With the change in the economy, I'm seeing way more modded bicycles now.
"We're society's crowbar. They hate us, they never want to acknowledge the dirty jobs they give us to do, but when the job is done they never throw us away - they just slip us back in the toolbox until they need us the next time. And there will always be a next time."-Jim Hooper. Beneath the Visiting Moon: Images of Combat in Southern Africa
I have never modded a car other than to put a snowboard rack on the roof of my old Audi.
My opinion: If your car needs mods, get a better car. I will take my "stock" 330xi over a modded VW, Honda, etc. any day.
Like Clarkson said to a guy with a modded Elise after the guy rattled off all the mods,"so what your saying is you've ruined it."
seems one of the cheapest cars in canada allows the modding from the 'factory'.
2016 Downmarket S3
1987 Peugeot PB-18 – Manual Power
1986 MR2 1.6L 20V ITB Blacktop – The Weed Whacker
Only "mods" I have planned for the Focus are 17" lightweight Jaguar wheels and a set of sticky summer rubber.
Only thing stopping me is getting the barrel of one of those wheels sanded and re-painted. Whatever car they came on obviously belonged to an oblivious owner who never cleaned them. Shocking that only one wheel has this kind of degradation, and that it's so limited.
I think "cool" and "popular" are two distinct words.
Modding certainly isn't as commonplace as it was, but that's for a number of reasons (F&F trend ending, economy, better performing new cars that reduce the incentive to buy used and make performance mods, etc.)
The current generation is more about Internet chatting time behind obscure names (Highlander Lord anyone?) than actually meeting people face to face. I laugh everytime I see the anxiety attack show up on my nephew and niece face (18 and 17 respectively [sorry no pictures]) about having to interact with someone in person and they don't have and chatting device to hide behind off. Heck they don't even want to go the mall to watch the latest movie they actually get all stressed about having to get of the couh to actually go there and not having there technological device grafted to their face for 10+ straight hours. Granted they are not all like that as my younger nephew (15)goes nuts every time he hears Turbo go by a really factory modded Mustang so there is still hope or asks me if he can take a ride with me around the track (granted he does wear a helmet and all the possible straps)
IMO i preffer to follow the fucntion/ form for mods and concentrate on the arease where I can feel it while driving. On the outside I like to have it subttle just enough to notice there is a differenc but not enought to garner LEO's attention.
Modding your car to be "cool" is lame. What eveyone else thinks about the mod, I don't give a chit.
I mod my cars to keep them interesting to me, helps me keep the car longer. A mod is usually cheaper than a new car. Most of my mods have been conservative.
2004 Passat 4Mo, 1.8T, stick
past: '96 Audi S6, forced to sell, F. U. nh emissions
'87 VW Quantum syncro wagon, got me into quattro
'85 VW GTI , 17 yrs and 280k miles, rusted away
I guess it depends on where you live - here in Florida completely stock cars/ SUV's could be considered unusual. Especially Benzes/ Bimmer's/ Porsche's, Corvettes, Range Rovers, rare to see stuff like that stock here. Tint/ slight drop and aftermarket wheels seem to be done in the first 1,000 miles. I don't many riced out Honda's or the old F&F stuff that used to be common here - that crap is almost non-existent anymore.
I'm into OEM plus for the most part - I can't leave any of my cars stock - ever.
"Anything measured in grams is infinitely more exciting than something measured in pounds" - JC
1979 Volvo 242dl barn car save. Volvo b230ft engine swap, t5z trans, Holset HX35, megasquirt.
I have noticed the amount of cars rolling around with mods has dropped off almost completely around me.
I recently said goodbye to the flashy stuff myself. I have a boring A4 that will get some basic things (exhaust, filter, plugs/wires) and I'm going to call it a day. My age is the main reason for this though...