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Old 07-29-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Worst mod thread (or "Mods I wish I had never made")

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd start a new thread based on negative experiences with mods. This would be a valuable resource for those considering certain mods.

So here's my submission:

Stainless steel dash kit from a terrible company called CarID (they are non-responsive and unreasonable when it comes to returns and/or exchanges, in my experience). Looking back, going with a stainless steel look was a pretty tacky idea, but the kit would not stick and didn't fit well, leaving gaps all over the place. Eventually I took the kit off (cost about $180 at the time) and just threw it away, deciding to cover the trim with carbon fiber. I believe this was the item I purchased: http://www.carid.com/2011-chevy-cama...em-306783.html

So, does anyone have any particular mod(s) they regret doing?
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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Closest I have come to a "Regrettable Mod" would be the ABL lighting using EL Wire. I had a 2010 1SS and wanted to finish the look. It required removing the door panels, cutting away at the door panel, cutting and splicing wires... a lot of scary stuff. The end result looked AMAZING, but there was a catch. I had to use 3 transformers that would normally run on AA batteries - one in each door, and one in the dash. Why is this a big deal? Those little boxes produced the highest pitched annoying sound EVER! No matter how loud the radio was, it would pierce through any sound. And it wasn't your every day high pitched, oh no. This one gives you headaches and makes your nauseous. I had hooked it up to come on whenever the light for the window switch would come on, so there wasn't a good way of turning it off.

Unfortunately, I lost her in a bad wreck. I'm riding high now with my new baby, but don't have any plans of using EL wire again...for cars at least I'll finish the ABL the right way one day.

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Old 07-29-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:50 PM   #4
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So far only mod is CAI... NO REGRETS.
Had an 03 Vette.... worst mod was getting the sticky letters for for the Dash and flags for the Steering wheel..... a bitch to get straight and then one came off......

No more stickers..... say it with me now, No more stickers.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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Probably when I decided to paint my fuse box cover and it turned out looking like garbage. I bought rattle can primer, VR paint, clearcoat, tape, and sandpaper. It was about 50 bucks and 3 days of work, on the last coat of paint a small insect landed on it and instead of waiting I tried to pinch him out and then ruined it. The reason it was such a bad idea was that the cover only cost 6 bucks from the dealer and they painted it for me for $30. Needless to say I couldve saved my time and money not being so freaking cheap and assuming it would cost more to get it done professionally.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:44 PM   #6
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I did the Hurst short throw on my '11 V6. I thought it would help with the occasional grind from 1-2, but it made it much worse. The factory clutch behind the LLT just didn't have enough holding power to fully disengage the clutch while shifting quickly over 5K RPM. I'm not talking about powershifting either, just a quick shift using the clutch. The rest of the gears weren't as bad, but I won't make the same mistake again. No short throw unless I add an aftermarket clutch.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:57 PM   #7
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:08 PM   #8
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:14 PM   #9
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:15 PM   #10
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I tried the dash kit from CarID too. I installed everything and wasn't really happy with the look. Then after a couple of days 4 pieces fell off, a couple of days later 3 more pieces fell off. I contacted CarID and you are right, they were a-holes to deal with. The guy accused me of not putting the pieces on correctly, WTF you just stick them on, how could I not put them on right? I sent him pics of the pieces that fell off but he wouldn't do anything until I threatened to complain to eBay. Then he would only give me 50% to return them, what a f'in joke.

The only other mod I regret was the static cling tail light black outs. I tried probably 6 or more times to get these stuipid things to stay attached. I tried heating them after I put them on in an attempt to get them to stick. I tore them off and threw them in the garbage when I came out of a restaurant and one of them was laying on the rear bumper. DON'T BUY THEM, WASTE OF MONEY!!

