Remember when you had your first car? I’m sure you were thinking about the first things you could do with it before you even had it -- the places to drive to, who to take with you, who to show it off to, and how much your gas expenses will be. Aside from all that, you also thought about what accessories to pimp it with.
Even cheap stuff brings out the best in us on the road. When newly installed, these things made you want to drive your car even more. Here are the things that made it to our list:
Nothing improves a car’s aesthetics more than visuals can. Decalcomania, the process of transferring designs from prepared paper onto glass, can be used as an alternative to expensive paint jobs. They are plastic, cloth, or ceramic substrate that has printed patterns on them. These patterns can be transferred on your car’s surface using heat or water. Decal designs could be anything as long as the color patterns match your car’s. Brand logos of aftermarket parts are one the most popular picks that adds some value to how a car looks -- of course, buying the parts that they represent makes them legit! Price is hinged on the material used and the complexity of the pattern.
The first thing that you could think about before holding that steering wheel is putting your driving suit on -- except that you don’t have a suit, so racing gloves will do. These nifty pieces of synthetic material make you more agile to respond to whatever comes at you on the road. If that isn’t action enough, they also make you feel like you’re driving faster. These perks are psychological, of course. On the streets, what they do is give you a better grip of the wheel. Plus, it’ll surely keep your hands warm. There’s no need to drive like a racer on city streets anyway. But it doesn’t hurt to give yourself that extra enthusiasm on ordinary days when traffic jams are huge letdowns. You can get the affordable ones at around P100 to P200. Check out what causes traffic here.
Steering Wheel Knob
Maneuvering your car during parking or coming out of it is an utter struggle especially when your vehicle is not equipped with a power steering system. Having sweaty hands aggravates this further. The solution: a steering knob. Using one hand to steer and the other giving a high five is the coolest thing ever. Be wary of getting the plastic ones because the clamp may damage the synthetic covering of your steering wheel. You can get the ones with metal clamps at around P450 to P700.
Custom Gauge Lights (Dash Lights)
International model Tyra Banks says this to women, “Don’t save bold lashes and red lips for night time, do it in the day!” But for vehicles -- which most single men regard as their “women” -- seeing a flourish of those “lashes” at night after a long day is a sight for sore eyes. You can get your gauges customized at around P4,000 and below.
Conical Air Filters
Nothing beats the sound of whooop-whooops and vroom-vrooms to keep us going on the road. Universal conical filters replace the usual air box and claim to provide better engine performance and durability than stock air filters. They are also easy to clean and replace. But there are some who just know it’s cool to have one installed because of the sound it makes. Every rev you do resonates a whoooop that sounds like more air is being sucked in, and in turn improving the combustion process. You can get a cone air filter starting at P1,000.
If conical filters are for intake, then “fart cans” are for exhaust. We see a lot of loud tail pipes installed in stock cars with small engines. They are called fart cans because they produce noise without doing anything to your vehicle’s performance. And because stock engines have relatively low horsepower (compared to sport cars), they produce a farting sound.
Larger exhaust systems are used to reduce the back pressure that keeps the air-fuel mixture from escaping the fire chamber when the valves switch positions. As a result, it squeezes out more power. You wouldn’t gain anything just by putting a large tail pipe without modifying the whole exhaust system. But for newbies (like we once were), the louder your vehicle sounds, the cooler you are and the faster your vehicle can seemingly go. After all, we were initially after the feel and not the performance. For as low as P3,000 you can have a large exhaust tip installed.
Now that most of us have gone past these things, it’s high time we move on to more valuable additions for our beloved vehicles. These could be alarms, GPS trackers, emergency devices, and most importantly, a motor vehicle insurance -- providing safety and peace of mind for new and seasoned drivers alike.
These were our top picks. Let us know what you think by sharing what you have installed in your car. Don’t forget to share this article!
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