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This will be my entry into the build threads. Fair warning, this will be a slow evolution. It will be some time before any real fun starts to happen. That said, let’s kick this mule!

Platform: 2023 Forte GT Manual
Color: Sporty Blue
Nickname: Intruder

Baseline photos:
The day I brought her home:

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First mods:
Blacked out badges and replaced the “FORTE” with “K3” and went with a modified “GT” badge
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Decided the grill “GT“ glared at me so I also blacked that out. I will eventually paint a red trim line around it. I build models so I’m used to painting small details.
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First mods:
Blacked out badges and replaced the “FORTE” with “K3” and went with a modified “GT” badge
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Decided the grill “GT“ glared at me so I also blacked that out. I will eventually paint a red trim line around it. I build models so I’m used to painting small details.
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You are going to get addicted... start warming up your credit card.
 

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Newest addition:
Installed a generic heel plate. I tried to find one that matched the pedals a bit more but no luck. Maybe I just didn’t search hard enough. 🤷‍♂️
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Maybe I’ll make my own one day.
 

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Must be like wearing sunglasses at night looking out the sides...LOL!
 

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Must be like wearing sunglasses at night looking out the sides...LOL!
It’s not nearly as dark as the photos suggest. The Arizona sun is so bright lol. that said, I don’t do a ton of night driving. Not too worried.
 

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Thanks to member @Scotty, added an aFe Takeda Stage 1 intake.
I know it doesn’t do anything power-wise, but he gave me a great deal and I would have gotten one eventually anyway. Just setting the groundwork for future upgrades.
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Next up will be a Velossa Tech snorkel.
 

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You don't notice any change with the Takeda Intake?
Haven’t driven it yet. Put it in when I got home from work.
From previous experience, CAIs alone don’t do much but add sound. Any power gains are negligible at best.
 

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Haven’t driven it yet. Put it in when I got home from work.
From previous experience, CAIs alone don’t do much but add sound. Any power gains are negligible at best.
You just got rid of a small diameter tube with 3 90-degree bends in it - the one from the radiator support to the air filter box. It won't turn it into a race car, but you'll find wheel spin is worse (or better - depending on your point-of-view)...:)
 

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