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Thought it was probably about time I started my own thread for some of the mods I've done and am in the process of doing, instead of just posting this stuff all over the place in other threads....

Wanted to show some pics of the non-fog-light area covers that I received yesterday. These cost me $38 and are actually built pretty well (were heavier than I expected). They are black powdercoated but the face of the "slats" are a mirror-like stainless finish. Haven't actually tried them on the car yet (been too damn cold!), but wanted to show some pics of them before I installed, including the mounts on the back of them. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to install them as-is or if I'm going to plastidip the fronts black (to match the color of my main grilles). Since I still have the chrome border around my main grilles, I may just leave the face of these chrome-colored to match the chrome borders on the grille....

EDIT: Also considering plastidipping them white - that may actually look good too...

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its about time you make a mod thread considering all the interior mods you done with your impala like the TV headrest.

i think plastidipping the fog covers white would look better than as is.
 

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Yeah, I'm honestly not sure what way to go yet - need to actually hold them up to the car first and see. Would be awesome to get a photoshop of them installed in both white and black (hint, hint, @RYD!) :)

I guess I could always spray one white and one black and decide from there - but it's a PIA to peel the dip off with the small openings...

EDIT: By the way, I've been keeping a running list of all mods and the cost. Here's the list (first list is overall list with costs and then I have separate lists of interior and exterior mods):

Mod List and Costs
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1. Added Impala script emblem to front doors - $20
2. Added Impala animal emblem to c-pillars - $30
3. Installed Rosen DVD/Navigation Head Unit - $150 + $250 (bought another one for parts since i was having issues w/GPS radio in original)
4. Instaled waterproof license-plate-frame backup camera - $40
5. Replaced stock door speakers w/Pioneer D-series 2-way 6.75" speakers - $75
6. Installed WeatherTech window visors on front doors - $40
7. Installed Polished stainless steel exhaust tips - $20
8. Replaced stained console armrest (switched from tan to black) - $50
9. Replaced badly scratched glovebox - $50
10. Upgraded to an auto-dim rearview mirror (w/OnStar and map lights) - $50
11. Replaced stock rear-deck speakers w/Pioneer D-series 2-way 6"x9" speakers - $75
12. Had windows tinted w/3M ColorStable tint (35%) - $300 + $70 50% replacement deal
13. Installed "Bowtie logo" mudflaps on rear of vehicle - $40
14. Installed 7" SoundStream headrest monitors into OEM headrests - $220
15. Installed airbag warning-label covers with Impala logo labels on sunvisors - $15
16. Plastidipped rear bowtie emblem black - $10
17. Plastidipped front bowtie emblem white - $10
18. Replaced upper and lower gray grilles in front bumper with factory-black grilles - $150
19. Installed Roku 2 XS in armrest - connected to aux-in on Rosen head-unit - $99
20. Installed B&I Premium Dash Kit (15 Pcs) - $150
21. Added storage tray to armrest console - $50
22. Plasti-dipped armrest tray to reduce/eliminate rattles caused by items in the tray
23. Installed Pioneer TS-T15 3/4" tweeters into stock a-pillar housing - $50
24. Installed OEM envelope-style cargo net in trunk - $35
25. Installed stainless steel "Impala" door sills on front and back door sills - $30
26. Installed 1/8" chrome trim to doors and dash - $15
27. Secured trunk carpet with velcro so it stays put - $4
28. Installed Alpine KTP-445U 45watt/channel amp - $150



Interior Mods
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- Installed Rosen DVD/Navigation Head Unit
- Replaced stock door speakers w/Pioneer D-series 2-way 6.75" speakers
- Replaced stained console armrest (switched from tan to black)
- Replaced badly scratched glovebox
- Upgraded to an auto-dim rearview mirror (w/OnStar and map lights)
- Replaced stock rear-deck speakers w/Pioneer D-series 2-way 6"x9" speakers
- Had windows tinted w/3M ColorStable tint (35%)
- Installed 7" SoundStream headrest monitors into OEM headrests
- Installed airbag warning-label covers with Impala logo labels on sunvisors
- Installed Roku 2 XS in armrest - connected to aux-in on Rosen head-unit
- Installed B&I Premium Dash Kit (factory-match woodgrain - 15 Pcs)
- Added storage tray to armrest console
- Plasti-dipped armrest storage tray to eliminate rattles caused by items in the tray
- Installed Pioneer TS-T15 3/4" tweeters into stock a-pillar housing
- Installed OEM envelope-style cargo net in trunk
- Installed 1/8" chrome trim to doors and dash
- Secured trunk carpet with velcro so it stays put
- Installed Alpine KTP-445U 45watt/channel amp



Exterior Mods
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- Added Impala script emblem to front doors
- Added Impala animal emblem to c-pillars
- Instaled waterproof license-plate-frame backup camera
- Installed WeatherTech window visors on front doors
- Installed polished stainless steel exhaust tips
- Installed "Bowtie logo" mudflaps on rear of vehicle
- Plasti-dipped rear bowtie emblem black
- Plasti-dipped front bowtie emblem white
- Replaced upper and lower gray grilles in front bumper with factory-black grilles
- Installed stainless steel "Impala" door sills on front and back door sills

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i think the grilles the way they are now would look good with the chrome headlights, now that i think about it.
 

