Hooniverse Asks- What External Modifications Have You Made to your Car?

Mud flaps, wheel well lights, spinners and portholes. There’s a wallet-emptying array of crap in the automotive aisle of your local Walmart to make sure no one ever mistakes your car for theirs. Hoons generally like their cars light and lean, without any extraneous accoutrements, but sometimes you just can’t resist that Peeing Calvin sticker.

So, whether it’s a faux baseball through the rear hatch, or double-bladed wipers, have you done anything to your vehicle of choice that would make it less OEM and more OMG? Don’t be shy now, we’re all friends here.

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37 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What External Modifications Have You Made to your Car?”

  1. engineerd Avatar

    Nothing. Well, there is a small scratch behind the driver's door and there was a crack in the windshield, but that has been fixed.
    I would put a set of rally lights on it, though. That would be kind of cool. Maybe I'll do that.

  2. Alff Avatar

    I've treated the Alfa's front and rear lower valances to healthy treatements of bodywork by curb, giving me one less thing to worry about. t had ancient Enkes on it when I bought it, so that is the most noticeable aftermarket mod but not done by me.
    The pickup benefits from an aftermartket 2" ball in the receiver and a 1 7/8" ball in the bumper. While using one of these, the trailer tongue came lose and added some custom bodywork to the tailgate.

  3. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Jeep = tinted windows, fab'd up a front bumper with winch, rear with recovery points. Had two kids and haven't made anything else. But those nerf bars are getting a bit rusty, so I think it time to make some new rockers/steps.
    vibe = tinted the windows, fixed the door handles.

    1. lilwillie Avatar

      I've always wondered on Jeeps why they just don't make the winch and front push bumper standard issue. Then make the non-mudding front end a option.

      1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

        Yeah, the tinfoil bumpers are about the worst idea in the world (Thanks Chrysler.) But it does encourage you to pull that crap off immediately and replace it with something that might protect the vehicle from a shopping cart let alone rocks and trees.

        1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

          I've said before that my Volvo is more Jeeplike than some Jeeps sold today – the Compass, most certainly, the skidplateless models of the Patriot, and (in some ways) the Liberty and Grand.
          Have I got a solid rear axle? Yes, I have. Has it got a Dana 30 in the middle? Yes, it has. Do I have amazingly sturdy bumpers? Indeed I do. (I ran into a concrete bollard outside of Dunkin's at 5 mph – intentionally. The bumper cover was unmarked, though the trim over it came loose. Also, yes, I have been cart bowling.) How about excellent visibility? Yup, got that too. Fair ground clearance? You got it.

  4. joshuman Avatar

    My old Mk II Jetta coupe, possibly now turbocharged and prowling PA, had a bunch of external mods. Most of them were related to lighting. I changed the headlights to a customized quad round setup, added a rear fog light, and added side marker lights. I also added a FUBA rooftop antenna. The one I'm embarrassed about is the a front air dam. It never fit well and eventually got banged up and looked like crap so I took it off.
    That quad round setup was a scorcher. I had 400 Watts on high beam which comes in handy when you are trying to dodge deer in the middle of the night in Eastern Washington at 90 MPH.

  5. ptschett Avatar

    The T-bird has a custom hood (courtesy of a deer), a custom rear bumper cover (courtesy of me being an idiot), custom rocker panel paint (or more accurately a lack thereof), cracked windshield (thanks to several stones, a duck, and a hen ringneck pheasant) and a South Dakota State University sticker beside the 3rd brake light.
    The Dakota has a few add-ons more for function than appearance: a bedliner, a roll-up tonneau cover and some funky rear mudflaps: mopar-accessories.com

  6. BGW, Capt (Ret.) Avatar

    I'm fairly certain that picture in the article could get us all banned by Jezebel.
    And the Hooters/Trucknutz pic is even worse.

  7. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    I added a small Miskatonic University parking pass the Goat's windshield. It makes me happy.

  8. PowerTryp Avatar

    None yet, but I have been thinking of turning my taurus into an open wheel car…

  9. faster,Tobias! Avatar

    Vinyl mostly; I bought my MINI used and it had a white roof, which I hated, so I had a decal shop make it red. Switched the white mirror caps and chrome grill to red also. Added red vinyl to the front quarter panels and an English-style front plate that reads ‘R3V0 3V0M’.

  10. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Truck: fiberglass bed lid.
    Town Car: zip. nada. zilch. As stock as stock can be.

  11. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    Lift kit
    Tinted windows
    light weight body modifications (rust)
    It's a 95, and i bought it used, with all that on there… it's my "Downriver special" and I love it.
    Black stripes from bumper to bumper.

  12. CptSevere Avatar

    My '66 F100 didn't have a tailgate when I bought it, so I cut a piece of scrap plywood to fit. I spray painted "Pro Net" on it, and got some laughs about that. Other than that, some dick hit and ran on the left side, the bed is badly dented on that side. Local bodyshop here in town wants a grand to fix that, but there's a guy who has a shop in Naco, literally a hundred feet from Mexico, who will take your vehicle over the border and has a guy there who does great work. He'll get it done for $350.00. Guess who's gonna get that job when I have the money saved up?

  13. engineerd Avatar

    Oh, I also put an In-N-Out sticker in the lower left corner of the back window. I get comments on it all the time from people in the know. Everyone else in Michigan seems oblivious to the awesome that is a Double Double Animal Style.

    1. Charles_Barrett Avatar

      I think I've made mention in the past of the consulting client's customer who relocated to Colorado from San Jose, CA, years ago… Every trip to my client in Los Angeles had to accommodate multiple lunch and/or dinner opportunities at In-N-Out. He converted many of his Colorado co-workers into Double-Double addicts when they would journey out here with him…
      <img src="http://www.in-n-out.com/images/top_left_logo.gif"&gt;

    2. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      Everyone made such a big deal about In-N-Out Burger, that when I was in CA, I went there…. the burger was pretty good, but the fries sucked.

    3. Maymar Avatar

      When I was in Las Vegas, I stayed in the Luxor, and could see an In-N-Out from my room, because of the giant flashing sign. Of course, it was across the highway, and there was no good way for me to get across on foot (no rental car), so for the several days I was there, it just kept flashing, tantalizingly, teasing me with the burgery goodness I couldn't have.

  14. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    The windshield's busted (I'm getting it fixed next week), the trim doesn't all quite match, and the paint's oxidised so my friends wrote various sexual terms on every horizontal surface, so I need to wax it badly. Oh, and there's a scratch from an incident involving a Road Closed sign.
    Uhh, aside from that, I've taken some tread off the tires and scuffed the hubcaps slightly on gravel. I replaced the missing trim and beat-up grille when I bought it, too.
    So it's stock.

  15. Maymar Avatar

    I've got two stickers on the truck of my car – the Future LeMons Car sticker, and one with the logo of my college's auto show. Other than that, in an effort to slow down the typical Cavalier rear rocker panel rust, I made it worse. I'll just go ahead and claim that it was for lightness.

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