sidepipe87: A few overdue updates

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Post by sidepipe87 » Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:25 am

Anthony - I'll get a pic of the lid now, but it won't be on the car for a while. There are a few imperfections and I won't ride around not lookin fresh :sad:

Thanks Crystal :smile:

03blackrt - you know I was unsure if I wanted to paint the mirrors silver because the black tied in with the stripes well but I'll reserve my judgment for after I get the other mirror painted. It's been raining every day!
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Post by sidepipe87 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:27 pm

Got a present when I came home from work today

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Yes, they're really H&R's and they're yellow. They're H&R Sport Limited Editions and as far as I know, I'm the only one on here with them. Best part is they only cost $99 new. :rockon:

Will be installed Wednesday along with new bumpstops



Oh, the other mirror is now painted as well so they match.
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Post by measy27 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:35 pm

Nice
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Post by JeffM » Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:01 pm

Damn, Ryan. Your car is coming along nicely! Pictures of painted mirrors NAOW!!! :lol:
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Post by sidepipe87 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:45 am

Thanks dudes. I'll get a pic when I get home of the matched ears :lol:
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Post by latief » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:39 am

where did you get those springs from for 99 ? any idea what the spring rate is on these?

looking good :thumbup:

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Post by sidepipe87 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:47 am

I have no idea what the spring rate is, but everyone loves their H&R's and these claim to be 5 mm lower than their Sport springs for someone that wants a little more drop than the Sport but not as low or stiff as the Race springs. I figure they have to be stiffer than the 1gn ACR springs I have now. I'll find out tomorrow!

Here's where I got them :thumbup:

http://www.optionsauto.com/prodinfo.asp ... HR-50899LE

It was a smooth transaction. I wouldn't hesitate to deal with them again.
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Post by neonslg09 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:17 pm

cant wait to see pictures :D im sure it looks great

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Post by Canada » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:55 pm

5mm eh? Thats only about a 1/4". That gonna be low enough for you?

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Post by sidepipe87 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:15 am

Canada wrote:5mm eh? Thats only about a 1/4". That gonna be low enough for you?
no... I misread on their site the first time and thought it said it lowered it an additional .5" from their Sport springs. Damn Canadians and their weird units of measurement :rofl:

You saw the car, it's low but not as low as I was on the Mopars :sad:

Guess I better start saving for coilovers :smile:
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Post by sidepipe87 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:16 pm

Soooo I'm at work and I hate having so many things running through my head about where I ideally want my car at, so I'm writing it all down for reference. This is by no means a complete comprehensive list or all going to happen, but again... ideally. in due time.

EXTERIOR
  • shaved trunk lid/molded avs wing, trunk blackout
    some AAR cuda hood, black
    get rear AAR stripe crests
    SRT rear bumper
    depo black LED tail lights
    HID retrofit
    35% window tint
INTERIOR
  • SRT Viper seats
    3 guage pillar (A/F, voltmeter, oil pressure)
    Maddog sts (post 5 speed swap)
    boost gauge (post SRT swap)
    finish blue LED conversion
ENGINE/TRANS
  • 5 speed swap
    full SRT engine swap (down the road)
    SRT exhaust
SUSPENSION
  • Hotchkis sway bars
    Prothane bushings (awaiting install)
    front/rear DC or Mopar STBs
    rear disc conversion (awaiting install)
    Coilovers (future, possibly Megan)

If I were to think about how much this is all going to cost, I'd clearly be insane. Then again, I already am for modding a neon, right? I know people say it's cheaper to just buy an SRT, but what fun is that? And also I think it'd pay off to do the swap because you save money by paying insurance for a neon. I'm poor and in college for another year. Hopefully when I graduate I can find a decent job and put a little more money into this car. I'm just taking it one day at a time in hopes of accomplishing my goals. Eventually this car will no longer be a daily and I'll either get another Neon or a Charger to drive so I can take it easy on my baby.
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Post by superdan » Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:45 pm

^^^^window shopper :rofl:
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Post by sidepipe87 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:25 am

^ you shush!


