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Things I personally did and installed to my 2012 Hybrid :cool: (updated Feb/2015)

"MODS"

Exterior

- Roof Spoiler (Used from HQuakers)
- Window Visors (Used from HQuakers)
- Added 36" LED Strip Light in addition for my 3rd brake light.
- Red Dress-up Bolts (Ebay)
- Hooked up my LED Strobes from the car battery which is in the trunk.

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Mud Guards (Brandnew from K5 Optima Store)
- Added HYBRID Emblems (Brandnew at Ebay from Jayongmall)
- LED Strobe Lights in replacement of fog lights.
- LED Strip Parking Lights
- LED Reverse Bulbs
- Red Turn Signal Bulbs
- Red License Plate Bulb
- Dipped Front & Rear KIA emblems
- Dipped Front Diffuser
- Dipped Front Upper Grill
- Dipped Side Mirror
- Hood Deflector
- Red Painted Brake Calipers
- Carbon Fiber Wrapped Gas Tank Door
- Carbon Fiber Wrapped Door Handles (covered the chrome part only)
- Blue and White LED Lights inside trunk
- LED Strip Lights with Strobes in "Upper and Lower" Grill

Interior
- LED Dome Bulbs
- LED Strip Dome Lights

Whats Under the Hood:

- Spectre Air Intake (No CAI for KOH so I assembled one using Spectre parts)
- Red Painted Shark Racing Strut Bar (Bought Used from Jeffster)
- Red Painted Parts Under The Hood
- K&N Drop-in Air Filter (currently not using)
- Siren Horn for Alarm System (Regular Horn Still Same)

How He Stands:
- VSR Performance 18x8 Front and 18x9 Rear (offset 40)
-
245/45ZR18 Falken Performance All-Seasons Tires
- 215/55R17 Dipped Stock Rims with 20mm Wheel Spacers

- 1.5" Drop Megan Lowering Springs (Brandnew from Concept 3)

Future Plans:
- Air Suspension
(if i have the money)
- Coilovers (if i have extra money)

-
Remote Start


- Assemble a Cold Air Intake (80% DONE..!!!)

How much i spent to look like this??

- $150 > Megan Lowering Springs
- $120 > Shark Racing Strut Bar
- $100 > Spray Can Paints (regular and plasti dip)
- $ 80 > Roof Spoiler and Window Visors

- $ 55 > OEM Mud Guard
- $ 50 > SPECTRE Air Intake Parts
- $ 45 > K&N Drop-in Air Filter
- $ 35 > 20% All Around Tint
- $ 30 > 36" LED Strip for 3rd Brake Light Mod
- $ 30 > LED Strip Parking Lights
- $ 25 > 2pcs Hybrid Emblems
- $ 20 > LED Strip for upper grill
- $ 15 > Red Dress Up Bolts
- $ 10 > HD Lip
- $ 5 > Strobe Lights in replace of Fog Lights
=$770.00 so far on my personal mods!
how much you spent??

I bought my Optima because first, I wanted a good looking Hybrid. Second, it is the most spacious Hybrid/Sedan so my kids will fit themselves at the back compared to our previous 2011 KIA Sorento. Third, when Blake Griffin used it on his Dunk Contest, I told myself, I've got to own one.

What I like about my Optima is of course its appearance and its ability to magnetize people's attention. They often mistaken it with the sports-type Optima. People would approach me and inquire about the car. I have received a lot of compliments especially at parking lots and gasoline stations.

I have been "pimping" my cars ever since and my friends' as well. My inspiration comes from my passion and everything about cars does not bore me. Because of this, I always make my creativity work and explore ideas to modify effectively to please my own eyes and others.



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Current Awards that me and my Hybrid got for in 2014.

1) 1st Place KIA at Rebellion by the River.
2) 1st Place KIA at Scrapin The Coast.
3) 1st Place KIA at Siknic.
4) 2nd Place Best 1990-2012 at Spunky Monkey.
5) 3rd Place New Original at Pumpkin Patch.
6) Top 17th at Swamp Pop Music Festival.
7) Top 25 at Southern Style.
8) Top 30 at The Dolphin Drive In

Yes, its a Hybrid
"Hate Now"




Not sure if this are my favorite of them all coz this awards are specifically for KIA Vehicles and one of the biggest car shows i went.

