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Old 12-19-2012, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought my CR-Z and now I want to have fun with it. What are the best mods to start out with at least and are the most effective?
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This will depend on what you're looking for.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you looking for mods best and most effective for
1. MPG gains
2. Power gains
3. Handling gains
4. 1/4 miles gains
5. Seating capacity gains
6. Reliability gains
7. show points
8. Gains in SPL
9. Reducing car interior temp
10. Gains for resale value
11. lowering the drag coefficient.
12. creature comfort

1000. getting better traction

Please report more specifics.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Are you looking for mods best and most effective for
1. MPG gains
2. Power gains
3. Handling gains
4. 1/4 miles gains
5. Seating capacity gains
6. Reliability gains
7. show points
8. Gains in SPL
9. Reducing car interior temp
10. Gains for resale value
11. lowering the drag coefficient.
12. creature comfort

1000. getting better traction

Please report more specifics.
In 559 posts, you finaly posted one thing I agree on

Most important I would say for the CR-Z would be to get rid of those stock tires though. They are truly horrible! And while you're at that, get some nice rims, making the car instantly look better, without even affecting resale value
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Suspension and tires are a must!
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Top 5 Bang for the Buck List:

5. Seat covers
4. JR Super Charger
3. Suspension
2. Tires
1. Convex side mirrors

Performance enthusiasts will fuss, but those are the things that I think will make the most significant difference in the ownership experience... relative to their price.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The DIY mods on the board, like tail light border, and footwell lighting increase.
These are pretty much generic, and pretty close to free.
Then decide where you want to go with your car - interior, exterior aesthetics, performance, comfort, whatever.
We all have limited budgets, so plan your project and pick your priorities.
And have fun!
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I always say, start from ground up. No matter what you mod, you will feel it more if your car can put it on the floor. Tires first.

Shoes and watches make a man. Rims make a car. Aside from looking good, lighter wheels will help acceleration. 1 Lb off your wheels is equivalent to 20 Lbs off your car. For a low powered car, weight reduction will really help power to weight ratio.

You want to go fast? But think about stopping fast first. Braking can shave off more time than fast car with small brakes. Even off the track, you will benefit in situations on the road. Go, turn or stop is all about control and the more control you have, the safer you can drive.

You can grip the road great and go fast in a straight line but unless you love drag racing and Nascar (redneck racing), you would need suspensions to keep center of gravity low and centered for good balance. Adjusting the alignment will keep your contact patch optimal in turns and help steering response.

When all the footwork is done, then think about power and it all has to do with breathing, unless you want to mess with internals like cams, pistons, etc, which is expensive. Get more air in with intakes (cold air for power in high end and short ram for power in low end and better response). Throttle body and intake manifold to eliminate bottle neck. Then exhaust - less resistance to air flow for better fuel economy and more power.

All interior mods are for your driving comfort.

Hope this is a good overview for you on modding.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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HPDE's are about 150~ a pop. Learning to enjoy the car for what it is would lead to more insight on what direction you wanna go with it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I just assumed the direction is RACECAR.
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