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vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:18 pm

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Build Date: 11.17.08 @ 7:18 am PDT
Purchase Date: 04.11.09 (76 miles)

Accomplishments:
• 3rd place in the "Stock Class" at the 3rd annual WI GM-Tuner Gathering - 05.22.10
• GenVibe.com's April 2011 Vibe of the Month

• Turned over 10,000 miles - 02.26.10
• Turned over 20,000 miles - 01.28.11
• Turned over 30,000 miles - 03.22.12
• Turned over 40,000 miles - 05.18.13
• Turned over 50,000 miles - 05.25.14

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Flickr Albums
MPG Tune

Manufacturer Options:
• 5-Speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission (MVD)
• Power Sunroof (CF5)
• Theft-Deterrent Alarm System (UA6)

Modifications:

Engine:

• black painted exhaust manifold heat shield
• TRD forged aluminum oil filler cap [with metallic silver painted insert] (#PTR35-00110)
• Grafx Werks metallic silver "VVT-i 16V" engine cover overlay
• K&N Typhoon short ram air intake (#69-8613TS)
• AEM Brute Force Dryflow air filter (#21-203BF)
• AEM air filter wrap (#1-4000)
• Optima 35 series Red Top battery (#8020-164)
• air intake ducting and resonator removed
• Magnaflow catback exhaust system [2.25" stainless steel mandrel bent piping, stainless steel 5"x8"x14" oval bodied muffler & polished stainless steel 4" round angle cut tip] (#16849)

Suspension:
• TRD front strut tower brace (#PTR02-12080)

Wheels - Summer:
• Toyota [McGard] OEM alloy wheel-specific chrome wheel locks (#00276-00901)
• chrome valve stem caps

Wheels - Winter:
• 2009-2010 Vibe 2.4L Base / AWD 16" steel wheels (#19184107)
• 2009-2010 Vibe 2.4L Base / AWD 16" wheel covers (#24100434)
• 205/55/16 Kelly Explorer tires
• 2003-2010 Vibe steel wheel / wheel cover-specific lug nuts (#88972746)

Brakes:
• black painted front and rear calipers
• black painted front and rear rotor hats

Exterior:
• Nokya hyper yellow Stage 1 bulbs in the fog lights (#9145 / H10)
• front license plate replaced with color matched plugs
• DDM Tuning 35w 5000k HID bulbs in the low beam headlights (#9006)
• Sylvania SilverStar Ultra bulbs in the high beam headlights (#9005)
• Stealth Auto chrome amber bulbs in the front marker lights (#3457)
• 35% tinted front and rear windows
• WeatherTech dark tinted front and rear in-channel side window deflectors (#82481)
• Honda 7" antenna (#39151-STK-A01)
• Grafx Werks metallic silver "genvibe.com" decal on the lower right corner of the hatch glass
• Stealth Auto chrome amber bulbs in the rear marker lights (#7440)
• v-LEDs 5000k LED bulbs in the reverse lights (#921)
• "PONTIAC VIBE GT" badges removed from the hatch
• v-LEDs 5000k LED bulb in the license plate light (#194)
• Illinois Route 66 specialty license plate - VIBIN

Interior:
• v-LEDs 5000k LED bulbs in the map lights (#194)
• v-LEDs 5000k LED bulbs in the center and rear overhead lights (#DE3175 / 31mm)
• GM Accessories chrome shift knob overlay (#19171212) [discontinued]
• 2010 Vibe metallic silver shifter bezel (#19205020)
• GM Accessories premium all weather front and rear floor mats (#19170829) [discontinued]
• GM Accessories rear cargo security shade (#19171208)
• 2 GM Accessories premium all weather cargo mats (#19170827)

Miscellaneous:
independent fog lights
Automatic Headlights (AHL) disabled
Daytime Running Lights (DRL) disabled
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) disabled
OnStar module removed
• FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filter (#CF10285)

