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hondaman
11-14-2007, 11:15 AM
The little truck that can tow twice it's weight...

http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/521/s6300887ot7.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/6/web/2610000-2610999/2610201_3_full.jpg

Super low miles...

Powered by a 4.3L V6 developing ~ 195 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque with K&N drop in filter. (190/250 stock).

Modifications include afore mentioned filter, as well as a CB radio and tachometer, both of which can be seen here:

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/6/web/2610000-2610999/2610201_25_full.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/6/web/2610000-2610999/2610201_23_full.jpg

I later changed that Autozone steering wheel cover to this genuine stitched leather wheel cover:

http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/8250/s6300900nl8.jpg

Also new is this wood trim dash kit:

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9197/s6300902tw7.jpg

http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/8880/s6300903ma3.jpg

Future plans include a sound system which will be installed in the near future. New head unit and six new speakers. A K&N cold air intake system may also be in the future.
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Linkin
11-14-2007, 06:53 PM
Great condition, you were fortunate to get a truck like this.

Nominated for lamest name so far. :P

hondaman
11-14-2007, 07:06 PM
Thanks, and a new name is coming. ;)

EDIT: New name given...
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MSFT
11-14-2007, 08:00 PM
I am particularly fond of the radio. I always wanted one of those.

Sinister
11-14-2007, 09:43 PM
indeed radios are always great for listening to truckerchat finding the smokies.


now wtf is with the name, i didnt expect something so ungeneric and random.

hondaman
11-14-2007, 09:51 PM
now wtf is with the name, i didnt expect something so ungeneric and random.

¯\(°_o)/¯

I do enjoy my radio though.
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hondaman
11-17-2007, 12:15 AM
Okay, so just in case it wasn't obvious...the name was a joke. You can thank Kon for the creativity to come up with "Red Eyelash And The Sacred Panda". It was a placeholder until I came up with a new name...which I think I've found. Could change until I settle on one, or this could be it.

Anyway, today was spent doing a full paint treatment and interior detailing. The interior doesn't look much different (I keep it clean pretty much all the time) but the exterior looks much better since my last offroading session. Pics:

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9644/s6300920uc2.jpg

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/6841/s6300921lc7.jpg

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/3941/s6300922mj6.jpg

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/8326/s6300923lf3.jpg

All shiny!
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theo
11-17-2007, 12:18 AM
like looking in a mirror... very nice clean

Vanexroxics
11-17-2007, 12:24 AM
Are those Metallic Paint? Or Chrome? Cause if it is shiny, it has to be one of those.

Again, very nice Dan! :thumbsup: Another great truck.

Nik.
11-17-2007, 12:43 AM
I really like this car, wish I had one myself.

Oh well atleast I got a free3d model of it. :P

hondaman
11-19-2007, 10:28 PM
Thanks guys. :) And DR: It has both chrome and metallic paint (two tone, even) so with wax and polish it shines up really well. :)

Here's an acceleration vid, you'll have to pardon me because I really such at making these. Aside from the fact that the roads aren't very level around here, I always manage to have a full tank of gas, be hesitant with getting to full throttle (trying not to shriek out the tires) and in this case, a toolbox full of tools in the back. Add that to a slight incline and having to turn onto the interstate to merge, and you get my 10 second 0 - 60 time. :\

Oh well, it's a truck. Keep in mind though that under better conditions, it should be able to get to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. The speedometer still gets moving pretty good once I get out of the turn and my throttle hesitation.

Ib1-yjYMKOo
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Zombi
11-19-2007, 11:22 PM
BODYDROP! xD

hondaman
11-20-2007, 09:26 AM
BODYDROP! xD

You mean lower it? Nah, I like being able to do some semi-offroading from time to time. I am from Alabama, after all. :)
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Zombi
11-20-2007, 09:28 AM
Alabama has a pretty big mini truck scene, don't they? :D

I love lifted S10s too though, they are sick especially with a three fiddy in there on 37s

hondaman
11-20-2007, 09:38 AM
Alabama has a pretty big mini truck scene, don't they? :D

I love lifted S10s too though, they are sick especially with a three fiddy in there on 37s

Definitely, and the S10 is by far the most popular choice. Though I do see a periodic Ranger, and even more rarely, an El Camino.

That's a future dream of mine, to drop an LT1 in it. :) Or an LS7...
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Zombi
11-20-2007, 10:01 AM
Definitely, and the S10 is by far the most popular choice. Though I do see a periodic Ranger, and even more rarely, an El Camino.

That's a future dream of mine, to drop an LT1 in it. :) Or an LS7...
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I'm a mini trucker at heart lol, theres something about seeing a truck lay rocker and drag the rollpan off :rolleyes5

LT1/LS7+S10's lightness=FTW! lol, what are your plans for it? :D

Rich P
11-20-2007, 11:18 AM
its nice to see one of these not riced out or huge *** stereos. this thing looks so slick and new

Dr.DooM
11-20-2007, 01:50 PM
what a beaut!

hondaman
12-01-2007, 03:55 PM
Thanks everyone. :)

I'm a mini trucker at heart lol, theres something about seeing a truck lay rocker and drag the rollpan off :rolleyes5

LT1/LS7+S10's lightness=FTW! lol, what are your plans for it? :D

As of right now, I'm not sure. I think an actual intake system of some sort is probable, and it's possible that I could get around to dropping a V8 in there. If I do, I'll probably go all out and cam it, supercharge it, whatever comes across my mind. :)

Washed again today:

http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/8861/s6300958as8.jpg

Both of my babies:

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/5548/s6300960sw8.jpg
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Rally Master
12-01-2007, 04:47 PM
truck from 1996 that has lower miles than my 2001 Legacy? preposterous!

hondaman
12-16-2007, 03:19 PM
truck from 1996 that has lower miles than my 2001 Legacy? preposterous!

It is the truth, Rallyemenz.

More pics, went mudriding yesterday and then gave it a thorough wash today:

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/2125/s6301012wl4.jpg

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/5061/s6301014oz1.jpg

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/4836/s6301016po8.jpg

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/6296/s6301019nq0.jpg
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Imprezzive
12-16-2007, 03:40 PM
It is the truth, Rallyemenz.

More pics, went mudriding yesterday and then gave it a thorough wash today:

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/2125/s6301012wl4.jpg

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/5061/s6301014oz1.jpg

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/4836/s6301016po8.jpg

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/6296/s6301019nq0.jpg
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I love mudding. I'll never forget the day I took my WRX rallycrossing. I miss that car...

Hey, lucky you, at least you're not stuck shoveling snow in -10 degree cescius weather :)

RedTwentyFour
12-16-2007, 04:17 PM
beautiful paint :)

- Rick.

Civic_Undercover
01-16-2008, 08:20 PM
This has to be one of the nicest looking S10's I've ever seen! It's so.... shiny, and and it looks like it's brand new! My friend's dad had one like this, except his was a 98' reg cab, ruby red paint, and it was 2x4, lol. It also had a small dent past the driver side door. I loved that thing. He traded it in for a Equinox.....

Sweet truck dan!

hondaman
02-03-2008, 04:00 PM
Thanks everyone. :)

Good news and bad news time on this one...

Good news: I washed it today and decided to take a picture.

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/8243/s6301122oj8.jpg

Bad news: It's now got some damage.

Some idiot in a white lifted F-Series backed into the front of my truck with their tailgate down while I guess attempting to park. I happened to be outside when it happened, and they saw me start running across the parking lot at them and took off. They were unfortunately too far away to get a license number, and apparently the outside store cameras are fakes so I'm stuck on my own with this one...

The damage is minimal but it still pisses me off.

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/306/s6301126bd3.jpg

Now I need to set about trying to find a new grille...I'm going to try some junkyards first for fear of what the dealers would charge.
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Imprezzive
02-03-2008, 04:05 PM
Ouch...better get that fixed soon!

FEAR
02-03-2008, 08:37 PM
Since it is a hit and run, you should be able to claim your insurance for this and get it done at a dealership, no?

Vanexroxics
02-04-2008, 04:43 AM
Aww...nuts, stupid people.

The car still looks great, at least nothing much for the damage.

hondaman
02-06-2008, 05:35 PM
Still looking for a replacement part...unfortunately no, I opted for only liability on the truck. Silly mistake on my part.

Figured I couldn't let the Buick's picture *****age go unaccompanied...

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5554/picture1434ay4.jpg
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hondaman
02-17-2008, 05:41 PM
Went mudding today, and it was great...

Pictures don't really show the quantity of mud on there very well. Maybe I'll try to get some tomorrow...

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/1952/s6301189ii4.jpg

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/1466/s6301204xy3.jpg

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/9779/s6301212my9.jpg

http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/9898/s6301213va5.jpg
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Canada_Kid
02-18-2008, 12:10 AM
Looks like you had fun. Trucks look so much better in mud than salt, which is what mine is covered in right now. Did you ever get that part?

RedTwentyFour
02-18-2008, 05:22 AM
looks more like rust :/

- Rick.

hondaman
03-05-2008, 04:18 PM
Nah it's not rust, stuff doesn't rust in this climate. ;)

Looks like you had fun. Trucks look so much better in mud than salt, which is what mine is covered in right now. Did you ever get that part?

Not yet, before I even try to get it I have to figure out how to get the one already on my truck off, and that's not turning out so good. I'll need to dedicate more time to that.

Some new pictures:

My poor truck hasn't been washed in a while, and it shows. I've been sick the past few weekends. :S

http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/2976/s6301300uu0.jpg

I do have something new on the inside. I got sick of the wood trim thing I had before (it was really crappy) and got something much nicer. I ripped out the old junk and got this in instead:

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/9963/s6301303yq7.jpg
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Civic_Undercover
03-06-2008, 12:42 AM
Couldn't you have your local PD check all the plates for the trucks and then hunt down the driver? It was his fault to begin with! You could start with vehicle description, then narrow it down from there. Hope you get everything straightened out soon.

hondaman
03-06-2008, 06:38 AM
Couldn't you have your local PD check all the plates for the trucks and then hunt down the driver? It was his fault to begin with! You could start with vehicle description, then narrow it down from there. Hope you get everything straightened out soon.

Nah, I didn't get the plate number of the truck. All I managed to get was that it was an out of state tag. Makes it difficult to track. :/

It's okay though, the damage isn't that bad and it won't be too expensive to fix, I just need to figure out how to get it off and then find a donor part.
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Canada_Kid
03-06-2008, 11:03 AM
I do have something new on the inside. I got sick of the wood trim thing I had before (it was really crappy) and got something much nicer. I ripped out the old junk and got this in instead:

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/9963/s6301303yq7.jpg


That looks really good. Was that hard?

hondaman
03-06-2008, 12:22 PM
That looks really good. Was that hard?

Thanks, and no not really. It took about an hour to an hour and a half to finish the whole truck. The most time consuming part was the preparation; making sure that the kit would bond to the dash well.
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hondaman
03-11-2008, 11:33 PM
Well, I got it off:

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/5459/s6301379gy9.jpg

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/4782/s6301380mz7.jpg

Don't mind that brown stuff below the radiator, it's leaves not rust.

I broke it further doing so, but that's okay...

I decided not to buy some old used junk for my truck. Thanks to the wonders of the internets, I bought a brand new grille and front emblem off of ebay. Don't know when it'll be here, but it's coming. Pics when it's done. :)

Unfortunately, as I said it's broken further so I'm not putting it back on, but I'll drive the Buick until then. Or just drive around looking ghetto periodically :S
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Killua
03-12-2008, 04:01 PM
Nice to hear you're getting a replacement. I have two questions BTW: is that color on the radiator (And around of it) normal? Could it be cleaned?
And, have you ever took a picture of the engine? I think I have never seen a photo of it.

hondaman
03-12-2008, 04:34 PM
Yes and no. It's normal in that it's normal for it to get dirty...but that's not really the color it's supposed to be.

It could be washed very easily, taking care to avoid getting water in the headlights, and I may take a pressure washer to the radiator before installing the new grille. It's due to arrive Monday, March 17.

