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How Do You Customise Your Car?  
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined Mar 2001, 529 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

Customising the car is a very popular thing to do at the moment.

What do you put or like to install on to your car to make it stand out from the rest of the crowds? Putting on winglets perhaps....

We want pictures from anyone who has their car heavily transformed in any way. Including crash pictures.

This is what I put on to my car in 2003.

Yes you have guessed it. The needle thing on the wing tip like the Boeing 747-100/200/300. I know it looks kind of weird. But I think its nice to have something special on the car. I really liked to have a pair removable winglets on the front side panels of the car. I was thinking of having 1ft width x 2ft high removable winglets installed on the front. Big grin

Once again we want loads of pictures.

 bigthumbsup 


Split Scimitar or Sharklets?
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User currently offlineNHGrafx From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5342 times:

A plastic strip on the mirror? Come on, you can surely do better than that. Try some nice rims, custom tail lights, maybe some lowering springs. What kind of car do you have?

My car, even in total stock form, already stands out from the crowd, but the customizations I have done to mine are, 18 inch rims, custom tail lights, external side ESAM visors on the front and back windows, and fog lights which cant be seen in the picture below. My futyre plans for customizing are lowering it 1.5 or 2 inches, getting a performance exhaust system and some engine upgrades for more power (headers, cold air intake, supercharger) and a tasteful rear spoiler, I also plan on removing the Scion emblems and replacing them with Toyota BB emblems (japanese equivelent of xB). I also might get a nice body kit too.



Is it weird I have a RemoveBeforeFlight pitot cover on my car rear view mirror?
User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3207 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

NHGrafx I really like those cars although I only saw one when I went on Holiday to USA. Don't they use one of those on Pimp My Ride? That one comes out very nicely. My bro is into modding his car but He's put a Backbox on so its very noisy  mad 


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User currently offlineMuddydwagon From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 657 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5334 times:

The latest mods for my Mazda are snow tires and wiper blades. Basically I am going with the stock look of the vehicle. Sorry no pictures available at this time.


Cheers Peter


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5295 times:

I've only made two modifications to my Mazda Tribute. The most obvious is a European number plate:

This replaced a German plate that I had. Having one from Norway makes more sense for me, as my paternal Grandparents were born there. My only link to Germany is my membership in the Lutheran Church. That number plate now hangs in my room.



The first modification I made to my vehicle was a set of Code3© amber strobe lights in the rear window:

These were installed shortly after I purchased the vehicle. They are not there for any "official" purpose, but rather for my own safety should I find myself on the shoulder of a busy road. I think of them as 12 volt road flares. They really make my vehicle stand out.


User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7140 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5286 times:

I don't have anything on my car except for an 1975 blue US Virgin Island License plate in the front. A since a front license plate is not required in Florida it stands out, at first people just think the car is from out of state but then they look.
A car like the one I have a 04 VW Touareg V8 is already nice enough, and stand out pretty well as the Touareg is not the most popular SUV, like an X5, Explorer or even a Range Rover. But I would love to make changes to the engine just to make it go a bit faster. Maybe cut 0-60 to 7.0 but that's not going to happen, the Dealer would not like it as the car is on extended warranty and my parents would not allow it either.

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 4):
The first modification I made to my vehicle was a set of Code3© amber strobe lights in the rear window:

Those are some nice lights. I would love to have a pair of those in the back. and maybe one in the front. But for now I have a powerful strobe flashlight. The Strobe can last for 10 hours and can be seen for around a mile on a clear night.



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5283 times:
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Quoting Aer Lingus (Thread starter):
I really liked to have a pair removable winglets on the front side panels of the car.



Hey, if you like static wicks, why not go all the way?







2H4





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User currently offlineLiedetectors From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5270 times:

Quoting NHGrafx (Reply 1):
A plastic strip on the mirror? Come on, you can surely do better than that.

Or he can buy a Scion! HAHA just kidding.

Quoting NHGrafx (Reply 1):
Try some nice rims, custom tail lights, maybe some lowering springs.

I agree here, getting some nice rims and slaming it down is good. I prefer the dark metalic colored rims, they hide the brake dust better. Alteeza tail lights look good too, but only on certain cars. If its legal in your area, at some ground effect lighting.

As an aerospace engineer, I can tell you that adding a rear wing is functionless, the bigger the wing, the more useless it is. Wings are used to hold down Indy style cars, not sedans.

Im rolling on a 2005 Honda Accord EX coupe V6 straight off the lot. I did add the rear wing spoiler (note not a wing) and added the Honda lower body kit, it looks good. The only hard part about a black car is keeping it clean. Black looks the worst when its dirty, but it sure looks the best when its clean.




