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Hi everyone,
I posted this on the "other" forum first (cause it wouldn't let me post this morning) but wanted to share with you too.
I picked up my new-to-me 2012 CT last month (April) and ever since I have been itching to do mods to it. Very first thing was to get it tinted. I felt naked driving around without tint plus in Florida it's almost a must-have just to survive during the summer. Here is how it looks tinted:
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Once that was done my next step was to make the car a little quieter inside. Pulling off the door panels I was really surprised to see the lack of any sound deadening inside the doors. This is my first "luxury" car so I expected something, any kind of deadening. So I added Ballistic Hollow Point sound deadener to all four doors and the hatch, both inner and outer door skin (sorry no pictures of the actual process). This made a pretty big improvment reducing the noise floor and actually improving the sound quality of the base audio system.

Now a simple mod but one that makes a big difference to me, I replaced the rubber antenna mast with a 3 3/8" aluminum mast from my job.
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I use my iPod alot and the one thing I hated about the CT is that the USB plug is right in the center console, and when the USB is plugged in it looks messy with no place for the cord to be tucked out of sight. So I removed the USB/3.5mm from the center console and relocated it to the glove box.
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Now my iPod is out of the way plus out of sight.

Now I'm left with filling the void where the factory USB/3.5mm jack was. Luckily the company I work for sells an USB/3.5mm jack that fits Toyota knockouts so it fit right in. I did not connect the 3.5mm jack to anything however I did connect the power lines of the USB to the factory USB power lines so if someone needs to charge thier device they can.
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I have a Motorola Atrix 2 and they made a car dock that when the phone is docked it unlocks a whole navigation and App screen plus it charges the phone. Since my 2012 did not have Nav but it does have the pocket in the dash I figured that would be a great place to put the dock. With some modifications (it can be returned to factory look by replacing the warning sticker and rubber mat) I put the phone dock in the pocket. When the phone is not in the dock I can close the pocket, however when the phone is docked it will not close, it's just too tall. The phone dock actually runs off USB power (5.1 volts) so I took a cig lighter to USB adapter, soldered the positive and negative leads and connected them to the cig ligher leads right at the pocket. The adapter is ran down to the glove box by the cabin filter cover so I can get to it if needed.
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I don't know if I would consider this a mod or not but the gear selector knob leaves something to be desired. I've looked at aftermarket knobs but haven't pulled the trigger yet so I decided to rotate the knob 90 degrees and you know what? It actually looks better that way.
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I needed to add a backup camera to the CT. I am spoiled by the one I added in out Caravan so the CT needs one too. Also the factory rear view mirror is in my line of sight (I'm a tall person, 6'5") so what perfect choice is there but to replace the mirror with one with a screen for a backup camera. The mount allowed me to move the mirror up to the top of the windshied to give me more visibility through the front while allowing me to see everything out the back.
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I've seen the cameras that replace the license plate light and they look good however I had the black, square, angled one that I mounted inbetween the license plate light and the hatch release button.
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So now with that in place I can see out the back of the car when in reverse.
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Since the car I bought was used, I noticed that the previous owner liked to scrape over parking stops. Since I can't really see the front end of the car it was hard to judge where the parking stop is untill you hit it. The mirror has a second input for another camera or even a source unit like a DVD or something. So I added another camera to the front end so I can see where the parking stop is so I don't hit it. I added a switch to one of the knockouts by the fuel door release that turns the camera on and off.
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Finally (for now) I wanted to get rid of the chrome trim above the grille. I also noticed that the grille below it is a dark grey color and not black like the lower grille. So I ended up Plastidipping the chrome trim and upper grille flat black. I removed the front bumper so I could remove the trim and grille so I didn't have to mask off the front end. As for the results, I think it changed the look of the car.
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Well that's it for now. So many more things to do...Rims, intake, illuminated dorr sills, the list goes on and on. Thank you for reading and feel free to ask questions.
Bill
 

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I really like the rear/front camera modification. I too have pulled a bit too close to a curb and managed to scratch the front bumper.

