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Question Cheap improvements that i can do

I have a Honda Civic 2.2 CTDI diesel

I was just wondering what cheap and easy modifications I can make to improve from the basic.

Also interested in some intermediate and more difficult suggestions.
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Change all bulbs to LED, change gear knob and add a shifter boot, maybe a bit of colour-coding etc.

Then for the more advanced it will all come down to your budget and skills, as remaps, wheels and type R parts don't come cheap (if you decide to go that route).

Check out the Gallery for inspiration from other owners and go from there
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Yeah was thinking of doing the bulbs and gear knob, the numbers have all rubbed off the car I brought.

Any suggestions on places to buy?

I'm pretty much a novice at all of this, but I'm learning been watching a lot of videos and brought a haynes manual.

OK ill take a look.
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Ebay or amazon for the bulbs and other things mentioned as that's where i bought mine from, they cost buttons to buy and help lift the looks of the interior.
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Yeah was thinking of doing the bulbs
On ebay seller called valley-led do a kit for interior led lights for the FN2, including the boot light.
This will do your 2.2 since the interior lights are the same - used one on my 1.8 Si.
The exterior ones are a bit trial and error but valley also do them as do aurora bulbs - forum trader.
Depends how far you want to go with led, suggest leaving indicator bulbs as standard but you could change the outside brake/rear light for led as well as rear fog light, number plate bulbs & reversing lights & front side lights.
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What about our tame bulb seller on here?
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changing the grill makes a big difference and changing the rear orange indicator units to the clear one's is a nice touch.
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A Civic mk9 gear knob from a breaker and a gaiter from eBay improves the look
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A Civic mk9 gear knob from a breaker and a gaiter from eBay improves the look
Bit of a "how to" for this would be helpful, I have not tried to remove the knob or surround on one of these.
This looks like a nice upgrade for the wife's Si - stop her moaning about what I spend on the FN2
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Here's the guide that i originally followed, might need to unclip the surround and adjust the gaiter if it is too tight in 1st and reverse gear.

https://www.civinfo.com/forum/how-gu...aiter-how.html
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One of the best small purchases I've done to my car's is a Broadway interior mirror. Cost me like 15 from Amazon and it widens your view on your rear view mirror so you can see more. Literally clips ontop of the existing mirror.

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Not a cheap mod but one that pays the initial cost back is to replace the perspex grill with a sports one. Last one I bought new was around 100 but I then sold the original perspex one on eBay and got my ,100 back
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One of the best small purchases I've done to my car's is a Broadway interior mirror. Cost me like 15 from Amazon and it widens your view on your rear view mirror so you can see more. Literally clips ontop of the existing mirror.

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Saw your comment, i am amazed at the difference it has made to my car. Thanks
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First thing i did was change the gear knob, but i did have a Type R one lying around and its much nice to use.

Interior
Gear knob and gaiter
Type R dash surround
Fit modern stereo + upgrade speakers
LED bulbs
New mats
Seat upgrade/rail change
Retrim steering wheel
Install USB ports

Exterior
Change rear lights to clear
Fit Type R spoiler
Colour code parts
Fit Type R splitters
Change front grill to sport version
Fit wheels and spacers
Wind Deflectors
Upgrade bulbs
Fit lowering springs

Performance
Clean/blank EGR
Remap
Full service with genuine parts
Upgrade brakes to ATR or Type R
Upgrade suspension
Fit "Dress up" parts to engine bay
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One that I've noticed is the actuity shifter bushing upgrade; by all accounts, speaking to actuity and looking on the Dream automotive website, it should fit on virtually any civic, and at around 30 or so to memory it's worth a punt.

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Changed the gear knob on the wife's 1.8 Si to one of these, took 10 mins to fit with 14mm spanner.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/JUDING-Spee.../dp/B018HPV3B4
She went for 6 speed silver with red script to match the car - fits her hand nicely and she is happy.
Didn't want a gaiter so saved me some dosh.
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Aside from the basic wind deflectors etc externally me a massive improvement looks wise (not for everyone though) is a square front plate...suits the jap cars and then a nice rear plate too
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Saw your comment, i am amazed at the difference it has made to my car. Thanks
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