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Thread: Decided to pimp the 300 up a bit (WARNING: CONTAINS MOPAR)

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    Default Decided to pimp the 300 up a bit (WARNING: CONTAINS MOPAR)

    It all started innocently enough: My 300's right side headlight was full of water and the reflector was all tarnished black. Made the car look like crap:
    300 old headlights and grille.jpg

    I priced up a stock headlight and it was stupd expensive. I decided that instead of spending the money on a stock light I'd upgrade the looks of the car. The only big decision was whether to go with chrome or black. Since the windows are tinted black I decided to go that way, and also figured black would make the car look more sporty and less "old man". I went on eBay and ordered up a set of black headlights with LED running lights, angel eyes, and projector-type reflectors. I also ordered a black mesh grille. Got all of it for less than the price of one stock headlight.

    They arrived today so I went right to work installing them. First the bumper had to come off:
    300 old lights bumper off.jpg

    Then the new lights went on (the grille was also installed at this point, you can see it in the bumper lying on the floor):
    300 lights installed bumper off.jpg
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    ...Then the bumper with the new grille went back on:
    300 new headlights and grille 4.jpg

    I'm loving those Angel eyes and LED's:
    300 new headlights and grille 2.jpg

    You'll all have to forgive the fact that the car's filthy. It's been pissing down rain all day so I haven't been able to hit it with the pressure washer. Living in the boonies means bug covered bumper pretty much all summer...
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    1988 5.0 Thunderbird SOLD SEPT 11 2010: TC front clip/hood ♣ Body & paint completed Oct 2007 ♣ 3.55 TC rear end and front brakes ♣ TC interior ♣ CHE rear control arms (adjustable lowers) ♣ 2001 Bullitt springs ♣ Energy suspension poly busings ♣ Kenne Brown subframe connectors ♣ CWE engine mounts ♣ Thundercat sequential turn signals ♣ Explorer overhead console (temp/compass display) ♣ 2.25" off-road dual exhaust ♣ T-5 transmission swap completed Jan 2009 ♣

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    That is very cool. I'm not a Chrysler guy by any stretch, but I think you made a serious improvement on the front-end of that machine. Nice work!

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    Of course I couldn't just replace the headlights and grille. I also ordered up some new tail lights. The stockers just look too plain:
    300 old tail lights.jpg

    So I got some nice black tail lights with LED stop/tail and normal bulbs for turn and backup. I really like these tail lights:
    300 new tail light off.jpg
    300 new tail lights 5.jpg
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    1988 5.0 Thunderbird SOLD SEPT 11 2010: TC front clip/hood ♣ Body & paint completed Oct 2007 ♣ 3.55 TC rear end and front brakes ♣ TC interior ♣ CHE rear control arms (adjustable lowers) ♣ 2001 Bullitt springs ♣ Energy suspension poly busings ♣ Kenne Brown subframe connectors ♣ CWE engine mounts ♣ Thundercat sequential turn signals ♣ Explorer overhead console (temp/compass display) ♣ 2.25" off-road dual exhaust ♣ T-5 transmission swap completed Jan 2009 ♣

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    Zach! Howdy stranger!

    I'm no Mopar fan either, but I love the 300's - ever since they first came out I've loved 'em. Ford doesn't offer a decent full size RWD car (actually, with the death of the Panther, they don't offer one at all), and G8's are too expensive and look too much like a generic GM. The 300 is not only the coolest RWD American sedan, it (and its LX/LY platform mates) is the only one. The new 300's are OK, but I think they took some of the 300-ness out of them. The auto magazines all say Chrysler lessened the "slab sided" look - I happen to like that slab sided look. The new interior is definitely nicer though. My 300's interior is decent enough, but plain.

    Anyway, more pics, these ones outside in the rain:
    300 new headlights and grille 6.jpg
    300 new headlights and grille 5.jpg
    300 new tail lights 3.jpg

    It's going to get even better - I've ordered up a set of 20" wheels & tires to replace the corroded up 17" stockers (the 17" wheels will now be relegated to winter duty)
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    Here are the wheels that are on it, complete with an SUV-like 215/65R17 tire (I mean it, the Jeep Patriot comes with the same size tire). This pic was actually taken the day I bought the car:
    300 right rear.jpg

    And here is an image with the wheels I've ordered. Tire size will be 245/45R17:
    300 wheel visualizer.jpg
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    Now you just just need the Halo/Angel Eye Foglights to match along with some H.I.D.s. I think it was planned by Chrysler for the 300 and Charger for them to look decent with 20"+ rims. 17"s will look good.
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    You misunderstood - it's got 17's on it now. I've ordered 20's.

    I will definitely be upgrading the headlights to HID, too, at least the low beams. Can't do it to the high beams because of the daytime running lights (they run at reduced voltage)
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    1988 5.0 Thunderbird SOLD SEPT 11 2010: TC front clip/hood ♣ Body & paint completed Oct 2007 ♣ 3.55 TC rear end and front brakes ♣ TC interior ♣ CHE rear control arms (adjustable lowers) ♣ 2001 Bullitt springs ♣ Energy suspension poly busings ♣ Kenne Brown subframe connectors ♣ CWE engine mounts ♣ Thundercat sequential turn signals ♣ Explorer overhead console (temp/compass display) ♣ 2.25" off-road dual exhaust ♣ T-5 transmission swap completed Jan 2009 ♣

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    Looks good! How do you like the 300? Has it been a decent car, reliability wise? v8?

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    Looks awesome man!
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    Future: Budget 5.0 300 HP.

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