Future:

Wheels - Summer:

• metallic silver powder coated OEM wheels
• 235/40/18 Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 tires
• chrome valve stem sleeves

Brakes:
• PowerStop cross-drilled and slotted front and rear brake rotors [with black powder coated edges and hats] (#JBR1127XPR | #JBR1363XPR)
• black powder coated front and rear calipers
• PowerStop Z17 Evolution Plus ceramic front and rear brake pads (#17-1211 | #17-1212)
• Techna-Fit braided stainless steel front and rear brake lines [with a black protective coating] (#TOY-2236)

Exterior:
• Morimoto Elite 3Five 35w 3000k HID bulbs in the fog lights (#9145 / H10)
• Morimoto Elite 3Five 35w 5000k HID bulbs in the low beam headlights (#9006)

Miscellaneous:
• Hella Super Tones dual horns [with black painted grilles] (#3399803)

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First Day Home - 04.11.09
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First Photoshoot - 04.12.09
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Dealer License Plate Frame & Sticker Removed - 04.17.09
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WI GM-Tuners Meet - Bender Park - Milwaukee, WI - 04.18.09
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35% Tinted Front & Rear Windows - 04.24.09
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De-Badged Hatch & Grafx Werks Metallic Silver "genvibe.com" Decal - 04.26.09
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GM Accessories Premium All Weather Front And Rear Floor & Cargo Mats - 05.06.09
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K&N Typhoon Short Ram Air Intake & AEM Brute Force Dryflow Air Filter - 07.09.09
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Cruise Night - Morris, IL - 09.12.09
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Automatic Headlights (AHL) & Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Disabled + Independent Fog Lights - 09.24.09
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Winter Wheels & Tires: 2009-2010 Vibe 2.4L Base / AWD 16" Steel Wheels & 205/55/16 Kelly Explorer Tires - 11.07.09
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Winter Mode 2009-2010 - 12.12.09
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:54 pm

2010

"Birth Certificate" From NUMMI - 03.26.10
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Black Painted Front & Rear Calipers - 04.03.10
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Chrome Valve Stem Caps - 04.06.10
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Chicagoland GenVibe Meet - Busse Woods - Elk Grove Village, IL - 04.10.10
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Flat Tire & Majorly Damaged Wheel :cry: - 04.17.10
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Parking Like The Big Boys & Girls (Trucks & SUVs) @ JC Whitney - 05.02.10
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3rd Annual WI GM-Tuner Gathering - WI Dells - 05.22.10
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Altgeld Hall @ Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, IL - 06.15.10
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Front License Plate Replaced With Color Matched Plugs - 07.11.10
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2010 GenVibe Meet - Indianapolis - 07.16.10 - 07.18.10
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08.05.10
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2" Blind Spot Mirrors - 09.26.10
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Chicagoland GenVibe Meet - Sandwich, IL - 10.09.10
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Winter Mode 2010-2011 - 12.04.10
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:18 pm

2011

Winter Wheels & Tires - 2003-2010 Vibe Steel Wheel / Wheel Cover-Specific Lug Nuts - 01.01.11
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01.15.11
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20,000 Miles! - 01.28.11
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GM Accessories Rear Cargo Security Shade - 02.11.11
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Honda 7" Antenna - 02.12.11
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Black Painted Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield - 03.29.11
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Black Painted Front & Rear Rotor Hats - 04.03.11
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05.28.11
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Grafx Werks Metallic Silver "VVT-i 16V" Engine Cover Overlay - 06.16.11
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07.17.11
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GM Accessories Chrome Shift Knob Overlay - 07.20.11
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GenVibe Picture Challenge - 08.07.11
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2010 Vibe Metallic Silver Shifter Bezel - 08.23.11
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GenVibe Picture Challenge - 12.07.11
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GenVibe Picture Challenge - 12.11.11
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Winter Wheels & Tires - 2009-2010 Vibe 2.4L Base / AWD 16" Wheel Covers - 12.31.11
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:22 pm

