What have YOU stuck/attatched to your car?

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by mistyz23, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I haven't really done anything to promote the car's fuel economy -- most people around here already seem to know what TDI means in terms of fuel economy. I added some larger fuel injectors for more power and slightly better economy as long as I don't make use of the extra power too often. I made the car more unique by switching its original front end with that of a Jetta (see pictures). Also added a couple safety-related items: a rear fog light, and the high mounted stop light now flashes with turn signals. The rear fog light is very bright so it also works at getting tailgaters off my back at night.

    Original front end:

    New front end:

    High mount turn signals:
  2. tarabell

    tarabell Well-Known Member

    I have an alumni license plate frame from my school, and a back window cling from my daughter's school.

    The plate frame was a present from the family and rather expensive otherwise I'd change it for a cmpg frame. But if Tom ever gets a deal on window clings (hint, hint) I've got a spot reserved for it. :)

    And I have 3 HOV stickers (one got stolen). I requested a set of replacement stickers thinking when I DO use the carpool lane I could get stopped for having only 3. But the DMV said no, I have to send them a police report and the remaining stickers, and can't use the carpool lane till I get the replacements. I guess hybrid owners are real scammers, reselling the replacement stickers or something...
  3. jwxr7

    jwxr7 Member

    I've taped a few aero appliances to my metro :D. My kammback, part of the grill block, and wheel skirts are taped on with clear packing tape and the airdam, rear undertray, and lower part of the grill block are screwed on.

    I did have a little sign saying something like "CAUTION! fuel efficiency testing underway" and one that showed my best tank mpg. I have since removed both for no good reason.
  4. Bruce

    Bruce cheapskate

    A bit of Coroplast behind the lower grille and under the front bumper, basically bone stock in appearance. I do my best to blend in and be utterly forgettable -- Corvettes are a lot more likely to get tickets than old Beetles, and not just because they're faster.

    I'm kind of tempted to remove the logos to make it even more nondescript; the rear one is in bad shape anyway.
  5. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Two main bumper stickers along the bottom of the back window:

    There's usually a political bumper sticker too, which I will omit from this discussion in the interest of neutrality. The current one is unrelated to hypermiling and has been in my back window for 3 years as a response to the 2004 election. It will probably start rotating as the political season heats up next year. 'Nuff said about that.

    Other exterior changes: Crater Lake vanity plate (GN BIKN), removed the rear air deflector, installed a trailer hitch and bike rack in back (just last week), Sirius antenna on top. In the winter I switch to a studless snow/ice tire and wheel setup: currently running Nokian Hakkapeliitta Qs, but will switch to the LRR Michelin X-Ice once those wear out.

    Mechanical changes: Crappy/noisy aftermarket muffler dictated by insurance company after my big crash, Brembo front brakes. I just picked up my new Optima battery today (yellow top D35) and am installing it tonight! Woo-hoo!

    Interior changes: Alarm system, bottom of the line Sirius-capable Kenwood stereo, iPod charger/input jack (installed 2wks ago).

    Non-stock stuff I carry around with me: toddler seat, DeLorme seatback pocket with Thomas guide and OR and WA atlases, first aid kit, headlamp/lithium batteries, full size spare, minimalist tool kit, jumper cables, tow strap, cargo straps for lashing stuff to the roof. Have also been carrying a backup battery/starter, but may start leaving that at home once I put in the new Optima. In winter I also carry chains, a couple pounds of traction gravel, a blanket, shovel and a couple hats and pairs of gloves.

    Upcoming changes to be done before winter: Install kill switch. Convert non-blinking parking and tail lights to LEDs. Consider replacing headlight lenses with ones that actually let light pass through.
  6. mistyz23

    mistyz23 Active Member

    I've enjoyed reading what everyone else has done. I will keep my eyes out for everyone on the road!

    Oh man, I'm jeaouls of the TDI. We got an 07 GTI 4/door in November of last year and would have loved to have a TDI option available here in the states. Good for you!
  7. DebbieKatz

    DebbieKatz ФЕХ Царйца

    WI sesquicentennial license plate: MEWSICL - reflecting 2 of my favorite things in life :) :)

    One of those ribbon magnets, blue, that says "Public employees do it BETTER" - I've worked for the state of WI for 20+ years now :)

    Red bumper sticker that says: "I'm not CRAZY, I'm VOCALIZING!" - because if I'm alone in my car, I'm usually singing :) :) :) (This bumper sticker came with a cd of vocal warm-up exercises.)

    My license plate frame is from Elkhorn Motors, where I bought my FEH, because they were the only dealer willing to tell me the price of the car straight out. (And the salesman was really terrific, & they gave me a great trade-in allowance on my 6-year-old SL1 :) )

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