EXTERIOR MODIFICATIONSMay 2002Well, since this car became mine just a couple of months ago, I figured I'd start small at first and do some easy mods that didn't require a shitload of money. On that note, the only things I've done so far in the way of exterior looks was to replace the stock headlamp bulbs with some Plasma Industries Xenon bulbs, which I purchased from SweetEffects.com. You can also find these and a few other brands of Xenon bulbs on eBay. These 30% Xenon bulbs make your headlights look super-white with a slight blue tint, about as close as you can get to true HID headlights (without the color-change or rainbow effect you get with ion-charged bulbs). Well, I soon noticed that the new headlights made the rest of my lights look really dull and yellow, so I also replaced my stock front corner, license plate, and reverse bulbs with Polarg HyperWhite bulbs, which were a great match to the headlights. I purchased these bulbs from a local speed shop here in town called Nu Concept, which I will most definitely be doing more business with in the future. If you're reading this and you just happen to live in the OKC area, lemme tell ya the guys at this shop really know what the hell they're doing and talking about. Anyway, I've also seen these bulbs on numerous websites, but I didn't want to wait to have them shipped when I could just pick them up locally...instant gratification!Here's a pic of my ride after installing the Plasma Xenon headlight bulbs and Polarg HyperWhite corners. Yeah, I know, it probably just looks like picture of any other Prizm with it's lights on.....what can I say, I'm bored.A head-on pic, where you can kind of see the blue tint to the headlights. Almost looks purple in the pic, though. Freaky camera...A picture of the back, with the Polarg HyperWhite reverse and license plate bulbs. Looks just like the ass-end of any other Prizm backing up, huh. You can kinda tell that the reverse lights are brighter, though.June 2002This is a Hyper Flasher turn signal relay that I ordered from HyperFlasher.com. The one I got is actually a 4x speed, but they make them in 2x, 4x, and 6x. Prizms aren't listed on their website, so buy one to fit the same year Corolla as your Prizm. Installing the Hyper Flasher took all of about 10 minutes, the hardest part was trying to locate the stock relay. The best thing I can tell you is to turn on your hazards and follow the clicking sound of the stock relay up behind the dash on the drivers side. It's a black rectangular box with white print on it (just like in the pic) to the right of a square purple relay. Pull it out and plug the new one in, simple as that. The only downside of the new relay I can think of is that it's a little louder than the stock relay. Works great though!Here's the latest pic of my front end, complete with new driving lights and wire mesh grille installed. Just those two changes make a helluva difference huh! The driving lights are just a set of cheapies that I picked up at O'Reilly Auto Parts, but they are all metal and they FIT PERFECTLY. They are Blazer "Xtreme" brand, model XT860. They came with a on/off dash switch, but I hard-wired them into my sidemarker light socket instead so that they come on with my parking lights, and I can't accidentally leave them on and kill my battery overnight. The stock bulbs look REALLY yellow, so I've already ordered some Plasma Xenon bulbs from SweetEffects.com to match the headlights. As soon as the new bulbs are in I'll post a cool "lights on" picture.A closer look at my "custom made" grille. It's actually just a 6" x 3' piece of aluminized steel gutter mesh that I picked up at The Home Depot for under $2. That's right, $2!!! I just cut it to size and shaped it myself in about 30 minutes, it's super easy. I've seen people trying to sell the EXACT SAME pieces of wire mesh on eBay for $5-$25, PLUS shipping! Don't fall for that shit, save yourself some money and try looking at your local hardware store first. After you get it sized and shaped to fit you can just spray enamel it whatever color you want, although I left mine unpainted. I think the unfinished aluminum looks cool. This is the cheapest and probably one of the easiest mods you can do, and it gives your car a VERY different look from the front.Did I also mention that I killed (on purpose) my daytime running lights? Why, you ask??? Simple...because I HATE THOSE THINGS!!! Headlights were NOT meant to be on in broad daylight! If you hate your DRL's as much as I do and want to disable them, here is the easiest way I've found to do it: Unscrew and unhook your speedometer cluster, and remove it from your dash. Look at the backside of the cluster and find the little blue base for the bulb that lights up your battery warning light (it's on the gas gauge side). Disable the bulb or remove it completely. That's it. Sure, you won't have a battery warning light anymore, but if there's something seriously wrong with your battery you're probably gonna know about it anyway without a little red light telling you. And yes, your low beams AND high beams will still both work, I've tested it myself. I just hope killing the DRL's isn't illegal...oh well, so is pulling the tag off your matress and I haven't been arrested for that yet either.TABLE OF CONTENTSPage 1: Latest Pics and OverviewPage 2: Exterior Mods and PicsPage 3: Interior Mods and PicsPage 4: Performance Mods and PicsPage 5: Upcoming Mods and PicsPage 6: PROPS!!!