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Old 03-04-08, 12:54 PM   #1
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1995 Honda Accord

I have had a 1995 honda acoord for about 3.5 months now and i love the car and driving it. But there are a few things that bother me:
1. color (old man gold "cashmere something or other")
2. hub caps, i want a plain 5 spoke rim definatly under 100 bucks a piece
3. Spoiler (again nothing crazy, a little one)
so my questions:
1.How much too have a good paint job, black paint(no 250 dollar paint over the dirt crap)?
2. My current steel rims are 14 inches, its hard to find 14 inch rims, can i go with 15?
3. how much to have a spoiler put on?
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Old 03-04-08, 01:25 PM   #2
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I used to drive a 1988 Acura Legend. No doubt the exact same 'I'm sooooo uncreative gold.' Really, it was just metallic beige.

But the engine on it was silly big.

It really was just a car for the washed-up business man who couldn't afford the BMW or Mercedes. Got it in 1999 with 40k miles. Sold it in 2003 with 170,000. And I only drove it once or twice a month - cycled everywhere else. Shows the sort of distances I covered when I did drive it - Why should living in Ohio keep one from enjoying the waves of the Pacific? (did LA to Cleveland in 2.5 days! Solo!)

Shortly after selling that car the hood stopped opening and the power steering died. The family friends who now own it are vaguely concerned that the chassis is going to snap. But their young son loves it.
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you should be able to go larger rim by going with a lower profile tire. Discounttire.com has a tire selector that will do this for you.

As to the paint issue, I would not toss too much money at a 12 year old car on cosmetics.

Add a wing and some graphics and be done with it.
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every time you drove that car you averaged over 1300 miles?jeeeeez
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i don't want graphics, i just want to make the car look a bit sportier.
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the car has 64,000 miles on its, gonna last a long time
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Are you finding that at 120MPH+ the wheels aren't keeping contact with the ground, so you need a wing?

Wing = Ricer
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Are you finding that at 120MPH+ the wheels aren't keeping contact with the ground, so you need a wing?

Wing = Ricer
He can get one of those accord wings.




They're actually not really rice, and fit the car well.
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My opinion:

A decent paint job will probably set you back a minimum of four grand and take a couple weeks.
Rims - Bigger rims and smaller tire will give a harsher ride.
Spoiler - 0% performance for $$$. Why bother?


I would just save the money and use it for maint. I also don't believe in adding anything to a car unless it makes it more efficient, ride better, or more comfortable.

just my $.02
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^^Decent paint job for $4000? What are you smoking. My grandma got her truck repainted for about $1500 and it lasted her almost seven years before she sold it to a friend and it's still looking good.
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Go for a color other than black. Black paint jobs usually cost more and / or end up not looking as nice unless a lot of work is put into the preparation. With black every defect shows up. If you go with another color you should be able to get by much cheaper, probably in the $1,000 to $1,500 range if you shop around and aren't after a show winning paint job.
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^^Decent paint job for $4000? What are you smoking. My grandma got her truck repainted for about $1500 and it lasted her almost seven years before she sold it to a friend and it's still looking good.
A proper color change is going to cost a chunk of change. Did your grandma get it painted the same color?

I've painted cars for under $500, matching the original color, but if you want to go from gold to black "properly" you are going to have to:

A lot of sanding.
Pull the windshield and back window (or just the trim, haven't seen a 95 honda up close).
Pull the hood, trunk, doors.
Pull the engine/tranny (unless you don't mind a gold engine bay.)
Along with all the trim/bumpers/mirrors/etc.
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You're certainly better off by leaving the car the way it is, and buying what you really want next time.
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I have had a 1995 honda acoord for about 3.5 months now and i love the car and driving it. But there are a few things that bother me:
1. color (old man gold "cashmere something or other")
2. hub caps, i want a plain 5 spoke rim definatly under 100 bucks a piece
3. Spoiler (again nothing crazy, a little one)
so my questions:
1.How much too have a good paint job, black paint(no 250 dollar paint over the dirt crap)?
2. My current steel rims are 14 inches, its hard to find 14 inch rims, can i go with 15?
3. how much to have a spoiler put on?
1.How much too have a good paint job, black paint(no 250 dollar paint over the dirt crap)?

