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Willful Aspirer
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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Gabe's '03 Spyder GTS​




Purchased: February 2014 w/ 62,139 miles for $7,999+tax.

Current Mileage: 77,317

Theme: Black with some Blue














Current Modifications

Performance
  • K&N Typhoon Blue CAI with Blue Dryfilter
  • Megan Racing Short Throw Shifter
  • Aluminum Shifter Cable Bushings
  • ES Shifter Base Bushings
  • Enkei Fujin 18" Wheels wrapped in Continental All-Season Extremecontact DWS FOR SALE
  • Evo 8/9 Cream Soda Blue Brembos with Stoptech pads and centric blanks.
  • Goodridge SS Brake Lines
Exterior
  • Skyline Tail Lights
  • Smoked Depo Turns
  • Shaded 3rd Brake Light
  • Shaded Marker/reverse lights
  • Custom Black and Chrome edged emblems
  • Debadged
  • Alloy Fuel Door
  • 6000k Dual Halo Depo's, by Iconic Designz
  • 6000k Halo Foglights also , by Iconic Designz
  • White LED License Plate Light
  • Wings West Rear Lip
  • Wings West Side Skirts
  • Gorrilla Open Ended Cream Soda blue Lugnuts
  • Cream Soda Blue Gas Cap Screws
Interior
  • Color Matched Door Stripe
  • Black Leather Blue stitched shift boot
  • Blue LED Underdash Lighting
  • Blue Mishimoto Radiator Hoses
Audio System
  • Pioneer AVH-X5600 Double Din Head unit
  • Dual 10" Memphis Subs in the trunk.
  • Audiobahn 1100W amp for subs
  • Center Speaker Delete
Other
  • Rear backup camera
  • Gold Premium Battery
  • White LED Trunk Lighting
  • ScanguageII in place of clockpod.
  • Deyeme Racing Battery Tie Down
  • BPD Aluminum Radiator Mounts

Planned Modifications

Exterior
Performance
Interior and Other

Builds that have inspired me for what I want to do(not in any particular order):
fclass308, kobalt82, tulesto, Thrice0805, jstewart92, rsingh12, stveclrk, soundman98, and grfft3r.
 

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Willful Aspirer
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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
Carmax eh, how much did you pay?
I got it for $7,999. I was going to talk him down to $7,000 but I had some issues with my money coming in, so I gave him a $1,500 deposit to hold onto it for a month which neutralized my bargaining abilities.

and it actually wasn't carmax?
 

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Very clean stocker, please dont do the if it comes off i will paint it blue thing. Things in moderation look better on our cars. Meaning subtle accents
 

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my opinion is always less badges is better. also reading through the future plans i dont want to kill dreams but the cf covered dash is expensive and hard to accomplish. 19s usually look too big on our car and they are an extremely harsh ride. I personally would lose the box in the trunk and deck it flat and do a bandpass box slotted forward. you have a good clean start.

as far as a motor swap.. i would advise to not swap. they are expensive to properly do and your car has low miles anyway so there isnt really much sense in doing that. especially if its your daily. Maybe you can look into tuning and bolt ons for the time being because most of the mods you can do from that angle will be reusable down the road if you do engine swap.

and finally, welcome to the club. im newer here and have been warmly welcomed and this is my extension of that.

car is lookin like a great start. plan tastefully and the car will last for a long time.:wavey:
 

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as far as a motor swap.. i would advise to not swap. they are expensive to properly do and your car has low miles anyway so there isnt really much sense in doing that. especially if its your daily.
I agree with this, those miles are so low it would almost be a waste to swap it out for a different engine. I mean, it's all in what you want to do with the car, but I think the cost of swapping isn't really worth it when you look at the car as it is. And definitely if it's your daily, you'd probably benefit from leaving the engine in there. If it was high miles and looked like it was on its way out, I'd agree with a swap, but around 62k is something to appreciate. Nice start, though, very clean and purdy. :)
 

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Discussion Starter #9 (Edited)
I wasn't planning on doing the "if it comes out paint it", that doesn't look good at all....but as you said just very subtle things.

I was going to debadge the car except for the logo's(at least for now) when I cleaned her for the first time over spring break when it's warm out.

In terms of the motor swap, at this point in time my desire is too do it, add turbo, and do a lot of engine stuff. In 5-6 years when I would actually have the time and money to do that I might completely change my mind. I just put that on the list because as of right now it's on my mind for the future.

Thanks for all the input and the welcomes though, it's great to be a part of the club. :)

EDIT: About rim size though, what would you say looks best? 17"? I just think the 15" looks too small and wanted to go bigger. I liked the look on nice sporty cars where the rim and wheel take up the entire wheel area and that's pretty much what I was going for.
 

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Cosmic Turd
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I have 17" wheels that came on my car, but I think the 18s would look nice too. What are the three you're considering?
 

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Bought the LED's for the trunk and underdash, needed something cheap that I can satisfy my "modding fever" with. Service Engine soon light is on but not throwing codes so I have to figure out what's causing that. :scratch: P.S. I know it's not any of the fluids, they're still all full from when I bought the car.
 

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car look great so far!! i'd definatly take the dealer sticker off, possibly the gts and spyder as well, leave the mitsu because there are 2 holes behind it, unless you want to fill them.

honestly, i didn't read your future mod list but i saw it was long. just throwing this out there, take it how you will. After everything i've done to my car the only things i've found worth while and would do to a car in the future would be headlights, suspension, wheels (for summer/winter tires) nice evo 8 wheels would look great on your car, LSD (if you drive in snow it's a world of difference) prothane motor mounts, and maybe brembo brakes if you drive aggressively often. and the gauge/ radio lights.

good luck!
 

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Whooops, must have missed them. Got that selective blindness goin on. The second set is indeed awesome-looking, though. Good luck with the SES light...
Lol it happens to the best of us. But thank for the good luck...going to just take it to my local mechanic over spring break. If it's anything to do with the engine, trans, or drivetrain I have like 15 days and 150 miles left on my dealership warranty :)
 
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