15 Simple Car Mods To Get Car Noticed

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It doesn't matter what car you drive, a tastefully modified car will turn heads as it passes. A combination of a few or many of these mods done in your style, no matter how subtle or flashy, will make your car even more personal. 
The first thing to do is to plan mods before you start installing them, so that your end result shows consistency. You can paint, dip or wrap many of the parts to match before you put everything together. Check out the guide for everything you need to know about  dipping vs wrapping.  
Before you've done that, however, consider these mods: 
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1. Eyelids

You can either go with a slight edge, matching the car's paint or a bold colour to contrast your paint. Headlight  eyelids are quick and easy to install and rather inexpensive. Done right, they can transform a car's soft face into something with more road presence. 
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2. Sleepy Eye Kit

If you aren't one of the lucky Nissan owners who can do the sleepy eye mod by clipping a wire, check to see if your car model is a candidate for a Sleepy Eye Kit. This style will get people doing a double take to check out your lights, and are always a talking point. 
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3. Mirrors

Old painted or plastic mirrors that have faded can be a real eye sore. An easy  side mirror swap with something classy or sleek could really dress up your look. There are many different styles to choose from, so make sure it fits with your ride's lines. 
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4. Bonnet

The bonnet of your car takes a fair amount of wear from the road. If you're trying to make a bold statement, buy a new  bonnet to set off the colour of your paint. Even a new bonnet to match your paint is better than an old flaky one.
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5. Bonnet Scoop

Steer away from buying an oversized, obnoxious bonnet scoop. A modest scoop on an appropriately sporty car will serve as both functional and stylish. This project takes a little more time than the others, but the result will be worth it. 
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6. Bonnet Pins/Clips

Not every car deserves  bonnet pins or clips. When it's right, you'll know.  Like the scoops, this project will take a little more time. The last thing you want to do is botch the job, so be sure to be patient and do your measurements before drilling holes. There are loads online DIY tutorials to see you right. 
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7. Body Kit

For every nicely done  body kit, there are ten more poorly executed ones on the road. A lot of people buy body kits without being able to visualise their car with it installed. Try searching for your model with the kits installed before you commit.  Otherwise you'll be labelled a ricer, and nobody wants that. 
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8. Fender Flares

You can use a  fender roller tool to gently widen the flare around your wheel, install  fender flares or do a combination of both.  If you're installing fender flares, the same rule applies with the colour. A match to your paint will keep it subtle, but a contrasting colour will make it really pop. 
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9. Trim

Buying a roll of stick-on  trim is inexpensive and rather risk free. If you don't like it, you can always remove it. Most trim like this can be used in several areas in and around the car. Just don't go all out and trim all the lines - subtlety is key!
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10. Rocker Panels

For trucks and SUVs, you can protect the bottom of your body panels and add detail with  rocker panels. Use the vehicle parts tool to match your make and model to the perfect fitting rocker panels for a flawless look.
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11. Toolbox

A truck's  toolbox gets a lot of attention on the roads.  A new shiny aluminium toolbox is nice to look at, but even more importantly: it's functional. Having all that extra storage will keep your cab clean, too.
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12. Bumper

bumper is one of the easiest things to remove and replace on your car. There are thousands of options for car and truck bumpers at almost any price. If you have a bumper coloured differently than your paint ensure it matches the colour of your other exterior mods. 
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13. Exhaust Heat Shield

Little things like an  exhaust heat shield really add those perfect touches. In this case, the shield has an important purpose and looks great. The shields can greatly range in price, but there are several inexpensive ones that fit a variety of car models. 
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14. Rear Diffuser

When you look at your car from behind, and you can see the exhaust tips suspended in the air, it's time to get a  rear diffuser. It will make everything look neatly tucked, while improving the car's aerodynamics. 
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15. Wheels

Lastly, take a look at your wheels. If you don't like what you see, start imagining an upgrade. There's nothing like a set of nice  wheels to make a car stand out. On the other hand, a set of ugly wheels can ruin even an otherwise good looking ride.  Be picky with your wheels, and look at what other people have done before for inspiration! 

Written by: carthrottle
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