The Jetta was not owner friendly.

I'll be reading your Baja posts, you all that mod your cars have my admiration!
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Old 07-18-2005, 10:45 AM   #9
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Welcome to the Forum and enjoy the Greatests car/truck hybrid ever made LOL.
I drive VWs also and the MK4 Jettas do have a soft ride (doesnt handle very well either though) compared to the Baja, and thats something you might have to get used to.
As far as the radio goes, Yeah get a new HU as soon as you ca, I would recomend any of the new Kenwoods since their grey color matches the dash perfectly, if you want to keep the interior looking somewhat good.
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Old 07-18-2005, 10:59 AM   #10
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The RE92s are long lasting tires with hardly any grip at the limits. They're marginal in the snow at best and not the best with standing water either.

They have a nickname around here of 'Bridgerocks'.

If you live where there's snow, you'd be much better off having a dedicated set of snow tires/rims that can be put on... and then the car goes through almost anything.

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Old 07-18-2005, 11:30 PM   #11
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I had Best Buy install one of these for $0.01. The head unit was $99.

http://www.dualav.com/product_indivi...?main=2&id=462

It works great, fits nice and has a cabled aux input that I had them stick to the inside of the open pocket.
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:58 PM   #12
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Staying with the Subaru factory radios for the moment, would any of the Blitzsafe adapters allow easy hookup of a separate MP3 player?
http://www.myradiostore.us/auxadapters/blitzsafe/
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Old 07-21-2005, 09:15 PM   #13
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Wow, we had no issues with the stock potenzas in the snow (ok, until we really pushed it playing snowmobile)....

Welcome, seems you got in under the wire, 06 being the last year
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Old 07-25-2005, 02:39 PM   #14
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Hey all,
i've got an '03 (oh yeah old school) silver Baja sport, and it's been treating me quite well. in response to the ipod question, i'm a huge music lover, so i sprung for a whole new sound system (infinity front components + rear coaxials, kenwood amp, alpine 9827 HU) and hard-wired the aux input. the sound is amazing, esp. when compared to those terrible fm transmitters. anyway if you just want the aux input you can definitely put in the head-unit yourself.
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Old 07-25-2005, 03:01 PM   #15
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Wow, we had no issues with the stock potenzas in the snow (ok, until we really pushed it playing snowmobile)....

Welcome, seems you got in under the wire, 06 being the last year
If you don't 'play' in snow, then yes, they'll get you from point A to point B without much fuss... it's the fussing that makes me not like them.

I have always been a believer of dedicated snow tires. If you've ever had snow tires you'll know what I'm talking about. All seasons are a 'patch' of sorts and are poor/marginal in the snow at best.
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Old 07-25-2005, 10:27 PM   #16
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If you don't 'play' in snow, then yes, they'll get you from point A to point B without much fuss... it's the fussing that makes me not like them.

I have always been a believer of dedicated snow tires. If you've ever had snow tires you'll know what I'm talking about. All seasons are a 'patch' of sorts and are poor/marginal in the snow at best.
totally agree. Although i havnt driven the baja in the snow, I I probably wont until I get snows. My impreza was almost unstoppable in northern MI snow with some Dunlop graspics, The baja should dp even better with some snows cause I wont be playing snowplow as much with all the extra ground clearance.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:03 AM   #17
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OMGHi2U Ipod Baja connection

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I had Best Buy install one of these for $0.01. The head unit was $99.


It works great, fits nice and has a cabled aux input that I had them stick to the inside of the open pocket.

Thanks, that's one I hadn't seen on their website, I'll go look at it. Right now I'm using Belkin FM tuner with the matching powercord so it doesn't use batteries. It's not as nice as an aux jack, but it get's the job done.
That's an incomplete quote cause the site says I'm not URL ready....
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Old 08-05-2005, 04:17 PM   #18
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A bit late to this thread... but...

I kept my stock head unit and installed an fm modulator, which basically lets you plug your iPod into your FM antenna for static-free tunage. You still tune your stereo to an FM station. I picked up the modulator at Car Toys and installed it myself, tho I am sure you could get them to do it.

See it here:

http://www.scoobytruck.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=387

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