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This is my ‘Snow White’ 2015 Kia Forte5 SX. I picked it up from the dealer with 10 miles on it. I have named the car Eevee. For those of you who don’t know, Eevee is a Pokémon introduced in generation one that is capable of evolving into different Pokémon depending on different circumstances. I chose this Pokémon to represent the car because of the untapped potential that both Eevee and the car possess. (That, and I’m a huge Pokemon fan, Eevee is one of my favorites, so there’s that.) There is a small Eevee plush that I keep on the dash, it’s the car’s mascot.

Goals
13 second grocery getter.

This car is as much of a project car as it is my daily driver. My goals are to increase the looks and performance of the car without negatively impacting the everyday normal drivability of the vehicle. Keeping the warranty in tact will be also a bonus.

I would like for the car to consistently be able to run 13 seconds in the ¼ mile…. I also need to find a drag strip as well to be able to test this.

Mods
Current
  • Replaced Dome and Map lights with DE3175 LED replacements bulbs
  • Replaced Reverse Lights with 941 halogen bulbs
  • Hardwired Radar Detector and Dash Cam mounted high on the Windshield (near Rear View Mirror)
  • Tint (35% Front and 20% rear)
  • KDM ‘K3’ Badging (Replaced ‘Forte5’ and ‘SX’)
  • Sylvania SilverStar zXe low and high beam headlight bulbs
  • K5 Optima Store Broken K Carbon Fiber Badges
  • 6th Element Intercooler Resonator Delete Pipe
  • JL Audio 10w0v3
  • Muffler Delete
  • Kansas Personalized License Plate (Just moved to Missouri, waiting on Personalized plates to come in.)


Pending
  • SRI Intake
  • Tune
  • FMIC
  • Yellow Fog Light bulbs
  • Silicone Wheel Nut Cover
  • Drilled and Slotted Rotors (Anybody know where to get rear rotors?)
  • Ceramic Brake Pads
  • Wide angle side mirror (Still debating on whether I want to do this adventure.


Photos
Tire Wheel Car Vehicle Window

Walkthroughs
I will post walkthroughs of how to do something upon request, or as I feel it necessary.

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looking forward to your build thread. my cars name is Roxy. after my first dog that passed away awhile back. happy modding bro!
 

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Friggin awesome! Love first Gen Pokémon!

I have a 15' silver forte5 sx that I have named R2 after R2D2 from the obvious. I'm going to do a cut up blue offset racing stripe out of vinyl at to make it look like it's made up of a bunch of panels.

Have fun with the build. I'll be checking in for sure.
 

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Friggin awesome! Love first Gen Pokémon!

I have a 15' silver forte5 sx that I have named R2 after R2D2 from the obvious. I'm going to do a cut up blue offset racing stripe out of vinyl at to make it look like it's made up of a bunch of panels.

Have fun with the build. I'll be checking in for sure.
I've never actually named a car before, and I've had project cars before, that should tell you something about how much I like it. (Inb4 this is me in a couple of years)

Got my broken K badges in the mail today right before I headed to work, I'll try to get them on tomorrow, but I don't know how easy it will be with out being able to apply heat. I did try to pull off the steering wheel emblem in the parking lot at work before I had to start my shift, I only succeeded in honking at people.
 

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Eevee will be lowering everyone's defenses!

Can't wait to hear the growl on video.
 

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my koup doesnt have that bottom cover on the torsion bar. loooks like a good start. hopefully i can do some stuff in the future when i get some house stuff done
 

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Eevee will be lowering everyone's defenses!

Can't wait to hear the growl on video.
Ironically, it actually seems to cause the opposite effect, In one day of driving round, I've had more people try to show off with the rumble than I did the previous 5,000 miles I've had the car.

Now pop that resonator off and really hear her growl
I live in a 'luxury' apartment complex, I don't want to piss off the neighbors, especially since I currently work at night and get home very early in the morning. For right now, it's perfect, has a grumble, but not too loud. But I may go the rough Bnelson has gone and that's a Comarro muffler.
 

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I hear ya on that. I live in condos and my garage faces the side of one of the houses and on cold start it is loud for about 30sec. I feel bad for my neighbor at 430am when I leave for work lol
 

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How much did that run you? only difference I may do is mendral bend and put the y more towards the center? Looking to do it soon, car is too damn quiet until you get the intake going lol.
 

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How much did that run you? only difference I may do is mendral bend and put the y more towards the center? Looking to do it soon, car is too damn quiet until you get the intake going lol.
It only cost me $80 to get this done. I did some phone calls, and found a good local shop. I did take my car to the only muffler shop in the state that does Mendral bends (which was an hour drive one way) for a quote. They wanted nearly $600 for an axel back. I Noped myself all the way back to Kansas City. My next step is to get the car Dyno'd to see how much I've gained just by chopping that hunk of metal off of the car.
 

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It only cost me $80 to get this done. I did some phone calls, and found a good local shop. I did take my car to the only muffler shop in the state that does Mendral bends (which was an hour drive one way) for a quote. They wanted nearly $600 for an axel back. I Noped myself all the way back to Kansas City. My next step is to get the car Dyno'd to see how much I've gained just by chopping that hunk of metal off of the car.
What you will have gained won't be seen on the dyno. Loss of weight with minimal HP gains is about it. Once you remove the 2 cats in the exhaust then you will actually see the gains from dropping the muffler.
 
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^ What he said, at the very least get that second cat gutted. It's restrictive and does nothing for the car except regarding emissions. It's not even monitored by an o2... so no harm will come from it.
 

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What you will have gained won't be seen on the dyno. Loss of weight with minimal HP gains is about it. Once you remove the 2 cats in the exhaust then you will actually see the gains from dropping the muffler.
I'm not expecting to see a huge gain, and it's honestly mostly for science. I'm really curious to see just how restrictive that thing really is.
 

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I would drop my cat. But I'm afraid of emissions. Until I know for 100% fact that it won't hurt it when I get it checked later down the road I might. Best alt is to buy a bigger one and have that installed
 

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I will be making a test pipe for where the second cat goes. I want to be able to pull the second cat off until smog is needed and then pull the test pipe and put the cat back in. Mine is gutted now but I know it would be better to do a straight pipe there instead of the chamber where the cat was
 

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Pic of the dashcam and radar detector mount? In prior cars I've used the 3m double sided tape but that has failed on hot days. So thinking about one that mounts to the mirror this time.
 

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Pic of the dashcam and radar detector mount? In prior cars I've used the 3m double sided tape but that has failed on hot days. So thinking about one that mounts to the mirror this time.
My gopro hasn't fallen off, and it's like 117 here in the summer! Just used that 3m tape
 

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Yeah, I think it comes down to how much surface area the mount point has too. I had a bigger cam back in my old Subaru that held up fine. But the smaller one isn't holding up so well.
 
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