..a lot.. remember every time you open the door that gold will still jump out at you...
It's a pain, but remember it's just color.

2. My current steel rims are 14 inches, its hard to find 14 inch rims, can i go with 15?

..Nope,find out what's compatible and call some junkyards and see if they have any Honda rims you like. Expect to robbed.

3. how much to have a spoiler put on?

..Not this Honda, but the previous Accord had a spoiler and we took it off. It's
silly, and doesn't do a darn thing. If you double the horsepower you MIGHT get fast enough for the spoiler to make a difference. You can tell that to your guardian angel on the way to the morgue..
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A proper color change is going to cost a chunk of change. Did your grandma get it painted the same color?
It was the same color, I didn't think of that. But even the guy told her that the paint job was a lot nicer than what she actually needed and if she went somewhere else could get something adequate for around $1000. She had used the guy before though for other body work and knew the quality so she did it anyway.
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I think they actually did some real bodywork to remove the exhaust notch from the bumper.

An interesting flow from the top of the tail light to the trunk...

Also, no license plate light...

I give it an A for effort and F for execution
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The general rule for changing wheel and tire size is up 1" in diameter, up 10 mm in width, down 10 points in tire section ratio; and you keep approximately the same overall size, and don't have to change your speedometer gears.

For example, my 1988 Honda CRX came with 175R75-13 tires, and now has 185R65-14 tires. 195R55-15's would probably work, too, but if you change too much you may have a clearance problem with the suspension and/or fenders.

Wings/spoilers are a huge waste of money...don't bother. Most of them even look silly.
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1.How much too have a good paint job, black paint(no 250 dollar paint over the dirt crap)?

..a lot.. remember every time you open the door that gold will still jump out at you...
It's a pain, but remember it's just color.

2. My current steel rims are 14 inches, its hard to find 14 inch rims, can i go with 15?

..Nope,find out what's compatible and call some junkyards and see if they have any Honda rims you like. Expect to robbed.

Yes he can. Just needs a lower-profile tire and make sure it's narrow enough for the fenders. You will also lose torque, but I doubt he cares about that.

3. how much to have a spoiler put on?

..Not this Honda, but the previous Accord had a spoiler and we took it off. It's
silly, and doesn't do a darn thing. If you double the horsepower you MIGHT get fast enough for the spoiler to make a difference. You can tell that to your guardian angel on the way to the morgue..

A small spoiler would look nice on that car. Done tastefully, they can look very classy. Besides, that wasn't the question. Any autoparts store like NAPA should be able to tell you.
Hope that helps.
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I have had a 1995 honda acoord for about 3.5 months now and i love the car and driving it. But there are a few things that bother me:
1. color (old man gold "cashmere something or other")
2. hub caps, i want a plain 5 spoke rim definatly under 100 bucks a piece
3. Spoiler (again nothing crazy, a little one)
so my questions:
1.How much too have a good paint job, black paint(no 250 dollar paint over the dirt crap)?
2. My current steel rims are 14 inches, its hard to find 14 inch rims, can i go with 15?
3. how much to have a spoiler put on?
We don't need another ricer. Really.

It's a decent car. Enjoy it. Drive it until it dies. Then go get a nicer car.
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You're certainly better off by leaving the car the way it is, and buying what you really want next time.
+1.

although i can see replacing the wheels/tyres. stepping up to a 15" wheel with a good set of touring/performance tyres won't hurt ride quality too much, but will definitely improve handling.
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^^Yeah, and it would be a waste with what is under the hood. And the suspension.
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Buy some decent tires for improved handling . I bought Toyo Spectrum tires for my vehicle. I believe these come with a 70,000 mile warranty, and I definitely noticed a difference compared to the old tires I had on before.
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1. color (old man gold "cashmere something or other")
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