JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread - Page 52 - Chevy Impala Forums

It appears you have not yet registered with our community. To register please click here...

Chevy Impala Forums

Go Back   Chevy Impala Forums > General Discussion > Recent Mods/Weekly Updates

Recent Mods/Weekly Updates Done something to your ride lately? Painted or dipped something? Added or Removed anything? Show and Tell here!

User Tag List

Like Tree67Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 04-26-2018   #766 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
Stumbled upon this little amp today - this thing is *really* nice for $200! 45Wx4 RMS, auto time-alignment, auto-gain, "auto-tuning" via 40-band equalizer via a microphone (just like home receivers do), can be powered via head-unit power wires etc. This is like the Alpine KTP-445U only way better! For about the same price... I'd snag this in a second if I didn't already have the Alpine...

https://www.kicker.com/key-smart-amplifier

Very, very cool little amp!!

jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2018   #767 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
Some pictures of the new TS-D1730C woofers (the yellow ones) mounted in my Hummer speaker brackets (love those brackets!!) - as well as some comparison shots between the TS-D1730C woofers and the TS-D1702R coaxials they are replacing...








04Imp38 likes this.

jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-28-2018   #768 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
Wow - I honestly didn't think that it was possible for 6.75" speakers to provide clearer, harder bass than the Pioneer TS-D1702R coaxial speakers provided (at least at this price point)... But these TS-D1730C components provide ever *better* bass than the coaxials did! The bass from these things is absolutely amazing. I'm sure the sound deadening that I did in the doors have a big role in this, but "damn"!

Absolutely love these D-series speakers... I'm torn about what to do with the "old" coaxials (TS-D1702R)... They are such good speakers considering the cost. Not sure if I should just hang on to them or sell them to another lucky forum member for an excellent price...

I was a little weary of going with the TS-D1730C's as some people said that the quality level went down a little since the last version (TS-D1720C), but I am thrilled with these things... I would never guess that 45Wx4 RMS from my little Alpine amp could sound so good and so "powerful".

jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-18-2019   #769 (permalink)
Member
 
sidemouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Thanks: 8
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by silver4door View Post
That's a neat little setup you've got there. A lot better than my work station (a piece of plywood on top of a stack of tires lol).
Oh damn and I thought I was the only one who did that.

sidemouse is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-18-2019   #770 (permalink)
Member
 
sidemouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Thanks: 8
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtrosky View Post
Don't see a pic of the Impala wheel, @Ryd... But I think I've decided to go with the black outline bowties. I can always change later if I want (they're pretty cheap)...

Also thinking about putting black lug nuts on (instead of the stock chrome lugnuts)... Anyone have any thoughts on that (there is just something about the 'black and chrome' color combination that is hard to beat!).

Sent from my Hi10 pro using Tapatalk
I personally don't like the bowties in that sense, everyone knows at first sight what that means...
I prefer badges that identify the car in a more subtle fashion.
Here's how I did the back and sides on mine (first two pics are 'before'):
Attached Thumbnails
JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread-img_6011.jpg   JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread-img_6014.jpg   JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread-img_6012.jpg   JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread-img_6013.jpg   JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread-img_6016.jpg  


sidemouse is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2019   #771 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
Not my Impala, but wanted to share a picture of my 2018 Challenger GT after removing the stock 19" wheels/tires (sorta black'ish wheels with an ugly design) and replacing them with some 18" Challenger wheels/tires - and then installing chrome wheel skins. The chrome wheel skins really take these stock 18" wheels to a whole different level (if you like chrome). :-)

It was starting to get dark yesterday when I took the pictures, so they're not the best, but you get the idea... For $85, these chrome wheel skins are the cheapest way to drastically change the way your wheels look (I have chrome wheel skins on the 17" charger wheels I put on my Impala as well)...





