Modifying your daily - where do you draw the line

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I'm curious where everyone stops modding their car if they daily drive it. I went way too crazy with my car and within a year i've doubled the output on the stock block and its got full suspension/wheels/tires/swaybars,turbo, exhaust, mounts, clutch, etc... everything short of an engine build. is that overkill?

Reason I started thinking about this was I drive this every day and it hasn't missed a beat- but the actuator arm on my upgraded turbo is bent and I might have to get a replacement which might put it out of commission for a bit, and its my daily lol. Where do you draw the line on reliability and a daily or do you have a weekend/fun car?
 

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When I was young, I had a truck I kept modifying to try to make it go faster.

The more I modded it, the less DD friendly it became. Regearing the rear made highway speeds really guzzle the gas, the cam I had I really didn't get into its power range from light to light, and I had to notch the pistons because I went with too big a valve for the combo.

Eventually all the mods were too much for the transmission and it let go, which is when I let go of the truck for good.

It was my first run at modding, I don't regret what I learned, but I should have done things differently for a daily driver.

My current daily is faster than that truck, has about 200 more HP, and gets 4mpg better gas mileage, so I'm all good now.

For my next car I'm seriously considering a Tesla model 3.
 
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Go for the tesla! I love mine. It’s definitely a transition but it’s awesome.
 

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Daily driver = No mods
 

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Just get a spare. Something dependable and cheap, like an old Corolla or Accord or something. Maybe an older truck. Something nobody is going to steal since it will be sitting a bunch. Or You can spend a bunch of money and have a daily and a project car. But Driving the crappy car will push you to get your normal car working again, having a DD and a project car can easily turn into a DD and a lawn/garage ornament. Just remember to drive your PoS car once in a while too.
 

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If I were to use a sports car as a daily. I would stop the mods at. Lower it, exhaust and rims. Maybe slotted and drilled rotors.

I like the reliability and easy support for stock
 

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Years ago I drove a Mustang GT with a 347 stroker motor, 4:56 gears big cam 10pt roll cage etc... every day...It got to the point where I broke stuff weekly and I ended up buying a car to get around without issue...
The more expensive the cars I drive have become the less inclined to mod them I have been until they are out of warranty/service contracts etc...I had something like $24,000 in damage done to my E300 from an improperly installed radar detector...(Thanks to Audio Visions NY for that). The dealer wanted nothing to do with it and insurance was a massive ordeal... I could only imagine the hassle of dealing with a modded car...
On another note... MY wife's SQ5 has so many features equivalent to mods that even though a ton of stuff is available it's great the way it is... Factory exhaust is every bit as nice as the Borla I had on BMW, the brake package stops at speed as good as the Brembo's I had on the mustang... For a midsize SUV the suspension is as dialed in as I would ever dare to push it... Launch control is hell of a lot of fun with a 0-60 of 5 seconds again in an SUV...but I know they get them down 3.9 with low 11s in the 1/4 too so I have to resist temptations from time to time...
 

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The only thing I've done to my DD is lower it and change the wheels/tires to 19s stock. I've always just made sure that my DD cars are "perfect" stock.
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Well, my truck is turbo'd, AC removed, 4x4 removed, and it has a locker in the rear end :razz: So I'll put up with quite a bit.

But I wouldn't put up with a big lumpy cam, and I don't see myself removing AC or 4x4 in future DD projects.
 

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I am in a different class than you guys but my opinion is modding stops at brakes and tires for my 4 wheeled drivers. Now my daily is a motorcycle which any honest rider will tell you modern bikes above a 400cc have way more power than you will ever use on the street. I keep going back to wanting a 1000 but always find that I don't need that for street riding.

EDIT In the realm of sport bikes.
 

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I've done a CAI and a tune and would consider headers.

I prefer a performing DD and a slower, classic weekend cruiser.
 

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I DD a sport model of a family car with a tune and larger downpipes. Chose that route because a factory sport was much quicker stock than a highly modded base model. That being said you have to research what is appropriate for every different make and model of a automobile, and find out the dependability of a particular automobile.
 
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Where to draw the line for a DD?

Bolt on’s and keep the stock parts.

That would be my advice when asked. You’ll never get your money back on mods, and if you trade it in or sell it, it’s easily changed back to stock.

Also on the reliability side unless you’ve broken something in there and have to change it.
 

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I’m going to add a twist...

Best mod you can make to a daily driver is a driver mod. It’s the ONLY mod that adds value.

Spend $$$ on high performance driver education, with an instructor, at the track. Modding may make the car faster, but it’s not necessarily making you better/faster driver.

With that said, where do I draw the line with modding my daily?

I wanted my daily streetable, which can many things to different people. And, that’s why I have four vehicles, built for different tasks and my wife has one.

My daily is a street car, with a baby seat, that I can drive at the track. It’s modded to OEM++ for track days, but still streetable if your left foot knows how to drive a lightweight fly/clutch.

In my daily, I can comfortably drive 200 to 400 miles to a track weekend, with AC and heated/cooled seats, run the track all weekend, and drive home. In my track car or race car, no way — without my cool suit!

For me, I guess I draw the line at comfort for a daily: Can I drive 200 miles to 400 miles?
 

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I have a turbo swapped MK6 GTI build, that was my daily. As an actual daily it was great, but because I nearly doubled the horsepower while driving it like a coked out booster it diminished the life of the car.

I just bought a Veloster N for my new daily. Rather than make a car into something I would enjoy more, I bought the car I would really enjoy as is. It's not as fast in a straight line but it's a reincarnation of the E30 M3. Perfect for me.

There's no line with car modding. One day you enter the rabbit hole. And one day down the road you come out of it, and your daily now has a roll cage and double the power. How life brought you to this point well everything gets a little fuzzy. But you're happy, just nervous on how well that daily will hold up. That's my general experience

Then you tell yourself you have no regrets.
 

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I replace stock parts with performance parts as they break. I’m waiting on something suspension related to fail so I can upgrade. ;)
 

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