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Old 02-18-2018, 10:18 AM
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Mods That Work

I have made the following relatively inexpensive mods to my 2015 Fit EX:
Auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink
Tint all around
Progress rear anti-sway bar
Tanabe front torsion reinforcement bar
Performance Stage 1 chip
AEM intake
Akrapovic exhaust tip
Badging

IMHO, the ones that made the most difference in everyday commuting were the anti-sway bar, tint, mirror, and Tanabe bar. The chip is noticeable, but not that impressive. Iíd skip the intake and perhaps get the Tanabe Medalion exhaust instead.

All-in-all, its more fun to drive now, and I still love the carís versatility and character.
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I agree on the rsb, it definitely is something I'd do again.

What performance chip do you have?

Does the Tanabe bar go near the strut towers in the front? Does it really make a difference as it doesn't seem to really connect to the strut towers like typical setups?

I didn't like how the AEM is situated near the firewall. Seems it would get hot air there. Instead I went with a ram air intake with a K&n drop in. Seems to work pretty well.

Since it's my daily commuter, I'm not doing anything crazy with it. If like to do new discs and pads when the stock units wear out. Also minor drop springs with new struts.
 
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Originally Posted by Nedpoins View Post
I have made the following relatively inexpensive mods to my 2015 Fit EX:
Auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink
Tint all around
Progress rear anti-sway bar
Tanabe front torsion reinforcement bar
Performance Stage 1 chip
AEM intake
Akrapovic exhaust tip
Badging
do those badges give u like 50hp?

http://www.jdmprostreet.com.au/wp-co...0x39-White.jpg
 
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Old 02-18-2018, 03:51 PM
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Yea, the badges make a BIG difference! The Tanabe bar definitely tightened up the front end. Itís a GTE Stage 1 performance chip. I put on some EBC slotted discs up front with ceramic pads. They feel much better and stopping power has improved. The slots make me feel better, thatís all.

These are all pretty cheap mods that make my commute more entertaining.
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On a street driven car, none of these made any real difference.
 
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well, i donno about the rest, but i have to agree with the op that the self-dimming mirror with compass is a nice feature.. and the only 'mod' that's on my GK..
 
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Yea, the badges make a BIG difference! The Tanabe bar definitely tightened up the front end. Itís a GTE Stage 1 performance chip. I put on some EBC slotted discs up front with ceramic pads. They feel much better and stopping power has improved. The slots make me feel better, thatís all.

These are all pretty cheap mods that make my commute more entertaining.
Nedpoins
Fit is my commuter car too so I've lightly modified to make my commute more enjoyable. When the original tires wore out, I put 205s instead.

Some interior mods that have helped:

Taller center armrest with storage - nice to rest your elbow and place to put pens, lotion etc
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Leather wrapped shift knob
12v multiple USB outlet 4.8 amp charger - charges phone faster
Magnetic phone mount - makes running Waze easier
Husky floor mats
Aluminum/rubber pedals - oem gas pedal seemed slippery
Sunglass holder that replaces the driver oh crap handle
Dash camera that goes over rear view mirror - it's much larger than the stock mirror and records front and rear simultaneously.
 
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Old 02-19-2018, 08:40 AM
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husky floor liners are definitely a must-have for people in the snowbelt (or mud) states.
 
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Originally Posted by Nedpoins View Post
I have made the following relatively inexpensive mods to my 2015 Fit EX:
Auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink
Tint all around
Progress rear anti-sway bar
Tanabe front torsion reinforcement bar
Performance Stage 1 chip
AEM intake
Akrapovic exhaust tip
Badging

IMHO, the ones that made the most difference in everyday commuting were the anti-sway bar, tint, mirror, and Tanabe bar. The chip is noticeable, but not that impressive. Iíd skip the intake and perhaps get the Tanabe Medalion exhaust instead.

All-in-all, its more fun to drive now, and I still love the carís versatility and character.
Nedpoins

It's all subjective. I have ZERO use for tinted windows. Kind of hard to see at night living out in the country. Maybe if I lived in Florida I might think different?

For a street car I don't see the strut mount brace or the rear sway bar making any difference? I autocross a WRX and have a collection of rear sway bars that I used as a tuning aid at autocross events. When I'm driving my car on the street, I don't really feel any difference between any of the bars I've had on my car vs stock. Pushing your car to that limit on the street is endangering someones life. Either yours or the soccer mom in the mini van who hasn't consented to it.