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If you install them, I can do a shop from there.

This thread is missing some very important things....

PICS of your car!!!
 

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Ok, cool - thanks @RYD - I will do that (pics of them installed as-is).

I will definitely get some pics posted of the other mods - I really need to take some new, current pics - I just wish it wasn't so damn cold (I *hate* cold weather).

Just figured I'd start a new thread since I wanted to show the non-fog-light covers and was getting tired of posting this stuff all over the forum (gotta start somewhere!).

Plus I'm in the middle of cleaning my basement today (fun, fun, let me tell you!). What makes it REALLY fun is that I never really fully cleaned it up since the basement flooded, so I still have some moldy boxes (filled with stuff that I never unpacked since I moved in about 5 years ago!). Nasty stuff...

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Just wanted to post a follow-up to some of the information that I posted about the Alpine KTP-445U amp (in another thread). I originally said that it didn't seem to increase the volume level of the warning chimes, but after using the car a little more, I *do* think that it increased the chime (and turn-signal) volume a little. I'm thinking that the gain setting on the amp decides just how much it increases. Since I have the gain set very low, it's not that big of a difference, but if you had to set the gain really high for some reason, I imagine that it could make the chime volume too loud.

Keep in mind that I'm using the speaker-level inputs on the amp. Not sure if the chime volume would be affected if you used line-level inputs instead (anyone happen to know that answer?).

I've always liked the fact that the Rosen and Advent OGM-1 units continued to use the left tweeter for chimes and turn-signal sounds instead of the little stick-on speaker used by "less expensive" plug-and-play head-units (or non-plug-and-play aftermarket head-units), but when using an amp, the little stick-on speaker may not be such a bad thing I guess!

Really not a big deal, but wanted to make sure that I posted the correct info.

I'm curious to hear from others with an amp installed - if so, are your warning chimes and turn signals louder as well? The more that I think about it, it's probably only an issue if you are using the stock head-unit or a "plug-and-play" unit - otherwise, you would need a special adapter to retain the chimes and I think that they use their own speaker for the chimes anyway...

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My chimes come from the factory headunit (in the trunk) that's connected to a small speaker I have mounted under the center console. I have to be careful because if that radio is on on the factory headunit, it will come through the little speaker too :lol: I just make sure the volume is turned all the way down on the factory unit.
 

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So you normally keep the re-located factory head-unit turned off, I assume? If that's the case, the chimes should still work but you won't hear the radio at all since it's turned off, right? Or does it automatically turn on when you start the car regardless (I though it "remembers" the power state though)?

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Well, TBH, I haven't checked it recently. I believe I turned it off the last time. But I remember when I first installed it, I was listening to some music and the song ended, and I could hear a faint radio advertisement, and couldn't figure out where it was coming from, until I realized it was from the factory headunit :lol: I turned the volume down and it went away.
 

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How could u hear a radio announcement on the stock deck when it doesn't have an antenna hooked up?

I have yet to buy the chimes speaker and prob won't lol
 

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IDK, maybe it was a CD I left in there, I don't remember. All I know is there was something else playing softly after the song on the aftermarket headunit ended :lol:
 

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Took some current, random pics of my car today.... There are a lot of them! :)
 

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By the way, those non-fog-light covers were a PIA to install!! I originally assumed that I could just reach under the bumper and install them that way. NOPE! There is no access from underneath. Had to take the headlight out and install them that way. Drivers side wasn't bad, but the passenger side was a bitch since there are a few more things "in the way" on that side. If you don't have skinny arms, you may even have to take the bumper cover off to install!

I kind of like them so far. I do wish that they fit a little better, but what can you do....

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I think if you were to leave them on, you should paint/dip the center bar that it mounts to black. That would look a lot better IMO
 

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Agreed - but after all of the work that it took to get them installed, I'm gonna wait a while before I take them back off to dip that bar though - like I said, they really were a PIA to install...

I actually did think about dipping the bar before I installed them, but I really just planned on throwing them on real quick to get an idea of what they looked like and decide if I wanted to dip them black or not - was really just meant to be a "test install". But after all of the work to install them, I said "F*** it!" and just left them there for now!

Someday, I probably will take them back off an dip the bar though. WHen you get a minute, think you could do a photoshop to make them black for me (and white if you have the time)? Would appreciate it!

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Yes, I can, but it may not be until Friday or the weekend. No photoshop here at work, and I'm leaving directly from work tomorrow to go up the New Jersey, so tonight is laundry and packing :eek:k3:
 
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