My Ride – My Toyota Vios GT Street Modification Story that you never heard!
After a year dabbling in the workforce and many years of studies, finally I bought my first car, Toyota Vios aka. Yaris Sedan.
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My Toyota Vios J spec arrived at my house on 31st October 2010. On the same day, I took the car for a spin, and I noticed the steering of the Toyota Vios J is very light. I can even Parallel Park with my fingertips, thanks to the small 14′ steel rims and small profile tire 175/65/14.
The light weight of the Toyota Vios steering is almost equivalent to Perodua Myvi’s steering weight.
A week later, I got to drive my new Toyota Vios to Kuala Lumpur from Penang with my family members. During the journey, I was crushing at highway speed at 110~120km/h, and I found the steering to be pretty light while staying in the fast lane, because the car felt like it was ‘floating’ on the road.
At that moment, I have decided to improve the handling of the car.
I went to Bukit Mertajam (BM), which is known as “heaven of auto accessories”, to hunt for my tires and other auto accessories parts when I got back from Kuala Lumpur.
Then, I installed the old version of Toyota Vios 05′ 15 inch rims with DUNLOP Formula 01 tire with a profile of 195/55/15 for RM600. The shop owner took my new tires with RM400 at trade-in value.
I know it sound “lame” to swap my wheels to 2nd hand rims, but that was what I can get with my tight budget because I am going to upgrade other parts of my Toyota Vios too.
Then I went to install fog lamps that costed me RM300 and I opted to upgrade my halogen bulbs to 6000K High Intensity Display (HID) set which cost me another RM300. And I also installed TRD spoiler that cost me another RM325. Gosh! This fog lamps, HID and spoiler are expensive! These 3 items were bought and installed at Aun Accessories Shop. I strongly advise you not to purchase anything from the shop because their items and services are OVERPRICED! The workmanship is not that good as well I as I encountered countless issues on my HID fog lamps (wiring issue) and the spoiler (water leakage).
That was my first lesson and mistake of car modification because I did not go to survey the other shops that might get the better offer with cheaper price and better services. I learned my lesson.
Then I found out 99 Accessories Shop which is just somewhere less than 1km radius away from that expensive shop. 99 Accessories Shop offers much cheaper auto accessories.
Alternatively, you may shop for cheaper stuff through online web pages such as Lelong, Ebay and Amazon.
Below is the TRD spoiler that installed on my Toyota Vios J.
Toyota Vios 05′ 195/55/15 rims, fog lamp with HID 5000K set, and TRD spoiler.
High Intensity Display (HID) kit in the fog lamp!
The HID fog lamps are very bright and will actually blind the opposite driver due to the light scattered around unevenly.
I’ve to adjust the fog lamp angle with screwdriver (there is a hole for adjustment at the bottom of fog lamp cover) to prevent it from blinding the opposite driver.
Then I got a new Head Unit (HU) DEH-2350UB from Brother Accessories Shop at BM too. At that moment, they were running the year end promotion for the HU. The DEH-2350UB head unit cost me RM420 with installation.
After I installed the new HU, my In-Car-Entertainment (ICE) had better sound clarity and a more powerful bass as well.
The HU is even able to display the radio channel’s name too. 🙂
I tried to find a secondhand body kit through Toyota Vios forum and online sites. Lucky me, I found an online seller who was selling his Toyota Vios GT Street kit. We met up, and we closed the deal with RM400.
Below is the photo of the skirting, while I was carrying the kits inside my car, after the seller took off the body kit from his white Toyota Vios:
Well, it was white. I was a bit disappointed. Still, I proceeded to buy them as I was eager to DIY. I bought a can of coal black and 2 bottles of clear coat spray, silicon double sided tape, as well as necessary tools, which cost me around RM100. I even brought the kit to my house for the painting!
See, the skirting is in white:
Now the car skirting is painted to BLACK color:
Somehow, the color did not match the original black color from Toyota Vios. Yet, I proceeded to affix and screw the GT Street skirting on my Toyota Vios, since I had nowhere to put the kit.
Mission accomplished! My own DIY body kit installation and painting. The DIY installation took me 1 day to complete, from morning until late evening. The whole DIY installation process was tiring because I was doing all this alone.
The worst part of this DIY installation was scraping off the tape residue left by the previous owner. The painting was time-consuming too because the base coat and clear coat had to be painted in 3 layers of each paint.
