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What is your dream car like? Do you dream of having huge speakers fitted at the trunk so you can bring the party wherever you want? Do you think neon lights under your car looks cool?
I know projects like applying a ceramic coating can be boring but before you modify your car to your liking, it’s worth your while to know which car mods you can have and which are illegal to do in the US. Below is a comprehensive list of those illegal mods.
Lifting the body of your car can make it look better than what it used to because it looks like it has a certain stance. This can be done with lift its or spacers. This is usually done to vehicles designed for off-roading.
Before you do that to your passenger car or truck, you should first check if your state allows it. In some states, the body can be lifted but only at a certain height. There is a limit and if you go beyond that, you’ll definitely be given a ticket.
If you still didn’t know we’ll tell you now. It’s illegal to have devices that automatically cover your license plate while driving. Although this device is still available in the market. It is illegal to use. Some police officers can even give you a ticket if your plate frame covers some of your plate numbers.
Whether your goal is to improve aerodynamics or simply for aesthetics, it’s illegal in some states to lower down your car’s suspension. Just like lifting vehicles, some states will put a limit on how much you can lower your vehicle.
Window tints can surely upgrade your vehicle. It can also provide you with privacy or keep away prying eyes but some states limit how dark your tints can go. Some even prohibit tinting unless the driver has a medical condition and has the paperwork as proof.
There are exhaust kits available in the market today and some of them even provide an extra boost when it comes to horsepower. If you like this idea, you better make sure that the exhaust mods don’t alter or disable the emission levels.
Also, make sure it doesn’t amp up the volume. You may feel cool by revving your engine and producing a loud sound but it is a disturbance to most people. You’ll also attract the police even more if you do this. Get ready to pay fines if you still push through with this mod.
There is nothing wrong with adding off-road lights to your vehicle especially if you drive your trucks off-road. They are quite useful. What’s illegal is if they are uncovered or if you use them while on the highways. It can cause reflections and it can also be blinding to cars coming from the other direction.
There was a time when the best way to make your car look cool is to add neon lights under them. If you dig this style, it’s better to check the authorities before you have them installed.
Some states may not allow the use of blue and red lights because it’s solely used by the authorities. This is to prevent the public from being confused with a police officer’s car or anyone’s car.
Speeding makes it more dangerous for you and others on the road. This is why police officers often use laser guns to track the car’s speed. There are laser jammers in the market that distort the signal from the laser guns. The use of such devices is illegal in most states including California, Texas, and Minnesota.
It’s fun to be able to bring the party with you anywhere you go thanks to the sound system of your vehicle. As much fun as that may bring, that can also disturb others. Most states limit how loud your car can get.
Modifying your car to your liking isn’t a crime but you have to be careful about what you modify and how you modify them. There are guidelines for various state and it is best to check before doing any modification.
Among those modifications that can get you in trouble with the law are lifting the suspension or lowering it down, very loud booming systems, laser jammers, neon lights under the vehicle, dark window tints, plate cover, exhaust modification, and off-road lights.
While there’s countless ways to mod or upgrade your classic car to align with your individual tastes or performance needs, one of the most tried and true methods to squeeze every last bit of HP available in the block is to tune the engines
While many engine can be easily tuned by simply reprogramming them through the special engine control unit or by using performance chips, other require updating classic parts to more modern designs.
Whether you own a classic car or a more modern one, the reasons why their engines are tuned remains the same. Adjustments and modifications of the engine and control settings are done to increase power, better fuel economy, and improved engine durability and fuel efficiency.
The main reason why the engine tuned is to increase the power to reach higher speeds and improve acceleration. To do this, the engine control unit is reprogrammed by using performance chips.
- Speed – The speed limit on the dashboard isn’t the real speed limit of your vehicle. This still depends on the engine control unit. Each vehicle has its limit and to reach the limit shown on the dashboard, the engine has to be tuned. Tuning the engine unleashes the full power and potential of the car.
- Acceleration – Boosting your acceleration is also possible through engine tuning. The pre-installed engine control unit may limit the acceleration but with tuning, it can improve.