And no, I haven't shown a picture of it yet:

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/3506/s6301381bc1.jpg

Probably haven't shown it before because it's so dirty. I keep the inside and the outside clean but haven't given much thought to the engine, seeing as how it would just get dirty again every time I go mudding. I think though, now that I have the front end of the truck off I'm going to give the engine a good wash along with the radiator this weekend.

The big Vortec V6 engine has a lot of power, but quite literally completely stuffs the engine bay. It's not the easiest engine to work on.

Anyway, I'll put up some pics when it's clean and of course when the new part arrives.
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Kracka
03-12-2008, 05:45 PM
I dont have a problem working on my vortec :)

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Driv3r
03-12-2008, 10:36 PM
I quite enjoy just how tourqey the 4.3L Vortech is. Not to mention it sounds abit aggressive too :)

hondaman
03-14-2008, 02:39 PM
That it does, Driver :)

Well, something else is going to happen...

While I was messing around with the truck last night, I realized just how poorly the stock sealed beam headlights illuminate the road. The beams look quite literally like two household flashlights with dying batteries pointed downward. The high beams do about as good of a job illuminating my forward path as a household lamp. Granted, these headlights have probably been in the truck since it was new and are undoubtedly worn out and faded because of this. But there will always be limitations on a sealed beam headlight system...

I found a H4 Halogen composite beam conversion kit. This would help, but it's not really enough. It will be necessary, though, for the Phillips 4300k HID kit, like the one in my LeSabre, to be installed. Installing it would be particularly easy while the front end is off.

Pics and such when all this arrives. Won't look any different externally in the daytime but at night there will be a tremendous difference.

Odd...this seems to be the only picture I've posted of my HID's in the Buick. Oh well. I messed with the exposure time a bit so they don't really look quite as supernova like as they do here but obviously they are quite bright:

http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/2480/s6301023xj0.jpg

Expect it to look like that, only on my truck.
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Kracka
03-14-2008, 10:45 PM
Make sure you get Hella. Otherwise glare will be horrible.

Wont glare as much because of the European Beam pattern, otherwise known as E-Code headlights. The fluted lenses that come with the US cars make for some shitty beams, and throw in HIDs w/o projectors and you got yourself an oldman/asian womans night mare.

hondaman
03-17-2008, 03:23 PM
Thanks for the advice, I'll have to see what bulbs, if any, the kit came with.

My grille arrived today, unfortunately my headlights haven't yet but I'll install them when they get here.

Pics of new grille and cleaned engine bay:

http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/3416/s6301382nz6.jpg

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/5355/s6301383qk9.jpg
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Silverado_Rival
03-17-2008, 03:59 PM
i like a shiny engine bay. looks pretty nice. out of curiosity is that a cb radio or a ham radio u got?

hondaman
03-17-2008, 04:01 PM
Thanks, it's a CB radio with a PA speaker for fun.
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Sage
03-17-2008, 06:12 PM
nice and shiny. very good looking engine bay as well :)

hondaman
03-18-2008, 08:31 AM
Thanks Sage. :) I drove it to work again today, it was enjoyable seeing as how I have not driven it in a while.

Headlights are due to arrive around Thursday with the appropriate harness and all so I'll be looking forward to their arrival.
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Civic_Undercover
03-18-2008, 08:38 PM
Not only will bright headlights help during nighttime driving on the roads, but if you ever go mud running at night, you can see where you're going, even with a windsheild with mud all over it :)

hondaman
03-25-2008, 06:58 PM
Not only will bright headlights help during nighttime driving on the roads, but if you ever go mud running at night, you can see where you're going, even with a windsheild with mud all over it :)

You raise an excellent point. :) I had that very problem after one of my mudding expeditions.

I shouldn't have trouble seeing anything now. :o

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/37/s6301405tn0.jpg

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/6121/s6301411kl7.jpg
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hondaman
04-01-2008, 05:01 PM
Something new!

MagnaFlow dual exhaust system is going in my truck today and tomorrow, I'll pick it up tomorrow after work. Can't wait to drive it. Here's what it should sound like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxJQLRbatlA

MagnaFlow is usually quieter than Flowmaster (which is what is on my Buick). I chose it because it will give nice sound, but not be too loud in case I choose to work on my audio in the truck in the future.
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Imprezzive
04-01-2008, 05:40 PM
HID? What brand of lights are those?

hondaman
04-01-2008, 05:48 PM
The relay and ballasts are Phillips the bulbs are unknown.
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hondaman
04-02-2008, 11:32 AM
Just drove the truck with the new exhaust! Looks and sounds great. No pics or videos yet because I'm at work. I'll post them up later.
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hondaman
04-02-2008, 01:28 PM
Took off a little early from work just so I could cruise around with friends and enjoy it.

Before I do that though, here's some pics and a video. Please excuse those small scrapes on my bumper (idiot with a shopping cart), touchup paint is on the way:

http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/4126/s6301413oa2.jpg

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/4447/s6301414pl5.jpg

And now, a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpN4pX5Vopc

I'm really enjoying it. It's not as loud as the Buick's but I picked it that way. It just has a subtle deep rumble without being intrusive on the highway.
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hondaman
04-03-2008, 08:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVtX5wkxZVg

Here's another video at idle, under full throttle acceleration with a burnout (my truck got a little sideways!) and under normal acceleration from inside the cab.
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RedTwentyFour
04-04-2008, 05:44 AM
2 things i gotta say...first: why not let the recording let catch how you go and put off the camera..since we can already see how you open the door?
and 2nd...9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP!

nice videos :)

- Rick.

hondaman
04-04-2008, 12:03 PM
2 things i gotta say...first: why not let the recording let catch how you go and put off the camera..since we can already see how you open the door?
and 2nd...9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP 9681OAP!

nice videos :)

- Rick.

Thanks Rick :)

1. I got lazy with the video editing. I meant to start it when I started the truck but I figured where I entered it was just as good. I just figured it wasn't necessary to watch me walk from the camera to the truck.

2. Lol, obviously sir, you have not noticed from my other pictures and videos involving both the Buick and the truck that I do not care if my plate is showing. If for some odd reason anyone is stupid enough to stalk me and come to where I live I have more than enough 00 Buck waiting for them. :P
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Civic_Undercover
04-07-2008, 09:13 PM
O.O WOW those duals look great on Red Rage! Those new lights are bright too, you can clearly see in front of you, which is good a thing in many aspects of driving :) The duals sound gr8 too, that V6 must like them :P

hondaman
06-22-2008, 11:35 PM
O.O WOW those duals look great on Red Rage! Those new lights are bright too, you can clearly see in front of you, which is good a thing in many aspects of driving :) The duals sound gr8 too, that V6 must like them :P

Thanks, and it does. :)

Been a while since I posted here, time for a video.

New acceleration video with the muffler and a massive tuneup, truck runs much better now than it did in my last acceleration video. I also managed to find myself a level road (same as in the Buick's last acceleration video) and not have a full tank of gas or excessive crap in the truck. Having super low miles (still about 47k) helps too.

It's not as quick as the Buick, but it'll still hit 60 in about 8 seconds or maybe a tick under. Not bad for a 3000 lb truck.

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If you want, you can compare it to the other one, when it needed a tuneup, didn't have the muffler, had a full tank of gas, shit in the back, and up a bit of an incline:

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hondaman
07-02-2008, 09:42 PM
Another power adder for this one.

I don't have pics of my own because it only took about 15 minutes to do and I wanted to get it done so I could go on a test drive, but I do have someone else's.

I went meandering over to an S10 forum I semi-patronize and discovered a totally free mod to improve performance.

Pretty much any 96+ 4.3 can turn their throttle body blade from this:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e338/DropNDestroy/stuff/stock.jpg

to this:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e338/DropNDestroy/stuff/nonstock.jpg

In about 15 minutes, including removal/installation.

There are a lot of varying reports on what this will do, but everyone seems to agree (and I REALLY do too) that low end power and throttle response in general is greatly improved. The truck really snaps off the line and pulls hard all the way up to about a 2000 rpm shift, which was kind of timid beforehand. It continues like this all the way up to highway speeds. This is just normal acceleration, not even pressing on the accelerator much at all. Feels more like light acceleration in that aspect.

One thing I like is how it reacts to shifts now...before when it upshifted it would kind of just go "flat" and I'd have to push the throttle in a bit to keep it accelerating at the same rate. Now, it lurches forward after the shift and keeps on hauling.

There are some disagreements as to what this will do for overall power. Some maintain that even with the restriction the air flow through the stock TB is still more than plenty for the 4.3 at WOT so removing it won't gain any overall power. Even if that is the case, the gain on the low end is certainly worth it.

Apparently the restriction was placed on the throttle bodies to soften the throttle response and prevent neck-snap starts. The 4.3 is a really torquey engine and the restriction helped to soften it a bit. Removing it makes it really touchy. It's not for everyone (if you don't like hair-trigger throttles) but it's definitely for me.

Seems to have been working great with no reported ill effects on other people's trucks for several years and is really making a difference in mine now, as well! Nothing like a free mod that really wakes a car up. I'll have to make another acceleration video sometime.
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Killua
07-03-2008, 03:59 PM
Very nice. Does that modification affect your gas mileage?

hondaman
07-03-2008, 08:09 PM
Very nice. Does that modification affect your gas mileage?

Yep, I've noticed an increase of about 2 mpg with this tank.

Also today, I finally rewired my tach. My truck was half dead for months (which is why I haven't posted here in a while) because the way I had it wired earlier (the wrong way) fried my wiring harness and I couldn't figure it out to save my life. Ended up getting a dealer to fix it. Now I have my tach wired into the dash hookup like it optimally should be and everything's great!

Seriously though, it's fun to haul along and listen to other people's engine's wind up getting on the highway while I'm keeping pace at less than 2000 rpms.
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hondaman
07-10-2008, 01:14 AM
Something new coming for my truck soon. Anyone know what it is?

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/3039/s6301621vo8.jpg

That took a lot of time.

Also note something I got for my Buick...check the background near the A-Pillar.

Also, I installed some new PowerBass 4x10s in the back yesterday. They sound a lot better than the stockers. Had to take the entire back panels off to get to them, though.
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Killua
07-10-2008, 02:48 PM
I guess you're getting a new instruments panel, but it should be something special since you took the job of taking all that off.

And I like that custom sign, it should look good with the LeSabre besides it.

Imprezzive
07-10-2008, 03:03 PM
Nice sign :thumbsup:

hondaman
07-10-2008, 05:16 PM
And I like that custom sign, it should look good with the LeSabre besides it.

Nice sign :thumbsup:

Thank you, thank you. I'll get a better pic of it up with Grandma's Revenge and stick it in that thread soon.

I guess you're getting a new instruments panel, but it should be something special since you took the job of taking all that off.
Yep! Finally finished it today.

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/5585/s6301625ul6.jpg

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/1166/s6301623yz9.jpg

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5894/s6301622tg9.jpg

I'm happy with it. It dressed up an otherwise boring gauge cluster. The material is brushed aluminum.
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Killua
07-10-2008, 05:28 PM
The final result looks smooth Dan, way to go!

Imprezzive
07-10-2008, 06:10 PM
That brushed aluminum looks nice!

Civic_Undercover
07-13-2008, 09:41 PM
I like that new dash much better looking than the old stock one, and that new free mod is WIN! In 15 minutes, you make your truck go farther with less gas, go faster, and get there faster. The question is, why the heck would chevy put such a stupid thing for their truck? An AIR RESTRICTOR? What is the point? It steals gas mileage! There's better ways to remedy an touchy throttle, silly engine designers. Do they think it'll be too powerful or something? At any rate, great work with the truck! :) LOL @ the sign too!

GTR
07-15-2008, 01:32 AM
Love your classy style dan. brilliant.

I just wonder how you're going to someday let go of these beauties...if you ever do. and, if the next owners appreciate the classiness. :\

hondaman
07-16-2008, 08:38 AM
Thanks guys! I always appreciate your positive comments.

I just wonder how you're going to someday let go of these beauties...if you ever do. and, if the next owners appreciate the classiness. :\

Nah, neither one of them are ever going to leave my possession, for different reasons...

