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My modification journey thus far

Discussion in 'Modifications' started by ilain, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. ilain

    ilain Copenworld Member

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    Car(s):
    Daihatsu Copen
    Hi all,

    I would like to share with all my modification journey thus far. I've been in love with my Copen since I first laid eyes on her and decided to buy her. At that time I didn't even have my driver's license yet. So I got my dad to buy it in his name (of course I paid) and I went on to get my license. I had to stare and dream of her for around 6 months before I could finally take her for a ride.

    From the onset I knew I wanted her to be the best that she can be. So I decided that my first year will be dedicated to performance mods. (I have only 5 years with her before government policy dictates that I sell her for scrap or pay a ridiculous amount of money for a license to own her again for another 10 years).

    So far, I've changed the

    Air intake
    Intercooler
    Intercooler piping
    Rims

    and I've added the following

    Blow off valve
    Electronic Boost Controller

    I'm 2 parts away from my current end goal.
    Exhaust
    Piggy back ECU and tuning

    Here are some photos!

    Oh.. and by the way.. In case of a zombie outbreak... My copen is gonna be a Zombie Outbreak Response Vehicle! Hahhah
     

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  2. copencat

    copencat Copenworld Regular

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    Car(s):
    hopefully soon a new grey copen!
    wow good going, it is great to realise a dream.

    where do you come from, weird about that scrap law?!
     
  3. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Some nice parts there. Lots of $$$$ worth!
    Did you need to modify the inside of the bumper to fit the HKS intercooler?

    Can you notice a difference from fitting the intercooler & piping?
     
  4. joeleow

    joeleow Copenworld Regular

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    wow... looks like you are building a monster!
    how much have you spent so far? :eek:
    let me give it a go if you have time bro... :D:D:D
     
  5. ilain

    ilain Copenworld Member

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    Hey man,

    I'm from Singapore. To prevent road congestion, the government regulates vehicle ownership through a licensing system where a person has to purchase a car ownership license before he/she can purchase a car. This license last for only 10 years. After 10 years, the person has the option to scrap the car or purchase a new license that would allow him/her to keep the car for another 10 years.

    FYI, the current price of the license for a car like the copen is - SGD72,000.
    Thats around 56,000 USD.
     
  6. ilain

    ilain Copenworld Member

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    Hey man,

    The bumper need not be modified for the intercooler.
    The my previous piping tore and leaked boost. So performance was greatly reduced. I could hear a very annoying air gushing sound each time I hit 4000rpm.
     
  7. ilain

    ilain Copenworld Member

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    I don't dare to count how much have gone into the car.

    No probs bro. Maybe after I've gotten the exhaust installed and tuned the car. Give me another 2 months plus. Haha...
     
  8. Scooter

    Scooter Copenworld Newbie

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    Location:
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    Hi iLian,

    I'm living in Singapore too and would like to do similar modifications. Where do you source these parts?

    Cheers, Scooter.
     
  9. ilain

    ilain Copenworld Member

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    PMed you with the details!
     
  10. copencat

    copencat Copenworld Regular

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    hopefully soon a new grey copen!

    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    OMG crazy!!! and i thought our car taxes and insurance were a rip off!!

    but at least in that beasty copen you will get to enjoy the driving experience of every dollar.
     
  11. Copen1p3

    Copen1p3 Copenworld Newbie

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    Amazing modifications. Impressed with the efficient use of the limited space.

    Do you have any indication as to the power you can expect to gain?
     
  12. MattMacc123

    MattMacc123 Copenworld Member

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    Cracking car! where did you find the headlight covers? :)
     
  13. stelios

    stelios Copenworld Newbie

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    nissan micra
    nissan almera
    suzuki ignis
    daihatsu copen
    amazing!!!
     
  14. ilain

    ilain Copenworld Member

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    I have no idea how much power I'll gain yet. Have to wait till i fully tune it. I just saw a turbo upgrade online.. my hands are itchy... haha
     
  15. ilain

    ilain Copenworld Member

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    What headlights cover? The lights are stock.
     
  16. joeleow

    joeleow Copenworld Regular

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    I think he is referring to the "eyelids". :D
     
  17. alz2605

    alz2605 Copenworld Regular

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    VW Golf TDi
    I'm sure they're made by Take Off. Try searching for them on Yahoo auctions using Google translate.

    Edit:

    Link

    http://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/j261685316
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014
  18. MattMacc123

    MattMacc123 Copenworld Member

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    yeah apologies i meant the eye lids :)
     
  19. ilain

    ilain Copenworld Member

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    Ahhh!! Those eye lids... Believe it or now... I never noticed them before!!! I thought they came stock! They were already on the car when I bought it. Previous owner must have installed them.
     
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