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Cheap DIY mods/upgrades for 147

As I've now added a strut brace to my 147, and sorted most of the minor niggles, I was wondering what mods upgrades I can do for reasonable money (less than 100 quid) which I can do myself (****e with anything more than a Halfords Socket set).

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less than £100? You'll be lucky really...

it all depends what you want? Are you talking aesthetic changes or are you looking for more power/handling/etc?
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Anything.

My next mods are coming in at 2 grand and 600 quid respectively!
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well, if you're going for looks:

-GTA Style headlight mod (you'll need: spanners, screwdrivers, torxhead screwdriver a can of primer, a can of high temp paint, silicon sealant and the time to do it)
-painted brake calipers (you'll need: wire brush, Hammerite or high temp paint and the time to do it)

there's a few little bits and bobs like that around to do...
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But nothing chavy
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That's what im getting done soon. It'll be good!!!
 
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well, if you're going for looks:

-GTA Style headlight mod (you'll need: spanners, screwdrivers, torxhead screwdriver a can of primer, a can of high temp paint, silicon sealant and the time to do it)
-painted brake calipers (you'll need: wire brush, Hammerite or high temp paint and the time to do it)

there's a few little bits and bobs like that around to do...
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But nothing chavy
nothing chav about the 2 bits i posted above... i don't think

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That's what im getting done soon. It'll be good!!!
oh you're getting it done soon are you? really?

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what been chavy
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[QUOTE=rancido64;2093874]well, if you're going for looks:

-GTA Style headlight mod (you'll need: spanners, screwdrivers, torxhead screwdriver a can of primer, a can of high temp paint, silicon sealant and the time to do it)
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Might have to have a look at that!
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Yeah, a nice mate in Ireland is doing it for me
















oh yeah,


















its you
 
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Might have to have a look at that!
gimme a minute and I'll find the pics from when i did mine.. it'll give ya an idea of how to do it..

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well someone could've told me about it!!



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here ya go:

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worked away yesterday & this morning, very happy with the results

Before:





removed the wheel arches:



took the front bumper off, removed the headlights & placed the bumper back:


removed lights:


lights split open:


interior part sprayed:


put the parts back in and re-assembled the lights, silicone'd them back together and taped them up overnight to seal:


light ready to go back in:


finished product:







Before:


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here's how to take the bumper off:

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How to remove the lights

1.Jack car up and put on axle stands

2.remove wheels

3. if present, remove undertray. If not, undo the 3 screws on the front underside of the bumper and the two under the sides of the front bumper.

4. undo the 5 screws in each wheel arch

5. remove wheel arches

6.undo the 2 screws on the inside of each wheel arch that holds the bumper to the body

7. place a towel/blanket underneath the bumper so that when you remove it, it won't get scratched

8. pop open bonnet and undo the 4 screws that hold the top of the bumper in place

9. remove bumper

10. removing lights: there are 3 bolts (i think it's a 10mm spanner.. i can't remember though ) holding each light in place

I don't think i've forgotten anything, but i wouldn't put it beyond me to have....
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Does it improve the light given off mate
 
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i'd say it makes the beam a more clear cut yeah
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I think this mod is very useful rancido64 and have some questions.
Can you explain "lights split open" procedure with more details. How is fixed front transparent plastic piece in the headlight and how did you remove this front piece from headlight body.
Best regards from Dusan.
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oh yeah,
its you
I thought you were selling your car
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Hi GC, what about thr GTA intake mod? cheap, cheerful and effective.
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I thought you were selling your car
Yes I am but im still going to do stuff to it till I get a new one, god knows how long it'll take to sell it in this current state of the economy!!
 
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Hi GC, what about thr GTA intake mod? cheap, cheerful and effective.
Not quite cheap and cheerful (unless I'm looking in the wrong place) :-
Autodelta Shop

£188 quid!
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I think this mod is very useful rancido64 and have some questions.
Can you explain "lights split open" procedure with more details. How is fixed front transparent plastic piece in the headlight and how did you remove this front piece from headlight body.
Best regards from Dusan.
no problem mate
Once you have the lights removed, there are 3 clips, 2 on top, 1 on the bottom (or maybe that's the other way round ).
Anyway, heat the headlight unit near a radiator/heater to make the current sealant loosen a bit. Get a large flat head screwdriver and wrap some cloth around the end (to stop it marking/denting your headlight casing), and using a 2nd screwdriver, pop the clips out of place, then using the large screwdriver, begin to prise the light casing apart.
Repeat all the way around the headlight until it starts to split. Be sure to take your time, and be carefull when the sealant becomes exposedas it's very sticky and very messy..

anything else, just ask


Oh, and be very careful not to touch the very reflective stuff that surrounds the bulbs inside the casing, it dulls very easily. treat it as carefully as if it were a camera lens
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Thank you for very clear and helpful information, rancido64.
I suppose that use of fan for removing the old paint, for example, is good solution for disassembling of front plastic cover from headlight body.
The passenger side headlight on my Alfa (after the car wash or rain) receives the moisture and now I have solution about the cleaning. May I clean the inside of the headlight (reflecting surfaces) by some alcohol cleaner? Is it good idea a polishing of scratched outer surface of the front headlight cover?
On the other side, when I read your experience about the "GTA style headlight mod" I want make this. Is this mod only styling or tuning in sense of light performance. What is the benefit of this mod in case of one xenon fitting, for example?
Cheers. Dusan.

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Those orange side-repeaters need changing.
 
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Thank you for very clear and helpful information, rancido64.
I suppose that use of fan for removing the old paint, for example, is good solution for disassembling of front plastic cover from headlight body.
The passenger side headlight on my Alfa (after the car wash or rain) receives the moisture and now I have solution about the cleaning. May I clean the inside of the headlight (reflecting surfaces) by some alcohol cleaner? Is it good idea a polishing of scratched outer surface of the front headlight cover?
On the other side, when I read your experience about the "GTA style headlight mod" I wont make this. Is this mod only styling or tuning in sense of light performance. What is the benefit of this mod in case of one xenon fitting, for example?
Cheers. Dusan.
It's mainly a mod to do with styling, but the light does seem to be in a more "clear cut" beam.. It seems more concentrated if that makes sense?
For getting rid of the moisture, i've been told that when you have the light split open, spray some WD40 onto the inside of the cover and wipe down with a cloth.

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Those orange side-repeaters need changing.
that's another thing that i've done, I bought some tinting spray and tinted my side repeaters and rear lights. The rear lights aren't to everyone's taste, but the side repeaters would look good
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More concentrated beam, as a consequence of this styling/tuning mod is good enough reason for me. And WD40 is right solution for cleaning the inside of the headlight.
Thanks for advices rancido64 and cheers. Dusan.
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