There are tons of modifications you can do to your car. Whether it be lightweight body parts, turbo kits, free flowing exhaust kits; they all aid to performance. However, if you own or want to own a more performance oriented car, here are 5 modifications that you shouldn’t do to your car.
1. Cut the Springs
Cutting the springs refers to the popular modification of well, cutting your springs. In theory it enhances the vehicles performance by lowering the center of gravity (or super duper low rider in other words). Of course you do achieve the effect of a lowered car, however it can throw off the geometry of your suspension. Also, you run the risk of blowing your shock absorbers. So yes, you may have a lowered ride, however the handling will suck even worse, and you risk breaking something.
2. Big Rims
If you are truly interested in making your car faster, pay attention. Some people feel the itch to throw on some blingin 24 inch chromes. Well, not only will you be adding tons of un-sprung weight to your car, but you’re also increasing the work load that your engine has to do by trying to spin the extra diameter of the rim. Morale of the story? Stick to 18 inches max.
3. Body Kit
No, it won’t aid in down force unless you drive over 100 mph, so don’t let that sticker fool you. And most of the time they won’t aid at all in down force. You also run the risk of curb rash and what not. So that super combat style body kit won’t do anything but make your car heavier, slower, and in some cases look even worse.
4. Tornado Fuel Saver
You see these little gadgets at Pep Boys and Autozone. They supposedly cause a tornado-like effect in your intake that helps the combustion process and give you better gas mileage. Long story short, they don’t work, so stay clear from it.
5. Canister Muffler
9 times out of 10, replacing just the muffler won’t do a single thing to the performance of your car other than make it loud as hell. Nobody wants to wake up to the sound of pissed off bumble bees in a tin can. Save you and your neighbors a headache by purchasing a catback exhaust.
Well there you have it. Many of these suggestions are opinionated, so take it with a grain of salt. However if I see anybody with these modifications on their ’street beast’, you will be made fun of. But all in all, just enjoy your car. If you enjoy the harsh ride of cut springs, the look of a combat style body kit with 24″ chrome rims, the non-existent-extra-gas-millage Tornado, or the sound of a fart canister muffler, then go for it. Otherwise, stay clear of these parts, because they’ll do everything but make your car faster.