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Old 12-03-2015, 11:50 AM
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Action Jackson's tinkering

Normally, my previous cars have had performance mods. The FIT will take a slightly different path.

Sport grill and rear splashguards included by dealership
Self applied sun strip (originally MacTac vinyl, now Vvivid Vinyl)
Self applied 3M Pro paint protection on hood, headlights, door handles.
Self applied generic yellow fog film
Self applied 3M clear on rear bumper, front tow hook area, fender side next to hood, and 4 roof points for roof rack.
Self applied "Carbon Fibre" Vvivid Vinyl on roof, front cowl, side pillar pieces and front grill.
Tinted Formula 1 15% sides, 5% rear

Husky Floor Mats (winter)
Aries 3D Beige floor mats (spring - fall)

Krownrust sprayed
Debadged "Fit"
Refinished 2004 Si alloys with Michelin Xi3 185/60/15H

Gas hood struts
JDM door storage/"dust bins"
JDM Hazard Button
COB interior LED
Generic cargo mat
Fake CF shifter plate trim
Perforated and smooth leather with red stitching steering wheel wrap (by Xuji)
Leather CVT shift knob wrap with red stitching
Leather handbrake wrap with red stitching
CG Lock
Razo RP121A Pedals

Audio Control LC7i Output Converter (White)
Kenwood KAC-M3004 Amp
Morel Maximus 602 components
Boston Acoustics S60 woofers for rear (mono)
Kicker KQ5 parametric equalizer
Kicker Hideaway 11HS8 powered sub
Rear custom trunk storage "improvement"

Fiamm Freeway Blaster Hi Tone Horn with OEM Hi horn
Fiamm Freeway Blaster Lo Tone Horn
Philips 130% H4 Halogen -> Philips X-treme Ultinon 12953BWX2 H4 150% LED bulbs
GK Fog Anytime On mod
Nokya H8 Hyper Yellow -> Dungu yellow LED fog bulbs -> H8/H11/H16 - Philips X-treme Ultinon LED Golden Yellow 2700K 12793UNIX2
OEM cargo light wired to 2nd cargo light with switch [HR-V] (Part number 34265-SFE-003)
Colorized various interior buttons/switches
USB port with voltage reading
USB port with voltage/temperature reading
FineVu CR2000 Omega GPS Dashcam
Generic Rear Pillar Lights with brake and turn function
EX-L mirror signals
Led turn signal bulbs with hyperflash fix
Gentex 50-GENK5AM auto dimming mirror with compass
Kirkland 51R Battery
Yakima roof rack with Jetstream bars

Upcoming:
52mm Water Temp Gauge
52mm Voltage Gauge







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I should've painted the wheels metallic silver, bronze, gold or gunmetal. But for winters, at least they'll be easy to clear the snow out of.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:02 AM
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really like the si wheels.

As for the krown rustproofing, I was going to do it as well but I've heard so many arguments suggesting it is better to simply spray wash the underbody once in a while in the winter. I guess since you and I are both in Ontario with the same car, we can both watch for rust in the future and compare.
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They've arrived!

Nice. Was going to order the same thing but waiting on some warranty repair to get done to make sure they don't try to weasel out of it.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:26 AM
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really like the si wheels.

As for the krown rustproofing, I was going to do it as well but I've heard so many arguments suggesting it is better to simply spray wash the underbody once in a while in the winter. I guess since you and I are both in Ontario with the same car, we can both watch for rust in the future and compare.
I'm not too crazy about the wheels' color, but they're winters, so no biggie.

My Protege5 was probably the only rust free Mazda in existence, until it was totalled. Taking apart the suspension was a breeze after 5 years. Rustproofing will also protect the engine bay, and electrical, etc...
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Old 12-08-2015, 02:25 PM
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Nice. Was going to order the same thing but waiting on some warranty repair to get done to make sure they don't try to weasel out of it.
I'll install this tmmw and post back. Hope your warranty work gets resolved.
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Old 12-08-2015, 02:32 PM
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From eBay. Contrary to the listing, this i not specific to the Fit . It seems a bit too wide. I'll trace out a cardboard mock up and give it a try.

http://www.fitfreak.net/forums/3rd-gen-gk-specific-fit-exterior-modifications-jdm-styling-sub-forum/91913-would-you-install-rear-bumper-guard.html#post1328995

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Old 12-09-2015, 06:00 PM
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MIT (Made in Taiwan?) Gas hood struts from eBay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/111710347204?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AITseller : mitaccessories1

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Don't lose this pin!

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I didn't like the suggested angle for this bracket as it kept rotating loosely. I'm hoping this angle fairs better. BTW, this bolt screws into the plastic headlight housing, so simply tightening this isn't an option.

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Paint got scratched up a bit.

Smaller front brace will not mount 180 facing forwards (as recommended) b/c it will just rotate.

