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Old 08-19-2009, 08:43 PM
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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:

Inside:
1. Xenon Depot Putco Dome Lights
2. Honda Interior Illumination kit
3. Honda Rear View Camera and Attachment
4. Hardwire for Escort Passport 9500xi

Outside:
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:

Day Shot:

Night Shot:

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!
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HFP Underbody Kit

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Honda Rear View Camera to Navi
Honda Interior Illumination Kit
Honda Odyssey Lower Garnish as Lower Coupe Grille

After-Market installations:
RetroSolutions 55W 5000K HIDs
XenonDepot Putco Interior Dome LEDs
3M Crystalline 70 Front Windshield Tint/Solar Guard
Enpro Distributions Clear Bra w/ Custom Cut for HFP kit
RVinyl Light Smoke Tail Tints
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:45 PM
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How do you like the front windshield tint so far? How's the glare and reflection? Vision at night?...etc...
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How do you like the front windshield tint so far? How's the glare and reflection? Vision at night?...etc...
To be honest, I got it installed yesterday! And while I live in Texas, it was rainy and in the 80/90s all day. I can't comment on the heat rejection quite yet. However, I can tell you that it doesn't affect the vision at all. It feels very OEM. I am really liking it, but I will update you once I feel the Texas heat!
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HFP Underbody Kit

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Honda Rear View Camera to Navi
Honda Interior Illumination Kit
Honda Odyssey Lower Garnish as Lower Coupe Grille

After-Market installations:
RetroSolutions 55W 5000K HIDs
XenonDepot Putco Interior Dome LEDs
3M Crystalline 70 Front Windshield Tint/Solar Guard
Enpro Distributions Clear Bra w/ Custom Cut for HFP kit
RVinyl Light Smoke Tail Tints
Hardwired through panelling: Escort Passport 9500xi
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:06 PM
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To be honest, I got it installed yesterday! And while I live in Texas, it was rainy and in the 80/90s all day. I can't comment on the heat rejection quite yet. However, I can tell you that it doesn't affect the vision at all. It feels very OEM. I am really liking it, but I will update you once I feel the Texas heat!
I walked out of Honda of Katy once When I was purchasing my Accord, I walked in, told the manager, I want this car, this color, this option. This is the price I'm willing to pay out of the door, not one cent more. He has 30 minutes to give me a simple yes or no reply. I set my watch. Exactly 30 minutes later, I walked out. The fleet manager chased after me in the parking lot, waving a piece of paper that was writteen with marker "approved" on it , yelling it's been approved! I told him, thank you, I will consider it. And I left. Wanna know why? They drilled a hole in the front bumper to install the plate on EVERY car there.

I went to Gillman Honda on 59 and BW8 at 7pm. By 8pm, everything was signed and finalized. I came in the next morning to pick up the car And they didn't drill any hole on my bumper :p

But yeah, it's been cool lately, thank gosh. I was getting sick of the 100+ degrees for 2 months straight.... Ok, I'm done hijacking your post. Please update on the front tint!
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- Llumar 30 + Air Blue 80
- B&I Wood Trim, exLEDusa interior, deck lid spoiler, WeatherTech floor liner
- JDM Trunk hinge cover, Sill garnish, SS RSX pedals
- Injen CAI, Redtail exhaust, Sport wheels
- Rammat BXTII, Ensolite, Big 3
- Audison bit Ten, Kenwood XR-5S, Vifa XT19, Hertz HV165, Image Dynamics IDQ12
- RX8 Projectors w/ Curved shield + E30 lens, Hella Gen 3, Osram Xenarc 66240 CBI, Philips HIR2

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this is really cool ind0fo0!
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I walked out of Honda of Katy once When I was purchasing my Accord, I walked in, told the manager, I want this car, this color, this option. This is the price I'm willing to pay out of the door, not one cent more. He has 30 minutes to give me a simple yes or no reply. I set my watch. Exactly 30 minutes later, I walked out. The fleet manager chased after me in the parking lot, waving a piece of paper that was writteen with marker "approved" on it , yelling it's been approved! I told him, thank you, I will consider it. And I left. Wanna know why? They drilled a hole in the front bumper to install the plate on EVERY car there.

I went to Gillman Honda on 59 and BW8 at 7pm. By 8pm, everything was signed and finalized. I came in the next morning to pick up the car And they didn't drill any hole on my bumper :p

But yeah, it's been cool lately, thank gosh. I was getting sick of the 100+ degrees for 2 months straight.... Ok, I'm done hijacking your post. Please update on the front tint!
ICE my man. Funny post right there. I can relate 100%. Pretty much the same story line for me over there. Even with the fleet manager running out after us to our car! I hate the hole on my bumper! But, at the end of the day- it was the only dealer that had the car I wanted in all of South Texas

As for Gillman, I bought my Odyssey part from there.

I'll let you know on the front tint!

