Some mods can transform the sound, look and feel of any car but it’s easy for people to get carried away with modifications and end up with something that’s annoying, un-drivable and downright dangerous. These 5 mods are things people often screw-up.
They have the ability to make a car that’s decades old feel brand new again, accompanied with a sexy drop in ride height and you have a modification that most car enthusiasts love no matter what car they’re working on. However, it’s not uncommon for people to get this modification wrong in two main areas. First – is where people drop the coilover lower than their final thread in pursuit of that lowrider look. Second – is where people aim to use them for their functionality but fail to set them up correctly, thus destroying their ride comfort.
Grippy tires are a great upgrade for any car whether on the track or on the road – they give you and your car the ability to get out of a situation you may not have been able to previously, however semi-slick or full-blown racing tires being used on the street is dangerous and wrong. For these kind of tires, you need to get them up to proper working temperatures and on normal roads, you’re just not going to get there. This means you might actually end up with less grip than standard rubber.
Generally speaking this is a matter of preference and people make their car look how they want but that doesn’t detract from the fact that a lot of the time some of the parts are negatively affecting the car, for example, people regularly fit spoilers on cars that will never see the track and will spend their lives scraping in and out of parking lots. It can look cool, but will actually slow the car down due to increased drag and scraping on leaves.
Manufacturers tend to keep exhaust noises to a minimum because let’s face it most people don’t really car for it but us petrol heads don’t fall into the ‘most’ category, preferring instead the song of our people. This is where some people tend to go wrong. Instead of being a functional, freer flowing exhaust, most people jump on eBay and buy the first 3-inch exhaust that gives an improvement of at least 20 horsepower.
Many car manufacturers don’t worry too much about wheel design and that’s why new rims can make a massive difference on how car performs and feels. When done properly. That said, there are a lot of car modifiers overdoing it with their wheels, losing any improvement a good set of rims would have given.