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Old 13 Oct 2010, 04:57 pm
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Default What to do, and what not to do???

Figured I would ask everyones opinion on their mods that they love, and the ones that they wish they would have used their money else where???

I just got the PT and the hamsters on the wheel in my head are spinning, but don't want to do something that others wish they didn't, or don't think it is worth the cost

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Old 13 Oct 2010, 05:32 pm
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Depends on which model you have?

THe best mods are preventative maintenance ones. When I first bought mine, I changed all the fluids including oil, manual trans, coolant, bled the brakes and power steering. Then new plugs and wires. Then painted the under side and rust proofed the whole car. Then buff the paint.

First mod I guess was the mopar molded mud flaps front and rear to protect the rockers. I also installed the bug deflector for the hood. Some Tasteful chrome always look good, ie door cups, door spears, gas caps. On my 03 GT I put the factory wing on the hatch.

Performance mods, I put a stg 1 in the 03 GT, none in the 06 GT since I cant find one.

suspension, I did some work when the factory parts wore on the 03. Changed to Moog Control arms , Moog sway bar bushings/links, Moog strut bearing kits and Tokico blue struts and shocks. Also put a new watts center pivot on the 03. This was all at 100K. Rides really nice.

On the 06 left the suspension alone since it has about 45K and added the factory rear sway bar, just used stock parts.
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Old 13 Oct 2010, 05:39 pm
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Default Re: What to do, and what not to do???

I have a list of prevetative mods to do. The paint really needs to be buffed out. Dull as hell!!!
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Old 13 Oct 2010, 08:20 pm
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I'm different than most on here. I don't want a lot of flashy chrome. When I got mine, I replaced the wheels with aftermarket wheels wtih black spokes and new tires. Later I replaced the antenna with a shorter one in black. Lastly I replaced the air intake with an Airaid system.

If you look at the link at the bottom of my signature file you'll see that I also have other equipment not normally found in/on PT 'Cruisers. I use mine at various runs/walks in the area so need the equipment shown.

Enjoy your Cruiser, I drive mine every day and have not been sorry that I spent the money.
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Old 13 Oct 2010, 08:24 pm
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I'm different than most on here. I don't want a lot of flashy chrome. When I got mine, I replaced the wheels with aftermarket wheels wtih black spokes and new tires. Later I replaced the antenna with a shorter one in black. Lastly I replaced the air intake with an Airaid system.

If you look at the link at the bottom of my signature file you'll see that I also have other equipment not normally found in/on PT 'Cruisers. I use mine at various runs/walks in the area so need the equipment shown.

Enjoy your Cruiser, I drive mine every day and have not been sorry that I spent the money.
Most people i believe dont want flashy chrome, except the 'ethnic' ones. But creativity is awesome.
One of my favorite mods is installed a new head unit, simply because it gets the most use out of all of my mods.
Im also very fond of the spoiler install , but its always very satisfying when you see something turn out well.
I actually started a thread almost just like this a while ago, and it seemed that the answer i got over and over again was that people loved their hydraulic hood struts
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Old 13 Oct 2010, 10:15 pm
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Pennywise, the best thing you can do to your PT--after seeing to all the maintenance issues--is to have it painted with flames. Nothing says "Don't you wish your ride was hot like mine" in quite the same way. And flames can be very creative if you get involved with the painter and come up with a unique design ....

As far as chrome goes, I like the chrome grill kits--although I haven't bought them, yet. But that's enough chrome for me.

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Pennywise, the best thing you can do to your PT--after seeing to all the maintenance issues--is to have it painted with flames. Nothing says "Don't you wish your ride was hot like mine" in quite the same way. And flames can be very creative if you get involved with the painter and come up with a unique design ....

As far as chrome goes, I like the chrome grill kits--although I haven't bought them, yet. But that's enough chrome for me.

Tim
I agree with the chrome 100%, modesty is the best. Thats also why i dont care for flames unless its like a Candyman paint, where its more of a centerpeice of the car. You want your money into the engine not showy stuff. Make it fast before you make it look fast, as i always say.
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Hey their Freezinghot,

I sure do appreciate that.

And Coop,



A lot really depends on what you are wanting to do, what kind of look your going for, how much of a budget, how much you can do yourself, and just how crazy you are wanting to get. To me I really like to see mods that were not bought at a store, but rather one off mods the Owner did themselves that truly makes their Ride totally unique to them and thus stand apart from the crowd. That in my mind makes a true custom car, and its those types of mods that goes a long ways in my book.

As for my mods I am most proud of I would say my paint, suspension, and audio/video system. I did everything from design to final finish on my PT and tried hard to find a good overall balance to things without trying to be too flashy, but rather just clean. Same thing with my engine so far with the only real bling I have done externally was to have my stock aluminum intake manifold polished for a bit cleaner look.

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Though I am happy with my ride, I always have big dreams for what I would like to do to it. If I had my way I would do a power sliding rag top, suicide the rear doors, shave the handles, emblems, french the antenna, do a split tailgate with the top half opening up and the bottom half down, custom fabricate a new forward tilt hood set up out of a 90's BMW hood bracket set up, smooth out and reshape the fenders both front and back, shave the tail lights, finally hang and smooth in my roll pan which has the back up lights shaved and a custom flush mount lexan cover that fits over the frenched license plate box and add some custom smoothed in flush mount LED brake lights with a third LED mounted in the wing, have a custom set of Foose Design Billet 1" and 20" staggered wheels made, fiberglass in a custom one off dash which would have a one piece floor console which would run from the dash to the trunk and tie into a new custom sub enclosure, and the list goes on and on. That's what keeps me up late at night dreaming about.

Their are tons of things you can do to mod out your PT and make it into something way cool. Like I say, it just comes down to what you want to do, and how far you want to take it.

And lastly, if you would like to buff out your ride and get it looking like new again, I have a step by step detailing guide at the top of the detail section of this forum as well. Their hopefully is a bit of somewhat useful information in their that might be helpful. Here is a Link for ya.

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Anyways if you ever need any good solid advice on anything and everything from custom paint and body mods, to custom interior work, and so on, please feel free to look me up anytime and I am always more than happy to try to help out wherever I can.
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Old 14 Oct 2010, 03:20 am
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So candyman? what keeps you from doing all that? Most doesnt seem like it would be a money issue, so it would probably have to come down to time spent and planning right?
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So candyman? what keeps you from doing all that? Most doesnt seem like it would be a money issue, so it would probably have to come down to time spent and planning right?
Money is written all over his post in one way or another. Time and labor for shops to do most of those mods are insane. Foose wheels to begin with are expensive, but he's planning on CUSTOM ones.

But one day, Don. One day!
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