Making modifications


This is the current state of the car after the finished conversion in the body kit. An Acura Integra LS has provided the base for our first customization. It looks beat down, but a paint job will make it look 100 times better. While it may not look that special, a true car enthusiast would appreciate it.

Have you ever seen the Fast and Furious series?  They modify the cars to make them faster and eventually use them for racing. If you knew that you could do that yourself,  would you do it? 

For me, the answer is a resounding yes! I personally love working on cars. To transform them from a basic car to a unique, one of a kind type of car is what I live for. Back in 2017 when I was around 13 or 14 years old, I made my first car modification which was putting a rear spoiler on it. Soon after, I began to get the “stares of approval” when I’d drive around in the car, and it was so satisfying to me. Ever since then I’ve known that modifying cars is what brings me joy.   

My friends and I do not race, we just enjoy getting the feeling of excitement to ride. The looks we receive when another car enthusiast likes our build gives us a satisfaction that I can not compare to anything else.

When we are able to upgrade a car cosmetically, the car looks like no other of its model. Unlike upgrading a car for performance (making it faster), modifying the exterior is much more affordable. When we talk about performance, the prices range from a thousand to ten thousand dollars for one single item. Whereas for cosmetics, you could either make them yourself with Home Depot materials and up to the thousands too, but that is only if you are trying to make your car look immaculate by adding a body kit made by car companies like Rocket Bunny, Liberty Walk, West Coast Customs, DUB, and many more.  I personally like sometimes using home depot items to make front bumper lip, shark fins for the top of the car. Most of the basic items are made from pvc sheets. 

Our latest project has been an Acura Integra LS which belongs to a friend of mine, Marck Lopez.  We converted it into a GSR/Type R body type. Basically, we took the front of a Japanese Integra and put it onto an American Integra to convert the car with just the body work. This added some aerodynamics to the car and made it more exotic. This conversion is hardly ever seen on the streets and it’s rare to the point that only a true car enthusiast would know about it. 

In order to share our work with a larger audience, my friends and I have taken the car to several car shows/meets. The way we “break necks” when we pass by, it gives us a feeling of pride and joy. 

Recently we have been going to car meets locally. They are always hosted by either a single popular car guy or car groups. Sometimes it’s an every weekend thing, but at times when you have not done anything to your car that is new to show it is just better to stay home and work on the car instead. 

Currently, we are working on our next mod, painting the acura. We are thinking of making it a race yellow to give it the final look of the Original type R model of the integra. Once the paint job is done maybe it might be even flashier in events.While most of the shows I’ve gone to are small, I’m hoping to go to an official meet hosted by SEMA. My goal is to eventually win an award for an exotic modification. Or some day we will be able to modify a different car with exotic modifications to the point where we hopefully win an award or recognition. I could say when it comes to modifying cars, either cosmetically or internally, people have conflicting opinions. For me, it’s a true art form and lifestyle, and one I want to continue doing.