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DarkTune DIY: Building your dream car 101
#11
This is the BEST write up Ive ever read. Made me realize alot of things now. Good work man!
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#12
Nothing short of Amazing ! As usual Mike, you killed it. Kinda got me back on track, but i will add to the readers and Mike can testify:
When your modding your civic, If you try to save a buck, it will cost you 2.

Doing it right the 1st time saves time and $$$ in the long run. Sometimes (like in my case) when u do it right, theres still a chance of something going wrong, or one thing after another will happen. It does get discouraging, but realize these EJ8's are over 10 years old. So things will need to be replaced. But the good side to it is that 1 less thing youll need to replace in the future. until when one day after washing your car, you will look at your baby differently and ponder the 1st few days u got her. Then you know.....
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#13
Nice write up! Dang $2,000 for an alarm!
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#14
I couldn't agree with you more about not spending money on parts/rims when u want better ones
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#15
Nice write up man. bigthumbup
I found out early on that planning was a big part of building a car. I am deffinitly going to put my stuff into my computer all my planning, matienence, build wants are in a beat up 3 subject notebook. Ha!

Thx for shinning light on this topic and getting me motivated to do more research and build a better car.
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#16
Very nice sir. I thought I was the only one to use Word for planning my projects. Organization is truly key to any project.
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#17
This came out very well Mike. I'm sure this will help quite a few people. bigthumbup
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#18
True dat, true dat...
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#19
Thank you all for the compliments on the write up, I'm happy that so many of you have read it (I know it's kind of long) and are taking points from it. It's simple and easy to do, but it can really take you and your projects a long way. I do this for any car, not just the one you're building as a project. Fall in love with a 370Z lately? Make a document and price it out, and see what it's going to cost you. I have build sheets for several setups, tracks cars, VIP cars, etc. It can be very useful instead of buying say....a Lexus GS300, then finding out rims are 4k for a set.

It really keeps you from rushing into things.

(03-11-2010, 01:23 AM)silver_EJ7 Wrote:  absolutley stunning mike...very well organized write up...you are very organized as well for your car/part purchases.

my dad keeps things but scattered all over the place.lol

And1 REP!!

Haha, it's better than nothing at least! Pop those records in a binder and you're solid gold. I THINK that if you have a good record of all of the parts you put on your car, that info could also be used for insurance companies to raise the value of your car if need be...I really need to find someone that does insurance and talk to them about this stuff.

(03-11-2010, 03:06 AM)EsotericImage Wrote:  Nothing short of Amazing ! As usual Mike, you killed it. Kinda got me back on track, but i will add to the readers and
Mike can testify:
When your modding your civic, If you try to save a buck, it will cost you 2.

Doing it right the 1st time saves time and $$$ in the long run. Sometimes (like in my case) when u do it right, theres still a chance of something going wrong, or one thing after another will happen.

Very, very true. It turned out getting that new transmission with LSD and upgraded synchro's was the best mod I've done yet for my car, hands down. Much better than cheaping out and getting a questionable transmission off of Craigslist, installing it and possibly finding out it was bunk. Yes, it cost me a ton more...but I know it's going to last me forever, and after taking my first few corners, I realized it was VERY much worth the money.

(03-11-2010, 04:54 AM)Pekkle Wrote:  Nice write up! Dang $2,000 for an alarm!

Yeah...I've had some crazy alarm setups with 2 week install times.

(03-11-2010, 05:32 AM)20Civic00 Wrote:  Nice write up man. bigthumbup
I found out early on that planning was a big part of building a car. I am deffinitly going to put my stuff into my computer all my planning, matienence, build wants are in a beat up 3 subject notebook. Ha!

Thx for shinning light on this topic and getting me motivated to do more research and build a better car.

Sounds good, if you do keep all of this information on your computer, remember to make a backup of it whenever you can in case something happens to the computer. I didn't show it, but I also have data disks in the binders as well.
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#20
Two weeks install time.. damn... puts my security system, trunk monkey, and two huge guns *wink* to shame!!!
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