How to Modify a Honda Accordby Jenny Carver
When it comes to modifying cars, a Honda Accord is a great car to use. No matter what the model year, there are thousands of aftermarket parts available for Honda Accords. From wild and crazy accessories that stand out in a crowded car show to simple choices that help with the ride quality, multiple choices exist for Accord modification. Follow these steps to modify a Honda Accord and make your car look, drive and feel better.
Add performance to your Honda Accord by replacing the stock air intake with an aftermarket cold air intake. Replace the stock exhaust with an aftermarket exhaust system. These are both easy to do and can add horsepower and looks. Price range depends on the exact product.
Replace the original wheels and tires with a set of aftermarket rims and tires. Choose a slightly larger diameter rim than the original, but go with a shorter sidewall tire. An aftermarket set of rims and tires fit on the Accord just as well as the original set, but punches up the car's look.
Paint the Accord or add graphics to the original paint to show off a unique style. A full color change is the most expensive way to modify the exterior. Add vinyl graphics to the original paint job for a much smaller price. A bonus when using vinyl graphics is that the graphics are easily removed without damaging the vehicle's paint job.
Modify the interior of your Honda Accord by adding or changing color. Reupholster the seats or add seat covers for a new look and better feel. Paint the dash, door panels and other plastic areas with automotive spray paint found in parts stores. This is the biggest way to make a difference inside your Accord. You can also upgrade the stereo system and include television monitors and new or larger speakers.
Swap out the original springs under the Accord with performance, race or adjustable springs. Each type has a different ride quality. Adjustable springs are more expensive, but allow you do adjust the ride height of your Honda Accord lower to the ground or slightly above stock height.
- Check your local laws to make sure your modifications are street legal and meet all codes.
Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including lovetoknow.com, autotropolis.com, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.