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Honda, Drifters, Classics, VIPs, and Time Attackers - What's Hot, What's Fail

Two Editors Put Our Ears To The Streets To Bring You What's Right And What's Wong

Charles Trieu
Mar 1, 2009
Photographers: The Super Street Archives, AJ Gillett Writer: Sean Klingelhoefer

The 'scene' has come a long way since the late '80s and the '90s. In the past few decades there've been a lot of different stylish ways to build a car. No right way and no wrong way. It's really just up to personal preference. Lets just take a few minutes to see what's the trend these days.

Some of you might still be new to the scene, and haven't developed a trained eye yet. But for guys like us, we easily spot a car that's hot, and what's not. We hand-pick some prime examples of various types of cars.

What's Hot With FF Hondas
Two-Tone Paint
Engine bay and interior color varies from exterior, flat gray being the most popular.

Engine
Naturally- aspirated K and B series engine swaps.

Paint
"Flat" colors with no metallic or pearl.

Winglets/Canards
Adding any small carbon bits, other than full body panels.

Old School Wheels
The more rare, ugly, and hard to find, the better. Popular choices include Mugen, SSR and Sprint Hart.

GT Wing
Large carbon GT style wings.

We say, when it comes to modern Hondas, the simpler and more rare parts the better.

Bars
Bars galore. Girls love it stiff.

What's Hot With Drift Cars
Body
Aggressive-looking body kits, ill-fitting commonly held on by untrimmed zip-ties and usually broken. The only cars that look better busted up.

We say, if you're planning to build a drift car there's only one word you need to know, 'low'. Low ride height, low hanging kits and low offsets.

Wheels
Low offset is the name of the game. Widths so wide, neither the tire nor fender can house them. Stretch the tires if you have to.

Engine
Motor swaps with more balls than Dodger stadium.

Fenders
Shave, cut, roll, flare or even get wider replacements.

What's Hot With Old School Cars
Paint
Bright '70s-style flat colors, like they did back in the day. If you can imagine it on shag carpet, it belongs on your ride.

Accent Paint
Painting miscellaneous parts such as the valve cover bright colors that pop.

Wheels
New school wheels. You need something large enough to clear those big brakes.

Big Brakes
One thing about old cars, the brakes always sucked. They sure don't make them like they use to.

We say, old school style with new school performance is tough to beat. Treat it like it's your hot rod.

Two-Tone Paint
Engine bay and interior color varies from exterior, flat gray being the most popular.

Stickers
Contrary to popular and Internet troll beliefs, stickers do add power. The more, the merrier.

Accent Paint
Painting miscellaneous parts such as the valve cover bright colors that pop.

Engine
Motor swaps from newer cars. Newer motors simply are more powerful and reliable. You can't re-flash a carburetor.

What's Hot With VIP/Bippu Cars
Body Kit
Absolutely essential to have a kit. Full kits, rather than lip kits are preferred. Clean flowing with optional fog lights that dramatically change the OEM look.

Wheels
Deep lips, machined faces, wide, and stretched tires are all welcomed. Having a wheel fitment within millimeters from the fender can make or break the car.

Stance
The lower, the better. VIP heads are the few that realize the importance of a proper ride height. Kill the gap. Fortunately with modern day air bags, you can lay it out or lift it up when you need to.

Paint
Black or white is the most elegant and clean choices for paint. Don't choose a wild bright color for paint. If crazy paint jobs are your thing, VIP is not.

Interior Accessories
Curtains, table trays, knots, woodgrain trimming and any- thing with Swarovski crystals will make you into a baller. With all the money you save from engine mods, you can spend it here.

We say, this is the practical and smart choice for a daily driver with creature comforts with gangster JDM style.

What's Hot With Road Race/Time Attack Cars
Aero
Extremely aggressive body kits with drastic aero improvement. Cars are commonly equipped with vented bumpers, hoods, side skirts and fenders.

Cooling
Large access openings for better cooling. Often times aftermarket front bumpers are even further modified for more airflow. Custom ducting for brakes and intake are added.

WheelsBr>Concaved one-piece forged wheels. No polished or pretty three-piece wheels belong on the track. Center caps are not needed. Oddly enough, colored wheels are very popular in this arena.

Cage
For road racing, a welded in cage is a must. Not only is it safer, it adds tons of rigidity. To further strengthen the chassis/cage, fabricators often weld in several gussets between the cage and chassis.

Downforce
Add practically anything to gain downforce. Carbon parts weigh next to nothing and can aid greatly in handling. Wings, splitters, canards, diffusers and undertrays will improve lap times.

We say, nothing looks meaner than a track car. These cars don't F around. It's a shame none of us SS editors can drive.

JDM Wong says, I don't know what planet Charles and Sean are from, but this shit is hawt like assless leather chaps. Yee-ha cowboy!

What's Fail With Any Car
br>Chicken Wire It's fine on a farm, but not on your car.

Body Kits Bumpers that were originally designed for another car, belong on that other car. If you want a Supra front end, buy a Supra. Don't try to mold it onto your Integra.

Taillight Conversion If they aren't made for your car, why are you trying to make them fit? Bondo magic will not cure all of your problems.

Wings Large double-decker wings that's add more weight than they do good looks. From behind your car it will look like it has antlers coming out of it, like a deer.

Headlight Conversion Just say no to drugs, kids.

Chrome You can be flashy without being trashy.

Color-Matching Hardware Painting factory brackets and other OEM parts will do nothing but decrease resale value.

Colored Hoses and Conduit Snakes on an engine... FAIL.

Shaved Body Parts Just because you shave your body, doesn't mean you should shave your car.

Painted Brake Components Nothing says 'my brakes suck' more than painting your drums a really bright color.

Wheels Don't pick a wheel that's too large for your chassis, and too narrow for your fenders.

Interior Emo girls do love pleather, but no one will like your pleather-wrapped seats. In time this will just fall apart faster than your fake jeans. Adding color to your interior does not fool anyone into thinking you did any mods in there. Smoke and mirrors son, smoke and mirrors.

Painted Interior Trim Simply terrible! Never take it upon yourself to decide what color your interior pieces should be.

By Charles Trieu
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