Customizing Your Ride

by Tom Benford & Andy Goodman

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Customizing Your Ride is written with the beginner, er, idiot, in mind. In this regard, idiot simply translates to ignorant. And ignorance can be fixed.

Really, for the guy who wants to personalize his car there are so many ways to do it that the task of deciding what to do is in itself a daunting challenge. From external items such as air dams, lights, and tires/wheels to interior gauges, stereo, controls then under the hood modifications along the lines of intakes, computer chips, dress-up, and turbos a car guy could simply decide that doing nothing is easier than changing things around.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Customizing Your Ride handles all these tasks is fine order. Written in a friendly manner, the book focuses on tuner cars , also known as sports compact cars. Loosely defined as a high performance version of a sub-compact, the base vehicle frequently is a Honda Civic or Accord; Mitsubishi Eclipse; Toyota Camry or Corolla; Chevrolet Cavalier, Dodge Neon, or Ford Focus.

Subcompact cars typically have front wheel drive, four cylinders, conservative design, and are built with practicality of point-A to point-B driving in mind. For the tuner-oriented owner, these cars are ripe with opportunity for personal modification.

Arranged into logical sections, this book takes a reader through the variety of options and offers up a reasoned approach to determining which mods are right for a given owner and vehicle. From the tools and skill level required to the availability of parts and resources for each task, a reader can start the process with a degree of confidence.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Customizing Your Ride provides tips, tricks, and trivia to enlighten the reader. These are helpful in understanding the Why’s as well as the How’s when customizing your ride. The authors are quick to point up the importance of shop safety, calling in knowledgeable friends, and using car clubs or other events to establish a plan of action before getting too far over your head. Each chapter wraps up with a paragraph banner of “The Least You Need to Know,” reminding the reader of key points made.

At a mere 294 pages, this book is remarkably detailed and includes enough information to satisfy a seasoned tuner as well as the beginner. Its straightforward approach assumes the reader is an interested enthusiast in need of information and delivers in fine fashion. Anyone interested in modifying their ride would do well to add The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Customizing Your Ride to their toolbox.

Harold O.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Customizing Your Ride

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