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2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Sunday, October 17, 2010 2:54 PM
Color: Liquid Platinum Metallic
Engine: 2.4L VVT-i
Transmission: 5-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Interior: Ebony Cloth with Ebony Leather Accents
Build Date: November 17, 2008
Purchase Date: April 11, 2009

Manufacturer Options:
5-Speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission
Power Sunroof
Theft-Deterrent Alarm System

Modifications:

Engine:

K&N Typhoon silver powder coated cold air intake (#69-8613TS) with an AEM Dry Flow air filter (#21-203DK)

Wheels
chrome valve caps

winter: '07 Toyota Camry 16" steel wheels
205/55/16 Kelly Explorer tires
Dorman black lug nuts and wheel locks (#711-346)

Brakes:
calipers painted black

Exterior:
Sylvania SilverStar bulbs (9145) in the fog lights
front license plate replaced with color matched plugs
Sylvania SilverStar Ultra bulbs (9006 / 9005) in the headlights
Stealth Auto chrome amber bulbs (3457) in the front turn signals
35% tinted windows
Grafx Werks metallic silver "genvibe.com" decal on the lower passenger side of the hatch glass
Stealth Auto chrome amber bulbs (7440) in the rear turn signals
Sylvania SilverStar bulbs (921) in the reverse lights
"PONTIAC VIBE GT" badges removed from the hatch

Interior:
GM premium all weather floor mats (#19170829)
GM premium all weather cargo mat (#19170827)

Miscellaneous:
independent fog lights
AHLs disabled
DRLs disabled
hard wired Cobra 10 band extra sensory detection radar/laser detector

Future:

Engine:

Optima Red Top battery (#8020-164) (whenever the factory battery dies)
Grafx Werks metallic silver "VVT-i 16V" engine cover overlay

Wheels:
winter: '09-'10 Vibe 2.4L Base 16" wheel covers (#24100434)
'09-'10 Vibe Base lug nuts (#88972746)
chrome valve caps and sleeves

Interior:
GM rear cargo security shade (#19171208)


First Day Home - 04.11.09




First Photoshoot - 04.12.09














Dealer License Plate Frame & Sticker Removed - 04.17.09




35% Tinted Windows - 04.24.09








De-Badged Hatch & Grafx Werks Metallic Silver "genvibe.com" Decal - 04.26.09




Hard Wired Cobra 10 Band Extra Sensory Detection Radar/Laser Detector - 05.03.09






GM Premium All Weather Floor & Cargo Mats - 05.06.09












Sylvania SilverStar Bulbs In The Fog Lights & Headlights - 05.11.09










K&N Typhoon Silver Powder Coated Cold Air Intake & AEM Dry Flow Air Filter - 07.09.09










AHLs & DRLs Disabled + Independent Fog Lights - 09.24.09




















Winter Wheels & Tires - 11.07.09




Winter Mode - 12.12.09
















Stealth Auto Chrome Amber Bulbs In The Front & Rear Turn Signals And Sylvania SilverStar Bulbs In The Reverse Lights - 02.20.10








Black Painted Calipers - 04.02.10






Chrome Valve Caps - 04.06.10




Front License Plate Replaced With Color Matched Plugs - 07.01.10




Thanks for looking!

More pictures and information can be found on my Car Domain page.

Also, track my gas mileage on MPG Tune.




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Sunday, October 17, 2010 3:43 PM
Wow. You doing a good job with it. I like it



Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Sunday, October 17, 2010 3:54 PM
Thanks! Doing the best I can with the little that's available for it. I'm happy with it !




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Sunday, October 17, 2010 4:50 PM
Looking real clean carrie!!!

2 things u might not have thought about doing:

Shorter antenna for the roof?
Check out reflectiveconcepts.com I know they don't have the vibe listed! But, he can do anything for badges! Thought some custom ones would look good on there instead of the red!!!

Just thoughts. Car looks great no matter what!!!




Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Sunday, October 17, 2010 11:42 PM
I'm digging it.... like it much i do.



Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Monday, October 18, 2010 8:47 AM
with what simple mods you have done i like it more now


very sedule







RIP JESSE GERARD.....Youll always be in my thoughts and prayers...



Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Monday, October 18, 2010 7:41 PM
Subtle......



Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:00 PM
02_redbadged wrote:

Looking real clean carrie!!!

2 things u might not have thought about doing:

Shorter antenna for the roof?
Check out reflectiveconcepts.com I know they don't have the vibe listed! But, he can do anything for badges! Thought some custom ones would look good on there instead of the red!!!

Just thoughts. Car looks great no matter what!!!

Thanks Matt !

The antenna really doesn't bother me. I actually think it looks pretty good the way it is.

I actually like the red of the arrowhead badges as well. It adds just enough color without being tacky, not to mention, the center caps on the wheels and the steering wheel have red arrowhead badges as well and I don't forsee overlays sticking to the ones on the center caps very well so they're all staying as is. Also, with the demise of Pontiac, keeping the arrowheads red, for me anyway, is sort of a sign of respect and rememberance for Pontiac.