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Old 07-29-2013, 09:19 PM   #11
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:55 PM   #12
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I haven't had a mod I regret but I do regret ordering from carID. They screwed up my order and then their return policy was so ridiculous that I ended up just giving up and getting screwed over
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:26 PM   #13
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Anyone else disappointed with their wave mod?
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:28 AM   #14
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Probably going to get flamed for this but solo high flow cats :-/ I had $500 burning a hole in my pocket and after reading all the reviews of them on this site I decided to get them. No real difference in the butt dyno, and didn't make the exhaust much louder over stock like I expected. Definitely sounds better than stock but still didn't sound as good as a 2010 2ss I test drove with muffler delete lol it was just one of those mods that didn't live up to the hype I guess :-/


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Old 07-30-2013, 12:35 AM   #15
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:02 AM   #16
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I got some gill inserts, I think by SLP if I remember right. They were literally just stickers. I peeled them off right after install.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:47 AM   #17
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I tried the dash kit from CarID too. I installed everything and wasn't really happy with the look. Then after a couple of days 4 pieces fell off, a couple of days later 3 more pieces fell off. I contacted CarID and you are right, they were a-holes to deal with. The guy accused me of not putting the pieces on correctly, WTF you just stick them on, how could I not put them on right? I sent him pics of the pieces that fell off but he wouldn't do anything until I threatened to complain to eBay. Then he would only give me 50% to return them, what a f'in joke.

The only other mod I regret was the static cling tail light black outs. I tried probably 6 or more times to get these stuipid things to stay attached. I tried heating them after I put them on in an attempt to get them to stick. I tore them off and threw them in the garbage when I came out of a restaurant and one of them was laying on the rear bumper. DON'T BUY THEM, WASTE OF MONEY!!
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I have the static cling ones and did not have any problems, have the whole kit except the headlights. I will say that I could not get the fog lights wrinkles out to my satisfaction and decided to go without.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #18
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3D Carbon Spats, I like the look and it may have been installer error, but after they were on for a couple weeks, I get a text from my wife with picture attached that says...Ummm.... this doesn't look right. One "spat" was hanging by underneath bolt. Thankfully it happened while sitting in garage. I had my body shop install them.
I purchased more 3M tape, but haven't had the balls to try them again. I am afraid they will come loose while driving and get destroyed. I know others here have them, so I have hope. Just saying if I had to do again, I wouldn't have purchased them.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:35 AM   #19
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I stick to tried and true performance mods so I have no regrets.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:41 AM   #20
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:27 AM   #21
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Oracle halos. I melted my headlight in the oven. Had to buy eagle eyes and return the halos at a 20% restocking fee.

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Old 07-30-2013, 09:38 AM   #22
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:43 AM   #23
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Oracle halos. I melted my headlight in the oven. Had to buy eagle eyes and return the halos at a 20% restocking fee.

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Don't get me started on Oracle. Went through their HOD bulbs and HID kit. WORST decision ever. Between melting wires and poor customer service, the whole thing ended in a report to the Better Business Bureau.

So, out of curiosity, how are the Eagle Eye headlights? Worth it?
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:02 AM   #24
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Most of my mods to a point came from RPI Designs and it's a 50/50.

The front and back body colored bowties were great and almost a year later still look good.

But the plastic stick on side marker blackout kit looked so much like crap that instantly after I installed them I ripped them off and cleaned the rest of the adhesive off. They just didn't fit at all and you could see red or yellow, depending, plastic around the edge. I painted my side markers after that myself.

The back up light covers that came with them were big enough to cover so I kept them.

Then there was the "CAMARO"s for the side painted body color. They came in with chrome still showing and bubbles in the paint. I thought about just repainting them myself, but then why did I pay RPI $70. So wrote them a letter, they never responded.

I definitely regret where I got my windows tinted at. When I get a little spare change I'm going to take them to this other place and show them and ask them if they can do better.



May be a regret thread, but I have zero regrets about the Rotofab CAI or the American Racing Headers, but I especially like my Fuzzy Dice.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:10 AM   #25
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I got some gill inserts, I think by SLP if I remember right. They were literally just stickers. I peeled them off right after install.
wit hall due respect, stripes, graphics, decals, etc are just "stickers", even GM rally stripes are just vinyl with adhesive backing.

IMO the SLP inserts are great quality (way overpriced haha) but still great quality.
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