Have you ever considered modifying your car, but you weren't sure if the change would make people despise you? You're in luck. Jalopnik readers know exactly what car mods will make people think you're a dirtbag.
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But the rest of the world is not so kind. We're not saying you're a dick for chroming your Lexus LFA, but people will think you're a Justin Beiber wannabe. Any of these modifications can be awesome, but people are going to think you're an ass if you do any of them
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10.) Lift Kit
Are you setting up a rock crawler? Great, get a lift kit. Are you just tooling around campus with nine extra inches of height on your Silverado? People will think you're a pea brain.
9.) HID Kits In Stock Housings
There's nothing wrong with wanting new, strong headlights. Shooting the finest cheap HID kit you can get at AutoZone into the eyes of oncoming drivers is not good though.
8.) Eco Stickers
Oh, you drive a Prius? Tell me more about how you're saving the world.
7.) Confederate Flag In The Rear Window
We don't know if this is worse if you live in the South, or if you have one of these flags and you live up north. We've seen people running these banners in Germany, which might be the very worst.
6.) A-Pillar Gauges
You can have the cleanest build in the world, but the moment you put gauges in the A-pillar, people think you bought everything for your car from JC Whitney.
5.) Sticker Overload
For every tracktard who puts kill stickers for their runs at Watkins Glen or Willow Springs, there's a guy with eighteen Nürburgring outlines, a ‘no fat chicks' line, and a couple shocker stickers for good measure, too.
4.) Chroming Your Car
Your chromed car might look cool, but everyone is going to think that the most stereotypical Lamborghini owner is behind the wheel.
3.) No Mufflers
Added horsepower or not, if you can hear your car coming from five blocks away, people think you're a douchenozzle.
2.) Rolling Coal
If you think it looks awesome to make your truck belch smog like a North Korean tractor, that's cool. Just expect every other road user to hate you like you kicked their dog.
Stretched tires, tons of negative camber, and suspension slammed to the ground. Driving a stanced car is like commuting to work on a bicycle that's on fire, or showing up for your school photo in a speedo and a rainbow wig. It's such a bad idea that you just applaud the commitment. Your average road user is less forgiving and will think your car is broken.