Thanks for the ideas though !

GTmatters wrote:

I'm digging it.... like it much i do.

Thanks !

the Jew wrote:

with what simple mods you have done i like it more now


very sedule

Thanks ! Subtle is exactly what I was aiming for !

Brocklanders wrote:

Subtle......

Thanks......




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4:43 PM
Looks good only thing i would say is to put the plastic caps back on the valve steams. I work at a tire shop and see way to many corrode onto the sensor and then mess them up.
Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:14 PM
Bluecavalier426 wrote:

Looks good only thing i would say is to put the plastic caps back on the valve steams. I work at a tire shop and see way to many corrode onto the sensor and then mess them up.

Thanks !

Thanks for the heads up on the valve caps as well. I read that on the package they came in actually. I'm not worried about it though as I remove them weekly to check the tire pressure and the 18s are taken off for the winter, which in my opinion, seems like the ideal time for corrosion to occur. I could certainly see it happen though if someone never removed the valve caps for any reason and drove with them on in the winter.




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Sunday, October 24, 2010 6:27 PM
*UPDATE* Today I added a Sylvania SilverStar 168 (194) bulb to the license marker. It's not quite as white as I was hoping it would be and it's not quite as white as the other SilverStar bulbs in the Vibe, but I'm happy with it. All my white lights on the exterior of the Vibe match now !



Here's a comparison shot showing the stock bulb in my mom's license marker on the left and the SilverStar bulb in my license marker on the right:



Since I had the camera out, I also took a couple pictures of the SilverStar 921 bulbs in the reverse lights (not the best, but you get the idea).



Here's a comparison shot showing the stock bulb in the reverse light on the left and the SilverStar bulb in the reverse light on the right:



Also, back on 09.26.10, I added 2" blind spot mirrors to the lower, outer corners of the side mirrors because the blind spots in the Vibe are horrible. Those little tiny windows towards the rear are absolutely useless. On a bit of a side note, you can see my mom following behind me in her '09 Steel Blue Metallic Vibe GT .





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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Saturday, February 19, 2011 8:45 AM
A few small updates:

02.11.11 - TRD forged aluminum oil filler cap & GM rear cargo security shade








02.12.11 - Honda 7" antenna








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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:18 PM
The antenna is a small change that makes a nice difference. I still am digging it.



Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:11 PM
Thanks! The Honda antenna looks so much better than the 16" factory one. Plus the Honda antenna matches the look of the XM/OnStar antenna a little better.

Next up is going to be painting the engine manifold heat shield black.




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 1:13 PM
One small update:

03.29.11 - Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield Painted Black










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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 1:38 PM
Looks good Carie! Its sad you didn't make it to the meet last Saturday...



Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 3:54 PM
Thanks Jeff! I didn't make it because I completely forgot about it .




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 4:10 PM
It's ok. If you noticed we are going back to Bender Park in Milwaukee April 23rd.



Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Friday, April 01, 2011 9:11 PM
Yeah, I saw that. Hopefully I'll be able to make that one.




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Saturday, April 02, 2011 7:13 PM
Your Vibe is looking great! I've always liked your style of modding. Your old sunfire and now the vibe, both very clean and subtle!









Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Saturday, April 02, 2011 7:22 PM
Thanks a lot Chris! It means a lot coming from someone like you who also has a very clean, subtle car that I love .

I'm pumped... tomorrow I'm re-painting the calipers (they all have some slight chipping), painting the centers of all four rotors (they're faded and crappy looking) and re-installing the 18s for spring/summer! No more ghetto steelies 'til next December !




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Saturday, April 02, 2011 7:45 PM
Sweet! Try that hammer paint. Stuff is tough paint.

Either way. Post some pics!



Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Saturday, April 02, 2011 8:16 PM
I get that the Vibe and the Matrix are the same and all.... but the TRD oil cap looks cheesy as hell to me on a Pontiac. Just personal taste I guess.


On the other hand....you have other fingers.

"You really need to staple your face shut"-THE Joey Baggs.
Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Sunday, April 03, 2011 8:01 AM
02 redbadged wrote:

Sweet! Try that hammer paint. Stuff is tough paint.

Either way. Post some pics!

Thanks Matt! I am actually going tomorrow after work to get a quote for having it powder coating. It just so happens that there are two powder coating places in the same industrial park so I will be going to both to see who has the better prices and all.

JLAudioCavalier wrote:

I get that the Vibe and the Matrix are the same and all.... but the TRD oil cap looks cheesy as hell to me on a Pontiac. Just personal taste I guess.



The TRD logo has been removed from the oil cap. I would actually leave it the way it is in that picture ^, but there are little numbers engraved into the recession which look goofy. I am currently in the process of having a custom decal made for it. I just couldn't stand the red in the all black/silver/chrome engine bay. The new decal will be much more fitting color and logo-wise.




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Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Progress Thread
Sunday, April 03, 2011 3:00 PM
Sweet.


On the other hand....you have other fingers.

"You really need to staple your face shut"-THE Joey Baggs.
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