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Duster Laureate purchased in March 2014 with most conceivable available extras made for a lovely good value car. Extras included;

  • Metallic paint
  • Touchscreen media nav
  • Cruise control - not standard when I ordered it
  • Rear Bumper protection
  • Boot cover
  • Wheel arch and door protection

Nothing new there, but that turned out to be only the start. Over the next 10 months I've caught a bug, a compulsive need to keep adding bits but it's nearly over so I thought I'd share some of the stuff with you. Not everything has turned out as imagined and it's certainly not all to everyone's taste but I hope it's worthy of starting this thread.

Some of the add-ons may already be known to some of you so any repetition here carries an apology to those who have heard or seen it before. I also have a couple of final bits, purchased but not yet fitted for one reason or another. As I write this, I haven't worked out the photo sizes so I'll probably have to add to the thread as I go along. Finally, the weather's been poor - not great for photography - and I haven't washed the car so you may have to use your imagination.

Here goes;

  • Started with the bullbars, sidebars and rear bar, purchased before the car arrived, fitted within days
  • Bought a set of spotlights and fitted them to the bullbars but still haven't connected them - I'll explain why later
  • Fitted some tactile material to the bases of the cup holders
  • Bought an inclinometer for the off-roading I don't do but haven't fitted it yet - I'll explain why later
  • Bought new 18" alloys as I never liked the standard ones and fitted occasional off-road tyres for the off-roading I don't do
  • Tinted the rear windows and back screen (40% and 20% respectively)
  • Tinted the rear quarter lights - looks good but you can only really tell when compared with the original
  • Put a go-faster stripe on with matching vinyl wrapping of the door mirrors and some decals to advertise the 'handle' - "Tripper" - replace the "4WD" with something a little more obtrusive, advertise that the car with the chips that weren't fitted at the time would generate 157 bhp compared with the 110 stock bhp (more of that later) and add a discreet iguana shape, representing a certain tattoo we don't talk about!
  • Put a rear door spoiler on - quite subtle really and adds to the look (I think)
  • Bought 3 aligned chips for ecu, air intake and turbo to give more power, torque, mph and mpg and bragging rights to the "157" but this hasn't turned out as hoped - I now have more flat spots than Holland and am talking to some guys who can help with a professional full remapping instead
  • Transverse roof bar procured in readiness for a roof tent (that I haven't yet bought nor am I likely to use it very often, if I'm being honest)
  • Bought and fixed sill covers front and rear
  • Bought surrounds for the fog lights but haven't fitted them; I can't decide whether they'll make it look better or worse - any thoughts?
  • Bought another set of spotlights, this time for fixing to the leading edge of the roof rails. These aren't yet fixed or connected as I'm waiting for the weather to improve. I need to detach the rails to fix the spots (known in the trade as "Doggin' lights" - work it out) and I want to ensure a good seal without leaks. At the same time I will connect the other set of spots that aren't yet connected along with the inclinometer (as for this I need to remove the headlining because I'm fixing it to the windscreen in the top right hand corner, looking from inside). Also procured new switches for fitting in the dash - blue and orange lit, of course.
  • Bought a sun glasses case to fix above the driver's door. Again, I'm waiting to remove the headlining which will happen when I do all the doggin light stuff
  • Added a set of Edge speakers front and rear to improve sound quality and match the orange theme running through the blue car - it's not called the "Kingfisher Special" in the area for nothing
  • Designed and had fitted a set of leather covers for the seats - just. Again note the orange stitching for continuity. For further info, the job has been carried out by Renault's own specialist and are doing for me an extra special deal based on my permission being granted to them to photograph and advertise my car as their handiwork

So what have I missed? I can't remember but there's bound to be something. The net result suits me - it isn't subtle but it reminds me of my youth with a variety of Dagenham dustbins .......just the furry dice then!!

Guess what? I'm struggling to upload any photos so I'll send this and post the photos after
 

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Looks fantastic! I've upgraded the front speakers and tinted the back half of the windows on my Duster, tempted to get a roof spoiler at some point also.
 

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nightsuperstephen,

I take your point; my wife hates it too, but it's a toy - a plaything, at the end of the day, that makes me smile and keeps me out of the pub (the last bit isn't actually true). I bought it as a means of shifting the dog around and it works brilliantly at this. I just wanted to create a 'Tonka' toy (for those early enough to remember) and in a year or two I'll change the design of the vinyl wrap - a bit like a women reinventing her hair 'do' - and I agree with you regards the seats. They look and feel great.
 

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Kevree,

The 'wing' is from Poland (around €60 as I recall), made of glass fibre and as you predict comes unfinished. It's meant to be glued and bolted but the match wasn't brilliant - not terrible but just not a great fit - so I dispensed with the bolts and just rely on the glue. It seems solid enough though and the paint is now several times thicker and arguably better than the original paintwork

Kevree/Silverduster

The leather seat covers are from Renault's specialist subcontractor which they fitted when Dacia took the car in for the preventative 'waxoyl' treatment. I designed the colour scheme and the stitching arrangement with the contractor and fortunately struck a deal with Renault where they get to take photos and use them for their own marketing purposes and I get a half-price deal (around £550). They haven't followed up yet with an invoice - I'm sure they will - but it's only been done a week. I'm told Renault (presumably including Dacia) have a plan to offer the bespoke service to the market; they say they won't make any money but it's all part of their plan to extend the range of services offered. If they provide details to me and are happy at this stage to pass them on through the forum I will happily do so. I am so pleased with the quality and the look. My next plan is to cover part of the dash in a leather matching the seats but this will involve playing with the passenger airbag so I might need to consider this quite carefully.
 

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There are a couple of existing threads on here covering both the paint colour codes and ride quality associated with larger wheels/different tyres. I'll see if I can find the thread for paint - Caspian blue matches the equivalent Nissan colour, I know because I've used it but the others I don't have to hand. Somebody picking up on this thread who may recall previous threads, might want to shed some light but I'll have a quick rummage around and see what I can find.

As far as my wheels/tyres are concerned the ride is improved primarily because it now has a wider stance (with a wider wheel base and spacers to suit). A little firmer and fractionally more road noise because of the occasional off-road tyres, it sits around 15mm higher so there is theoretically a touch more roll but to be honest I can't tell the difference.
 

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Kevree,

I haven't found the old thread for colour coding but there's a fairly new one running in "General chat" entitled "Touch up paint colour for under engine guard". I can't confirm the accuracy of the codes listed within the thread but I've no reason to suppose they aren't correct.
 

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Mervyn,

...and you may be right, but the point is it's meant to be;

  • a talking point
  • a personal expression in much the same way that many people these days have tattoos (but at what point is the body art OTT? To some a single discreet tattoo is disfigurement, to others it's addictive and complete coverage is great)
  • a means of making me smile and keeping me busy

and as long as it's not taken too seriously, it adds to the forum's ambitions (hopefully)
 
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