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Old 08-10-2017, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Stealth" Mods, or Out and Proud?

Question for all you modders:

Do you prefer keeping your cars looking as stock as possible when planning your projects, or do you want your modifications to be obvious so that other people come up to you to ask about your weird-looking car, and you can start conversations about ecomodding/hypermiling?

Everything I've done to my current car is pretty unnoticeable. Mud flap delete, 45psi tires, and my grille block is black foam weatherstripping that is barely visible.
But I almost miss the way people used to ask about the grille block and wheel skirts that I fashioned out of packaging tape on my old car.

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Old 08-11-2017, 01:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I prefer stock looking or professional looking mods.

Its the engineer in me.

But then again my cars are not usually old beaters.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I prefer unnoticeable everything.

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Old 08-11-2017, 10:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As long as they look good.

Cameras in place of mirrors, projectors for HIDs (lower wattage) with black accents added, grille block, rear wiper removed, antennas removed... yet most people still don't notice there's anything unusual going on.
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What Ecky said!

S2000 AP1 leather steering wheel
Mirrored moon disc (screw-on) wheel covers
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Accord V6 EGR valve
Rain guards (to dissipate Florida summer heat)
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The goofy hood scoop was a last minute addition to cover the gaping hole left when the solar charger blew off

At one time it also had tiny side view mirrors but I broke one taking them off so I had to re-install the OEM ones http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...tml#post476897
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't care if mods are visible, only that they don't look jerry-rigged. My current set of mods needs a few improvements in that regard (black screws would go a long way):

That leads me to trying to decide if my upcoming smooth wheel cover mod should be silver, body coloured, black, or painted to look like factory wheel covers.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Stealth for me.
I don't care to draw any extra attention from law enforcement.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Even though I outfavor some mods that change the stock looks too heavily, my main concern would be how they affect the practicality of the vehicle.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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many mods make the car look futuristic, which im a fan of
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Fingie View Post
many mods make the car look futuristic, which im a fan of
Since many features that looked "futuristic" back in the day became quickly outdated, I'd always take that approach with a grain of salt.

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