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post #1 of 6 Old 04-03-2017, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all. Anyone got some good ideas on things I can do to my car in order to make it stand out a bit more? I'm looking for inexpensive things to do.
My ideas so far:

change the "K" emblems on front and back trunk to black on black "K" emblems.
change out the antenna for a shark fin antenna (if you have a reliable place to order one that works properly please feel free to share with me)
get different foglight color covers(or whatever theyre called lmao)
was also thinking of doing carbon fiber wrap on hood roof and trunk area, or just on the roof maybe.

mine is a 2010 forte koup sx

ooooooh, i was also thinking of changing the gear shift knob(its automatic though, which seems harder to find, once again share with me if you have links)
and also I wanted to have black door handles but wasnt sure if there is a place to buy them where its not expensive and hard to put on, otherwise i guess i could plastidip the handles with a spray can but that sounds like a pain in my ass.

Any tips and help greatly appreaciated.
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Yes, yes, and yes to all of those ideas...


  • You can change the cover of the shift boot cover in addition to your shift knob.
https://youtu.be/q4theFvnq8c

I got my shift boot cover from IN.Focus Shift - google them.


  • You can replace headlights with either LED's or Halo's...
  • You can replace mirror caps with different colors - which I did.













  • You could purchase rear window diffusers? That'd be neat...
Look around in peoples garages and get ideas from them - that's my tip!

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Awesome thanks for your input! I have led with halo headlights already, my fog lights arent working though. any suggestion on what kind to get for my fog lights?

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You can tint your tail lights

I'd do a colored tint on the fogs and use a bright white LED bulb

Your best bet would just be wrapping the hood as I personally think doing the roof in carbon fiber is stupid, but your trunk would be the biggest pain just because you have the spoiler

Wrap your mirror covers in carbon fiber as well

Paint your calipers as well since that's pretty simple

Paint your interior pieces like I did and even change your steering wheel
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There are tons of little and big things you can do. Are you looking for more budget mods first?


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I would avoid the carbon fiber wrap as I personally think it looks cheap I like just black. I agree to also do the mirrors. I just got mine and am going to do my mirrors and tail lights soon.
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