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I was quite bored today and spent some time on this forum for some answers on many things for my 2015 Accent and really couldn't find what I needed.
So I did some research, 8 hours worth, and made some discoveries about the RB Accent and 3rd gen Kia Rio.
I'm not sure how far any on this forum have gone with this but here are some of the details I discovered which may give us some hope for our Accents for some parts.

First the Kia Rio and Accent share about the same weight, length, height, width, fuel capacity, and you get the idea.
Since I could not find a thing on lowering springs for the RB Accent I went deep.
I first went to the Kia OEM parts websites and dug into their springs, mounts, perches, and anything that would compare to the Accent.
Ironically they're all the same thing even down to the part numbers although Kia uses a different last 4 digits to differentiate their items from the Accent.

An example would be the springs have the same OEM part number on both the Kia Rio and Accent with no differences. The struts are identical with both the OEM and RockAuto parts being identical for both so that means they're interchangeable and exactly the same.
Even the calipers and rotors are the same for both cars including the rear discs for both the Kia Rio and Accent rear rotors. The only difference is that some of the Accents have drums for the rear while others have the discs. The Kia Rio's are all disc in the rear being the only difference but the rear rotors and calipers are identical in every way between the two cars.

The struts for the front are identical for the Rio and Accent and the shocks are too.

So basically what I'm trying to say is that any spring that will fit that 2012-2016 Rio will also fit the Accent and I am going to be one that will be making a purchase on these because I've got enough confidence with this research that I'm confident that they'll be a perfect fit.
With the weight of the two cars being about the same there should be little to no difference in the way the Accent will look when installed.

On another note I checked with the AEM cold air intake # 21-715C for the Veloster will also fit our Accents and sent an Email to AEM stating this so that they can do some test fitting of the intake to make 100% sure it fits and possibly market the product to the Accent users, not just for the Velosters.
Again, I did the research on the comparison of the Veloster OEM parts to the Accent OEM parts and they're identical in every respect so in theory should fit perfectly just like the Injen intake fits for now both the Accent and Veloster. Injen now has the Accent listed for the cai that was once only sold to the Veloster.

OEM parts don't lie on whether something is going to fit or not so I trust this information enough to consider it to be good.
I've seen posts on here where people were worried about fit and whether it will work for the springs because I feel this is a subject that will take years before the aftermarket makes parts for our Accents and like the Honda cars of past there is a lot of interchangeability with Kia and Accent that we've just not dug deep enough to see the comparison.

Sorry for the long winded post but I felt this information had to get out.
As a long time poster on the Cavalier, Honda, and Paseo forums of years ago I thought I'd pass this on to those that would take a leap of faith and may make progress for our cars.
I'm sure there will be skeptics but I'll definitely be one to give the springs a try in the very near future. I'm presently between jobs and once back on the road I'll be making purchases to get my Accent the way I want her.

Give this some thought and I'd like to hear what you think.
Thanks.

A couple of side notes if you will.
The Veloster aluminum water pulley will fit our Accents and available from SoCal Garageworks, made by NST. I researched the OEM parts for both and they're identical between the 2012-2016 Veloster and the RB Accent. the water pumps are the same as is their pulley's.

Same is true for the Shifter billet mounting bushings from the Veloster will fit the Accent as will their bronze cable bushings for the cable ends at the transmission.This is something I'll be adding to my Accent and have done so with my Paseo and love the feel of the shifts with the setup.
OEM part numbers are identical for both so they'll work.
 

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Thanks and I will.
I've already started work on my Hyundai by adding Corbeau racing seats to the car.
I had these seats in my Paso and used the Corbeau seat sliders in the Accent with some minor fabrication to the rear of the brackets to make it work.
I would show pictures but these forums don't allow large sizes so can't post them up.
But if anyone wants to see any mods to the car I'm on Instagram under the name misnblu2.
The Paseo seat brackets from Corbeau fit the front bolts perfectly and had to add to the rear to make it work.
Once I can find a way to resize pictures I'll post them up.
 

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Last pictures. Sorry to take up this thread but I'm so excited to be able to post up my mods to the car.
Ill start another thread for posting soon.
 

