Making a major purchase on a new or used car is always a thrill. Even more exciting is buying purely for pleasure, throwing caution to the wind and investing in thatLamborghini, Porsche, or Corvette you’ve always dreamed about. Knowing your new ride is waiting for you in thedrivewaycan make every morning feellike Christmas (at least for the first few weeks)! But while a new car quickly becomes familiar, having an entirely factory-modeled vehicle can sometimes feel … impersonal. Sure, it’s a beautiful car, but it’s not a reflection of your personality, quirks, and particular vision. It’s not unique; it could be anybody’s—and that’s just not your style.
It’s no surprisethatso many people are passionate about customization: it’s all about starting with a great base and truly making it your own. Every automobile manufacturer has at least onegreat go-to model for custom options, and Ford is no exception. The classic, speedy, sleek, and inexpensive Mustang is certainly the most customizable car in their catalogue, with some of the most extensive aftermarket options available. It’s been this way for 50 years—the first Mustang was revealedto great acclaim in 1964 at the New York World Fair—and over the past five decades, the rather iconic Mustang’s gone through facelifts, upgrades, and supercharges to adapt to various markets and to compete with the competition. So whether you’re now on the lookout for a 1000-part V6, a 3000-part GT, or a whopping 8000-part Shelby GT500, a new or used Ford Mustang can quickly become a one-of-a-kind extension of who you are (and how you drive).
If you’re new to the whole world of custom cars, know that starting with a Ford Mustang gives you a superb array of easily implemented surface (cosmetic) choices—meaning you don’t have to get technical to enjoy some differences. If the typical silvers, blacks, and whites aren’t your bag, go big with a striking crimson, baby blue, hot yellow, or even fuschia, pink, or gold (the sky’s the limit when it comes to colour). Alter the roof and spoilerto be aerodynamic or boxy, your hood to be smooth or outfitted with a scoop to channel air to your engine. Play with different rim and colour combinations for your wheels, and get creative with adding stripes, decals, and other touches of personality. Vent-like or smooth decklids, off-colour door handles and fuel doors, and subtle changes to door trims and side mirrors might be up your alley. Change the scoop and side skirt and don’t forget to play with the headlights!
Back in 2010, the Mustang GT had a 315 horsepower V8 engine, which was a modest upgrade from the year before. Fast-forward to 2014, and we’re now talking about a 435 horsepower engine with 400 lb.-ft. of torque—you can do the math, but that’s an increase of 120 horses. With this in mind, many people sensibly feel that the GT engine already packs enough power, but an upgrade to the handling is still a good idea. Look for polyurethane replacement bushings to replace the standard rubber—they’ll feel much more substantial under your feet and they’ll end up lasting longer. Another popular custom choice is to lower your ‘Stang by modifying the suspension. This will certainly give your ride a leaner, meaner look, but remember that lowering the suspension is a major change and has to be done right if you want your car to stay in optimal driving condition—make sure you choose the right springs for the job. In addition, if you love the roar of a car’s engine, you can bypass Ford’s attempt to reduce the Mustang’s noise by removing foam placed in the sound tube connecting the intake and the cabin. This will make your car absolutely shake with vibration and bass-filled growl … if that’s your thing!
No matter what model you choose, there are more options than ever for customized rides online—right now there’s a huge selection of used Ford cars on Kijiji. This extensive online classified database allows independent car owners—people who are passionate about modifications in the garage—the ability to reach a wide audience without the need for a middleman, who’ll ratchet up the price. You’ll be able to find Mustangs that have just rolled off the assembly line with barely any wear and tear to fully tricked-out, completely unique vehicles that may just blow you away—keeping that feeling of Christmas morning flowing long past the first few weeks of ownership. Whatever you’re looking for, the Internet will no doubt have it, so start searching and shopping today,and start getting excited!
