Over the Fourth of July weekend, I installed my parts! Here's a quick rundown with some pictures:
1) Right License Plate Relocation
So, this one was pretty simple. My first mod of the day, complete with instructions. First, I unscrewed the dealership box from the front bumper. This part made me sick, because the drill holes left are big and ugly. (the kit did come with bumper plugs, but they are black, so I am currently painting them) After that, I used a screwdriver to pry the cover off of the tow hook. The anchor was a sturdy metal rod, which screwed almost all the way into the bumper. This anchor supported a brace, which supported the license plate holder itself. I used a level, and the whole thing turned out very sleek. Corksport provided theft-resistant screws for the license plate, which are nice, but I feel unnecessary. In case of emergency, they provide a key to keep in your car. The job took me about 30 minutes (with a lot of breaks).
Today I got some new OEM polished stainless steel frames. I needed the front one, because my plate bent without support.
Sans License Plate:
Bonus (look at those bumper holes!):
2) Corksport SRI
The hardest part about this install was removing the factory airbox. The thing was huge! The box itself extended from the top of the engine bay all the way to the bottom, and was clipped in everywhere. Corksport provided step-by-step, extremely detailed instructions with pictures, and I never felt lost. I chose all black with polished silver clamps for my intake, to fit the eventual theme of the car. The car feels immediately quicker, and the sound is very nice. I disconnected my battery here to reset the ECU, because that causes the car to relearn my inputs and the new parts (this inadvertently caused my MPG to drop lower than it had been in a while, but still higher then when I got the car) I expect the benefits to fully kick in once I get a tune. This mod took me about an hour with a few breaks.
3) LED Cabin Light Kit
This mod was very simple, but tedious. Once again, Corksport offered very detailed instructions, which made sure I didn't forget anything. The lights I replaced were: the interior dome lights, the front door courtesy lights, the glove box light, the license plate lights, and the trunk light. Each light, save one, had a cover that slipped off with a flat-head screwdriver. I have big hands, so getting the bulbs out was a pain in the ass. Since the battery was disconnected, I just pried the bulbs out with a screwdriver. DO NOT
do this while the battery is connected. The hardest part about this install by far was the glove box light. I had to remove the glove box, unscrew the light fixture up in the dash
, unsnap the fixture, and replace the bulb. Altogether, this mod took me about 45 minutes.
Dome Lights from Back Seat:
Dome Lights from Outside:
License Plate Lights:
4) Racing Beat Exhaust
This install was surprisingly easy. The only catch is that you need a lift or stands to complete it. I went to a friend's garage and he was nice enough to help. Even though my car is only a little over a year old, the OEM exhaust was starting to rust. Damn you, Minnesota winter! Despite this, the bolts came off easily and the hangers only needed a little WD-40 to get them loose. Racing Beat provided some dense instructions on a sheet of paper, but nothing hard enough to misinterpret. Everything slipped into place and bolted in fine. The OEM exhaust was SUPER
heavy! The muffler itself was big and clunky, so there is definitely some weight reduction going on here. Finally, I reconnected the battery and fired her up. The note produced is a mean growl, and I am very happy with it. At no point is the exhaust annoying, and I have gotten a lot of complements for it. I brought my 6 to the dealership yesterday, and word got around. I may have done some accidental advertising, haha. This is definitely the most satisfied I have been with the car, and I was satisfied to begin with. I mean, I bought it, right? This install took me about 45 minutes, including unboxing and jacking the car up.
I'm very happy with my mods so far, and I now turn my head to wheels and tires. There is a lot of information out there, so I have to do my research. Hope you guys enjoyed!