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Old 03-15-2017, 10:30 PM   #41
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Not a bad idea. Maybe find some nice diamond quilted fabric or microsuede (even a thin, simple blanket with the right pattern could end up looking better than stock). The part next to the seat won't be visible anyway, but you will notice it next to your legs. Since the rear seat isn't graced with an arm rest, you could even run it all the way to the rear seat back (one less edge-seam to worry about).


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Old 03-16-2017, 12:38 AM   #42
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Not a bad idea. Maybe find some nice diamond quilted fabric or microsuede (even a thin, simple blanket with the right pattern could end up looking better than stock). The part next to the seat won't be visible anyway, but you will notice it next to your legs. Since the rear seat isn't graced with an arm rest, you could even run it all the way to the rear seat back (one less edge-seam to worry about).


Now the multi-million dollar question is how do I bind it to the carpet.

Edit: After googling, it "looks" like a Hot Glue Gun will do the trick.

What do you think of this?


And also how should I border it? Maybe make a Carpet Bind like this? (the edge that goes around the carpet)

and tuck the quilted leather under the carpet and glue it in place?

or..

Bind the quilted fabric and put it over the carpet glueing it at the edge with the fabric over the carpet?

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Old 03-16-2017, 05:04 AM   #43
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The edge of the carpet is pretty ragged. I would drape the quilted stuff over the carpeting. If you can use the natural border (or fold the edge over and sew your own, or have someone do it for you--it's not hard on a sewing machine).

I would not use hot glue, as that stuff will make a mess and if it isn't high-temp only, it will melt in a hot car. A heavy needle and thread should work. You could probably even hook some kind of safety pins behind it, and that would hold things just fine. Remember, the front seats, the center console, and even gravity will be holding it down too.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:40 AM   #44
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Okay so more progress, and ideas for the carpet issue.

The interior has mostly taken shape with the exception of the dashboard components, upper dash and I haven't installed the front seats (purposely to reserve the amount of room I have to work with.) I installed the LED's in the dome light and the courtesy lights in the rear view mirror. I like them MUCH better than stock. So much brighter yet also more refined. I will need to note..for those looking to do this, it wasn't a direct fit. The LED's from superbrightled's.com 's connectors were smaller than the stock bulb so I had to improvise. I ended up soldering larger metal caps onto the connector ends of the bulbs to make them fit properly. So far it seems to be doing fine. Hope it remains that way. Installed the replacement headliner, only to find it too has the same issue where it sags slightly in the front, although not as bad as the previous headliner. I'm not going to worry about it. Nothing is perfect.

-- Received my leather material for the center console door, the parking brake and the shifter.
-- Installed LED's in the courtesy lights of the rear view mirror
-- Installed replacement headliner
-- All trim except the A-Arms and center console has been re-installed.
-- Installed my USB Power outlet / Cigarette lighter replacement.


USB power charger.


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Leather shift boot, center console, parking brake trim.

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Interior LED's


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Old 03-19-2017, 03:16 PM   #45
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NEED OPINIONS

Issue #1 - The carpet error.
I've been thinking long and hard as to how I'm going to correct this and wanted to get some final opinions (and instructions) before I begin. I cut the carpet near the transmission tunnel / center console too short so the body of the car will be exposed. I have several options to fix this...

#1 Leather wrap the center console and a excess layer "skirt" down the driver and passenger sides so it will cover the body and meet the carpet using a binded and orange stitches, use large black tacs to attach the leather and carpet together

#2 Black Quilted leather sheet with a orange stitched binded edge at the carpet, sewed or stapled to the carpet and tucked UNDER the center console (taking the same route as the carpet would have)

#3 Re-use my excess carpet, staple down both ends of carpet to extend it, have a <black-orange-black> leather strip with a beveled orange/white stitching ontop of the bind between the two carpet strips either tac'd with back tacs or sewed together.

#4 Replace the carpet, have a professional do it, eat the cost, get charcoal grey color.. atleast it will all be done right.
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Issue #2 - The Steering wheel
I was at first thinking of going with a C6 steering wheel but to get all of the steering wheel controls to work I'm going to have to do alot of wiring and I'll also need a 00 - 02 F-Body clock spring as my F-Body did NOT come with steering wheel controls. On top of which I'll need an adapter so it will work with my actual head-unit and cruise control, ect. All of this will easily add another 2 months to completing my car, but I have to admit having that "flat side" on the bottom of the wheel on my 6th Gen really makes a difference and I intend on auto-crossing this car once in awhile.

Is it worth it to upgrade to the C6 Wheel?

