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Old 03-10-2011, 05:22 AM
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So due to my untimely divorce from my mini I've been banished to car hell. Well not really car hell but damn close to it.

The reality is the timing in my life and the 30-35k miles a year I put on a car were just not working with my mini and I had to move on. It's a struggle pounding a car you love into the ground by commuting in it. So enter the Element.

The element is $7,000 dollars worth of garbage can destroying shopping cart ramming urban assault vehicle. It's beat to hell, parked via the braille method and serves for the launch pad for many memorable (and not so memorable) nights for the crew out here in socal.

That being said... It's time to give her some love and make this piece of dog shit my own. I was thinking that I may only keep it for a year or so... but it's time to settle in for the long haul. Hopefully there will still be something left to haul parts for my track car when that time comes.

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5spd - 2nd gear syncrho's feeling tired
Paint - Hammered
Plastic - Disgusting
Wheels - LoL hub caps
Interior? - Rubber no mats beat to hell
89xxx miles when I got it 12 months ago. Now... Drumroll please... 123xxx
Motor? - Excellent

Mods done so far:
Car Stereo
Thule T2 Hitch Rack with U-haul Hitch
Truck box organizer
Honda factory arm rest
Honda factory Keyless Entry

The Plan:
Wheels and Tires - Picked up a set of 09 element EX wheels on CL with tires on them. link

More to come over the next few days


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Old 03-10-2011, 05:36 AM
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Niiiiice. A lineup thread for the shitbox.
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:45 AM
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wooo i love this beast
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:25 PM
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Niiiiice. A lineup thread for the shitbox.
hey hey hey. You know I prefer defecation dumpster or poop palace or shitmobile or FUCK YOUR GARBAGE CANS MILES I'M RAMMING THESE BITCHES!!!
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:47 PM
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I hear ya - my commute is similar to yours and the miles are piling up on the MINI - trying to get my e30 back in good running shape to split the miles. we shall see - but I might be heading in the same direction as you in the near future
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:12 PM
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hahaha an Element in the lineup, this place has come a long ways
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:40 PM
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haha so it's time to get down to the nitty gritty of what I'm going to do.

I'd like to clean this thing up so it doesn't look like a total pile of shit. I'd also like to add some more lights to the front. Fog Lights are an easy add because the mounting is mostly there and so are the cavities for them in the facia. I'm also thinking of fabricating up some brackets with some PIAA black magics up front (2) just for a little more tough guy look.

And now the 800lb gorilla in the room. The faded black (now grey) plastic. There are a few methods to handling this. The two most reliable are full prep and paint and truck bedliner. The paint is going to be way out of my budget. The truck bedliner is doable but it doesn't look so great.

Here's some examples.

herculiner is the most durable and touch up friendly way to go but also the most ugly. The key to this stuff is that it bonds to itself unlike rhino liner so if/when something happens it's very easy to fix. The texture is meh but the color is good.

What do you guys think?
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the next option is to use this black plastic dye. I love the results but this is going to require annual or semi-annual touch up. the good thing is most people can get this done in about 2 hours total for the whole car. Some people say that it can end up looking blotchy or brush strokish

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So what do you guys think. Should I go forward with this or just leave it as straight up beater with grey plastic?
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I kinda like the box liner look.
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i like the bed liner too. texture and all.
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personally I don't like the bed liner, I'd leave it unchanged and just lower that thing 4" but I know that's not feasible $$$. I'd love to lower mine but it needs to go places where a bit of clearance is needed...
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:40 PM
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I think you should pull off the hubcaps and just run the steelies. Would really complete the urban assault vehicle look.
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Keep it ghetto. What about using that stuff Richard from ShowCarDetailing has to clean & treat black trim?
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BTW, widened steelies would be sweet.
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