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CTATV 03-26-2008 12:40 PM

Compilation of cheap and/or free Legacy Mods
Hey thought it would be a cool idea to start a compilation of cheap and/or free mods that can be done to our cars for those looking to tinker but lacking the budget for buying stuff to put on their car.

Right now starting with a list. People can post ones i haven't thought of or listed and any pictures and/or links to threads related to said mods would be great. Will eventually compile pics and links for all mods I can would be a great little resource for us with minimal expendable income or just a fan of DIY mods...

Remove 3rd brake light bulb on cars with spoilers

(read post #7)

Disable Seatbelt Chime

- Seatbelt clicking method
- Unplugging driver seat sensor plug
- Buckle hack method

grounding nav/dvd screen to use in motion

(super thread on nav/dvd hacking)
(writeup on in motion enable)

DIY front lip (have to buy garage door trim)

Replacing Seat heater backlights


Tucked Exhaust mod

Cleaning Exhaust Tips

Gutting CAT in UP (up pipe ) &DP (down pipe)
Only 05 and 06 LGTs have a cat in the UP. the UP Cat only helps when car is cold so 07+ they got rid of it

(Gutting UP)
(Gutting DP)

Grill (modifying stock)

(walk through with pics)
(another by BDII)
(2008 grill by dmross)

Front Bumper Mesh

(Walk Through with pics)

TMIC (Top Mount Intercooler) mesh protection

DIY open induction cover (for air intake)

Trunk Vent for better subwoofer sound

DIY Short Throw Shifter (STS)

Disable DRL (daytime running lights)

- Make fog lights run as DRL -

Blacking Out Headlights

Clearing Headlights (removing amber in corners)

Fully independent fog lights

Rear Tail Light Mod

Brighter tail lights

Unlock all doors one click (hack)

Gas Cap Mod (so cap doesnt scratch paint)

Flush mount for Escort Radar Smart Cord

4/5 EAT
5/6 MT

Map lights come on with dome lights

Cheap AP (Access Port) dash mounting

Cabin Air Filter


- Debadging trunk (excluding scoobie oval)

- New colored Subaru Star Badge

Removing Pin striping installed by dealers

Remove Cabin AC (smelly feet) smell

Jazzy Aux-in Mod for 05/06 radios

Turn on/off red gauge rings and/or gauge sweep

Changing your Oil (not really a MOD but good thing to DIY and save money...

Custom Badging and De-Badging

Painting stock wheels

DIY grilles - paint, mesh

Im sure theres a bunch more feel free to contribute i will continue to update the top post here with links pics etc..

snowfiend 03-26-2008 12:41 PM

grounding nav/dvd screen to use in motion

05GT Guru 03-26-2008 01:05 PM

Just gut you cats and do a open source tune, the gain to cost ratio is huge, 100 dollars in parts for a be performance gain.

bigb3630123 03-26-2008 01:31 PM

Boy oh boy do I love cheap mods :) there is always blacking your headlights out .... kinda like clearing them but a little different.

gfxdave99 03-26-2008 01:34 PM

Nice i hadn't seen that gas cap mod before, I do hate it dangling.

ehsnils 03-26-2008 01:40 PM

Wouldn't it be even better to replace the cat with a straight pipe?

The expansion/contraction that the cat chamber does will cause some unnecessary turbulence that decreases power.

Other cheap fixes are to check out so that all manifolds and joints are aligned and that no gaskets intrude into the airflow. Same for exhaust pipe - check that all joints are aligned.

A K&N airfilter is also a relatively cheap modification.

And try to figure out details that actually have an impact on drag. E.g. that the hood is adjusted right to avoid unnecessary turbulence over the fenders.

Strip out any unnecessary weight is another. - Who needs carpets? :p
It's all about power to weight ratio when it comes to acceleration.

And of course - there are wonderful details to be found at the Home Depot - even if they aren't intended to be for a car.

Replacing bulbs with LED:s is another fix that can go in relatively cheap. But you may want to go for an electronics store instead of the car parts. High intensity LED:s are actually relatively cheap if you buy them at the right place. And you can place them anywhere without having to worry about heat.

BDII 03-26-2008 03:16 PM

In before PGT and his NASIOC buddies :)

CTATV 03-26-2008 07:17 PM

Nicey nice, my first sticky, keep the cheap mods commin ill keep adding as I come across them and info on them

AKLGT 03-26-2008 07:59 PM

jazzymt aux in mod!

CTATV 03-26-2008 08:06 PM


Originally Posted by AKLGT (Post 1798019)
jazzymt aux in mod!

got a link possibly?

Also i cant seem to find the DRL unplug walk through. know its around cause I used it the day i got my car home but didnt find it in a search yet.... Im trying to get info for all the ones I have...

RobE 03-27-2008 04:40 PM

check out

CTATV 03-30-2008 03:50 PM


Originally Posted by AKLGT (Post 1798019)
jazzymt aux in mod!


andrew.anderson 03-30-2008 05:42 PM

Great idea.

Great thread. :)

CTATV 03-30-2008 07:01 PM


Originally Posted by andrew.anderson (Post 1805314)

thanks, being in college for another few months ive got this car and Ive had the modding bug with my other toys for years yet I currently have no access to cash so slowly tackling these cheap or free mods is giving me my fix till I get a job this summer... And DIY saving money is always fun money in the bank or not :spin:

CapnJack 03-31-2008 08:04 PM

Does anyone know if there is a way to get the rear defrost and wiper heaters to stay on until you turn them off with out taking it to the dealer? (i.e. defeat the auto off after 15-20 minutes)

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