BarrettN

Best stealth upgrades?

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Working through my car I came to a philosophical decision point that I'm sure many of you have faced. In this case, it was brought on by needing to replace brake lines - and Turner Motorsport having some nice stainless lines on sale - but they're fire engine red. They were just to flashy looking for me.

 

My car isn't stock - Getrag 240, e21 LSD, Bilsteins, Recaros  - but I'm torn between modern improvements and keeping the car as some semblance of period correct.

 

Anyone have any favorite stealth upgrades - upgrades that at the least don't jump out as being jarringly wrong, but make a significant improvement?

 

Barrett

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What do you mean by stealth? Look stock, but not be?

 

You can do an S14 bottom end, big-valved M10 head, big camshaft, and big downdraft carb thru a modified, factory air intake. Fool all the fools :)

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I have a tii, so the modified carbs don't work - but I like the idea of black heat shrink over the fire engine red lines!

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Stealth 3rd brake light.

 

Bluetooth receiver & accessory plug in the glove compartment and or phone dock in the ash tray. 

 

Aluminum under dash panels to hold speakers.

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How about the laundry list of work done to the ‘71 Golf Sleeper vespam5 is selling right now in the “cars for sale” section?  Car looks stock from the outside but some serious upgrades underneath.

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3 hours ago, bluehills2002 said:

How about the laundry list of work done to the ‘71 Golf Sleeper vespam5 is selling right now in the “cars for sale” section?  Car looks stock from the outside but some serious upgrades underneath.

Thanks for the pointer to that car - I tend to not watch the cars for sale forum as I'm not in the market for another, but I can see now that I should! Those are many of the type upgrades I have in mind, things that only someone who knows the car well would know are not stock - and that same person is probably someone who can appreciate the value of the upgrade.

 

Barrett

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-123ignition dizzy, Bluetooth version. Looks relatively stock. Your car will never run better.

-H4 headlights w/Tungsram bulbs

-3rd brake light

-Andrew already mentioned the stereo upgrade so +1 on that

-brake/pads/SS lines as noted above

-Larger diameter rims that look period correct (Panasports, Alpinas, Rota RB's, Rota Alpina knock-offs...)

-sound deadening

-3 spd wiper upgrade

 

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Don’t forget that people used to upgrade their cars when they were new. Assuming you don’t go for something like ITB fuel injection, pretty much anything else can be period correct. 

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1. Suspension

2. Suspension 

3. Suspension. 

IE sway bars. New springs (ST springs have minimal drop thus look OEM) Fresh bushings all around. I favor rubber for a tolerable ride. You have Bilsteins. so you are good there.   

Much more fun on the twisties. 

That will beat a good number of mondo horsepower Mopars, Chevy's, Fords's of old...You speed ahead as they butt pucker through their turns. 

 

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How do those speaker panels sound? Cool idea, wonder how to get bass with an open back though

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