Good job.
 

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Good stuff man, very involved!
 

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Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm saving up for some new wheels for the CT. I'm going to keep them 17" so I can use the tires now, plus I did 18's on my xB and hated the ride.
 

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Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm saving up for some new wheels for the CT. I'm going to keep them 17" so I can use the tires now, plus I did 18's on my xB and hated the ride.
I too am waiting for wheels. I hope they arrive in June. I also stuck with 17s :p
 

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To each their own but I really like the stock CT wheels. The only other stock wheels that I liked better were from my 2002 Miata Special Edition.

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The CT wheels are much easier to clean and have a lot less brake dust though.
 

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To each their own but I really like the stock CT wheels. The only other stock wheels that I liked better were from my 2002 Miata Special Edition.



The CT wheels are much easier to clean and have a lot less brake dust though.
That has more to do with the makeup of the brake linings than the wheel design. My Prius wheels were just as easy to keep clean and it was just another wheel.
 

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To each their own but I really like the stock CT wheels. The only other stock wheels that I liked better were from my 2002 Miata Special Edition.

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The CT wheels are much easier to clean and have a lot less brake dust though.
You do realize our CT's rarely use the friction brakes? Brakes dust would be a nonissue with any wheels.


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You had a xB before the CT? haha me too! 1st or 2nd gen?
First gen...2005. White with Blue flames with skulls ghosted in. 142,000+ miles and it never let me down. It was the main reason I looked for another Toyota. Now it sits while I sand it down (clear coat is peeling up) so I can dip it a matte white color. I'm not sure if I'm keeping it or going to sell it. I was going to hold on to it for my daughter (she's 13 right now, turning 14 in July) so she can drive it but not really sure.

What year is yours?
 

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Hi everyone,
I posted this on the "other" forum first (cause it wouldn't let me post this morning) but wanted to share with you too.
I picked up my new-to-me 2012 CT last month (April) and ever since I have been itching to do mods to it. Very first thing was to get it tinted. I felt naked driving around without tint plus in Florida it's almost a must-have just to survive during the summer. Here is how it looks tinted:
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Once that was done my next step was to make the car a little quieter inside. Pulling off the door panels I was really surprised to see the lack of any sound deadening inside the doors. This is my first "luxury" car so I expected something, any kind of deadening. So I added Ballistic Hollow Point sound deadener to all four doors and the hatch, both inner and outer door skin (sorry no pictures of the actual process). This made a pretty big improvment reducing the noise floor and actually improving the sound quality of the base audio system.

Now a simple mod but one that makes a big difference to me, I replaced the rubber antenna mast with a 3 3/8" aluminum mast from my job.
[/URL][/IMG]

I use my iPod alot and the one thing I hated about the CT is that the USB plug is right in the center console, and when the USB is plugged in it looks messy with no place for the cord to be tucked out of sight. So I removed the USB/3.5mm from the center console and relocated it to the glove box.
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Now my iPod is out of the way plus out of sight.

Now I'm left with filling the void where the factory USB/3.5mm jack was. Luckily the company I work for sells an USB/3.5mm jack that fits Toyota knockouts so it fit right in. I did not connect the 3.5mm jack to anything however I did connect the power lines of the USB to the factory USB power lines so if someone needs to charge thier device they can.
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I have a Motorola Atrix 2 and they made a car dock that when the phone is docked it unlocks a whole navigation and App screen plus it charges the phone. Since my 2012 did not have Nav but it does have the pocket in the dash I figured that would be a great place to put the dock. With some modifications (it can be returned to factory look by replacing the warning sticker and rubber mat) I put the phone dock in the pocket. When the phone is not in the dock I can close the pocket, however when the phone is docked it will not close, it's just too tall. The phone dock actually runs off USB power (5.1 volts) so I took a cig lighter to USB adapter, soldered the positive and negative leads and connected them to the cig ligher leads right at the pocket. The adapter is ran down to the glove box by the cabin filter cover so I can get to it if needed.
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I don't know if I would consider this a mod or not but the gear selector knob leaves something to be desired. I've looked at aftermarket knobs but haven't pulled the trigger yet so I decided to rotate the knob 90 degrees and you know what? It actually looks better that way.
[/URL][/IMG]

