Magnavahn's new toy

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by magnavahn, May 16, 2018.

  1. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Those wheels look great. looking forward to seeing how things progress with this.
     
  2. Greg

    Greg Local Grumpy Moderator

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    It looks great! I have such a love hate relationship with dark coloured cars!
     
  3. magnavahn

    magnavahn Vahn

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    Passed inspection and plated!
     
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  4. magnavahn

    magnavahn Vahn

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  5. Pajerist

    Pajerist New Member

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    Congrats!
     
  6. magnavahn

    magnavahn Vahn

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    Started the stereo this evening...Made the mistake that assuming my car is a 2001. That's just the build date but the stereo was slightly changed for 2002 model (ya, mini disc!) so the rear plug is different. Now the awesome harness I made needs to get torn apart. Ugh, back to square one.
     
  7. Pajerist

    Pajerist New Member

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    Yeah, do not give up! At least you are lucky to know what to do...
    Please keep us posted.
    Good luck!
     
  8. magnavahn

    magnavahn Vahn

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    Finished the stereo install, $16 mistake with the plug I purchased. That's about 2 weeks of coffee, or 2 days for the Mrs.
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    Then moved onto more challenging things.
    HID retrofit?? Thought about it, then I read that the stock nb2 projectors are ok with a hid kit so I'm going to try that route first.
    Cut off line is ok with the new hids, but doh! Right hand drive, should've taken a rotory tool to that before I heated everything back together. Maybe next time I have 3 hours and nothing better to do.
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    With HIDs, I decided to paint the housing black (not the reflectors though, I still want light to come out of the signals and high beams). The end result looks awesome but this takes 4-5 hours not including watching the paint dry...
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    Angry face. I'm going to go led for my day running lights, orange or yellow?
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    Murdered out when the lights are off
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    Then slapped a little yellow film on the fogs
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    Little car looks long from this angle
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    Aesthetically, this is about it for the year until I get ready for winter mode.
    Next up is more maintenance and maybe some brakes pads depending how autocross goes. Looks like the previous owner did some type of upgrade as the brake pads are a little noisy, more grabby, and green. Maybe EBC green stuff? Haven't investigated yet.

    Up next I also need to buy a new helmet before autocross in August, my Snell helmet is too old and everything else is for motorcycles.
     
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  9. magnavahn

    magnavahn Vahn

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    Weighed the old stereo in at >7.5lbs. New unit weighs just over 1lb. Far from a big weight reduction but at least it's not getting heavier!
     
  10. Pajerist

    Pajerist New Member

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    Can you compare the sound before/after?
     
  11. magnavahn

    magnavahn Vahn

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    Didn't really listen to the stock unit. I didn't play cd's and the radio only picked up 1 am station, haha.

    New unit and wiring harness adapter is completely satisfactory. Far from excellent but quite listenable. In my age I'm more into audio books and radio anyways!
     
  12. Pajerist

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    Same here, mostly listen to the local traffic radio...
     
  13. Greg

    Greg Local Grumpy Moderator

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    "Whats a CD?" - Kids these days. But seriously, I'm all about a USB in both our cars.

    You've made some awesome progress on it so far! Rims really look good on it.