LEFT: 1st Place KIA (Wild) *** MIDDLE: 1st Place KIA *** RIGHT: 1st Place KIA (Mild)



Thanks for viewing!!


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April 2012:
At the dealership. beside is my wife's KIA Soul.




April 2012: "Before"




October 2013: "Plasti Dipped Stock Wheels"




Before: 18x7.5 Motegi Racing Rims




Current Look: 18x8 Front and 18x9 Wheels



Thanks for viewing!!
 

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Triple's Showroom Index (First in the forums) ;)

Page 1: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom.html
- Car Mods
- Car Show Awards
- Before and After Pics
- Horn
- Hood Deflector
- Plasti Dipped Upper Grill, Side Mirrors
- Plasti Dipped Gas Tank Door
- Red Painted Brake Calipers
- Added Hybrid Emblems

Page 2: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-2.html
- LED Strip Parking Lights
- Plasti Dipped 17" Stock Rims with Design

Page 3: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-3.html
- K&N Drop-in Air Filter
- LED Strobes with Switch (
Video)
- Pics in the Parking Lot with Stock Wheels On
- Window Stickers
- Day and Night Spotte

Page 4: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-4.html
- 20mm Wheel Spacers on Stock Wheels
- White Plasti Dipped Lower Front Lip
- Friendly Run with an Honda Accord Coupe (
Video)
- Red Painted Engine Bay
- Carbon Fiber Wrapped Gas Tank Door

Page 5: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-5.html
- Carbon Fiber Wraps
- Plasti Dipped Front Emblem (
Video)
- Plasti Dipped Emblems

Page 6: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-6.html
- Wheels, 225/40ZR18 Motegi Rims Pics
- 18x7.5 - 45 Offset

Page 7: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-7.html
- Hybrid EV Mode (
Video)
- Easter Engine Bay Pics
- White Plasti Dip Lower Lip Night Time Pic
- Carbon Fiber Wrapped Door Hanlde (Covered the Chrome Part)

Page 8: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-8.html
- SPECTRE Air Intake (I Assembled One for the Hybrid)
- Pimped K5 1:38 Die-Cast
- Photo Shoot with Radio Flyer Wagon

Page 9: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-9.html
- Edited Photo Shoot Pic
- Photo Shoot with the 17" Hybrid Stock Wheels

Page 10: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-10.html
- Blue and White LED Lights in my Trunk

Page 11: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-11.html
- Painted Gloss Black Front Upper Grill with some personal modz

Page 12: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-12.html
- LED Strips with Strobes Personal Upgrade (
Video)
- LED Lights behind the Upper Grill Pics
-
2nd Car Show Award

Page 13: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-13.html
- Gloss Black Vinyl Wrap Hood
-
3rd Car Show Award
- Daytime pic with the Vinyl Wrapped Hood
- White Strobe Light (
Video)

Page 14: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-14.html
- LED Strobes and Control pics.
- Wheels and Tires Update 245/45ZR18
- Plasti Dipped my 18x7.5 45-offset Motegi Rims
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4th Car Show Award

Page 15: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-15.html
- Before and After Picture of my Plasti Dipped Motegi Wheels
- New Shoes, VSR PErformance 18x8 Front and 18x9 Rear (40-offset)
- Optima Emblem Off
- New Red Wheels Tape for the VSR
- Police Scanner wired to my Mirror

Page 16:
Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-16.html
- More Carbon Fiber Wrapped
- Plasti Dpped Rear Lip Spoiler (Before and After)
-
MY BIKES

Page 17: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-17.html
- Hand Painting 1:38 Diecast Optima
- 1:38 Diecast Optima and Real Optima
- Photo Shoot "17" Stock Wheels"
-
5th Car Show Award

Page 18: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-18.html
- 5 Car Show Awards at the Time
- Current Setup at the time too!

