I beg to differ and find this comment mildly prejudicial. Simply because we have jobs does not make things any different. Some of us with jobs STILL have to save up to do even the cheapest of mods, of which I am one of them. I spray painted my wheels at work on my own time, got a discount on tinted windows through the dealership and bought a black emblem from the parts dept. The only items I spent alot of money on were my PIAA headlight and foglight bulbs but even then I had to save up.hey,
all these guys here have jobs, the're crazy. I, on the other hand, dont. bout 50% of my E modded via chump change from scholarship money.
first off, the cheapest mods you can do on your E first are the
cleared headlight mod: where the orange inside your headlight is removed via baking
eyelids: by the way i just did it with automotive tape.
rear wiper delete mod: which for ten bucks, you get the 95 civic wiper delete plug and just use it in place of your wiper to make the back smooth.
stickers: careful what they say
lowering springs: used go for about 150
speakers: used, you can find Alpine R coaxials for 50 bucks a pair on craigslist. its fun to learn to wire it yourself too. the element is built like legos. everything can be disassembled
amplifiers and head units: craigslist. you can trade, you can buy, you can barter.
Grilleguy.com: cheap but professional looking grill mods. i got the denali grill on. for 25 bucks
Shift knob mod: remove the shift knob and make your own. i used a munny monkey for a shift knob.
nerf bars: on a lucky day on ebay, you will find them for 100. brand new.
smoked lights: get a 10 dollar can of smoke spray you get at a super autobacs or some import autosports store.
I did the SC "Element" emblem swap (it's black coloured) and it looks awesome on my NBP hatch. Thinking of spray painting the rear emblem to match now so there's no chrome at the back other than the exhaust tip .The grill guard, while cheap, doesn't do much for looks. Roof rack - unless you make your own, it won't be unique. Stripping off the emblem or headlight color - others have done that. Bigger rims - big bucks. Meaty tires - there are dozens of threads on the topic.
I agree with the wheels comment. I painted mine myself with flat black shop paint and they look nice. I got tire shine on the wheels one time and for fun I sprayed some on a cloth and gave them a nice wipe over. Turned out awesome and makes them look a bit shinier so now when I shine the tires I let it overspray onto the wheel and give it a wipe too.To me the best way to make your car look unique is with a set of aftermarket wheels (painting your stock wheels can also work).
Tinting your windows just makes it look like about 50% of the cars on the road.
whoa, i didnt say rush it or make it look like crap. just take your time and hound ebay and craigslist until something turns up. its all screws or tape, any automotive parts are interchangeable. just look here and there and do what works best for you. and yea, the term "you get what you pay for" is more than true. but that doesnt mean it should stop you from saving a few bucks when you see you can do it. what you cant make up in money, your gonna have to make up in your own craftsmanship and time. like all my audio equipment, i think i spent 3 months just hounding audioshops that are going out of business and looking for lightly used equipment on craigslist. some guy going to iraq gave me his JLw6v2 12 inch woofer for 100 bucks cause he just wanted some fast cash. i spent another 3 figuring out how to disassemble my E so i can wire it and how electricity works. smoked lights, if you buy the spray, yea, they go out in like half a year. but if you havnt got the money for a proper smoke, too bad, just spray it on, wipe it off with goof off in 6 months and spray again. the headlight mod.make sure you take the proper steps and seal it well. my headlights are still dry after 3 years.Automotive tape for eyelids looks ok from a distance but cheap from up close. And taillight spray wears over time and may be illegal in some states.
I'm sorry to sound harsh here but I've been in the Honda performance/show car scene since 1998 and I have seen both "cheap" mods and "expensive" mods and in the end, it's not about the price but rather how your vehicle looks when you are done. If something costs $100 and looks nice, but there is another way to do the same modification for 1/4 the price and have it look just as nice, then I say go for it 100%. But there are lots of things I see people do in a hurry or to simply try and be different and things just end up looking like crap.
Moral of my long-winded story...don't rush things or do them half-ass to simply show off, stand out or be different. It's fine to want to be different and I am the same way with my vehicles, but take your time, think things through and just know it's better to save for an extra month or two to get something nice.