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Just purchased my Accord X 2.0t a few weeks ago! Very happy with the car and glad I went for the 10-speed!
I wanted to do some minor cosmetic mods as well as some common performance mods on the new lady and decided to join the community.
Thank you all in advance for the hospitality and I am looking forward to get to know all of you and add to the forums :cool:

I'll briefly list the mods I have in mind. If anyone has any experience with them or would like to point me in the right direction, give your boy a holler~

1. full chrome delete + blacked roof
2. smoked out reverse light
3. ecu tune
4. full exhaust kit (also have questions about diffuser/bumper accommodating the new exhaust tips)
5. Lowering the car just a smidge (i understand there are complications to this.. prematurely damaging struts? and active dampening?)
6. bov (i dont want it too obsurdly loud, i just want to stock noise to be a tad bit more noticable)
7. cold air intake
8. Rims/tires
9. protective clear wraps


...and there she is ❤
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nice choice. i just landed my 2.0t, used and jumped on it because i actually found a manual. but thats besides the point. i swapped over my ktuner from my civic si i traded in for the accord and love the tune on it so i'd highly recommend the ktuner. if you want to go just a little lower the eibach pro kit seems to be a good way to go. just lowering springs so you keep your active dampers and drops it .8 of an inch. just a recommendation. enjoy your ride!
 

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nice choice. i just landed my 2.0t, used and jumped on it because i actually found a manual. but thats besides the point. i swapped over my ktuner from my civic si i traded in for the accord and love the tune on it so i'd highly recommend the ktuner. if you want to go just a little lower the eibach pro kit seems to be a good way to go. just lowering springs so you keep your active dampers and drops it .8 of an inch. just a recommendation. enjoy your ride!
Nice! Congrats on the MT! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Ktuner so I’ll probably be going with that. This is my first tuner car so I’m a little scared fiddling around flashing the Ecu.. I hope it’s not too complicated.
As for the springs. Will having lowering springs negatively affect the health of my suspension or frame? I read somewhere that I should do a whole conversion, springs struts and frame bolstering if I didn’t want to cause premature wear on the car. Also, what’s the ride like with .8 inch lowered?? Thanks alot
 

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Just purchased my Accord X 2.0t a few weeks ago! Very happy with the car and glad I went for the 10-speed!
I wanted to do some minor cosmetic mods as well as some common performance mods on the new lady and decided to join the community.
Thank you all in advance for the hospitality and I am looking forward to get to know all of you and add to the forums :cool:

I'll briefly list the mods I have in mind. If anyone has any experience with them or would like to point me in the right direction, give your boy a holler~

1. full chrome delete + blacked roof
2. smoked out reverse light
3. ecu tune
4. full exhaust kit (also have questions about diffuser/bumper accommodating the new exhaust tips)
5. Lowering the car just a smidge (i understand there are complications to this.. prematurely damaging struts? and active dampening?)
6. bov (i dont want it too obsurdly loud, i just want to stock noise to be a tad bit more noticable)
7. cold air intake
8. Rims/tires
9. protective clear wraps


...and there she is ❤
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Sweet car dude! Seriously very clean. I've got a 2018 Modern Steel Metallic. I nicknamed it Sporty. lol You're going to love it! Pretty damn fast, and handles really well. Those are a nice list of mods you want to do as well. I have mine completely stock. The only other things for cheap that I'd suggest doing to the front lights for the high beams is to but in from LasFit (that's where I bought mine from) the LED bulbs for the high beams. Unfortunately, the Touring comes with LED low/high beams, but the Sports only have LED's for the low-beams and halogen bulbs fot he high beams. As part of cost cutting measures I'm sure of. In the future, I plan on getting the K&N drop in air filter for the my engine to breathe a little bit easier as well. Between you future bolt-ons and the ECU tune, your Sport will be running nicely as well!
 