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this is really cool ind0fo0!
Thanks! If you plan on doing anything I did this week and have any questions, let me know.
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HFP Underbody Kit

Self installed:
Honda Rear View Camera to Navi
Honda Interior Illumination Kit
Honda Odyssey Lower Garnish as Lower Coupe Grille

After-Market installations:
RetroSolutions 55W 5000K HIDs
XenonDepot Putco Interior Dome LEDs
3M Crystalline 70 Front Windshield Tint/Solar Guard
Enpro Distributions Clear Bra w/ Custom Cut for HFP kit
RVinyl Light Smoke Tail Tints
Hardwired through panelling: Escort Passport 9500xi
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:19 AM
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Hello to a fellow Accord driving Texan. I'm in Austin, and I'm really curious about the performance of the windshield coating. I like the mods you've done so far.
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Hello to a fellow Accord driving Texan. I'm in Austin, and I'm really curious about the performance of the windshield coating. I like the mods you've done so far.
Nice, nice. Hope you are enjoying the car! Seems like a sunny day today- I will definitely update y'all on the effectiveness of the 3M Crystalline 70. I noticed you have the Ceramic tint (for the front?). That was an option, for $50 cheaper- but it looked much darker than the 3M... and I hate getting pulled over by State Trooper Knox in La Grange, Texas- he likes to walk around my car and point. That @#$@#.
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HFP Underbody Kit

Self installed:
Honda Rear View Camera to Navi
Honda Interior Illumination Kit
Honda Odyssey Lower Garnish as Lower Coupe Grille

After-Market installations:
RetroSolutions 55W 5000K HIDs
XenonDepot Putco Interior Dome LEDs
3M Crystalline 70 Front Windshield Tint/Solar Guard
Enpro Distributions Clear Bra w/ Custom Cut for HFP kit
RVinyl Light Smoke Tail Tints
Hardwired through panelling: Escort Passport 9500xi
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Nice car, and excellent pics.

I'm curious as to what issues you are having with the HIDs.
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I'm loving my car so far. I couldn't find the specific model I wanted in Austin/San Antonio, so I went all the way to Baytown Honda to get it. The 6MT was tough to find. There were only 12 in the entire state when I was shopping.

I don't have any tint/film on the windshield (yet). The ceramic tint is on the side windows and on the back window. I've noticed a big difference from regular tint in blocking out most of the heat, plus it is very clear and easy to see through at night.

If you can, please check the performance of your windshield film around 4 or 5 p.m. That's when it's nice and toasty.

Officer Knox is probably grumpy since they shut down the infamous Chicken Ranch in La Grange. So he's got nothing else to do but harass people on HW-71.
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Nice car, and excellent pics.

I'm curious as to what issues you are having with the HIDs.
Thank you. The issue is that the left head light went out last night... Then a few hours later came back on (after my car being off during that break in time). Todd has been helpful, and thinks the problem might be in the ground connection (?) and my installer picked up the phone and told me "That's why you never buy things from eBay- you should have bought them from me". I proceeded to tell him the Retro is pretty reputable, and if he didn't charge $300 for HIDs I might have bought them from him . I'll keep you updated, ViPaDawG.

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I'm loving my car so far. I couldn't find the specific model I wanted in Austin/San Antonio, so I went all the way to Baytown Honda to get it. The 6MT was tough to find. There were only 12 in the entire state when I was shopping.

I don't have any tint/film on the windshield (yet). The ceramic tint is on the side windows and on the back window. I've noticed a big difference from regular tint in blocking out most of the heat, plus it is very clear and easy to see through at night.

If you can, please check the performance of your windshield film around 4 or 5 p.m. That's when it's nice and toasty.

Officer Knox is probably grumpy since they shut down the infamous Chicken Ranch in La Grange. So he's got nothing else to do but harass people on HW-71.
Haha, I will definitely check it out today! HW-71=
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HFP Underbody Kit

Self installed:
Honda Rear View Camera to Navi
Honda Interior Illumination Kit
Honda Odyssey Lower Garnish as Lower Coupe Grille

After-Market installations:
RetroSolutions 55W 5000K HIDs
XenonDepot Putco Interior Dome LEDs
3M Crystalline 70 Front Windshield Tint/Solar Guard
Enpro Distributions Clear Bra w/ Custom Cut for HFP kit
RVinyl Light Smoke Tail Tints
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To be honest, I got it installed yesterday! And while I live in Texas, it was rainy and in the 80/90s all day. I can't comment on the heat rejection quite yet. However, I can tell you that it doesn't affect the vision at all. It feels very OEM. I am really liking it, but I will update you once I feel the Texas heat!
would love updates on this when you've had more time with it!
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Another fellow Accord driving Texan here. Just want to suggest debadging the rear emblems, makes a huge difference to the look.
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Starbai- I'll let you know.

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Another fellow Accord driving Texan here. Just want to suggest debadging the rear emblems, makes a huge difference to the look.
Hahahah. Only way I'd ever do that is to mount up one of these babies:

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HFP Underbody Kit

Self installed:
Honda Rear View Camera to Navi
Honda Interior Illumination Kit
Honda Odyssey Lower Garnish as Lower Coupe Grille

After-Market installations:
RetroSolutions 55W 5000K HIDs
XenonDepot Putco Interior Dome LEDs
3M Crystalline 70 Front Windshield Tint/Solar Guard
Enpro Distributions Clear Bra w/ Custom Cut for HFP kit
RVinyl Light Smoke Tail Tints
Hardwired through panelling: Escort Passport 9500xi
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i see another houston/katy person. hello there!
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