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Alright, its time for me to start my CRZ customization.

I started out fully intending to keep it stock...and then I found this forum. I got a few ideas, and basically started by just ad-libbing the build. It wasn't too long before full fledged forum-fueled moditis kicked in, and I was researching and buying stuff that I had never even considered before. My goal is to have a comfortably functional 40-mpg sporty daily driver, but with enough modifications to be track-capable at a moments notice.

The Car
2012 Honda CR-Z Base Model
CVT Transmission

Current Modifications:

Interior
-Glowshift Gauge Pods (Boost, Air Temps, Trans Temp)
-Interior LED's (Blue)
-BaysonR Illuminated Door Sills
-Black carbon fiber vinyl wrap center console w/ blaze blue metallic plastidip highlights
-Black Carbon Fiber Vinylwrap Accents
-Tinted Windows
-Clazzio Seat Covers (Black with blue insert, blue stitching, and blue embroidered headrest)
-Blue Seatbelt Pads
-Stinger Roadkill sound deadener on doors, roof, hatch, and cargo area body panels.
-Volara sound proofing foam on roof, and driver/passenger doors.

Exterior
-Matte Black & Copper Alloy Pearl Plastidipped body
-6000k HID Lowbeams
-OEM Foglights w/ 3000k bulbs
-LED Licence plate lights
-iJDMtoy Projector Reverse Light LEDs
-Custom illuminated grill & engine bay (Blue LEDs)
-Mugen Replica Wing
-CRZ Windshield Logo Decal
-JDM replica Grill Cover

Under the Hood
-AEM Cold Air Intake, wrapped with heat reflecting tape
-BLF Cat Back
-P2R Downpipe / 2nd cat delete
-Sprintex Supercharger
-Innovative Engine Mounts (60A)

Wheels & Suspension
-Progress 19mm Rear Sway Bar
-Megan Racing Street Series Coilovers (~1.5" lowered from stock)
-Spoon 25mm Front Sway Bar
-Stock 16" Rims
-Dunlop Sport 7000s

Evolution of a Predator

The day it came home:


The start of a plastidip addiction: Black and Blaze Blue using spray cans (Dec '13 -Apr '14)


Different scheme with Black and Blaze blue using spray cans (Apr '14 - Oct '14)


Yellow Plastidip using a DYC Spray gun (Oct '14 - Mar '15)




6000k HIDs and 3000K foglights installed:


Sprintex Supercharger & Innovative Engine Mounts installed


Burnt Copper Plastidip w/ Topcoat using DYC Spray gun (Mar '15 - present)


Hyper Black Graphite Plastidipped wheels:




Replaced Takeda with AEM Cold Air Intake:


Going green!


Seeing red!


17x8" +35 RPF1s with 225/45/17s installed:


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Yeah, slow is better, otherwise you'll waste your money by buying three different exhaust setups and two different lips. Take your time and save your money for what you really want. :thumbup:
 

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Latest project update:

Santa got me Plastidip for Christmas. And a Mugen replica wing. And window tinting.

(Special thanks to SpaceCoast Honda for the wing installation and tinting service!)







 

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Actually, I almost dipped the rims black. But then I remembered that my work has me driving through some very dusty/muddy/gravelly places, so they wouldn't stay black (or blue) and pristine for long. I'm too lazy to keep redipping them every weekend :p
 

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I'd argue that the plastidip could help somewhat protect the alloy finish of your wheels.

Not to mention that if you do the plastidip right (nice thick layers), it will hold up fine to a hose. I just hose my red plastidipped wheels off and they look good as new.
 

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Another cosmetic mod:



Oh, I'm not doubting plastidips protective ability/durability, I just want to test what I've done so far against the conditions back home first. Mississippi clay/dust is something else...I'm usually scrubbing the rims pretty vigorously to get all of it off. Leftovers get the clay bar treatment. Anyway, I will be doing something with the rims later on down the road. I'll probably end up dipping the rims, or buy some different ones (Like the spoon ones numberoneoppa mentioned). The stock rims are just that...stock. Bleh.

In the meantime, I'm going to try not to melt something whilst wiring some LEDs :nervous:
 

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Its not a bad decal; looks great and went on pretty easily. My only concern is that the wipers go right over the decal, so I really hope it doesn't start rubbing off down the road.

Plastidip touchups are pretty much done. I've got some texturing on the hood and roof (feels a bit like sandpaper) that I can't explain, but overall it came out pretty well. I drove it around a few neighborhoods around here and got a few nods and some severe rubbernecking. :cool:

Here's another couple angles:





And I have successfully wired LEDs behind my grille without melting my car down into a molten pile of slag! I did have to drill a small hole (1/8") in the firewall where the 6MT clutch pedal would normally go. I sealed it up with some liquid gasket to make sure I didn't have any leaks. I tapped fuse slot #19 (which is only on when the key is at ACC or ON), and wired a switch in so I can turn it on/off at will. It wasn't as bright as I hoped, but I got to looking behind the bumper, and a lot of the surfaces are black or non-reflective. I may strategically place some reflective foil tape back there and try to brighten it up.

 

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Love the look! You need to get new wheels now or at least change the color, it would seriously complete this.

Keep it up! Love seeing a fellow plasti-dip addict over here.
 

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It really is amazing stuff, and I definitely see myself using it again. I caked it on pretty thick, so I hope it will last a while. I'm surprised more people haven't heard of it and used it. The technicians at the local dealership had never heard of it.

I had a blast working on my Zed over the break, but I could use a month or two break between major modifications like rims, lol. Maybe I'll participate in some actual driving activities like autocross or the CRZ meet in the meantime.
 

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Its not a bad decal; looks great and went on pretty easily. My only concern is that the wipers go right over the decal, so I really hope it doesn't start rubbing off down the road.
On my previous Honda Civic I had a "CIVIC" decal at the top of my windshield. The wipers also hit this. Its been a year and a half, the decal is still fine (I see the new owner driving it around town once in a while). It was Oracal vinyl, rated at lasting 8 years outdoors. Even if yours wasn't rated as such, I have a cheap $1 decal on the bottom of my windshield between the wipers and that has lasted through the snow and ice and my ice scraper... Your decal will be fine.

Also, I just noticed what you did with the spoiler. Love that the mounts are a different color from the wing:D
 
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