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Old 04-11-2009, 03:12 PM   #37
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3 of my best investment so far:

9.2lb kosei K1 TS wheel, that shows noticeable improvement on the acceleration and braking ability.

Eibach Prokit spring, improve the handling and yet retain the practicability of being able to occasionlly take 5 people plus some loads around without rubbing.

Tinted window, it helps to keep the temp of the interior down a lot and provide some privacy.

Worst investment: None so far !!
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:05 PM   #38
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Good Investments

ScangageII - payed for itself in a month or two in savings.

Radar Detector - PA State police and PennDOT have been cranking down road speed limits while adding to enforcement because our swine of a Governor (who himself has been clocked going over 100mph on the Pike - I can post links for the interested) wants more revenue from speeding tickets.

Time is money. The thing has already payed for itself in savings from bogus speed tickets.

Helmet - Dimbulbs who like to sleep at the wheel do not like seeing a middle aged man listening to Death Metal slip on a bucket while head banging. They tend to back off. So I have not needed to rely upon it directly but it works well.

SUV Seat Covers - they fit perfectly.

Bad Investments

Car floormats are not big enough. Gonna have to move on up to SUV or truck floormats.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:16 PM   #39
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Best Investment: Buying a Yaris and not doing any changes to the car !

Worst Investment: None !

Best: $9 for a cassette player and 4 used speakers, my yaris came with no radio and now I don't worry about someone stealing my radio lol installed it myself, don't have cd player fuck hey, for $9 I love listening to the radio

worst: OE air filter, could've had a similar one cheaper...
1st gen FTW
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:40 PM   #40
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Best for the money: Rear anti sway bar.
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:03 AM   #41
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Best - TRD package (springs, shocks (oops mine are blue) and trd sway bar
Worst investment - $50 Fog light kit that you have to pay another $50 for the 09 bezzels

I think there will be better investments in due time, the aftermarket will catch on to this hot hatch.

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Old 05-30-2009, 09:49 AM   #42
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Best: Window tint; I hate sunlight. I wish it was darker, but at 20% I am already taunting the cops to pull me over - I don't want to push that anymore :)

Worst: my Hello Kitty floormats ... they get stained as soon as dirt touches them!

Honorable mention(s): My wheels, lowering springs, CAI, sway bar, shift knob and system in a couple weeks once I get everything installed lol
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:50 PM   #43
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After a year of practice I have surpassed the goal of doubling the commuting Mpg of my prior ride. Now I am trying to find the maximum possible...

Worst: Stubby antenna
Signal loss far outweighed improved look or immeasurable Mpg gain.

Worthy Mention:

Racing Disc hubcaps - very slight gain, but very distinct look, my friends know its my Yaris on the highway
Class I hitch bar & basket - carries 3 bikes, makes dump runs, holds coolers, and provides lot of utility from an `economy' hatchback
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:27 AM   #44
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Yeah I'm 100% positive Alpine is Japanese, for the record.

Best:Ultra Racing 23mm Rear Sway Bar
Worst:Probably the Tanabe DF210s only because I plan on coilovers soon
Honorable Mention:Nitto Axleback Exhaust...Sounds a million times better!

Nitto Axle-Back--Tanabe DF210s--UR 23mm Rear Sway Bar--Penguin Garage 10mm Hub Spacers
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:20 AM   #45
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Best Investments:

1. Megan Racing coilovers - love the handling it gives and i can lower my car more

2. Megan Racing axleback exhaust - love the sound and look

3. Megan Racing C pillar bar - love the look
4. Nitto front and rear strut bars - love the handling it gives

5. Penguin Garage rear 13mm hub spacers - love the extra rear wheel out
6. NST short shifter kit (engine-tranny) - love the 30% short throw
7. Weapon R floormats - love the look

8. Viper alarm - love the security and remote keyless entry it gives

Worst Investments:

1. Tein S tech lowering springs - my car went up when i took out my interiors and rear seats.

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Old 07-11-2009, 08:50 AM   #46
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so far i've only done two mods, but they are great in my opinion :D

tint, wider tires

::waits impatiently for more mods::
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:04 PM   #47
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Thanks to all the members of this thread and their reviews I haven't made any bad investments yet. Soon will add a rear swaybar.
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:33 PM   #48
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Best investment : Cusco compact S coilovers , Recaro seats/takata harness's. The coilovers really improved the over-all feel and handling of the yaris and also lets me tuck tire . I was running df210's before and it was a night and day differnce. The Recaro "pole position" seats are simply amazing in all aspects . Looks , weight saving, and to just hold my whole body in place when hitting up some twistys . Of corse pair up the recaros with a set of 4-point takata harness's and that just holds me in place that much better and makes for some serious eye candy Imo .
Worst: 18" , Big, heavy, fragile trd/racinghart gt5 rims . They are sooooo heavy They really kill the spirt of this little yaris . I got them for 200 bucks but cracked the front driver in a pot hole which cost another $90 to fix . They look good but thats it . If I could go back, my first modd would be some cheap light weight rims like some rota slips, koesi k1 or good ol' konig heliums paired with falken azenis
Honorable mention: Garm and his company ! Such a cool guy and got me hooked up with most of my parts at amazing prices !
Garm is permanently high because he is the king of smokin' deals!
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:12 PM   #49
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Best investments:NST SSK kit (engine bay), NST pulleys (all 3), JDM 5zigen proracer A-spec exhaust, JDM RS LED Tails, H&R springs, Fujita CAI....

Worst Investments: Enkei RS7 17s....i hate them, holding my car's weight down~

Honorable Mention:TRD rear sway bar...this should be stock equipped on all Yaris vehicles~~
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:49 PM   #50
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wow, just found this

BEST INVESTMENT: whatever gets me to 300 whp

WORST INVESTMENT: Glowshift gauges, single-projector headlights

WORTHY MENTION: Bride seats, Kenwood/JBL, all the carbon fiber in the whole world.
Micro Image forums, online store and shop are now closed. It was a great eight year run, but it was time to focus on other things. I'm still selling parts on eBay under micro*image seller ID and customers can still make requests for anything specific.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:28 PM   #51
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best investment so far is my window tints. i hate driving while squinting.i havent made a bad investment.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:30 PM   #52
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Best Investment: Tanabe DF210's and Tokico Blues

Worst Investment: None

Worthy Mention: aFe intake
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:54 PM   #53
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best investment...short antenna
worst..well not that worst but kinda useless its the factory MP3 radio...I always use the radio but I only paid 50$ for it so not a big waste of $$
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:07 PM   #54
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one of the best.............retro fit projectors
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