Clichés And Overused Modifications In JDM Cars
The recent popularity of JDM cars has exploded. More people than ever before are become passionate modifiers of JDM cars. However a few defining modifications have become in the spotlight, and are now regarded by some as clichés. Whether or not you care about this is up to you. But in this page we will discuss some of the more common clichés and examples of them so you can avoid them if you wish
The Wakaba Sticker On JDM Cars
This was once a original and unique way of displaying you were an enthusiast of JDM cars while also adding a stylish sticker to your vehicle. Nowadays it has become overused in the eyes of some and is a symbol of a cliché JDM car.
The wakaba sticker is without doubt the most common “cliché” for JDM cars enthusiasts. Its original purpose is similar to P plates in the UK or US. Its essentially a sticker that denotes a driver has recently passed their test and is a new driver.
There is a another version of the wakaba sticker – slightly less used, but still a common cliché – the koreisha mark.. This is the equivalent of learner plates in the US or the UK – but for Japan (as of 2011 this is no longer used in Japan).
The newer koreisha mark (probably due to being new) is less common than the other two stickers, but will probably also become over used with time.
Towing Hooks On JDM Cars
Towing hooks are added to many JDM cars and usually have little to no function on them. Their intended use is obvious – for a car to be towed into position on a race track, or to be towed off a race track. Sure it may come in handy if you break down on your way to work – but is this something you really need on your JDM cars?
As you can see its quite a attractive modification, but can be seen by some as a huge cliché.
Black bonnets On
JDM Ricer Cars
Black bonnets are verging on (or almost certainly are) ricer methods of modifying, and are usually not attributed to JDM cars, but i thought it would be worth mentioning in this post as they are becoming more and more common.
Black bonnets are usually used to give the impression of a carbon fibre bonnet. I’m all for the fashionista trailer queen JDM enthusiasts. But this is just rice…. Just save your money and buy a real carbon fibre bonnet.
The black bonnets look tacky, and may look impressive from afar – but upon closer inspection you will be seen as a douche by all who know anything about JDM cars.
So what’s our opinion on clichés on JDM Cars?
We personally hate them – we have been in the scene for a long time, us old timers are maybe just moaning and that’s totally up to you to decide.
If you don’t care what people think and think the “clichés” look cool and fresh, why not get them!
They are reasonably cheap and striking modifications. Just be wary that you may get some dodgy comments from the more hardcore JDM cars enthusiasts.
Whatever you do – just don’t get a black bonnet, i made that mistake when i was new to car modification and JDM cars – and regretted it ever since… – JDM Cars