In fact I'm shopping for something right now. If I can get the cash somehow it's mine... :readrules:
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Post by Sykora » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:54 am

wait- isn't this your 3rd pair of springs. why the new ones Ryan?
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Post by sidepipe87 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:28 am

Second pair of aftermarket springs, yes. The Mopar ones were a little too soft for the terrible Pittsburgh roads and the fact that I had cut bumpstops didn't help either. The H&R's ride really nice
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Post by glasswars » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:30 am

I'm very confused by some of this. Why do a 5 speed swap, r/t head swap, then a srt swap? If you just hold off and save your money, you'll have what you ideally want much faster..
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Post by sidepipe87 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:36 am

Yeah, I hear ya. I actually just had an oppurtunity to buy a complete mag head, intake, exhaust for $225 on craigslist... the guy said there was a slight issue with the intake and I don't wanna deal with it. I found something else that I REALLY need from that list :twisted: hopefully I can make ti happen. I'll most likely leave the engine basically how it is until I swap which was my original idea.
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Post by neonslg09 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:12 am

sidepipe87 wrote:Yeah, I hear ya. I actually just had an oppurtunity to buy a complete mag head, intake, exhaust for $225 on craigslist... the guy said there was a slight issue with the intake and I don't wanna deal with it. I found something else that I REALLY need from that list :twisted: hopefully I can make ti happen. I'll most likely leave the engine basically how it is until I swap which was my original idea.
daz a good deal :shock:

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Post by sidepipe87 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:40 am

yeah, tell me about it. the guy is desperate to get rid of the stuff. I haven't seen pics though.
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Post by neonslg09 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:24 pm

get that dude to send you some pics asap.

i'd deff buy it

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Post by sidepipe87 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:47 pm

So I haven't updated in a while. Been low on funds but I finally got my AVS spoiler and began molding it to the trunk lid. The fitment wasn't perfect by any means, but I made it work.

Here's the trunk lid I bought for $50 complete with carpet:

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I sanded the entire outside down to bare metal for maximum adhesion and prep work. no pics of it raw, but here it is after I attached the spoiler with silicone adhesive from NAPA and began fiberglassing it to the lid. After rough sanding is done on top:

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I used NAPA silicone adhesive to attach it, and Bondo Fiberglass Resin Jelly and fiberglass mat to fiberglass the spoiler to the lid. If you wanted to do this more professionally, I'd use 3M Panel Bond Adhesive to attach it (I couldn't find it, plus it's very pricey) and use regular fiberglass resin instead of this green shit. I meant to get regular, clear resin and didn't realize it wasn't... this stuff worked fine though. Also, get a better filler than Bondo if you can such as Rage Gold. I just don't really like Bondo, but it's what I have to work with.

Hopefully I'll have the sanding and feathering completed soon so I can go over it with the filler, get it all smoothed down and ready for paint.



I also shaved the lettering down on my injector cover with a grinder with coarse sandpaper on it, then smoothed it with 100 grit. I began filling in the holes with styrene and filling over them. I will paint it when I'm done.

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I just ordered a 28" blue LED strip from Oznium for inside the trunk so I should have that by the end of the week. I'll update this when I have more to show.
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Post by neonslg09 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:53 pm

looks amazing man, you didnt do a bad job at all :)

paint it and put it on your car already!!

what color do you plan to paint the injector cover??

and what color is the led strip?

EDIT: lol its blue. i cant read

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Post by glasswars » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:55 pm

sick dude. now you just gotta rip off those cuda's.
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Post by sidepipe87 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:55 pm

thanks man. hopefully I'll get the trunk done soon and have enough money to get it painted this summer.

the injector cover will be Chrysler Hemi Orange.


lmao Anthony... I have a very quick chop I did you'll love :sad:

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Post by neonslg09 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:57 pm

orange??? hmmmm :roll:

does seem like it would flow right...

i dont think i have seen your engine bay though so i would know

x2 with glasswars. cuda stripes for cudas.

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Post by glasswars » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:00 pm

sidepipe87 wrote:thanks man. hopefully I'll get the trunk done soon and have enough money to get it painted this summer.

the injector cover will be Chrysler Hemi Orange.


lmao Anthony... I have a very quick chop I did you'll love :sad:

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are you fucking serious!??! TEAR THAT SHIT OFF RIGHT NOW DUDE!

do. you. not. realize. how. fucking. clean. that. looks.
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Post by sidepipe87 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:02 pm

lmao... oh I realize how clean it looks and I love it. the day may..... come. that I take them off. for now they's staying. After I get my SRT rear bumper, disc swap on and get the outside where I want it I'll consider. I need to upgrade to coilovers at some point too to drop it where I want it.
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Post by neonslg09 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:03 pm

ZOMG!!!! he is right!

very clean.

remove.

right.

now.

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Post by glasswars » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:05 pm

one by one i will get rid of this... american inspired car modding to the neon scene.
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Post by neonslg09 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:07 pm

glasswars wrote:one by one i will get rid of this... american inspired car modding to the neon scene.
that will be like, conquering the world mr caesar. lol :)

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