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  • 2002 Saturn SL

    Hey, I'm generally new to the site, my name is Darcy, and I am customizing a 2002 Saturn SL.

    Honestly, I just bought this car back in July 2004 for it's claimed 53mpg hwy. I slowly started to fall for my Saturn, and research into the unique processes these vehicles went through compared to many other vehicles.

    ANYWHO..


    Modifications to date

    - ST Sport Lowering Springs
    - NGK spark plugs + spark plug wires
    - BWD ignition coils
    - 7" touchscreen dvd deck
    - Alpine speaker system
    - Alpine 800W amp
    - Alpine 12" type-r subwoofer
    - Blue LED Gauge conversion
    - Third party foglamps
    - Glasspack custom dual exhaust
    - 15 inch eagleeye rims with bf goodrich low profile tires
    - tinted taillights
    - 6000k HID Headlamps
    - SL2 interior swap (carpet, seats, belts, door panels)
    - Painted dash

    Near Future Modifications

    - spoiler (probably a SL2 spoiler)
    - Window tint
    - DOHC 1.9l engine swap (donor car is just sitting here)

    Distant Future Modifications

    - Drilled Brake Rotors
    - rear disc brake conversion
    - supercharger somewhere down the line.

    MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS FOR THIS CAR NOT TO LOOK RICEY, JUST A NICE DD

    .. and onto the storyline.

    You know, you can tell a lot from an exterior of a car. It can be clean and well kept, or it can be flashy and demanding attention. I decided that the only time the words Saturn and Rice will be together is when I go shopping. Nope, it's the clean look for me. I'm going for a really clean and sleek look with my car, my ultimate goal is having the taillights, side marker lights and windows tinted, black paint, sitting low on respectable rims. I'm a little more than half way there. Start at the top and work your way down to hear the story of the exterior of my Saturn.

    It's another day at the Chevrolet dealership I work at. I'm about 16 and own a black base model 1995 dodge neon. The only modification on it is it's extra resonator as a muffler. God it's loud. I roll into work and put the car into park and head out. It's pretty early, and at the start of the day, my manager tells me I have to move all the cars off the used car lot to a field, so the lot can be cleaned, then drive it back. No problem. Half a day goes by, and it's lunch time. I decided to grab pizza from a few blocks away, so I start my neon, and it half dies. Now it's running on two cylinders. Great. I got so fed up with it I started looking at cars in my used car lot.

    Fast forward a week. Surprisingly my parents were supportive about buying a new car. I took a look and had a choice between a black 2000 Grand Prix GT. 165000km on it, and already a service engine soon light. Then there was a nice blue 2002 Saturn SL with 45000km for the same price. The only disadvantage is the Saturn was base, with manual mirrors, windows and locks. But it was standard. I personally find automatics pretty boring to drive. So after deliberation, and the quoted 52MPG on the window sticker, I traded my neon, put down 2000 dollars and bought my Saturn for $10000.99. No idea why the extra $.99 was there. Damn dealerships.



    (picture: not exact car, mine had different hubcaps.)

    Fast forward to winter. The car proved much better and agile in the snow, which we get a lot of, but it tends to get stuck once in a while. But a bit of a rocking motion, and it's back out. It's a fairly quick little car for 100hp, and light as a feather. Although I never liked it's rear end the car started to grow on me. Being a guy into cars, and having no money at this point, and wanting some form of personalization to the car, I decided to paint the hubcaps black, which surprisingly did a lot to the appearance. Also at this time I bought another stereo, a Sony deck, with a small LCD screen. Never got the point to the remote though, who is lazy enough to reach for a remote when they can reach the button.



