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  • Headlights
    January 15, 2018
    Shopping Guide - Custom & Factory Headlights
    If the front of your vehicle is its "face", then the headlamps are its "eyes". Everyone notices them. One of the most distinctive changes you can make to the face of...
    by Richard Reina
  • Automotive Tools
    August 31, 2017
    What Special Tools Are Available For Electrical...
    When it comes to any automotive electrical work, things usually begin with the testing of circuits - probing connections and wires to verify whether electricity is...
    by Michael Grayen
  • Wheel Covers
    May 17, 2017
    Don't Drive With Holes In Your Wheels - Cover...
    You don't have to be an auto enthusiast to notice how terrible a missing center cap makes your wheel and entire vehicle look. Whether it's a small cap or a large one,...
    by Michael Grayen
  • TPMS Sensors
    December 20, 2016
    TPMS Repair Tools And Add-On Kits
    Starting in the early 2000s, vehicle manufacturers began to phase in Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) on new vehicles. By the year 2008, it was required by law...
    by Michael Grayen
  • Caliper Covers
    December 01, 2016
    Why Are Caliper Covers Only Available For My...
    When it comes to creating the right look for your car or truck, a shimmering set of wheels can do more to make or break its appearance than almost any other accessory....
    by Timothy Zahl
  • Factory Wheels
    September 09, 2016
    Replica Alloy Wheels Look Great, Save You Money
    If you've come to this article, odds are you already understand how much the appearance and condition of your wheels can make or break the look of your entire vehicle....
    by Michael Grayen
  • TPMS Sensors
    August 17, 2016
    New TPMS Sensors | The Best Choice With Your...
    Tire Pressure Monitoring System sensors (TPMS sensors) are fitted in place on the inner surface of your wheel, inside your tire. Attached to that sensor is a valve...
    by Michael Grayen
  • Caliper Covers
    July 04, 2016
    How To Install Caliper Covers
    If you've fitted a set of aftermarket wheels on your car or truck, you've probably noticed how they show off everything behind them in a way your OEM ones simply...
    by Michael Grayen
  • TPMS Sensors
    April 29, 2016
    What Is The History Of Tire Pressure Monitoring...
    Tire pressure monitoring systems ("TPMS") are integrated assemblies that include sensors in the tire stems, and they exist for the purpose of warning a driver when the...
    by Michael Grayen
  • Custom Wheels
    April 18, 2016
    Factory Wheels | Glossary Of Terms
    Whether you are looking for a single wheel cover because one went AWOL, or an entire set of factory wheels to enhance the looks and value of your vehicle, you may be...
    by Michael Grayen
  • Wheel Spacers
    August 17, 2015
    The Trick Way To Determine What Size Wheel...
    Let’s say that you’re in the market for wheel spacers. Whether it’s because you’ve added jumbo brakes, sprung for a set of custom wheels, or just want to widen...
    by Michael Grayen
  • Custom Wheels
    March 18, 2015
    Stanced Wheels, Demon Camber | How Do I Get...
    Stanced. Demon camber. You may know it as oni-camber. You've seen the look, and whether you like it or not is totally beside the point. The great thing about this...
    by Michael Grayen

All the custom cars and trucks you see here started out the same way - as production models that rolled off the assembly line looking like clones of the many that preceded and followed them. But real enthusiasts don't get any thrills from cookie cutter cars and trucks, so the car guys that own these beauties turned them into one-of-a-kind creations that outperform and outshine "original equipment" in every way. If you're not satisfied with stock, but don't know where to begin, we created this gallery to give you ideas and inspire you to build your own unique, personal rolling statement.

Don't be intimidated if some of the more extreme machines shown here seem beyond your capability - or the size of your wallet. Easy bolt-ons are a great way to start. Any sports coupe or sedan will benefit from a set of plus-size wheels and tires and a lowering kit. Handling will improve and the flush stance will give your ride a distinctive look that will be the envy of anyone driving the factory version. Complete the ready-for-the-track look with a ground-effects kit, rear deck spoiler and a carbon fiber hood. And you can get a power boost to match your ride's handling prowess with a cold air intake, cat-back exhaust system, and a custom engine tune via performance programmer.

If making your 4x4 truck or SUV into a capable off-roader is more your style you can take the same approach. Custom wheels and some aggressive all-terrain rubber, a custom grille, bull bar, running boards, and LED off-road lights will make your hauler far from common. And when you're ready to take your rig to the next level go with a lift kit, off-road bumpers, armor & protection pieces like skid plates and differential covers, performance axles and differentials, and even bigger wheels and tires with the custom fenders or fender flares to properly frame them. And your pickup will look and function better with bed accessories like a tonneau cover, bed rails, bed mat or liner, and tool box and bed organizers.

Of course, any owner will see a noticeable difference in their car or truck with smart add-ons like custom LED headlights and tail lights, and chrome trim. But when you're upgrading your ride, make sure you don't neglect under the hood and your interior. The gang down at the drive-in can't see your internal engine mods, but they won't be able to take their eyes off custom carbon fiber and polished stainless steel engine trim, especially if you reflect custom color LED lighting off of that stainless. You'll be spending a lot of time behind the wheel of your newly personalized machine, and you can make your cabin just as unique with custom logo floor mats and seat covers, custom gauges, shift knob, and pedals, and polished stainless steel trim.

Plan your moves carefully and choose components and accessories that complement one another. You'll have fun doing it and end up with a machine that's well sorted. From simple bolt-ons to major makeovers, and everything in between, the custom cars and trucks in this gallery show what's possible if you put in the effort. We hope it inspires you to start upgrading and personalizing your ride. Get out in the garage and have fun!

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