The Volkswagen GTI is included in the favourite list of almost everyone and not some particular group of people and compacts. Whether it is the driving enjoyment we are talking about or the complete refinement of the car, Volkswagen GTI is the car of choice. Now the 35th edition of this car is about to be conceived so as to celebrate the 35th anniversary in Europe. The 2012 edition of Volkswagen GTI has a great and powerful engine sine it is provided with the old EA113engine therefore it is able to take care of all the extra power and can even spin way better than any other car in the market.
The TSI power plant sticks are given that has almost 200 of the horsepower 2.0 litre turbocharged along with the body styles available in either two door or four door build graces. Other features that are provided in this car that makes it a must car to buy includes the sunroof and convenience correspondences that are present at the base, plus there are slide sunroofs, premium touch screen stereo systems, leather clipped steering wheels and Cd changers.
In 2012 Volkswagen GTI bot the DSG twin clutch and labour-intensive six speed transmissions are given. The advantage of them is as such that the dual clutch offers you the quick shifting of the paddles with a convenient automatic mode while the manual one is known to have the gas mileage of almost about 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The most important feature of this car is that it allows switching of the ability control off to the one driving it which was not possible with the usual editions of Volkswagen GTI. Generally it is the only car that has XDS which can help the keeping privileged of front wheel form spinning and revolving when the brakes are applied.
The overall interior quality of 2012 Volkswagen GTI is very good as soft touching and textured surfaces are delivered. The plaid seats of the car are very eminent for the comfort that they provide no matter if a sporty, flat or soft driving is required. The space that is given in the Volkswagen GTI is completely copious which are even more advantageous in two door models since they hold features and abilities more than you can think of along with its exterior being so sleek and compact at the same time.
Honda Civics are known for their longevity. These cars can continue to be driven for years. For this reason, they also make good cheap honda civic‘s. One model that offers a lot of value for consumers is the 1999 Honda Civic. Like previous and recent models of the Civic, the 1999 version has money saving fuel economy.
Additionally, the 1999 Honda Civic comes with many other features to help make for a comfortable ride. Despite the small size on the exterior, the interior of the 1999 Honda Civic is rather spacious. This results in a comfortable experience. The Civic has a reputation for being a reliable car give its quality engineering. Maintenance typically is minimal when one owns a Civic.
The 1999 Honda Civic comes in different styles. These would include coupe and sedan bodies. They also have a hatchback option. This makes it easy to have additional cargo space with access through a rear door. Many are also surprised at the amount of space available in the trunk.
Since its first introduction in 1973, the Civic has proven to the world it’s a worthy vehicle for anyone. The 1999 Civic comes with a suspension system in a double wishbone in the front. This is a unique quality for this car. It offers riders with a smooth ride. Also, the suspension of the ’99 Civic can be customized. This can make the car more in line with one’s personal preferences.
The 1999 Honda Civic came in several trim packages. These include the CX, DX, EX, GX, HX and LX. Of these trim packages, the CX and DX are the basic ones. This means these Civic models with have basic stereo systems, tilt steering wheels and driver seats that must be adjusted by hand. These basic trim packages come on both the coupe and sedan models of the 1999 Honda Civic.
Kia has really got carried away with its sport themed cars with this one. It is actually a basketball!
Taking the Kia-Blake Griffin partnership – Blake Griffin is an official spokesperson for the Kia brand with several new TV spots set to air in the U.S. over the next few months – to the next level, West Coast Customs (WCC) has created a basketball-themed Optima Hybrid that adds some hardwood flair to Kia’s first-ever hybrid in America.
The inspiration behind the WCC Optima Hybrid is immediately apparent with its basketball-like custom orange paint scheme, which is accentuated by 20-inch matt black wheels and Griffin’s personal logo on the bonnet.
Inside, hoop fans will find basketball-court flooring in the front and rear seating areas, custom leather seats with Griffin’s autograph embroidered in the front headrests, leather and suede door panel inserts and headliner, and a booming audio system with custom enclosures built into the rear deck lid. Two flat-screen TVs mounted in the back of the front headrests connect to a Microsoft X-Box video game console and a “Pop-A-Shot” basketball hoop is mounted in the trunk for hours of off-the-court entertainment.
