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Not all modifications = improvements. (archive)

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Posted by JEM on August 18, 2000 at 22:08:09:

In Reply to: Re: Can't agree. posted by 540eeter on August 18, 2000 at 14:50:21:

Those with the automatice will never ealize the true potential of their automatic is for might as well buy a lincoln...

'never realize the true potential of their cars'. *belch* Spare me.

Let's talk when the 520ci Ford that's going in my old wagon - in front of an automatic - gets off the engine dyno.

for some people, stock is fine, for other people, stock sucks...I happen to agree with the enthusiasts of the group. Take what you have, improve upon it and make it yours.

Where we disagree is in the nature of 'improvements'. I'm not against modifications. There isn't a stock car in the house. But a road car is by nature a compromise, and in 20 years of modifying cars, I've learned the virtue of moderation.

For any given modification it's a matter of first assessing what weaknesses you're attempting to address, what you expect to get, and what you're prepared to give.

Based on that assessment, does our 540i need 19- or 20-inch wheels? No, because the car with its existing 17-inch S-02s does not lack cornering grip, any improvement in grip would be tiny, and I'm not prepared to sacrifice any ride comfort.

Perhaps more importantly, for something less than the $3500 that bigger wheels would cost I can address a real weakness of the 540i - its lack of a limited-slip differential.

I would hate to be sitting in my 50k car and have someone else pull up in hte exact same thing.

Some people have a problem with the idea of spending money on invisible modifications. They want to hang their money out where people can see it, even if it's silly blue headlight bulbs. They want a car that screams "Hey, I'm different".

Doesn't much matter to me.

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