    (picture: painted hubcaps)

    Fast forward to the next winter. Just got new shiny hubcaps from wal-mart, as I was tired of my painted hubcaps. Remember, this Saturn is a poor mans Saturn! Waking up early, I remembered I had to drive my girlfriend to school. Booking it to her house, I got there in normal time, so I knew I didn't have to rush anymore. Made it all the way to the end of her street onto the main road, where I am stopped at a stop sign behind a van. The van started to go, so I looked both ways as I was moving forward to check for cars and an opening onto the road. Looking forward again, I see the van suddenly stopped again, and I slid on thick ice into his rear bumper. A beige Toyota Sienna as I recall. The guy was friendly, and knew it was just a mistake, so he let me off easy, but sure enough time to make a visit to the insurance adjustor.

    $4300 of insured repair later, I was stuck driving a 2000 Cavalier for a week. Upon driving by the repair shop on my way to Tim Hortons, (I know Tim Hortons is THAT addicting), I seen my car, so I decided to snap a shot at it, half way through repair. Ouch



    (picture: Half way through collision repair)

    I guess at this point I have not mentioned that decal on the hood. At this point there was a decal on each side rear quarter panel and front hood, named the Winnipeg Speed Stars. For all you Initial D fans, yes this was an adaptation of the Akina Speed Stars. Me and two friends decided that when we got cars we would make a car club called the Winnipeg Speed Stars. Up to that point, I had the only car in this car club. Lucky me.

    Anywho, getting the car back I decided to head to the local custom ordering shop, and ordered a pair of 6000k Nokya Arctic White bulbs. They promised a HID look, at a fraction of the cost. Damn I was cheap. At this point the front plate was not installed and I decided I liked the look of the non-plate. However in my province, it's illegal to not run with front plates. So you can be sure I got pulled over a few times. Also got rid of the wal-mart hubcaps and ran without hubcaps, which I didn't mind. Bought cheap LED bulbs from the custom ordering shop, and they didn't look half bad. I installed them on my brake lights, and you could not tell the car was a Saturn anymore from far away at night. Also installed a Canadian Tire brand "Tuned" exhaust muffler. Being young, I thought it looked and sounded cool. Looking back, wow.. I'd go back to punch me in the face.



    (picture: 6000K Nokya bulbs, "HID comparable")



    (picture: Car club, Winnipeg Speed Stars)


    (picture: LED brake light + "Tuned" exhaust)

    Fast forward to next fall. Put on the front license plate. Other than that, not much has happened look wise for the car, not much at all. Except one day decided to add chrome strips to the car, which didn't look bad, but fell off after time. Only one that stayed on was the front, and it wasn't even straight. Great. Also wired in some $5 superyellow foglamps from the local Princess Auto. They were fairly bright, but the next day it snowed, and the hot glass lens and cold wind didn't mix and shattered them the first day. What a waste.







    (pictures: somewhere between winter and that fall)



    (picture: Nokya 6000K bulbs + superyellow foglamps)



    (picture: Nokya 6000K bulbs + superyellow foglamps from distance)

    On that same day



    Fast forward to mid-winter. Was following a semi-truck down a highway, and a HUGE brick of ice fell from the top and hit my bumper. My bumper that wasn't even a year old. How sad, back to the insurance adjustor, and $2400 later got another bumper. Goodbye chrome strip, but hello new HID-imitating foglamps that were included in the estimate! (FREE)



    (picture: new HID imitating foglamps)



    (picture: after repair)



    (picture: shiny new!)

    Sure enough after a fresh unexpected snowfall in April, my bald front tires on P 185/65 R14 motomaster tires slid when trying to turn on a road and went right into a pole. My god. This is the third bumper, however I am not going to claim it. The bumper bounced back, so instead when I get a new paint job it will all be fixed. It's only minor paint damage anyways. Not letting this get me down, I decided to ditch the "tuned" exhaust and explore new options. This option, is called.. Dual Exhaust. It is a fully custom, never before made dual exhaust, using glasspack mufflers and chrome tips to create my Saturn's dual exhaust. Looks FAR better. Also had new lowering springs installed from ST Sport Suspension. Rides lower, nicer, hotter



    (picture: minor paint damage on passenger side front bumper)



    (picture: dual exhaust + Echo Autosport window decal)



    (picture: lowered)



    (picture: my car, and my friends car in an underground lot.)



