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Hey everyone, I figure I've been lurking here long enough it's time for a build thread!

I bought my 2016 Forte 5 Turbo back in November and TBH is my second car I've ever owned. My first was a 2011 Kia Rio 5 (demo) but once the engine started to go in late 2016 it was time to trade up. Fortunately the dealership paid me what I owed on the Rio and that meant it was time for something a little more fun! I love hatchbacks and wanted something comparable to Si or GTI but a little less mainstream. In comes this beautiful red beast.

Once I purchased her I realized how fun this practical little hatchback could be.

Then I found you monsters and realized there was so much more I could do!



Meet Serenity, day one.






First thing I wanted to do was swap out the Emblems, I figured it's cheap and the Forte is unique enough looking that some heads would turn wondering what this was. I went with the K5Optima Store Black Out Edition Emblems in Carbon Fibre.




After the emblems I decided I wanted to do something to effect performance. I did my research listened to the community and decided to order the SXTH Element Engineering Short Ram Intake. Surprisingly this was one of the easiest installs I've ever done, the only pain was that the pipe connects to the back, making it difficult for my monster hands.





Next came some flare pieces. Some engine dress bolts, a Mishimoto carbon fibre rad cap and a Kinetic Motorsports oil cap. I wanted the service guys to pop the hood of this (at the time) sleeper and go "woah!"

Now it was time for another big purchase... I reached out to a bunch of exhaust shops looking for job quotes but I guess no one wanted my business. I did some searching online and settled on the Evilla Motorsports Axle Back Exhaust. Let me tell you Eli is amazing, any questions about his products and he'll get back to you same or next day.



Out with the old





In with the new!

Overall I am very happy with the exhaust, tone is great and welds were the same quality as OEM. The Magnaflow muffler let's just the right noises through.

Now I feel like I can hang with the Gennies that seem to run this city.

Between the SRI, blow off and exhaust, she snarls like a pissed off animal... and I like it!

Today marks another addition. Thanks to some help on the forum I found the ijdmtoy licence plate tow hook mount.



It installed in like five minutes and adds an even sportier look to the car for relatively cheap, it also frees up some room for when the time comes to do some intercooler work!

So far, that's it!

Thanks for taking the time to read more posts to come.

If any of you are in KW, we should meet up/ cruise sometime!

Brian.



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Been a while since an update, figured I should show some additions. Haven’t done much to the car since last update but I did get married and bought a second property, so life is good.



I added some EZ Lip to the front bumper to add to the red and black theme and make the front look a little more aggressive. It’s held up really well and made it though an Ontario winter without issue. It has some flex too so if you graze a curb or something you don’t have to stress about it.



I picked up some Storm Lowering Springs from my Korean parts hookup and had them installed over the summer. It helped fill those wells a little and actually helped with the handling a bit. She feels more planted in the corners and roundabouts. Only downside is definitely a stiffer ride. Doesn’t bother me, but people notice right away.



Finally the big one! I picked up some new Fifteen52 Integrale rims in 18x8.5. They look fantastic! The 8.5 over the stock 7.5 give the stock Nexen tires a bit of stretch and fill the wells nicely. This is literally the jewelry of my car. People pick me out locally all the time. Before I was the crooked plate. Now I’m the Forte52. There are only 2 or 3 Forte 5’s in my colour locally but none look like this.

That’s about it. I’m looking to redo the exhaust at some point, since we may have some changes to emission testing here straight pipes might be a thing in the near future. FMIC is also high on the list.

Keep it real all!

Brian


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Been a while since an update, figured I should show some additions. Haven’t done much to the car since last update but I did get married and bought a second property, so life is good.



I added some EZ Lip to the front bumper to add to the red and black theme and make the front look a little more aggressive. It’s held up really well and made it though an Ontario winter without issue. It has some flex too so if you graze a curb or something you don’t have to stress about it.



I picked up some Storm Lowering Springs from my Korean parts hookup and had them installed over the summer. It helped fill those wells a little and actually helped with the handling a bit. She feels more planted in the corners and roundabouts. Only downside is definitely a stiffer ride. Doesn’t bother me, but people notice right away.



Finally the big one! I picked up some new Fifteen52 Integrale rims in 18x8.5. They look fantastic! The 8.5 over the stock 7.5 give the stock Nexen tires a bit of stretch and fill the wells nicely. This is literally the jewelry of my car. People pick me out locally all the time. Before I was the crooked plate. Now I’m the Forte52. There are only 2 or 3 Forte 5’s in my colour locally but none look like this.

That’s about it. I’m looking to redo the exhaust at some point, since we may have some changes to emission testing here straight pipes might be a thing in the near future. FMIC is also high on the list.

Keep it real all!

Brian


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I couldn't find where you got your duel axle back from. I checked Evilla Motorsports Axle Back Exhaust and only found single, do I need to buy 2 singles for my 2015 forte 5 sx?