The Buick because it's the first car I ever bought and built the way I like it. The truck, well there's a story behind it...

My grandad first bought the truck back in 96, to replace his El Camino. Always liked it, but one of my favorite things to do was to ride around in the bed of the truck...lots of memories doing that. He lived in Louisiana, and he used it to tow a huge boat to the coast with us every time we'd come to visit to go deep sea fishing. Never had a problem, and I'd always ride in the back. I remember trips with him to the bank, various places around town when I was a little kid.

That continued on for several years, up until around the time I became of driving age. I remember driving that truck with my grandma and being surprised at the torque, being used to my parent's and my own Hondas at the time. Quite a few neck snaps, lol. Anyway, about that time my grandad started getting sicker and sicker, and we didn't go out in the boat as much and he drove less and less...

Eventually, he died of cancer in November of 06. For a while, the fate of the truck wasn't really known. The boat was sold off and the other car was given to my cousin, who eventually sold it too...still don't know why.

But, in about March of 07 it was decided I was to have the truck. Naturally I was pretty happy about it and set about making arrangements. In May 2007 I brought it home and began fixing it up and making it my own. It had almost 39,000 miles when I got it and has about exactly 48,000 now.

But anyway, that's why I can't ever get rid of this truck...it was my grandad's. I even kept his Air Force bumper stickers on. I might post pics of those sometime.

I actually do have something new for the truck. One of the original (no kidding) 12 year old tires finally blew out...so I got 4 new Michelins all around. Would have changed them earlier but with the truck having such low miles they had plenty of tread left.

http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/192/s6301680bl5.jpg

Not much to look at I know, but there they are.
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hondaman
07-27-2008, 02:22 PM
More pics of the Chevy:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/the94hondaman/S6301727.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/the94hondaman/S6301718.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/the94hondaman/S6301716.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/the94hondaman/S6301714.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/the94hondaman/S6301712.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/the94hondaman/S6301711.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/the94hondaman/S6301709.jpg

Gave it a good wash. The interior had a light cleaning as well.
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hondaman
09-07-2008, 10:39 PM
Did a lot of work on the paint today, ran a clay bar on it as well as a light polish and finished with a wax. Got done so late though that it was too dark to take good pictures of the results. Got some night shots though.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301806.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301805.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301801.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301808.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301813.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301819.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301821.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301823.jpg

The interior is about due for another cleaning, but I thought I'd go ahead and take pictures of it as well since I had the tripod out anyway.
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Mat_Carfreak
09-08-2008, 01:48 AM
Nice truck & great it's fine to use it off road as well. Off course you shouldn't lower it if you drive off road around in the country. Would you pimp it up & add some big chrome rims?

GTR
09-08-2008, 02:24 AM
Thanks guys! I always appreciate your positive comments.



Nah, neither one of them are ever going to leave my possession, for different reasons...

The Buick because it's the first car I ever bought and built the way I like it. The truck, well there's a story behind it...

My grandad first bought the truck back in 96, to replace his El Camino. Always liked it, but one of my favorite things to do was to ride around in the bed of the truck...lots of memories doing that. He lived in Louisiana, and he used it to tow a huge boat to the coast with us every time we'd come to visit to go deep sea fishing. Never had a problem, and I'd always ride in the back. I remember trips with him to the bank, various places around town when I was a little kid.

That continued on for several years, up until around the time I became of driving age. I remember driving that truck with my grandma and being surprised at the torque, being used to my parent's and my own Hondas at the time. Quite a few neck snaps, lol. Anyway, about that time my grandad started getting sicker and sicker, and we didn't go out in the boat as much and he drove less and less...

Eventually, he died of cancer in November of 06. For a while, the fate of the truck wasn't really known. The boat was sold off and the other car was given to my cousin, who eventually sold it too...still don't know why.

But, in about March of 07 it was decided I was to have the truck. Naturally I was pretty happy about it and set about making arrangements. In May 2007 I brought it home and began fixing it up and making it my own. It had almost 39,000 miles when I got it and has about exactly 48,000 now.

But anyway, that's why I can't ever get rid of this truck...it was my grandad's. I even kept his Air Force bumper stickers on. I might post pics of those sometime.

I actually do have something new for the truck. One of the original (no kidding) 12 year old tires finally blew out...so I got 4 new Michelins all around. Would have changed them earlier but with the truck having such low miles they had plenty of tread left.

http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/192/s6301680bl5.jpg

Not much to look at I know, but there they are.
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Oh wow dude, I'd hella keep such a thing. Heck, I wouldn't even drive it.

Killua
09-08-2008, 03:04 PM
Looks great, even in the darkness of the night you can see the paint shining. :)

Oh, and it's a shame about your grandfather... take very well care of the truck.

Meastro444
09-12-2008, 07:03 AM
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e338/DropNDestroy/stuff/nonstock.jpg

long overdue question, but here goes: what does it actually improve (in terms of airflow and those things, i already read it didnt add any power.)

nice car though ;)

hondaman
09-18-2008, 03:55 PM
long overdue question, but here goes: what does it actually improve (in terms of airflow and those things, i already read it didnt add any power.)

nice car though ;)

Thanks. :)

Well, it doesn't add any power over all. At maximum throttle even with the restrictor blade the throttle body is still providing more than enough airflow that the cylinders need to draw in, even at redline. But at part throttle, when the throttle body blade is only partially open, the restrictor becomes more of a...restriction. So in ordinary driving situations, the engine is drawing in air more quickly and easily at lower rpms, providing more low end to midrange power. Also while cruising at a constant speed, the engine doesn't have to work as hard to draw air in, so it can use less energy to move and to go up hills and such. This provides a little better fuel economy as well.

The end result is very nice. I like being able to accelerate at a good clip up to highway speeds on the interstate and never have to get over 2000 rpms. :)
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GTR
09-19-2008, 01:09 AM
How can I do that to mine?

hondaman
09-19-2008, 05:28 AM
How can I do that to mine?

I don't think you can...only post-96 4.3's and some 5.7's have them. Yours is probably already completely open. :\
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Meastro444
09-20-2008, 03:30 AM
thanks for the heads up! ;)

GTR
09-20-2008, 03:42 AM
I don't think you can...only post-96 4.3's and some 5.7's have them. Yours is probably already completely open. :\
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how convenient haha

Which one of your mods had the best bang for the buck in terms of fuel economy gain and/or power gain?

hondaman
10-11-2008, 01:43 PM
how convenient haha

Which one of your mods had the best bang for the buck in terms of fuel economy gain and/or power gain?

On this car, the throttle body. Because it was totally free, and made a big difference.

On the Buick? Probably the intake manifold. Not free, but could have been if I had used my own manifold, and lots of gains.
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hondaman
10-27-2008, 08:57 PM
The truck just crossed 50k. :D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6302954.jpg

Right when it happened...kinda blurry.

Then I remembered the macro.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6302955.jpg

Oh well.

Friend and I were driving around and it was at 49984...decided to just drive it until it crossed 50k. ;)
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Mr. Sting Ray
10-27-2008, 09:12 PM
Not a whole lot of miles on this mini truck.

Driv3r
10-28-2008, 11:11 PM
Nice! My Jimmy just crossed the 98K mile mark... but its in worse shape then your S10 :(

hondaman
12-07-2008, 07:50 PM
Long time, no post.

About 600 miles later, and we have another acceleration video. Only difference between this time and last time are the modified throttle body, and the air was about 20 degrees cooler, not that the last part would make much difference with a stock air intake.

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Surprised me how quick it was though.
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hondaman
12-27-2008, 12:14 AM
Today started out so nice, and then turned absolutely shitty in an instant.

So a friend and I were off on a dirt road looking for a bank on a river we could get to for future hangouts/cookouts, when we came across a couple of mud puddles. Now, we weren't even trying to do anything stupid...which is the sad part...we were just trying to get through the road. Anyway the first puddle was fine...as they all had been up to that point. It's a pretty well maintained road. The second...my truck went face first into a pit of water and mud. I panicked.

I tried to get to the other side but I couldn't. The truck got stuck with the back end underwater. The service engine light came on. My friend suggested backing up since we obviously weren't getting anywhere this way. I did, and we almost got out. But now my front end was underwater and water was pouring into the truck. I honestly thought we were sinking and I was really panicking.

I climbed out through the window and went running yelling for help. No one came. We tried putting logs under the rear wheels to no avail. All the while more water kept pouring in.

We went to try and get more sticks when I saw someone coming. I was thanking God because we were out in the middle of nowhere with no cell service, and I didn't even know what road I was on. Same reason I didn't try the CB. I ran up to them and practically died (I ran about a mile probably faster than I ever had in my life).

God bless these people, they pulled me out. We started my truck, and it started and ran ok just like it had...semi underwater. The Service Engine light soon disappeared and hasn't come back on since. We got home (about a 20 mile trip) and proceeded to review the damage. Here it is, after a lot of the water had drained out.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303273.jpg

This area was totally flooded.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303274.jpg

Mud spots from me climbing in and out of the truck.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303275.jpg

The engine...completely covered in mud.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303277.jpg

Truck practically caked.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303280.jpg

Engine and destroyed foglights (though they still work)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303282.jpg

Destroyed foglights.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303285.jpg

Engine after I hosed it. It still is dirty though.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303287.jpg

I managed to get the inside clean again with a hose and a shop vac.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303291.jpg

There was mud back here too.

Later on we found mud up my intake pipe past the filter, and inside the throttle body and manifold. I've run it by some guys and they seem to think it's okay, if it were to cause a problem it would have done it by now.

Even so, you guys should know by now how much I love my cars and care for them...until I started getting words of encouragement I was afraid I'd killed my truck...it really has made me a wreck the past couple of hours. My cars are my babies, and this truck was my grandad's which makes it really special to me.

Sigh...I'm drinking some beer and looking at pictures of Jeeps worse off than me (and still survived) and it's helping...still, what a shitty day. I had just detailed the crap out of my truck too.
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Meastro444
12-27-2008, 05:46 AM
that sucks hondaman. i hope the aftermath is cleaning up only, and that the engine is alright.

Driv3r
12-27-2008, 01:55 PM
Reminds me off the day we sunk my buddies Dakota... ahhh what good times.

http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v362/142/125/758825721/n758825721_4392194_5367.jpg

Glad to hear the S10 pulled through.

Mr. Sting Ray
12-27-2008, 02:04 PM
You're lucky it didn't get hydrolocked.

hondaman
12-27-2008, 04:04 PM
Thanks guys. To be honest I'm thinking about filing a complaint. The road I was on was a national forest road and is supposed to be well maintained and passable by all vehicles. They shouldn't have a pit in the middle of the road.

Anyway, here's today's progress on restoring my truck. I spent the day ripping the interior apart and cleaning it out. Don't want my truck to smell musty.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303304.jpg

Seats, carpet, and everything else in the way are out. I then rinsed and shop vac'd the bare metal to get the mud out.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303303.jpg

Pressure washed and shop vac'd the entire carpet.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303306.jpg

Now everything is sitting in my living room drying. Tomorrow it may rain. While everything is down here I'm going to go crazy cleaning the seats and the carpet, as well as the other interior pieces. Should look like brand new when it goes back in.

I also rinsed the mud off the truck and engine again. Didn't help much in either case, but it will keep me from getting as dirty when I start mechanic-ing. Removed the filter and intake hose and cleaned the mud off all the way to the throttle body.

Soon I will be working more on the mechanical aspect, but for today I think I'm just about spent. Only casualties so far appear to be both foglights and a headlight.
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hondaman
12-28-2008, 09:13 PM
Well, she's alive again...

I spent the day changing fluids and filters and knocking about the engine bay. $150 later and mechanically she's good as new.

kVlVnHGpaA4

I still need to change the fluid in the rear diff but for now she's safe to run and drive. Seats and carpet are completely clean and waiting to dry and go back in. Also will be installing some new headlights.
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Vanexroxics
12-29-2008, 06:27 AM
good to hear Dan, your S10 is still a great truck. XD

Killua
12-29-2008, 02:07 PM
Atleast it's much better now, good luck fixing the Chevy.

