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Old 12-06-2017, 01:19 PM
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brotatertot's 09' (Steel Mustache) TSX

The grille looks like a mustache to me. Picked it up with 72k on the clock, it had bad piston rings, so the dealer swapped them out under a TSB. So I was off to a super decent start..



Had the windows tinted & picked up some f&f coilovers




Put a K&N intake & a Spirior grille on, switched out all the other badges too.


Then I found a Modulo bumper that needed to be fixed, so I had a buddy fix & paint it.


Picked up trashed evo 8 wheels (favorite factory wheel) & refinished them & had new decals made.







Found a beat up VIS carbon trunk I repaired, then had a buddy re-clear it.


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Great start!
wheels are a little sunken in....would love to see a better fitting wheel there!
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:57 PM
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Great start!
wheels are a little sunken in....would love to see a better fitting wheel there!
Thanks! It might be because of the rear not having any camber adjustment yet,(need to fix that soon) this car also sees a bit more spirited driving than most daily drivers, so I wouldn't want the wheels to ever come in contact with the body with as much as I throw it into corners. They did once in front, then I lifted it a bit, the newer front bumper doesn't help on steep inclines either lol.
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car looks great! planning on getting the CF hood to "match"?
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car looks great! planning on getting the CF hood to "match"?
CF the whole car to match.
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That grill looks way better.
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Old 12-07-2017, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by brotatertot View Post
Thanks! It might be because of the rear not having any camber adjustment yet,(need to fix that soon) this car also sees a bit more spirited driving than most daily drivers, so I wouldn't want the wheels to ever come in contact with the body with as much as I throw it into corners. They did once in front, then I lifted it a bit, the newer front bumper doesn't help on steep inclines either lol.
you could always raise it up a bit! even 5mm up will prevent it from coming in contact.
What are the specs on the wheels?

Great progress, great projects, great work!!
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:04 PM
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car looks great! planning on getting the CF hood to "match"?
I am, I came across this one stupid cheap, just needed to be fixed, it was pretty well thrashed.

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you could always raise it up a bit! even 5mm up will prevent it from coming in contact.
What are the specs on the wheels?

Great progress, great projects, great work!!
Thanks! 17x8 +38
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I hit the 120k mile mark, so I figured I'd change the plugs & change the manual trans for the 2nd time.



Plugs were pretty much toast



One thing that has me confused, is more trans fluid came out than went back in. 2qt came out when I drained it, but it started spilling back out of the fill hole after 1.5qt. The last time I changed the fluid this didn't happen. Anyone else experience this before?
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:00 AM
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I put in some yellow fog lights, they helped out more than I thought they would.




My carbon trunk wont allow the factory license plate lenses to be installed, due to it's increased thickness in that area. Since they have to be glued in place (like my back up camera), I bought some LED's to destroy instead of my factory lenses.

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Where can I the Carbon Trunk lid?
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Looks great! Thank you for sharing that information on the truck lid.
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Old 03-21-2018, 05:29 PM
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Looks great! Thank you for sharing that information on the truck lid.
Anytime!!

Finally found a decent deal on an SE black woodgrain center section. I need to wax the scuffs out, none of them are deep, but it bugs me..


Also threw on my Buddy Club queball, feels a lot better than the factory knob. The sunflare in this pic was unintended, but super neato..

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Old 04-05-2018, 10:17 AM
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I took advantage of the nice weather over the weekend here in MO and installed my sport pedal set. What a pain in the dick! Multiple trips to O'Reilly's & multiple sub-par riveting tools were to blame, but it got finished.



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When did you get the car? Looks like Dec of 17 at 74k miles and now its a little over 4 months later with 120k on the clock. Thats a lot of driving!!!
Looks good doe!
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Looks great! What else you got plans for this Mustang
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:11 PM
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When did you get the car? Looks like Dec of 17 at 74k miles and now its a little over 4 months later with 120k on the clock. Thats a lot of driving!!!
Looks good doe!
Car was purchased on Oct 23, 2014. I just hadn't been on the forums in a few years. That's why the wording in the 1st post was all past tense, sorry for the confusion. Thank you!

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Wrong forum bro
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Originally Posted by brotatertot View Post
Car was purchased on Oct 23, 2014. I just hadn't been on the forums in a few years. That's why the wording in the 1st post was all past tense, sorry for the confusion. Thank you!



Wrong forum bro
Opps, read your thread title wrong.
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Old 04-11-2018, 10:38 AM
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My brother hooked me up with a factory trunk mat, had to clean it up first.


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A stick holding up your carbon fiber trunk, why?
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:39 PM
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Maybe no tension spring because it'd be too strong and would fling the trunk open when it's popped?

That had better be a CF rod though.
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Old 04-11-2018, 03:39 PM
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Maybe no tension spring because it'd be too strong and would fling the trunk open when it's popped?

That had better be a CF rod though.
Yes you're exactly right, it's too light for the tension rods & it seals just a smidge better, the carbon rod is a stabilizer from a hunting bow.
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I installed a spoiler on our 2003 Accord and I seem to recall that there was either a new spring needed that was stronger, or there was a little doohicky that was installed to increase the spring force so the trunk would open (opposite problem of yours). I wonder if there's a spring from some other vehicle in the Honda catalog that would work.

Or really, if you just take the stock spring and clamp one end in a vise, you should be able to twist out some of the preload so it's a lighter force.
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Or really, if you just take the stock spring and clamp one end in a vise, you should be able to twist out some of the preload so it's a lighter force.
I've thought about that a couple times in the past with other vehicles, I bet that's the ticket, or if a thinner diameter rod was made by VIS that'd be ideal. I wouldn't expect it to be right though, they couldn't even drill mounting holes in the right places lol.
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This car has been put through the ringer lately, a hail storm decided to thrash it a little bit, and upon moving it to my carport out back, the neighbors' tree decided to give it a big hug. Sad thing is their homeowners insurance did not cover it, I had to file it under my comprehensive & pay my deductible.












After bouncing between here & there with State Farm, getting mixed answers & waiting 3 weeks to have an adjuster assess the damages, I was growing very tired of their funhouse mirrored puzzle basement. Fortunately for me, my friend owns a body shop & gave me a free loaner (after I found out loaner vehicles aren't covered on my plan), he & his team did the work right & saved the day, so for that I am more than thankful. $5,200 later and it now it looks even better than before all this.


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After I got it back, I saw the headlights were in need of a restoration, so Brian & I sanded with 2500, then 3000. After that came the foam pad, 3M rubbing compound, Perfect-it, & 3 coats of wax. Turned out to be super decent.
















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all your shit is sex, bro taste her tots.
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Haha, thanks man!!
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