If it was said by us, then it must be true.
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5269 times:

Quoting NHGrafx (Reply 1):
My car, even in total stock form, already stands out from the crowd, but the customizations I have done to mine are, 18 inch rims, custom tail lights, external side ESAM visors on the front and back windows, and fog lights which cant be seen in the picture below. My futyre plans for customizing are lowering it 1.5 or 2 inches, getting a performance exhaust system and some engine upgrades for more power (headers, cold air intake, supercharger) and a tasteful rear spoiler, I also plan on removing the Scion emblems and replacing them with Toyota BB emblems (japanese equivelent of xB). I also might get a nice body kit too.

It might be good to start out with something that has even marginal power at the begining. People like you is what I love on the street, thinking that a supercharger and an air intake will make it go fast  Silly


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5266 times:
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Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 8):
People like you is what I love on the street, thinking that a supercharger and an air intake will make it go fast



Where did NH claim the mods would make his car fast? He only talked about adding more power. Nothing wrong with that.




2H4





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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5265 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 5):
But for now I have a powerful strobe flashlight. The Strobe can last for 10 hours and can be seen for around a mile on a clear night.

I've seen those types of lights. With my rear window being tinted, they don't have the power to be visible during the day, when I do most of my driving anyway.

Before getting something like I have, I'd check local regulations before purchasing and/or using them.


User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5260 times:

I have an iridescent streak of Yeagermeister vomit covering the driver side of my car. It was very expensive.

User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

Quoting NHGrafx (Reply 1):
My futyre plans for customizing are lowering it 1.5 or 2 inches, getting a performance exhaust system

So basically, everytime you hit a bump, your shocks are going to come up through the floor, and by performance exhaust, I hope you aren't talking about drilling a bunch of holes in an oversized muffler?



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User currently offlineRoadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 874 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5240 times:

Quoting Dan2002 (Reply 12):
So basically, everytime you hit a bump, your shocks are going to come up through the floor

 laughing   rotfl 

Is the Scion 4WD?


Adam


User currently offlineBrendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

When I first saw this thread I thought "Oh Good Lord" - I've been thinking for ages I'd like to get a Volkswagon Beetle, I wonder how much AA want for their AA Buggy? - I want that car now! Big grin


Coolier than thou.
User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5232 times:

My Rav4 is currently decked out with the all stylish "Dirty Frame" and "Spotted Windows". Soon I will add a kick ass Graco "Multi-year use Removable Child Seat."

YEAH. Child Seats ROCK



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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

I lean my considerable ass up against the fender, thus leaving a large, embarassing dent.

Signed,
KROC



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5223 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 9):
Where did NH claim the mods would make his car fast? He only talked about adding more power. Nothing wrong with that.

Spare me, and come back to me when you have 275+hp under the hood. My tupperware is already full with rice anyways.


User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2590 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5218 times:
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On my WRX I have a full body lip kit, full turboback exhaust, uppipe, blow-off valve, intake, STI shift knob, STI side markers, boost gauge, yellow fog bulbs, fog light covers, performance brake pads, and I also painted the part around the headlight bulbs black. I did the exhaust and headlights after these pics though.





User currently offlineTWISTEDWHISPER From Sweden, joined Aug 2003, 711 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5212 times:



That's it.



Read between the lines.
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5190 times:
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Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 17):
Spare me, and come back to me when you have 275+hp under the hood. My tupperware is already full with rice anyways.



Ahhhh....now I understand where you're coming from. My apologies. I didn't realize you had an issue you need to...ahem...compensate for.

 Wink




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User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

Well, I drive a 92 Camry, so I don't have any winglets, vortex generators, trunk wings or anything like that. But I am thinking about building a seven-segment LED or light box, with a controller to make the light slide back and forth Knight Rider style, and sticking that on the hood next summer, for a laugh and out of a general sense of ridiculousness. Maybe I'll stick a speaker in it too and try to get that "whoosh whoosh" noise going  Smile.

Only problem is I think it might be illegal in some places to display red lights on a vehicle unless you are a cop, firefighter, or something along those lines using an official vehicle.

-DrDeke



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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4870 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5176 times:

No disrespect to you hobbyists that fix up your cars. I was just wondering why you do it? Instead of buying a decent car and suping it up why not just pool your money from your after-purchase ventures with the cost of the car and buy a better car?

YOWza



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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 22):
YOWza

lol i half agree to that.I think the americans have the pimping out cars all figured out yet in the U.K everyone pimps up Vauxhall (opel) corsa's and they look god damn awful.


rgds --James--



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3619 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5167 times:

My car is totally unique. It is direct from the factory. No changes what so ever.

It looks so different than all the other Ford Taurus out there!


