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With this new Insight being such an attractive car, are you planning on leaving yours as is or are you going to be making any upgrades/changes?

What kind of changes will you be making if you choose to do so?
 

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I've tinted my Insight with 20% ceramic tint and de-badged the 'Hybrid' and 'Touring' emblems. I was debating wrapping the front chrome piece with a gloss black vinyl but I'd like to see someone else do it first before having my guy charge me $150 to do it.
 

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I'll be adding window tinting and chip guard to the front and side mirrors. I also just purchased some door guards. The window tinting in my area is $150. The chip guard is around $700. Door guards were about $80.

I plan on removing the nice aluminum alloy wheels in the winter and buying some regular metal wheels (and plastic hubcaps) with studless snow tires. The chemicals on the road in the winter in my area damag aluminum alloy wheels.
 

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Since I bought the EX I'm going to add the LED fog lights because I think they round out the front of the car and just look cool! That's it for me, nothing major!

Ronnie, I was kind of interested in door guards. Did you get yours from the dealer? Are they body-colored? I'd be interested to see how they look.
 

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Greetings insighters,

Just thinking about what kinds of modifications or performance upgrades those of you are thinking about to go with your new insight. Everything from Wheels to tints, spoilers, and ECU mods. I understand that you probably don't want to do nothing to a new car but put new tires on it. Even still I believe that the Honda Insight 2019 has the potential to be a stylish Hybrid sports car that feels great on the road with good acceleration and handling along with great MPG. Any thoughts, suggestions, feedback, or experience with this please share.
 

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Because the gas engine really only provides direct drive to the axles at higher (freeway) speeds, engine mods will work a LOT differently than what most folks are used to.
Intakes, ECU, and Exhaust mods will all be pretty useless for our cars unless you are interested in gaining performance for passing on the freeway. Even then, with the 1.5 liter Atkins Cycle engine, you are going to get almost no noticeable gains. Forced induction will also be pointless in these cars. Unless we can get more electrical power to the wheels, we are pretty much stuck with what we have until we reach cruising speeds.

As for suspension, losing un-sprung weight in the wheels is a great start. That, coupled with a more aggressive tire alone will get you some decent handling improvements. Less weight on the wheels also helps a little with acceleration. We lost 6 pounds per wheel without even trying by going aftermarket but staying the same size (17 inch). Noticed better off the line performance and better MPG from this alone.
 

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Because the gas engine really only provides direct drive to the axles at higher (freeway) speeds, engine mods will work a LOT differently than what most folks are used to.
Intakes, ECU, and Exhaust mods will all be pretty useless for our cars unless you are interested in gaining performance for passing on the freeway. Even then, with the 1.5 liter Atkins Cycle engine, you are going to get almost no noticeable gains. Forced induction will also be pointless in these cars. Unless we can get more electrical power to the wheels, we are pretty much stuck with what we have until we reach cruising speeds.

As for suspension, losing un-sprung weight in the wheels is a great start. That, coupled with a more aggressive tire alone will get you some decent handling improvements. Less weight on the wheels also helps a little with acceleration. We lost 6 pounds per wheel without even trying by going aftermarket but staying the same size (17 inch). Noticed better off the line performance and better MPG from this alone.
that answers alot of my questions about weather or not it would be effecient to spend money on an exhaust and an intake, have you thought about konig wheels? you might even be able to move up to 18"s and the wheels are still about 18lbs. from what ive read about them they are standard formula one wheels and have light weight builds in their flow form builds (dekagram for example)

also because the cold air intake and exhaust wouldnt show any gains are there any thoughts on mods besides suspension wheels and tires that might show significant gains in performance?
 

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I pick up my car this Friday, 12/28. I've added the moon roof wind spoiler and rear window tinting, all by dealer. I like other accessories but dealer was tough on accessories (10% discount) because I negotiated a lower price on the car.

Once I have the car I plan on meditate quick mods, like installing my baby's car seat <:

Phil
 

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As for suspension, losing un-sprung weight in the wheels is a great start. That, coupled with a more aggressive tire alone will get you some decent handling improvements. Less weight on the wheels also helps a little with acceleration. We lost 6 pounds per wheel without even trying by going aftermarket but staying the same size (17 inch). Noticed better off the line performance and better MPG from this alone.
Tyler,

What rims/aftermarket wheels did you put on?

Thanks,
Phil
 
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