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What have you added to your car?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by mehhhh, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. mehhhh

    mehhhh Senior member

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    Curious to see what, if anything, members of a site like this are doing to modify their vehicles. Audio, exterior, interior, performance, etc, what kind of aftermarket stuff are you putting in your car?
     
  2. HgaleK

    HgaleK Senior member

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    Curious to see what, if anything, members of a site like this are doing to modify their vehicles. Audio, exterior, interior, performance, etc, what kind of aftermarket stuff are you putting in your car?

    stainless oil filter
     
  3. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    a drunk driver and a passed out drunk girl in her underwear.
     
  4. mussel

    mussel Senior member

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    All weather rubber mats, GPS software update. Absolutely hate to bling-bling my car with over-sized chrome wheels, body lowering, boom box, tinted windows, after market shark fin, fake HID, spoilers, and so on...
     
  5. turboman808

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    Don't laugh but I added a pretty nice sound system to my work van. If I got to drive a piece of shit at least I can enjoy my tunes.
     
  6. mehhhh

    mehhhh Senior member

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    Absolutely hate to bling-bling my car with over-sized chrome wheels, body lowering, boom box, tinted windows, after market shark fin, fake HID, spoilers, and so on...

    That's exactly the type of thing that I hate, as a die hard car guy. I never went through the phase (even when I was 15/16) of wanting the loud exhaust and the chrome with the body kit.

    Something like this is what I'm hoping to see from someone here: tasteful but potent high quality upgrades to a car that's worth keeping.
     
  7. amstokesdb9

    amstokesdb9 Senior member

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    ^That is a really cool website, never heard of it before.
     
  8. xpress

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    I'll bite...

    I've got an aftermarket exhaust on my V8 5 series... It actually sounds eerily close to my friends Aston Martin V8 Vantage (stock), and therefore wouldn't classify it was "tasteless".
     
  9. JayJay

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    Nothing. I leave them stock.
     
  10. MarcInDentonTx

    MarcInDentonTx Senior member

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    I replaced the run flat tires with conventional Michelins and added a spare tire kit. Otherwise, bone stock.
     
  11. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    back in the 90s I bought a cr-v and slowly modified it to look jdm, even ordered honda-modulo stuff from japan, upsized the wheels, and all that. all in all that was the biggest waste of my money ever.
     
  12. otc

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    Never owned a car but I'll mention what I used to picture myself doing to a car when I bought it (and may still do if I move to a place where owning makes sense)

    Obviously it would depend on the car but this is how it would be for something like a golf/gti

    Few minor performance upgrades. New suspension (but not dropped...maybe only down an inch max), intake, chip, exhaust (not some fart can shit but something like a borla cat back that stays quiet with a tasteful note), and sway bars.

    this would probably be something done over the life of the car...put in the sway bars and enjoy for a bit...then swap the intake and exhaust..etc. It would also depend on the car. Back when I was thinking about it more, these seemed to be the sweet spot on a VW...you could make it extra sporty and responsive without any outside signs. Costs to do this were pretty low over the life of the car but the intake/ecu/exhaust combo gave them a decent boost and you could really tighten up the handling with the sway bars and new suspension.
     
  13. turboman808

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    My solstice gxp I've done a few things for performance.
    azeins tires and ssr wheels. Hands down the best upgrade for this car. Completely transformed it.
    Then I wanted a bit more power and got a solo exhaust and high flow cat and trifecta tune. My guess this added about 100 more tq 80 more hp. so 360 tq and 340 hp
    Still a car I can drive every day and have fun with.

    My porsche is a stripped out street legal race car. Not much on it thats stock.

    My accord? I changed the oil. [​IMG]
     
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    mehhhh Senior member

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    ^That is a really cool website, never heard of it before.

    Yeah BaT rules. Follow them on facebook for daily doses of awesome.
     
  16. impolyt_one

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    I'll bite...

    I've got an aftermarket exhaust on my V8 5 series... It actually sounds eerily close to my friends Aston Martin V8 Vantage (stock), and therefore wouldn't classify it was "tasteless".


    that's pretty cool, and the BMW V8's do sound nice opened up. There are good aftermarket exhausts and bad aftermarket exhausts. I've always liked the sound of Supersprints, never really cared for the loud unbaffled 'American' style systems like Billy Boat Tri-flo or Borla.
     
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    Curious to see what, if anything, members of a site like this are doing to modify their vehicles. Audio, exterior, interior, performance, etc, what kind of aftermarket stuff are you putting in your car?

    [​IMG]

    BMW Aerodynamic Kit side skirts to widen the stance, 19" alloy wheels copped from the Europe-only E46 M3 CSL that are larger, wider and yet still slightly lighter than stock, and a 3.91 final drive ratio (instead of the stock 3.62).

    My Solstice GXP has the GM Performance Package upgrade, basically a factory chipset that takes it from 260hp/260lb-ft to 290hp/340lb-ft, and upgraded anti-rollbars front and rear, but it came with all that.
     
  19. brianja

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    I've done a few things to my Audi RS4...

    Stasis SL coilovers
    Milltek Non-resonated Cat back (valved) exhaust
    TT-RS steering wheel
    10mm spacers front and rear
    A complete audio system overhaul (Focal front components, DLS sub and amplifier, EQ, etc.)
    Lots of other small mods (performance and cosmetic)
     
  20. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I always replace the audio system. Have an alpine unit in now that I am very happy with.
     

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