Friday, May 31, 2019

When MTV premiered the iconic “Pimp My Ride”, 15 years ago, nobody knew how much the show would influence car owners all across the country. Viewers could follow the experience of turning a regular car into an exciting road monster, ready to devour the miles with style and comfort. Since then, it has come to light that the final vehicle they got to drive may not have had a lot in common with the car that appeared on the show. You can even find some candid reviews as AMAs on Reddit from car owners who have been on “PImp My Ride”. Regardless of how the show handed contestants, there’s no denying that the legacy lives on. More and more car owners are inspired to upgrade their vehicle. 

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One of the most popular upgrades car owners add to their vehicle is to try to increase the overall power output, which is designed to make the car quicker on the road and lighter to handle. Rally and racing vehicle, typically, undergo similar tuning operations to reduce the weight of the car by stripping out everything that isn’t strictly required. In a racing car, this would be the rear seats, the stereo, some body parts, and the spare wheel, for instance. In your day-to-day car, you can’t just ditch body parts and equipment. Instead, you need to modify your tuner, by adding an SCT tuner, for instance, to boost horsepower and maintain the power delivery as smooth as possible. Tuners are used to overwrite the existing tune on your vehicle computer. However, you need to understand not only what you want to modify but also how your engine performs to pick the best solution. 


Lack of knowledge is harmful

As a rule of the thumb, you can’t afford to modify your car unless you’re confident you understand the work you’re doing. Cars is an area where enthusiasm without know-how can get extremely costly. Take a look at these example of tuning gone wrong to understand the risks. Similarly, you also need to work with professionals who are experienced in tuning and modifications. 


You need to know WHEN to stop

It’s easy to let your enthusiasm lead the way. However, when it comes to car modifications, health and safety should remain a priority. You should stay away from add-ons that can obstruct any of the windows while driving, as it’s likely to make your vehicle NOT road legal. Some of the modifications you might have seen on “Pimp My Ride” were removed before the car owner could take the vehicle home! 


There’s no point unless you protect your car

Last, but not least, there is a lot you can do with your car, even if you stick by the rules of knowledge, cautious and research. But, you can afford to invest in tuning and modifications if you don’t know how to look after your vehicle. A car cover is a crucial investment to protect your vehicle from damages as a result of moisture, sun exposure, or even mold. Ideally, you want to park your car in a secured area – preferably a locked garage. 


The bottom line is that when it comes to upgrading your vehicle, you need to proceed with caution. You should also research your options, find the best experts and solutions for your car. 

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