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I thought I'd finally make a build thread so I could be a cool kid like everyone else.

I bought Betty in March. She's a 2012 iTouring 6MT skyactiv. here's the first photo i took of her.


and a few more the next week during work




I really hated the stock wheels so i decided to try out some spare RX8 wheels I had laying around (I also played around with painting them)


I didn't go though with them because the wheel gap was horrible with them on and i wasn't ready to get a new set of tires so i kept the stockers on.

Here's our first 1k together


Corksport's front license plate adapter holder thing was my first official mod


Then I added stickers for extra HP


for some reason all the white cars decided to park next to each other at work


Next Corksport came out with their SRI for Skyactiv so I bought that




I got my hands on some plasti dip and here is the result


Then the unthinkable happened and someone backed into my car at work. luckily it wasn't that bad and the woman that hit me told me about it. I also pulled the video from our security cameras.
pics of the damage



Unfortunately the insurance company listed my car as a 2011 so i got the wrong headlight

i took it back and had them order the correct one so now it matches and i have a spare headlight.

heres my impressive "late night" parking skills at the local whataburger


the gf at the time made me a charmander so he slides around on the dash. also there's always interesting cars around my work.


I found a good deal on a set of rota grids (18x8.5 +44) on CL so i scooped them up and took them to my cousins shop to get installed




rocking that 4x4 status


I got tired of the wheel gap so i ordered some tein s-tech springs i didn't think to take pictures during the install but here are the after pics


when i was installing the springs i also notice the rotas had been rubbing on the rubber splash guards


with the rotas my mpg dropped a steady 5mpg so that was one mark against them. then after my spring install the rear would rub when cornering and over bumps so i decided i should look for other wheels. i found some FD wheels on CL with tires so i went and picked those up.

I also stumbled upon elflako's post on FB he had some foglights for 2012 for $120 so i jumped on those and installed them. I wasn't sure how i was going to power them until i was "inspired" by swsmailman's car when i helped install his springs. He had his fogs wired up as DRLs through a fuse tap so I copied his set up. I went to autozone and bought a pair of H11 sockets and wired up the power to that fuse tap and grounded them at the headlight bolt just like swsmailman.



I also upgraded my low beam, high beam, and fog light bulbs to phillips crystal vision (IMO HIDs aren't worth the price to do it properly and there's no way in hell i'd get a cheap kit and blind everyone on the road)

Update: 11/25/12

my white plasti-dip came in so i painted my FD wheels white.




I also put on an axela emblem and painted it red.


Future plans (in no particular order)
- 20% tint all around plus a strip on the windshield
- paint brake calipers
- bason r window visors
- sub install (I've had a sub since the first month i bought my car i just haven't gotten around to buying an amp/box)
- RSB
- custom axleback exhaust


cwp >>>>>
 

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yup they're sitting in my room. they will be going to the rx8 once it gets running again.
Nice. I love the shine of that Crystal white pearl!!

Sent from a Parallel Universe
 

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Looks great! I'm surprised that the guy in the shop had your car up on hydraulic jacks only in that one pic. :shocked:
The one thing (that isn't your fault) that I dislike and am only realizing it now, is the spoiler. I never noticed that they made it look... more wimpy (?) for the skyactivs.
 

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Looks great! I'm surprised that the guy in the shop had your car up on hydraulic jacks only in that one pic. :shocked:
The one thing (that isn't your fault) that I dislike and am only realizing it now, is the spoiler. I never noticed that they made it look... more wimpy (?) for the skyactivs.
my parents have called it the batman effect. the ears become more pronounced. plus maybe more of a gas saving ...


id love a 2.5 wing because i have the crappy sky one.
 

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The one thing (that isn't your fault) that I dislike and am only realizing it now, is the spoiler. I never noticed that they made it look... more wimpy (?) for the skyactivs.
I barely noticed it was different from the 2.5 hmm I wonder if they're interchangeable.
 

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Looks really great so far ! Nice looking ride!

I know someone selling an OEM 2010 MS3 spoiler in pearl white for a nice deal if your interested let me know....
Id buy it if I had the extra funds...
 

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Finally got a build thread!

Hopefully that paint should still be good... Just mix it up really well.

Sure feels nice to influence someone on something for their car with those fog DRLs. Thanks for the mentions and such.
 

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Like this?


JDM Japanese Auto Parts specialists | japanparts.com

scroll down the page a little bit.
i think that one is for speeds only and is just a lip the one for the regular 3's are like 4xx plus shipping from japan ouch

Looks really great so far ! Nice looking ride!

I know someone selling an OEM 2010 MS3 spoiler in pearl white for a nice deal if your interested let me know....
Id buy it if I had the extra funds...
i may be interested depending on the price. pm me?

Finally got a build thread!

Hopefully that paint should still be good... Just mix it up really well.

Sure feels nice to influence someone on something for their car with those fog DRLs. Thanks for the mentions and such.
haha well thanks for the inspiration
 
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