    (picture: custom dual exhaust)



    (picture: custom dual glasspack exhaust)

    You will notice on the above pictures, there is no Winnipeg Speed Stars. No, with the loss of my flashy muffler I ditched the flashy logos and decided to rename the car club, Echo Autosport. The club now hosts 13 cars from Winnipeg, and is growing, with more and more sponsors each day.

    Fast forward to this spring, I decided to try and see what rims would look like on my car, and, well.. take a look.



    (pictures: trying out one of the four rims for sale)

    I was set to buy these rims, however the guy who was selling them sold them to someone else, which didn't really matter because another friend was selling his 15" rims on low profile tires as well, so I went with those. Also decided to tint my taillights and my side marker lights and man does that ever make a difference




    (pictures: new rims + taillight tint)

    Not long afterwards, I found myself parked beside a Saturn SL when I walked out of a shopping mall, had to snap a shot to see the difference.



    (picture: My SL vs stock SL)

    Not long passed before I got my new 6000k HID's from MaxcarR. Man do they look nice compared to those crap Nokya's.



    (picture: HID's hells yeah)



    (picture: Sits nice.)



    (picture: HID's ftw baby)

    And the next day, it's first car show! You can see work done to the interior as well, go to the next page for details!



    (picture: first car show for my Saturn)

    You have reached the end to my story. Or have you? There is lots planned for my car so keep checking back. Even though you have reached the present state of my car, there is much more to be done!

    INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS

    When I got my car it came with a Kenwood stereo deck, no rear speakers and stock front speakers. This changed to a Sony deck with Alpine Type-S rear speakers and stock front speakers. Now it is changed to a DUAL XDVD710 DVD/IPOD/XM/PS2/FM/CD/EVERYTHING. I don't mind it but it is a bit noisy.



    (picture: DUAL XDVD710 stereo system)

    Not much changed in the interior, ever. Except for blue flame floormats, and a black/carbon fiber steering wheel cover that badly needs replacing.

    * pic to come soon of floor mats *
    * pic to come soon of steering wheel cover *

    One day I decided, why not do something durastic. Lets do something big. Let's start the progression of changing the interior from black/beige to black/white. And so it begins, with the dash and the middle console.




    (pictures: painting process of dash, middle console and vents)




    (pictures: Finished product. So far)

    NOTE: black interior carpet, seat belts, seats have been switched from SL2, pics to come
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    Re: 2002 Saturn SL

    The dual exhaust doesn't look too bad. I like the oval tips. How does it sound?

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    • #3
      Re: 2002 Saturn SL

      Gives a low rumble at idle, sounds really nice at high rpm, not ricey. However I am thinking about molding the rear bumper and pushing the dual exhaust higher to kinda line up and hide away more, not stick out. It should look nice.
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      • #4
        Re: 2002 Saturn SL

        I actually was going to suggest just that. I think it would look much better that way. I just didn't want you to waste the time if the exhaust doesn't sound that great.

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        • #5
          Re: 2002 Saturn SL

          Haha yeah, unfortunately money is something foreign to me right now, so over the winter i'll save for some modifications, topping my list is the rear bumper molding, new paint, new tint and the DOHC swap from my 1999 SL2. Should be fun in minus 40 weather :P I wish I had a garage..
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          • #6
            Re: 2002 Saturn SL

            Should be fun in minus 40 weather Tongue I wish I had a garage..
            Thats what friends are for!

            Anyways I love it! and the fact that you have a dual exhaust, makes me plans for one more possible. Anyways pushing the mufflers up will look nice.
            Hans -
            From Boosted Sc2 to Ion Redline.

