I pulled off the silver grille and Suzuki badge off in a previous post, so I gave it a few coats of black and gloss, and it was done. The badge itself was looking a bit faded, too, so red and gloss alleviated that issue quickly. I was inspired by the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s “Flowtie,” which is an outline with a hollowed out center badge to allow more airflow to the radiator. Since the old Suzuki “S” emblem had a few gaps in the middle, I thought this was a cool opportunity to have some additional cooling for my Alto Works.
I call it the “SuzuKi” (スズ気), in which the last kanji character (originally 木) is replaced with air (気). Not clever enough? How about the “Air S”? “Soothe-zuki?” That’s all I have.
I’m not sure that the efficiency is increased with this modification as much as Chevrolet claims their flowtie improves cooling, but it sure looks cool. Ok, fine, I know it probably doesn't do a whole lot, but the black grille and bright red logo really make the front end pop.
Another small, but important, change is the addition of a 30mm spacer to put the steering wheel a bit closer to me. This is also a product made by HKB Sports, the same company that made my steering wheel hub adapter. For 990￥ ($9 USD), it brings the steering wheel to a more comfortable distance from my arms. Unfortunately, it means the angle is pointed a bit further upwards. Give and take, I suppose, for a non-tilting wheel.
A regular common first modification for any car is to change the incandescent light bulbs in the cabin with modern and efficient LEDs. Very surprisingly, the gauges, front parking lights, and rear license plate light have already been changed to LEDs by the previous owners, so only the 28mm cabin map light needed to be replaced.
These LEDs definitely give the car a more modern and updated feel. As you might guess, next up will be brighter headlights for improved outward visibility.