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Old 4th April 2007, 23:29   #16
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paint:20k (same colour)
seats:7k
lights:1k
Alloys:12k
Tyres:12k
Audio:12k
Bumpers:15k ?
Windscreen:1k
Misc:3k

Hmm, 83k If I can have a relatively fresh looking car for that much, awesome. Thanks a ton manson, V1p3r, lohith, adhish, esteem_lover. Will update this thread as I find more/do the repairs etc.

More inputs, especially on options in Blore, welcome.
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lastly, with all that stuff (fresh bumpers, head lamps, wheels, tyres, thats a lotta stuff) you intend to get, the car may just seem nice and fresh even wihout a paint job unless ofcourse it has some SERIOUS denting painting requirements.
You could probably save the paint job for a little later when the car really needs it.

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Old 5th April 2007, 05:01   #18
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Since I had done most of the stuff you posted here on my VTEC last year, here's my two cents.


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  • Paint job. She's a dark green, planning to shift to black. Would've loved red but I guess this is a cheaper option. Hoping the door,dash refits will also get the rattles fixed. Cost: 25-30k ?
For a good quality job with colour change & full denting/painting, yes 25-30k is a good estimate. Avoid authorised dealers like the plague though, they overcharge worse than ICICI!!

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  • Tyres + Alloys : Tubeless ? Wider ? Lower Profile (like better handling, ok with a slightly stiffer ride) ? unsure. 14"ers ? Advice pls. Cost : 30k ?
For your usage best choice is 195/60 R14 tubeless tyres (Preferable Michelins/Yokohama's) on 14"x6J rims. And I would agree with C3PO if you can find the original VTEC rims (Enkei's) then nothing like it, they might not be real flash to look at but they are amazing quality & very long lasting.

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4 tyres (195/60) - Approx. 13-14k
Alloys (14"x6J) - Approx. 15-16k

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  • Audio: One of the front speakers went missing after a service - could never get that back. Also would want a CD player/changer. So probably need 2 speakers and the HU. Not a major audiophile but like my music - which varies from Simon/Garfunkel (yes i'm that old) to Gulzar stuff to Floyd to Def Leppard/Scorpions. Cost : 18-20k
Decent HU - 6-7k, Front speakers (Components) - 5k, Rear speakers (6"x9") - 5k.

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  • Spoiler. How expensive are these. Aftermarket ones survive ? Cost : 10k ??
No idea but from personal experience stick to OE spoiler, no rattles in my car for the past 3.5 years.
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  • Seats : get faux-leather ones ? Recommendations ? Cost : 15k ?
4-5k for Imitation Leather, 20-22k for Real Leather (not Stanley)

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  • Bumpers : torn at a couple of places - need replacement. Cost : 15k
Both full bumpers yes 15k odd but a good body shop should be able to repair them & make them work for less than half the cost unless they are in terrible shape.

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  • Misc : new headlamps, ?? Cost : 10k overall
New Headlamps - 3.5k each for Stanley's & around 2.5k each for Dempo's. Upgraded 100/90 Hella Gold Bulbs - 400rs. for 2 & 130/110 relay from Roots - 700rs.


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i would advice you to check with an authorised service center for the same though, they usually do the BETTER JOBS. I love that dark green though, and changing the colour of the car will affect the resale in future. Also, removing seats etc for painting the entire bodyshell and fitting the stuf back on seldom gives you the same finish.
I would disagree here. There are places which specialise in body work & are MUCH better than the dealers & more economical too. And if you're going in for a full respray/colour change then removing the complete interiors (except dashboard) gives much better results, it even helps in washing out all the grime/dirt/dust that your car has accumulated over the years in our conditions. It can even give you better than stock results.
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Paintjob: i would advice you to check with an authorised service center for the same though, they usually do the BETTER JOBS. I love that dark green though, and changing the colour of the car will affect the resale in future. Also, removing seats etc for painting the entire bodyshell and fitting the stuf back on seldom gives you the same finish.

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I would disagree with you here about the service centre doing a better paint job. The best painters in India or abroad are not the service centre's. In Mumbai for eg there is RIO, DC, Carmodernize, Mazda Motors to name just a few who are far superior. Yes they are more expensive as well but depends on what you want them to do.

Basically you can go to anyone who has a paint booth, trust me any painter investing upwards of 12lacs on a paint booth knows his job.

I have no arguments if you feel otherwise but out of curiosity which garage painter did you get work done from in the past that you were not satisfied with and did he have a paint booth. The names I have taken are the best and naturally more expensive than others. There are plenty of guys who have a booth and will do a repaint job(colour change) in 30-35k using only Standox paint and materials.for a midsize car(Honda, Lancer etc). Smaller cars will be cheaper. Also costs will vary from city to city.

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Old 5th April 2007, 12:07   #20
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Got a reference of a shop called Sai Colorium in JP Nagar - some of the finished cars there seemed very well done, and he does have a booth. Quote : 16k including fixing the bumper, the rattles from the dash and doors, denting, if I stick to the same colour. A colour change takes it upto 24k.

