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Old 07-07-2018, 11:18 AM
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2005 Acura TL Front End Conversion

I have spent several months making modifications to my front end. Well, yesterday, I finally finished and dang-it I'm proud of myself lol. I will be posting a few DIYs in the near future when I have time. Here are just some pictures and a list of what I've done:

Headlights
-Replaced 05 headlights with 07-08 base headlights
-Baked and removed amber diffuser
-Primed internal components with VHT SP100 FlameProof Coating Flat Grey Primer
-Pained internal components with VHT ESP734000 Gloss Black Brake Caliper Paint
-Painted internal components with VHT SP730 Gloss Clear Brake Caliper Paint
-Wrapped internal components with 3M Di-Noc CA-421 Black Carbon Fiber Flex Vinyl Wrap
-Installed iJDMTOY 6000K Xenon White 1210-SmD Powered LED Angel Eye Halo Rings
-Installed 9006 to 9005 Headlight Socket Adapter
-Installed Cougar Motor 5000K 9005 LED Fog Light Bulbs
-Installed Cougar Motor 5000K D2S HID Xenon Headlight Bulbs
-Installed Vleds 5000K 7443 Switchback Bulbs
-Installed 3M Scotchgard Clear Paint Protection Film

Front Grill
-Cut out/Removed OEM grill and replaced with EndlessRPM Sharkmouth Grill
-Wrapped grill with Avery SW900-190-0 Gloss Black Vinyl
-Made and installed custom grill mesh from customcargrills.com
-Reinstalled Acura emblem
-Inserted VTEC emblem

Lower Front Grills
-Retrofitted 06-07 JDM Honda Inspire Fog Lights
-Made and installed custom grill mesh fromcustomcargrills.com
-Primed lower front grills with VHT SP100 FlameProof Coating Flat Grey Primer
-Pained lower front grills with VHT ESP734000 Gloss Black Brake Caliper Paint
-Painted lower front grills with VHT SP730 Gloss Clear Brake Caliper Paint
-Wrapped middle bars of lower front grills with 3M Di-Noc CA-421 Black Carbon Fiber Flex Vinyl Wrap

Decal
-Installed EndlessRPM 'ACURA" 3m dI-nOC ca-421 Black Carbon Fiber Flex Vinyl Wrap Decal

A-Spec
-Installed Front Under Body Spoiler (Nighthawk Black Pearl) 08F01-SEP-242l








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Old 07-07-2018, 11:20 AM
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Everything looking nice well except for that "Vtec" badge on the grill.
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Wow. Looks amazing. Great job on the headlights and grill. I'm with troung on the vtec badge. It's a slight tick up on the ricer vs. tuner slidebar. And I"m not a huge fan of the floormats. Too busy for me. But that's just preference. Overall, it's very
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Great job man!
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putin doesn't like the grill.
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I was on the fence with the VTEC emblem.It was like $6 and is easily removable since it's only held on by 3m double-sided tape. No worries...
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Lights look good man. Nice job. How hard was it to wrap the outer bezel in CF? I thought about doing something similiar but I didn’t want to not like it after I put it back together lol
if you do another set of lights, maybe try the VHT Black Pearl paint. I thought it matched a little better
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Wrapping the headlight bezel took forever. It was a huge pain in the butt, especially trying to do it all in one piece of carbon fiber wrap.

I didn't know VHT carried a black pearl paint. That would have been a great idea. I wonder if I could see a side-by-side comparison to Nighthawk Black Pearl? Thanks for the tip.
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Well the Black Pearl didn’t match the so much, but wasn’t terrible. It matched the black on the inside of the headlight that was already there. But since you wrapped it I guess it doesn’t make much difference. Your lights still look great
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The floormats are super busy IMO but the rest looks great!
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Thanks for all of the feedback everyone. I appreciate it.
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Update time - I did end up removing the V-Tech badge and I smoked the Inspire fog light lenses. I wish I would have purchased the smoked version from the beginning. Oh well, a few minutes with some vinyl wrap took care of that problem.

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Looks a lot cleaner/meaner without that badge. Great job
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Looks great!
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Looks great!
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Car looks very well cared for!

Do you have any engine bay pics?
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