2012

30,000 Miles! - 03.22.12
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Toyota [McGard] OEM Alloy Wheel-Specific Chrome Wheel Locks - 03.24.12
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04.20.12
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby A Psycho Martyr » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:09 am

may I use this photo to make a Banner in the contest?
I actually have all 3 of my submissions made already, so I'm basically asking permission to make YOU one to submit in the contest
lemme know 8)

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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:23 pm

A Psycho Martyr wrote:may I use this photo to make a Banner in the contest?
I actually have all 3 of my submissions made already, so I'm basically asking permission to make YOU one to submit in the contest
lemme know 8)

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That's fine Brandon!

I am wanting to get both Vibes cleaned up and return to this location for a more proper photoshoot soon. I don't know if it will be before the banner contest ends though :|.
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby joatmon » Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:57 am

Happy Birthday!
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:56 am

joatmon wrote:Happy Birthday!

Awww... thanks :D!
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Tue May 15, 2012 4:30 pm

UPDATE

2nd GM Accessories Premium All Weather Cargo Mat To Protect The Backs Of The Rear Seats When Folded Down - 05.11.12
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Sat May 19, 2012 5:22 pm

UPDATE

Optima 35 Series Red Top Battery - 05.19.12
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:13 pm

I snapped a couple quick pictures in the rain the other day...

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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby ramenboy... » Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:45 pm

Nice, Carrie! Your vibe is never dirty. (removed)!
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:22 pm

ramenboy... wrote:Nice, Carrie! Your vibe is never dirty. (removed)!

Oh trust me... it's very dirty right now! I can't remember the last time I washed it :shock:. That's just the beauty of silver, it never really looks too dirty, especially in pictures ;)!
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:16 am

UPDATE

WeatherTech Dark Tinted Front & Rear In-Channel Side Window Deflectors - 08.10.12
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby felixturcotte22 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:22 pm

what a sweet ride !
congrats !
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:19 pm

felixturcotte22 wrote:what a sweet ride !
congrats !

Thanks! I really appreciate it :D!
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby Wingnut » Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:40 pm

Very nice Carry! 8-)
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby ponta2147 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:42 am

So? What are your thoughts now that you have them? I never thought I'd want any but they look kinda tempting...

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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:46 pm

Wingnut wrote:Very nice Carry! 8-)

Thanks Eric, but it's Carrie :P!

ponta2147 wrote:So? What are your thoughts now that you have them? I never thought I'd want any but they look kinda tempting...

Well, honestly... right now my opinion is that the front ones are great but the rear ones suck. The driver's side rear one fell out after only a couple days. The front ones fit nice and tight and allow the front windows to be open quite a bit without getting a ton of rain all over the interior, but the rear ones fit like c r a p and the crappy double sided tape that is supposed to attach them to the inside of the window channel does not hold worth a d a m n. I was going to return them, but before I do I am going to try some good 3M double sided tape to see if perhaps this will actually keep them in place. If it does, then I am going to keep them, but if one or both of the rears falls out again, they're going back. It did rain the other day and it was very nice to be able to have the windows down a little bit without getting rain all over, so I am really hoping some better quality double sided tape will keep the rear ones from falling out, but we shall see.
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Re: J_TO_ENVY's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe

Postby vibenvy » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:47 pm

Well, my opinion of the rear WeatherTech deflectors is much better now that I put some 3M Super Strong Molding Tape (just under $5.00 at Walmart) on them and they are staying in place very nicely. The Vibe was out in the sun all day at work today and I drove home with all the windows down and the rear ones are still firmly attached.

