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Old 02-08-2017, 09:12 AM
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Putting this here as well to update when things change

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Well December time frame the heater core went out in my '99 Cherokee daily driver :/ So I convinced her that she wanted a more comfortable sedan and we got her a '14 Nissan Sentra with 12k, which made the Fit my new daily driver. Well stock is not my thing, so now the adventure stats. Picked the legit Mugens up for a steal, 16x7.
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While waiting for those to get here I detailed the car inside and out, shaved the rear carpet to make it look better.


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Then we got snow, so the wheels didn't go on yet

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Snow went away, got them on finally.






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Color matched some of the interior pieces


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Applied a few of "JDM" decals I got from a Japanese friend

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I have more plans, just need to save $$$ and decide what direction I want to go. Need to take care of that wheel gap I want to keep the MPG up on this on as she is my daily now. Since December my average MPG is 40.8, it was 40.9 before I put the Mugen wheels, .1 mpg is acceptable
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:17 AM
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Here are some more pics, added som non-skid to the rear bumper to cover up scratches from previous owner :/
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Old 02-08-2017, 03:46 PM
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sweet! those wheels look great with this color. Looks good, dude. Get some springs on it for some lows.
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:01 PM
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sweet! those wheels look great with this color. Looks good, dude. Get some springs on it for some lows.
Thank you sir, and trust me I know way too much gap Tax time has me thinking airbags but that is a quarter the price of the car


Also remembered a few more things I've done and installed pics of the trim. Stubby antenna, reversed the rear wiper, installed a "wide" blue Spoon sports rear view mirror and found this shifter "sock" in the glove box of my Prelude; some swag I got from a car show.
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It rained today, pardon the dirt
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:38 PM
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i'm liking that Spoon rear-view. Seems very useful.

If I may ask, why did you reverse the rear wiper? any advantage to that? It's the first time I've heard of it.
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:55 PM
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I did it to be different, rumor has it, that it "might" make the blade last longer, because you don't get the build up of dirt on it like you would in the oem position, but hey, to each his own Several of the 2nd gen guys have done it, I used their writeup.

I also swapped out the cabin air filter today. I am go to assume that this is the oem one from the factory, LOL!
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:07 PM
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So while admiring my wheels, I got tired of seeing rust and bare metal behind them. On Saturday, the weather was warm enough to ceramic coat the brakes, not much of a write up just some before and after. I used the same(Dupli-color caliper coating) on my Prelude back in 2012 and it still looks great.
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Forgot to take a before of the rear drums, here's mid way through cleaning with a wire-wheel
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Old 02-21-2017, 02:08 PM
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those wheels look so sweet!
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Really like your trim piece color mod... any pics or info on the removal process? Can they be carefully pried out without removing the dash?

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Old 02-21-2017, 06:06 PM
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Hows the spoon rear view mirror compared to the stock one? I was thinking about picking one up
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Old 02-21-2017, 08:13 PM
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Hows the spoon rear view mirror compared to the stock one? I was thinking about picking one up
Take some getting used to, it keeps most of the light from being too bright, but there is no alternate angle in it, like the stock one. The wide angle part work good to look at the rear passangers, not to effective because all the blind spots the Fit has in the back, but it helps over the stock one.



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those wheels look so sweet!
Thanks, I love them too, but they are a pain to clean

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Really like your trim piece color mod... any pics or info on the removal process? Can they be carefully pried out without removing the dash?

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Thanks, I don;t have instructions, but I took a few pis for ya.
Step one, pull the gauge cluster surround; by putting you fingers under it just above the steering column
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Then you can see the complete trim pieces
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Start prying with your finger or a non-marring(plastic) tool where my fingers are and work you way outboard.

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Hope it helps, just take it slow and easy.

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Awesome - looks pretty simple. Thanks!

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Old 02-27-2017, 09:28 AM
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So I polished the window visors, the rear plastic garnish and the tailights. Bringing a used car back to where it should be.
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Also blacked out the rear wheel wells
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:52 PM
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nice work! the polish really did the trick. Did you wet-sand or just polish?
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:03 PM
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nice work! the polish really did the trick. Did you wet-sand or just polish?
Just polish, nothing deep enough for wet sanding yet.
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So my mileage on the Fit after the first month and a half was 40.9mpg(on 87). I decided to try something. So, the last two tanks, I filled up with premium(92 octane). Mileage jumped to 43.5mpg. Noticed when we bought the Fit the under engine aero cover was missing(had been ripped off). The cheapest I've found the replacement for is $149😮 You can see in the photos where the hardware was ripped away, well I had this piece of aluminum that's about the right size. Today's project, fix the"aero" hole 😜 The front 2 hole in the aluminum panel lined up perfectly, yay no drilling in the heat treated aluminum😝 Wanted it sort of quick to remove but secure, so I made these finger that you wedge the panel in between those an the frame. I used the 2 middle holes as opposed to the original mounting spots because I could easily get to the back of these 2 holes. To remove, just remove the front two screws and pull forward(for oil changes). Had a slight gap at the front, so I took an air dam I had from the wife's old car. Reshaped it to cover the gap. Now to see if there are any mileage gains

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that's a great idea, actually. well done!
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that's a great idea, actually. well done!
Thank you, still need to get some longer screws for the front, to make it easier to pull it all together, the stock screws just barely reach and make it difficult to get started.
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Good job. I'm curious to see if it affects your mileage. There are some who thinks it makes no difference.
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I am curious too, This was the first trip after I filled up and reset the trip meter. I know way too soon to be overjoyed and preaching, lol. I know it will go down, but it's the highest I've ever seen on my Fit.
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