Inexpensive/Cheap upgrades

Discussion in 'Detailing Topic' started by SMCZ28, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. SMCZ28

    SMCZ28 Veteran Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    United States
    I've been wanting to make this thread for a while now because lately I've been seeing some cool inexpensive/cheap upgrades.

    Something like:


    Ford dome light which is 20 bucks
    3rd brake light which can be 20-30 bucks
    painting the rear tail lights all red/black or cover them with the tail light vinyl.
    Painting the headlight bezels which can be 4 or 8 bucks.
    Painting your wheels which can be done for 8 or 12 bucks
    Painting your interior for maybe 20 or more.
    Painting your grills 4 or 8 bucks
    Painting your calipers/drums 4-8 bucks
    Buying relays to make your headlights brighter 15 bucks
    Buying headlights so you can install H4 bulbs 30-50 bucks depending on your choice.
    Changing the gear knob either it being MT/AT "I would like to find a nice T gear knob for my AT"
    A simple detail job inside and out.
    Changing the mats 20 bucks or more depending on your choice
    Cleaning the engine bay
    Painting the engine bay
    Painting the fender wells
    Painting the trunk
    Painting the door handle
    Painting the key lock bezel
    Painting the gauge bezel
    Painting the turn signal bulbs to a silver/chrome color "I forget what the paint is called but when the bulb flashes it still flashes amber."
    Spark plugs
    Spark plug wires
    Painting the radiator cover
    Painting the fender support bars

    "I have a lot of cheap ideas that include painting lol"


    Lowering the front of your car with moog springs 100 bucks shocks would be 100 more
    Lowering the back of your car with "brand here" leaf springs for 200 or more shocks 100 more
    WS6 sway bars front and rear I can get for 20 or 40
    Trunk lid with 3 piece spoiler I got for 60.
    Powder coating your window trim I think 100 or more.
    Speaker kick panels from 1971Camaroguy

    Stuff like that.

    That's all I can think of for now, if you have any inexpensive/cheap upgrades that someone can do post it here! What I personally consider cheap is 0-50 bucks. Inexpensive 100 to 500 depending on what it is.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2013
  2. rooster9376

    rooster9376 Veteran Member

    Dec 5, 2011
    Powder coating the window trim

    That is an excellent idea I just repainted mine a couple of years ago and they already chalked up from sun exposure...
  3. KEVS79

    KEVS79 Veteran Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    I am planning on using Plastidip on mine.....worth a shot to see if it lasts.
  4. KEVS79

    KEVS79 Veteran Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    All great ideas BTW!!
  5. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Bloomington, MN
    LED dash lights can be done for about $15.

    LED dome light panel in the original housing for $5. :D
  6. rooster9376

    rooster9376 Veteran Member

    Dec 5, 2011
    I changed my dome light to match the footwell lighting I was installing. I wish I had used warm white instead of super bright white but I guess it will look good when I'm done installing the footwell lighting. The factory dome light will kill a battery quick. It sucks a lot of juice.
  7. rooster9376

    rooster9376 Veteran Member

    Dec 5, 2011
    I started putting leds in the dash...The only one I changed was the wiper and it flickers...The contacts on the leds I bought are a pain to make contact.
  8. Mike76Rally

    Mike76Rally Veteran Member

    Jan 6, 2013
    Canon City, CO
    You can get your wheels powdercoated instead of painted, the plus being better chip resistance
  9. 71flh

    71flh Veteran Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    New brakes doing one end (start at the front), then the other a few weeks later. Best thing bar none.

    Open the hood w/ the engine running at night and fix any crossfiring.
  10. Wheeler79

    Wheeler79 Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    I agree, LED dash lights and dome can be done for $15 and make a massive difference. For $25 you can install white dials and paint the needles. Again a massive difference

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