I would recommend anyone who is interested in the WeatherTech deflectors to remove the crappy tape they come with and put some good 3M molding tape on them before installation.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:08 pm

UPDATE

Chicagoland GenVibe Meet - Morris, IL - 09.08.12
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v-LEDs 5000k LED Bulb In The License Plate Light - 09.26.12
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:07 pm

Yesterday my Vibe turned 4 :D!
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby lannvouivre » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:24 pm

vibenvy wrote:Yesterday my Vibe turned 4 :D!
Geez, your Vibe is so old now! ;)
I may look online, but I can assure you that I just have no idea this tab is still open.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:57 pm

lannvouivre wrote:Geez, your Vibe is so old now! ;)

I know right :P!
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibedrivermatt » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:44 am

The exhaust tip looks great. I've gotta get one for mine. :D

I notice its tack welded on there. Good idea.

also, really like the optima battery and other stuff. 8-)

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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby trb » Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:25 pm

vibedrivermatt wrote:The exhaust tip looks great. I've gotta get one for mine. :D

I notice its tack welded on there. Good idea.

Ditto, but I will get one for my son's car. There are several of them on ebay right now for $29.99 plus $8 shipping.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:59 pm

vibedrivermatt wrote:The exhaust tip looks great. I've gotta get one for mine. :D

I notice its tack welded on there. Good idea.

also, really like the optima battery and other stuff. 8-)

Thanks Matt! I was getting bored with the OEM 2009-2010 Vibe GT muffler tip and thought it would be neat if I could get the 2003-2008 GM one to work. It seemed like it was going to be a major PITA at first, but it ended up being a pretty easy install for my exhaust guy and as you can see, he did a great job. He made a sleeve to go over the tailpipe (because the tailpipe is 2 1/8" and the opening on the new tip is 3"+), welded the sleeve to the tailpipe and then slid the tip on over the sleeve and used the clamp that came with the tip to keep the tip nice and tight over the sleeve and tailpipe. I love that it looks like an exhaust without actually having an exhaust :P. It looks even better than I thought it would. You have got to post pictures if you get one for yours! I'm curious to see how it would look on the Base rear end.

I scored a great deal with the Optimas that I absolutely could not pass up. Optima was offering $25.00 mail-in rebates on up to 4 of their batteries (i.e. $25.00 per battery) back in August. I figured there would be no better time to get them, so I went ahead and got them. It sure was nice to get that $50.00 rebate check in the mail :D. It's even nicer to not have to worry about the batteries leaking, dying, etc. for a long time to come. I was surprised at how much smaller the Optimas were compared to the factory batteries. I am going to have to rig something up because they tend to slide around a bit because there is quite a bit of space around the battery in the tray. They also sit quite a bit lower even though I have both spacers under them, so the battery tie downs are not quite as snug as I would like, but despite these minor issues, we have not had any issues whatsoever with the batteries themselves.

trb wrote:Ditto, but I will get one for my son's car. There are several of them on ebay right now for $29.99 plus $8 shipping.

You'll get one for your son's Vibe because your "new" tip will be arriving in the mail within the next week or so :D! $29.99 plus $8.00 shipping isn't bad at all considering the price on GMPartsCenter.net (#12497926) is $6x.xx plus $8.95 handling. I am so glad I jumped on the 2 for $17.00 each with free shipping on eBay though, especially since I ended up shelling out $53.00 for installation (parts and labor) per Vibe. Oh well, I justified it to myself because I couldn't find another tip I liked and because most aftermarket tips i.e. Magnaflow, Flowmaster, etc. are $50.00+ for just the tip. It was money well spent IMO :D.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:49 pm

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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Fri May 17, 2013 5:37 pm

UPDATES

TRD Forged Aluminum Oil Filler Cap [With Metallic Silver Painted Insert] - 05.12.13
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TRD Front Strut Tower Brace - 05.17.13
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I am very pleased with the TRD strut tower brace! Not only does it look like a normal strut tower brace compared to the goofy looking OEM one, but it should provide much more stability than the OEM one due to it being one piece instead of three and it weighs about half as much as the OEM one. Definitely a great upgrade that I'm glad I made :D!
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby MaSlade » Sat May 18, 2013 3:57 am

Heyyyyyy that looks familiar! :lol:

It took me about a year and a half to scroll all the way down, but man, does that look good :) I like that it's super light and functional. Did it take you long to install? I've had lots of trouble because of existing stripped bolts/etc.

