Redoing My Interior & Installing Starry Night Lights! I will start off and say this wasn’t something I was always dreamed about doing to my car, it kind of just happened. I was inspired by a local build and wanted to create the look in my wagon. The first thing I did was research the fiber optic lights. The quantity of lights was the biggest factor and it ultimately came down to how concentrated I wanted the lights to look in the headliner. I also wanted the lights to reach the entire length of the headliner. I ended up purchasing a kit on Amazon of 450 count for about $120. Another thing that I wanted to tackle simultaneously was the tan upper half of the interior. Things like the handles, sun glass compartment, light pieces, and seat belt pieces were all tan plastic. I wanted to black out the interior completely.
With the help from Jonny, Brandon, Josh, and Danny, we spent a day taking the interior apart and spraying everything with black fabric paint. We first wiped down all the pillars and handles (anything that would have grease or dirt) to help the paint adhere better.
I took the headliner to get reupholstered at a local shop, which took about a week to be completed. I asked for black suede, but received a “suede-like material” because apparently “suede is too thin of a material and the fabric glue would show lines through the liner.” WHATEVER. Brandon and Josh helped with the transportation of the liner to and from the shop – thanks guys! After we brought the headliner back to my house, we propped it up in the living room on top of my coffee table and got to work. We separated the 450 strands into four equal(ish) sections and worked our way through. We started with thumb tacks as poking tools minimize the size of the hole, but after doing about 20 strands with the thumb tacks, we got annoyed and switched to beauty scissors (small and sharp blades). These worked so much better and we were able to work much faster poking the holes and feeding the fiber optic strands through. This took about 10 hours total spread over a two week period.
After poking all the holes, I glued them down with Gorilla Fabric glue I bought from Joann’s. The glue had to set for 24 hours, then I pulled on each fiber optic strand to make sure they were secure. I snipped the excess fiber from the headliner side. I also had to also make sure that while gluing them down that there was enough strand to run all of the strands in a bunch down a pillar in my trunk for the light box to be hidden (still working on the hiding part!) We installed the interior pieces and got it all back together in a day, and I am absolutely in love with the end result:
I don’t ever want to do a headliner like this again. I took a lot of mental breaks because I was getting SO frustrated with just sitting there and poking tiny holes through the liner. But the end result is beautiful and mesmerizing, and I’m happy I was able to do this with my headliner with the help of some awesome people.
Way back far far away in January of 2018, I put my wheels (Work Emotion XD9) and coilovers (BC Racing extreme low) up for sale. My wheels went to Mitch in Montana (that stance tho)
And my coils went to Colin in Colorado, who loves how his OBXT handles now.
Never realized the first letters of names and states were the same...weird.
Anyways, in February I recieved my new wheels and got to work getting them coated with wheel wax, and getting tires mounted.
THEN FINALLY MY COILS ARRIVED. LIFE WAS COMPLETE. March 28th.
Or so I thought. I ordered a kit of Super Extreme Lows with shortened shock bodies and 20k spring rates all around. The coils looked like they were going to be perfect. However, after installing them and putting the car on the ground, I was nowhere near the ride height I thought I was going to be at. The fitment was trash. This was April 15th.
I contacted BC and they were willing to help me out in any way possible. After picking their brains and talking to my friends, we decided to go with a 4” spring with 18k rates all around, and even shorter shock bodies all around as well. These new coil parts were delivered to me in the middle of May, one month later after installing them the first time around. Swapping the parts out on the coilovers was a lot easier than I expected. May 21.
May 25th, Alex and Devyn installed the coilovers while I was at work (special shoutout to my step-dad Brian for letting them use his lift and tools). The rears were good, the fronts needed to be machined for more camber.
After a weekend of cutting, crying, drinking beer, and buying smaller tires, we got everything to fit. I’m so happy with how it sits, although eventually I want to go a little lower in the rear. Thank you to my boys Alex, Brandon, Devyn, Miles, Casey, Brian, Victor, and anyone else who helped me get this stupid thing all set up. Love you all, thanks for the read <3
By Cassidy Somers
When you modify your car, what is important to you? Ride quality? Instagram followers? Horsepower? Why do you do what you do? For some people, its a hobby, their friends have cool cars and want to have a cool car too. For others, its a lifestyle. Its something that is lived and breathed by these individuals. No matter why you modify your car, bike, or truck, we all do it because we love it. We love the comradery, the infinite knowledge and possibilities, and the excitement of changing your ride to be exactly how you want it to be.
Which brings me to a point I’d like to talk about in this post: authenticity. When you purchase parts for your ride, do you think about the company or person you are supporting? Does it matter if they’re a small local shop with little repertoire but that have quality parts, or would you rather just go for the company that all your friends say is cheap, quick, and easy? I find that nowadays, authenticity is less common than it used to be. People are buying from companies that don’t deliver quality products, just to spare the expense of their wallet.
Now I’m not saying that all big names in the car industry are delivering less than quality parts, but I am suggesting to take a look into where they get their parts from, their company history, what the company stands for, and the reviews they have received. When considering to buy parts for your ride, I hope you think about where your money is going and what you are supporting.