Again, pointless, but cool.
This Forte Hatchback is possibly one of the ugliest car at the 2011 SEMA show! What with those blue wheels?!
Antenna Hat Trick Forte 5-door is inspired by hockey, and has a custom hockey stick holder that stretches from the trunk through the center of the vehicle into the cabin.
Car-like features in this Kia include grey exterior paint, 19-inch blue alloy wheels, a custom body kit and Forte Koup front bumper with carbon fibre accents and LED “hockey stick” fog lights, a quad-tipped exhaust, carbon fibre roof material and a lowered suspension.
The headlining features a built-in hockey coach’s play board and the locker room-like rear cargo area features built-in compartments that house four carbon fibre hockey sticks and two jerseys color matched to the exterior of the car, an ice skate rack and glove hooks to dry out sweaty game-used equipment, and custom accent lighting.
It’s hard to see this sport-themed cars Kia has made this year, but they are good for show.
Built in cooperation with Antenna Magazine, this Kia is outfitted with everything the modern-day surfer needs for a perfect day and night at the beach, including an authentic Grain wood surfboard mounted on the roof.
The Rio has been lowered with a modified suspension set-up for sportier handling, and the aggressive exterior stance is accentuated by eye-grabbing 17-inch three-piece gold wheels, a stunning sunset-metallic golden-brown paint scheme, a custom body kit with a front splitter made of wood to match the surfboard on the roof and a redesigned rear fascia with centre-exit dual exhaust.
The rest of the features are less car-like!
The front and rear seats and door panels of the Rio are upholstered in brown and beige plaid board shorts fabric, and the wood grain center console brings the classic surfboard theme inside. For even more fun in the sun, the rear center console has been modified as a shelf to hold sunblock and other beach and ocean accessories, and the dark brown suede headliner has a built-in towel rack.
This year Kia cars for SEMA were a bit different than usual. they all were sport themed models designed for no other reason than being a canvas on wheels!
Check out this Soul for example. Built by West Coast Customs, the golf-themed “Hole in One” Soul was inspired by Michelle Wie, Kia’s official golf ambassador and one of the most recognisable young athletes around the world.
Features? Well, it gets “So Blue” exterior paint scheme and five-spoke 20-inch wheels incorporate her original artwork. Wie’s artwork and personal logo also are integrated into the Soul’s “Snow White” leather headrests, while a baby blue painted dash and pink headliner and seating accents complete the whimsical interior look.
Driver and passengers will be instantly transported to the golf course by the artificial grass flooring throughout the Soul, and opening the rear hatch reveals a virtual driving range with a 26-inch LED TV monitor mounted into the rear hatch and a Microsoft X-Box 360 video game console and Microsoft Kinect system to play golf out of the back of the vehicle. Two of Wie’s tournament-used golf bags are mounted behind the TV and conceal eight-inch speakers and a subwoofer.
Edo competition recently done a very unique Panamera S for a customer. They call this car the Hellboy.
That could be because of its engine and speed. The output of the Panamera’s direct-injected V8 engine was increased from 294 kW/400 hp to 342 kW/465 hp. This enables the Panamera to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of over 305 km/h (190 mph).
That also could be because of the way it looks. The newly developed carbon fiber front skirt with integrated daytime running lights also features enlarged air intakes for improved cooling. The new carbon fiber front lip increases downforce and the elegant side skirts add to the car’s side profile. A new carbon fiber rear skirt along with the diffuser and fins, new side mirrors and fender vents enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics and looks. An old classic instead of a large wing: a ducktail spoiler, reminiscent of the legendary Carrera RS.
That couldn’t be for the interior though. Hellboy’s visual impact would be lacking without a suitably exquisite interior, which is why edo competition has upgraded the cabin in a number of ways. New steering wheels, center and shifter consoles, pedals, seats or custom upholstery work, the possibilities are endless.
The aerodynamic pieces were designed to be compatible with all Panamera versions, be it the V6, V8 or Turbo.