Driv3r
12-29-2008, 11:45 PM
At least you are doing things the right way and not half assing it like most people would do. This way it'll turn out much, much better then before and will definatly be worth the effort. Good job, Dan!

Kracka
12-30-2008, 12:54 AM
Whats wrong with mud?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/daward/TACO/102_0044.jpg

Mr. Sting Ray
12-31-2008, 02:10 PM
Nothing, until water hydrolocks the engine.

EVO9MR
01-02-2009, 11:23 AM
sorry to hear about it but its a strong 1. good job on it ;)

hondaman
01-02-2009, 07:12 PM
Thanks for the comments guys...she's back to 100% again. ;)

I had the stealership change the fluid in the rear diff and clean out the engine bay for me. They did a great job. Washed it yesterday, though somehow, it is dirty again.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303318.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303317.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303316.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303315.jpg

Drives great, and doesn't smell musty at all. Actually smells really nice with the clean carpets.
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EVO9MR
01-02-2009, 10:00 PM
man, u should take a day and night pic show with the Sabre. that'd be cool ;)

hondaman
01-03-2009, 02:41 PM
You know, I've thought about doing that. Problem is I don't really trust anybody else to drive either one of my cars, so...;)

Something new, for both cars...

I bought a Scangauge II. It can be moved between cars, so I just wrap the cable around the steering column and tuck it out of sight, then put the actual gauge in the ashtray. Works well. But because I will be moving it often I probably won't devise a permanent mounting system in either car. I just change the engine displacement and gauge backlight to match whatever car I'm in and go from there.

It can measure:

* Horsepower
* Torque
* Fuel Consumption Rate to 1/100th per gallon/liter
* Vehicle speed (MPH)
* Fuel Economy
* Cost Per Mile/Cost Per Trip
* Manifold Pressure (not available on some vehicles)
* Battery Voltage
* Engine Load
* Coolant Temperature
* Throttle Position
* Intake Air Temperature
* Ignition Timing
* Engine Speed (RPM)
* O2 Sensor Data
* Fuel Trim
* Hybrid Battery Charge (for Toyota Prius and Ford Escape)
* Maximum Speed
* Average Speed
* Maximum Coolant Temperature
* Maximum RPM
* Driving Time
* Driving Distance
* Fuel Used
* Fuel Cost
* Trip Fuel Economy
* Distance to Empty
* Time to Empty
* Fuel to Empty
* Knock retard
* Transmission fluid temperature

And more...

It can also read and clear check engine codes.

I generally drive it around with these four gauges displayed. RPM, MPG, instantaneous horsepower, and TPS (throttle position sensor). It reads on a scale of 0 to 100 (basically percent throttle) that I am giving the car.

At idle:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303321.jpg

Cruising on a level surface at 50 mph:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303320.jpg

Cruising on a level surface at 80 mph:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303323.jpg

Discoveries:

Best mileage seems to occur at about 45-50 mph where I can get about 30-35 mpg.

Takes about 25% to 30% throttle to accelerate on the interstate at a good rate (faster than the average driver).

I generally accelerate away from stoplights at less than 25% and this gets me moving faster than most.

Peak horsepower is around 200.

I will be posting one for the Buick as well.
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Killua
01-03-2009, 05:25 PM
Good news! You really are somebody that takes extreme care of their vehicles. :)

And I'm really liking that Scangauge II thing, it's seems very interesting and useful.

EVO9MR
01-03-2009, 09:08 PM
cool. Hey how much did it cost your for both and are you happy with it?

hondaman
01-04-2009, 01:12 PM
Thanks for the comments guys.

Evo9, I use one for both cars (it can be easily detached and moved) so for one unit the cost is around $150, maybe a little less depending on where you shop. I think over time it will pay for itself in saved fuel.

Oh and I am very happy with it. :) It's neat seeing your engine's data in real time, and also nice to be able to read and clear check engine codes yourself without having to go somewhere.
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hondaman
03-28-2009, 07:49 PM
New gauge set put in today.

Here's the old:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303622.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301823.jpg

And the new:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303625.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303628.jpg

For reference, here's what the gauges used to look like back a few years and several mods ago.

http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/8250/s6300900nl8.jpg

Better pics later.
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DodgeBoy
03-28-2009, 07:58 PM
Where did you get those gauges from?

EVO9MR
03-29-2009, 09:57 PM
your gauges are getting better and better.
1st were ok, 2nd were cool, 3rd are AWESOME!

hondaman
03-30-2009, 11:17 AM
Thanks Evo. ;)

DodgeBoy, I got them at procarparts.com. There were some cheaper versions out there, but I really don't like buying junk. These seem to be of very good quality, and the little etched warning lights match up perfectly with the ones in the gauges.

Now I need to get a white faced tachometer to match. I'll be doing that soon.

I'll try to get some better night pics with the tripod.
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hondaman
03-30-2009, 10:37 PM
Here's a better pic with the tripod:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303646.jpg

This is pretty much what it looks like in person.
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EVO9MR
03-30-2009, 11:11 PM
nice shot!

hondaman
04-02-2009, 09:30 PM
Here's a new 0-60 video with the gauges. Not a very good one though!

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Hard to hear over the radio (my stupid *** forgot to turn it off as well as the A/C compressor, but oh well) but I had no traction all the way through first gear....it wasn't until right before the 1-2 shift that my rear wheels finally stopped spinning. Thanks to the limited slip though, it was a nice controlled 2 wheel burnout.

Anyway all that mess resulted in a poor 10 second 0-60 run but that's okay. I think it could manage 7.5-8 with a better launch and stuff.
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GTR
04-02-2009, 09:58 PM
All the way to 40, it was a disaster. It stayed at 40 for a while till it shifted to the next gear. It picked up much better after that. I'm pretty sure you could get a low 7 outta that if you had better traction.

Bl0cks
04-02-2009, 09:59 PM
Lol, you sure are rockin out in there. Good looking gauges.

hondaman
04-16-2009, 06:30 PM
Truck's turn...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303711.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303710.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303709.jpg

So I was riding along the other day when we had an apocalyptic storm come through. I heard people talking about hail and shit over the CB, only for some reason they didn't say where they were. I tried to find out but no one could hear me. Turns out the transmitter in my CB is fried for some unknown reason.

I was fine though, I just raced north and managed to dodge it. No damage to the truck. It bothered me though that my radio wasn't working.

So I cleaned all the old mess out and I'm completely redoing it.

I ordered a much better radio and a real antenna mount and antenna (not the magnet kind that you stick on your car somewhere).

Here's what I have so far:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303734.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303735.jpg

I JB Welded a block of wood to the roof above the headliner and used that to mount the radio bracket through the headliner. It is holding very well. All of the wires once they leave the radio are tucked up under the headliner and are hidden out of sight behind there, the A-pillar, and the dash, before they go through the firewall.

My antenna mount is here:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303736.jpg

The idea here is for the stereo antenna and the CB antenna to be the exact same height and at the same place on opposite sides of the car. Once the antenna gets here, if you will excuse my crappy shoop, it will look something like this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6301711-dual.jpg

Or something like that. It's all hooked up though, just waiting for the antenna. Right now all that I can use is the PA speaker, and I can verify that at least works quite well! This radio has a lot of features that the last one didn't.

Anyway, that's about all that's new. I need the radio to work considering my chances of getting stuck where I go sometimes is quite possible.
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hondaman
05-05-2009, 12:29 AM
More pics and new stuff.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303751.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303752.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303753.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303757.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303758.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303760.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303762.jpg

She's very dirty inside and out, needs to be cleaned. I'll probably wash it tomorrow. Just crossed 55k miles.

Anyway as you can see the new antenna is in, and everything works as it should.

Something else, kinda random. I changed the door chime to one from a Lumina because the one that came with the truck was a solid continuous beep, it was very annoying.

If you're interested, before:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/th_S6303746.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/?action=view&current=S6303746.flv)

And after:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/th_S6303749.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/?action=view&current=S6303749.flv)

Much better, I think.

Coming soon for this one is a new head unit and six new speakers, and sometime later on this summer some leather seats.
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hondaman
05-05-2009, 06:11 PM
Didn't mean to post again so soon, but I cleaned it up today and went exploring, and I took the camera, so...

Mostly to a few different hydroelectric dams because that's what I'm studying to work with as a Civil Engineer.

I have a bunch of random pictures from the trip but I guess I'll just post the ones of the truck.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303782.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303785.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303825-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303822.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303824.jpg

Got to attack some twisties too...the truck handles those surprisingly well. At least as good, if not better than my LeSabre with the F41 suspension. Springs are just as firm, the shocks are firmer than the F41. It rolls a little more due to the higher center of gravity but it sticks through the corners pretty well.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303793.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303797.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303809.jpg

She runs and drives sweet.
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EVO9MR
05-05-2009, 10:01 PM
awesome
nice pics!

Killua
05-06-2009, 04:18 PM
Very nice work on the truck, I really like the modifications you have made.

hondaman
05-23-2009, 09:55 PM
Thanks guys! I'm really enjoying my truck.

I swapped out the MagnaFlow muffler for a Flowmaster 40. Now it sounds like a truck ought to. Still dual exhaust.

Startup and drive video...

_CkIWunHiRE

Very rumbly!
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OptikNERV
05-23-2009, 09:57 PM
I already saw this on your facebook (it was me asking for a video :P) but NICE! I love that sound.

Now if only I could get some dualies for the Mercury...

EVO9MR
05-24-2009, 02:56 PM
very rumbly indeed!
nice sound

GTR
05-24-2009, 07:38 PM
cmon man, rev that vortec up. I hate it when people post sounds of their car but you only hear them idle or at low RPMs. Floor it next time.

Nice sound though, the 4.3 has a much more muscular sound than the 3.8.

Bl0cks
05-25-2009, 03:30 AM
Yeah, I was waiting for you to launch as well. Makes we want to put some on my 4.3, though the stock exhaust on mine is very throaty.

hondaman
06-13-2009, 08:40 PM
Thanks guys.

Something else exhaust-related on this one. My cat ended up getting clogged during a trip since my last post. Yesterday I took it to a shop and had the cat um, relieved of duty.

Doesn't sound a whole lot different, just louder and more muscle-y. Interestingly enough my check engine light didn't come on, not that I'm complaining. I guess my truck doesn't care that the cat is gone either.

MKRCNWM7uQU

And yes, I floored it this time. :P
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hondaman
06-16-2009, 10:38 PM
Here's another one...

Full throttle driveby video, much like the one I did with my LeSabre. Watch her fly!

PLKXM_1rx1E

Truck is running very strong now. Can't really be seen in the video (other than the headlights getting brighter from the truck tilting back) but it really pulled hard when it was floored. Lots of torque.
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hondaman
08-02-2009, 10:21 PM
Just a little something to show my truck is still alive and kicking too...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303966.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303968.jpg

The lighting was really cool at the time but unfortunately the camera didn't cooperate as well as I had hoped. There were a few big thunderstorms nearby and dusk was approaching.

Anyway, there's been quite a bit of new stuff for my truck...new sound system (new speakers and an amplified sub, I kept the stock head unit so as not to mess up my dash) full K&N air intake, I redid my tachometer to make it look more professionally done, and some other stuff...I'll post pics up as I have time. Maybe a video too.
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hondaman
08-07-2009, 09:22 PM
Alright, time to update this...sorta...

In addition to what I've listed above, I just recently also got my windows tinted and a new chrome toolbox, as well. I need to get pics of all that.

Until then though, here's a video of my truck accelerating with all it has currently (just filmed the video tonight).

GMDY01wH9OY

The K&N intake really helped the upper RPM ranges, both in sound and performance.
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hondaman
08-08-2009, 04:04 PM
Pictures...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303979.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303982.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303983.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303981.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304015.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303989.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303990.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303991.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303992.jpg

lol ^

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303995.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303998.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304014.jpg

Please excuse the duct tape on my windshield and the wire hanging down...the window tint installer accidentally broke the window mount off my windshield so the glue has to set for a few days. Also excuse my dirty wheels, engine, and floormats! I do take this truck to various job sites.
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TriniGT
08-09-2009, 06:35 PM
Trailer shots are full of win. The tach gives a nice oldschool feel. Really like how you keep your Vehicles maintained, Hondaman.