Love the look of this car - espeically now that I have some 5-spoke chrome wheels on it. :-)

jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2019   #772 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
Here were the stock 19" wheels/tires, just for comparison... To me, there is no comparison. :-)

That being said, I do have some 19" wheels with almost brand new (5k miles) Michelin tires on them if anyone is interested. :-)

sheila likes this.

jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2019   #773 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
12 lt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,026
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 233 Post(s)
Thanks: 71
Thanked 85 Times in 80 Posts
Garage
From what I can see I actually like the stock rims on that car over the chrome. The new tires do look more "beefy" though.

Do you still have your impala?

__________________
My 6 year constantly asks why. What adults can learn from 5 and 6 year olds, to listen with your ears and mind open. Hard to learn when you don't listen ......
12 lt is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2019   #774 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
I actually *hate* the stock rims. I couldn't get them off of there quick enough. :-) Just goes to show how different people like different things though. I've never been a fan of black/dark wheels. They're for sale if you are interested - really nice Michelin's on them too! :-)

I'm old and prefer chrome over black by *far* - espeically for wheels. They actually do also make black wheel skins for this particular wheel, but there is no way I'm going to a black wheel - just don't like it. I *still* get compliments on the "chrome" wheels on my Impala (almost exact same design) - mostly from older people, but some really young people as well. Just "different strokes for different folks", I guess. :-)

I see this same thing over and over again - most younger folks like black wheels, big wheels, super-low-profile tires and lowered vehicles. I'm the exact opposite. I like a nice big sidewall, plenty of "gap" between the tire and fender and even the "jacked up" look where the rear is higher than the front. Very "old school" look. :-)

Yes, I still have the Impala. It's now the "wifes car" - and the Challenger is my daily-driver. Loving it so far.
2016LimtedLTZ and kbz1960 like this.


Last edited by jtrosky; 03-20-2019 at 02:46 PM..
jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2019   #775 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
plano-doug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Plano, Texas
Posts: 2,481
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 366 Post(s)
Thanks: 130
Thanked 361 Times in 337 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtrosky View Post
I see this same thing over and over again - most younger folks like black wheels, big wheels, super-low-profile tires and lowered vehicles.
The new trend that gets me is the satin finish. Not just black wheels, but satin black. And the satin finishes are now on the rest of the car as well.

Every once in a while, I'll see one that I like, but for the most part, I keep thinking it's supposed to be shiny, not dull. Then I wonder if, with a buffer and some rubbing compound, could I convert the satin to gloss
...
The olive drab color used on Army vehicles has a fairly dull finish, by design, to reduce reflections that might give away the vehicle's stealth. But in movies and TV shows over the years, I've often seen where the general's jeep had a good luster on it The guys in the motor pool must have waxed and buffed it out.

When it comes to paint jobs, I prefer the general's jeep

Doug

.
USN24 likes this.

__________________
_

If your socket set is all the same brand, you might be a city slicker.

.
plano-doug is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2019   #776 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
12 lt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,026
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 233 Post(s)
Thanks: 71
Thanked 85 Times in 80 Posts
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtrosky View Post
I actually *hate* the stock rims. I couldn't get them off of there quick enough. :-) Just goes to show how different people like different things though. I've never been a fan of black/dark wheels. They're for sale if you are interested - really nice Michelin's on them too! :-)

I'm old and prefer chrome over black by *far* - espeically for wheels. They actually do also make black wheel skins for this particular wheel, but there is no way I'm going to a black wheel - just don't like it. I *still* get compliments on the "chrome" wheels on my Impala (almost exact same design) - mostly from older people, but some really young people as well. Just "different strokes for different folks", I guess. :-)

I see this same thing over and over again - most younger folks like black wheels, big wheels, super-low-profile tires and lowered vehicles. I'm the exact opposite. I like a nice big sidewall, plenty of "gap" between the tire and fender and even the "jacked up" look where the rear is higher than the front. Very "old school" look. :-)

Yes, I still have the Impala. It's now the "wifes car" - and the Challenger is my daily-driver. Loving it so far.
Will be 50 in a couple months, so not by any means a youngster. Just differences in preference. Chrome has its place and nothing against chrome at all.

Personally I prefer the contrast, I wanted a midnight edition hd truck but more I thought about it I think I would rather have charcoal gray/graphite metallic and swap to the 18 inch midnight rims. Now looking at the 2020's seriously do NOT like the chevy front end, but the gmc's are not too bad.