Another reason why car owners go for engine tuning is to improve fuel economy. Even if performance chips may cost you, you can think of them as an investment because they can help you save fuel in the long run. Tuning the engine for fuel economy is a more common reason rather than increasing power.
Contrary to what most people believe, tuning the engine of your car can also help prolong the life of the engine. However, it is important to understand that engine tuning won’t get you all the three benefits at once.
Tuning the engine to have more power won’t help with fuel economy or with prolonging the engine life. If you don’t need the boost in speed and acceleration, choosing to increase the fuel economy would be a better choice.
We love our vintage cars. They look cool, they retain their value, and they have a way of turning heads as you drive by.
Problem is: they usually drive like shit.
While we can forgive antiquated suspension and AM-only radio, one thing we can’t stand is the effort required to steer the cars that come with manual steering. At lower speeds, it really becomes an effort to turn the vehicle. you can also opt for power steering.
Don’t fret, there is a solution to that. Nowadays, you can now upgrade your classic car into one with power steering, here’s how…
Making sure that your business stays profitable can be challenging in this day and age. To better your chances, you have to improve your marketing strategy.
In a previous post, I’ve discussed how to start a custom car shop. In today’s post, I’m going to give you some marketing tips. These tips should help you get more loyal customers.
Is your car ceramic coated yet or are you thinking about getting it done? Before you rush to coat your car with ceramic, let me first explain what it really is. It may not be one of the things first car owners should know but you should definitely be informed about it.
It can help you decide whether it is best for your vehicle or not.
Okay so you have decided to take out the time and money to lower your car’s suspension. It sure-as-shit looks cool, but seriously, is it really worth it?
The debate isn’t about how you decided but should you really look forward to it or not.
Many drivers don’t even think once before lowering suspension as it gives out that supercar feel. Before you make the decision of lowering your vehicle’s suspension considering the advantages and disadvantages would be the best option.
Today’s article we’ll jot down all the points, against and in favor of lowering your car’s suspension. Just keep up with us and get to know what the right decision is.
Miles are like kryptonite to high-value classics, so in the world of show piece cars and trucks there’s a cardinal rule that you shall not break prior to a big event:
Thou Shall Not Drive Your Car To The Show
Look, the road is a dangerous and unpredictable place, why take the chance of getting a big bug goober on your car or windshield that you have to spend 15 minutes scrubbing off, or worse yet, getting into a fender bender on the way to the show.
Protect your investment, spend a little bit of money, and get those wheels off of the road and onto a flatbed tow truck.
In our opinion, it’s the safest, and most economical option to use when looking to transport your sports car.
Improving on perfection is tough work, and that may be why the engineers at Ford have made relatively few styling changes to their critically-successful transformation to the Mustang in 2015.
Other than lowering the front profile, widening the grill, the tweaking some louvers and edges here and there, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT looks a lot like, well, the 2015 Ford Mustang GT.
As for modders like us, we couldn’t be happier.
3 years of relative stability in the design has allowed custom shops like us and aftermarket suppliers like Cervini and Corsa to refine some truly kick-ass additions to the great foundation that Ford has laid down with the 2018 model.
So with 7 months and 4 Mustang job completed, we wanted to go over the essential customizations we feel any 2018 GT get in order to up their game from good to great!
As the owner of a successful auto customization business in Memphis, I consider myself to be extremely lucky. I’ve got a great bunch of people working for me, my business is expanding, and our business has a stellar reputation in the area.
While it may seem like roses and sunshine now, it wasn’t all that easy getting here. In fact, in my 25 years of figuring out the auto business, I’ve managed to #1) Go bankrupt – twice #2) Shutter 4 businesses and… #3) Hire and fire over 50 people!
While you may argue my business acumen, one thing is for sure: I’ve earned my stripes.
As an experienced car mechanic, and someone who customizes cars for a living, I can attest that tricking out a car is not a simple process. If you are not careful, car customization projects can be fraught with unseen expenses, quality issues, and delays. Experienced plays a big part in mitigating these issues, but more than anything, adhering to a process and plan will save you and your customizer valuable time , money, and headaches.
So today I wanted to share the simple 5 step process I use with every job, regardless of the size or budget. So let’s begin with a plan…