Bl0cks
08-09-2009, 06:52 PM
Haha nice trailer. You haulin some ***? What is your impression of the cold air intake on the 4.3?

hondaman
08-10-2009, 05:19 PM
Thanks guys. ;)

And Bl0cks, so far the biggest differences seem to be in increased fuel mileage and of course sound at higher RPM's. Right now it's so hot out that I can't really notice a huge difference in performance although I'm sure a difference is there. I'm betting that when the weather turns cooler I'll feel it more.
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hondaman
09-12-2009, 09:29 PM
Ugh, dealt with Dex-Cool issues today.

Here's what I started looking at:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304016.jpg

First sign of Dex Cool issues...sludge in the radiator.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304017.jpg

And further into the engine. Gaskets were about shot. My lifter valley is really clean though!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304023.jpg

Closeup of the bad coolant ports.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304019.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304020.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304021.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304022.jpg

Cleaned it up and installed the new aluminum frame gaskets...these will never leak or corrode like those did.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304025.jpg

Despite that, the engine overall looked really solid with minimal wear. And now with the new gaskets, new distributor cap, rotor, pcv valve, thermostat, EGR valve, and radiator cap, it's running like brand new again. No more mystery coolant leaks!
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GTR
09-12-2009, 11:02 PM
I envy what you do. I wish I was that good of a mechanic...****in open up the engine and do that shit myself. Cost me 650 to do the same shit on my Impala, and that was supposedly a bargain.

You will be pushing this car very hard after this, trust me. This seems to be the only problem with these engines, and when you get around to solve it, it gives you this illusion that your car has become a forever immortal machine. Was the case with me, at least.

MuscleCarFreak
09-13-2009, 12:52 PM
One of the biggest reasons why I hate new GMs... Dex-Cool FTL

hondaman
09-25-2009, 04:58 PM
Eh, it's really not that bad if you just give it a good flushing out. I can't damn a car for it's coolant.

Trick is just to catch it early enough and prevent future problems, which I did, so cool!

I installed an alarm in the truck yesterday and today. No pictures of that cause it's hidden, as well it should be. Works well though. I guess I could post up a mini video of it chirping on/off though, lol. Maybe later.

Problem is, the exhaust on my Buick sets it off. :( Oh well.
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hondaman
10-25-2009, 12:51 AM
Something new, and very much enjoyed...

My S10 now has leather seats.

Before:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304210.jpg

After:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304211.jpg

As you can see right now I'm missing a proper center console but I hope to have one fabbed up soon, and it will match well. These seats are all power with adjustable power lumbar support, driver and passenger, and they are heated. The headrests can tilt forward too, which I really like.

These were originally in a much newer (exact year unknown) Chevy Blazer, but they bolt right in.

Anyway, better pics and more details later.
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hondaman
10-26-2009, 02:13 PM
As promised, more pics. Here they are in the truck after I brought them home.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304233.jpg

Passenger's side *** area. Absolutely immaculate.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304234.jpg

Here are the seat controls for the driver's side. Someone had ripped this panel off in the yard, and I had to reattach it using creative methods. The only creative bit you can see though is the extra long screw and extra wide washer in the back.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304235.jpg

That's where I stand now. Once I get the center console, I will start working on wiring up these bad boys and getting the console in. It will be a bit of a project because there are no mounting holes for the console, I will have to measure them up and make them work. But it can be done. Hope to be updating this soon!
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Dr.DooM
10-26-2009, 02:42 PM
epic truck is epic.

3ni_2nr
10-26-2009, 07:22 PM
looks noice. Luv teh leather.

EVO9MR
10-26-2009, 09:24 PM
the seats remind me of seats ive seen before... seats that ive seen in your buick ;D

hondaman
10-26-2009, 09:45 PM
Thanks guys, I'm really liking it.

Got my power seats wired up tonight.

Doing some custom wiring.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304238.jpg

Back in the truck.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304241.jpg

Here's the power wire for the seats running down the center hump. It will be covered once I get my center console. It runs out the firewall behind the dash and connects directly to the battery. I have an inline 20 amp fuse on each wire.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304242.jpg

One final shot before closing up shop. All adjusted! Now that I have them set for me, I've found out just how damn comfortable these seats are. Once I get my center console in, I'll really be riding comfy.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304247.jpg

Now all I need is that center console. I'm currently talking to a few people trying to see what can be worked out. It's not easy to find exactly what I'm looking for, as I need specific parts from the console to make this work. Most of these are usually tossed out cause they assume the buyer already has them in their car. Oh well, it'll get done within the next week I hope.
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hondaman
10-28-2009, 09:58 PM
Some more updates.

Only thing I've physically done is modify my beauty cover for the passenger's side seat to fit my new seat rails so they're hidden and looking all pretty-like.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304250.jpg

I have located and bought a center console. Aside from being from the year range I wanted, it is completely opposite from what I need. I need a grey console, this one is black. I need one from a column shift automatic, this one was a five speed. No matter, I can redye (not paint) it, and fill in the hole from the shifter with grey leather. Just more work.

Also, I'm going to be adding some white LED interior lights to the console to light up the footwells and rear cargo area when the doors are open. I will also be adding in a USB charger port to my new console.

Anyway, that's where I stand now.

It's not stopping here, either. This truck has now become my project. Sometime in the future I plan on installing power windows, locks, and mirrors, as well as any other luxo-crap I can think to put in (and make it work). My intention is to create one of the world's few (or only) luxury S10's, all the while trying to keep it close to factory looking.
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3ni_2nr
10-28-2009, 10:22 PM
I like where this is going. With all the 'luxo-crap' you intend to put in, please remember teh cup/beer holders.

kthnxbai.

hondaman
11-04-2009, 12:49 AM
Oh don't worry, the new console has cupholders ;)

Well, the console is here (and in sort of) but it's not all happy days just yet.

Here's how it arrived to me.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304262.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304263.jpg

Yuck!

30 seconds later:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304266.jpg

I have a special cleaning process for things like that...

After prepping it I started dying it. No in process pics of that. Here's the finish product.

I want you to take note. See the cap from the can of spray dye lying next to the can itself? Notice just how much darker the cap is than the actual console with the dye on it? I had to go get the cap and compare it myself cause I thought it was way too light.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304267.jpg

Sure enough...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304272.jpg

Holy crap. It's like my truck has a farmer's tan. I'm not too thrilled.

So now I'm weighing my options. I'm thinking about taking this to an upholstery shop and getting them to cover it in grey fabric or something. Except for the armrest, which will be covered in a more leatherlike material. I don't know yet.

Either way, it's not done until it meets my standards. And this doesn't.
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Tubaman
11-04-2009, 07:51 AM
And after that the Black steering wheel...:\

hondaman
11-04-2009, 09:49 AM
I'm not doing anything with the steering wheel.
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GTR
11-04-2009, 11:48 AM
Just get one of those 5 dollar gray fabric covers for it.

hondaman
11-04-2009, 12:47 PM
Actually, I ended up getting another console. OEM gray, like my interior. And column shift automatic. Now that i have all the hardware I can be a lot less discriminate about what I buy. You would not believe how hard it is to get those stupid mounting brackets!
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hondaman
11-10-2009, 06:57 PM
Updates, finally.

Got the new console and started work on it. It's not mounted yet, but I've got a few of my accessories dremeled in and did a test fit.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304279.jpg

Oh yes...perfect color match. Much more pleasant on the eyes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304280.jpg

What's a good use for a center console other than keeping your arm from flapping around loosely? Being able to plug power tools and other shit into it.

This setup gives me the ability to power sand the shit out of anything on the side of the road while baking myself a delicious pastry in a toaster oven. Because I totally could.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304281.jpg

Switch for the AC inverter.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304282.jpg

Plugs.

Some other shots:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304283.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304284.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6304285.jpg

Please excuse my dirty floormats. They sacrificed their dirt virginity so that the rest of my truck could stay clean.

Anyway, there's still a lot to do. I still need to actually mount the thing, as well as hook up my electrical stuff and install my white LED entrance lighting in the console.
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hondaman
11-11-2009, 08:10 PM
Updates.

It's done! It's been a hell of a day though.

To begin with, I go to start my truck this morning...clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick clickclick...etc. Great. Jump starting doesn't help. I take my Buick to work instead and after that I take the truck's battery to get tested. Rated at 650 CCA, my truck's battery was putting out a mind bending 18 CCA. I'm surprised it was doing anything. $80 and a new battery later, my truck is purring along again.

I set out to work on my console. I hadn't really planned on finishing it today, but once I got started I couldn't really stop. I got all six of the LED's installed, as well as the inverter, and everything between those things and the truck wired up and soldered properly. I was very busy.

Cut away a small section of the carpet and drilled my mounting holes for the bracket as well. Now it's mounted, powered, and everything.

However now we come to the next problem I experienced today. As I was wrapping up work, I set my camera on the truck toolbox. Naturally, despite mentally telling myself not to, I completely forgot it was there and took my test drive with it on the box. Of course, I didn't remember until I was miles away from home. I backtracked towards the house, and found it a few miles back where it had slid off the left side of the truck during a right turn. And it was intact! I stopped the truck, and was about to open my door when some random Lexus did a power slide on it. Samsung guts were instantly skooshed all over the road. Oh well, at least my memory card and batteries weren't in it.

So I had to take these with my camera phone because my real camera became road kill. Not because I'm trying to be all trendy and shit with these awesome blurry pictures.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111109212917.jpg

Oh yeah, floor spotlights. All the LED's are wired in parallel with one of the stock interior lights.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111109212944.jpg

Random beer holder shot.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111109213014.jpg

More lights.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111109213041.jpg

The blue light means that the inverter is working. It also means the chick magnet is turned on. And that I have successfully launched a nuclear warhead. Plus it just looks cool.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111109213136.jpg

Passenger's side. It also has two lights to help passengers see their ashy feet.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111109213204.jpg

This is the backside of the console. I have two lights back there lighting up any stuff I might have hiding or living back there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111109213237.jpg

Closing shot.

So yeah, it's all in, mounted solid, and working great! It doesn't rattle either, this one (unlike the other one) seems to still have all of it's anti-rattle technology intact.

I'll get some daytime shots tomorrow, specifically showing the little chrome bezels for the LED's. I can't promise that they'll be much clearer though.
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vette
11-11-2009, 09:26 PM
Very nice work man, that looks great all in working order. Well done :)

Ah what rotten luck with the camera, that is not cool. survives the fall and than gets ran over, what are the odds lol.

GTR
11-12-2009, 12:36 AM
It's good in the sense that it makes your interior look more spacious than it is, but the downside is you'll have to always keep the floors clean...but you do that anyways, so. lol.

Killua
11-12-2009, 01:25 PM
Sweet work on that, like it came out from the factory that way.

Sucks about the camera though. The probabilities of that happening were very few, but somehow, shit happens.

hondaman
11-12-2009, 05:39 PM
Thanks guys, and yeah it does suck about the camera but thankfully it was only a cheap camera to begin with. I liked it though.

Here's the daytime shots, they aren't much clearer but at least there is a little less mystery fog in them:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111209171452.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111209171638.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111209171742.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111209171820.jpg

Still can't really see the chrome bezel around the LED, but oh well, it's there. If you're surprised by how well this picture turned out for a camera phone I am too.

My truck is starting to get that awesome leather smell now too.

Oh, and just for comparison, here is a decent set of before and after shots. This first picture is from the day I brought the truck home. All stock.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2366.jpg

To this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111209171539.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/111209171555.jpg

And I've still got more planned. Mostly adding power stuff. When I'll do that I'm not sure yet.
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EVO9MR
11-12-2009, 08:16 PM
im liking the leather jacket ;)

hondaman
11-14-2009, 03:41 PM
Thanks, I do too.

I edited the name of the truck, it's more fitting. It indicates the general direction that I want to take this.

Future plans are to add in the power door locks, mirrors and windows (the switch for them will have the same woodgrain pattern as the rest of my dash) and reupholster the cloth portion of the doors in some type of grey leather/leatherette to match the seats.

