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  • Weathertech mats. Check.
  • Catchcan. Check.
  • Block heater. Check.
  • Spoiler? Not happening.
  • Tint? Maybe.
  • Big 3? 1 or 2 maybe.
    • Cables are not impressive at all.
  • Ceramic coating?
    • DIY?
    • Pro?
  • Paint protection film?
    • Hood and roof only?
    • Whole hog?
  • Chrome delete? Not likely.
  • Blacken the mags? Tempted.
  • Pinstripe the car? (Kidding).
    • Maybe not kidding ...
  • Louvre kit to restrict airflow to the engine compartment in the winter?
    • Fixed blockers instead?
  • Index the spark plugs?
    • Yeah, not happening.
  • Oil pressure and temperature sensors/gauges?
    • Nerding needs.
  • Volts/Amps gauge
    • See above
  • Puddle lights
    • Lamborghini lenses
 

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Not sure how you live without tint. I wasn’t a fan then around 10 years ago got talked into it and now cannot live without it. Perhaps in Canada or cold weather US states it’s not as big of an issue but the sun blocking and privacy is nice.
what about performance mods? Hondata tune?
 

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Tint? In Montreal? I'd say completely unnecessary.

Paint protection film is a real good idea. I had some 8-mil thick stuff made by 3M applied to the leading edges of the hood and fenders of my Accord two (?) years ago. Six months or so later, I noticed something hit hard enough to dent the metal and tear off a 2x3mm piece of the film -- but the paint was undamaged. I was impressed.

The only problem with PPF is you shouldn't take the car through automatic car washes, certainly not after it has a hole in it like mine. The water pressure can start to peel it off.
 

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I don’t see a black out for the front grillE on your list. Depending on the color of your car is a must have.

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Black out the rear emblems with Plastidip
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I know you say no to the rear spoiler but I think this made one of the biggest differences in the way the car looks. The type V covers the stock holes so it’s very easy to install and not terribly expensive.
 

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Getting rid of the chrome, tinting the windows, and tinting the amber reflector in the headlights i feel make the biggest impact visually. Have you changed the interior lights to LEDs? This makes a big difference too, as it certainly makes the car more luxurious. Not a fan of any incandescent lighting on a car.
 

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Just about every friend that's had the film installed regrets it after several years. Two recent cases: '13 G37 and a '14 535. Both installed as new cars, both look like pure YOU KNOW WHAT now. Just terrible. I have no doubt of their protective ability but the extreme temps + salt here in Canada wreak havoc with them, in my opinion.

As to tint, it is still quite useful here. While we do have hefty winters, our summers can be hot. I have always had tinted windows, where the bigger issue here is cops from jurisdictions that pick on out of towners on their tint, since the tint does not conform to local law. I'm sure this happens everywhere but is particularly noted here with one jurisdiction in particular. Depending on where you live, this may not apply to you. The 535 above just got nailed...he was traveling to his cottage and crossed into a province with 1. lower tint % values; and 2. cops that have ticket quotas. Toxic combo...

I second the LED lighting upgrades. I did every interior one and its quite a difference, much brighter. Very quick and easy to do, and not very costly.
 

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I don’t see a black out for the front grillE on your list.

I know you say no to the rear spoiler but I think this made one of the biggest differences in the way the car looks. The type V covers the stock holes so it’s very easy to install and not terribly expensive.
Black grillE is an interesting idea - but the car is black ... so ...

Spoiler? It's a fundamental thing with me.


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Tint is very useful, esp. on days like today, to reduce the glare when the sun is low and bright. IAC, it's not a high priority.

I'm leaning more to ceramic - but would do it myself. Place near my company wants $1500+ tax... I just need 36 - 48 hours of clean, uninterrupted enclosed space to work and cure it.

I saw the effect of film + peel on my son's Subaru. Not pretty.

Go big and convert to a manual transmission.
Oooooohhhhhhhhhh.......... :cautious:

I sort of regret not taking the 6 speed. But it was married to low profile and other options I didn't care to have. I was also misled by the stated poorer fuel economy. I interpreted that (at the time) to mean it was due to a less efficient gear ratio package. Only later found it was due to the low profile tires.

OTOH, I've almost paid this one off. I could trade it in right? (Yes, my SO is not looking over my shoulder at present).


@Brian Pierson @LarryP
I don't mind the lighting at present. I prefer lighting to be set as low as possible, dash dimmed as much as possible, dials and such dimmed as much as possible.

