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Old 02-12-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Like the title states-- UNIQUE HOME-MADE MODIFICATIONS ONLY--- This can also apply if you bought a shelf product and severly altered it from its original form.

Please do not post things that you just bought and painted or installed and want to show them off. There are other threads for that.

Please do not post pictures of "koji headlight mods", "garage door seal front lips" etc... we all know what the ultra common DIY stuff looks like.

In an attempt to keep this thread cleaner, please try to limit the amount of photos that you quote. This thread will be very pic heavy and people dont like scrolling past 4 quotes of the same 12 pictures that were posted of some awesome home-made goodness. Maybe just quote one photo instead of all 12.

This is an attempt to fix the "Show us your unique modifications" thread, which got sidetracked, and for those hardcore do-it-yourselfers who work magic with off-the wall materials. If I need to add something to this first post, please let me know.

Im sorry but i have no pictures that I can conjur up right now, and Im just too far away from my car to get good pictures. Hopefully someone else can offer up something good to start things off right.

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Old 02-12-2010, 04:01 PM   #2
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thank you for starting this thread, lets pray it does go in the crapper like the first one did.
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Old 02-12-2010, 04:22 PM   #3
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can i be the first?


Homemade light bar with ebay lights and custom fabbed rack fairing out of 1/8 inch aluminum
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:02 PM   #4
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i like that rack
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: The Official ONE-OFF DIY Modification Thread

Awesome. All my interior/exterior mods so far have been DIY, but they're the standard blacked interior, lighting conversion, diy grilles, etc.

Excited to see some fresh ideas!
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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Thanks, its the INNO Grabmax i picked up new on eBay for 50 bucks and the aluminum was just scrap i had laying around
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:08 PM   #7
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I posted this in the other modification thread but ill post it here too

Makes revmatching a breeze cause before my break and gas pedals were like forever away from each other makin it unsafe to heal toe.

the bolts stickin up dont cause any problems at all. I will more thgen likely make a refined version later. I just wanted to see proof of concept first



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Old 02-13-2010, 10:26 PM   #8
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I posted this in the other modification thread but ill post it here too

Makes revmatching a breeze cause before my break and gas pedals were like forever away from each other makin it unsafe to heal toe.

the bolts stickin up dont cause any problems at all. I will more thgen likely make a refined version later. I just wanted to see proof of concept first



looks cool i like the idea. You could round the edges and use button head bolts for it to make it look a little bit cleaner. Nice work though
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:25 PM   #9
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and again!

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I guess I'll unveil it here.
I call it the Moretrofit. BMW HID Projectors in GC8 Morette Housings. All my idea, thank you very much






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Old 02-13-2010, 06:55 PM   #10
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well here is the start of my light bar for my 05 XT its kind of based on the RI stylefor like a wrx but iam making it my self


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Old 02-13-2010, 07:17 PM   #11
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Here is my homemade dual 52mm gauge pod that covers the cigarette lighter and ashtray. I used the OEM shifter trim, ebay triple gauge pod and fiberglass/bondo for the structure and it is covered in black Alcantara. This is still a work in progress, but I am very close to finishing.


(it could also be a dual shot glass holder)
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:38 PM   #12
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Here is my homemade dual 52mm gauge pod that covers the cigarette lighter and ashtray. I used the OEM shifter trim, ebay triple gauge pod and fiberglass/bondo for the structure and it is covered in black Alcantara. This is still a work in progress, but I am very close to finishing.


(it could also be a dual shot glass holder)
Looks good!

My friend did something like that back in 04ish.









I am currently working with someone to make me one in carbon fiber to flush mount my defi controller and apexi acvr.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:12 PM   #13
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^^^^awesome, i wish i had your skills
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:09 PM   #14
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The suede wrap on your gague pod holder is nice.did you do any more of yourcar in suede. Im trying to wrap my A,B,and C pillars in suede
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Here is my homemade dual 52mm gauge pod that covers the cigarette lighter and ashtray. I used the OEM shifter trim, ebay triple gauge pod and fiberglass/bondo for the structure and it is covered in black Alcantara. This is still a work in progress, but I am very close to finishing.