#1. Yes, although there will be ALOT of work involved, you won't look back.
#2. No, for the costs, time and effort involved just keep your F-Body wheel and leather wrap it.
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Opinion #3 - Lighting
I wanted to add some LED light bars into the interior but don't want to make it look ricey so they will be hidden in the foot wells and just add a glow to the vehicle. I was going to add a drivers and passenger side LED bar in the front, drivers and passenger side planted under near the seat in the rear, and two attached to the sail panels in the hatch.. What colors should I go with?

#1 Hyper White, Although the car is orange, Hyper white goes well with my dark interior theme and will provide additional lighting on top of the mirror LED's and dome light.

#2 Orange, stay close to the car's color scheme.

#3 Multi-color, you can change them whenever you like.

#4 Drop the idea, Light bars belong in Honda's.
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Opinion #4 - Automotive Alarm and Anti-theft / GPS tracking & disabling.
I wanted to add remote start to the vehicle along with an alarm system / GPS and possibly remote shut-down if this is possible. I looked around and I'm thinking the only thing with remote shutdown is Onstar, or atleast directly...
I was thinking hypothetically if there were some way a switch could be wired into a module which had connection to an internet source (Cradlepoint, or Mobile Hotspot installed in the car) then said switch could be remotely activated or deactivated and ultimately you could remotely deactivate the fuel pump when you come outside and your car is missing. I'm sure there's other ways, auto dealers use this kind of stuff all the time to detur you from making late payments. The remote system could be triggered by the car alarm going off or by the ignition starting. If the alarm goes off, automatically the fuel pump would be disabled. If not then (along with remote video monitoring --(I intend on adding a DVR to this vehicle, too many idiots driving near me)-- you can monitor where the vehicle is at any given time and disable it at a safe location.

Should I do this, and if so any recommendation as to what vendors/devices I should use?
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Opinion #5 - Internet source.
I've been using my mobile hotspot on my phone through T-Mobile (shoot me) to provide service to my Android Headunit. Problem is, when I leave a major city or go into a rural area, even on the interstate...good bye data service. I did not have this problem with AT&T. I would much prefer that my car had its own data account though. I was thinking of just putting my Android Headunit on a data plan. Only issue is if I do, anything else in the car that may need service will have to connect to its mobile hotspot. I could instead install a mobile hotspot from any carrier and any physical device besides my radio could be connected via ethernet... what service should I go with regardless of what I choose?

Thanks.
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#3. I would go with the hyper white lights.
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#3. I would go with the hyper white lights.
Here's what I'm debating on.
From theretrofitsource, I can grab their MORIMOTO XSB LED's which light up white or amber depending on their input. They can be wired to the courtesy lights (white) and light up white when I open the door or trunk and also be wired to a manual switch (amber) to turn them amber while I'm driving.
OR...
I can go for the MORIMOTO XBT RGB LED Strips. They can change color and are bluetooth controlled. They can default to white when the door is open but change colors with the control of a switch. I can use Orange instead of Amber and I can also control their color and activate them with my Android headunit making them seem more integrated with the car.

I'm also going to completely have my headlights redone but thats another project.
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The XSBs are going to be really bright. It is a good idea if you want two color choices, which just happen to be white and orange in your case, but you will need a filter on them if you are going to drive the car around like that at night. They might be okay if you use short ones as indirect light in the foot wells, but they will cause glare if they are behind you.

EDIT: Also, I vote "yes" on the new steering wheel. You touch it every time you get into the car, and the entire time you are driving it. That old two-spoke tiller is a buzzkill. Get the new wheel, you won't regret it.
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Well...I guess that brings me to a whole new saga, and probably the most challenging yet.. replacing the steering wheel and adding steering wheel controls to a car that previously did not have them. I guess while I'm here I can address the bright light switch too. I was alittle afraid of tackling this but I didn't think I'd ever beable to replace (and upgrade) a window regulator either... this...is going to be one interesting car that I'll probably drive once in a blue moon after its done lol...

So here's the plan.. First I need to run a new power source into the interior. A main power line that will handle my interior LED's, Alarm, DVR, GPS tracking capabilities, and other accessories... P.S. yes, I did find a way to remotely disable the vehicle so long as its in cellular range...and it won't be extremely expensive to implement either.

Main power would probably be a thicker gauge wire and it would always be hot. The alarm, GPS, and the LED controller would always receive power. (LED controller has to always receive power or it loses its memory and defaults to white, I spoke to theretrofit about this). The DVR and other accessories, only when ignition is on.

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