After that I'm not sure. I'll just have to see what other crap off of high end GM cars/trucks I can modify to work on my truck, while keeping it factory looking.
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Sir Tristan
11-14-2009, 05:23 PM
After that I'm not sure. I'll just have to see what other crap off of high end GM cars/trucks I can modify to work on my truck, while keeping it factory looking.

First of all, congrats, man. Your ride's tight. You're tastefully modifying it, well done.
You need some power windows and air conditioning if you haven't already. It would be nice to put on some pre-2002 Chevy/Caddy truck/SUV wheels on it.

The steering wheel is aligned almost like in normal cars. Cool. You're doing a really awesome job with this ride.

GTR
11-14-2009, 06:04 PM
Sick man. Do you keep all the stock parts?

hondaman
11-17-2009, 04:10 PM
Thanks man, and yeah I'm saving all the old parts. They're being kept in storage for now.

First of all, congrats, man. Your ride's tight. You're tastefully modifying it, well done.
You need some power windows and air conditioning if you haven't already. It would be nice to put on some pre-2002 Chevy/Caddy truck/SUV wheels on it.

The steering wheel is aligned almost like in normal cars. Cool. You're doing a really awesome job with this ride.

Thanks, and yeah power windows and eventually wheels are on my agenda, although it already has air conditioning. My truck isn't that basic, lol! :P

Thinking about changing directions a bit. I still want to do all the stuff above but I'm wondering if I'll hold off on that for a while and start saving up for this.

http://www.wynjammer.com/ALM1115/GM_S10_4_3__V6.html

It's not cheap, but the power gain would make me very happy.

This guy's truck was more or less the same as mine before he added the s/c. This is what it can do now.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn88/mikew03z/th_MOV00226.jpg (http://s302.photobucket.com/albums/nn88/mikew03z/?action=view&current=MOV00226.flv)

iLike.

So right now I'm debating between doing the stuff above or pinching pennies for the next few months until I can afford to do this...and do it right. Beyond that, I probably wouldn't do a lot else power wise, because I still need my truck to be a reliable daily driver. Even so, this power gain would have me right at 220 rwhp (or about 260 at the crank) and couple that to a light truck with the 3.42 gear ratio...

5-6 second 0-60 times wouldn't be out of the question. That's pretty good for a V6 truck.
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hondaman
11-18-2009, 12:15 PM
Okay, forget the "maybe, maybe not" tone of the last post. I'm doing this. I hope to have my truck supercharged by sometime in May.
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Sir Tristan
11-18-2009, 03:21 PM
What's the estimate BHP after that?

GTR
11-18-2009, 10:35 PM
Can't wait :D

Just one thing, Dan. Look into turbos too. See which one will get the most out of the engine. Back when I was researching on the possibilities of the Impala I figured most people who have a 3.8 in a RWD car get turbo chargers instead of superchargers.

@Sir Tristan: Probably anywhere between 240-300hp, depending on whether he gets those fuel injectors or not. But there'd be a shitload more torque than the normal factory cars claiming those HP figures.

These engines are very capable, there are videos of these getting it up to 600hp.

Sir Tristan
11-19-2009, 06:34 AM
Can't wait :D

Just one thing, Dan. Look into turbos too. See which one will get the most out of the engine. Back when I was researching on the possibilities of the Impala I figured most people who have a 3.8 in a RWD car get turbo chargers instead of superchargers.

@Sir Tristan: Probably anywhere between 240-300hp, depending on whether he gets those fuel injectors or not. But there'd be a shitload more torque than the normal factory cars claiming those HP figures.

These engines are very capable, there are videos of these getting it up to 600hp.

Pretty damn good then.great truck.

hondaman
11-20-2009, 07:17 PM
Thanks guys, and yeah Amir is about spot-on with the power estimates. Supercharger by itself should net me about 260 hp / 360 lb-ft of torque at the crank. Maybe a couple extra since I've opened up my exhaust a little.

Here's another video of the s10 with the s/c, this one is bone stock other than the s/c. He says he didn't floor it until the tach hit 3k. D: Even so, it looks like he still managed a 6.something 0-60 time once the wheels stopped spinning.

http://videos.streetfire.net/video/Supercharged-S10_645012.htm

It's pretty clear that I'll have traction issues after the s/c, so I'll probably invest in some wider wheels and tires later on down the road. I think Cragar SS wheels would look nice on my truck.

http://www.choicewheels.com/_Assets/cragar_ss_classic_wheels.jpg

Something else sort of new. I found my old digital camera and rescued it from dissolving in some strange chemical. It was a bit like starting an old junkyard car trying to get it to work, but eventually I got it to work right and take pics again. It dies if I try to use the zoom though. Oh well. This is part of the whole pinching pennies thing, between this and my camera phone, I should be set for picture taking until after the s/c.

Yes, it is very dirty. I just wanted to test out the old thing and it looks like it works.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2748.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2749.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2751.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2755.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2757.jpg

This is why I will never lower my truck. Aside from it being retarded, I like exploring in it too much. I have covered so many new places in it, with just the little compass on the dash. I don't need GPS!
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GTR
11-20-2009, 08:18 PM
Had it been 3 years ago, lowering it would the "cool" thing to do. Now...not so much. It'd be ghetto as ****, lol.

Now I know you're trying to keep it simple because of the history of this car, but I think if you're dumping 3 grand into the engine, you might as well show it off a little. Crager SS is cool, but with the 5x120 lug pattern, you'd be spoiled for choices.

I came across this (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1-NEW-18x7-5-5x120-MBMotoring-Interline-Wheel-Rim_W0QQitemZ360160439082QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors _Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item53db3c2b2a) with nearly no research. 200 bucks for 4 rims.

Lemme know if you wanna photoshop your choice on the car to try it out.

Sir Tristan
11-21-2009, 04:20 AM
You should put on an SS badge after you're done with the tune, man. Do not lower it, it's retarded like lowering SUVs, destroying the off-road capabilities.

This car kind of begs for a more shiny, elegant paintjob (you know, darker shades and that).

GTR
11-21-2009, 06:46 PM
This car kind of begs for a more shiny, elegant paintjob (you know, darker shades and that).
Yeah, but it not only would be expensive to get a good paint job, it'd lower the resale value too. Not a logically sound move IMO.

Not that Hondaman would ever sell it, though.

hondaman
11-29-2009, 08:53 PM
I hate to say it guys, but it looks like I won't be doing this after all. Practicality stepped in. My Buick needs attention a lot more than my truck does.
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hondaman
12-27-2009, 09:26 PM
Okay, so here's an update on this little project.

I took another step towards finishing the Chevrollac project with these HIDs.

Since the mud incident destroyed both my headlights and the HID kit itself, I've been driving around with sealed beams for a while. To be honest, my last conversion headlight housings sucked. The beam pattern was awful, and they were so cheap that they had a crack in them within a week. Unfortunately, that seems to be the problem...most H4 conversion housings either suck or are prohibitively expensive.

But then after a ton of researching, I found these. Autopal E Code H4 conversion housings.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2783.jpg

E Code is a European standard for headlights...kinda like the United States' DOT except theirs doesn't suck. DOT requires that headlights be able to cast some light upward to illuminate overhead signs. This is where your glare comes from with PNP HID kits. E Code lights mandate a sharp cutoff and even light distribution instead. Definitely the better choice.

Quality is great too. They feel just as hefty and well built as a stock sealed beam. No cracking from a tiny pebble with these. All metal and glass construction.

I coupled this with a high/low H4 HID kit from DDM tuning. Wow, I wish I could put HID high beams in my Buick...they're great!

But the best part is the cutoff. These are actual pics of mine from my truck.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/1-1.jpg

It's not as good as a projector, but damn...show me a halogen reflector housing with a better cutoff!

Those two spikes aiming up and off to the right are intentionally designed into the headlight lens...they are meant to illuminate roadside signs. And I do need to do a little more adjusting. Ideally there should be no gap in the middle, it should be one even bar of continuous light. But you get the idea.

I'm pretty pleased. As I said the light distribution is fantastic.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2791.jpg

Low beams.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2789.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2790.jpg

High beams.

As you can see there are no hotspots or unnecessarily scattered light.

I also chose 5000k for these. I like 5000k because it provides excellent light output and the color looks exactly (to me) like factory HID equipped cars.

Here is about what opposing traffic sees:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/2.jpg

As opposed to what it looks like inside the cutoff:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/3.jpg

HUGE improvement over sealed beams!
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Bl0cks
12-27-2009, 10:43 PM
Wow now I am really interested in doing this. Awesome write up.

EVO9MR
12-28-2009, 01:38 PM
looking nice HondaMang! definite change in lighting

Shake
12-31-2009, 01:39 PM
E-codes are fantastic, I have e-codes in both my working vehicles right now that take H4 bulbs as well and they have spectacular cutoffs. Not sure if yours are the same (they should be) but mine also dip down on the drivers side so as not to blind oncoming traffic. The only downside I've noted because of this is you spot deer a little later than you would without that dip down, I've had a few close calls because of deer coming from my left side and that.

Kracka
12-31-2009, 06:28 PM
I had those on my MK1 GTI, but never got the HID kit.

Found a set of Hella 90mm H4 Conversions...think I paid 90 bucks a few years ago.

hondaman
02-01-2010, 04:29 PM
Shake yes, they do dip down a bit on the driver's side. Still loving these, because of that I was able to aim them up a little higher, and now my low beam and high beam is even better. Really, it's like a narrow projector pattern. Can't complain.

I was unloading some stuff from the truck out to the shed in the side yard today and thought "hey that would make a pretty cool picture" but it ended up looking a lot cooler in person, lol! I blame the crappy camera. Now the live view doesn't work anymore and I have to use the viewfinder. Seriously getting a new camera soon.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2891.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2894.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2895.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2896.jpg

Had a lot of material in the back...you can see the rear sagging a little...the towing package with the stiffer springs helps that a lot though. Bringing in stuff to rebuild the very back yard which you can sorta see. Neighbor built a dam on the creek and it ended up bursting, trashing everything immediately downstream. Most of it is cleaned up but I've got to fill in a few spots.

Not sure I ever got 'quality' pics of the interior, so here's my best attempt with a craptastic camera.

Here's one of several attempts without a flash, the only 'successful' one. Kept giving me error messages and if it has an error, it won't take a picture. A good smack and it decided to take a picture, albeit a blurry one. This is to give an idea of the ambient lighting.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2898.jpg

With flash. Removable floor mats are very dirty but that's what they are there for, to keep that dirt off of my carpet and the rest of my truck.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM2900.jpg

That's it for now. Nothing really major planned anytime soon.
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hondaman
05-11-2010, 10:34 PM
A bump for some paint restoration and a little bit of new stuff.

Spent today cleaning, polishing, and waxing the outside, and uncovered some things I didn't even know about my truck.

I thought the mirrors and the cowl were flat black from the factory...by accident I discovered I was completely wrong, and continued until I found this...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3077.jpg

Who knew? I never would have guessed that they were supposed to be glossy. Here's what they looked like before, a pic from many moons and many mods ago:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/S6303736.jpg

I can't even begin to say how that small change made a huge difference in my truck's appearance, along with the rest of the polishing and waxing. It looks like new again.

More whorage:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3086.jpg

Both of the Buicks wanted to slip in that shot...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3083.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3084.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3076.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3074.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3087.jpg

And now for a minor bit of new stuff.

I haven't been completely satisfied with my HID setup. Since completion of my retrofit in the LeSabre, I began to feel that my cutoff wasn't as sharp as it could be, and that my high beam wasn't doing as well as it could be either. Plus, if there is one thing I've learned about HID kits, it's that kit bulbs SUCK. Go OE D2S or don't bother. Kit bulbs are cheaply made and they colorshift and lose luminosity fast.

There's nothing wrong with a good set of halogens, which is what these were designed for...and with that in mind, I set out to find a set of uber high wattage halogens, since these housings were also designed to take the heat. I ended up with a set of 90/130 watt H4 Hellas, meaning that the low beam filament is 90W and the high beam is 130W.

