Random Thoughts About Modifying Cars

For the first time in a while, I made my way out to the South Bay FRS/BRZ meet in North San Jose. Over the last several months, I’ve found myself to be less motivated to get up and go out to the meets. The most likely reason is that there’s usually something else I would rather do. It might be playing video games, or even sleeping.

The meet was fairly active. A large number of individuals came out and it was nice to see a few familiar faces.

The FRS/BRZ is an interesting platform. As with all cars, each car has its pros and cons, and the twins are no different. I often get a lot question about the car and if I modded, or if I will mod it, and I always answer the same. The car is stock and I have no plans to mod it. And then I get the look that I am full of shit.

I don’t know if it is my age or maturity or who knows what… but I don’t have a desire to modify my car. At least for the sake of modifying, anyways. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to make upgrades and adjustment for autocross, but there’s certainly a tangible point where I say enough is enough.

Money is important to me. It isn’t everything, but it is important. Money pays my bills and utilities. Money pays for my necessities. Money allows me to have the BRZ. And money allows me to autocross. If there is money leftover, mods would be nice, but to be completely honest, I would rather have cold hard cash that I could save and use for something else. Mods are purely a luxury item for me and provide me less utility (happiness) than other things. There are better places where I can put the money. It is really just a trade-off for me. Do I get performance parts, or do I have money in the bank? Money in the bank is my choice.

Upgrades are expensive. Even a basic $1000 upgrade is expensive. $1000 can fund an entire autocross season! Money is hard to come by, and money should be spent wisely. Buying mods isn’t a really bad thing, but finances have to allow for it, and it has to provide some type of value. If you don’t take full advantage of mods, then you are just wasting money.

Just my $0.02.