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theplaidmutt 06-03-2013 10:03 AM

new to me 2011 Honda Insight
 
Finally did it and I couldn't be happier! Almost 3 long months of going back and forth between Civic's and Prius's and I settled on the Insight. It really came down to price and vehicle condition as it was hard to find a really nice 2nd gen Prius without 100,000 miles in my price range and well all Civics I looked at had some measurable amount of body damage. Last week...a car that had been previously 16k was at the dealership with its lowest price before auction...just shy of 14k. I was able to score it for 13250 and it was with the help of the sales manager...old friend from high school. He ended up losing about 1k in the end on it in the almost 100 days that they had it. Detail...2011 base in black, just under 30k miles, all maintenance records and its flawless well aside from a half-assed rear bumper touch up. But otherwise...perfect for me! So far on every combined trip I have been averaging at least 48mpg and thats going a few above the speed limit and having some moments of "spirited" driving. So far 100 miles added in the few days that I have had it and I couldn't be happier!

theplaidmutt 06-03-2013 10:04 AM

So future plans...

MDX/Maxima HID projectors with clear lense
buff/polish car and coat with opti coat 2.0
clean inside
full "green" audio system
black plastic disc wheel covers with old school Honda center cap (excited for this one!)
new tires

theplaidmutt 06-03-2013 10:13 AM

would like to post pics!...sorry for the pointless post

theplaidmutt 06-03-2013 10:13 AM

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...psb88b0322.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...psa7ce3a92.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...psc589c74b.jpg

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theplaidmutt 06-03-2013 10:14 AM

and wheel discs...

black plastic....or ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene...very scratch/friction resistant. it is 16" OD with a 3-3/8" middle hole and .25" thick. i will then be putting the Honda cap in the middle. since there is a chance that moisture or crud could accumulate in the center I will use nylon spacers to push it off the wheel about .125". oh and to mount i will drill 4 holes around the center and drill 4 respective holes (tap them too) into the steel wheel and mount with stainless steel security screws. awesomeness!

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...ps27398da0.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0560fdaa.jpg

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...psbe4d8f93.jpg

and mount disc to the raised area surrounding the hub

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...ps93b40e63.jpg

Daox 06-03-2013 10:17 AM

Congrats on the new car. Sounds like its working out very nicely for you.

MetroMPG 06-03-2013 11:49 AM

Car looks great - and the gauges make driving for MPG a fun game, don't they! (What were you driving before?)

More details on those wheel discs would be nice, too -- eg. where'd they come from?

Welcome to the forum.

theplaidmutt 06-03-2013 12:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 374473)
Car looks great - and the gauges make driving for MPG a fun game, don't they! (What were you driving before?)

More details on those wheel discs would be nice, too -- eg. where'd they come from?

Welcome to the forum.

Thanks! If it weren't for the gauges my car would be half as fun. I swear though...my first 30 min behind the wheel I felt like I was going to hit someone. But I've got it figured out now. Prior to this I drove (still have) a 2000 Subaru Outback. I honestly never cared about fuel economy...just sped along and was happy till I took an honest look at my gas mileage. I was getting 24-25 combined 90/10 going on average 75-85 on my daily commute. It was until I calculated annual gas costs and veh condition that I decided I could do better. I calculated my purchase will "pay off" in about 4 years versus keeping my Subaru. Also I couldn't for the life of my force myself to drive economically until I had a car that wanted me to drive as such!

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...d/100_1438.jpg

theplaidmutt 06-03-2013 12:31 PM

now the wheel discs...i took a good look at the stock wheels and noticed that at the highest points of the wheel it is level all the way across (if that makes sense...from lip to that raised around around the hub). so i thought great...ill get some round pizza pans and make some wheel covers because well I hate the stock hubcaps. but then I started thinking about paint...road debris...durability and thought that thin gauge metal may not be the best option. then i literally searched "16 plastic disc" on ebay and found someone (carlsievering) who is selling exactly what I am looking for and the cost is 17.00 a piece (have almost 100 for sale). i also really like the idea of having a hole in the middle to break up the "flatness" (it also may be large enough so that the lugs will be completely exposed) and it also would allow me to use a classic Honda wheel center cap. i also thought that 1 lb 9oz is not too heavy either. i will probably order the discs in a day or two and then once i get my new tires in July ill put it all together. all that being said...it will look awesome (to me)...and well unique and not like a pizza pan or moons!

nm about being able to access lug nuts...they will be covered over but the center cap will be visible which was most important to me!

theplaidmutt 06-03-2013 12:43 PM

quick "mock up"... green represent where the Honda wheel center cap would be. the black dots represent the bolt locations. should be real simple. just have to imagine a steel wheel underneath all of that. if someone is good with adobe...give it a shot!

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3226f85c.jpg

theplaidmutt 06-05-2013 12:49 PM

discs have been ordered but it looks like i will have to wait till July to start this project. at least I have the parts that I need.

RedDevil 06-05-2013 03:22 PM

Subscribed...!
Welcome and good luck.

theplaidmutt 06-18-2013 09:32 AM

Update...discs are in!! I think the plan is to use 4 black anodized security screws to mount and where the metal cap is in the middle...I will use the factory Honda center cap (prev mentioned). Also Im thinking that I will give them a good sanding and polish them to a high shine with the da polisher I plan on getting. I will also paint the wheels satin black and replace the lugs with chrome ones. Let me know what you think!

http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/...ps25eb7b29.jpg

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Xist 06-18-2013 02:23 PM

Very cool! Let there be numbers! :D

sully06 06-18-2013 09:46 PM

what's your total cost? I was looking at these 14" Full Moon Hot Rod Racing Disc Hub Caps Wheel Covers | eBay
which is not cost effective but they look good

theplaidmutt 06-19-2013 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sully06 (Post 376880)
what's your total cost? I was looking at these 14" Full Moon Hot Rod Racing Disc Hub Caps Wheel Covers | eBay
which is not cost effective but they look good

Well in the end I'm thinking it will be about 150 or just a bit under for everything. But this is also a style upgrade too so I justified the cost. I paid about 90 for the discs and will be about another 10 in hardware. But if I sell my factory hubcaps I could bring back another 60-80 back into my checking account. I'm hoping it all looks good in the end!

theplaidmutt 06-27-2013 12:13 AM

So I guess I am nixing this project...I really want to but I might be able to get a set of alloy wheels...and Im not to sure about covering those up. I mean I would love to but my wife would put me out if I did a mod like this to alloy wheels.

Anyone want them? I paid 87.75 to my door... any offers?? I still really want to see someone do this mod!


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