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Old 06-13-2017, 11:53 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Admittedly, I was wanting a car with cruise, but this one is pretty nice otherwise... Plans are...

Swap to aftermarket wheel, as this one has deteriorating foam around its rim and doesn't feel that great. Same with the gear knob, I might get Daox's 3D printed one for the buttons, but might not... While I'm removing stuff, I'm gonna try to remove the airbag for the passenger side, since removing the driver side one will likely disable the system anyway. This should result in a modest weight reduction...

Next I plan to swap the redline suspension over(this suspension does make some odd sounds under certain situations, likely some bushing or other), including hubs and brakes... This will necessitate going to a bigger wheel, as the Redline has the 5x110 bolt pattern and this base model is 4x100, and the redline brakes require at least a 16" wheel... I've got the factory 17" wheels on the redline, so I'm good there(likely no smooth wheel covers though)

The powertrain is gonna remain nearly stock, with the exception of an LE5 intake manifold(bolts on around 10hp), smooth intake tube, and a header/exhaust system... Might mess around with the IAT sensor and try to get some lean burn going on...

I do plan to aero mod the crap outta this thing though... Grille blocking, air dams, maybe that full diffuser I almost started building for the Redline...

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Old 06-13-2017, 04:56 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Either install a dummy plug for the passenger side so the driver bag is still operational, but personally, after clobbering a deer last fall, I would leave all air bag stuff in tact unless it is messed up anyway
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:12 AM   #53 (permalink)
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Well the aftermarket wheel would delete the driver side airbag, I'm just deleting them both if I can do so and retain a stock looking(other than the wheel) interior...
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:25 AM   #54 (permalink)
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That's right...I forgot you were doing the aftermarket wheel.

You might be able to take the passenger air bag out, and then remove the explosive part of it and put the dash piece back in.

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