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Beginners Guide To Car Mods

June 14, 2022

What Are The Best Cheap Car Mods For Beginners To Do?

We're just gonna break the ice right away - we're car enthusiasts, and we are broke. We chose one of the most expensive hobbies and we love it, so here we are. But we're not here to talk about questionable financial decisions today, at least not now - we're talking about some cheap car parts and mods we can do to satisfy that itch of modifying our cars.

Sometimes money can get a little tight and it can be a little tough to do the mods that you want to do, but even if your budget is light and your experience is lacking, there are a few quick, easy, and cheap car mods that you can still do to get your car looking its best. Let's check them out.

2022 Honda Civic Sport with Whiteline Lowering Springs

Best Cheap Interior Car Mods

Easy Interior Car Mod 1: Fixing Up Broken Parts

The easiest thing you can do to help your car's interior look good, and is cheap for the most part, is just cleaning it up a little bit. Not with soap and towels, but by replacing broken parts or ones that haven't really lived up to the test of time.

If there's a busted part inside your car, hop on Google and look for a replacement - we'll bet that you'll be able to find one that's way cheaper than you were expecting. Then, all you have to do is replace it and bada boom, your car looks way better than it did.

We know this isn't as flashy as getting some crazy exterior parts or anything like that, but fixing things that are broken really cleans up the look of the car, and it's always worth doing the small things before the big ones. Plus, you can level up your skills so when it is time to do some huge mods, it's second nature.

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Easy Interior Car Mod 2: Replace Shift Knob or Panel Shifter

A quick and easy mod that's chosen by car enthusiasts all over the globe is installing a new shift knob. Not only does this give your interior a fresh new look, but it can also help the feel of your shifter. If you decide to go with a weighted knob, it's a cheap way to add some personalization. It's simple, too - installing a shift knob is like changing a light bulb but in reverse, because you're screwing down and not up.

By the way, there are bonus points for you if you install a short shifter and some new bushings - we swear that the latter will help your car feel like a brand new being. Side note: a short shifter doesn't change the height of the shifter - it changes the throw length.

If you have an automatic, well, we don't know what to tell you. Sorry. Kidding, of course - if your car has paddle shifters, you can find some sick carbon fiber replacements that might be a bit longer and easier to control.

Easy Interior Car Mod 3: Add A Cold Air Intake

Next up is a little performance mod you can do, something to suck air a little harder and give you a little more juice - we're talking cold air intakes, baby. Intakes are generally pretty cheap unless you get the full carbon fiber ones, which we tend to gravitate towards. If you go with the classic piping, though, it can be an affordable and easy install.

Cold air intakes are great additions to naturally aspirated cars, but they're life-changers on boosted cars. Maybe even a pants changer. The noises your car will make breathing in all that high-quality oxygen will have you squealing like we did when we first found out that there are trading cards out there that have cars on them. We're nerds, we know.

There's really no downside to a good cold air intake - they can help the performance of the car, they can increase your fuel economy, and most importantly, they skyrocket your fun factor.

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2021 Toyota GR Supra with swift springs

Best Cheap Exterior Car Mods

Easy Exterior Car Mod 1: Debadging

There's a mod that's as cheap as it gets and is super effective at instantly helping your car look that much better. Go around your car and take a peek at it, and if you're into the whole DIY thing, if you see some badges from the factory or dealership, just go and peel those suckers off.

Here's a little tip to help you do that: grab some fishing line or floss and then grab a hair dryer or heat gun if you have one. Take the line, wrap it around your fingers, and do a sawing motion under the badges. They'll pop right off, and then all you've gotta do is pull them away from the paint. Debadging and then painting the exposed areas the right color is a quick little mod that looks good, is simple to do, and takes like 30 seconds.

Easy Exterior Car Mod 2: Vinyl Wrapping

Say you're a fan of trying to remove as much chrome as you can off of your car when you get it. In cases like these, vinyl wrapping can be a great thing to do, and it's something you can do yourself with a little patience. All you really have to do is pay for the vinyl, which is pretty cheap. We'll advise you to buy a little more than you need because you'll probably mess up a couple of times while you wrap. But you know what? That's ok.

Easy Exterior Car Mod 3: Underglow

Yeah, we said it. Maybe putting lights under your car is a very early-2000s thing, but we don't care, because they look cool. Back in the day, underglow kits came with massive tubes with a weatherproof casing around them - in short, they were way too big and clunky. Nowadays, though, they make super slim LEDs that can change into any color under the sun.

They're easy to install, too, but one thing to keep in mind is that cops don't like it if you put red or blue lights on - we don't know how they managed to do it, but now they own those colors. We can't have them.

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Easy Exterior Car Mod 4: Lowering Springs

Finally, we've gotta talk about lowering springs. Now, if you're like us, we know you'll want to drop the car nice and low to get that spicy fitment, but suspension kits can get pricey and expensive. Lowering springs have become more popular than ever due to newer cars coming with electronic damping, and they can obviously retain that - sometimes with coilovers and air suspension you have to buy cancelers and other extra money, but lowering springs are a happy medium for newer cars you're looking to drop.

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Shop Performance and Suspension Parts For Your Car At Fitment Industries

If there are any quick and easy mods you want to do to your car, we're happy to help. We've got a ton of in-stock inventory from top suspension brands like H&R, Eibach, and many more, plus intakes, intercoolers, and exhaust kits in our new performance store. Check out what we've got today and let us know if you have any questions - we're happy to help you get the parts and accessories you need.

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