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Nice! Congrats on the MT! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Ktuner so I’ll probably be going with that. This is my first tuner car so I’m a little scared fiddling around flashing the Ecu.. I hope it’s not too complicated.
As for the springs. Will having lowering springs negatively affect the health of my suspension or frame? I read somewhere that I should do a whole conversion, springs struts and frame bolstering if I didn’t want to cause premature wear on the car. Also, what’s the ride like with .8 inch lowered?? Thanks alot
i haven't lowered mine, just flashed with ktuner. ktuner is super simple, did it on my si and now this one. as far as lowering there's always consequences due to the change in suspension geometry. there's added stress on ball joints and bushings but it wont be drastic on a real mild drop like that. as somebody whos always played with suspension the benefits of that drop will far exceed any negatives. but you shouldn't see anything wear out at a significantly faster rate. i know for the civic si you can get a module that fools the adaptive suspension into thinking the system is still in place so you don't get a dash light so i'm sure there's something for this platform that does the same thing. i wouldn't worry yourself too much. drop springs and an alignment will keep you in good shape.
 

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Sweet car dude! Seriously very clean. I've got a 2018 Modern Steel Metallic. I nicknamed it Sporty. lol You're going to love it! Pretty damn fast, and handles really well. Those are a nice list of mods you want to do as well. I have mine completely stock. The only other things for cheap that I'd suggest doing to the front lights for the high beams is to but in from LasFit (that's where I bought mine from) the LED bulbs for the high beams. Unfortunately, the Touring comes with LED low/high beams, but the Sports only have LED's for the low-beams and halogen bulbs fot he high beams. As part of cost cutting measures I'm sure of. In the future, I plan on getting the K&N drop in air filter for the my engine to breathe a little bit easier as well. Between you future bolt-ons and the ECU tune, your Sport will be running nicely as well!
Thanks! I really like the way the X sits stock as well. I said in my post I’d like to do a chrome delete but if I can find the right wheels and springs for it, it’ll bring out the chrome and look great with the steel metallic color as well. I plan on making performance mods before cosmetic so I still have some time to think about how I want it to look. First on the list is that ktune ecu, then air intake, then exhaust. I’m excited to watch your progress. Keep us posted. Also could you link me those high beam lights I’m curious
 

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Thanks! I really like the way the X sits stock as well. I said in my post I’d like to do a chrome delete but if I can find the right wheels and springs for it, it’ll bring out the chrome and look great with the steel metallic color as well. I plan on making performance mods before cosmetic so I still have some time to think about how I want it to look. First on the list is that ktune ecu, then air intake, then exhaust. I’m excited to watch your progress. Keep us posted. Also could you link me those high beam lights.
Hey Dude! Yeah man, the car sits really nice stock as well! I agree! As far as performance mods are coed, Yeah I'm looking forward to the K&N drop in air filter as well. Yeah, check out this link for those HID high beams: 2018 2019 2020 Honda Accord LED Bulbs 9005 Exterior Interior Bulbs

I'm not sure off-hand if your 202 Sport will have the same part # as the 2018-2019 model year Sports. Also, When I bought the e9005 LED high beam kit, I did buy them on sale for about $50if I remember correctly. I will say though dude, They really do make a HUGE difference at nighttime. Very very bright! Besides, they match the color of all the other LED lights on the car as well. lol.

You're absolutely right, I ALSO want to do the chrome-delete on the front grille. So annoying to always detail and mine is getting pitted up and whatnot. I figure I'll probably upgrade/replace it sometime next year. Once I can't stand it anymore...hahah
 

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Just purchased my Accord X 2.0t a few weeks ago! Very happy with the car and glad I went for the 10-speed!
I wanted to do some minor cosmetic mods as well as some common performance mods on the new lady and decided to join the community.
Thank you all in advance for the hospitality and I am looking forward to get to know all of you and add to the forums :cool:

I'll briefly list the mods I have in mind. If anyone has any experience with them or would like to point me in the right direction, give your boy a holler~

