How to Modify Seats to Fit Your Car

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.

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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.

How to Modify a Car Dashboard to Look Like a Spaceship

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.

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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.

 

How to Modify a Swift Car

The Swift is a compact car produced by Japanese company Suzuki since 2000. The Swift has become popular because of its crisp handling and maneuverable chassis. You can even jazz up its somewhat ordinary looks if you take the time to properly customize it.

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  • Visit your nearest Suzuki showroom and inquire about accessories you could purchase with your Swift. These could include new tires, body kits, personalized number plates or unique paint jobs.
  • Consider a more extreme set of modifications, using online shops. Sites, such as STX Styling, are a good example of niche site which will provide specific options for a Swift. These range from bucket racing seats, vents and chrome gear knobs.
  • Use lighting effects to give your Swift a unique look. For example, glowing colored lights underneath your Swift will give a modifed look and will fit in well with many of the modification packs specifically designed for this model.
  • Use LCD monitors, ceiling air conditioning, ceiling monitors, DVD players and iPod docks to turn your Suzuki Swift into an entertainment roadshow.
  • Purchase personalized covers for your seats and Suzuki floor match. They will customize your car and also add comfort to the seat and higher levels of cleanliness on the floor at the pedals.

How to Modify a Car Dashboard

In many ways, your car’s interior is more important than its exterior. While the exterior is what other people notice, you spend most of your time looking at the inside of your car. Modifying the dashboard is a great way to personalize your vehicle. Dashboard modifications can help you monitor your car’s performance, improve the way in which you interact with your media system, and add some stylish accents to the overall look of the car.

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  • Add a pop-up or permanent touch screen. One of the first modifications most car owners make to their vehicles is an enhanced stereo system, so why not add an enhanced way to control it. Touch screens range in price from moderate to very expensive and can be used to control the vehicle’s media system or as screens for movies and video games.
  • Install advanced gauges. For instance, a tachometer, economy gauge, and oil pressure gauge can give your car’s interior a unique look as well as provide you with useful information about the performance of your vehicle. Only install gauges you need; too much clutter can ruin the aesthetics of a dash.
  • Change the factory material of your dashboard to something more appealing. Swapping out bland dash covering for plastic in the same color as your car’s exterior is a great way to make your interior part of your whole vehicle theme. You can also invest in advanced materials like carbon fiber if you are looking to create a sport or race look.
  • Consider the message your vehicle sends when considering dashboard modifications. If you have a small, sporty car, the dash should reflect this and not look like the interior to an old station wagon. If your car is a classic car or hot rod, advanced dials would look out of place on the dash. Think of the dash as a natural extension to your car’s personality and make modifications accordingly.

How to Modify a Car’s Exhaust System

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.

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  • 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.