Customised cars are popular among car fanatics, particularly those who wish to personalise and modify their car to make it stand out. "Pimped out" cars have been made famous by popular television programs such as the "Pimp My Ride" series on MTV. Virtually any car can be modified in a specialised car garage. The Honda Civic has a very flexible shape, which means that it can be easily customised to suit any taste.
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Things you need
- Honda Civic
- Honda Civic body kit
- Alloy wheels
- Experienced mechanic
Ask an experienced mechanic to upgrade the suspension. Install a stiffer set of lowering springs to lower the car's centre of gravity. The shocks will need to be stiffened to cope with the lowered height. This will improve handling of the car.
Instruct the mechanic to add a urethane body kit. A body kit, otherwise known as an aero kit, has pieces that enhance the car's aerodynamics. The majority of Honda Civic body kits are made from fibreglass, but urethane is lighter and looks more sleek. Depending on your budget, pieces can be applied to the front spoiler and grille, side skirts, a rear diffuser spoiler and a rear wing.
Customise the body paint with a chrome glaze or frantic-patterned paint to personalise the body. If you do not have the equipment to spray-paint the car yourself, take it to a body spray garage and show them pictures of designs that you like.
Customise the interior by installing an oversized aluminium shift knob and matching pedal covers. Match the colour of these pieces to the colour of the body art. Alternatively, use chrome, which looks good with all colours.
Purchase alloy wheels of the same width as the stock wheels. If you purchase a wider alloy wheel, make sure the wheel has the same backspace to allow an equal distance from the brake caliper and suspension part. If you do not feel confident installing the modified wheels yourself, ask a mechanic to install them at the garage.
Tips and warnings
- Aim for a style that creates a completely unique look to make your Honda Civic stand out.
- If you take your car to a body spray garage, ask to browse some of their previous work to ensure it is up to industry standard.
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