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Stock or Modified: Which do you prefer?

Posted in car modifications, Import, muscle cars by MrAngry | November 1st, 2010 | 9 Responses |

2006 Honda Civic

The stock or modified question is one that has been under debate since the first car rolled off the assembly line over 100 years ago. Back then modifications were few and far between as resources, technology and general automotive know-how were questionable. In today’s day and age though, where information and parts are available at the touch of a button, modifying an automobile is a snap. Today’s automobile enthusiasts generally fall into one of two categories; those who modify their vehicles, and those that don’t. For some, the modification of a vehicle from its stock form is blasphemy, but to others, it’s a way of life.

2006 Honda Civic

Take muscle car owners for example. In their purist form most muscle cars are crap when it came to anything but straight line accelleration. Braking, handling and safety were simply not as important as they are today and because of this, in stock form, these cars can be a bit creepy to drive. Some of us however, like myself, modify our cars to combat these issues, but others feel that this takes away from the charm and more importantly, the true value of these machines. In many respects import tuners are exactly the same as muscle car guys, as they are the next evolution in the realm of hot-rodding. In one corner you have the purists who need every spark plug, hose and engine component to be factory exact, and on the other you’ve got the guys getting 1000 hp out of a turbo-charged straight-6.

Like I said, there is no right or wrong answer here. The only question is, which do you prefer and why…

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9 Responses

  1. Taylor says:

    Modified, as long as a legitimate purpose is there (not just cause you can).

    I currently own an 09 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. A very capable vehicle for its intended purpose but it is my only vehicle.

    Trail use, perfectly fine in stock form.

    Around town, also perfectly fine in stock form.

    Moving down the highway, at highway speed, without incurring a 10-15 Mph penalty at each and every hill, not so fine in stock form.

    This is why I installed a supercharger. Does not affect either of the first two but solves the problem of the third.

    Also installed a lift kit, front and rear bumpers and new wheels/tires, just cause I could.

  2. 98dsmgs says:

    Its all about the modified! For me, my car is an expression of myself. I love music so one of my interests is Car Audio. I love changing what I can with my small high school budget, while keeping my car out of the typical “rice” category. Friends dont let friends ride stock!

  3. SNAK3 says:

    Modified, makes it more personal to your tastes, and you can change what you think the manufacturer did wrong

  4. Jim says:

    Daily driver: Bone stock
    Car to tinker with: <– Obvious

  5. Shahroz says:

    couldn’t agree more with SNAK3 !
    and the fact that i like my car to recognizable from far, and it’s more suited to my own ‘taste’

  6. BigRuss says:

    i like modified more than stock… my last car i had to upgrade my wheels/tires… the stock 15’s with basic transportation tires do not work well with a 300hp supercharged engine on top of them, specially wiht no traction control… and all AMAZING mods are done to enhance the vehicle where it needs it like Mr Angry said, suspension, braking, safety….

  7. Set says:

    Jeep: Not at all stock, just the way it should be. Why in the hell would you buy a jeep to have it stock? Just sayin’.

    New Beetle TDI: Stockish, I have oversized injectors, new rims/tires, and lowered. Probably would do a lot more, but I don’t have the funds.

  8. SNAK3 says:

    “New Beetle TDI: Stockish, I have oversized injectors, new rims/tires, and lowered. Probably would do a lot more, but I don’t have the funds.”
    are you for-rizzle bro?

  9. Lee says:

    Well I am all about stock, If the car isn’t what you want it to be maybe one should look at a different car. But it really is all a matter of opinion.