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Old 12-13-2001, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Misc Legacy appearance mods (pics)

Howdy,

I just finished installing a few cosmetic mods to my car so I thought I'd post up some pics just in case they might inspire someone (and for peer review!).

#1. Custom STi muffler. Fills the space nicely, not to ricey! Sounds good too.



#2. STi Automatic pedals. I finally got around to installing the dead pedal last night. They look MUCH more at home with it on. (sorry for the blurry pic!)



#3. Ligtweight security lugnuts that Imprezr was selling. They look better, weigh less, and add mucho security because they require a key. Satin finish.



#4. Probably the one cosmetic mod I'm most proud of because I did it myself. Custom aluminum shifter surround. It took me four hours to make and three failed attempts. I covered my whole dining room with aluminum dust and shrapnel. It took a screwdriver, drillgun, and a dremel + 4 or 5 hours. I've been wanting to do this since I got the car and I finally found the materials to do it a pep boys. Feel free to ask questions if you want. I don't have time to do instructions right now.





That's all for now. Next up: Side Markers and maybe zoom mirrors.

-Steve
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Old 12-13-2001, 01:13 PM   #2
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I'd like to see the mods but all I get are x's

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Old 12-13-2001, 01:17 PM   #3
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Yeah, there was something funky going on with the server, just try back every once in a while and it'll work. They worked for me just now.

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Old 12-13-2001, 01:53 PM   #4
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Was it an Impreza muffler and you had custom piping added?
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Old 12-13-2001, 02:06 PM   #5
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Exactly. Also, the tip had to be extended where it exited the backbox because it didn't extend far enough (+4 or 5 inches)

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Old 12-13-2001, 02:25 PM   #6
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I still can't see the pics
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Old 12-13-2001, 02:32 PM   #7
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Default I still can't see them either.

I had an idea of taking the Sti muffler and having custom piping made but I found a better deal on a custom exhaust around here. I originally wanted something quiet, but after having my current exhaust for a while, I've grown accustomed to it. Make no mistake, this thing is LOUD. Compared it to CRAZYKEN's Stromung . . . no comparison.

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Old 12-13-2001, 02:47 PM   #8
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HA!

I think I found a way to do it. Albiet much smaller pics.

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Old 12-13-2001, 02:56 PM   #9
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Thumbs up NICE

I like what you've done with your ride. The exhaust turned out very well!!

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Old 12-13-2001, 05:31 PM   #10
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I finally found the materials to do it a pep boys. Feel free to ask questions if you want.

Ok, What materials and tools did you use? And how did you do it? /Mark
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Old 12-13-2001, 06:44 PM   #11
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1. Disassembled the whole shifter assembly (very easy!)
2. took the stock shifter trim inside (all of it )
3. Took very thin aluminum sheet (Pep Boys paint section, comes in a roll) and cut with normal scisors roughly to size of the trim peice I was creating
4. (pay attention here). I drilled two small holes into the stock plastic trim in an area that doesn't show once it is re-installed, and I temporarily screwed the aluminum sheet onto the plastic so it wouldn't move around while I was tracing and machining it.
5. I popped off the gear indicator panel (had to drill out the nubs that were holding it on).

At this point I had the aluminum snugly and firmly mounted on the stock plastic. Make sure it is VERY snug or your template will be sized wrong

6. With a thin felt sharpie marker, I traced the shape of both the cutouts (shifter and indicator). Then I unscrewed the aluminum, flipped it over, screwed it back in using the same holes and repeated the same tacing process on the other side so I would have a cutting template on both sides of the metal.
7. Drilled holes all over in the two areas that had to be cut out, then did more cutting with small scisiors to get a good rough cutout. Keep in mind I did all the cutting while the metal was still screwed into the original plastic, this helped make sure I wouldn't fudge things or crease the very thin metal.
8. This was the fun part. After clearing out as much of the holes as possible with the drill and scisors, you just go to town with the dremel (I used the cylindrical bit) and clear out the remaining area. I went slow and it paid off with nice, perfect cutout.
9. With steel wool or equivalent, I brushed any leftover sharpie marks and made a nice smooth brushed finish. I also used the steel wool to get rid of any burrs so I wouldn't snag myself when I was shifting.
10. Remove ONE screw and pivot aluminum off to the side. Add your choice of bonding agent to the bottom of the aluminum, return aluminum to correct position, replace the screw you removed, and press firmly. Let dry
11. Put the gear indicator panel back on (superglue)

At this point you should be mostly done. Before re-installing in car, remove both of the screws (they get in the way).

All done.

12. Sit in your car and admire your handywork.
13. Post a pic so we can see how it turned out

If anyone really wants to try this, I can take my shifter back apart and take some pictures that will help, but otherwise, I won't bother.

-S

p.s. I didn't spell check this

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Old 12-14-2001, 04:58 AM   #12
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Now since the local PEP boys up and left one day where I live, would I be able to find a thin aluminum sheet at say... Home Depot or Lowe's? /Mark
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Old 12-14-2001, 09:30 AM   #13
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yeah I was wondering the same thing.... I don't even know if there are pep boys in MN. I'll look for some, but if anyone has any other ideas where something like this could be aquired that would be awesome.

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Old 12-14-2001, 11:50 AM   #14
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Hmmm, I've got a big ol' roll of leftovers from my project. PM me your mailing adresses and I'll send you guys enough to make it and a few extra peices for when you screw up.

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Old 12-15-2001, 04:11 AM   #15
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PM'd the secret info /Mark
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