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This is my second Accord; I bought it as a used car with 7,272 miles on it in April 2000. I bought it to replace my first Accord, a 1995 model that my parent gave to me and then had been totaled by a close friend of mine. When I bought the 1999 model I wasn’t looking for anything special, just a replacement set of wheels; I really could have chosen any type of car at this point. Ironically the reason I ended up with another Accord was so that I could take the existing aftermarket system I had upgraded in the first car to put into the new one. I installed the unit fairly easily and had no plans to make other changes to the vehicle. All of that changed when I attended my first Varsity meet in Atlanta- I defiantly liked what I saw in the modified cars.
It wasn’t until several years later I actually made any serious changes to the car. I was in college at Clemson in South Carolina at the time and really had no extra cash so any car mods seemed pretty out of reach. I had made several friends who guided me through my first couple major modifications. One of the items I really wanted for the car was a body kit, but of course strapped for cash, it seemed pretty unlikely. Until a turn of events; I was visiting with my parents one weekend and my dad backed into my car sitting in the driveway! We had two options; factory bumper, or the awesome kit I really wanted. Well dad agreed to my suggestion of an aftermarket kit for the car instead of the more expensive OEM bumper! The Accord was my only car, so even though it had an awesome kit on it, I was still putting a lot of miles on it traveling between Atlanta and Clemson. This meant I was going through maintenance, oil changes etc., much faster then the average driver- but more specifically I was burning through breaks like crazy too. I saw an opportunity for another upgrade, racing breaks. I got in touch with Loren Ho of Rotora and we discussed a sponsorship; within a week I had installed my Rotora Big Brake Kit at a buddy's house and fell in love with them! It spread like wild fire, shortly after that I picked up fender flares from Najeeb; saved up for bodywork and a custom paint job.
How did I get sponsorships for these well-known car parts? All this time I had been traveling throughout the southeast showing at local and major car show, I averaged about 40 shows in a season. My family and friends outside the car scene said I had an obsession, I did and it was so much fun! Going to all these shows and seeing everyone’s set ups, I realized I was getting tired of my old system, it was good but I wanted an awesome sound system that would blow anyone away at car shows. I knew some of the guys at HiFi Buys/ Tweeter and shared my ideas for a new set up. It took Biscuit nearly two months to complete the sick audio system and it defiantly turns heads.
Although not all of my modifications were done by others, in fact most were done by me. I have always been a very hands-on. I have posted all of my DIYs here on V6P; remember when the retro craze hit, I just had to try and give it a go! I read up a little on it, found a great deal online and decided to try and make my own retro! The interior of the car has also been changed; I redid my headliner in suede, leather seats were added, I installed all the electronics in the car and added a rear view camera. The most unique and easiest change I made was the addition of a Yakima roof rack. I have always been an avid bike rider and with a roof rack on my Subaru wagon I figured I would add one to the Accord for when I was traveling to a show, I could still have my Trek bike!
At this point, I feel like the car has reached its max for modifications; I would defiantly like to see an extremely nice set of 19'' wheels that will clear my big brake kit and will also fit the fender flares, I just cant seem to find that perfect pair. While I like the rims on the car today, I didn’t really pick them for style, they just happened to be the only ones in stock at the shop when I bent my first set of rims. I recently moved to Chicago to live with my girlfriend Christine (C-Boz on V6P) and I have left my accord back at home in Atlanta for now.
I would like to thanks to my parents for supporting sometimes obsessive my drive, determination and a spot in the garage, if it weren’t for them it would have taken me much longer to get to the point I am today, Christine for her support and understanding with my obsession, my car club ELITE www.elitedriven.com. Thanks to my sponsors Sprayglo of Buford and Rotora, V6P for helping inspire me, and of course, all my friends that have been there to lend a helping hand!