My only lighting research so far is to possibly add a bright purple LED array to the back to warn people when I'm driving at 85 km/hr on the highway (my "hyper-ish" miling) in the morning. It's the only almost legal colour I can use here. (In the code here purple is for funerals, but nobody actually uses it). I'd run a wire from a switch where the wiper heater is back to the lights. Pick off the power from the driver's fuse box.
My morning drive is a very sedate thing so I want people to pick up on it sooner. No fun having an 18 wheeler looming in the rearview ...

(Coming home at night is quicker. But then there's beer in the fridge...).

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The notion of tuning is interesting to me, but I'd be more interested in fuel economy tunes. For that matter K&N kits for induction are a temptation because they "must" reduce induction pumping losses.
However those worlds are really oriented to power improvements rather than efficiency. So it's not extremely tempting.
 

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Here is an idea: what about headlight films?

My 8th Gen comes with them, which can help combating fading especially if you park outside a lot.

@CHS Touring
The notion of tuning is interesting to me, but I'd be more interested in fuel economy tunes. For that matter K&N kits for induction are a temptation because they "must" reduce induction pumping losses.
However those worlds are really oriented to power improvements rather than efficiency. So it's not extremely tempting.
IDK if this is a financially sound idea. I wonder how long it will take for the fuel saving to pay back the tune and/or the CAI.
 

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Headlight film. Hadn't even heard of it. I'll add it to the list.

IDK if this is a financially sound idea. I wonder how long it will take for the fuel saving to pay back the tune and/or the CAI.
Well, it's not like I'm making a business decision on these things... Just doing "car guy" stuff (although I'm not much of a car guy).
 

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@Brian Pierson @LarryP

I don't mind the lighting at present. I prefer lighting to be set as low as possible, dash dimmed as much as possible, dials and such dimmed as much as possible.

My only lighting research so far is to possibly add a bright purple LED array to the back to warn people when I'm driving at 85 km/hr on the highway (my "hyper-ish" miling) in the morning. It's the only almost legal colour I can use here. (In the code here purple is for funerals, but nobody actually uses it). I'd run a wire from a switch where the wiper heater is back to the lights. Pick off the power from the driver's fuse box.
My morning drive is a very sedate thing so I want people to pick up on it sooner. No fun having an 18 wheeler looming in the rearview ...

(Coming home at night is quicker. But then there's beer in the fridge...).
If you're driving around 53 mph (for those of us playing from the States) on the highway and it's causing 18 wheelers to get pissed because you're going slower than normal traffic in the right lane...

AND you're only doing this because it's a "sedate thing" and you're "hyper-ish miling"...

AND you think you need a bright purple LED array to actively WARN others that you're driving dangerously slow...

You might need to speed up or pick a different road. Holy cow...
 

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^The speed limit is 100. The minimum is 60. 85 is quite fine there. It is not "dangerously slow"[1]. Others drive at that speed too. Occasionally I'm part of a cohort driving at about that speed. The left lane is faster and there's plenty of room at that time of day. (9:30 - 10:00). I stick to the right edge leaving them plenty of room and visibility as well. But there's occasionally someone not paying attention - so I want to be more visible[2].

At a major highway crossing along the way I do have to adjust my speed at two onramps (speed up or slow down to make it easier for all involved).

So if I happen to be alone, or the last car in a cohort, then it's kinda nice to get the attention of people as soon as possible. Nice like. Better than not, of course.

I've tried just leaving the lights on, but in daylight the red taillights are not especially "stand out". If they were that would suffice.

So, an LED array that people would really pick up on from about 300m back would be good. I notice tail fog light LED arrays (red) that people turn on even on clear days are very visible from a distance. Maybe that'll be the trick.

[1] I realize that now that you've taken that stance that you're stuck with it. Sleep well troll, sleep well.

[2] What's the saying? Surely it's not original? Surely you've heard it? "See and be seen".
 

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It wasn't a troll, it was an observation. You're the guy that turns his hazards on and drives 20 under in the left lane when it's drizzling.

Worse still, you're trying to monitor your coolant temperature while everyone else is just trying to get to work on time.
 

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It wasn't a troll, it was an observation. You're the guy that turns his hazards on and drives 20 under in the left lane when it's drizzling.

Worse still, you're trying to monitor your coolant temperature while everyone else is just trying to get to work on time.
You are jumping to conclusions. Dude just wants to cruise at 85km/h or 53mph in the right lane, chill. That's not nearly the same thing as hogging the left lane.

I don't personally do it but he isn't breaking any law and I am assuming he is doing it on a two-lane highway so you are free to pass him.

