Now that I've been doing a few things to my car and will do stuff in the future I might as well make a worklog...
I very clearly remember saying I will not mod this car when I joined this forum and even at Corby's Texas meet. Hanging around this place too long gets to you and you just gotta do it.
I bought the car used July 14, 2008 with about 45,600 miles on it. A stock ATX '03 "deluxe" (options: cruise, leather wrapped wheel, CD player, and not much else). I had been looking around my area specifically for an '03 because I liked the front and stock 5 spoke wheels. Sadly I wanted one so bad that I didn't look around for the best deal and paid $5,600 for it... If I did it all again I wouldn't have bought it. I did badly want to get out of my '92 Ford Tempo that had a radiator leak though. It wasn't quite my first choice in color. I really wanted dark charcoal or burnt orange, but oh well.
My dad and I did maintenance to it after I bought it. Brakes, filters, and all that jazz. I took off the pin stripe at that time since it was already starting to come off. It looks better without it anyway.
I tried out the CD player and gave up on it in about a month and a half and bought Dougiestyle (Duckiestyle)'s Pioneer head unit. It's awesome, no you can't have it back Doug.
The car came with a couple nice sized dents on the passenger fender. Got a PDR guy to come out and repair it for $150.
Bought some cheap aftermarket fog lights.
Finally did the Keman mod when fusewerks sold me the ZXtuner upper resonator. I also did the knock mod and 21mm RSB around this time.
Bought some 5000K DDM HIDs and replaced the fogs with OEM fitting fogs. I think somewhere around time time I added power door locks with remote entry. So much more convenient.
Traded out my '03 seats for earlier charcoal seats and bought my MTX swap.
Not long after I saw Brad had S/R seat covers for sale which is what I originally wanted. So I bought and installed those. Added strut tower bar.
Wondering around the junk yard I stumbled upon some Progress springs and grabbed them for $130 for all 4 with struts.
MTX swap finally.
Made and installed my center reflector LED brake light about the same time and did a full LED conversion.
Bought 17" Konig Kolors off CBZX2 at the Ohio meet. Haven't gotten around to taking pictures of my car with them on, but here's one from the meet. Left of the picture, you can see one wheel anyway.
My next upcoming project is bolt-on "industrial looking" projectors, black out headlights, and clear corner turns. I bought an extra set of headlights from Brad and cleared the lenses up nicely. If weather permits on Thursday, I'm going to the jy and grabbing headlights off an Infinity J30 and starting my projectors. My headlight HID kit shorted out on exposed wires and killed it, so I'm back to stock bulbs for now. All the more reason to get my projectors made and get a 9006 HID kit, filament bulbs is the lame, they are so dull coming from my HIDs. I'll keep this updated.
In the future I'd like the tint the inner turns slightly so they blend in a little better with the grille and future blacked out headlights/clear corners. I may eventually add an amp and 10" sub to my audio, but that will be down the road a ways if at all. Kinda debating it because I need my trunk space sometimes when I move back and forth to college and home. The cost will keep me from doing it for now.
It has been a great car so far. Won't be getting rid of it anytime soon.
-'03 ZX2 MTX Twilight Blue, Progress Springs, S/R Struts, 17" Konig Kolors Gunmetal, EGT Rear Discs, STB, 19mm RSB, LXQ1, Iceman Intake, Esslinger UDP, TWM Short Shifter, S/R Shift Knob, MX3 Seats, 35%/20% Tint, Pioneer DEH-9400BH, Polk Audio 6.5", PowerBass Amp, Rockford Fosgate 10", RE Audio Amp, DDM HIDs, Projector Headlights, LED Conversion
1998 MTX: Zetec00's White '98 Sport
Nice work thus far!
...............____............Originally Posted by zx2loon
'03 MTX - Intake - Header - Suspension - Interior.. boosted soon
'91 EGT MTX - MX3 Recaros - K&N panel filter - Diy snorkel - corksport shifter bushings - zxtuner shifter - progress springs - s/r struts
'98 MTX - being built 350whp / 330wtq
Have you repped someone helpful today?
K&N Typhoon, Knock Mod, Borla Pro Xs w/2.25 pipe
SR suspension, Pnp TB, 5spd swap, Luk Clutch kit, FR Pulley
Alpine CDE 133BT, Sony Xplodes 6x9s and 6.5s, Kicker 650.4, Kicker 12" Comp sub.
Dude I was one of the few who called this shit, I knew you'd mod it. HAHA
Looking good man, very tastefully done, good call.
Je Pistons, Crower Rods, FC Mains, Clevite Bearings, ARP hardware, JohnP head, SVT HG, 71 lb injectors, Crower titanium springs and retainers, OBX fuel rail, Aeromotive FPR, FRIM, Crown Vic TB, Wings West, Ground Controls, S/r Tokico, Tial 38mm wastegate, Precision Turbo, 3" DP, P/S/ A/C delete, Tial Q BOV, XCal3, 80mm MAF, Spec Stage 5, MFactory LSD, Motegi Tracklites, 3" Trubendz
Labor: 3+ years
Looking good so far. Some simple mods to set your car apart from a stock ZX2. Keep up the good work.
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Better rim pictures. I know the car is dirty. I has been and will continue to rain this week.
Rims look good on your Z. I think the dark color of the car and the color of the rims w/ the polished lip makes them pop. Another thing I wanted to comment on was your led reflector light. That turned out very good too.
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