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            • #7
              Re: 2002 Saturn SL

              Yeah i love the dual exhaust, such a nice change form that Ractive thing I had. It didn't cost much for materials, just was a bit of a pain in the ass for install, but it's definitely workable
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              • #8
                Re: 2002 Saturn SL

                I just saw that you had lowering springs too... I should have noticed just from the pictures but yea anyways how much clearance do you have under the car? Have you ever scraped the exhaust pipe crossing over? That's what I'm most worried about if I go with 2" lowering springs.
                Hans -
                From Boosted Sc2 to Ion Redline.

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                • #9
                  Re: 2002 Saturn SL

                  Damn clean, nice start. Trust me, you will like the DOHC motor a lot better than the single slam.


                  Originally posted by Cossh
                  I just saw that you had lowering springs too... I should have noticed just from the pictures but yea anyways how much clearance do you have under the car? Have you ever scraped the exhaust pipe crossing over? That's what I'm most worried about if I go with 2" lowering springs.
                  It all depends on your wheel/tire combo as well. I have sprint 2's on my car, but with my 225-45-17's, I have plenty of ground clearance and barely any wheel gap.


                  -Schaffer
                  01 Sc2 "Zen"
                  14 Wrangler "ManillaZilla"
                  01 Sc2 "Diva" (wifes)

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                  • #10
                    Re: 2002 Saturn SL

                    I can dig it so far. I'm just not liking the stickers on it.

                    But, yeah on the springs i agree with the above. I run the sprint 2.5 extremes on a 205 45 16 and have no issues what so ever.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 2002 Saturn SL

                      Well that makes plenty of sense haha, probably didnt think about with my new rims and tires not being here yet. I'm going to run 205 50 16, I cant find 45s with the tire rim package
                      Hans -
                      From Boosted Sc2 to Ion Redline.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 2002 Saturn SL

                        You should be golden then with only a 2" drop.
                        -Schaffer
                        01 Sc2 "Zen"
                        14 Wrangler "ManillaZilla"
                        01 Sc2 "Diva" (wifes)

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                        • #13
                          Re: 2002 Saturn SL

                          I think something got lost in the conversion from American to Canadian on those 53mpg and $10,000.
                          -2002 Saturn SC2 - Clean, slow, low daily
                          -2008 Saab 9-7x Aero
                          -1996 Suzuki Bandit 750 swapped
                          -1998 VW Golf GTI VR6 Mid Engine LeMons car
                          -1986 RX7 - 275whp @ 10psi

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                          • #14
                            Re: 2002 Saturn SL

                            Originally posted by Cossh
                            I just saw that you had lowering springs too... I should have noticed just from the pictures but yea anyways how much clearance do you have under the car? Have you ever scraped the exhaust pipe crossing over? That's what I'm most worried about if I go with 2" lowering springs.
                            No I dropped it only 2" front 1.5" back.

                            Originally posted by The Shaolin
                            I think something got lost in the conversion from American to Canadian on those 53mpg and $10,000.
                            Original window sticker set it at 53mpg I'll scan it for the fun of it when I go see the car soon, it's being stored right now. :P And it ended up being $10000.99 at the dealership. Traded in my half-dead neon for this thing

                            Originally posted by JRSTANGE
                            I can dig it so far. I'm just not liking the stickers on it.
                            Only decal on it is the Echo Autosport decal on the rear window, and www.winnipegheights.com decal, a forum that I am a part of.

                            Where is my Sixthsphere decal? :P No idea how to get one, maybe shoot it on my front windshield.
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                            • #15
                              Re: 2002 Saturn SL

                              UPDATE:

                              interior swap pictures, from Saturn SL2




                              Camera sucks with pictures, always ends up blurry.

                              I love the new interior, the seats are higher-end, headrests are cool as compared to the SL seats, and the rear seats i used to have had oil spilled on them and it never went away no matter how many washes later. When we put in the new seat we washed out the whole groove free of oil, so now its nice to not have passengers worry :P
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