SEMA show would feel so empty without a number of heavily modded trucks and SUVs!
So Ford has come upw ith a number of their besst vehicles, all built up by the best names in the business. Three Ford Explorer SUVs and four F-Series trucks will be on display, showing off the extreme versatility of their respective lineups.
The all-new Ford Explorer lends itself to a lot of customization trends because there are so many directions you can go in. Whether it’s amping up the style, performance or capability, they all work seamlessly with Explorer.
Project vehicles to be showcased at this year’s SEMA show include:
2011 Ford Explorer by Stitchcraft Interiors
This “Business Edition” Explorer makes the most of craftsmanship and details with a Stitchcraft Interiors custom interior with Alcantara® leather seating, interior accents and door panels and Orion Car Audio amps, speakers and wiring. Stitchcraft Interiors study trays are matched to the interior and accents. The exterior offers a Seaside Collision two-tone paint scheme with charcoal and orange side graphics.
2011 Ford Explorer by DSO Eyewear
Inspired by current fashion trends, this Explorer embraces an active sports urban lifestyle with a lowered stance complemented by deep lip Niche 24-inch three-piece wheels. BASF Pearl Tri-Coat White paint with black chrome detailing offers a contemporary look on the exterior, while a plush interior showcases Katzkin Midnight Tuscany leather with perforated Raven Suede accents. The lighting is high-tech, with Advanced Automotive Concepts custom LED headlamps
2011 Ford Explorer by Tjin Edition
This Explorer was designed to stand out from the crowd and with a custom DuPont paint job by L & R Autobody, 24-inch iForged Concave Insite wheels, Falken tires and LightWurkz LED headlights, it lives up to the promise. A Baer big brake kit and Eibach suspension upgrade the chassis, while custom black leather with orange diamond stitching and a Realm audio system round out the interior enhancements.
2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Superlift Suspensions
Matchbox® has teamed up with Superlift Suspensions to transform a Super Duty into the Matchbox Superlift Brush Truck. Superlift stays true to its off-road roots by using a 10-inch lift system on 41-inch Interco IROK tires. Shown in a PPG Vibrance “Oh, So Orange” basecoat with a contrasting satin black powder-coated accent, the two-tone paint job is sure to grab attention. It proves it’s up to the job of fighting fires with code-three emergency lights and sirens, along with a firefighting utility bed and equipment. SEMA visitors can receive a miniature die-cast version of the truck by visiting the Ford show stand.
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost by Skyjacker Suspensions
The “Project No Compromise” is geared toward drivers who want to go green without sacrificing performance. A Skyjacker Suspensions four-inch lift and monotube shocks help boost chassis performance, while a MagnaFlow cat-back dual exhaust system upgrades the powertrain. A Steelcraft stainless steel grille guard, Rigid Industries e-series 30-inch LED light bar and Bushwacker two-inch pocket-style fender flares distinguish this truck.
2011 Ford F-150 by CGS Performance Products
This “Tarmac” F-150 offers unique and sleek styling with a custom aluminum hood, DuPont Jet Black paint and Boyd Red finish by Andy Meeh, Paramount Restyling grille and Colorado Custom billet wheels. The interior offers red leather from Pecca Leather, VizuaLogic headrest monitors and Seat Belt Planet red seat belts. Powertrain and chassis also get a boost from a CGS Performance cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake, Whipple twin-screw supercharger, Bell Tech front coilover suspension and six-piston Baer brakes with 15-inch rotors.
2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty by Hulst Customs
The “Black Mamba” Super Duty shows off the ultimate in luxury and style with Hulst Customs-designed hood and grille with stainless steel mesh insert, Hulst Customs side rockers and lower front fascia with LED lighting by Radiantz. It also features suicide rear doors with Scissor Doors billet hinge kit. Planet Color custom black paint along with 3M Di-Noc™ stainless graphics differentiates the exterior. The interior features Katzkin leather and Hulst Customs aluminum trim accents.