Our mineral gray durango limited had 20 inch polished chrome wheels on it before we bought it, I got a grand knocked off the price to go to standard 5 spoke aluminum rims. Looked too blingy with the 20's for me anyway and tire prices for 20's were significantly higher.
plano-doug likes this.

__________________
My 6 year constantly asks why. What adults can learn from 5 and 6 year olds, to listen with your ears and mind open. Hard to learn when you don't listen ......
12 lt is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-20-2019   #777 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by plano-doug View Post
The new trend that gets me is the satin finish. Not just black wheels, but satin black. And the satin finishes are now on the rest of the car as well.

Every once in a while, I'll see one that I like, but for the most part, I keep thinking it's supposed to be shiny, not dull. Then I wonder if, with a buffer and some rubbing compound, could I convert the satin to gloss
Agreed - the spoiler on my all white car is that satin black, along with the fuel cap door - I wish the spolier was white like the rest of the car - and I will be changing the gas cap door to chrome to match the wheels (they have both chrome and black versions of the gas cap door). But at least the roof and/or hood isn't the satin black - I never "got" that look at all! :-) But hey, we're making progress - at least the satin black has some sort of "sheen" - it's better than the flat-black craze before it!


Quote:
Originally Posted by 12 lt View Post
Will be 50 in a couple months, so not by any means a youngster. Just differences in preference. Chrome has its place and nothing against chrome at all.

Personally I prefer the contrast, I wanted a midnight edition hd truck but more I thought about it I think I would rather have charcoal gray/graphite metallic and swap to the 18 inch midnight rims. Now looking at the 2020's seriously do NOT like the chevy front end, but the gmc's are not too bad.
I agree - it's just a preference difference - the "older people like chrome and younger people like black" is just a generalization - there are always exceptions. Just what I've seen for the most part - by no means is it any type of "scientific data" - just my impression - which could be wrong.

I too like constrast, but just in a different spot. I like the contrast between the wheel and tire where it sounds like you treat the wheel/tire as a "whole unit" and like it to contrast with the paint - same idea, just on different "levels". :-) It's all good though - that's why it's nice to have options - that way everyone can be happy!

By the way - congrats on the big 5 0 (soon to be)!!!


Last edited by jtrosky; 03-20-2019 at 08:22 PM..
jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-21-2019   #778 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
Someone over on the Challenger forums with a GT like mine really liked the result of the chrome wheels I put on mine - but he was curious what they would look like on his gray challenger. Do we have any photoshop guys still around on the site? @rydslo used to be the "go to" guy for photoshops, but I don't see him around here much any more. If there is anyone else that is decent with phototshop, we'd really appreicate it if you could photoshop the chrome wheels in the above picture of my challenger onto his gray challanger! :-)


jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-24-2019   #779 (permalink)
Senior Member


 
SFCR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 115
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Thanks: 13
Thanked 21 Times in 16 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtrosky View Post
Not my Impala, but wanted to share a picture of my 2018 Challenger GT after removing the stock 19" wheels/tires (sorta black'ish wheels with an ugly design) and replacing them with some 18" Challenger wheels/tires - and then installing chrome wheel skins. The chrome wheel skins really take these stock 18" wheels to a whole different level (if you like chrome). 🙂

It was starting to get dark yesterday when I took the pictures, so they're not the best, but you get the idea... For $85, these chrome wheel skins are the cheapest way to drastically change the way your wheels look (I have chrome wheel skins on the 17" charger wheels I put on my Impala as well)...





Love the look of this car - espeically now that I have some 5-spoke chrome wheels on it. :-)
Looks good! I well remember the old days of taller tires, chrome rims (usually Cragar SS, Keystone, and Centerline rims) and a raised rear end on our cars!

