Sloppy's Midori Hatch


Sloppyclock

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Good call on the headlights. Look way better as the stock design but without the amber stripes. I'm guessing you're going to use an amber bulb?
Thanks! I think they look so much better without the amber stripes in them as well plus I can always get another set from the junkyard if I were to ever smash them and just do the same thing again. Just gonna use amber bulbs for the turn signals or get some led ones for all around, haven't made up my mind just yet
 

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Sloppyclock

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Had some time this weekend to give the panels I sprayed a good wet sand and polish after letting the clear harden for almost a week now. The hood needed a lot of wet sanding since it had a lot of orange peel on it so I spent about 2-3 hours wet sanding it before I could even give it a polish. The fenders on the other hand were pretty ok but I ended up sanding too much along some of the edges and sanded down some clear and base as well, not too worried about it and might just respray them during the spring or leave them as is, doesn't really bother me. Never polished anything other than headlights before so I was kinda worried about burning thru the clear and base but it turned out pretty well, the panels are super smooth now and show reflections a lot better. Should've taken more pics of it unpolished but they were pretty ugly to look at and didn't feel like it. Now I have to polish the rest of the car over the winter or in spring cause the hood and fenders are so much more shiny compared to the rest of the car now lol. Put the front end back together last night and gave the headlights another polish and they look mint! Very happy with how everything turned out even though it could've been better I know how to do it the next time around which is gonna come in handy since I still have to sand down and prime my spare hatch I have kicking around and paint my front lip and mirrors as well.




 


Sloppyclock

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Long time no see folks, just giving you guys some small updates of what I've been up to over the winter

About a month ago my friend hit me up asking me I wanted to buy these 17x9 +45 Advan T7 for dirt cheap so me being me I impulse bought them. They're in ok condition and might get them refinished if I end up keeping them but for right now I'll leave them as is




Around Black Friday I picked up a ktuned adjustable throttle cable and bracket so I could try and fix my bent gas pedal which has been bugging the **** outta me ever since I bought the car. Before there was homemade throttle cable bracket bolted onto the spoon throttle body and spaced out with a bunch of washer and a sohc ek cable. Because of this setup they had to heat up the old pedal and bend it towards the right so they could get the throttle body to open all the way. So I installed the cable and bracket but haven't changed out the gas pedal up until last month which was a breeze but it was still bent the the side a bit so I just grabbed it and bent it towards the gas pedal and now it works great. I used to have a bunch of slop in my pedal before as well but now everything is all good. I also have a honed booster delete kit and 7/8 master cylinder to go in, just need to get some tools and material to make some new brake lines before that can go in.




I ended up selling both my thin moldings and rear lip to my good friend since I love how the car looks without the moldings and I was planning on cutting my rear bumper anyways so I parted ways with them and made some cash. I didn't really spend too long making sure my tape line was straight and just kinda eye balled it and sent it. Personally I love how it looks and Im pretty happy with how it came out even though it could be better. I'll be getting my muffler moved upwards later on as well so it doesn't look as goofy



A few weeks ago I had my friend pick up and deliver a pair of 245/40 all seasons so I could mount them on the Advans and see how a 17x9 would fit on the car. I took them to school the next day to get them mounted and balanced and also mounted some 205/45 summer tires on a pair of Accord wheels that im borrowing off my friend for the rear. This is when I first test fitted them after getting everything mounted up and didn't have time to check for rubbing or anything while turning but I knew there was probably gonna be some problems so I ordered some 20mm spacers off ebay and hammered out the studs that were pressed into them. This is the car without the spacers and not having adjusted camber.




The next day I tossed on the 20mm spacers, maxed out the camber on my Skunk2 arms and folded in the pinch welds in the wheel wells with a big ol' hammer so now I shouldn't have any problems with the tire catching it and cutting into the tire. Since the camber is maxed out im going to have to cut and space out my fenders so I can run around -3 to -3.5 camber up front and currently im guessing its around -4 to -5 which is a no go






Finally had a nice day or two after weeks of -30 out so I moved the car outside and ran it for a bit and took some photos of it in the day light instead of trapped inside the garage




After New Years I ordered a Bomex rep wing off ebay and it finally showed up at the end of the month, so I drove down to the border and grabbed it and tossed it on. I love how this wing look on the car, I think it looks sick with the 17s up front and the cut rear bumper. I always thought the rear end was lacking with the oem spoiler






Up until last week everything was going good, temps were in the -10 to -15 range so I decided to try and take the car out. I filled up a jerry can full of 91, bought temp insurance for a week and tried to drive the car around which didn't end up so good. My toe settings are so outta wack from installing my Hardrace inner tie rods so the car was just wandering and pulling in both directions violently. I made it like a block before turning around and going back home. I tried to make some homemade slip plates so I could adjust my toe but could only get the car so it would wander a lot less but it still wasn't really good. After driving it around for like 20 mins, I was about 30 seconds away from home when the tires rubbed thru my zip ties holding my bumper up by the fenders and the tire caught the bumper and broke the tab on the drivers side and took out a chunk of the bumper on the passenger side.

Luckily my friend had spare non oem bumper and I went and picked it up for dirt cheap and tossed the lip on it and tossed it on the car. I drilled holes into the fender and bumper closer towards the headlight for the zip ties so hopefully they shouldn't be near the tire at all now and should avoid that problem in the future. The car isn't that dirty anymore either, I went and spent some time cleaning it this afternoon so its nice and clean again.




That's it for now, probably won't any updates until it warms up until spring
 


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