The following week, I sent my Toyota Vios to Eng Guan body Spray, near Penang Times Square for painting. The paint cost me RM350, including some minor repair on an old dent at the front bumper. The price was reasonable, and 1 day was required for the painting and drying process. Read my Toyota Vios GT Street review.
New GT street body kit painted on 26th Oct 2012 and some carbon fiber sheets do it yourself (DIY) on my ride:
Dec 2012 – My car mileage clocked more than 43,000km and the tire thread was left only 20~30%. The tires were no longer safe to drive around. I went back to Bukit Mertajam to look for new wheels.
This time, I wanted to change to new rims and tires. I had surveyed a few shops for 16′ inch rims, but then I found original TRD Sportivo rims.
The original TRD Sportivo rims are 10% lighter in weight compared to normal rims and it is more rigid as well.
In fact, I found 2 shops that were selling original TRD rims. One of the shops did not want to sell the TRD Sportivo wheels to me, because the boss wanted to keep the wheels for himself. Then I went to Falken Alkana Tire Shop, and I got to change to Michelin XM2 tires with TRD Sportivo rims. The wheels cost me RM1,840 after trading in my ‘bald’ tires and old rims.
The TRD Sportivo rims were traded-in previously by a lady, who was upgrading her ride to 17′ wheels. I got the rims, and they are in excellent condition!
The Michelin tires priced at RM265 per tire.
Michelin XM2 tires are able to help the vehicle save fuel due to lower rolling resistance and great thread design. Michelin even stated that the rubber they are using now is more durable and lasts 20% longer due to better materials. Refer to the brochure from Michelin for details: XM2’s brochure
Installation of the TRD Sportivo rims and Michelin XM2 tires on Toyota Vios:
Now my GT Street Vios look sportier with the new wheels 🙂
Several days later, I went for another road trip. I drove my car on North-South Highway from Penang to Taiping:
I sped at 140km/h with confidence as the tire grip was awesome. The Michelin XM2 tire performance was far better than DUNLOP FORMULA 01 tires.
The car feels ‘lighter’ with the new tires, and I tested the new tires on wet road too. The tire grip was outstanding when I drove through the pond of water. Michelin XM2 is a tire that I highly recommended to everyone.
On March 2013, I changed to a new set of Daylight Running (DLR) Lights because the previous DLR lights that I installed were broken.
Check out how I DIY the Daylight Running Lights.
22th September 2013. I’ve done the DIY license plate white LEDs too.
The sound system in my Toyota Vios has improved. In fact, the whole car shakes when I play the sound loud enough with strong bass effect. Read the Philips Active Subwoofer journey installation in Toyota Vios.
Since I bought my car 3 years ago, the Toyota Vios GT Street headlamp started to turn yellowish, and this time, I decided to affix the tint film on the Toyota Vios headlamp.
Read the Toyota Vios Headlamp Tint Guide.
8th Jan 2014 – I bought voltage stabilizer, Pivot Raizin VS-1 for RM145 and Grounding cable HKS Mega Thick 8GA 5-Point for RM65 from an online store and performed DIY on the installation.
17th Feb 2014 – DIY carbon fiber vinyl wrap on my Toyota Vios interior trim.
Check out how I DIY Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap on my interior trim.
10th Mar 2014 – I proceeded to tint the tail lamp too, since my headlamp was tinted black. My Toyota Vios looks better with my black tail lamp.
11th Oct 2014 – Painted brake calipers and drum brakes.
Check out how to Paint the Brake Calipers.
24th Jan 2015 – Raytech sponsored me their premium Raytech Ultra 70 and Centurion RX6 tint films for review 🙂 Read the Raytech Georgetown Tint Film Shop review
11th Feb 2015 – Received sponsor product, Transcend DrivePro 200 from Transcend to review. Learn how I DIY Installation Transcend DrivePro 200:
16th Feb 2015 – Carbon fiber vinyl wrap on Toyota Vios GT Street hood that cost me RM90 after I negotiated with the shop owner:
31st Aug 2015 – Engine detailing with ArmorAll Tyre Foam
12th Jan 2016 – Changed new Michelin tires and coated wheels with black rubber paint!
Wax regularly on the Toyota Vios GT Street and the car shine like knight 🙂
Regularly wax the Toyota Vios GT Street and the car shines like a knight ride.
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