1. full chrome delete + blacked roof
2. smoked out reverse light
3. ecu tune
4. full exhaust kit (also have questions about diffuser/bumper accommodating the new exhaust tips)
5. Lowering the car just a smidge (i understand there are complications to this.. prematurely damaging struts? and active dampening?)
6. bov (i dont want it too obsurdly loud, i just want to stock noise to be a tad bit more noticable)
7. cold air intake
8. Rims/tires
9. protective clear wraps


...and there she is ❤
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nice car!

as for the blacked out roof, make sure the installer is using Vvivid material.. otherwise you'll be unhappy with the results (orange peel, depth of color, etc) im particular when it comes to stuff like that so Vvivid and Inozetek are the only few companies out there that provide true gloss black

if you're gonna lower it just go with coilovers. that way you can adjust it exactly how you like it. if you go with springs, although theyre cheaper you wont be satisfied in the long run if you decide on getting wheels later.

i wouldnt waste money on a drop-in filter. i'd recommend the mishimoto air intake system.

rims and tires, that's a whole different world. just really depends on how much money you wanna drop, the look you're trying to achieve and performance.

ecu tuning, i wouldn't do it unless you upgrade your turbo. a few people that went on ktuner/hondata back in 2018/19 are now blowing up their turbos.

my advice is to plan out with how you want the car to look in it's final stage and don't compromise because you wanted to save a few hundred dollars. do it right the first time.
 

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ecu tuning, i wouldn't do it unless you upgrade your turbo. a few people that went on ktuner/hondata back in 2018/19 are now blowing up their turbos.
Is turbo failure that common on these Accords with tuning? is it the 1.5 or the 2.0 thats been more prone to failure? I just came from a tuned 10th gen Civic Si and failure rates among tuned civics of all trims was super low. Almost all failures could be traced back to abuse and neglect. Not wanting to jack this thread but I'm curious about this haha
 

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nice car!

as for the blacked out roof, make sure the installer is using Vvivid material.. otherwise you'll be unhappy with the results (orange peel, depth of color, etc) im particular when it comes to stuff like that so Vvivid and Inozetek are the only few companies out there that provide true gloss black

if you're gonna lower it just go with coilovers. that way you can adjust it exactly how you like it. if you go with springs, although theyre cheaper you wont be satisfied in the long run if you decide on getting wheels later.

i wouldnt waste money on a drop-in filter. i'd recommend the mishimoto air intake system.

rims and tires, that's a whole different world. just really depends on how much money you wanna drop, the look you're trying to achieve and performance.

ecu tuning, i wouldn't do it unless you upgrade your turbo. a few people that went on ktuner/hondata back in 2018/19 are now blowing up their turbos.

my advice is to plan out with how you want the car to look in it's final stage and don't compromise because you wanted to save a few hundred dollars. do it right the first time.
Wow lots of great info there bud. Thanks for the insight. I thought ktuner was the first thing to go for but thanks for pointing out the potential damage. It’s a bummer because I thought the ecu tune would also make the car sound better with an aftermarket exhaust... i didn’t know I’d be damaging my stock turbo in the process.

I think I’ll go coilovers over a spring. I’m going to be ocd with how my wheels fit and I’d like it to be adjustable to my wheel specs.

100% agreed on not making compromises.
 

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Is turbo failure that common on these Accords with tuning? is it the 1.5 or the 2.0 thats been more prone to failure? I just came from a tuned 10th gen Civic Si and failure rates among tuned civics of all trims was super low. Almost all failures could be traced back to abuse and neglect. Not wanting to jack this thread but I'm curious about this haha
I'm only speaking for 2.0. I've spoken to a few people and the reason for their turbo upgrade was because their turbo went out. Some had their waste gates stuck open lol. Not sure how widespread this is because I can't imagine people bragging about how they blew their turbos on a blog community. Of course it doesn't happen immediately after tuning, but these guys had around 2 years and 30k miles on the tune. Maybe I'm overly cautious? Maybe so. But you're also voiding warranty as soon as you flash it.

Not here to persuade you guys from your build. Just sharing what I've come across from research and personal advice. I wanted to tune my car too, but was super skeptical. For roughly $500-700 u get 40hp and 70tq? It's really tempting for sure.

