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2015 SE HB Build

LionsTooth

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Not really a build so much as tinkering & playing. Today, I'm trying out PlastiDip. Oh, how I wish I had this when I had my RX3 in 1978! First, trying it out on the lower rear valance. It's always looking sad with that grey that doesn't match my Magentic paint. The idea is to get a feel for it so I can do the wing I want to buy in a couple of months. Also, added a black exhaust tip and last week stuck on a Stubby 2-inch antenna and some carbon-look plate surrounds.

Stubby Antenna:
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This weekend...gonna install the Rally Armor basic mud flaps and anything else that gets here in this batch (wing, already installed the wiper & with-glee-I-can-see-now, new spark plugs, lug nuts to replace the boring grey stock ones, cabin air filter, & a K&N cleanable air filter).

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Also, in October, installed this protective rubber strip I picked up on Amazon. I love it but today I noticed it is coming unstuck on the left side. So off to O'Rielly's for some new sticky-downy tape.
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So I guess this is turning into a build thread...

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Only got to the lug nuts, today. Nothing else came in the mail, except the air filter...gotta wait 'til the filter oil shows up on Monday.

Man, I am so glad I did this. The stock nut caps were still on the left front wheel nuts and they would not come off. I had to beat them off with a hammer and a punch. What should have taken 5 minutes took 30 on that wheel. What a nightmare these things are. What were they thinking? I imagine my daughter trying to change a tire in the middle of the night battling these stupid caps. Caps...now trashed! Gotta dress up the tires to match the shiny new nuts!

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K&N filters are sold pre-oiled. Stick it in.

The biggest reason people hate on K&N filters is that they can get their oil on sensitive intake parts. If that happens, it's because you over-oiled it.
When you clean it after 50,000 miles or so, you have to follow directions. Spray it with just enough oil to soak into the fibers over time, and let it sit for a few hours. You don't need much. Use the stock filter for a day if you need to drive it.
 
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Understood...I guess I should have opened the box! It's been like 35 years, but I had one each on my Vee and my tow vehicle. So, yeah, understood. Sticking that and my cabin filter in tomorrow. [driving]
 
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Cabin & intake filters in. The cabin filter was...well... 66k miles of EWWWWWWW! The intake filter was probably new when I bought the car in Sep. Gonna keep it around for a spare for like econoboxrocks says above.

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Rear flaps on. I like it! Made a cardboard template out of a cereal box. Used 1/4x20 hardware into the existing holes where the fabric plugs came out, drilled a hole for a self-taping upper bolt. Front flaps tomorrow (because they will be harder). Hmmmm, might have to paint those brake drums....

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Front flaps on! They were actually easier than the rears were. About $16 in hardware to mount the basic flaps. Happy!

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Wing came, today. Gonna spend the next few days doing a test fit, then PlastiDip black, and then refit. It's about 5.5-inches wider/deeper/longer than the factory winglet. [biggrin]

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Wing done....Needed a tiny bit of fiddling to align the six fasteners, but overall, really pleased. The dip turned out better than I expected.

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Turned out great!

Was the 3rd brake light refit - being that this "wing" is longer in depth, did you have any wiring headaches or was the harness long enough or did it come with the 3rd brake light installed?
 
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Turned out great!
Was the 3rd brake light refit - being that this "wing" is longer in depth, did you have any wiring headaches or was the harness long enough or did it come with the 3rd brake light installed?
I used my brake light (no brake light in the kit). I lengthened the 2 brake-light wires the same length as the washer tube that was supplied in the hardware kit; about 6-inches or so. No headache for me. I used solder-less crimp connectors and a bit of wire I had.
 


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