It looks great with your GT. :)
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sat May 18, 2013 4:48 am

MaSlade wrote:Heyyyyyy that looks familiar! :lol:

It took me about a year and a half to scroll all the way down, but man, does that look good :) I like that it's super light and functional. Did it take you long to install? I've had lots of trouble because of existing stripped bolts/etc.

It looks great with your GT. :)

:lol:

The installation went very smoothly. Much smoother and easier than I was expecting. It probably took me about an hour start to finish, including some cleaning under the cowl pieces before re-installing them and removing the TRD badge from the strut brace.

Thanks for the kind words :D!
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby MaSlade » Sat May 18, 2013 7:41 am

Any time! Now was the TRD badge stuck on with adhesive? I was thinking about relocating it because it's unnoticeable (unfortunately).
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sat May 18, 2013 6:24 pm

UPDATE

40,000 Miles! - 05.18.13
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MaSlade wrote:Any time! Now was the TRD badge stuck on with adhesive? I was thinking about relocating it because it's unnoticeable (unfortunately).

Yep. It's just held on with double sided tape. I took a blow dryer to it and used some fishing line to "saw" back and forth behind it until it popped off. Than I just used WD-40 to remove the leftover adhesive residue. It came off pretty easily.

I have a second TRD strut brace on the way for my mom's Vibe (it should arrive sometime this week) and I will be removing the badge from it as well, so if you want another one or if you don't want to mess with removing yours, let me know and I'll drop it in the mail to you (no cost!). Another member has already claimed the badge from my strut brace :P.

And on a bit of a side note, I drove my Vibe for the first time today after installing the strut brace and I can honestly say I could feel a noticeable difference in the handling over the OEM one. The body roll when turning or going through a curve is noticeably reduced over the OEM one and the Vibe just feels more "solid". I am so glad I decided to go ahead and get the TRD strut brace :D!
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Wed May 22, 2013 5:28 pm

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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby MaSlade » Fri May 24, 2013 10:40 am

If I haven't said so already, congrats on turning over 40,000 miles :P That's quite the accomplishment!

The badge is a nice little addition to go along with the new strut brace as well :D

I've actually been looking up what I could manufacture for hood dampers. So far I've found a few DIYs, so we'll see what happens.

On a good note: spoiler has been shipped 8-)
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sat May 25, 2013 10:36 am

Thanks for the congratulations! Can't wait to see the spoiler installed ;)!

I did a full exterior detail on my Vibe yesterday and today. I washed it, used Mother's Clay Bar System, washed it again, used Mother's Water Spot Remover for Glass on all the exterior windows (including the sunroof) and finally, finished up with Mother's 3 Step Ultimate Wax System. It was a long, tedious process, but well worth the time and effort as the Vibe looks absolutely amazing :cool:! Below are a couple quick driveway pictures I took...

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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby cmpltvertigo » Fri May 31, 2013 6:29 am

Great vehicle. Really enjoyed reading your progression thread. Really like the K&N typhoon and the optional dry filter - how did you like this mod? any noticeable difference in performance or gas mileage?
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:53 am

cmpltvertigo wrote:Great vehicle. Really enjoyed reading your progression thread. Really like the K&N typhoon and the optional dry filter - how did you like this mod? any noticeable difference in performance or gas mileage?

Thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate it :D!

