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Old 06-26-2016, 11:57 PM   #1
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Chad's 2012 S build

Starting this thread a bit late as it's about half way where I want it. But, this is where it all started:



I bought it in march of 2012 as a used car with 5000 mi on it and began its "conversion" as soon as the weather got warm enough outside that spring. The first upgrades were better tires on the black painted 17" aluminum wheels and factory (as close as i could get it at the time) fog light upgrade. Later that summer, I gave the car its biggest "personality" change to date, when I custom painted the hood, which by this point had eaten all my funds at that point.

Not much happened after that until summer of 2015 when my painting inexperience had caught up with me and I had to redo my hood, at which time i did change the design a bit. And I had painted the calipers ford engine blue to match the silver/blue/black theme i was working on, as well as painted the drums black to give them a cleaner look with the wheels i have on it. I had also added a cheap android cellphone in place of the factory stereo display to store and play mp3's, offer GPS and navigation, and some voice command control, which works pretty well.

For 2016 I continued its metamorphosis into an SE, by swapping to the gauge cluster with the 4 inch screen, replacing the airbag with the stainless steel trimmed one with the buttons on it, I have also enabled as many of the SE features as I can think of (or would work) using FoCCCus. As of now, my S has working factory cruise control, Hill Start Assist, Trip Computer with EcoScout, and MyKey (for some reason the audio buttons on the airbag and the volume limitation of MyKey doesn't work with my base stereo) but the speed limiter control and speed warnings work on the S, which hopefully will cut down on my speeding tickets.

THis is what it currently looks like as of now:




I am currently waiting on my Ti style headlights to arrive which should be here next week.. Can't wait to see what it looks like with the black bezel lights.

Future mods, 4 wheel disc brake conversion, and then suspension / handling upgrades which will probably come next summer.


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Old 06-27-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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Looks good! I have those same wheels on my IS and the color just compliments them so well


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Nice transformation, caught your comments on starting with an "S" so it's nice to see it.
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Damn, I love the hood on that, you should do the roof in a black to make the whole car flow together better. I just put black vinyl on the roof of my sedan and it looks great.
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Curious as to how much you paid for the titanium style lights? If you look around ebay, you can get a pair of ST3 HID lights for around $800 give or take. Which I did and couldnt be happier. I love the black with small amount of chrome look. I did not like the look of the full chrome headlights on my SEL. Now I just need Titanium fog bezels
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Curious as to how much you paid for the titanium style lights? If you look around ebay, you can get a pair of ST3 HID lights for around $800 give or take. Which I did and couldnt be happier. I love the black with small amount of chrome look. I did not like the look of the full chrome headlights on my SEL. Now I just need Titanium fog bezels
I got the titanium headlights off of caarparts.com for 230 for the set shipped. Great quality
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Curious as to how much you paid for the titanium style lights? If you look around ebay, you can get a pair of ST3 HID lights for around $800 give or take. Which I did and couldnt be happier. I love the black with small amount of chrome look. I did not like the look of the full chrome headlights on my SEL. Now I just need Titanium fog bezels
I found a set of OEM replacement aftermarket halogens for 163ish.. and free shipping.. I'm not really ready for HID's yet.. I'm too old school for that, and I'm cheap. I was hoping to find a cheap set of used OEM ones, but they wanted as much for what i paid for the new ones, and most of them were busted, scratched or had other issues...
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New Ti Style Lights Installed...

My new lights finally got here and installed...



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Man you make me want to swap my lights and fog bezels now too, even tho I told myself I was pretty much done with appearance mods,those look sweet!


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shhhh don't tell anyone, but the fog bezels are just the chrome SE pieces painted to mimick the titanium ones... just a couple of hours, a bit of masking tape, and a few shots of semi-gloss black paint.
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