Just this morning, I asked myself this very question. And I’m ashamed to admit to all of you here on the W-W-W that I didn’t have an answer to my question. How rude! I was about to chastise myself, but then I began to ruminate on the question, when is it enough? What in fact is “it”?
Money, is part of it with time being the other part. Let me phrase it another way, at what point in the period of vehicle ownership when enough is enough in terms of the money and time you spend on a project? Maintenance doesn’t enter into the picture for the purposes of this discussion. nor do repairs caused by acts of omission or lapses in judgement. This is simply customizing and modding your vehicle, whatever form that may take whether it’s an angry Aventador to a yowling Yaris.
This particular question is pertinent to me right now as I find myself standing atop a precipice staring into the abyss of the car modification chasm. In this hobby, just as with any pastime, there literally are no shortage of rabbit holes one might fall down if one was so inclined, unless one suffered short-term memory loss or had access to unlimited funds. I’ve done some of the more modest modifications or upgrades, you know the ones that don’t immediately alert the CEO of the manufacturer when you crack open their precious ECU’s and send you a “Your warranty is hereafter voided” text message in all caps and FB “unfriended” notice. I haven’t done that yet, but I’m at that point where I have to decide what my goal will be for this car; staying on the path of performance, veering off for the looks or a compromise of both.
I will be making some decisions in the coming months about the direction my R is going to take, and I hope to share those with you. Meanwhile this exercise has allowed me the requisite time to answer my initial question, when is it enough? The answer is it’s different for everyone, but essentially it’s never enough until you reach the point where you’re happy with the vehicle. Sometimes the journey involves hitting the reset or pause button along the way until you can get it right, for you. Whether that means accent stripes on body panels, fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror, multi colored foot well lights, replacing all the internals in the block with the “beefy” versions or a having set of velocity stacks rising from the hood. The point is it should be a personal reflection of you and your vision. You should be doing this for yourself, and when you’re happy with it…you’re done. Enjoy the hell out of it until the next project comes along.
In the meantime, do you have a few bucks I can borrow? I really need to get a catch-can installed.