(it could also be a dual shot glass holder)
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:32 AM   #15
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The suede wrap on your gague pod holder is nice.did you do any more of yourcar in suede. Im trying to wrap my A,B,and C pillars in suede
I have a whole thread on my interior here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=184566

A and C pillars are super easy but the B pillar is difficult/impossible because of the bend at the top/front.

I have been working on an 05-07 center console which I should be installing soon along with some items that I am going to have JPM Coachworks do. Once I have everything installed I will update my thread then.
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:49 PM   #16
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i dont understand why people instist on putting gauges way down there, if they arent important just dont put them in... if they are important keep them in your line of sight.
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:41 PM   #17
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i dont understand why people instist on putting gauges way down there, if they arent important just dont put them in... if they are important keep them in your line of sight.
I plan on using external warning lights for these gauges which are going to be in my direct line of sight.
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:07 PM   #18
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Guess I'll add my gauge pod here....full thread can be found here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1715228


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Old 02-14-2010, 11:34 PM   #19
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Guess I'll add my gauge pod here....full thread can be found here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1715228
Wow I thought the first photo looked kinda wierd, but after scrolling to the second one, its so functional its awesome. I always hated the thought of losing my clock pod up there if i wanted to put in gauges

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Old 02-14-2010, 11:44 PM   #20
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^^That gauge pod is awesome!!

To the OP: Please make it a rule in the first post that you are not allowed to quote pictures that are directly above your freaking post...
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:45 PM   #21
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Seems like a bit of a light bar theme going on here so I'll post mine too, I also posted it the unique mod thread, but I'll post here as well:

Custom fab light bar, polished with 4 hella 500ff.
I took it on a dark canyon last night it was great, like driving in daylight.








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Old 02-15-2010, 12:10 AM   #22
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tow hook plate...3/8" 6061 t6 cut with an angle grinder. Working on a rounded version for v.2



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Old 02-15-2010, 12:51 AM   #23
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swapped the lights so only the center circles would be on with the parking lights


Then made it so all three on each side would light when appling the brakes, Also added Cadillac Escalade 3rd brake light.


Added a front Tray out of some 1/8 aluminum.


Installed the rear diffuser without needing the front mounts, just fabbed a quick rear mount.


Much beefier fender brackets

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Old 02-20-2010, 08:42 PM   #24
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Seems like a bit of a light bar theme going on here so I'll post mine too, I also posted it the unique mod thread, but I'll post here as well:

Custom fab light bar, polished with 4 hella 500ff.
I took it on a dark canyon last night it was great, like driving in daylight.

Adding some JDM fogs (or the PIAA setup posted on this thread) would be the tits...
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:41 PM   #25
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How did you mount the bar? And what kind of metal did you use? This looks really good.
The bar has four mounting points, two below the bumper bolted to the frame (I think it's the same spots where the rally innovation light bar mounts, and two more in the lower grill on the radiator support. I still need to reinforce the radiator support as if I were to actually hit anything with it it would rip out the tin the radiator support is made of and probably puncture my radiator.
The bar is made of stainless steel, my original idea was to powdercoat it black, but when the fabrication was done and I bolted it on, I liked the shiny look the steel had, and decided to have it polished. The only downside is that even though it's polished it still tarnishes slightly when it gets rained on, which means I have to clean it up with some polishing compound every time it rains (Good thing it almost never rains here in SoCal). I asked my polish guy about a clearcoat powder coat on it but he said it would give it a cloudy finish.

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Adding some JDM fogs (or the PIAA setup posted on this thread) would be the tits...
I used to be all about the JDM fog look, I thought it looked really good, still do. I think I'm all set for lighting for the time being. The only other lighting mods I've got planned for now is an HID retrofit. But maybe down the road when I run out of other things to do to the car I'll look into a fog upgrade.
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