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> My 2000 (J2) Elantra
wizewun
post May 24 2011, 02:23 AM
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I bought my new Elantra on May 18th 2000 with 4 miles on the odometer. I needed something to commute in that got good millage and at the time Hyundai was the only company offering a 100K mile warranty. Well, 220K miles later, the Elantra had seen me through College and grad school. It has been through every kind of driving environment imaginable on countless road trips. It drove up Brian Head Peak in Southern Utah to well over 11,000í and has been to Bad Water in Death Valley, and pretty much everywhere else in the western U.S.

At 220k miles the transmission finally took a nose dive and it seemed that it was time to move on. Or was it? Being the sentimental fool that I am, I decided that Iíd bring it back to itís former glory, with some updates as well. Below is a list of things that have been repaired, replaced, or upgraded. Iím pretty much done with the interior. On the exterior, in addition to what has been done already, Iím going to have the paint re-done with a fresh coat of Sandalwood and Iím going to upgrade the wheels. I like the stock look so the 2 replacement sets Iíve narrowed the selection down to both look stock but are larger wheels. One is the 15Ē alloy on the 01-05 Elantra, and the other is a 16Ē alloy by Eagle wheels that looks almost stock and would fit the Hyundai center cap.

Enjoy the photos.

Before

This was during a snow flurry in the Napa Valley (3/2006)



Interior

Stripped out interior and completely covered interior surfaces with Dynomat Extreme . This took well over 15 work hours and countless cuts and bruises. Always wear gloves























Steam cleaned the carpet while it was out



Replaced factory speakers with Pioneer TS-A6964R A-Series 6"x9" 3-Way (rear) and Pioneer TS-A1304C A-Series 5 1/4" Components (front). Iíll take more photos next time I have the door panels off. The Pioneer tweeters fit perfectly into the stock tweeter location.



Replaced previous head unit with a Pioneer AVIC-X920BT double din navigation unit.









Installed Kansas City Customís Leather Interior Package (replaces cloth seats and door inserts with leather) If anyone wants to buy the original cloth covers I have them in pretty good condition. E-mail me. Also replaced the worn window buttons and interior door handles with new ones.









Recarpeted the rear package tray. The old carpet had faded to a pale green



Put in new factory floor mats and installed Elantra scuff plates



Put in a new center console and console storage bin

Removed old tint and replaced with new 3M 50%

Exterior

Replaced worn headlight enclosures with new ones and installed factory Hyundai Avante fog lights in the factory locations. The American Elantra does not come with mounts behind the fog light covers so custom mounts were made. Lastly I installed matching PIAA 4100k bulbs in the headlights and the fog lights.





Replaced rusty windshield wiper arms with new ones

Installed Avante valve stem covers


Mechanical

Installed new struts, new engine mounts, had the transmission rebuilt at 220,000 miles. The original engine is still running strong.
As the Elantra looks now







Feel free to reply with any questions or comments.


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post May 25 2011, 10:35 AM
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Nice work man! thumbsup.gif I'm amazed how good those leather seats look.

I really appreciate and enjoyed the photo show. That's one of the best first posts in EC history.


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post May 25 2011, 10:52 AM
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Absolutely superb work. I just did my whole car in Fatmat, so I know what kind of job that can be- you did a stellar install job there too! Beautiful car!


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post May 25 2011, 11:58 AM
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Wow! Incredible... You're hired! I gotta hand it top you, a fantastic job and the concept of keeping the old gal on the road and in good trim is worth exploring for any owner. How does it smog these days?


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And I thought I loved MY car! You put all of us to shame.

In the long run, you STILL probably are saving money over replacing the car - I bet you didn't put 20 large into it yet, and it'll last you another 200k!

Thanks for all the photos - I feel like I could strip a J2 now myself!


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post May 25 2011, 02:37 PM
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Wow... that's a whole lot of work and love put into that little beast. Great job.


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I always thought that the J2 was the best looking Elantra! I loved the 99 I had! The J2 is lighter and truely has 140 hp tongue.gif

You can always upgrade to the 01 to 06 Alloys, but you have the very light 14" stock alloys on yours. I had the same and added 205/60/14 Michelin Pilots and the car handled like a dream!!!

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Wow, guess i have some catching up to do. I love the door stills.I also want to get the fogs for my car. Very Very nice Silver J2.



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Most awesome. It's great to see someone take pride in their car after all of these years and miles. wub.gif

Great job and welcome!!

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post May 25 2011, 11:56 PM
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WOW, thanks for all the great comments biggrin.gif

Slowgls -- I got the Elantra scuff plates off Ebay, they were like $30 for a set of 4 and the fog lights assemblies were $60 each from a Korean parts site called www.fourgreen.com

Silet -- Thanks for the advice, I'll post more photos as more work is done

Popeye -- I ended up replacing the exhaust manifold and the cat 2 years ago. The cat was melted due to a misfiring spark plug that allowed excess fuel down into the exhaust. At the time there was already a small exhaust leak coming from the manifold and smog was coming up so I replaced them both. Needless to say after that it passed smog with flying colors.


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great job. If it aint broke dont replace it. With the sound proofing it must feel 10x more solid. The leather makes it look brand new. Nice job on the Avante upgrades. Some nice rims would set it off nice. The strut definetly make it better (did all 4 on my 93 Accord, feels new). Something everyone with an older car would love to do & u set the bar very high.


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QUOTE (wizewun @ May 25 2011, 09:56 PM) *
WOW, thanks for all the great comments biggrin.gif

Popeye -- I ended up replacing the exhaust manifold and the cat 2 years ago. The cat was melted due to a misfiring spark plug that allowed excess fuel down into the exhaust. At the time there was already a small exhaust leak coming from the manifold and smog was coming up so I replaced them both. Needless to say after that it passed smog with flying colors.


Well you've earned it I'd say thumbsup.gif

Was the cause of the plug misfire determined or did an RnR that solve that issue? Just curious as my sleds are now entering the Smog Zone© lol


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