I needed to add a backup camera to the CT. I am spoiled by the one I added in out Caravan so the CT needs one too. Also the factory rear view mirror is in my line of sight (I'm a tall person, 6'5") so what perfect choice is there but to replace the mirror with one with a screen for a backup camera. The mount allowed me to move the mirror up to the top of the windshied to give me more visibility through the front while allowing me to see everything out the back.
[/URL][/IMG]

I've seen the cameras that replace the license plate light and they look good however I had the black, square, angled one that I mounted inbetween the license plate light and the hatch release button.
[/URL][/IMG]

So now with that in place I can see out the back of the car when in reverse.
[/URL][/IMG]

Since the car I bought was used, I noticed that the previous owner liked to scrape over parking stops. Since I can't really see the front end of the car it was hard to judge where the parking stop is untill you hit it. The mirror has a second input for another camera or even a source unit like a DVD or something. So I added another camera to the front end so I can see where the parking stop is so I don't hit it. I added a switch to one of the knockouts by the fuel door release that turns the camera on and off.
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Finally (for now) I wanted to get rid of the chrome trim above the grille. I also noticed that the grille below it is a dark grey color and not black like the lower grille. So I ended up Plastidipping the chrome trim and upper grille flat black. I removed the front bumper so I could remove the trim and grille so I didn't have to mask off the front end. As for the results, I think it changed the look of the car.
[/URL][/IMG]

Well that's it for now. So many more things to do...Rims, intake, illuminated dorr sills, the list goes on and on. Thank you for reading and feel free to ask questions.
Bill
Hmm I like the modifications which you done on your cars... because they are very technological and also very basic for routine using.. Thanks for sharing the photos.. I like the thread because it helps me to get idea about interior modifications. Please share more if you have like this.
 

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Nice mods to start....for sure.

Couple of questions: How do you "rotate" the shift knob? I'd like to try that one.

Also you say: So I removed the USB/3.5mm from the center console and relocated it to the glove box.

That's all well and good, but what's involved in doing this. How does one get the console apart?
 

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Nice mods to start....for sure.

Couple of questions: How do you "rotate" the shift knob? I'd like to try that one.

Also you say: So I removed the USB/3.5mm from the center console and relocated it to the glove box.

That's all well and good, but what's involved in doing this. How does one get the console apart?
The gear selector will just unscrew, turn it counter clockwise. I turned it 90 degrees to the left and it's like a whole new gear selector knob.

the center colsole comes out pretty easily; you have to remove the panel just above the radio and below the HVAC controls (just unsnaps), remove the leather side swooshes from each side of the center console (unsnaps also), then open the arm rest console lid and unsnap the center console panel.
That's the easy part.
to relocate the usb/3.5mm jack I had to cut and extend the wires going to the usb/3.5mm jack to the glove box. Each wire I cut one at a time, noted what color wire I used, and where it's supposed to go on the connector so I didn't get any wires crossed. When I put the new usb/3.5mm in the center console I just connected power and ground to the usb only so I can charge a phone or whatever with it.
 

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Nice job on the mods, Bill. Can you tell us where you got the USB/3.5mm jack? You mentioned it came from the company you work for. Where can we find one?
 

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Nice job on the mods, Bill. Can you tell us where you got the USB/3.5mm jack? You mentioned it came from the company you work for. Where can we find one?
Most any car audio shop locally will carry Metra products (known for the dash kits), that's the company I work for. The USB/3.5mm is in the Axxess line and part number is AX-USB-35EXT. You can also look on Amazon for it.
 

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The company i work for sells the cameras to dealers and distributors so as a consumer you would have to go to either a local shop that sells Metra Electronics parts or you can look online. The camera part number is TE-SRBC.

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The company i work for sells them. You can pick them up at autozone and discount auto parts.

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