Page 19: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-19.html
- My 3 Sets of Wheels and their Weight with the Tires.
- Got a Helping Hand
- Photo Shoot "Parked Like a Boss"
- Navi Screen Saver

Page 20: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-20.html
- 20% Tints on Panoramic Sunroof
- Plasti Dipped "Headlights"
- Photo Shoot "Plasti Dipped Headlights"

Page 21: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-21.html
- My Red Engine Bay
- Stickerz
- Put 20% Tint All Around (Before and After Pics)
- 17" Stock Rims Before and After

Page 22: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-22.html
-
6th Car Show Award
- Photobomb-ed byt my Dog
-
7th Car Show Awards

Page 23: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-23.html
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8th and Last Car Show Award for 2014
- My 18" Motegi Wheels (Before and After) SOLD
- Photo Shoot "White Cars Lining Up"
- Photo Shoot "Installed Green LED Lights for a Friend)
- Photo Shoot "Thanksgiving"
- Photo Shoot "Spotted My Hybrid"

Page 24: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-24.html
- Photo Shoot "Christmas Time"
- Direct Hooked my Strobes to my Car Battery (Video)
- Installed 36" LED Lights in Addition for 3rd Brake Light
- Photo Shoot "36-inches 3rd Brake Light"
- Photo Shoot "Newest Member of the Family"
- Photo Shoot "36-inches 3rd Brake Light at Daytime"
-
Car Show Awards for 2014 (8 out of 10 Entries)

Page 25: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-25.html
- Photo Shoot "Another Year, Another Car" a
2015 Subaru WRX
- LED Lights and Strobes by the Grill (Before and After)
- 1st Car Show Award for 2015 "BEST IMPORT CAR" (9th Award)

Page 26: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-26.html
- Close up pics of my Offset Wheels and Tires (18x8 Front & 18x9 Rear)
- Grabbed Car Show Photo (9th Award)
- Package Received (Used Window Vent Visors and Roof Spoiler from HQuakers)
- Photo Shoot "Roof Spoiler" (Before and After)
- My
WRX Exhaust (Video)

Page 27: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-27.html
- Photo Shoot "Window Vent Visors" (Before and After)
- Lower and Upper Grill LED Strobe Lights with 4 Modes.
- Lower and Upper Grill LED Lights (
Video)
- LED Switchbacks on the process.. (Before and After)
- I love people like this guy.. (Hybrid'n it)


Page 28: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-28.html
- Carbon Fiber Wrapped "Killed the Chrome"

Page 29: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-29.html
- 10th Car Show Award "Top 100"
- My Stock 17" KOH Wheels on my
Subaru WRX fits!
- 235/45R17 Subaru Stock Tire and Stock Wheels are
ENKEI.
- Home Depot Lip messed up for the second time...
- Photo Shoot "Library"
- Photo Shoot "Spike Lug Nuts"

Page 30: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-30.html
- 11th Car Show Award "Best Modern Car"
- Red LED Strips on my Engine Bay with 4 Modes for Strobe Lights
- 12th Car Show Award "Top 50"
- Photo Shoot "ME and My Friends Maxima with Nitrous!"

Page 31: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-31.html
- Photo Shoot "Gold Painted Wheels on the Side"
- 13th Car Show Award "1st Place KIA" (2 years in a row at this car show)

Page 32: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-32.html
- Photo Shoot "Car Show Day with my Club Member from Different Chapters"
- My first DIY... "Rear Seat Removal"
- Plasti Dip Hood
- My Custom LED DRL for my Hybrid

Page 33: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-33.html
- Photo Shoot "My Custom DRL for Hybrid"
- 14th Car Show Award "1st Place KIA" again (2 years in a row at this car show)

Page 34: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-34.html
- Photo Shoot "DETAILED" (First time after 3 years)
- Painted Side Mirror Covers (Gloss Black)
- Photo Shoot "Side Mirror Covers" (Before, Then and Now)


Page 35: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-35.html
- Photo Shoot "Tinted Windows" 20% All Around (Before and After)
- Wireless Remote 7-color LED Underneath Lights Sneak Peak..
- Photo Shoot "Underneath LED Lights" (Night Time)
- LED Underneath Lights (
Day-time Video)

Continuation Below

You're Welcome On The Idea ;)

(Edited 11/17/2015)
 

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Triple's Showroom IndexContinuation (First in the forums)


Page 36: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-36.html
- LED Underneath Lights Door Reflection

- LED Underneath Lights (Night-time Video)
- Photo Shoot "Parking Lot" (Waiting for my Daughter)
- Photo Shoot "Flash Back Friday (After 2yrs..)
- Vacation, Current Setup with Fully Load Trunk and 3 Passenger still got 35mpg.


