Okay, so after a year of ownership... and one miserable experience of walking up to a black coupe in the grocery store parking lot, attempting to unload groceries into the car, then realizing that it was someone else's car just a few spots down from mine, I had decided that I needed to make my car more unique.
The past two weeks, I began to make some decisions and began ordering various parts:
1. Xenon Depot Putco Dome Lights
2. Honda Interior Illumination kit
3. Honda Rear View Camera and Attachment
4. Hardwire for Escort Passport 9500xi
1. Honda Odyssey Lower Garnish- Middle Section of 3
2. RetroSolutions 55W 5000K HIDs
3. 3M Crystalline 70 Front Windshield Tint/Solar Guard
4. Enpro Distributions Clear Bra w/ Custom Cut for HFP kit
5. RVinyl Light Smoke Tail Tints
Here are some pictures for you all (yes, I know many of you have seen pictures of these same or similar modifications- but I am sure it will help someone to make a decision for their next mod?)
First, the rear view camera- self installed and very pleased. Mounted it to the side (not the direct middle), but did this because I wanted to use the mount included with the kit, and it really didn't make a noticeable visible difference when I connected it and shifted the camera from the middle:
Trunk Panels removed for install and wiring:
Next up is the 3m Crystalline 70 for the Front Windshield. This supposedly vastly reduces cabin temperature by blocking a high percentage of UV rays etc. that enter through the front window. It is illegal in Texas, so I wanted to go with one that was pretty much unnoticeable. In this pic, you can see the difference between before and after (they had to leave a small portion without the material so I could stick the registration stickers):
Next up is the Enpro Distributions Clear Bra. I drive 2.5 hours on the freeway to Austin quite often- and find this to be a necessity to protect my car. It is much less noticeable that I thought it would be. When I came to the shop to check on my car, I went to the hood and asked him when he was going to start on the clear bra.... he laughed and told me it was already on!
I took a picture of the most noticeable part. Note that I have the Honda underbody kits, and he custom cut the bra for my car:
And of the side:
Next up is the RVinyl Light Smoke tints for the tail lights. This is one of my favorites. It is something that most people wouldn't necessarily notice, but believe me when I say it makes a HUGE difference! While it still looks stock, it takes away all the bright aspects of the OEM lights:
Tested it out at night, and safety is not even close to an issue:
Small thing, but for my radar detector:
Now for the Xenon Depot Putco Interior Dome Light kit. I really have enjoyed this mod. It is VERY simple to install- but makes a huge difference! Very noticeable change- and a welcome one, at that!
And last, but not least- Retro Solutions 55W 5000K lights and the Honda Odyssey lower garnish conversion (search for this through the forum- Thanks to ufmike and glen e for the idea!). I chose Retro because of their immense credibility online- not just on driveaccord. This is not to say that XD is inferior- they are obviously both very good and reliable companies. Todd at Retro is very helpful and friendly. Same can be said about Steve from XD. While I love the lights, I am facing issues with the wiring (I think- and will be going back to Executive Motorcars in Houston tomorrow to have that fixed). The lower garnish for the Odyssey took only about 20 minutes to cut down and install. It looks great and stock 100%. Highly suggest it to ALL coupe owners! Pictures of both:
If you have any questions of any of the parts I ordered, on Executive Motorsports, or how to install the camera/inside lights you can reply or pm me!