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Well, here we go. I finally traded in my 1993 Cavalier RS after a nine year relationship (I bought it used). I decided to replace it with this one. I was only going to tint the windows and call it quits. Obviously, things have kind of snowballed from there. I have done some customizing, but have a lot more planned.
These are after the tinting and a few accessories. Pretty much a stock Cavalier LS Sport.
The first real modification I made was swapping out the factory spoiler for a GTR Combat wing. Looks big by itself, but hopefully it will flow with my overall plan. I had to replace the antennae to avoid it banging on the wing.
In order to get the back looking decent, I got rid of those stock rear tail lights and replaced them with a carbon fiber trunk bezel from RKSport and a set of Altezza euro style tail lights.
Here is a closer look at the tail lights. I like the gunmetal and carbon combination.
I wanted to add some type of body graphic to break up the body lines. I decided to go with a type of lightning design. I wanted something that spanned across most of the car's side, and lengthened out towards the spoiler. These are custom cut vinyl graphics in metallic silver. In addition to adding the graphics, I installed Eibach Pro-kit springs to give the car a lowered profile.
I like the way the graphics turned out. They gave my ride a whole new look.
I added a Revtec windshield banner when I had my body graphics put on. Revtec is a local sport compact store that does great work at good prices. They are always there to give advice and make suggestions.
I wanted to give the headlights a more aggressive appearance, so I added a set of RKSport's phantom headlight covers. They break up the blocky appearance of the headlights nicely. These will do until they come out with projector headlights.
I was finally able to get my carbon fiber hood. I went with RKSport's Ram Air hood. The scope is fully functional, but it doesn't help me much because I have a cold air intake. Oh well, it still looks good.
I had some more mods I wanted to make, but since I live in the snow belt, the weather pretty much sucks. I had to wait until it got semi warm again.
Now that spring is finally here, and the snow is gone, I wanted to get busy for this coming season.
I upgraded my wheels to 18" Enkei RS6's with Falken Ziex ZE-512 tires. I went with a 215/40 low profile tire. Since the rims are more open then the stock ones I had, I changed the caliper and drum color from blue to red. I think that the red adds a little more accent to the wheels. I also changed the blue stripe in my windshield banner to red. Another reason I wanted to add some more red is that my engine is highlighted in red. I figured when the hood is opened, things would flow together more evenly.
A big thank you to Extreme Dimensions Inc. for sponsoring me! I chose the bomber front bumper and Evo 5 side skirts. I wanted to mix things up and see how it looks. I am keeping my factory LS Sport package rear bumper because I like the way it looks. I have a single exhaust, and I do not like the way other kits look that are geared for duel exhaust.
I think the side skirts should flow with it into the bomber front. I am also going to put on the VIS Z3 fenders that I picked up earlier.
I finally got my body kit painted and installed on the car. It took awhile, but I am happy with the results. I like the way things flow together. I had some doubts initially because I combined different kits and used my stock rear bumper. Like I said earlier, I like single port exhausts and haven�t found any rear bumpers that I like aside from my stock one. Things worked out to my benefit, because I have a unique combination of parts. I still have to put the mesh in the front bumper and side skirts. I am going to do that over the winter.
Here are a couple of side shots. I still have to put my graphics back on, but I am going to take everything off for the winter. I want to give it plenty of time to fully cure. Temperatures have dropped and I don�t want to ruin the paint.
I took a couple of close up photos of the side skirts and Z3 fenders. I like the way the silver mesh sets off the fenders. It blends nicely with my wheels and graphics. At least with part of my graphics for now.
With the show season pretty much finished for the year, it is back to the drawing board to work on next years modifications. I have a few things in mind, but nothing too radical. I want to finish off some of the small things to improve the overall appearance of the car. I am looking at the blue and black race seats and a DEI Cryogenic Intake System for starters. We will see where things go from there.
I just picked up a set of Baer DecelaRotors and EBC Greenstuff Brake pads. The rotors are slotted and drilled and look really nice. I will put them on the car in the spring.
I installed the rotors and pads, as well as put my summer rims back on. I like the look of the drilled and slotted rotors, especially with the silver finish. They match up nicely with the rims. At least in my opinion.
Here are a couple of front shots with the all the mesh installed and my Cavalier symbol. I wanted to fill in the gap between the hood and top of the body kit wit something that wasn't an overkill. I came up with the idea of fabricating a bracket and attaching a cavalier emblem to it. I am happy with the final result, it is just enough to break up the void.
A couple of side shots to give you a better view of the completed body graphics and overall flow of the vehicle. Hopefully everything looks good.
Although not really a mod, I changed my wipers to Bosch ICONs. If you are looking for really good wiper blades, I highly recommend these. Just for your info.
I wanted to replace my taillights with ones that were more compatible with the color scheme of my car. I chose the TYC Elegante Carbon Fiber ones. I like the visual appearance of these tails. The outside trims of these were painted to match the car. The person I got these from had them painted prior to me getting them. I will install them in the spring and get pictures posted.
Nothing major, but I wanted to get nicer looking lug nuts. My old ones were chipping and discoloring from age. I like the blue chrome finish with the silver rims. It adds a little splash of color.
Here are a few pictures of my new paint in progress. I kept my graphic scheme the same, but wanted it to be improved over plain vinyl.
My painter did a great job! It is Arrival Blue Metallic with Silver Metallic graphics highlighted by black airbrushed shadowing. I will get better pics posted later.
Here is what my car looks like now. I can't believe what a difference a little shadowing makes on the graphics. Looks totally different than what it did with vinyl.
I tried to get a close up shot of the shadowing. I hope you can see it. It is real noticable in person, but hard to capture on film.
New tail lights are installed and are an improvement over my other ones. At least in my opinion. The carbon fiber look fits better with my trunk insert. I also repainted my drums and calibers with a deeper red color than what I had before. I wanted to accent the splash of red throughout the car a little better. I also decided to go without my headlight covers this year.
A friend of mine came up with the idea to add supercharged vinyl stickers to the hood cowl. I was unsure about the idea at first, but after cutting them out and installing them, I kind of like it. It adds a little something to the exterior.
I just ordered new rims and tires for my car. I went with the Stern ST-1 Beasts wrapped with a Falken FK 452. I chose Hyperblack for the color to highlight the shadowing in my graphics. The combination should give me a little more depth. The polished lip on the rims is 2 inches from what I gathered. I'm hoping that they will look good once on the car.
The rims are in and are nicer than I initially thought. If you are in the market for new wheels, check with Element Wheels on the net. Great customer service and products.
Along with new rims, I am adding a big brake kit to the front. I am going to do the rear as well, but that well have to wait until next year. I chose the Track version of the kit from Baer. It should look and perform well. The rotors are drilled and slotted and 13" in diameter. A big difference from the slightly over 10" ones on there now.
I wanted to get an idea of how these rims and brakes would look together. I just sat the tire over the brake and snappped a picture. I like the combination. I will probably have the calipers powder coated red with silver in the lettering. I will get better pics when everything is installed.
I got the front wheels on with the big brake upgrade. I still have to clean up the rear wheel wells and paint the drums silver. I am planning on doing that tomorrow. I will then get better pictures with all the wheels on. I really like the brake wheel combination. I am happy I chose the ones I did.
The car is all put back together with the new rims and big brakes installed. I took a couple of pictures to show the size of the brakes as well as the lip on the rims. I am pretty pleased with the way things turned out. I will do the back brake conversion next year. I hit my spending limit with everything that I accomplished this year. If only money grew on trees!!
Thank you for visiting my site and good luck on your mods. Don't forget to sign my guestbook!!
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