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Old 14th July 2008, 17:58   #1
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I have a 2000 model Maruti 800 5 Speed MPi which is being used primarily by my wife and occasionally by me. Mostly used in city and once in a while on highways. It recently crossed 80,500 Kms mark.

I am planning to restore it to its original state while enhancing few things. I am not planning to modify it. Though it has served us for more than 80K + Kms, it’s in good state. Has got few dents and scratches all around when my wife was learning to drive. There is absolutely no need to do anything to interiors. As it’s 5 Speed MPi, I plan to keep this car for years to come as a city runabout.

These are the things I plan to do –

1. Denting & Painting overcoat from outside – Original white.

2. New bumpers – Body coloured.

3. Body coloured door handles.

4. Matt black window frames and B pillar.

5. Matt black on front grill and on garnish below headlights.

6. Headlight and Taillight polishing as in -clearing your headlights and polishing

7. New tinted front windshield (Current one has a scratch caused by worn out wiper)

8. New tubeless tyres.

9. Front two door power windows.

10. Alloys.

11. Engine maintenance work as necessary at the time.

I plan to start the work in about month’s time from now. Attached are the pics of current state of car. The beige door panels are DIY job done by me recently.

Your suggestions / recommendations are most welcome. Rather, inviting your valuable inputs is the purpose of this thread.
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Congrats, you have a really good well maintained 800. Feels good to see people taking care of their cars.

On a personal note, I would suggest to keep the bumpers and door handles black to retain the originality that you car already has in plenty. All the best
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I have a 5 Speed M800 too. I upgraded the tyres to 145/80R12 Bridgestone Turanza and I highly recommend it.

Search for a thread on the same by ram.
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Really well maintained car you have got there. I think Body colored bumpers will definitely enhance its look and thats what you might be looking for and would recommend it for sure.
Regarding Alloys, as the stock wheel size is 12", i would recommend the same 12" alloys with gopz suggested tyres. I know its difficult to get 12" alloys but i think Aura or Neo does have them.

All the best in your upgradation and your ride certainly deserves for being so well maintained.
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Here are some pics of my friends car, Just for a few ideas as to what you can do to your car.
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Wow.. nice looking interiors.. Is that dashboard is custom made? it doesn't seems to be M800 dashboard.
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Wow egangsta! A very well maintained ride with excellent interiors and the Plati 12" alloys look neat and trim too. This would definitely encourage Bouncer to surge ahead with his plans.
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Wow.. nice looking interiors.. Is that dashboard is custom made? it doesn't seems to be M800 dashboard.
That is the original dashboard. Just been Painted.
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Here are some pics of my friends car, Just for a few ideas as to what you can do to your car.
Lost for words. Neat neat job. Tastefuly done and not at all overdone. Appreciate if you could share some exterior pics as well.
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I have a 2000 model Maruti 800 5 Speed MPi which is being used primarily by my wife and occasionally by me. Mostly used in city and once in a while on highways. It recently crossed 80,500 Kms mark.
Hi, I am also owner of 2003, June model MPFI 800 AC.

In my view 800 look great in its simplicity. I have seen so many 800 with body coloured bumper. The aftermarket colouring do not last long on bumper. Once it starts coming out the looks of 800 become deteriorated. Only in 2001 when MUL launched speacial edition 800 with OE body coloured bumper which really last long.

Also I do not suggest you to go for body coloured doon handle unless you find one already painted in the accesories shop.

Rest all your planned modification looked fine.

I suggest you few more thing

Opt for Osram Nightbreaker headlamp bulb. This will increase visibility during night. This is standard 60/55 watt halogen bulb, No need to change wiring, relay etc.

Do not go for 100/90 headlamp as it would strain on electricals fitting in the car as the battery rating is merely 35 Ah at the max.

Some good horn as I see performance of OE horn drastically detriorates after 3 - 4 years.

Get Bosch Wiper blades for your new winshield. Information is available in Team-BHP.
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Wow!

This M-800's interior surely looks very neat and elegant.
Definitely something very inspiring for fellow M-800 owners.

Regards,
Jaspreet Singh
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Old 16th July 2008, 17:32   #12
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Thanks dinu, gopz, vj for your suggestions.

Thanks egangsta for those inspiring pics. Your friend has done a fantastic job with those interiors.

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The aftermarket colouring do not last long on bumper. Once it starts coming out the looks of 800 become deteriorated. Only in 2001 when MUL launched speacial edition 800 with OE body coloured bumper which really last long.

Do not go for 100/90 headlamp as it would strain on electricals fitting in the car as the battery rating is merely 35 Ah at the max.

Some good horn

Get Bosch Wiper blades for your new winshield. Information is available in Team-BHP.
anuj, IMHO there is no problem in aftermarket paintjob for bumpers, what matters is how professionally one does it. It requires treating the plastics with mild sanding etc, application of plastic primer coat is very important and the actual paint should be of good quality viz. Dupont etc. Same for door handles. That's why we see difference between those quick+cheap paintjobs and OE paintjob you mention on limited edition 800s.

I am already using 100/90 Phillips Rally haedlight bulbs with Roots relay and wiring harness for last 2.5 years in my 800. No problem there at all.

Also using Roots windtones for same amount of time.

Yes, will go for bosch aerotwin wipers if available for 800.
Thanks for inputs.
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If you intend to replace the battery, go in for a 45AH battery. Yes, it is possible to fit it in an 800, and I have fit it in my car. Especially if you have 100/90 bulbs and plan to install amps, etc. Even otherwise, its better to install a 45Ah battery.

I have confirmed with a Maruti trainer that the alternator can surely handle a 45AH battery and once in 6 months he advised trickle charge at the MASS.
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really cool interiors for the M-800.Good job on the pics egangsta.
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Question Power Windows

I need power windows on front doors of my M800. Any suggestions on the same? Which make should be fine? Autocop or RD?
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