The end result is that the 130W is very close to HID in light output, the 90W is less, probably on par with HIR lighting. But both light up the road very well.

AND, I got my cutoff back...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3088.jpg

That's how an E Code cutoff is supposed to look.

Output shots:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3089.jpg

Low beam...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3090.jpg

High beam.

The high beams are unreal. I have noticed that the few people I've had to flash with my high beams for leaving theirs on, generally don't leave them on for very long. The high beam as you can see in the above photograph, is a very centrally concentrated beam with less escaping to the sides. Whatever is in the concentrated area...such as an oncoming car who left their brights on...is met with an ungodly amount of light, more so even that OE bixenon setups which tend to scatter the light out to the sides as well. This also allows the beam to cast further down the road as you can see, at the expense of side lighting. On a straight section of highway, it lights up around a mile down the road. And I don't mean reflectors, I mean actual lit highway...

In any event, that's where my truck is now.
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GTR
05-11-2010, 11:04 PM
My car definitely needs that mod. Especially that I'm buying those smoked-headlight-aero mods for it. Can you list the parts you used and where you bought them?

hondaman
05-12-2010, 11:57 AM
Amir, I'm not sure what I have will work for you...your Camaro has those weird sized sealed beams I think, plus you have separate high and low beams unlike my truck. I'll have to see what I can dig up. I definitely agree though that your car's headlights have a lot of room for improvement. Sealed beams suck, and I can't imagine half sized sealed beams being any better.
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hondaman
08-01-2010, 04:22 PM
Took some HDR pics of my truck today.

Excuse it as it is very dirty!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0424_0_1_2_3_tonemapped.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0429_5_6_7_8_tonemapped.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0434_0_1_2_3_tonemapped.jpg
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Linkin
08-01-2010, 04:30 PM
Nice HDR work!

hondaman
08-03-2010, 04:19 PM
Thanks Linkin!

I tried another HDR pic today. I think this one turned out better!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0453And7more_tonemapped.jpg
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nfslover101
08-03-2010, 04:31 PM
Nice to see some new pics :)
HDR is sweet, my friend did some to my Cavalier back when I had it...

Sir Tristan
08-04-2010, 12:17 AM
Those headlights are badass. Xenons?

Bl0cks
08-04-2010, 02:11 AM
very surreal looking sure makes the chrome pop

hondaman
08-08-2010, 03:33 PM
Thanks guys!

Those headlights are badass. Xenons?

No, they are halogens. 90/130 watt halogens though, so they pretty much match HID light output. D:

Got a couple more that turned out pretty good:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0482_74_75_76_77_80_81_tonemapped.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0473And8more_tonemapped.jpg

You can almost see how nice and soft the leather is from regular conditioning. : D

Although, the outside of my truck is getting dirtier and dirtier. I think it's time for a wash. :\
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fd2black
08-08-2010, 04:30 PM
awesome HDR's hondaman! love the truck. the interior looks quite good in that second picture :thumbsup:

hondaman
09-22-2010, 07:54 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0522.jpg

Hell yes, it's happening. This Sunday I will drive two laps around Talladega Superspeedway in my truck. I'm pretty excited. They send these things out to my dad from time to time cause both he and his dad before him have been buying the same seats since the track opened in 1969. I'd say that kind of loyalty is worth a track ride now and then. Unfortunately he can't go as he's in rehab after a total knee replacement, but a friend and I will be enjoying this. I got to do this once before, the last time we got one my dad let me drive my Accord around the track. That was quite a while ago.

These things are available but very hard to come by. You have to be 'eligible' like the letter mentions. I don't know what makes someone eligible.

I've even had dibs on the jump seat since it does technically have a seat belt but I really don't think anyone wants to ride back there. Everyone backed out once they saw it and what they'd have to do to get to it lol. It's pretty cramped.

Most of you probably know about it, but for those who don't, Talladega is a 2.66 mile tri-oval NASCAR track located here in Alabama.

http://racing.ballparks.com/Talladega/aerial.jpg

I will be recording my rounds of the track. For now all I have is this test video I made so I know what to expect and whether I need to turn stuff off or not. The tripod is pretty rattly, but it will suffice. Also I won't compress the video quality this much, I just didn't feel like uploading a 430 mb video file (thing's only a minute long too lol)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvEtMpW8_Jk

That's it for now, more on Sunday...
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3ni_2nr
09-23-2010, 03:22 PM
DO WANT.

/cruisecontrolforcool

Killua
09-23-2010, 03:32 PM
It must be pretty cool to have an opportunity like that. Looking forward to it, I hope you have a safe and fun ride!

Mr. Sting Ray
09-26-2010, 04:19 PM
This truck begs for a 5.5 drop. It will handle like a mofo.

hondaman
09-26-2010, 08:39 PM
Nah, no lowering for me lol. Then I could never do any truck duties with it, like driving over rough terrain and curbs and shit.

WELL

I did get to run, sort of. We got rained out, and thus couldn't run at full speed. They WILL reschedule us for a full out track run sometime in January, so I will get to do it for real later.

To make matters worse though, the idiots in front of us were to scared to go more than 30 mph through the turns. I kept sliding down the banked turns because we weren't going fast enough, and we had to stay in line. That's why the tripod was rattling so much in the turns, I was fighting to stay on the track. Oh well.

After that we went hunting for free food, then played around a little bit and floored it out of there.

I was a little nicer on the video compression. The camera records in 1080p but I managed to get it down to a more manageable 480p.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy25Gl0I844&hd=1

Oh and:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0003.jpg

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3ni_2nr
09-26-2010, 08:49 PM
lol, Im sure he wanted a 13B engine to go with all that.

Bl0cks
09-26-2010, 11:31 PM
Haha nice commentary.

nfslover101
09-27-2010, 02:05 AM
I live a few hours away from Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wi) and I guess you can take normal cars on the track as long as you have a helmet. However, if your car can go faster than 120MPH (I think) you need a complete roll cage etc. You can pass too, but you have to do some testing and practice laps with a official first. I was going to do it, but I couldn't find anyone that wanted to go lol, plus I think it costs some $$.

hondaman
10-09-2010, 02:45 PM
Well, I had given thought to fogs before but short of converting to a factory fog bumper I have never really found a solution that I liked until I saw another S10 that had them placed up by the grille Mustang-style and so I pretty much just copied it lol.

This rectangular style fits well inside. I like these, thick glass and solid metal construction, and they use the foglight standard H3 bulb.

My truck is in a very bad need of a wash, so don't judge that lol.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0011.jpg

Put the switch in the dash under the stock headlight switch, all the wiring is tucked in behind the dash and goes out through the firewall...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0012.jpg

I dunno how much good they'll do with my headlights (cause they're really freaking bright) but I'm hoping to get a little more peripheral lighting with these. I'll see how they do this evening. H3 is rated to put out 1450 lumens each bulb so it ought to help some.
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hondaman
10-10-2010, 10:50 PM
Well time for results. These did exactly what I wanted them to.

E-Code beam patterns are very narrow. I missed the width, and honestly that width adds a large degree of confidence through the extra lighting though whether the benefit is genuine or perceived is up for debate. But now when I'm driving in the dark country, I feel like a huge lighting hole has been filled. I now have over 180 degrees of lighting in high or low beam.

I don't have any real way of showing the full added benefit but this is the best I can do.

Fogs only:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0032.jpg

Lows only:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0034.jpg

Lows and fogs:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0036.jpg

As you can see, it adds a significant amount of extra side lighting (particularly on the far left of the picture), a must have for late night rural driving.

All on:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0027.jpg
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hondaman
10-15-2010, 06:25 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0039.jpg

I wish I could say this was all for something insanely awesome, I really do...

Unfortunately it's not.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0040.jpg

My heater core quite literally took a dump for some unknown reason. So I had to do all that to take it out.

It's not going to be in vain though, I'm going to add in a factory uplevel option since all this crap is up and out of the way...
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3ni_2nr
10-15-2010, 08:29 PM
oh my grenaded dashboad batman.

What is this factory uplevel option?

Driv3r
10-15-2010, 11:10 PM
That's why I hate heater cores, sometimes you have no warning when they're about to go, they just blow up whenever they feel like it... Not like I would know from experience or anything lol :Facepalm:

hondaman
10-17-2010, 11:17 AM
oh my grenaded dashboad batman.

What is this factory uplevel option?

Yeah, it does look like I've been in an accident lol...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220680409070

Found out I could swap out my odo into this cluster, I have low original miles and I want to keep it that way, plus I gain factory tach...

My aftermarket tach will have to go at some point, but it will have to wait until I can find an unmolested a-pillar to replace the one I've got.

The idea here being to add as many factory options as possible and keep the truck factory looking. The aftermarket tach was nice but definitely not factory looking. Also gonna dress these gauges up a bit like my last ones, but not quite so much.

And Driv3r, it was the exact same way with mine...no warning at all and all of a sudden there was coolant.
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MuscleCarFreak
10-17-2010, 11:48 AM
That's why I hate heater cores, sometimes you have no warning when they're about to go, they just blow up whenever they feel like it... Not like I would know from experience or anything lol :Facepalm:
When I had my 96 Oldsmobile Acheiva SC, I thought I blew the engine at first, because steam came through the vents.
That was a pain in the butt to change out... It was located right in the center of the dash behind the radio.

hondaman
10-19-2010, 02:50 PM
Todays progress, my heater core arrived today now I'm waiting on the rest of it...

To begin with, here's the old core (left) and the new gunked up with heavy duty RTV (right):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0041.jpg

New core in...no leaks!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0042.jpg

Everything put back together as far as I'm going to go for today so I can wait for the rest to arrive hopefully tomorrow...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0043.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0045.jpg

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More tomorrow.
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3ni_2nr
10-19-2010, 03:35 PM
Hmm, went to the moon and back, twice.

hondaman
10-21-2010, 04:47 PM
Well, it's done...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0046.jpg

Truck is back together finally! And...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0047.jpg

The cluster swap is complete, right down to my original odometer so I can retain my miles. Works great!

Next plan is to find an unmolested A-pillar so I can replace the one I have and lose the aftermarket tach.
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hondaman
10-26-2010, 09:26 PM
Haven't done one in about a year, and with the new cluster and all felt like going ahead and doing another.

Probably should have started slower. It gets from 0-30 a LOT more impressively than it gets from 30-wherever, and pretty much anything after 70 is like hitting a brick wall. loltrucks.

30-80 mph.

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Meastro444
10-27-2010, 04:49 AM
For a moment I thought there was PaRaNOiD in your new cluster. But then I looked again :P.

Tubaman
10-27-2010, 08:14 AM
Is it just me, or part of your tacks lights are out? anyhow, cool video

hondaman
10-27-2010, 11:17 AM
Nah it's not just you...actually no lights are out they just seem to be universally dim in that area. It's noticeable in person but not as bad as in the video.

I might try fitting it with some wide angle white LEDs to see if it fixes that dim spot.
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fd2black
10-27-2010, 12:37 PM
Looks great hondaman! Really diggin the new cluster. Wish I had the time/skill to do that in my merc, I hate not having a tach.

hondaman
11-08-2010, 10:18 AM
Thanks man! I bet you could put a Marauder cluster in yours.

I went to a car meet down in Florida this weekend. Took a bunch of pictures, but I'll post the ones of my truck here.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0081.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0114.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0113.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0122.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0155.jpg

As you can note in a few of the above pictures, my aftermarket tachometer on the A-pillar is gone. Now that I have a factory tach cluster I no longer need it, so I pulled an unmolested A-pillar out of a junkyard in Florida and replaced mine. Looks much cleaner now.

I had a fairly major modification planned but unfortunately the yard was completely devoid of what I needed. I did make one other small change:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0188.jpg

My power outlet cover was missing so I pulled this old school one off of a late 80s/early 90s GM car. I like it better than the black plastic kind with the cigarette emblem on it since I don't smoke anyway.

