So, I picked up a new daily driver (A wrecked accord I bought at copart, check out my youtube channel for the build), and since having LED headlights in my Fit, I now hate driving anything without them. I decided to get a little crazy at SuperBrightLEDS and upgraded every single light on the front of the car. Low beams, high beams, and fog lights. Here's how it looks with the stock halogens.
Pulling the headlights out requires taking the bumper cover off, but its honestly not that difficult on the Accord. One screw inside each wheel well and a bunch of pop in fasteners.
The headlights are plug and play, no wiring required. You do need to make sure they're lined up right, the "filaments" need to be oriented horizontally, or the beam pattern will not be correct.
From there it's basically just popping the lights back in and plugging everything up. Make sure you test EVERY light before you put the entire bumper back on. The plugs will go on either way, there is no "upside down" in terms of them physically fitting, but they will only work in one orientation. If you put your bumper cover back on and realize half the lights don't work, you will likely be pretty pissed at yourself and feel like a total idiot for not checking first. Ask me how I know.
Anyway, once your dumbass takes the bumper back off and plugs them in correctly, they will look like this:
MUCH brighter, but still good clean cut off so you don't blind people all the time. Everything works 100%, no "bulb out" lights or anything like that. Overall, super happy with them, and will likely continue to put SuperBrightLEDs in every car I buy until I'm unpoor enough to afford something with factory LED lights. Go check them out.
I am a bit of a flashlight nerd, and having any light be less than insanely bright has now become one of my pet peeves. The headlights on my 08 Fit Sport beater were honestly not terrible, but with the seasons changing and me soon to be leaving work at night, i felt it was time for an upgrade.
I immediately went to SuperBrightLEDs, because I’ve ordered tons of stuff from there and they have top notch lights, fast shipping, and good customer service. Every car I’ve owned in the last few years has gotten all the interior lights replaced with LEDs from SuperBrightLEDs. They draw way less power and are far brighter. Anyway, I put in my car info and it gives me the suggestion to use this H4 fanless kit that’s plug and play. I went ahead and ordered them for something right at $75 shipped. They showed up a couple of days later and I finally got a chance to install them.
They are pretty damn much plug and play. I had to trim the rubber ring that covers the headlight bulb a bit to clear the heat sink, and because someone at Honda is an asshole I actually put it on the lift and pulled the front wheels off to install them since you have to pull out the fender liner, but that would apply to even replacing a stock bulb. The difference was immediately evident.
Here are the stock headlights:
Here is the LED on the driver side with a stock bulb on the passenger side:
And finally, this is LED on both sides. You can really see the difference if you look at them against the color temperature of the stock fog lights.
It’s still daylight, so it’s super hard to say how well they will do at night, but judging based on how much brighter they look in the shop, they’re going to be awesome. Also, since they’re made to go in halogen reflectors, the beam pattern actually looks correct and doesn’t scatter light everywhere. It looks exactly like the stock headlights, just brighter and whiter. So far, I love it.
So, I bought a 2005 Nissan Xterra 4x4 as a daily driver, I actually need to post more stuff about it because I really like this car and it was a vehicle I hadn’t previously considered, but I digress. It came with some ugly old vent visors. I hate vent visors. Also, these were coming loose and flapping around and all kinds of annoying shit, they needed to go.
Not a fan. So I took them off with some very thin nylon string. I just ran it behind the visor and worked my way back making a sawing motion. Easy peasy.
Of course, this removed the visor from the tape, but didn’t remove the tape and adhesive from the car.
Not great looking. I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal and I went to Home Depot and got some cheap plastic scrapers and some goof off. I was very wrong. After 20 minutes of scraping, I had gotten something like an inch of tape off. Finally I remember that I bought something for my project truck that would probably work pretty damn well for this application. It’s called the Wonder Wheel. I bought it for taking off old decals on my 82 C10. I brought it home from work and attached it to my drill. It looked like this when I was starting:
Like 30 seconds later, it had knocked off half of the tape and adhesive on the driver door
I did both windows and went back over it with some goof off and a microfiber towel. It’s still not 100% perfect (it’s actually not even really done, my drill battery died with a driver side rear window still to go), but it literally took less time to do all three doors than it did to get like an inch or two done by hand.
I’m gonna wrap up the other side and give it a good wash and finish getting the last few spots of adhesive off later this week, but if you are planning to take vent visors off, go ahead and do yourself a favor and pick up a Wonder Wheel on amazon. It will save your sanity.
I recently did the trans and diff fluid on my NC Miata, and I picked this cheap fluid transfer pump up on Amazon. I’ve had some really crappy little fluid pumps like this, but this one worked impressively well for the money. It fit tight with no leaks, the pickup tube is long enough to get all of the fluid out, and it moves a lot of fluid with each pump. Super solid choice for $8 shipped.
My stock exhaust was very slightly tweaked, but in all honesty I really just wanted an excuse to upgrade. I went with the RoadsterSport Street Single. I like the way it looks, I like the way it sounds, and I like that it’s less than half the weight of the stock exhaust. I still don’t have my damn title in, so I can’t really drive it yet, but it sounds good at idle, lol.
As a side note the NC is likely the easiest car ever to change the muffler on. Two 14mm bolts hold the stock muffler on, then it's just the hangers. If they aren't rusted to hell and back, this is a 10 minute job.
I think it looks awesome, on the non-appearance package NC1 the exhaust cutouts aren’t super obvious, I think it looks damn near factory. Anyway, as soon as I can finally drive this thing I will get some audio clips.