You cannot over tighten forward bolt as the "nut" is the plastic housing of the headlights.

Hood opens up farther back.

When you open or close the hood, you can see the front bodywork and headlight housing flex (only a bit) just under the front brace.

Attach the strut to the front brace first b/c if you have to compress it, it's easier to compress it forwards, rather than pushing the hood away from the hood prop if you did the longer brace first.

Don't lose that pin!

You'll need a 10mm socket. I used high pressure grease and sprayed it into the pivot points of the struts.

The pivot points are all plastic - on the struts and on the brackets. The brackets themselves are metal.

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My angle for the front brace didn't work. It rotated.
So now I'll try this angle, which is what is originally suggested by the manufacturer:

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Old 12-10-2015, 09:27 AM
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I'll install this tmmw and post back. Hope your warranty work gets resolved.
Thanks for posting the pictures of the install and the final product. It looks good. Any gotchas during the install? When I do mine, I'll put some masking tape down to minimize scratches.

Is this a one person job if you do one side at a time?

I'm holding off installing because I'm trying to get Honda to fix my sagging front bumper. I'm just waiting to get it to their body shop. I don't want them saying that because I have the gas struts installed, that it is causing the bumper to sag. At this point, I wouldn't put it past them to try that...
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Thanks for posting the pictures of the install and the final product. It looks good. Any gotchas during the install? When I do mine, I'll put some masking tape down to minimize scratches.

Is this a one person job if you do one side at a time?

I'm holding off installing because I'm trying to get Honda to fix my sagging front bumper. I'm just waiting to get it to their body shop. I don't want them saying that because I have the gas struts installed, that it is causing the bumper to sag. At this point, I wouldn't put it past them to try that...
It's a one person job for sure.

Hope you get your bumper fixed. I tried to take off my front bumper to do my fog overlays, just like in the video for the sport horn install by College Hills (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDkb...ature=youtu.be 2 min mark) and I snapped one of the "clips" of the bumper. It was the top one on the passenger side.

Needless to say, I stopped right there. So only a small portion of the bumper sticks out a bit. I've removed the front bumpers from all of my cars, and it's sad how flimsy the one on the FIT is. I suppose to give us this level of equipment, costs are saved elsewhere.

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With my previous Saturn Astra, I didn't like the thin, vinyl steering wheel, so I wrapped it in a Wheelskins cover:
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I later learned to tuck in the sides under the steering wheel controls.

So I find the Fit's steering wheel just a bit too thin for my tastes.

I ordered this from Ali Express: http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/7127896415.html?orderId=71169890551127

This kits comes with the cover, a plastic shimming tool, a tacky thimble I never used, a sharp needle, good quality thread and some amazingly thin double sided tape, plus good instructions. I also have a metal pry tool for car panels that I used.

Big thank you to Stembridge for his pics on the steering wheel garnish. It helped big time.
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There you have it. Nice fitting, and nice and thick, real leather. The red stitching was a nice touch (I know, Type R). You can get other color threading.

I would highly recommend this. If you do this, double back on the threading occasionally as it helps to anchor what you're doing. I would've been able to close the slight gap a bit.

When I did the Saturn, I've snapped that really thick thread a few times, and that project took 5 hours. This one took maybe the same amount of time, but less frustrating. The thread in this kit never broke. It did cut into my finger a bit though, drawing a tiny bit of blood.


I've finally finished the wrap, the 2nd part is here:
https://www.fitfreak.net/forums/3rd-...ml#post1343658

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Very professional-looking, nice job!

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That looks fantastic! Much nicer than the wheelskin. I like how it tucks into the controls.
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Awesome wheel cover and installation!
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nice! i like how this one tucks into the inner part of the wheel. looks very oem. i got a universal one for 6$. if that one ever rips, i'll get one of these
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Wow, this is a nice touch! From the photos, it looks like a real OEM Steering wheel!

I would really be interested in this when i get my Jazz!
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i had the same hood strut installed on my mazda 3.. on the mazda i notice the front bracket with sticker should be facing down maybe you can try that
it's might same problem for the fit
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Thanks all. I redid the bottom 2 sides again. I couldn't close the gap anymore than 1mm. I needed to redo it anyways to realign one side, and to apply more of the double sided tape to finish it off.
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i had the same hood strut installed on my mazda 3.. on the mazda i notice the front bracket with sticker should be facing down maybe you can try that
it's might same problem for the fit
I ended up doing that, as recommended by the manufacturer. So far, no issues.
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Got around to improving the storage of the trunk. Hated the foam. This is version 1, just to see how long it lasts. Diamond Plate is something for the near future. Now I can properly store my stuff.

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Nice! I've thought about doing the same thing. I'm always concerned with putting anything of real weight back there.

What thickness plywood did you use? Hopefully it won't bend after a while.
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