AS OF 2018 THIS ARTICLE IS OUTDATED. Ingalls Engineering was bought out by Dorman Products and the items in this article have all be discontinued. SPC Performance Alignment parts have expanded into more applications and have some great, reliable designs. SPC is the current favored brand for alignment parts at Heeltoe.
Ingalls Engineering has long been known as¬†a preferred manufacturer for alignment and chassis components. Heeltoe offers Ingalls’ complete line of products, and now we can announce a brand new product geared specifically towards performance enthusiasts!
For many years, the popular 39725 Camber & Toe adjustable lower control arm kit for 2004-08 Acura TSX/TL and 2003-07 Honda Accord models has been a solid go-to for people needing camber and toe adjustments. Higher performance needs, especially at the hands of TL drivers, have found limits with the standard rubber bushing ends. Ingalls has responded to Heeltoe-customer requests by developing all new bearing ends for this popular application!
Introducing the new 38727:
Heeltoe is the very first to receive these arms, and we’ve made special installation and review video here:
Special, sealed spherical bearings ends replace the rubber bushing ends in the standard kit (the standard rubber bushing 39725 kit is still stocked and available through Heeltoe for standard applications). These ends deflect less under load giving more road feel and more accurate handling. The compromise in ride quality is very minor, even though the arms are decidedly more rigid. The bearings also have greater range of motion making them perfect for extreme angle situations.
While the 38727 kit is not exclusively for performance use, people who demand the absolute best chassis components for road feel and feedback will absolutely love the spherical bearing Camber & Toe adjustable lower control arm kit from Ingalls.
Audiophiles are an interesting subset of the automotive world.¬†They’ll go to no end to get the perfect sound from their car’s sound system. Yet cars are not exactly designed as great places to listen to music. So to achieve that perfect sound a slew of aftermarket componentry must be used installed in the dash, doors, trunk, and wherever else space can be found.¬†Those wishing to keep their car’s interior simpler¬†and more factory-like run into an issue with adapter kits and extraneous wires being run throughout the interior. Sub-boxes take up valuable trunk space, and wiring up aftermarket amplifiers is nearly impossible to make like factory.
But as it turns out, some cars are designed to have great audio. And their components are generally up to the task of providing outstanding audio. Just a little “tweak” is needed to substantially bring out even more sound.
Here is the factory ELS sound system layout in a 2004-08 Acura TL:
Impressive array, yes?
With all these speakers, the amplifier has to be really sophisticated. The factory amp is the best way to utilize all these speakers and locations, especially with the way Elliot Scheiner laid them out. Much like how Hondata has found amazing success in re-tuning factory ECUs for optimal engine control, Phantom Audio tackles a re-tune of the factory amplifier to turn the standard ELS sound system into a thing of wonderment.
Retuning the factory ELS amplifier construction requires a lot of knowledge and experience. As an audio and auto enthusiast for more than twenty years, Jesse Levi Kelley of Phantom Audio decided to tackle the task to make the factory amplifier create sound better than one could possibly expect. He’s got the experience and know-how to do amazing things with cars’ systems with a strong eye on quality and factory integration. Phantom Audio exists as your go-to solution for audio componentry that melds perfectly with your car’s factory design.
Phantom Audio’s first product¬†is a series of tuned amplifiers for the¬†ELS system in 2004-08 Acura TL models and 2007-09 Acura MDX. 2004-08 Acura TSX amplifiers can also be tuned by Phantom Audio even though they are not branded as ELS. The¬†amazing ELS audio system¬†creates the perfect sound stage with sophisticated speaker placement and calibrated sizing. However,¬†the amplifier internals suffer from cost-cutting¬†by the manufacturer.¬†With huge respect paid to Elliot Scheiner, Phantom Audio opens up these amps and re-tunes them with specially selected combinations of upgraded capacitors to provide¬†considerably better sound that one would even believe possible.
Early adopters have taken to YouTube attempting to capture the extended frequency range and improved bass they experience with a tuned amp. Check out this user’s before and after videos for an idea of what to expect from your Phantom Audio tuned amplifier.
Here is a video from “before” the amp tuning in an otherwise stock Acura TL:
Now, here is the same car after the amplifier is installed:
These videos hope to convey the “after”:
Volume is significantly better. At 10 volume level, it sounds like it did at 20 before.
Treble is crisp and clear, even at high volumes.
Bass is clean and strong, can actually feel the bass at high volumes.
Another user had access to a studio-grade microphone for their video. To get the full effect you really need to be listening with a desktop and decent speakers:
Navigate to Heeltoeauto.com and select your vehicle from the Vehicle Selector.
Use the Electric / Audio System category path to find the re-tuned amps for your car.
You may find different levels of amps for you application. Phantom Audio offers a “Signature Series” amplifier and a “Bass-Plus” for some applications. Check out the products for details on what is right for you.
Read Heeltoe’s pricing includes a core charge that is refunded once your original amp is sent in, see individual product listings for details and restrictions on cores.
For you Radio Shack geeks out there, know that¬†what Phantom Audio does to these amps is more than a simple capacitor swap. He’s mixed and matched different capacitors from all over the globe and strategically installed them in each of the amplifier’s channels to give the tweeters, center channel speaker, door-drivers, and a subwoofer the optimal frequency range.¬†He also polishes the amplifier cases¬†prior to shipping as a nice finishing touch.
This new product is one we are extremely excited about.¬†In addition to offering TL ELS Amp Tunes, Phantom Audio can wave a wand over your 2004-08 Acura TSX or 2007-09 Acura MDX’s amps. We at Heeltoe believe in Phantom Audio’s capabilities, so¬†we’re sending in the amplifiers from our HTSpecTSX and HTSpecMDX for Phantom Audio tuning!