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Hi all,

Though I'd share with you some little mods..which in NO way are intended to enhance any performance, nor they pretend to render the scort (in my case a 95lx wagon..lol) sexier. Just some misc low budget gadgets...

Air horn (Canadian tire, ~40$, double trumpet FIAMM). Produces an AWFULLY ugly and loud noise, something along the lines of a raped cat - amazing how much effect it has :). Installed in between radiator and front grill, the air compressor being in the engine compartment, all hooked up to OEM horn wireing (which I disconnected for the sake of not blowing the fuses)

Headlights: overpowered 100/80W bulbs. Illumination starts to get closer to the one in new cars, and havent got any signs it blinds the incoming traffic.

Gauges - added oil pressure and voltmeter in dash, just near the defrost switch, and vacuum on the pillar. All bought on driverfx.ca - and their only use is to detect possible car failures, not to make it look sportier :) (mind you, saw a bad battery and a vacuum leak thanks to them.. )

Windshield spray: 2 spray nozzles instead of the OEM double jet ones... trivial, yet quite better in snow.

Suspension - got these 10$ 1"rubber bushings stuck into the coil springs. Clearance increased by ~0.5-0.75", ride got stiffer, less leaning on corners, somewhat better handling, less comfortable, and (primary objective) less getting stuck on unpaved roads when going camping.

Misc - red lights at the front doors edges, wired to the interior light in the fuse box. Just indicates the door's edge when the front doors are wide open...

Misc 2: front mudflaps (if that can be called a mod.. but I hope it will slow down the rust due to the salt showers)


My two little cents. Pictures coming as soon as I find my cam..
 

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bluefoton said:
Produces an AWFULLY ugly and loud noise, something along the lines of a raped cat - amazing how much effect it has :). ... ....to the one in new cars, and havent got any signs it blinds the incoming traffic.
Raped cat... nic analogy, I busted a gut when I read that. And the signs of a blinded driver... :? I'm guessing not getting hit by the oncomming traffic would qualify. :wink:

There's a place around here that does 4 mudflaps with lifetime waranty for $25. I got em and they work pretty good.

I'm actually considering several body preserving mods to my car right now:

1. Full length skid plate, rally style. The kind that hangs out the sides a little to protect the rockers. I noticed the escort tires have a uniqua ability to throw gravel and sand at a very shallow angle, so it hits the body raght below the back edge of the door.

2. Those low voltage current things that are supposed to protect the body

3. Drving lights (So I can see what I'm gonna hit, long before I hit it).

4. Rear dsic brake swap (so I can stop for it after I see it).

on a side note:

I had some light surface rust starting right behind the front tires, and on the front of the inner fender lip. It was from paint chips. I sanded it off, etched the metal with acid to get any microscopic rust, then I laid down a Zinc epoxy primer, then 7-8 coats of color matched paint. Its been 3 months and it hasnt come back yet
 

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1. Full length skid plate, rally style. The kind that hangs out the sides a little to protect the rockers. I noticed the escort tires have a uniqua ability to throw gravel and sand at a very shallow angle, so it hits the body raght below the back edge of the door.
you sure thats not from you taking your lap belt off with the door open and it hiting the rocker panel?
 

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I dont use my lap belt., and I can hear all of the sand hitting the body becuase all the snow we had melted and left a good coat of sand on all the roads.
 

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Yea I did the 80/100w headlights too, just make sure you have upgraded the wiring. It makes a pretty damn good difference too. But get clear bulbs, not that blue tinted shit. If you got the blue tint crap you can sand it off with the same sandpaper you used for cleaning up the headlights (you have done that right?) I used the 800 grit on mine. Lights up the road great and puts most non hid cars to shame.
 

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Yup, polished headlights to their original transparency, and got clear 100W.. original wiring though. :? Though it will defrost my cables due to excessive overheating, and works for 3rd year in a row without any problems...

Sand a halogen neverputyourfingeron lightbulb??? 8O Wow, thats a first!
 

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Josh_LX said:
I dont use my lap belt.
:? :x :cry:
I agree with the Beav. :? WHY DON'T YOU PEOPLE WEAR SEATBELTS?! It's not hard, unless there's something wrong that makes it more dangerous to wear than to not wear. In which case you should get it /fixed./

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Yup, polished headlights to their original transparency, and got clear 100W.. original wiring though. :? Though it will defrost my cables due to excessive overheating, and works for 3rd year in a row without any problems...

Sand a halogen neverputyourfingeron lightbulb??? 8O Wow, thats a first!
Works fine for me, its just the blue coating part on the outside i sanded off, and used the 800 grit, came right off.

Also dont clearcoat the headlights, I did and it is obvious it is clearcoated. If I did it again I would just use the blue magic wheel polish after sanding.

BTW, dont buy hella optilux bulbs. They are just repackaged made in korea garbage. I paid 23 bucks for a pair, when I could have bought those 1.99 sets on ebay and gotten the same stuff.
 
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