25 LOT767-300ER : Yea, thats it. Obviously you just hit the nail right on the head. /sarcasm off. My point, exactly.
26 A332 : You customize a vehicle by adding whatever enhancements you find personally appealing, be it cosmetic or mechanical... I've done the exhaust & rims on
27 LOT767-300ER : That is a relative viewpoint.
28 2H4 : Of course it is. What's wrong with someone customizing one's car to their liking? Not everyone is attempting to meet your standards, LOT....nor shoul
29 Post contains images Srbmod : Early prototypes for the "shark fin" antenna? My Dodge Stratus has not and probably will not be customized, other than a Las Vegas-related plate up f
30 Post contains images Cadet57 : On my original car, I diddnt do anything, it came stock with bodykit and alloys. On the new car, well new to me. Im doing police hubcaps, installing m
31 NHGrafx : I have no desire to go fast, my car is by no means meant for speed. I bought it because I love it, because it is different. If I wanted speed, I woul
32 CO7e7 : yea and Crotchrockets as well!! (streetbikes)
33 Post contains images Cadet57 : I really dont have a car that customisable, a '96 chevy lumina: but I'd rather drive a car like this anyday over a sports car or a luxury car... Does
34 Post contains images EmiratesA345 : Obviously you've never heard what they say about the Polish. Mark
35 NHGrafx : No a simple 1.5 inch drop will reduce the wheel gap, and they look better an inch or 2 lower anyways, but everyone I know who has done that to theirs
36 Post contains images Jutes85 : I started simple, painting Calipers, tinting windows..etc. I then got rims and this summer I'm planning on installing an exhaust system Header-back.
37 Liedetectors : I've seen that done on a Dodge Neon. It was kind of cool. haha
38 SlamClick : Well, let's see. First I drove into the drawbar on my neice's tractor. That put a small rust-colored streak inside the radiator opening. Then I hit a
39 SouthwestMDW : As is my Ford Taurus. I made no chages whatsoever. I still have the Ford hubcaps, and I still even have the dealer license plate bracket. Everything
40 Post contains images 2H4 : Well said, NH. It seems there are two categories of "car customizers"....the first group, like yourself, consists of people who simply like to addres
41 Gunsontheroof : Strawberry air freshener, tape deck adaptor for my iPod.
42 Post contains links and images ANCFlyer : Custom Brush Guard with KC Daylighters. Chrome Grill Insert. Custom Topper - matching paint - interior lighting - bed liner. K&N Air Breather, Filter.
43 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : Free country, so I can voice my opinion about the idiotness of rice boys. Personally speaking, I hurts my eyes to see people waste money on useless a
44 Post contains links and images PositiveClimb : Well, my car isn't very "pimped"... It is only lowered about one inch and got other rims, that's it... I like it anyways: Oh wait! I put new windshiel
45 Srbmod : I wouldn't call that "customized"; more like "regionally needed accessories", chrome optional.
46 SAIL52115 : I modify my ride every now and then with a fine coat of rail dust (CTA "L") and street crud+graffiti (CTA Bus) In Chicago, Me
47 NHGrafx : I just had that happen to me today. Although this was a flatbed truck with a big bulldozer thingy on it and a rock about 3 inches in size flew off th
48 LOT767-300ER : Mate, im in Daytona Beach for school, Im about to get invaded by rednecks..I know. But I was laughing because NASCAR is a joke, one because its borin
49 Dan2002 : I gotta respect this and your last comment, and I agree. I'm just so used to damn ricers. I've seen everything from Jeeps to Eagles to really old Toy
50 NHGrafx : Just a wild guess, but are you at Embry Riddle? Im not a fan of NASCAR either. However I do like the auto racing they have in Germany on long tracks
51 ArmitageShanks : 2005. Its silver with the "charcoal?" cloth interior. Before I got it I drove an F-150 so it was a HUGE change. What about you?
52 Brokenrecord : Why did you name yourself after a toilet maker in the UK?
53 ArmitageShanks : Well, I was spending the summer 2003 in England with my best friend and I found out it was written on just about every urinal, toilet, and sink the U
54 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : Unfortunately Im slacking here doing Business...after Loyola @ Chicago. 1. FIA World Rallye is better than that IMO. 2. NASCAR fans are idiots who dr
55 Post contains images Cyclonic : Heh, I own a Holden Barina (Vauxhall Corsa) and have already modded it: 16 inch wheels, 45 series tyres, K&N Panel filter. To come: colour code body m
56 Brokenrecord : Interesting idea. I pissed on a lot of Armitage Shanks in the pubs of Glasgow last September.
57 WhiteHatter : next time I take a monumental post-curry dump I will be thinking of you.... It's got a set of Mazda 3 tailored mats and gets washed occasionally. And
58 Post contains images Brokenrecord : The exact reason I don't smoke in my car.
59 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : To save even more fuel you could just park that in my trunk and we can split the gas for my SUV.
60 Post contains images 2H4 : LOT, I never once opposed your right to voice your opinion. I pointed out that it's not your place to project your personal values onto others, and c
61 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : Of course it is, its a discussion forum. I am making valid critiques on the idiotness of someones preferences..Im not attacking anyone personally. Im
62 Post contains images N864DA : No performance or visual modifications to my 1998 Toyota Camry but I did want a decent sound system. I put in an Alpine CD headunit feeding a Precisio
63 Post contains images Mr Spaceman : Hi guys. For my personal touch ... I just improved my car's sound system a bit. That's all. Chris
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