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|Volume 11 |Issue 42| October 26, 2012 ||
A Ricer's Guide to Cool Cars
There are some people who think that cars are merely a means of transportation—useful when you want to go from point A to point B. There are others who see cars as a definitive status symbol and attach a lot of snob value to their vehicle. They will go to the most bizarre lengths to attain a high social status. This writer once had a friend who became a human kebab every time he rode his car during summer but never rolled down the windows fearing that people would know that his 'cool' car didn't have a working air conditioning system. The pouring sweat down his face and back would have given it away were it not for the black tinted windows that skillfully hid the misery and discomfort of the one behind the wheel!
Aspiring 'cool' dudes can go to desperate lengths to make their otherwise ordinary vehicles look fast, furious and, erm, you know, cool¸ by making all kinds of unsavoury modifications on their bodies. Trying to make their slow, economy cars (i.e. Corolla, Civic, and Lancer) look faster, some people make aftermarket modifications that have nothing to do with the performance of a vehicle. They are so visible in all countries across the world that there is a generic term for them: ricer. Incredibly diverse as the ricers are, their chariots always bear some common traces of 'creativity' that may seem senseless or even gross to non-ricers. Here are five ways to make your ordinary vehicle 'riced'.
Large Alloy Wheels
Wings and fins
Huge Coffee Can Exhaust
Make it Appear Lower
Ricers often develop a certain driving habit. Most of their driving skills turn out to be less than satisfactory. Some of them drive up to some university campuses, blasting rap music and (probably) thinking that the girls are drooling all over their ride. Many of them press the accelerator to the floor at any chance they get in the city, stamp on the brake on the corners, create a shrill screeching and often meet innocent electric poles or trees beside the road. Some of them try to slide their (heavyset) cars on tough corners and invariably find themselves in tight situations. The chariots get wrecked frequently. That's why garage mechanics and paint shop owners laugh at the ricers but love their riced vehicles for the money they bring.
The number of ways in which ricers can modify a car is practically endless. To get the wow effect from pedestrians, some people let their 'upgraded' car stereo blast so high the body of the vehicle begins to squeak as loudly as the music itself. However, if you are trying to be a ricer and are willing to know more about the art, watch Fast and the Furious, the ultimate guide of ricers, twice a week.
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