I am very happy with the K&N CAI and AEM filter! They have both been on my Vibe for almost 4 years now and I haven't had a single issue. I have seen a consitent 1-2 MPG increase in gas mileage (once I got over the initial period of stepping on the gas all the time to hear the intake :P). The sound the intake makes is awesome, especially when accelerating :twisted:! It sounds nice and mellow until you step on the gas, then it gets noticeably louder (in a good way). I don't even have any desire to add an exhaust because of how great the intake sounds by itself. Last but not least, it looks so much better than the factory setup when you look under the hood. The AEM filter is great too. I simply pull it off, tap it on the ground a few times, than use the shop vac on it when I change the oil on the Vibe. It's very easy to clean and I don't have to worry about possibly over-oiling it. I highly reccomend this setup for every 2009-2010 2.4L Vibe owner :D!
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby scvlx » Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:46 am

Hey vibenvy, I like the mods you have done to your car. I am wanting to get the TRD strut bar for my 09 gt. I looked at the Matrix 09-13 but it didn't look like the correct one. Could you tell me witch one you ordered? Thanks scvlx
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:20 pm

scvlx wrote:Hey vibenvy, I like the mods you have done to your car. I am wanting to get the TRD strut bar for my 09 gt. I looked at the Matrix 09-13 but it didn't look like the correct one. Could you tell me witch one you ordered? Thanks scvlx

Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it :)!

This is the strut brace you need to order for your 2009 Vibe GT. I highly recommend ordering from TRD Sparks. They have excellent prices, great customer service and really fast shipping.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby scvlx » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:32 pm

Hey vibenvy, thanks for the info on the strut brace. I read on here somewhere you had a cargo mat for sale. I was wondering if you still had it. Might also be interested in the floor mats. Let me know thanks scvlx.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:14 pm

scvlx wrote:Hey vibenvy, thanks for the info on the strut brace. I read on here somewhere you had a cargo mat for sale. I was wondering if you still had it. Might also be interested in the floor mats. Let me know thanks scvlx.

You're very welcome! I'm always more than happy to help! That's why I'm here :D!

No floor or cargo mats for sale, but I do have brand new Husky Liners floor and cargo liners for sale.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby scvlx » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:12 am

Ok thanks, that's what I ment. I will get back with you when I have some extra money and see if you still have them.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:24 pm

scvlx wrote:Ok thanks, that's what I ment. I will get back with you when I have some extra money and see if you still have them.

Just thought I'd give you a heads up that the floor liners have been sold, but I still have the cargo liner if you're interested in it ;).
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:59 am

UPDATE

2013 GenVibe Meet - Pontiac, IL - 06.14.13 - 06.16.13

L-R: areles (Ron), vibenvy (Carrie) & KITT222 (Nick)
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MorbidAngel's (Tim's) Vibe in the background
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areles (Ron) & vibenvy (Carrie)
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This is a pin with the Pontiac Route 66 mural on it that we received in our goody bags from the Oakland Automotive Museum / Pontiac Tourism Board. This just seemed like a neat place to put it.
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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby navyrican » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:08 am

Hey thanks a lot for posting your mods and the parts numbers. I went ahead and ordered and installed the K & N cold air intake and purchased the AEM filter. I did run into a problem, most likely my fault, but the AEM filter rubber hose part seemed too large for the K & N pipe, did you use something to make it fit or did it fit fine for you?

I installed everything and took it for a test run and when i opened the hood to check it, the filter had fallen into the box. So i went to tighten the clamp on it and all but it just felt loose so i tried using the K & N filter that came with the kit and it fit just fine. I was wondering if you had that problem or not.

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Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

Postby vibenvy » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:39 pm

The only "issue" I have with the AEM filter is that I have to put some force on it when re-installing it i.e. I have to push it toward the firewall with one hand while tightening it down with the other. Other than that, I've never had any issues with it fitting, falling off, etc.

As far as the hose goes, I used the factory hose in place of the one that comes with the intake. Again, it fits fine and hasn't given me any problems.

On a bit of a side note, the above goes for both our Vibes which both have the exact same intake and filter setup.
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