I guess that leaves the alloys - where and how does one source the Enkels(?) ? Am pretty convinced about 14" 190/60s. What brand ? Bstone Turanzas/Michelins ? Can the stock rims (still in good shape) be used for tubeless tyres if alloys turn out to be expensive ?

Audio - tried some good tapes (yes still have those) today - the (OEM) rears are still pretty good. Considering:
a) getting an Alpine cd changer (since the HU is a Honda branded Alpine)
b) using the rears at the front. Sorry if this is a dumb qn - but is this possible ? Its those round OEM thingys - no clue to what type etc - so just wondering.

This forum has been a huge help - iraghava, thanks a lot for your inputs bud.
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Hey checking this thread after sometime...

I got the Turanza GIII fitted on my existing rims...might go for the aura alloys in sometime...trying to save some money

Windshield scratches wont be treated by WS experts... they fix some minor cracks...but i have found a place where they fix the scratches.. but am getting mixed opinion on the same.. some say its a waste of money... and also not very safe.... now am very confused.. guess will have to go for the new ws:(
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Old 5th April 2007, 15:22   #22
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Lohith, Thanks. What did u pay for the Bstones ? Where from ? Considered other options ? Yeah, I basically want the windshield cleaned thoroughly more than anything else, I guess.
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I guess that leaves the alloys - where and how does one source the Enkels(?) ? Am pretty convinced about 14" 190/60s. What brand ? Bstone Turanzas/Michelins ? Can the stock rims (still in good shape) be used for tubeless tyres if alloys turn out to be expensive ?
For Enkei's the best option is to look around at a few tyre dealers for alloys off a VTEC whose owner might have fitted after-market rims on it. They are very hard to find though.

For tyres I would recommend the following:

Michelin Energy XM1 (since you don't drive too fast & are looking for more comfort this would be my ideal recommendation for your usage)
Yokohama ES100
Bridgestone Turanza

P.S. The size is 195/60 not 190!!

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iraghava, thanks a lot for your inputs bud.
No problem at all, nice to see somebody taking pains to restore their OHC If you need any further help feel free to ask.
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I think The Insurance company pays for the Re-painting costs if you get it done from ICI Dulux Auto Paints..! Not sure, But a few years back this was there..!
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@wolfinstein - really!! But this is not cause of any reportable damange but a full body paint!
@iraghava - thnx again! Truth be known, I do take her up to 140 on occasion when the road and traffic and car and I - we all feel perfect, and even at 80-120 I do love hitting the curves hard, breaking a little early and accelerating as I'm just past the apex. So handling is a biggie - though I think the 195s should enhance that over the stock experience anyhow.
How much do the Michelins and Yokohamas last ? My Duros on the bike did just about 12k, but of course, those were knobbies and had been through some tough moonscapes.

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@iraghava - thnx again! Truth be known, I do take her up to 140 on occasion when the road and traffic and car and I - we all feel perfect, and even at 80-120 I do love hitting the curves hard, breaking a little early and accelerating as I'm just past the apex. So handling is a biggie - though I think the 195s should enhance that over the stock experience anyhow.
How much do the Michelins and Yokohamas last ?
195's will be more than enough for your car & if it comes to pushing her well I push my car upto 170-190kmph regularly on my Michelin's, no problem there. Both should last you minimum 35-45k provided you don't screw up the suspension/alignment. My tyres have done 45k & will last another 2k or so.
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zenx-if you have not yet decided on the paint,midnight blue a is good color....
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Hey Zenx... i bought my Bstone turanza 3k per tyre....was keen on potenza's but turanza is an alrounder.. also driving comfort is more... low on noise..and these tyres can take good speeds -210kmph.....same with potenza..

i bought it from the BS showroom which is on marathalli ring road...few mins from marathalli towards sarjapur.. it comes on the left...you can contact Vijay...on 9845029712... he is pretty knowledgeable and has the patience to explain.....thats why i bought it from him... you can ref my name to him

& midnight blue is a lovely color... my car is of the same color...but same issues as blac... difficlut to maintain:(
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Lohith, what a coincidence. I just went to meet Vijay earlier this evening!!! yes he's very patient, and I'm tending towards the auras - they even seem to have more designs now, and you can get a 'spare' in case one cracks etc.
He did say the tho the Potenzas were cheaper till recently, the Turanzas have been expensive - and the best offer for either is 3600/- a piece if a set of 4 is bought. Way more than 3!! :(
Anyone used any of Roadstone/Federal/Goodyear/Pirelli/JK - various people recommended those. The Goodyears are "Ventura"s I think - offered at 2900/-

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Sameer, alloys dont crack as easily as you probably think, and even if you land up with a cracked one, its not an issue to get a 'single' piece for a reputed brand like BSA, HR, etc
Do not fall for the dealer talk on the aura and neo wheels, atleast not without having a look at other brands.
And, if you're going in for 15 inchers, Yokohama AVS sport would be great tyres, about 3k a piece.

Viper, Ishan: you guys are probably correct about the paint job etc, just that i ve had a pleasant experience on the couple of occasions my cars have needed to go to the authorised guys for a touchup, and, its not been the same, or as good with individual garages.
RIO, DC, etc are exhorbitant, i'm sure you agree with that.

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