- Enemy Vehicles
- Your Car
People are really stupid about car mods. I go with my dad’s strategy. You add simple things to make your car faster but do so in not an obvious way.
Don’t be a Riceboy
Riceboys aren’t just Asian. White people, Mexicans, and Black people do the same nonsense. A riceboy is someone who puts $1,000(s) of mods on a car that just makes it look stupider and doesn’t m ake your car much faster. People call them “Ricers”. Typically they are Japanese cars but sometimes people do the same thing to American cars. They put giant wings, stupid paint jobs, wheels, stickers, giant tachs.
Stickers – Don’t put a bunch of lame racing stickers on your car. The joke is “how many HP does that sticker add? or “I bet that ____ sticker ads 5 HP” The stickers just say rob my car or give me a ticket. There’s no reason to brag about what mods you have outside of a web page or a page of stats. Unless your car is sponsored or something.
I follow my dad’s plan. He’s always know what’s up. He’s been buidling and racing cars since the 1960s. The goal is to do mods that are not obvious, cheap, big gains with easy to do things.
Stereo – You can get a better head unit but I wouldn’t recommend doing too much to your stereo. People can just break in and take your stereo and speakers and then you’ll be sitting there going duh. Instead how about you dump your money in your HOME stereo.
Bigger Tires – Bigger tires give you more traction and better cornering. You might have to buy entirely different wheels. You can get flashy wheels (might get stolen) or the stock wheels to remain low key about your upgrades.
Chip Upgrade – Cars today almost always offer a chip upgrade. You either mail your computer somewhere or plug something into your car and reprogram it. It’s pretty easy for computer people today. I just take the computer out of the passenger side of my car and mail it but now they sell a device that allows you to keep changing it based on HP, Mileage etc. That’s really cool.
Air Filter – You replace your stock air filter with a K&N air filter. Then every so often you pull it out, clean it, and put oil on it, and put it back in.
Muffler – Mulffer gives added HP. But don’t pick one that is really loud. Try to get one that is the most HP gain for the least amount of noise. But be warned that a Muffler is the giveaway to cops and others that you’ve upgraded your car.
Suspension – It depends on your car. With mine, they mostly leave them alone. With the Hondas he typically puts in bigger sway bars to allow it to corner better/more tight. With one Honda Civic (’78) he had the cornering so good that it beat a Lotus in a cornering time trial.
Cup Holder – He always mods in better cup holders. Typically this is just a simple cup holder that hangs to the right of the shifter in the passenger feet area.
Uppipe/Downpipe – But your car can’t pass smog and it starts smelling really nasty. And when I did that change the cops easily figured it out.
Tint – You can tint your back window and back side ones. But what we do is tint your side ones with just one level of tint. Then when you see cops, roll the windows down.
Make: Japanese – His cars are always Japanese and mine have been as well. He had American cars in the 1960s/1970s and knows alot about American cars. Typically he only works on Japanese cars.
Beyond that it’s up to you. We used to heavily mod the cars then you could pay a guy to get it smogged. But then they cracked down on that and now the latest scam is you unmod your car, get it smogged, then remod your car. But there’s always a risk if the cop catches your modded car, they can impound it.