98 ZX2: Mellowness65(many pics)

I bought my car in August 2006 as a cheap college car with good economy. At the time it had been previously owned by an elderly couple and was a grocery getter and not much else. It had 35k on it and was in fairly good shape. The options list was small: 14" alloys and atx:mad: I wasn’t concerned in the least about modding, but I got a cd player and some vinyl floormats because my stockers were disgusting. I also thought about getting the factory spoiler, thank God I didnt do that
Then:

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Late fall I joined teamzx2, looked around some, didn’t really care about any of it and didn’t really become active til early spring. I got 17" rims from a friend, got an iceman from dropt, and visited mac for some leather seats 8)

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mm tractor

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it should also be noted i drove over a curb(intentionally) and cleared it easily on stock suspension
later on in summer of '07 I got tinted windows, not much else. Fall I bought parts, installed a partial dark charcoal interior from zx2guy, winter 07 I put sr struts and dropzone springs on, didn’t get many pics

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Spring 08 I found an sr cluster and got a cf overlay from zx2guy

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stripped and powdercoated my valve cover, installed a superchip and new plugs and ford racing wires, on premium gas i saw over 40 mpg highway

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won an sr steering wheel off ebay for a carryover

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Bought a parts car in April, got it for power windows, power locks, and cruise. I figured it’d plug in, unfortunately said plugs weren’t present on my car, so a whole wiring harness was going to have to be swapped. and so it began

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summer pics

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I got used to the mx3 seat while I had my good seats out, so I’m still rocking it:goofy:

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I’m waiting for my good cruse control wheel to show up and I’ll have that in too

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Interior is done for the most part, I inverted my two tone and swapped vents to mix it in better

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This fall:
Got some better pics of my car the last few weeks, just my current projects

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Gunmetal Tails from AZN

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Got my calipers back, I rebuilt 1 last night

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rebuild kits

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like everything, JDM matterz y0

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Caliper guts

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raw parts preview of finished brakes

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Couple pics, I haven’t finished any of my projects so hey why not start some more?

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New pics from today, I waxed the car over Thanksgiving so the water was beading pretty well

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Future Plans:
CF Trunk
CF SPC
CF Wiper Cowl
CF Wing :mrgreen:
Install header(hotshot)
2.5" exhaust
New(Redone) Seats
Install Black Headlights
Paint & Install WW kit
New Wheels
Better Intake
Put in MTX swap w/ LSD & 5th Gear Swap & NGP0
TWM
Probably '99 S/R Shift Knob(have both years)
Speakers
Glass Fenders
Install Fogs
Focus Head
Install Rear Disc
M3 Mirrors

Always liked your car bro. Its clean and love that color. What kind of camera are you using. It is great on close up’s.

thanks man I appreciate it
the camera is an Olympus Stylus, I think it’s an 830 but I forget at the moment
It has a lot of fancy settings I haven’t used much of, but it has a close up setting and a super close up setting where if it’s more than about 6" from the lens it’s too far away, I used the both for different shots and I think they came out well

Oh i have that on my Kodak C813…not sure how to use that stuff yet…haha I am noob. So is this still your daily driver or fun car?

yea I’m not sure how to work half the stuff on my camera either, I’m just learning as i go(checked and the official name is “Stylus 830 All-Weather”) so I’m repping the camera noob title with pride :sunglasses:
this is my only running car so it’s the fun/daily/roadtrip/college car and I’ve put almost 40k on it in two and a half years(that number surprises me). I got it with 35k on it and now it’s in the low 70k’s

Do the MTX swap now! :slight_smile:. I love the wet carbon fiber hood when it was wet. I saved that as my background. Hope you dont mind!

Does look great even being a daily driver. It should last you awhile as long as you take care of it. Have you thought about doing a mtx swap?

Yeah I’ve thought about it, I already have a B&M I want to upgrade to a TWM, I have a 98 tranny that I want to do a fifth gear swap in, all the various pieces, S/R master cylinder that’ll be right when I put my rear discs on, I’m getting a used centerforce(~1k miles), I’ve paid the deposit for a MFactory LSD, I have NGP0 for the pcm, S/R shift knobs and the 99 look-alike, I’ll use that if I go TWM, ES tranny mounts, ES shifter inserts, probably gonna get a Fiddy as well. I’m a firm believer of doing things right the first time so I don’t have to do it twice :mrgreen:

Nice car, clean and off to a good start.

Nice CF hood…wonder hwo brought it to ya??? :o

was this the same one you had on your car kevin?

the cf hood fairy:)

It was one of the two I’ve had… :lol:

I had an Invader back around a year and a half ago…it was HondaStompers. Since his car is (still) down, I borrowed it and drove around with it on before I added my WW kit. I took it back to him earlier this year and then ended up purchasing Mellow’s CF hood for him and had it on for a week or so until I got it to him.

I’ve always loved the pics of the car in the rain!! <3 the car itself, really clean!

update
N.O.S./Reclear’d/used

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“Blacked” inner turns

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Everything mounted up

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Attachment points: 98-02 foglight w/ correct hardware

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Attachment points: 98-02 Inner turn w/ correct hardware

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Also reinstalled my fender liners I took out in June or July when I did my harness swap. Bumper paint/dye so hopefully they won’t go gray

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FUCK YEAAA

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Couple new underhood shots, all that’s changed is the valve cover vent has been replaced(I think? lol)

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looks good…did you do it out in the cold?

haha yeah, it was balls cold but foggy for like a week so I wasn’t going to wait
I managed to wash the car today, after the trip last weekend it was super dirty:(
Pics
All washed up

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New Lights :sunglasses:

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I forgot the spare weatherstrips at school but its not a big deal I don’t think. Anyways, I’ll put them back on before I sell the set. The set I took off(98’s) and plan on redoing to keep:

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