Page 37: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-37.html
- LED Underneath Lights on my Optima and
WRX.
- Lowered Problems (Stock Wheels 215/55R17)
- Preparing to Paint my VSR Wheels 18x8 Front and 18x9 Rear (40 offset)
- COBB Accessport on my 2015 Subaru WRX 6speed
- No Hood (in the paint booth)



Page 38: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-38.html
- Hood in the Paint Booth!!
- Painting my 18" VSR Performance Wheels in
Plasti Dip Red

Page 39: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-39.html
- Finish Product of my Red Painted Inserts 18" VSR Performance Wheels
- Preparing my Hybrid for the next day Car Show
- 15th Car Show Award "1st Place KIA" again (2 years in a row at SIKNIC car show)
- Photo Shoot "How I Display My Car Into Car Shows"

You're Welcome On The Idea

(Edited 11/17/2015)

 

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Page 40: Link >> http://www.optimaforums.com/forum/49-optima-showroom/33770-triple-k-hybrid-showroom-40.html
- 2014 and 2015 Car Show Awards Photo at SIKNIC.
- Before going to Siknic Picture.
- Megan Racing Exhaust on the Hybrid
- Photo Shoot "Just Detailed My Own Ride"
- Photo Shoot "Rolling Shot"
- Spotted on the Interstate.


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My Engine Bay (Painted: Oct. 2013)



Upper Grill (Painted Aug. 2013)



Side Mirrors
(Painted Aug. 2013)


Brake Calipers (Painted: Sept. 2012)



Gas Tank Door
(Painted Aug. 2013)
 

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Great work as usual man! Love your creativity!
Thanks for the compliment Sir David, dont think i forgot you already, im still saving money for that lights ;)

What was the process on painting your calipers?
Hey John, what i do is (1) spray the calipers using the Brake Caliper Cleaner, (2) then wait for it to dry, (3) then wipe the caliper using the Prep-Towellete just to be sure no dirt or grease left, (4) then spray paint it using the Red Caliper Paint (just followed the instructions on the spray can) hope these helps man :D
 

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Emblem:

I just want people on the road to notice that im driving a hybrid so i added emblems on both sides like the hybrid's Prius, Camry and similar to the 2013 KOH but i bought the same emblem at the back.




 

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Here is my 3rd and Final LED Strip which i connected to my Parking Lights.
This is the brightest 12" LED Strip i can find here at my local stores...

 

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can you please let me know how to do the wheels like that???

Here what i have is the not so expensive set-up :cool:

Whats on the Body:

- Added HYBRID Emblems
- LED Strip Parking Lights
- LED Reverse Bulbs
- Red Turn Signal Bulbs
- Red License Plate Bulb
- Dipped Front Upper Grill
- Dipped Side Mirror
- Dipped Gas Tank Door
- Hood Deflector
- Red Painted Brake Calipers

Whats Inside:
- LED Dome Bulbs
- LED Strip Dome Lights

Whats Under the Hood:
- Red Painted Shark Racing Strut Bar
- Red Painted Engine Cover

How He Stands:
- 1.5" Drop Megan Lowering Springs
- Dipped Stock 17" Hybrid Rims


FUTURE PLANS:
- Cree Fogs and Reverse Bulbs at K5 Store
- Wheel Spacers
- Air Filter

Before and After Pics...


March 2012:
At the dealership. beside is my wife's KIA Soul.



April 2012: "Before"

October 2013: "After"
 

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my buddy tried it but the dip kept comoing off when he took the tape off. how long did you wait before taking tape off? thanks
 
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