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Old 12-21-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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My first car & build thread!

So I bought this car in August, and I finally decided to start modding her. Here is my build thread, enjoy!
Bought car 7/1/12......First mod - 12/21/12

Mods installed in car:

Performance
- Injen CAI
- VMax CNC Ported TB (Painted IOM)
- MRT v2 Axle-Back Exhaust

Exterior
- Tint
- Anvil Spoiler (Painted IOM)
- Painted Taillight Bezels (Black)
- NS-1 Stripes
- 20" Ruff R953 Wheels (Custom Painted) w/ Falken FK452 tires


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Old 12-21-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
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The first two photos are my car/engine completely stock.

The 3rd photo is after I installed the Injen CAI

The last two photos are after I took the silver ring off of the wheels.

I have ordered the VMax CNC Ported TB, hoping it comes soon!

My next planned mod is the MRT axle back v2 exhaust.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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I finally received my new TB and installed it this morning. I also got it painted to match my color. Didn't really test it yet, just around the neighborhood but already can feel a difference!
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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Nice man congrads on starting your build thread, it looks good keep the mods up
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #5
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Thanks bro, I also purchased the MRT Axle-Back v2 exhaust so I'm excited about that coming. Should be here by Friday.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:09 AM   #6
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I love to see the ls being build man good jobs I have an ls as well check out what love and labor can do for an ls
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:12 AM   #7
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Car looks sweet! Love seeing the ls modded up from one ls owner to another!
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:17 PM   #8
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Thanks for the support guys, and wow your cars are awesome! Very nice job, I can only hope mine turns out as good as either of those!
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:21 PM   #9
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OH heck yeah!! Looks killer in there sir!! Thank you for the support and let us know what ya think of it once you have a chance to put the pedal down!

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Old 01-08-2013, 02:34 PM   #10
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looking great, congrats and keep the mods going
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:17 PM   #11
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Thank you all, really appreciate the kind words!
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:56 PM   #12
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Finally received and installed the MRT V2 exhaust a couple days ago. Directions were pretty straight forward and it took about an hour with the help of some of my friends. I was really hyped about this product and it didn't disappoint! Love the mean sound it produces.

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #13
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I'm debating on what my next planned mod will be. I'm either going to start working on cosmetics or go with the Solo HFC's, although it seems a bit expensive.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:31 PM   #14
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Coming from one ls owner to another, at this point, your best mod would be new wheels. You won't believe just how much they change the look of the car. Heck if you want performance as well buy the 18" aluminums that come on the 1lt and you even get to reuse your stock tires so it wont be that expensive. Buying those wheels alone will give you more performance than the solo hfc will give you because of all the weight you'll be saving
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:02 AM   #15
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Coming from one ls owner to another, at this point, your best mod would be new wheels. You won't believe just how much they change the look of the car. Heck if you want performance as well buy the 18" aluminums that come on the 1lt and you even get to reuse your stock tires so it wont be that expensive. Buying those wheels alone will give you more performance than the solo hfc will give you because of all the weight you'll be saving
Yeah, new wheels + tires is definitely on my list. Just don't know if I'm ready to spend the money on them yet.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:12 AM   #16
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I totally undrestand, I wasn't ready to drop a lot of money on wheels and tires at the time so I found the lt wheels cheap and just put them on. Still maybe one of my greatest buys to date.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:17 PM   #17
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I totally undrestand, I wasn't ready to drop a lot of money on wheels and tires at the time so I found the lt wheels cheap and just put them on. Still maybe one of my greatest buys to date.
Thanks, I'm gonna wait and see if I can find a good deal on some used ones either online or locally but if I can't find anything in another month or two I'll probably go that route.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:27 PM   #18
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I seen some reasonably priced rims at tire rack and they even have a view on vehicle button provided you have you car entered. I was looking at replacing my stock rims for something black. I like the rims I have so I decided not to change them.

How about the weight difference in those mufflers from stock to MRT. I have referred to them as suitcases. I couldn't believe how big and heavy they are. Can't believe GM couldn't come up with something small like the MRT exhaust.

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:54 PM   #19
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Looking good so far, keep it up!
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:50 PM   #20
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Do you have any sounds of it?
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:10 PM   #21
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Nice start to your build thread! It's always a tough choice between performance or cosmetic mods and in what order! It seems to me you go for the performance stuff first like I did! It took me quite a while before I was doing any serious cosmetic stuff. I always said if it looks fast it HAS to be fast! I like the idea of high flow cats! They will really wake up the engine and sound level for sure, although they are pricy like you said! Wheels would be the next cosmetic thing I'd do and if you shop around you can find excellent deals on some nice wheels! Good luck which ever way you go and congrats on your build!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:40 PM   #22
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Looking great brotha! IOM all the freaking way! Can't wait till you get rid of those darn steelies!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:17 PM   #23
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I seen some reasonably priced rims at tire rack and they even have a view on vehicle button provided you have you car entered. I was looking at replacing my stock rims for something black. I like the rims I have so I decided not to change them.

How about the weight difference in those mufflers from stock to MRT. I have referred to them as suitcases. I couldn't believe how big and heavy they are. Can't believe GM couldn't come up with something small like the MRT exhaust.

Dean.
Yeah, I gotta look around for wheels and tires because I'm sure I can get a good deal somewhere either new or used. I'll be patient with it and find something eventually.

I was shocked as well, the stock mufflers were a joke. So huge and bulky, especially compared to the MRT. HUGE difference...
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #24
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Looking good so far, keep it up!
Thanks bro! I subscribed to your build thread, your car looks great!!

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Do you have any sounds of it?
Not yet, but I will now since you mentioned it lol. I'll post one up soon, thanks!

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Nice start to your build thread! It's always a tough choice between performance or cosmetic mods and in what order! It seems to me you go for the performance stuff first like I did! It took me quite a while before I was doing any serious cosmetic stuff. I always said if it looks fast it HAS to be fast! I like the idea of high flow cats! They will really wake up the engine and sound level for sure, although they are pricy like you said! Wheels would be the next cosmetic thing I'd do and if you shop around you can find excellent deals on some nice wheels! Good luck which ever way you go and congrats on your build!
Thank you very much, appreciate the kind words. Yep, your right, I wanted to go performance first and then work on cosmetics after that. To me, no point in having a car that looks like it's been modded and have a stock engine. I'm still having trouble deciding whether or not to get the high flow cats or start working on cosmetics lol I really want to work on the exterior but the group buy going on right now is enticing.

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Looking great brotha! IOM all the freaking way! Can't wait till you get rid of those darn steelies!
Thanks bro! Ya, same here lol but gotta be patient!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #25
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How about tint? Living in NV you would want that. Its cheap and looks nice. I am similar as far as modifications go. I went with RX catch can, Vararam Intake, MRT V1.0. I just now purchased Tint, thinking about it I should of done it sooner. As far as Rims and Tires go. Save and buy the ones you like. It can be expensive, I think the ones I am looking at are 1900 rims and 800 to 900 for tires.
Nice build so far, looks nice. Congrats.
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