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I've had the Paseo for 12 years now.
I completely rebuilt it from the suspension to the axles, brakes, stiffened the chassis with a lot of bespoke bracing, and lightened it up to about 1900 pounds without the driver.
I loved that car and was too much fun to drive until it popped a head gasket.
I really don't have time to fix it since I drive a truck all over the country so I gave the car to my best friend so he can fix it and give it to his daughter to learn how to drive a stick.
So now the Hyundai is my next project car but I'm not going extreme with it.
Paseo's are under rated cars and super reliable. Great gas mileage too.
 

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I guess I'm going to take up the thread and hope nobody minds.
I couldn't find any side skirts that fit the Accent so decided to make my own .
It's not as ghetto as it may seem and looks good in my opinion. The J-channel is for vinyl siding and can get at Home Depot or Lowe's. Easy to cut and shape and rigid enough to make it strong and functional .
I used Scotch 30 pound double side adhesive tape as I didn't want to drill holes in the car. This tape is very strong and after a few weeks still doing well with no sags etc.
See the pictures and let me know what you think.
 

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I also added a front lip (06-07 Impreza WRX STI S204 Front Bumper Lip Pu Urethane) which you can get from Amazon for about 50 bucks.
The only trimming you have to do is cut off the ends as they're too long.
It's very easy to install and easily workable to bend to the shape of the bumper and it looks amazing.
See the pics for details.
 

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Thanks.
Since the sides are white I'm keeping them white. Painting parts invites chips and scratches which looks like crap. ?
Since I removed the black vinyl trim from the b-pillars and doors due to a scratch showing the white underneath the white skirts look good with the monochromatic theme now. ?
 

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Any plan for a rear lip ?
Trunk lip spoiler I've already installed.
Lower rear lip I will probably not worry about it for now.
Shark racing has a nice rear lip but way too expensive. Probably wouldn't match what I now have.

I do plan a car but will fiberglass the AEM cai made for the Veloster. U know it'll fit with the research Ive done on it and prefer the dry filter from AEM. ?
 

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Well there's no specs on the springs, doesn't tell you how much of a drop, and what steel the springs are made of.
Were it me, I'd pass.
 

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Thought I'd update this forum since its seems so dead in here and I'm even wondering if there are any enthusiasts in here that love to upgrade their ride?

Anyway finally got the AEM 21-715C Cold Air Intake System installed and it fit perfectly. Sounds good and looks amazing with the gold heat reflecting tape by DEI.

I also cut out the slots where there would normally be fog lights for better ventilation to the air filter.

Last picture is of the Accent and my truck I drive all over the country. ?
 

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More updates for those that might have an interest in upgrading their Accent.
Got some pictures of the Mishimoto RockStar catch can installed and pictures of the Pierce MotorSport 4 point subframe brace and the Sevilla Motorsport tear torsion bar.

I'm very impressed with the quality of the Pierce and Evilla products.
The car now is very solid riding and despite many on this forum stating the rear torsion bar is a waste of money Insay it's a good addition to the car.
Between the front strut bat, subframe bar, and the torsion bar the Accent is a whole different beast now.
With the stock springs and struts it handles amazingly well and takes turns with aplomb.
Hitting bumps on the road now has the rear nice and solid as compared with the squirrely feel prior to the installation of the bar. The torsion bar does exactly what it's supposed to do and that is to keep the rear shock and spring perch stabilized and in alignment.

I'm wuite happy with the setup and upgrades so far and highly recommend them to all that want a better ride and handling on a stick suspension setup.

I also changed the Iridium plugs to pure copper plugs because is a way better conductor than platinum and Iridium. I've done this with all the cars Ivenowned and change plugs when I change my oil so never a worry about them going bad before changing.

I also went with the Royal Purple HPS formula 5w20 since it has more Zinc in it for better lubrication and overall better oil than most synthetics out there. Great oil and been using Royal Purple for many years now.

Anyway I wanted to update this thread for all to see and maybe get a bit motivated to do the same.
Future plans are for the bronze and aluminum bushings for the gear shifter, NRG quick release setup with a nice steering wheel, lighter aluminum water pump pulley and crank pulley, and working in a custom truck bar/ brace for the Accent sedans since there is nothing on the market for this mod.

Happy Holidays all and a Hapoy Nee a year too.
 

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Well worth it Pat.
Pulleys will be next and steering wheel sometime in February or March.
Rims and tires after that and finally lowering springs and fresh struts / shocks.

The car really feels solid now as compared to before. Great ride now. ??
 

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Pat the line coming off of the PCV valve on top of the engine goes to the "in" side of the can.
The line coming off of the intake tract goes to the "out" side of the can.
Let me know if that helps. ? ?
 

