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Old 03-11-2002, 12:32 PM   #1
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I'm looking for an inexpensive way to dress up my WRX up a bit, as a present for my dad (actual owner) for his birthday. Anyone have ideas, let me know.
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Old 03-11-2002, 01:14 PM   #2
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Question What do you consider enexpensive?

Window tiniting, I think is a good way to really dress up a car with out breaking the bank. For my WRX sedan it cost me $150 for all of the windows.

I did the Lumar platinum tint, legal darkness. I think it looks pretty sweet. There are some places that will put limo dark tint if you pay them in cash under the counter but I think that darkness is excessive and borderline unsafe IMHO.

OEM painted side skirts really dress the car up too. About $240 from subaruparts.com.

I think these two mods make the most visual difference save an entire body kit.

Good luck and happy modding!

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Old 03-11-2002, 06:46 PM   #3
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More along the free line;

-Paint the badge
-Healight mod
-Painted cluster

Use your imagination and the list gets longer

Look around. Try www.scoobymods.com and ravensbladeimpreza both have good writeups on mods and ideas that you can take in your own direction

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Old 03-11-2002, 07:41 PM   #4
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paint factory side skirts by yourself. $14.
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Old 03-11-2002, 10:06 PM   #5
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or you could just do that.

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Old 03-11-2002, 10:36 PM   #6
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Sideskirts make a big difference IMO. I got the OEM ones instead of painting them myself.

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Old 03-11-2002, 10:43 PM   #7
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Blue or Pink "I" badge will only run you about $35.

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Old 03-11-2002, 11:21 PM   #8
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I wouldn't do any "free mods" on your dad's car without permission. He might not like it.

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Old 03-11-2002, 11:28 PM   #9
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www.hosetechniques.com WRX kits isn't too expensive
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Old 03-12-2002, 07:42 PM   #10
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I'd go to the dealership and get him a set of the factory painted side skirts. They make the car look oh so much better and they are very well priced. around 190-200. You can not get aftermarket skirts of this quality for this price. And the install is very easy. It took me about 15 mins for the first side and about 7-10 for the other side. You just need a couple screwdrivers and you are set. You dont even have to take the wheels off or raise the car off the ground.
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Old 03-12-2002, 07:47 PM   #11
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$35 MBC without him knowing about it Personally, I like painted side skirt... I got one from subaruparts.com for around $200 when the price was down last year... or kartboy shifter for $100? $125 w/bushing? or $25 for MOMO footrest from subaruparts.com? I have one and it looks really good....
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Old 03-13-2002, 02:02 PM   #12
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-BTW, do you have a budget?
I will be happy if my kid gave me anything for my birthday
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Old 03-13-2002, 11:57 PM   #13
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1. personalise plates: DADSWRX
2. magnetic flames purchased from Here
3. Anything from Griot's

actually, just kidding about 1 and 2.
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Old 03-14-2002, 12:13 AM   #14
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1) Window tinting - not only does it look MUCH better, it's practical in any summer (unless you are of the southern hemisphere, then I guess it's pratical for any winter) and it'll only run you about $150. Mine was $161 with the 3M Scotchtint or something like that

2) A very very detailed detailing - assuming you have the carwash/polish/wax at home, it should be free. Pull out the ol' drum vaccuum cleaner if you have one and dig into all the corners and clean that car out top to bottom.

3) Side skirts (?) - Personally, I like the stock black side skirts (on silver car) so change it if you want.

4) Photoshopped montage Windows background - Doesn't actually dressup the car, but take lots of pics of the car from different angles and if you don't have PS, have someone on here photochop you up a background that your dad would see everyday when he checks his email.

5) Different license plate frame - $15 at most. Find something he'd like, easy mod if you can call it one.
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Old 03-14-2002, 12:14 AM   #15
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Talking ideas

I did the headlight mod "for my dad" and he got peeesed! Maybe non-permanent ideas would start off the best? Also, why not benefit you both by starting a "bonding experiance"? Buy him some relativly cheap performance parts, (Manual boost controller, short shift, boost gauge...whatever fits your budget) and then hope he catches the bug and gets a desire to bond with you by creating a monster WRX in your garage...haha
grant
PS I think some silver tint would be the perfect gift.
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Old 03-14-2002, 01:10 AM   #16
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You painted you dad's car without telling him first?!?
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Old 03-14-2002, 02:04 AM   #17
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If I had a kid and he/she did anything to my car without me knowing I would kill them.

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Old 03-14-2002, 02:08 AM   #18
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If you can afford it - pay for a day at driving school for the both of you. He'd enjoy it as well as appreciate the gesture (as opposed to a mod to your car that he's paying for)

That or take over the payments, insurance or gas costs if you haven't done so - for whatever amount you can afford - can't think of any dad that wouldn't appreciate that !!

Buying something for YOUR car that YOU drive, that HE paid for, for HIS birthday is a little off.

I once surprised my dad for his birthday by getting his car professionally detailed. Of course the senior prom was only a few weeks later (grin), and YOU KNOW what I wanted to drive


Or you could let him drive the car for a week with his favorite CD's preloaded...

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Old 03-14-2002, 02:17 AM   #19
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Window tiniting, I think is a good way to really dress up a car with out breaking the bank. For my WRX sedan it cost me $150 for all of the windows.

I did the Lumar platinum tint, legal darkness. I think it looks pretty sweet. There are some places that will put limo dark tint if you pay them in cash under the counter but I think that darkness is excessive and borderline unsafe IMHO.
ive got mine tinted "more than legal" 5% everywhere except the windshield, and i tell ya it pisses me off when its dark and i have to back up or something i usually have to roll th ewindow down and stick my head out to back up. but it looks nice ! then ive got platinum flames tinted into the black, and for all that on a wagon would NORMALLY cost $280 luckily i won this little certificate at a local car show that got all that for me.
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Old 03-14-2002, 11:04 AM   #20
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definetly paint the side skirts..
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Old 03-14-2002, 12:24 PM   #21
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buy your dad a set of SPRINGS. changes the look and stance of the wrx completely.
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Old 03-14-2002, 12:50 PM   #22
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If you can afford it - pay for a day at driving school for the both of you. He'd enjoy it as well as appreciate the gesture (as opposed to a mod to your car that he's paying for)

well, thanks for the idea, but he used to race his Camaro in an amatuer league, didnt have the money for professional, so that wont work.
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Old 03-14-2002, 12:54 PM   #23
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There's nothing a dad likes doing more than doing things with his son, especially things that they both enjoy. Even and especially if the dad has done it before alone.



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