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I dont know about others but im the kind of person who has no motivation to do any kind of mods due to thinking things are too hard or too troublesome and also keeping budget in mind. I finally mustered up some strength to start trying some things out and want to share my experience and hopefully encourage others. heres my ride: Land vehicle Vehicle Car Mid-size car Chevrolet cruze
white 2012 LT1

First thing ive done is a debadge - my dealer stuck on a really big logo, looks really out of place. here are some before and after pics:
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The logo has most likely only been on the car for about 5 days before I removed it. It was really really easy, took about 2 minutes. all i used was a hairdryer, some dental floss and wiped it clean after with a cloth + some cleaning solution. If any one is looking for an ez (basically free) mod this is your first step!

due to the cold temps i was withholding any other mods but weather is saying that im gonna get +10 C over the weekend so i plan to start the below(will have pics after i finish)
vinyl mods:
- Received my black carbon fiber emblem overlays yesterday 2$ off of ebay sent from china, received in 20 days from the day i ordered it.
- tail light tints also bought off ebay 4$ for both tail lights sent from china, bought on same day as the emblems, not receieved yet
- black matte vinyl over the diffuser, havent bought the vinyl yet but i think its 3$ per sq foot
- black gloss vinyl over the roof, about 50$
will be doing all this myself since professional installation is VERY pricey, over 100$ to install vinyl over the roof

rear lip spoiler: i just ordered this, this morning for 86$ and they paint it according to the color code you give them, also from china will let you guys know how it is when i receive it + pics

other mods i want but still unsure of:
- shark fin: also relatively cheap but i kinda like the stock attena
- bazooka sub: no idea how to install :( im clueless about the mechanical and electronical stuff
- 18" rims: selection doesnt seem too good due to the cruze bolt pattern + i live in canada. my budget is 1000 so money is a very big issue here.
- led strip fog lights: no idea how to install + quite pricey

feedback, tips, additions, new ideas all welcome!
 

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Nice man good looking cruze right there. Ive done some of the less expensive mods on the "HOW TO" section of the forum. Just yesterday i heated up the garage and took off the dealership sticker, debadged the cruze eco from the trunk lid, put my matte black over lays on the bowties (front/back)- tonight im going to do the over lays on the marker lights. I also took out the intake resinator (listed in the how to section). Oh and i bought a K&N drop in filter for my stock intake box (like 35$ on amazon- and much better then the stock paper filters). Are the tail light tints you bought pre cut? im looking into doing this as well being that the weather this weekend is supposed to be upwards of 60F. if you do a search on the forum for amp/sub installs with stock head unit there are a few good write ups. doesnt seem to hard todo at all. Im a novice guy when it comes to this and this forum has been a load of help. If you have any questions i may be able to help you out- but definately someone will be able to help you pretty much regardless of what it is. i also did a LED strip called "lightning eyes" off of carid.com and it was a very easy install and they look crazy good. (30$)
 

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here are some of the links for quick reference...

intake bypass : http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/57-how-forum/5479-how-bypass-intake-resonator.html
intake install (injen) : http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/57-how-forum/3977-injen-cold-air-intake-install.html -
- like i said i havent done this yet but its a great write up and i plan on doing it in the spring .
fog lights : http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/57-h...fog-lights-without-removing-front-bumper.html
-thats without removing bumper, id recommend removing it its not too hard once u do it once its a piece of cake.. (200$ for OEM fogs tho well worth it if you ask me)
sub install : (i just did a search theres too many to list here ) http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/gtsearch.php?q=sub+install+stock+radio&siteurl=www.cruzetalk.com%2Fforum%2F57-how-forum%2F&ref=www.cruzetalk.com%2Fforum%2F&ss=5164j1786578j25
the fog light strip install is here : Fog/Driving light LED light strip Install w/pics (i havent done it yet but want to - says cost him roughly 20 bucks)... sorry AMERICAN USD HAHA
and for rims id check out our vendors section - always support our vendors! GOOD DEALS!
 

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Love what you're planning! The sharkfin is super easy, just twist off the old one and place down the new one. It's probably my favourite visual mod I have.

As for the Sub, I just installed mine the other day, in the process of doing a write up once I clean up the wiring/install a killswitch upfront. (and it's not so windy. I'm also waiting for the weekend!).

I'll send you a link once it's done.
 

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Love what you're planning! The sharkfin is super easy, just twist off the old one and place down the new one. It's probably my favourite visual mod I have.

