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I installed my carbon Fiber license plate frames.
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Well, my daughter got home about 8:00 this morning and I started on my list of things to do to her Veloster around 9:00 am. Spent the next 10+ hours getting it all done Some notes and pics.

CRC GDI Intake Valve and Turbo cleaner is awesome. It’s a shame I just started using it at 140000 miles. It should be done at every oil change in my opinion and I will from here on.
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Just like every video I watched about this it worked and did the exact same things. After spraying the whole can in and letting it sit 1 hour it was time to drive it. And just like all the videos, when I got on the highway and put my foot down, it made some horrible scary noises And blew a ton of smoke. Like it was self destructing. But after a good 10 min drive on the highway and all that crap blown out and burned out the car runs better. Idles smoother. I recommend everyone with a GDI use it. Like I said, I will after every oil change now.

Then I got the plugs changed, the brakes changed, replaced the clips on the fenders that hold the bumper ends on, cleaned out her car and changed the oil.

Next was installing the Redline Tuning hood struts:
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Next was replacing the hatch release button/handle. Here’s the inner hatch panel removed:
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This is the inside of the hatch. 3 nuts to remove and 2 plastic clips:
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That’s to remove the Hyundai logo and handle assembly:
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Busy day! Looks good. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one concerned when I did the intake cleaning...I thought I destroyed the cat, man it made some serious noises. On seeing the number of rear latches where the rubber has broke through, I am trying an experiment, I covered the rubber membrane with 3 layers of electrical tape, cut to size. I'm hoping it reduces the wear and tear on the rubber. It might be finger nails, etc gradually wearing through the membrane. So far so good. Your steering wheel looks awesome
 
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After 140,000 miles, the Veloster uses a little oil. I saw some on the plugs from the number 3 and 4 cylinders. So, after thinking about it last night I decided to make one more change:

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Hmmmmm..... That one looks original. A 8 year old,140,000 mile PCV. Let’s hope this at least lessens the oil consumption.
 

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looking good, nova!

any info on the wheel? can i get it in orange? lol

also the updated part for the hatch is much more robust feeling than the original one on my car. i assume the same for you.
 

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looking good, nova!
Thank you. It was a lot of work but very satisfying.

any info on the wheel? can i get it in orange? lol
I know you can pick a variety of colors. I'm just not sure if orange is one of them. You can pick from different styles of leather too: genuine or artificial leather, solid or perforated, suede. Here's where I got mine:
I just emailed the seller that I wanted red on the top and bottom and then red thread.

Another one:

also the updated part for the hatch is much more robust feeling than the original one on my car. i assume the same for you.
Yes, very much so. Funny thing is, I had to make the same replacement on my 2011 Kia Forte SX hatchback. The rubber started coming apart so I ordered a new one. Like the Veloster, more robust so I hope it lasts longer. And the best part, the handle on the Forte just pops out. Its only held in with 2 clips, one on each end. It literally took less than 2 minutes to replace.
 

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Did you cut the factory wrap off or just wrap over it? I’m asking because I’m seriously considering.
Edit: never mind ! I just read the link. Thanks!
 

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Yes, the cover is designed to go over the old leather. You don't remove the original leather.

I will add, all the videos about these installations show them doing it with the wheel still installed and using a plastic tool to slide the cover under the various trim pieces. I chose to remove the airbag, remove the wheel from the car and then remove the plastic trim from the wheel. This allowed me to get the leather under those parts easier and I think it comes out better that way. I chose to do it off the car but what you cold do is disassemble the wheel so it's bare and then stick it back on the column so it stays in place better. Doing it on a table and having to both hold the wheel and sew was tricky.

Also, something I learned from doing the Tucson wheel first is, uses a lot of the 2 sided tape. EVERYWHERE. It definitely comes out better using more tape to keep the cover from moving. Especially on the edges that go under the plastic.

Last tip, when sewing it together, I didn't start at one end (by one spoke) and go to the other end (the next spoke). I started at the seam between the red and black leather. This way I knew those seams would match up. Basically start the thread at the seam but instead of tying a knot I just left enough to finish the other direction. Not sure if that makes sense. Pull the thread through but don't tie it off. Just leave enough to go the other way. Sew it up loose at first and then go back to tighten and re-tighten the thread a few times. I actually used a small scratch awl to pull the thread tight because it was stronger than the needle and easier to handle.
 

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Roof edge had rust from stone chips, hood had stone chips and front bumper was severely speckled ... Took an artsy turn with the respray. For those who wonder what the color is, it is F2 grey, a Hyundai factory color. Had the body shop find a color close enough to my mags.

Just missing the mirror covers, which will be done when it goes back in for rear end collision repairs (no big damage, just some esthetic clean up and repairing / replacing clips).

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Ugh, you tease!! Lol you can post pics from mobile.. it's the only way I post!
 

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Changed the oil after 1000 miles. I know that's crazy, but my ears are tuned to notice out of ordinary noises after owning 9 cars. It definitely didn't sound like a few months ago and that worries me.
I also had a tiny leak at the filter. That was changed as well. Although I sense the real reason was also had to do with oil dilution. The car was very noticeably noiser. Read below:
The oil was black and poured out like water. The car has 82k on it. Someone recommended me to switch to a heavier oil, maybe I'll do that next, but for now I got 5W30 in it again.
Lately the temperature outside is near 100F, muggy, hazy and hot, and my car is noticeably louder. Also, since I commute the same miles on 95% highway, told me not to waste my money on full synthetic, since I'm changing my oil at 4000 miles at most.
Full synthetic only make sense if I'm not planning to change my oil until like 6-7000 miles or if I race it, otherwise it's a waste of money, also causing high mileage engine to be noisier, especially when the car's engine temp goes way above 212F (100 Celsius). And the V turbo does that all the time even without hot/hazy days. Synthetic oil is great, but consider the fact that despite being the same weight/viscosity as regular oil, it's still lighter.
Here is what I learned. With all the fuel blow by from the pistons, the oil gets diluted from 5W-30 to become like 5W-15 (has the viscosity like almost water) after a certain amount of driving (in blazing heat) , add the extra power taken with the AC compressor is always on. Also, my oil smelled like gunpowder, which isn't new, but it usually smells like that after 5000 miles, and here it was like that after 1000k.
 

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its a direct injection car, it's not the same as older conventional injection cars.

to get a good read on the health of the oil after X miles, you really need to submit the oil to a specialist like blackstone. if you can get them 2 samples with about 3000-3500 miles between them that would be best.

that being said, you're close to me so our weather conditions are about the same and i do most of my racing near springfield MA and hartford CT. are you running any catch cans? about 1/4 of my can is fuel dilution and the rest is blowby more likely.
 
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Got these plus lines for the weekend :)

gonna paint the calipers Chevy orange haha

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And scrubbed the engine bay removed the catch can for a dealer diag on Wednesday for the elusive p0442

still very clean for abew England daily driven car with 115k on it.

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