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Hello everyone,

My Name is Carter and on this thread I'll be updating you on the build process of my 2018 Kia Soul +. This is my first Soul so I'll be learning along the way and hopefully I may be able to help some you guys out as well!


CURRENT MOD LIST:
Exterior:
- Stock Roof rack
- Laminx Yellow Foglight Covers
- RallyArmour Mudflaps
- Raptor Grille lights
- Fully Mesh Grille
- Rear Spoiler

Suspension/Wheels:
- Kia Soul+ 10 Spoke Factory Wheels w/ 215/55/r17

Mods to be Installed:
- Hella Driving Lights
- Hood Blackout decal
- Aftermarket Rims (better offset/width)
- LED Interior/Exterior
- De-badge
- Trailer Hitch
- Plate Relocation
- Footwell Mood Lights
- Change Rear Reflectors to Lights
- Side Mirrors LED Turn Signal
- Weather Mats
- Rain Guards


Hope you guys enjoy this journey as much as I will!

Carter L. (more pics coming soon)
 

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I've seen those, but I saw another guy on this forum who bought it who also had a 2018 and he had to do major modifications to get it to fit. So I was thinking about just fabing up a custom bar so they sit higher up.
 

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Have not seen anything on a Mesh Grill for 2018. Let us know.
Yeah, I was looking last night ad it seems that there is a structural piece behind that big plastic bar. Im wondering if there might be a way to retro fit the pre face lift grille. Probably have to make something custom though.
 

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Update:

Last night I managed to pick up a used OEM roof rack and cargo cover from a previous owner. The best part about it..I only paid 60 bucks for both of them. Needless to say I'm pretty happy!


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Update:

So I had a fun little weekend project. Decided to attempt the fully mesh grille and also wiring in some LED amber lights. Not too bad of a project if you have some basic knowledge of wiring and some saws laying around.

First thing I did was remove the front bumper. It's actually a lot easier than it looks, there was a video on YouTube I watched to help me out. Couple of clips and some 10mm bolts and it pretty much just pulls off. Don't forget to disconnect the fog lights if you have them. Then once you get that off you need to remove the plastic grille. Theres a bunch of screws holding it to inside of the bumper. Take all those off and then start peeling the grille off, you'll encounter some clips also holding the grille on, these can be released with a flat head screwdriver. Once you get everything taken off you should end up with something that looks like this.

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Next I took the old grille and cut out the hexagonal pattern and the large black bar. The grille is in 2 pieces so you can remove the bottom section of the grille so it's easier to cut. Again its pretty easy to remove this piece just some clips that hold the 2 together. I used a cut off wheel to cut out the old grille, you could probably use a jigsaw or a some sort of other little saw. The smaller the better, especially in the corners. When you're cutting the grille you need to be careful of the holes for the clips on the bumper. Just cut the grille where the hexagons end, don't go any further or you will mess up the connection point. I outlined the holes in the picture. After cutting I had some rough edges so I just took some sandpaper and sanded down what was left of the grille and then sprayed it was some black paint. Once you finish all that you should be left with something that looks like this.

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Next step was to put the grille frame back into the bumper, don't screw anything in but make sure its clipped in and in place. I then took my piece of 24x48 mesh (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JD4QSS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and cut it roughly to size with a cut off wheel. It doesn't have to be exact just make sure not to cut it too short. I then laid the cut piece over the back of the grille and just did a light test fit to make sure the size was correct. I had to trim it a little along where the fog lights sit and then I also made some relief cuts just that it would sit better when securing it. Next I started putting back in the screws that hold the grille to bumper. Some of these I was actually able to use to secure the mesh. But I did buy additional screws because just the stock screws alone would not be enough for a tight fit. Just keep checking the front of the bumper when you are securing the mesh for proper fitment and to see where there are any gaps you may need to close. Reinstall the fog lights and the rest of the grille screws. And you're pretty much done with that part of it.

If you also wanted to do the lights it's pretty simple. I got 3 of these (https://www.oznium.com/led-bolts-prewired-leds/led-bolt) the amber color, 11mm with the black housing. Just drill some holes in the mesh, pop the lights in. They came with backing nuts so they are held on securely. I wired mine all together so you end up with a single positive and negative. I was able to tap into the running lights so they will come on when those lights are on. They work with all the light mode options and turn off when the running lights are off.

Overall not too bad of a project, biggest thing is to take your time, especially since you're dealing with the front of your car haha. Here are some pics, I'll have better quality ones on the future.

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So, about a week ago I installed the factory spoiler in my cars body color (Titanium Grey). I purchased mine on amazon. It came with mounting instructions and everything needed to put it on. Problem was that it wanted you to drill into the roof, which I was not going to do. So I ended up just grabbing some 15lbs double sided gorilla glue tape and used that instead. Rock solid fit and no holes in my roof, plus it looks great!
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I also had a fun little project this weekend. Decided to paint my rims. I looked around and eventually ended up ordering a wheel kit from Dipyourcar.com. It came with everything I needed to get a perfect result. Biggest thing was the prep work. They supplied all the necessary cleaning equipment and solutions (Even a microfiber!).

After all the prep work all that was left was to paint them up. There was a ton of YouTube videos created by the company showing you how to apply the paint, how much, how many coats.

It was honestly pretty fool proof. The color I needed up going with was called Anthracite Grey and I think it compliments the body color really well without being too dark. Definitely check them out if you're interested. Heres how mine turned out!
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