Published on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 01:37
Written by Miacol Buchanan
Driving down the road you will see copies of the same car over and over again. More than likely it will have stock rims no tints and the music doesn’t sound clear as it passes. I have nothing against these drivers who prefer to leave the vehicle the way they found it on the showroom floor.
There are some mobile works of art that should never be defaced by aftermarket accessories. The BMW 7 series or the new Cadillac XLR-Roadster these are some of the exceptional cars that look better untouched. If you have the money for it, the Maybach landaulet right off the showroom floor is the perfect car to show your swagger off with.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Statistical Records Office shows more than 136 million registered cars on the road. Yet only a fraction of those can be labeled as pimped out.
A movie like The Fast and Furious and shows like pimp my ride And unique customs showed us that there is no limit to what you can do to a car. There are an unlimited number of combinations to change the original look of a car to something unequaled on the road.
The first thing people notice on a pimp’d ride are the rims. With brands like Lexani, Diablo and Gianni, they come in sizes from 17” to an astounding 30”. With 7 inch lips on some models a lip is the depth of the inner part of the rim. Some of the hottest rims out there could run hefty price tags in the neighborhood of $250,000 Asanti has a rim package with 63,000 karat emerald and princess cut cubic zirconia that come in red, green, yellow, and clear stones.
Paint is one of the most expensive features of any pimp’d ride. Colors like
Mocha Frost Metallic, and Fire mist Lime make the ride standout of the crowd. Pearl paints don’t only add a color changing effect when exposed to certain light it also adds depth. A standard paint job can cost $600. Where a candy paint job will run you upward of two grand depending on how much car you have to cover.
The grill has to be at its best. It’s the first thing you see when the car comes down the road. Diamond extreme and mesh grills will give any pimp’d ride some new attitude.
Vehicle interiors can vary like human fingerprints. Fabrics come in all colors and styles. If you can wear it on your back it can go on your car. Prada, Fendi, Gucci, the list is almost endless. My personal favorite is lamb skin seats with baseball stitching holding it together. Car interior decorating has been around for hundreds of years. The ancient Romans decorated there chariots with bronze ornaments for decoration and function to stabilize the chariot. Kings and nobleman used fabrics and leathers to line the inside of their coaches.
Engine mods are an essential part of any pimp’d ride the fancy paint and the matching rims don’t mean a thing if the car don’t run well. The purring of a well tuned engine adds finesse to any hooptie. Chrome headers and intakes with 3” pipes running out the back. Performance chips and ceramic brakes are some of the features car enthusiast chose to make it tear up the pavement.
My favorite part of a pimp’d ride is the one thing that you hear more than you see, the entertainment system. With brands like Blaupunkt, Audiobahn, and pioneer car audio has moved into the technology age. The audio systems of the present day have allowed the car to become mobile movie theaters. Combined with digital enhanced tuners and hard drives there are cars out there that rival music studios. Digital media receivers can now play DVDs, Sirius satellite radio and video games all in one unit. With the sd card slots and iPod connections built in to the receiver the age of cd’s in the car is coming to an end. No sound system would sound good without speakers. Titanium tweeters, 18” subwoofers and powerful midrange speakers make up a part of the package. Amps, wires and capacitors make up the other end of the system. Now there are a lot of people out there who believe just any old system will do. To be labeled a pimp’d ride there must be quality. A high end system must be installed properly in order for it to sound great and function as it is supposed to.
All of these elements combined will add flavor to your bland automobile. It takes passion to build a pimp’d whip. Hard work and precise placement of the right accessories will make you rise above the rest. It also takes a lot of money so if you have to ask how much it cost to pimp a ride. That means you can’t afford it. Good luck to all of you who think you have what it takes to compete in that exclusive showcase of pimp’d rides.