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AEM 21-715C Cold Air Intake System Charcoal Is what I bought for the car and fits perfect.
Pierce Motor Sports is where I got the 4 point subframe brace, the upper front strut bar, and the rear torsion bar from.
They all work great together for a solid ride and no more squirming around the corners.

I just purchased and stepping out on a limb here with the SoCalGarageWorks Veloster Aluminum Crank pulley for the car. If my research is right the n/a veloster and Accent use the same crank pulley as their OEM part numbers are shared.
I also got the water pump pulley too from SoCal so the combo of both will free up some hp and take some weight off of the rotational mass.
I've used light weight and underdrive pillows on the last 2 car builds and have never had a problem with them at all. They work as claimed.

NRG steering wheel quick release setup coming soon, some transmission shifter bushings coming to replace the rubber units soon, and some Konig Rewind rims with 40 offset wrapped in Yokohama rubber in the spring will be coming as well.

I'd lower the car but I'm waiting for the factory setup to get more miles on it before I do.
The Accent is a decent ride to modify and can be a good driver if setup properly. I love this little car.
I also found some tuning options for putting a tune on the car through your OBD2 port which has been so hard to find. More research on it before I make a decision though.

Good luck with your ride and Happy New Year everyone. ?
 

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Finally got some parts in.
Got the water pump and crank pulleys from SoCalGarage and they're a perfect fit.
Even though the crank pulley is only available for the Veloster I knew it would fit with no issues.

Quite easy to install for the two and the crank pulley came right off for an easy 1 hour install for the two.
They're much lighter than the factory units and driving the car now has a more efficient feel to the acceleration and drop in revs than previously.
Roll on acceleration is much smoother and these pulleys are a great compliment to the AEM cold air intake.

I also got the second cat delete exhaust pipe from Evilla but could not get the rusted bolts loose to install it. ? Even using an electric impact wrench it would not come loose so I'll be taking it to a muffler shop for them to install this on Monday.

Some other goodies I'll be installing tomorrow but won't reveal them until next time I post up. ?

Also for those wanting to do the Subaru front lip install I took some pics of how I installed it and you'll also notice some strap I used to reinforce the integrity of the bumper.
Nice and solid bumper and looks great. I used as many of the original holes as I could and added what I needed to make this a solid install.
 

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Another update to the Accent. I took some time to do it but it came out great.
I've been wanting to do this mod since I got this car and now it's finally done.
Bottom bumper reflectors replaces with live LEDs and they look great.
Got these from KDMHolics and worth every penny in the quality and looks.
Brake lights work great too and very visible from the rear so everyone should be able to see me hitting the brakes. ??

I also went a step further and added some side markers for the front and rear. You can see the rears installed and working but didn't have the time to do the fronts.
Working in the trucking industry this will add a bit of safety to the car and visibility to others in seeing it.
Everything was soldered, taped, and loomed for a factory look as I do in all my builds.
Amber in the front and red in the rear.
I love the look of these on the car as well as the bumpers too.

I get my secondary cat delete installed tomorrow and will be finishing up the front side markers install too.

The Accent is really coming together so far and very pleased with all the added components.
 

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Well finally got the Evilla secondary cat delete mid pipe installed.
After taking it to a local muffler shop the guy said he couldn't do it because of the EPA. ?
So I went to a parts store and bought some penetrating oil and loosened those bolts right up.

I gotta say that Evilla has some legit products. This mid pipe is well made and fit perfectly while looking completely stock under the car.
Sounds great too and just a bit louder than with the mid pipe cat. Love the sound.
I did the install all by myself so one person can do this install with few issues. Everything lined up nicely and used spare jack stands to hold up the sections while I installed it. ?

I also finished up my side marker lights for the front and they look good. Nice and bright and gives a bit of added safety at night as they make the car easily seen.

The car is pretty much done for now with just a few minor things I'll be adding but that's a couple of months away.

I'll be saving up for rims and tires for the next big thing added to the car.
I'm not lowering it yet. The car is still too new and like to wear out parts before they're replaced. ??

I hope this thread inspires someone and lets them see what can be done to improve the overall package.
It's such a sweet ride right now. ?
 

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(06-07 Impreza WRX STI S204 Front Bumper Lip Pu Urethane)
Amazon has this and is where I purchased it from.
Copy and paste the above in parentheses into the amazon search and you'll see it. ?
 
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