Color: Aztec Red
Hello, I've been on the forum for a while now and I've decided I need to start keeping track of all the work I do on my truck, figured this could be the best way. I recently purchased Ginny in August of 2012, driven up to Newfoundland, Canada from Florida. I'm by no means a mechanic but when I can I always try to do my own work, as I enjoy the hobby and love when my own work pays off! 150,000 miles, 2WD and rocking a 4-banger she needed a bit of love the previous owner never bothered to give. This truck is my daily driver and I am on a students budget, I can only afford so much at a time.
Interior: First thing was first, Audio.
I took my subwoofers out of my car trunk and tied them in behind the driver seat. I'm running two Kenwood KFC-WS253 500w subs, with Infinity Kappa 6" speakers in the doors, four 1" tweeters in the pillars, and two 4" tweeters underneath the jump seats. All wired in to a Pioneer head unit (I forget which exact one).
Exterior: I can't really say I have many exterior mods, I would like to have a billet grille and a set of vent visors but I can never justify spending money on something that just gives me looks. I have however put a set of HID bulbs in my headlights, and I purchased a set of OEM fog lights, as the XE doesn't come stock with them, these also have white lights.
Suspension & Tires: Since August I discovered my suspension was horrible. A small load would bottom out my leafs and I couldn't have that. I purchased an AAL from AC and installed those, along with a 2" torsion bar crank to level myself back out, with some ultra-low bumpstops from Energy on the way.
Although this isn't suspension I have also done a 1" body lift to push it up a little bit more. I would like to someday buy a bigger tire but I fear i'll lose too much power on a motor as old as mine.
Gear and Other:
From day 1 I replaced the spark plugs with Bosch double platinums, Changed over to a synthetic oil, and seafoamed the **** out of my truck. The previous owner didn't bother too much with oil changes I discovered from the sludge I took out of the oil pan.
I painted my stock wheels black and love the difference.
The truck came with a cap, but I have absolutely no use for it. In fact it's about 2" too long for my truck and sticks off the end. I have no idea what it came off of but I plan to sell it and use the cash for a shopping spree at Calmini.
Wishlist/to do: New shocks all around, a K&N drop in filter, drain/refill transmission, de-gunk my engine bay, make myself some new wheel well liners, fix my alternator squeek, fix the drop in my passenger door, and most of all ensure that I get a long time out of this engine.