I purchased about a dozen 194 wedge-base 5-led bulbs (WLED-x5) from SuperBrightLeds.com . All of the "running lights," or lights that are on as lo... Show moreng as the lights are turned on, are blue. All other lights (turn signal indicators, dummy lights, etc.) are white. Here are two views of the installed bulbs: one with no gauges installed and one with all gauges and gauge housings installed. And finally, a view of all of my custom blue interior lighting turned on. Show Less
Project 2: LED Gauge Cluster Lighting After installing the intensely eye-catching blue neon lighting under the dash, I noticed the dull yellowish filament b... Show moreulbs of the gauge cluster sticking out like a sore thumb. In order to maintain the blue light theme, I decided to replace all the gauge cluster bulbs with new bright blue LED bulbs.I removed the entire gauge cluster assembly piece-by piece. When a few of the bulbs weren't working, I had to replace some twist-in pigtail 194 bulb housings, which can most easily be accessed by pulling the whole cluster housing out. Once these parts were replaced, the empty housing was reinstalled. Show Less
These are things I thought I should do to the car this summer...
1. Buy and install K&N X-Stream Air Cleaner Assembly and Crancase Vent F... Show moreilters Done!
2. Paint tailpipe with black hi-temp spray
3. Buy and install new stainless exhaust tip
4. REMOVE my gigantic-assed catalytic converter Done!
5. Remove front license; fill bumper holes (?)
6. Kick upholstery guy's ass for rips in driver's seat vinyl
These are the things I did...
Project 1: Taillight Electrical Cleaning/Bulb Replacement...
Discovering that one of my license plate bulbs was dead, I made it my mission to replace all of the bulbs in the rear end. Not all of them were dead, but it was a good thing to know how to do anyway. What I found was a graveyard of grime-caked electrical connections and wires, filthy old bulbs, and ever-pleasant missing missing bolts. I proceeded to replace each bulb (two 1156s, four 1157s, and two 194s) and return them to the housing...
[Note the difference between the clean connectors and the one caked in decades of 'road shit']
Project 2: Air Cleaner Upgrade
As if this car wasn't suffocated enough by excessive emissions control systems, it was also slapped with a shittily restrictive air cleaner setup as well. So, I took it upon myself to change that. I purchased a 14-inch K&N Custom X-Stream Air Cleaner Assembly and a Steel-Base Crankcase Vent Filter. A little labor was inovlved, but only an hour or two's worth.
The brand new X-Stream setup...
On the first test run this bitch was eating gas like candy. It must've gone through a quarter of a tank in about an hour. After some adjustments, it levelled out.
Unfortunately, I was having trouble cold starting. After several days, I figured out that the adapter for the new air cleaner wasn't on right and was holding the choke open. I custom-fabbed a riser out of magnet tape, popped that shit back on, and it started up instantly. Like a bawss...
Project 3: Catalytic Converter Replacement
Learning that my car is now old enough to exempt emissions testing, I wanted to hit my exhaust up with some mods. First to go was the catalytic converter. I suspect it had not been removed at all during the life of the car because it had rusted itself on there tight. It took me and my friend several gouges with an angle grinder and some heavy prying to finally get it off.
Once it was off, I bolted up the back section of exhaust to the tranny crossmember and took it out for a spin. If you've never heard a V8 without a cat, you haven't heard shit.
Finding that the new flange was not threaded (as the old one was), I had to go out and get some new nuts and bolts. I went with all stainless, and it's pretty pimp if you ask me.
New Cat vs. Old Cat...
Unfortunately, the new cat's outlet is wider than the old one's, so the rear exhaust and the cat don't match up. However, for now, everything's bolted up well enough that nothing will fall off. Now if I could just deal with those fumes...
Project 4: Interior Mood Lighting
I'm a pretty crazy muthafucka, so I figured my car should reflect my personality a little better. I decided to add a little bling to my ride, but very subtly. That's why I added two 6-inch Optix blue neons under the dash. The bulbs are tucked away neatly, out of plain view. Me and my buddy (outofcontrol, etc.) drilled a hole inside the console and installed a button. The button is hidden to the naked eye. When the button is pushed, it lights up with a single blue LED. Then, the neons under the dash pop off. They look bright as hell against my light blue carpet. Then, when the cops roll by, I can pop up the console lid hit the button, and I'm straight.
It's pretty damn pimp...
Page 1: The Welcome Page
Page 2: Basic Pictures
Page 3: Summer '04
Page 4: You're on it, dumbass...
Page 5: 2007 Upgrades
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