Mods that work are:

Wheels & Tires
Performance Alignment
Koni or Bilstein struts
Driver mod. Find your local SCCA chapter and sign up for the local autocross school to learn car control. It will teach you how slow you are regardless of the mods you have installed.
 
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I live in Florida. You would think different. ;-)
 
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Thumbs up My Mods To Do List;

K&N Air and Cabin Filter
Borla Muffler
Carbon Fiber wrap on the hood
2018 Sport Wheels (not the HPF Wheels)
Stock size Yokohama Tires
2018 Sport Front/Rear Bumpers.
 
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Hey Rob,

I just got a '18 sport and am curious about your thoughts on tires/wheels?
For a 1.3l engine I don't really expect much out of the fit but also curious about what you meant by "performance alignment"?

I'm all about comfort. I figured one day I'm upgrade the shocks but that doesn't seem to be a popular mod here.

Complete noob so anything you add is something to learn.

thanks.

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Mods that work are:

Wheels & Tires
Performance Alignment
Koni or Bilstein struts
Driver mod. Find your local SCCA chapter and sign up for the local autocross school to learn car control. It will teach you how slow you are regardless of the mods you have installed.
 
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:49 PM
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For work commute, the mods will be useful are: Self-Dimming rear mirror, bigger cup holder for my coffee hydro flask, better headlight, and movable (sliding type) visor when using to block sun from driver's side.
 
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Where did you pick up the auto dimming mirror and was it a hard install?

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Originally Posted by Nedpoins View Post
I have made the following relatively inexpensive mods to my 2015 Fit EX:
Auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink
Tint all around
Progress rear anti-sway bar
Tanabe front torsion reinforcement bar
Performance Stage 1 chip
AEM intake
Akrapovic exhaust tip
Badging

IMHO, the ones that made the most difference in everyday commuting were the anti-sway bar, tint, mirror, and Tanabe bar. The chip is noticeable, but not that impressive. Iíd skip the intake and perhaps get the Tanabe Medalion exhaust instead.

All-in-all, its more fun to drive now, and I still love the carís versatility and character.
Nedpoins
 
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Performance Stage 1 chip
First I've heard of this. More information please!
 
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First I've heard of this. More information please!
 
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Hey Rob,

I just got a '18 sport and am curious about your thoughts on tires/wheels?
For a 1.3l engine I don't really expect much out of the fit but also curious about what you meant by "performance alignment"?

I'm all about comfort. I figured one day I'm upgrade the shocks but that doesn't seem to be a popular mod here.

Complete noob so anything you add is something to learn.

thanks.
First off you have to ask yourself what your comfort level with tire wear/replacement is?

Tires are a series of compromises. You won't find a tire to stick like glue and last 60K miles. Just won't happen. If you want it to stick like glue and you can live with maybe 10-15K miles of use at most then Bridgestone RE-71R or BF Goodrich Rival S 1.5 tires. If you're looking at maybe 20-30K max than maybe something like the Bridgestone RE760 Sport? If you need more miles or cheaper tires than you'll pay the price of loss of grip. The stickier tires will also effect your fuel economy.

Stock alignment usually has the wheels with a toe in condition and conservative camberfor high speed for stability and wear. Going to a ZERO toe and maxing out the negative camber to say 2 degrees will make the car turn in faster and corner better at the expense of tire wear and high speed stability. If for the most part you're comfortable with increased tire wear and don't plan on driving at 80-90mph on regular basis than it's fine.

In regard to wheels. For my 2017 Fit I like 16X7" and as light as possible. What you choose will depend on your budget or likes in regard to styling. I know some have posted pics with 15X7" and 17X7" and seem happy. For me the 16X7" with a 205/45-50/16 is a good compromise of handling and performance without too bad of a milage sacrifice.

Lastly, to reiterate there is no free lunch in regard to tires. It's the single biggest improvement you can make to your car, but the most overlooked. I think it's because people don't understand their value to performance or it's because they don't bring the same amount of street credibility as saying I put coil overs, adjustable aluminum control arms, strut tower braces or whatever suspension mod.

Good luck with your project
 

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