Modifying the seats in a car allows for a comfortable and customized fit. However, newer models of cars require more care when changing the positioning or style of the seats. The Tall Club website explains that modern car seats are designed and installed as a part of a sophisticated safety system. When the seats are changed, it affects the entire safety system in the car. The seat, the seat belt assembly, the airbag system, the wiring harness, and the surrounding parts of the interior all have to be considered when adjustments are being made to the seats.
Remove the original seats and measure the interior of the car to determine the space that is available for installing new seats. The new seats should be designed for the specific brand and model of car so that all of the safety features still work effectively.
Ensure that a new seat comes with the appropriate seat belt. The AutoSpeed website explains that the buckle as well as the seat belt are attached directly to the seat. As a result, the seat must be able to withstand the amount of force that is distributed to it from the seat belt during a collision.
Select a seat that not only fits the width of the floor space that is available in the car, but one that also allows enough space between the headrest and the ceiling. A longer seat will restrict the amount of leg room, while a taller seat can block the rear vision.
Consider adjusting the length of the seat runners to increase the amount of leg room in the car. The Tall Club website explains that two runners can be cut to size and welded together to increase the seat’s range of movement. Longer runners allow plenty of leg room, but the amount of clearance between the driver’s head and the ceiling of the car must be considered due to safety factors.
Install the chosen seats and ensure that the seats still enable all of the car’s special safety system features to work correctly. The seats in modern cars usually have sensors that must be aligned with the internal safety system. The sensors coordinate the deployment of the air bags based on the rate of speed of the vehicle, the point of impact, the position of the driver in the seat and the amount of torque applied to the seat belt.
Dashboard modification on your car can drastically change the appearance of your vehicle. While you must be sure to leave the essential elements functional and accessible (fuel and speed gauges, shifter, steering wheel and mirrors), you can highly modify the rest of the interior to look like a spaceship. The type of spaceship you want to emulate will affect the accessories you choose, but the basic modifications will be the same regardless.
Measure the panels on your dashboard that you wish to modify. Keep in mind that you will still need to be able to see your gauges, and if your car has an airbag system, it will still need to be able to deploy. Do not cover the airbag panels on the driver or passenger side of the car.
Cut the panels to the size and shape of the dashboard panels you wish to cover with the saw. Trim up the edges with the utility knife to create a clean fit between the panels. Glue toggle switches onto the panels to simulate the switches of a spaceship. Don’t forget to leave holes for your gauges, radio and airbags.
Print labels for the switches to indicate their function. Stick the labels on the plastic panels.
Glue the plastic panels over your existing dash panels. Sand the edges for smooth, clean lines.
Integrate your existing electronics into the spaceship modification by attaching your navigation system, backup camera, iPod dock or phone dock to the plastic panels. Create labels for your accessories and stick the labels to the panels.
Car enthusiasts will often modify a car’s exhaust system in order to increase the engine performance or get the noise of the engine to achieve a specific pitch. It requires good knowledge of your car’s exhaust system, but it can be completed with a minimum of fuss, provided you follow some basic guidelines.
- Raise the car up on a jack or a hydraulic lift so that you can comfortably work on the exhaust system.
- Note the part of the exhaust system you wish to modify and the point in the line at which it is found. You may also want to note any part of the system which is fused or rusted, since these will be more difficult to remove.
- Disconnect each part of the exhaust system, one by one, until you reach the part you want to modify. Generally, a welding torch is required, though you may be able to achieve this simply by removing the bolts that connect it. Take care not to damage any surrounding components in the process.
- Disconnect the old exhaust part you wish to modify and replace it with the new exhaust part. Bolt it or hang it in place on the chassis, but do not tighten the bolts yet. Check that all of the components work correctly before finalizing the addition.
- Attach the remainder of the original exhaust system to the new part, working backwards down the line until you reach the end of the exhaust system.
- Check that each connection is in place and there are no leaks or backups.
- Secure each connection by tightening the bolts or welding them back into place on the chassis.
- Start the car engine and check the exhaust system for any leaks or blockage. Make sure exhaust is coming from the end of the tailpipe as it should and that the sound is modified correctly by the muffler, and locate and seal any leaks.
- Adjust the tailpipe to make sure it is flush with the rear bumper and is not too low to the ground.