In this post we will be talking about and taking a closer look at some of the easiest and simplest ways of making your car feel so much more individual and enjoyable to drive.
GEAR/SHIFT KNOBS AND STEERING WHEEL UPGRADES
In my opinion the simple gear knob upgrade can produce an entirely different feel to your vehicle just by changing what it is you control it with because let’s face it doing things like hitting corners with speed or making tight turns feel much more engaging and natural with an aftermarket steering wheel than that of what it typically offered on stock platform or the raw feeling of changing through gears with a gear knob much better suited to your grip or style is much more #racecar feeling in even the most tired and lazy 3 cylinder paddock bashers out there.
These mods are very much widely available for nearly every make and model out there so finding them isn’t quite as hard as some of the more refined mods I’ll be mentioning later and most certainly offer the biggest bang for buck feel out there.
With any mod there may very well be something required to make it fit or sit as nicely as it can so when purchasing your next gear knob or aftermarket steering wheel keep in mind that purpose made adapters may be required in order to fit the suppliers products.
The most notable will be a boss kit needed for steering wheel changes because the
steering assembly for each make and in sometimes model is unique that vehicle, fortunately these are also very widely available but it is recommended you source a well made kit as with any modification to ensure safety and correct fitment.
Another handy tip to remember while you are here is when replacing or changing the gear knob the shift boot cover that comes originally with the car may not fit or is just simply worn and this is a good time to get in there and replace or even upgrade this as well there a lot of different styles and patterns exist and usually cost no more than a couple bucks.
CUSTOM WHEEL NUTS
I know it sounds silly right a wheel nut is well just that a nut that holds the wheels on, this may be correct but this little trooper has also been a part of a rapidly growing trend of replacing the standard old nuts with all sorts of colorful and shaped designs with more and more styles being released each and every day.
A solid color theme can be carried throughout the car with these offering a cheaper and sometimes more “clean” look and it will always be cheaper than buying a new set of wheels with the color to match you desire and even better again allow the fitment of any style of wheel you like that fits your particular vehicle to be dressed up and custom coloring wheels can get very expensive very quickly.
Installation on these bad boys is very straight forward and requires very basic equipment, a little helpful tip is to lay off the rattle gun, as tempting as it is to zip a lug nut on and off with ease you will run the risk of damaging the finish on your brand new nuts so it recommended that you use a torque wrench and correct sized socket to safely do the nut up to required torque spec and minimize the risk of damaging that flashy new investment.
AFTERMARKET HEAD/TAIL LIGHTS AND BULBS
One of the biggest ways to change the look of your car bar a flashy paint job or body mods which usually carry a high price tag is to find if someone supplies aftermarket head or tail light options for your vehicle and furthermore upgrading the bulbs they carry to give you a fresher cleaner look or just make them more safe by producing more light.
Apart from just being simply “different” the lighting arrangement and light source used can often vary from that of a stock light housing with manufacturers tending to favor LED arrangements in their aftermarket solutions doing away with the old style bulbs completely so always check the specifications before buying to find out whether it is a plug and play style changeover or whether you may need professional advice to help adapt to the new system.
If the idea of a whole housing replacement doesn’t sound appealing to you and you still want to upgrade your lighting a simple bulb change out can do just that and often isn’t overly costly to do with a lot of suppliers offering conversion kits from standard halogen bulbs to a more efficient cleaner LED solution.
For more information on how each bulb type works a write up can be found on what to use here in one of our previous posts. https://modhound.com/headlight-spotlight/
As it suggests in the title use your imagination a good build is measured by quality and flow with all of its parts and features but most importantly how it feels to you is what matters the most it could be using vehicle wraps or a home hydro dipping setup to change up and customize interior trims or dropping the hood liner out and visiting your local fabric store to find a wicked material to reback it with all the way down to using quality sound deadening in your doors and boot for much better acoustic feedback through your sound system setup.
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