So far we’ve looked at a couple of different cars including the legendary 1932 Ford Roadster and the great 1968 Pontiac Firebird, but it’s no good purchasing a great car if you don’t know what to do with it. Sure, we’ve looked at decals, wraps and even how to make your very own custom door panels, but what about when it comes to pimping out your vehicle. How does that work?
The cool kids at Car Throttle have made the most awesome video to help you get a head start in knowing what you need to do when modifying your new car.
8 car mods you need to do first
Here’s the breakdown of the 8 awesome car mods:
- Get a service. This is always going to be the first step and the time you spend in getting to know your car. Once you’ve changed your fluids, checked the brakes, lines and the suspension you can be reassured that the car is healthy and ready for some new parts.
- Change your tires. By swapping the cheaper, longer-lasting tires for something softer, you’ll improve handling through corners, off-the-line acceleration and deceleration but choosing a wider option will reduce your rotational mass and – believe it or not – quicken your 0-60.
- Shed that excess weight. Compromising your comfort is perhaps a small price to pay to increase your power. Strip out all the heavy stuff like carpets, leather seats and the rear bench. You’ll be amazed by the difference.
- Upgrade that suspension. Old suspension will limit the handling of the car, but new coils over suspension will transform your driving, lower the center of gravity and you’ll notice an improvement in its handling, a smoothness that wasn’t there before.
- Upgrade the brakes. Now that your car can take corners hard, grip well and accelerate better than ever, it’s vital that you can shed that speed as quickly as possible. An inexpensive option is to add beefier brakes, or an alternative is braided brakes – they don’t bulge as much under pressure.
- Fit an LSD. A great way to increase traction and improve cornering is to fit a limited slip differential and because they’re pretty much indestructible, being a used one will save you cash too.
- Improve the interior. There’s probably quite a lot you could do here to improve the overall look and considering the rest of these modifications are pretty behind the scenes, this is potentially the most fun. The guys at Car Throttle suggest a small alcantara or leather steering wheel and perhaps comfortable bucket seats.
- Add power and torque. I think most people will be itching to jump ahead to this point but by setting up the first 7 modifications, this step will be more achievable. There a number of ways of improving your power and torque and whichever one you choose will depend largely on the amount of money in your bank account. But whether it’s by forced induction, Individual Throttle Bodies (IBT) or a simple tune up, you’ll know the car can handle it.
By the time you’re through with these car mods, your car is going to be an impressive racing machine.
How many of them have you managed to tick of your list and what have you done differently? I’d love to hear about your current car project.