I can't wait to see it! we'll be the only known DMV TLX owners with such a unique TLX lolLol I know right! Sorry to get your hopes up...
But the body shop called me today. The bumper is painted and ready to go. Gonna take it in Saturday, hopefully I'll have me wheels looking right by then too.
Very well done BBL, Unkempt makes me wish I got the aspec rear bumper but I like my V6 rear it’s still aggressive enough for me. And no problem for the tip I try to help out where I can!Got my rear bumper swap completed today! I went from the 2016 base bumper to the 2018 a-spec bumper. I don't have any proper before and after pics yet, but I will wash it again soon and take some pictures comparing it to my earlier ones. Painting and installation was $500, but all the different parts make this an expensive project. A local dealer had a discount code for parts (thanks MarcoTLX for the tip!), so I saved a lot of money on the bumper by picking it up, rather than needing it shipped. But you also need the diffuser, left and right garnishes, left and right reflector assemblies, and left and right exhaust finishers. The finishers are expensive.
On one hand, I don't like that you can seen the stock turndown tips at the right angle. On the other hand, I take some solace in knowing that the factory a-spec finishers are non-functional anyway. Eventually, I will customize the exhaust system properly, but one thing at a time.
Also, I hadn't accounted for the parking sensors when I planned this project. I bought some cheap ones ($15 for all 4 lol) from Amazon, with the intent to just cut the wires off and plug the holes, but they didn't fit. Eventually, I will have the oem ones installed. I'll just have to live with the holes for now.
The body shop I took it to was awesome. They were apprehensive to do the project because of its custom nature. They also said I would need to leave it for the whole day, maybe overnight, because they "had no idea what they would find in there." I took it this afternoon, they said they'll see what they can do, and it took them like 40 minutes.
Even with the stock tips visible sometimes, it's a big style improvement in my opinion. Thanks to everyone who has provided knowledge about similar swaps elsewhere on this forum. Happy to answer any questions. More pics coming soon. For now at least you can compare the rear 3/4 angle.
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Yeah the owner of the body shop that did my quote was not sure the bumper would fit but i just kept reiterating the fact that its literally a direct fit lol But they was done within a few hours and they said it was indeed a direct fit.Thanks man! I actually like how yours is understated; the contrast with your exhaust tips and the style of bumper really go well together.
I do plan to get mufflers, I don't want the loudness of a muffler delete. I've got some flowmasters picked out. Flowmaster also has some 4" tips wrapped in carbon fiber. I'm wondering if they would fit without burning the garnishes/diffuser. Figure the exhaust shop can offer me some guidance there.
It was funny though, the body shop thought I was crazy. I showed up with all the other parts, and I'm like "I swear, these all are going to fit together really easily, trust me!" The service rep was trying to be understanding, but the techs were looking at me like I was outta my mind. I think they were shocked it went together so easily.
Unkempt this looks good!!! I see you colored your beak too looks good and front Aero looks good pretty unique TLX! Looks nice can't wait for the springs to go on!I Super Cleaned my car today. I followed ChrisFix's super clean video as best as I could. These are also the first decent pictures I've taken since the rear bumper swap.
I used a power washer for today's wash. While it worked well, I don't plan to use it again. I bought a foam gun attachment for it, which was the whole point of using the power washer, but it did connect properly. I ended up just mixing my cleaning solutions into the power washer's original reservoirs and it worked fine, but I didn't get a thick coat of foam like I was hoping.
Part of the super cleaning process was clay barring. This is the first time I've used a clay bar, and I don't think my car needed it that badly. But it was fun to do, and I think the ceramic spray went on better than in my previous pictures.
I also ordered a set of H&R Sport Springs over the weekend. Hope to get those installed this month. I was gonna go with coilovers, but I was concerned about the harshness of the ride. I will probably run these springs until my shocks (struts? I don't even know what we have) die, then upgrade those too.
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Thanks TrickVert, pretty proud of it. Took one day for a bird to poop on it though lolLove the look of a freshly-detailed black car! Nice job!
Thanks man, yeah having a black car makes it easy to get the vinyl matched.Unkempt this looks good!!! I see you colored your beak too looks good and front Aero looks good pretty unique TLX! Looks nice can't wait for the springs to go on!
Thanks for the tips JayJayTLX. I was pretty disappointed, actually, that the foam cannon didn't fit my power washer. I'll have to see if there is one specifically for my model of power washer. It was like $40 at Autozone. The maguiars wash I used said it was formulated for foam, but it ended up not mattering.Looks great! ChrisFix tutorials are awesome
Don't give up on getting that foam cannon attachment to work. It's definitely a worthwhile investment and it's a great way to wash your car and keep it swirl-free.
My $.02 on foam cannons...don't buy the cheap ones on Amazon. In my experience, they don't work as well as the more expensive ones. Use a good quality foam soap like Chemical Guys Honeydew snow foam or Maxi-Suds. I usually pour in about 3/4 to 1 inch of soap in the bottom of the bottle and then fill with warm water and shake it up. After you use the foam cannon, fill the bottle with warm water and spray it for about a min to clean out the cannon. You can also improve the quality of foam if you install the smaller 1.1mm orafice in your cannon. It's cheap and easy to replace.
Hey thanks man! I feel ya on that. The ride is different than I expected so far, but I've only driven like 20 minutes on them. I'll spend more time with them over the weekend. I couldn't figure out if our cars had struts or shocks, but I finally figured out to just look on acurapartwarehouse. I saw that we have shocks in all four corners (I could have sworn I read we had mcpherson struts up front), so I now wish I had gotten the truhart shocks and had them installed at the same time. They're designed for cars with at least 1" of lowering spring.Looks perfect! I'd love to lower mine, but appreciate the ride quality more than the appearance in that respect, and have no interest in spending the money I'd have to on coilovers (and then still might not like the ride).
Wow, hey man, looking good there! Congrats!Decided to give my steering wheel a facelift as it was looking a little worn. Took me about 6 hours from beginning to end. I removed the steering wheel and took it apart to ensure the cleanest install possible but supposedly it could be done fully mounted. I'm absolutely ecstatic with how it turned out.
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Appreciate the kind words!Wow, hey man, looking good there! Congrats!
Do you know if all the A-Spec wheels have the red stitching?