SFCR is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to SFCR For This Useful Post:
jtrosky (03-24-2019)
Old 03-24-2019   #780 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
jtrosky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Grove, PA
Posts: 12,405
Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 930 Post(s)
Thanks: 992
Thanked 2,305 Times in 1,801 Posts
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by SFCR View Post
Looks good! I well remember the old days of taller tires, chrome rims (usually Cragar SS, Keystone, and Centerline rims) and a raised rear end on our cars!
Yeah, I always loved the look of the Cragar SS wheels! It's funny, when I was growing up, 14" wheels were "normal" - even on larger cars. Now, 18" wheels are considered "small". :-) For me, the problem with the larger wheels is that you end up with very small sidewalls - and then you need high tire pressure which leads to a truck-like ride (and associated rattles). Not to mention that if you hit a pothole, you really risk damaging your wheel - and the larger wheels and tires are also more expensive.

And with lowered vehciles (something else I've never liked), you have to constantly worry about "bottoming out" - even things like simple speed-bumps can become problematic! Besides the fact that I just don't like the look, I don't want to have to worry about that kind of stuff. With my Challenger (and my Impala) like it is, I don't have to worry about *anything* - the cars are "tough" - they can handle any situation. :-)

jtrosky is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy Impala Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: https://www.impalaforums.com/recent-mods-weekly-updates/572514-jt-s-2012-impala-lt-mod-thread.html
Posted By For Type Date
JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread - Page 5 - Chevy Impala Forums This thread Refback 01-12-2015 05:02 AM
JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread - Page 3 - Chevy Impala Forums This thread Refback 01-12-2015 05:02 AM
JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread - Page 2 - Chevy Impala Forums This thread Refback 01-12-2015 05:02 AM
JT's 2012 Impala LT Mod Thread - Chevy Impala Forums This thread Refback 01-12-2015 05:02 AM

Related Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2012 Impala LT Stereo Replacement reesem_2018 Audio, Video, and Electronics 19 02-23-2019 02:46 PM
Need help with Flowmaster 40s 2012 Impala LT Mitch Hamlin Recent Mods/Weekly Updates 2 09-28-2018 04:23 AM
2012 Impala LT power port question DaleB Audio, Video, and Electronics 3 06-10-2018 02:58 AM
Front and Rear Brake Rotors & Ceramic Pads 2011 2012 2013 CHEVY IMPALA LS LT LTZ RSS Bot Impala Diecast Toys Cars on eBay 0 02-14-2018 03:11 AM
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT RSS Bot eBay Cars For Sale: Impala 0 02-06-2018 10:40 AM

» Recent Discussions
Tools
05-06-2018 08:54 AM
Last post by plano-doug
2 Hours Ago 03:34 PM
250 Replies, 6,261 Views
List your Impalas
4 Days Ago 09:34 AM
Last post by 62BillT
4 Hours Ago 02:21 PM
12 Replies, 170 Views
My reintroduction
1 Week Ago 10:18 PM
by !Tommy
Last post by !Tommy
5 Hours Ago 01:07 PM
25 Replies, 355 Views
Word Association
02-10-2011 07:15 PM
Last post by Old Bones
10 Hours Ago 08:18 AM
33 Replies, 835,293 Views
USB on 2016 Impala
12-08-2017 03:54 AM
Last post by Pat Currie
11 Hours Ago 07:33 AM
6 Replies, 3,073 Views
Automotive Discussion...
10-24-2012 04:38 PM
Last post by sheila
11 Hours Ago 07:24 AM
26 Replies, 10,474 Views
Rear view window mirror...
1 Week Ago 10:42 PM
by Verzace
Last post by Fred_06Impala
1 Day Ago 04:44 PM
6 Replies, 97 Views
Winter Wheel Package for...
11-11-2017 04:26 AM
Last post by donmateo
1 Day Ago 04:26 PM
14 Replies, 1,152 Views
Missing LED strip
1 Week Ago 02:08 PM
Last post by RobHazmat
1 Day Ago 11:51 AM
6 Replies, 174 Views
What did you do to your...
09-25-2012 07:03 AM
by Joe
Last post by kbz1960
1 Day Ago 11:49 AM
7 Replies, 427,612 Views
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
This site is not affiliated nor endorsed by General Motors Corp. Chevy Impala and related trademarks are the property of General Motors Corp.