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Old 09-24-2015, 05:27 AM   #1
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I've only been able to find ONE kit specifically for my car model... And... I'm not entirely fond of it.

Has anyone taken a kit for another car/model and modded the mod so that it could fit onto their car? Or even more helpful, the same model car that I own?

If so, how was that process?

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Old 09-24-2015, 07:02 AM   #2
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modding a kit not designed for your car is like doing surgery with the green handled left handed scissors they had in school when we were young. People have a hard enough time getting the ones designed FOR their cars to fit right.

IMPO, body kits look dopey on sedans unless the body styling is extreme to match -- and that's not the case for the SL2....
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:34 AM   #3
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True. Perhaps some side skirts, maybe fender splitters, fix the damn bumper sag, and get a nice paint job... Maybe lower the stance a bit once I get some wheels. Hmmm
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:39 PM   #4
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Do your lowering and wheels at the same time w consideration for each other or you may end up with a sweet looking totally undrivable ride.

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Pretty sure I have seen a few places selling the s car body kit.

And yes, you need to do wheels and stance at the same time. You don't want to slam the car on stock wheels, then try to throw 18s in the mix. Just wont work.

Honestly, a nice set of coilovers, and some 16/17s would be beautiful.

The beauty of coilovers is that they are adjustable.
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:18 AM   #6
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Looking for wheels/tires right now. Thinking of keeping my old rims and putting winter tires on them since I live in Michigan. Don't want to spend 1k on nice tires and rims just to have all of that salt wreck them, ya know?

Never had the opportunity to install coilovers. Do I need any specialized tools to install them myself, or to be able to adjust them?
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Old 09-27-2015, 03:45 AM   #7
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I believe the coil overs for the s cars are from a wrx with a modified top hat. I think that's what I read (I am an ion guy).
They would come with the adjustment tool if you bought them new. And they SHOULD be plug n play with the modified top hat.

Definitely keep the stock rims for winter tires.
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Old 09-27-2015, 07:15 AM   #8
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I certainly do not intend on buying used mods. Just... doesn't seem right.

With the adjustable coil overs, I shouldn't have an issue with switching out my stock rims for the custom ones and back through the seasonal changes.

Going that route, should I go for a stiffer overall suspension?

I know I want to give her a nice new paint job. Luckily I don't have too many rust spots to fix. Just need a new rear bumper cover (thanks a lot to my big brother...) and to fix the bumper sagging in the front. I, however, came across something that piqued my interest... Two things, actually. First one was something called plastidip? Apparently people paint their cars with it. Who knew?! Maybe that could be a route? I've no idea. The other thing I came across was doing some kind of wrap thing. I suppose they apply a plastic cover or something across the whole body. Either way, I have been doodling ideas on scraps of paper at work for paint scheme.

Also, I have been looking at my dark colored interior. Been thinking about making some changes inside. Dash lights have got to be changed... I was thinking straight up red for all of it. No idea what is involved with that. Maybe some red neon light strips or something. I "need" new seats, the foam is starting to break down, and the fabric is starting to get worn.
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personally, I am not a fan of the plastidip look -- maybe because 99% of the people screw it up. I've seen it on a 2nd gen SL2 and I just don't think the body lines are such that it better defines the shape of the car nor adds up to a better look. I've seen ONE dipped WRX that looked really nice.

As for wrapping the car in saran wrap---not sure how you check the oil (?????)
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They make vinyl car wraps. But I wouldn't do it.

Whats wrong with buying used parts? I bought 90% of my mods used. Its all about knowing the right questions to ask, asking for detailed pictures, and knowing what things are worth.
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