As for the Sub, I just installed mine the other day, in the process of doing a write up once I clean up the wiring/install a killswitch upfront. (and it's not so windy. I'm also waiting for the weekend!).

I'll send you a link once it's done.
hey you mind sending that link my way too?
 

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Love what you're planning! The sharkfin is super easy, just twist off the old one and place down the new one. It's probably my favourite visual mod I have.

As for the Sub, I just installed mine the other day, in the process of doing a write up once I clean up the wiring/install a killswitch upfront. (and it's not so windy. I'm also waiting for the weekend!).

I'll send you a link once it's done.
Start a thread in the Electronics section for your writeup so we can all see how you did it.
 

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here are some of the links for quick reference...

intake bypass : http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/57-how-forum/5479-how-bypass-intake-resonator.html
intake install (injen) : http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/57-how-forum/3977-injen-cold-air-intake-install.html -
- like i said i havent done this yet but its a great write up and i plan on doing it in the spring .
fog lights : http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/57-h...fog-lights-without-removing-front-bumper.html
-thats without removing bumper, id recommend removing it its not too hard once u do it once its a piece of cake.. (200$ for OEM fogs tho well worth it if you ask me)
sub install : (i just did a search theres too many to list here ) http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/gtsearch.php?q=sub+install+stock+radio&siteurl=www.cruzetalk.com%2Fforum%2F57-how-forum%2F&ref=www.cruzetalk.com%2Fforum%2F&ss=5164j1786578j25
the fog light strip install is here : Fog/Driving light LED light strip Install w/pics (i havent done it yet but want to - says cost him roughly 20 bucks)... sorry AMERICAN USD HAHA
and for rims id check out our vendors section - always support our vendors! GOOD DEALS!

thanks for the help
definitely want to look into the lightning eyes and those fog light LED strip
installing the OEM fog light is gonna leave a dent in my wallet =S and i really have no need for fog lights, i just think leds look nice :) if i can just install the strip i can avoid all the trouble of fog lights not to mention the cost woot
do u happen to have any pics of how the lightning eyes turned out?
do u also have a pic of those marker light overlays? did u cover it up or form some kind of design?
USD and CDN seem to be almost equal nowadays anyways so i just treat them as being the same =D
still lacking the motivation for subwoofer installation but eventually ill get to it!
 

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Love what you're planning! The sharkfin is super easy, just twist off the old one and place down the new one. It's probably my favourite visual mod I have.

As for the Sub, I just installed mine the other day, in the process of doing a write up once I clean up the wiring/install a killswitch upfront. (and it's not so windy. I'm also waiting for the weekend!).

I'll send you a link once it's done.
looking forward to that!
 

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thanks for the help
definitely want to look into the lightning eyes and those fog light LED strip
installing the OEM fog light is gonna leave a dent in my wallet =S and i really have no need for fog lights, i just think leds look nice :) if i can just install the strip i can avoid all the trouble of fog lights not to mention the cost woot
do u happen to have any pics of how the lightning eyes turned out?
do u also have a pic of those marker light overlays? did u cover it up or form some kind of design?
USD and CDN seem to be almost equal nowadays anyways so i just treat them as being the same =D
still lacking the motivation for subwoofer installation but eventually ill get to it!
Ill post some pictures soon within the next couple days been crazy busy around here. They turned out awesome tho. Professional. The marker light overlays just make it so its not the amber color (like a smoke or blacked out look is what I have now)


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Ill post some pictures soon within the next couple days been crazy busy around here. They turned out awesome tho. Professional. The marker light overlays just make it so its not the amber color (like a smoke or blacked out look is what I have now)


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looking forward to those pics
btw the tail light tints are 1 ft x 2 ft not cut so i have to cut them myself, might have enuf left overs to cover the markers =D
 

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avoiding plasti dip because of longetivity, its also harder to grab hold of since its illegal up here =[
I heard from other members its pretty durable. Illegal? Since when? I saw some @ the Home depot in all different colours couple weeks ago when I was visiting my buddy in KW area. I think I am going to black out the chrome door trim and rear trunk handle with plasti dip in the spring, seen some on here and looks killer.
 

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I heard from other members its pretty durable. Illegal? Since when? I saw some @ the Home depot in all different colours couple weeks ago when I was visiting my buddy in KW area. I think I am going to black out the chrome door trim and rear trunk handle with plasti dip in the spring, seen some on here and looks killer.
really?!? none in toronto, we've been ripped off :angry:. from what ive read, plasti dip lasts around 6 months, quite a hassle to redo things every half a year for me
 
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