Btw sexy car, just bought mine and I'm kinda on the same track as you but just starting
 

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Looks good man!
You're inspiring me to get some ez lip. Did you just install it with the double sided tape or did you use screws?
Also inspiring me to slap a "shiny" decal on the my rear window. lol
 

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I couldn't find where you got your duel axle back from. I checked Evilla Motorsports Axle Back Exhaust and only found single, do I need to buy 2 singles for my 2015 forte 5 sx?

Btw sexy car, just bought mine and I'm kinda on the same track as you but just starting
Not sure if this is what he has or not.
https://www.845motorsports.com/shop/kia/kia-forte/performance-kia-forte/2014-forte-axle-back/

There's not a lot of straight bolt on axle backs available. A lot of exhaust work is custom.
I had been planning on getting a bolt on axle-back but instead I had a shop make me a midpipe for for $100. Eliminates the 2nd cat and the sound is honestly perfect for my taste if not slightly too loud (at least on cold starts).
 

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I couldn't find where you got your duel axle back from. I checked Evilla Motorsports Axle Back Exhaust and only found single, do I need to buy 2 singles for my 2015 forte 5 sx?

Btw sexy car, just bought mine and I'm kinda on the same track as you but just starting
Thank man! I actually went with the single. They don’t offer a dual. What you’ll notice on most dual exhaust cars is that only one emits exhaust (look on a cold day). Path of least resistance. Unless you’re pushing 300+ hp it’s unlikely you’ll have any flow issues.

At some point I’m gonna head to a local shop and have them do full straight pipe and keep the current as a test pipe if needed. We’ll see what Ford decides about emissions.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions. If you don’t like the Evilla I believe 845 Motorsport has a dual tip since I got mine. Other than that you’re looking at custom work.

Cheers,

Brian


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Not sure if this is what he has or not.
https://www.845motorsports.com/shop/kia/kia-forte/performance-kia-forte/2014-forte-axle-back/

There's not a lot of straight bolt on axle backs available. A lot of exhaust work is custom.
I had been planning on getting a bolt on axle-back but instead I had a shop make me a midpipe for for $100. Eliminates the 2nd cat and the sound is honestly perfect for my taste if not slightly too loud (at least on cold starts).
Yeah, these are good too. I’ve seen a few. When I did my exhaust 845 hadn’t started making these yet.


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Looks good man!
You're inspiring me to get some ez lip. Did you just install it with the double sided tape or did you use screws?
Also inspiring me to slap a "shiny" decal on the my rear window. lol
Thanks man! I like the Shiny decal. Maybe even a plate. I’ve been considering a custom plate and right now have settled on Forte52.

For the easy lip i just used the 3m tape included. It’s held up really well. In the winter its was pushing snow since it’s hangs low with my spings in. If you want a more permanent lip to screw on I’ve heard some Mazda 3 ones fit our bumper we’ll.

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Brian


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I love your Forte5. It's tastefully modified and beautifully detailed! You mention it's your second car. My current car is a 2019 Forte5 SX and it's my 47th car. (I suspect we're a bit different in age.) My previous car was a 2014 Forte5 SX so you can see how much I love these cars. All my life I have driven small, nimble and quick cars and the Forte5s certainly fit the pattern.

I live in Port Dover, not that far from KW. If you're ever come down this way for a drive (and some perch) let me know and we can spend some time chatting about our cars. My car is dead stock and will probably remain so until the warranty runs out a couple of years from now. Still, I like the notion of changing the exhaust to something sportier so for that reason I'd love to hear your exhaust.

I noticed a mention of possibly getting Forte5s together for a tour. I can tell you that the roads along the shore of Lake Erie, between Port Dover and Port Rowan, are fantastic.
 

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Hey Everyone! I've been absent for a while, partially because life got crazy and partially because I was out enjoying the good weather in the Forte.

Unfortunately on December 31 while I was driving between my two branches we had a bit of a snow storm going on here and while driving to my other location a lady ran a stop sign causing a t-bone collision and the write off of my 2016 Forte 5 SX... :(

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I just wanted to say that the community here has been fantastic and I have drawn a lot of inspiration from a lot of you. When I first picked up the car I had no idea of the direction I wanted to take it and this was my launching pad for that journey.

Don't feel too bad for me though. While the loss of my Forte was devastating it allowed me the opportunity to pick up a new 2020 Kia Stinger GT Limited and I am just over the moon! 3.3L V6 Twin Turbo, what is there not to love?

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I wish you all the best in your Forte journeys and thank you for the help and support! I will be checking in on the community once in a while to see what wild builds are going on. Keep being an awesome community and keep supporting each other in your learning and showing people what Kia's can do.

Peace,

Brian
 

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Nice "new" ride. Great car like the color a lot. Enjoy.
 

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Thanks everyone! No one was hurt. I was not at fault and the other driver had expired insurance. It has just been a beautiful drive so far, just over 3000km and loving every one.
 
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