I'd love to get some replies about this topic also cuz 99% of the time we hear all the great stuff, but it's the bad stuff that we really have to dig for.
 

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I'm only speaking for 2.0. I've spoken to a few people and the reason for their turbo upgrade was because their turbo went out. Some had their waste gates stuck open lol. Not sure how widespread this is because I can't imagine people bragging about how they blew their turbos on a blog community. Of course it doesn't happen immediately after tuning, but these guys had around 2 years and 30k miles on the tune. Maybe I'm overly cautious? Maybe so. But you're also voiding warranty as soon as you flash it.

Not here to persuade you guys from your build. Just sharing what I've come across from research and personal advice. I wanted to tune my car too, but was super skeptical. For roughly $500-700 u get 40hp and 70tq? It's really tempting for sure.

I'd love to get some replies about this topic also cuz 99% of the time we hear all the great stuff, but it's the bad stuff that we really have to dig for.
Solid discussion we have here. I actually started another thread in turbos/tuning about this. It’s so tempting and it feels like the first mod of choice but I don’t want to be limping around on the service lane in the middle of nowhere out of the blue... I too wish there are more discussion on this subject. Hopefully my other thread would gain traction..

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I'm only speaking for 2.0. I've spoken to a few people and the reason for their turbo upgrade was because their turbo went out. Some had their waste gates stuck open lol. Not sure how widespread this is because I can't imagine people bragging about how they blew their turbos on a blog community. Of course it doesn't happen immediately after tuning, but these guys had around 2 years and 30k miles on the tune. Maybe I'm overly cautious? Maybe so. But you're also voiding warranty as soon as you flash it.

Not here to persuade you guys from your build. Just sharing what I've come across from research and personal advice. I wanted to tune my car too, but was super skeptical. For roughly $500-700 u get 40hp and 70tq? It's really tempting for sure.

I'd love to get some replies about this topic also cuz 99% of the time we hear all the great stuff, but it's the bad stuff that we really have to dig for.
I definitely understand the skepticism and differently reasons for not doing it. I'm just curious as I came from civicx.com and there was a pretty big split on tuning. I personally had my Si tuned for 6k miles with zero issues. A lot of it comes down to maintenance and not constantly abusing it. knowing that a tune increases wear rates should common knowledge and I've accepted the risks. I was just curious if there was a known common issue.
 

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I definitely understand the skepticism and differently reasons for not doing it. I'm just curious as I came from civicx.com and there was a pretty big split on tuning. I personally had my Si tuned for 6k miles with zero issues. A lot of it comes down to maintenance and not constantly abusing it. knowing that a tune increases wear rates should common knowledge and I've accepted the risks. I was just curious if there was a known common issue.
How's your accord? have you done any mods? So rare to see people with 2.0 manual these days. It's actually more rare than the type r lol
 

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How's your accord? have you done any mods? So rare to see people with 2.0 manual these days. It's actually more rare than the type r lol
There are 5 type r's in my neighborhood lol i had one of two civicX si's before trading it for the accord. Its a unicorn, for sure. I absolutely love it. I'm tuned on the Ktuner stage 2 tune for now. I'd love to pick up some of the shifter upgrades from Acuity as i had them on my civic and it made the shift feel so much better. for a daily is a comfortable and quick car to drive, love it.
 

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How's your accord? have you done any mods? So rare to see people with 2.0 manual these days. It's actually more rare than the type r lol
I’m surprised at how rare a 2.0 accord is as well... personally I was open to 1.5 but after pulling off the lot in the 2.0 I INSTANTLY knew I had to have the 2.0 haha
 

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I’m surprised at how rare a 2.0 accord is as well... personally I was open to 1.5 but after pulling off the lot in the 2.0 I INSTANTLY knew I had to have the 2.0 haha
my wife had a 1.5 before this and it was great to drive, but being a car guy the 2.0 was the way to go for me. its such a great car to drive. doesn't feel as big as it is either which is impressive on it own aside from the performance of the 2.0
 
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