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Hi all

Bought this FN2 last weekend as a winter daily whilst I hide the Porsche away. The car was covered in poor taste: window tints that you can't see through, fly eyes on the lights and the most atrocious vinyl wrapping I've ever seen.

As I've already made a start on removing a lot of the poor workmanship, my remaining to do list to get it back into original condition:

Remove rear side window tints
Remove fly eyes on fog lights
Remove aftermarket HIDs - replace with stock bulbs
Replace headlight covers due to holes drilled for HIDs
Remove remaining vinyl wrap on nearside
Remove vinyl wrap on roof
Remove vinyl wrap on kick plates
Repaint and blow in top section of door below offside window
Replace low-temp thermostat with Honda OE
Reattach Type R badge to grill
Replace Pipercross air filter with original air box
Install Pioneer double din I have kicking around

Everyone likes pictures so let's get on with them!





This is the quality of workmanship I'm referring to. I don't know how you can finish the job and say to yourself, "Yes, this is acceptable."



Badge that separated itself from the grill:



This explains why the wing mirror cover didn't mate up properly:



Fortunately, the piece that broke off was still in the wing mirror. Work in progress whilst I straightened out the remaining clip and plastic welded the other back on:



Sorted and now sitting flush:



Flaking paint I discovered under a thin strip of vinyl wrap that I'll repaint and blow into the rest of the door:




Plenty more progress to come. I'll be selling the car early spring when I bring the Porsche out of hibernation if anyone would like a clean, original example. Besides the awful mods, the paint is in reasonable shape considering the age (2007) and the engine pulls well for 95k. Hopefully I won't get bored too soon and end up swapping it for something else!

Here's my Porsche to demonstrate how much care and attention I take to my vehicles; this FN2 will be no different. Let's save this poor Type R! I'm hoping to show some really good before and after photos in a few weeks time. That's all for now.



 

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Nice.
 

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You will prob find someone who will pay to swap the rage wheels for the normal 18's. Bonuses is 18's ride better too.

I prefer the front grille with no R badge.

The kick plates may have been wrapped as the finish on the metal can be poor. They might polish up but might not.
 

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I don't mind the alloys. Not sure on my standing of the original 18s. I'll see how I feel after Christmas. Still not sold on the car; might get something more economical. Very much on the fence right now.

I took the roof wrap off the roof today and it wasn't mated to the seal, it was slid under it and not sealed. This has trapped water, which has caused the paint to bubble and the roof to rust on the edge. I started sanding it back but it's too far gone to be blown in by me. I'll be getting the roof resprayed and the seal redone.

The kick plates are badly rusted and may not polish out. Looks like the wrap was used to hide things (which is what I suspected when I bought the car) so it comes as little surprise. They're last on my list as it's a common issue and not something an idiot owner has caused.

I gave the interior a well needed clean - I was pulling cobwebs out of corners! Sheesh. What's wrong with some people I simply do not know. Pics to come of the roof respray!
 

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Try your local Honda dealer regarding the roof rust, some are being repainted free of charge under an extended warranty as this is a known problem. Mine has just been done, 2008 car, 120k on it with part history.
 

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Already went down that route and it was done a few years back - along with the new seal. No way to dodge paying for this, unfortunately. There are other spots of rust on the roof where moisture has gotten trapped, having inspected it more thoroughly.
 

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You may find the kick plates still have a clear plastic on them. They can be restored quite easily, but if you decide to do that you'll need to remove them and they are very sharp edged, so do so with caution. They do come up a treat though.
 

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I don't understand how someone can let a car fall into such a shape. You'd think that people would avoid buying a car if they don't have the budget to maintain it...

Roof is booked in for 11th December. I've also enquired about the door seeing as the car will already be there (means less work for me).

Just the rear tints and stupid fly eyes on the fog lights to come off. It's then back in stock appearance and the cleanup begins.
 

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Nice reading through the thread and your efforts at sorting out the fn2. Great little cars. Love the porshe too!

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The kick plates removed:



Thankfully all of the clips are intact along with the bent pins on the alloy itself.

Lots of corrosion and the clear plastic has had its day. My plan is to remove the rust with wire wool and create a brushed look with sandpaper. I'll then lacquer the whole plate for good measure. Updates to follow once I get around to it.
 

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After getting some solid info on the stock intake, I now know what I'm looking for. I peered under the bonnet and found myself looking at this mess. I didn't see how bad it was when I initially bought the car. Look at this "custom" masterpiece...







See the MAF? That's just been jammed in there. The filter is just floating and isn't actually fixed to anything. **** me.

Bill of parts:

£25 stock air box
£17 new TB to air box pipe
£9.90 new air filter

I'm beginning to question whether I'll be able to break even on this car come resale time if I keep finding crap like this.
 

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That car is so lucky to have found you. I actually can’t believe people do this.. it’s like the previous owner has done the ‘mods’ and went “well.. that’ll do, stuff it” unreal. Looking forward to seeing it back in shape. That monstrosity of a MAF installation is making me feel sick.


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Looks like some effort went into that lol
At least you are doing a proper job and helping restore the mark. Nice work, could you not store it for next winter when the Porsche comes back out?
 

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Not at all pretty!!! Clearly a diy tuner! I would imagine it will drive loads better with the standard air box set up back in place.
The joys of buying second hand cars....
 
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