So just a couple of small new things.
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Sir Tristan
11-08-2010, 10:40 AM
The cigarette lighter thing (you use it as a power outlet right) is awesome. It's a really neat truck dude.

hondaman
11-29-2010, 10:32 PM
Thanks man.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/h1-mini-v2-14l.jpg

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Coming soon.
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nfslover101
11-29-2010, 11:47 PM
Hey im getting something similar to those, a friend and I are going to be setting up my sunfire for HID and projectores :D

fd2black
11-30-2010, 04:51 PM
oh boy another projector project! Can't wait :D

hondaman
12-01-2010, 04:19 PM
I can't wait to see it either, lol...

Everything is ordered now with express shipping and some stuff has already started arriving (nothing exciting yet though). I expect to have this done in less than two weeks.

On a side note, and after a lot of searching it seems this is going to be the first ever D2S bixenon S10 in a 4x6 housing. Figures lol...but with most anything there's a reason why, and in this case it's because it's probably near the top of the list of difficult retrofits...

Here's why. I'm gonna put this stuff up here now so when I'm working on it later you'll know why, and what needs to be changed.

Here's what the housings look like, first off...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/060110151703.jpg

Not much space. That damn bucket behind the headlamp housing is one problem. It pinches down at the rear opening like so:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/060110152231.jpg

Which is far narrower than the rear part of any projector is going to be. It will have to be cut, a lot.

But that's not nearly as much of a problem as the rear clearance on the passenger's side:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/060110152357.jpg

While not pictured, there is exactly 5" from the front of the headlamp to the nearest rear obstruction (the battery/tray). The current world's shortest D2S bixenon projector (the one I'm getting) is exactly 5" long. However the bulb and connector also stick out the rear by about another inch, meaning everything is going to have to come forward. This will also involve modifying the grille slightly to allow for the adjustment. For me, moving the battery isn't an option as I have nowhere to move it to.

None of this is impossible to overcome, but it does make things a fair amount harder than the average retro. The main problem is the information just isn't out there, leaving people to have to figure it out for themselves.

By the way, I HIGHLY recommend sourcing your retrofit parts from theretrofitsource.com. If you contact them by email they will bundle your order and give you a highly reduced price. I had a $185 order before shipping from them and they quoted me at $150 with free shipping. They're also happy to provide advice anytime you need it.

All total I have about $260 into this retrofit. That's likely to increase as I still need some hardware (mostly bolts, washers, and aluminum tape) but I still expect to be well under $300 at the end. That makes this the least expensive retrofit I've ever done.

More later...
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Kates09
12-01-2010, 06:56 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/HPIM3076.jpg
Door Handle


Stumbled into this thread Nice photography I say.

I also love this before and after shot.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0043.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/IMG_0046.jpg

hondaman
12-06-2010, 03:34 PM
Thanks! I try to work on my picture taking skills when I can.

Projectors, bulbs, and the shrouds I'm gonna use arrived in the mail today.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3121.jpg

Also got a measurement on these. From tip of the projector to the base of the bulb connector is about 6" exactly.

The last part, the housings, are due to arrive in the mail tomorrow. More then, might start working on them then too.
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Tubaman
12-06-2010, 04:05 PM
So you using the E-codes?

hondaman
12-06-2010, 04:13 PM
Nope these are DOT projectors, unless you mean my current housings in which case also no as the fluting on the housing lens would distort the beam pattern. I'm picking up a new set of clear housings for these.

Between E-Code and DOT projectors I prefer the cutoff on the DOT. Don't really care much for the right upward swing on E-Codes, although on reflector housings the rest of the beam pattern is often superior with the Euros.
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hondaman
12-07-2010, 07:28 PM
Big updates today.

Housings arrived. Not much to say on those other than they are just the generic ebay 4x6 clear housings. These were not the 'projector' versions.

I could not, no matter how much heat I applied, get the glass lenses to come off. I ended up cracking one of the glass lenses (though the housing itself was okay) trying to get it off. Eventually, I just cut the glass off. Here's what I did:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3129.jpg

It's hard to see, but I cut around the outside until I had just barely reached the bottom of the glass. By then, I was able to easily stick my gasket scraper in and scrape the lens off. Unfortunately it was too late to save the glass, but I'll know what to do for the next one. I ended up ordering another set so I could replace the glass. Make sure you wear a dust mask when cutting the housings.

But, here it is with the glass off.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3130.jpg

Next, it's time to cut the back of the housing to fit the projector. I ended up realizing that the projector was just too huge to do anything but cut out a hole exactly it's size.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3137.jpg

Just resting in there:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3135.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3132.jpg

Next it's time to fab up some mounting brackets. I just used some 90 degree brackets that I believe are cabinet hardware, and it worked perfectly.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3138.jpg

Drilled holes then bolted in:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3142.jpg

Checked the alignment, and everything seems fine including rotation.

Next it's time to cut the shroud to fit.

Shroud in.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3153.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3150.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3151.jpg

Unfortunately because of the incredibly tight space I have to work with in here I could not get the shroud to hide the mounting bolts. Oh well. It hides the rest of the hardware well.

That makes one side 98% done. All I have to do is seal up the rear, which I will do with lots of 3M aluminum foil tape.

Now I need to do the other side and begin modifying my truck to fit these housings. More later.
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fd2black
12-07-2010, 09:01 PM
looks good hondaman!
too bad you couldn't hide the L-brackets, I'm sure you wont even be able to notice that once they are on the truck.

hondaman
12-07-2010, 09:56 PM
Thanks man. I might try cutting some of the bolts off once things are closer to being done. I just hooked it up to the truck for a test run, and the output looks fantastic. Can't wait until it's done.
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Freak-DS
12-07-2010, 11:41 PM
Be glad not to live in Germany - the TÜV would kill you for this.

hondaman
12-08-2010, 11:15 AM
Really? There are a few German retrofitters on HIDPlanet...

More fast progress for you guys.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3162.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3164.jpg

Other side is all caught up. Now it's time to start modifying the truck to fit them. Hopefully I will be done today.
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Meastro444
12-08-2010, 11:42 AM
Looking good. I am wondering how it will look. ;)

AJ_Lethal
12-08-2010, 11:42 AM
^They look kinda Camaro units. Which is a good thing; i cant wait to see em installed.

Tubaman
12-08-2010, 01:08 PM
look great man! how much to do mine? :P

hondaman
12-08-2010, 04:06 PM
Thanks guys!

Well this is 99% done. Unfortunately the 1% is keeping it from lighting up! Turns out my ballasts are crap. I got in contact with Matt at The Retrofit Source and he rushed a new set of quality ballasts my way. Really got to give those guys props.

But other than not lighting up (lol) this retrofit is DONE!

These 6mm bolts are needed to attach the headlight bucket onto the truck. I got some extended bolts (6mm x 50mm) so I could bring the assembly out a bit for spacing. 50mm was a bit unnecessary though, I think I could have gotten away with 30 or 40mm.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3165.jpg

First, it's time to modify the buckets...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3169.jpg

As it turns out, it's only necessary to cut the 'wings' off of them for the projector to fit.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3170.jpg

Projector in snugly.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3171.jpg

Time to figure out how much I need to space the headlamp assembly away from the truck. For me, the magic number of washers for all mounting bolts was 10.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3172.jpg

All mounted up...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3174.jpg

Next it's time to seal these up...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3182.jpg

I used aluminum tape wrapped in several layers to seal the holes around the back. Works great.

3M window weld works great to seal the lenses up front.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3183.jpg

A thin line of it all around is all that is necessary...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3184.jpg

All sealed up.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3185.jpg

I found out much to my happiness that I didn't have to modify the grille at all even with the headlights extended outward. So, I just went ahead and put the grille back on and snapped some finished shots!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3192.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3188.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3191.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3187.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3177.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3194.jpg

The lights don't stick out far at all...

Unfortunately as I mentioned earlier, they don't light up. At least not reliably, so no output shots yet. When one did fire up though the output looked great.

More Friday or Saturday when the ballasts arrive, or maybe some more shots of the truck outside of my driveway...
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hondaman
12-08-2010, 04:57 PM
Well I couldn't resist, and I just had to get some kind of output shot. So I managed to get one of them firing and took some shots of the low and high beam!

Remember this is just with ONE light working...

Low beam...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3199.jpg

High beam...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3200.jpg

I cannot wait until both are working.

By the way, my rotation isn't off, the driveway is just sloped to the left. Driving it up and down my street, the rotation seems to be absolutely perfect.
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Tubaman
12-08-2010, 06:04 PM
Looks great man! Very bright

Bl0cks
12-08-2010, 06:26 PM
Don't you have finals you should be studying for? Looking good man.

Meastro444
12-09-2010, 10:46 AM
Looks like a job well done to me.

In my opinion it doesn't look right though, the whole assembly looks a little to small. Personal taste though, I am sure you like it. ;)

AJ_Lethal
12-09-2010, 10:55 AM
Looks great. Now it's time to leave some ppl blind :D

hondaman
12-09-2010, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the comments guys!

In my opinion it doesn't look right though, the whole assembly looks a little to small. Personal taste though, I am sure you like it. ;)

The projectors are the same size as pretty much every other one out there, 2.5". Unless you mean the housings, which are kinda small. Not a whole lot I can do about that though.

Couple more daytime pics!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3202.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3203.jpg
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3ni_2nr
12-09-2010, 07:13 PM
Looks immaculate.

hondaman
12-11-2010, 12:02 AM
Thanks man!

Output shots:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3244.jpg

I am especially happy about just how perfect it came out...neither projector is off rotationally by a single degree in relation to the other one...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3241.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3242.jpg

These particular pictures don't really do the high and low beam justice, I'll have to try again later.
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fd2black
12-11-2010, 09:35 AM
if they dont do justice then they must be even more amazing then it looks in those pics. seriously thats a nice cut and great output!

Tubaman
12-11-2010, 09:59 AM
Dang. Wish my head lights worked that good. they go 7 feet :facepalm:

Sir Tristan
12-11-2010, 10:30 AM
Ohshiii...

Dude, these lights are astonishing. Like cutting the trees off.

hondaman
12-12-2010, 12:58 AM
Thanks for the compliments guys! Really appreciate it.

Few more pics. Probably gonna have a few more over the next few days once it stops raining...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3254.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3253.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3255.jpg

Also updated my sigpic for the occasion.
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Tubaman
12-12-2010, 07:41 AM
I don't think i would want to pass you at night.

EVO9MR
12-12-2010, 09:49 PM
Nice cutoff, and I really like your sigpic :)

hondaman
12-13-2010, 09:34 AM
Thanks guys! Tubaman, you probably wouldn't mind all that much unless I was rounding the top of a hill or something. The cutoff does a good job of keeping people from being blinded. :)

Here's some good shots of the high and low beam. This is what it looks like in person.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3259.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3260.jpg

I got to flash someone for leaving their high beams on while coming towards me yesterday...that was fun. :)
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Sir Tristan
12-13-2010, 09:41 AM
I got to flash someone for leaving their high beams on while coming towards me yesterday...that was fun. :)
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Ouch.

hondaman
12-16-2010, 06:51 PM
Ouch indeed...

Alright, time to get serious with the picture taking now that the weather is calming down and I'm feeling a little better. My truck is very dirty right now, so please excuse that...

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/5350/dscf3323012tonemapped.jpg

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/2420/dscf3344and8moretonemap.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3311.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3312.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3319.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3329.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3330.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3333.jpg

Nice color along the cutoff...

There's a video too but I don't know if it's worth posting. I'll think about it.
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hondaman
01-21-2011, 08:40 AM
Well if you thought it was bright before...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3496.jpg

(that's before)

It's even brighter now...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/hondaman94/DSCF3498.jpg

Same camera settings. Simple bulb swap to the Philips 85122+, brightest DOT approved D2S bulb available. Puts out 3400 lumens versus the industry standard 3200.
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Vanexroxics
01-21-2011, 10:10 AM
Holy blindness.

The truck changed alot while i was away. hehe.

fd2black
02-22-2011, 04:49 PM
new bulbs look sick man.

what color bulbs are they? Look like 4300k but I figured I'd ask. I've been thinking about doing a retrofit in the Merc over the summer after realizing that hid's in reflector housings just don't compare.