That said, I don't agree with the purple light idea. It will only cause confusion and distraction from other drivers. This is overthinking IMO.
 

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That said, I don't agree with the purple light idea. It will only cause confusion and distraction from other drivers. This is overthinking IMO.
This. You are drawing more attention to yourself for no good reason and zero people will understand what this purple light is. I wouldn't be surprised if this causes someone to have target fixation and rear-ends you.

I think you should make another thread about a block heater as your next step.
 

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It wasn't a troll, it was an observation. You're the guy that turns his hazards on and drives 20 under in the left lane when it's drizzling.

Worse still, you're trying to monitor your coolant temperature while everyone else is just trying to get to work on time.
It wasn't an observation, it was an attack. Something you seem very determined to do of late. I've suggested you ignore my posts since they seem to cause you some degree of stress. See your physician and get your blood pressure checked before reading any more of my posts, please, I don't want to feel involved in a sudden medical event on your side. Or broken pearl strings for that matter.

85 is 15 under the max and 25 over the minimum. And that's in km/hr. And that is not at rush hour. And that is in the right lane. And that is when there is plenty of room in the left lane. Hazards? Where did you pull that out of?

All I want is for all of those less attentive drivers to have a higher chance of spotting me sooner.

As to the 'coolant temperature' remark that is more projection based on your seeming obsession with everything I write. I'm very much a heads up driver.

This. You are drawing more attention to yourself for no good reason and zero people will understand what this purple light is. I wouldn't be surprised if this causes someone to have target fixation and rear-ends you.

I think you should make another thread about a block heater as your next step.
1) Drawing attention is a good first step. Too many people are distracted. It's a very good reason.
2) The purple light comment is possibly valid (other than the unlikely "fixation/rear-ending" part). IAC, it will probably be more expedient to get a centre fog light (red) as long as I can wire it to a switch that I activate when needed.[1].

The BH comment is gratuitous, but given past sarcasm, .... par.

[1] Could make for a neat Arduino project. Integrate a GPS (position and speed) and have it automatically activate if I'm on the highway and below 95 km/hr for more than 30 seconds or so... hard part is getting a database of locations and speed limits and getting that to the Arduino...
 

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It wasn't an observation, it was an attack. Something you seem very determined to do of late. I've suggested you ignore my posts since they seem to cause you some degree of stress. See your physician and get your blood pressure checked before reading any more of my posts, please, I don't want to feel involved in a sudden medical event on your side. Or broken pearl strings for that matter.

85 is 15 under the max and 25 over the minimum. And that's in km/hr. And that is not at rush hour. And that is in the right lane. And that is when there is plenty of room in the left lane. Hazards? Where did you pull that out of?

All I want is for all of those less attentive drivers to have a higher chance of spotting me sooner.

As to the 'coolant temperature' remark that is more projection based on your seeming obsession with everything I write. I'm very much a heads up driver.
I'm not stressed -- you put a lot of random stuff out there for comment, and I comment. Interesting that your response to a perceived "attack" is an attack -- or your version of one, anyway.

Back on topic -- I think you should consider hiring an escort vehicle for safety. That way you have a buffer when the 18 wheeler trying to get his load delivered DOES experience elevated blood pressure because there's someone in the right lane with purple LEDs driving 10 under.
 

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1) Drawing attention is a good first step. Too many people are distracted. It's a very good reason.
2) The purple light comment is possibly valid (other than the unlikely "fixation/rear-ending" part). IAC, it will probably be more expedient to get a centre fog light (red) as long as I can wire it to a switch that I activate when needed.[1].

The BH comment is gratuitous, but given past sarcasm, .... par.

[1] Could make for a neat Arduino project. Integrate a GPS (position and speed) and have it automatically activate if I'm on the highway and below 95 km/hr for more than 30 seconds or so... hard part is getting a database of locations and speed limits and getting that to the Arduino...
But if your attention ends up in confusion, that's not helping you.

Some newer BMWs(and other German cars), for example, have this feature where the centre brake light would flash if you are slamming on the brake. Theoretically it's to bring more attention as well, except no one in North America has any idea why the centre brake light flashes, and that just ends up confusing other drivers. Keep in mind this is an OEM feature, not an aftermarket one.

This goes without saying, but safety first. If a situation rises where speeding up is a safer choice, speed up. Defensive driving is also a good thing to practice. There are a few driving techniques that are more efficient, except very few practice them because they are too dangerous to be safely practiced on public roads.

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