Veloster Car Build – Obligatory Tinting

As most car guys and gals can attest to, a good tint job can completely change a car’s look. Putting it on is a painfully slow process for newbies. I tried twice before I gave up and had what remained done by a professional.

 

The front’s are 40% VLT

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And the backs are 20% VLT

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After it was done I realized I should probably look up whether that was legal. I have since discovered it is most definitely not. We’ll see how that goes! It might end up being another blog post about how to resolve a tint ticket.

Apparently I was wrong with what was next. Cars are fun!

 

Veloster Car Build – Audio

The Dimension audio system for the Veloster Turbo leaves something to be desired. The speakers are actually very good, but the sub is lacking. It is a 20W built-into-the-trunk sub that even when full blast I could not put my hand up to it and feel bass.

There are some fantastic options for audio in the VT. After some research I decided on J&L audio’s stealthbox.

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The amp is wired in tandem with the stock Dimension amp, and the wiring is split off of the stock sub. Bass level is controlled by a dial under the hand brake.

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The biggest issue I had with the VT is actually their “Active Sound Design”. You cannot install a new sub without turning it off, as it will make it unbearable to drive your car with so much bass. Active sound design will send engine noise through your speakers. The VT has a bit of a grumble in the low RPM’s and that is translated directly to your sub.

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This is actually a fantastic way to upgrade the stereo. J&L has very good instructions, so I won’t go into detail here. The stock head unit is very nice and the only qualm I had with the system is now remedied.

There are a few different options that are next on the list of upgrades ranging from a new exhaust intake, devil claw garnish and, a new grill to get rid of the brick in the middle.

Fun times!

Veloster Car Build – Beginning

I recently purchased a new car. A 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

So far, this car has exceeded my expectations. It was a little bit of a difficult downgrade after trading in my WRX, to lose 100 HP and all wheel drive was tough. However, it has allowed me to save enough money to actually drive my car, and to actually modify my car. It was with this in mind I chose the Veloster, which has a pretty big aftermarket following.

On that note, this is the beginning of my car enthusiast journey.

 

First thing that had to happen was those chrome wheels had to go.

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Plastidip is one of the most fantastic changes a car person can do. It allows you to make a very easy change, decide if you like it, and then paint, or peel. It is very easy to peel away and is very durable if left on. I also did the badges.

Second step was to remove the ugly badges on the back of the car using 3M adhesive remover. I simply used a blow dryer until they were hot, pulled them slowly off, then used the adhesive remover to get rid of the gunk. After a quick polish, it looked much better.

 

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Third step was something that may seem unnecessary to some, but has helped me in the winter conditions. A tow hook.

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Only minor changes so far, but it is really fun doing the research. Next week I’ll talk about audio upgrades and what is next!

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