Can You Build on a Budget?

Can You Build on a Budget?

October 10, 2019 100 By Luis Garrison


– It’s a lot of (clears throat)… Did you get that (raspberry noises)? Hey guys was goin’ on? It’s Alex from Fitment Industries, and today we’re not… I’m not gonna start like that. (beep) Hey guys it’s Alex from
Fitment Industries, and when we first get
into the car community, a lot of us are pretty naive. When we’re 16 or 18 years old, and we finally get our first car, we want to start modifying it, but we really kind of make
some less than stellar choices. A lot of times you get into the car scene and you wanna just go
and make it your own, but you don’t really know how or why or who to trust and not to trust. And it can become a little bit difficult. Most people don’t have
$20,000 to dump into their car when their 16 years old,
to start modifying it. Nor do a lot of people,
when they really get older, because of other things
that happen in their life. Well, what ends up happening
with that is you have people that just build a car
that may not look the best or fun the best, or just kind of have some
questionable styling, especially if you’re picking
it up from aisle seven at O’Reilly’s. So what do you do, and that’s
where a lot of the argument comes from with people who
have been in this scene for a long time claiming that
you just cannot build a car, if you don’t know what you’re doing and you don’t have the money. So it comes down to the question of can you build a car on a budget? ‘Cause that’s just it, right. We wanna get the wide body
or the three-piece wheels or the airlift, and
all this sort of stuff, so we can be the cool kid on the block, but most of us really just
generally can’t afford it. And building on a budget
just seems to be something that not a lot of people can think about, especially, when you
consider how much this scene has essentially grown in
terms of price for anything that’s cool. You really can’t get
anything new that’s cool, just kidding, yes you can. We’re gonna talk today about if and how you can build on a budget. And since we are a wheel
and suspension company, we’re gonna focus on that the most. But just know that these sort
of little tips and tricks can help you really across
any part of your car, whether you’re trying to modify the motor, the interior, the paint, the
exterior or anything like that. Try to take some of these tips
and see if you can apply ’em to other stuff. But we’re goin’ talk
about three-piece wheels. We’re gonna talk about
all that stuff because, you know, there are other
things that you can do to your car to build it on a budget. So before we get started
into the wheels, tires and suspension, here’s
a few tips for your guys in case you’re wondering
where you can start. And the first thing that
you need to remember is that your car has to
be mechanically sound, before you go and modify it
or do anything stupid with it. Because it doesn’t
matter how cool it looks, if it doesn’t run. Don’t ignore oil changes,
or things like that, or just stuff that needs
to be taken care of, struts, suspension pieces,
components, bushings, all that stuff. You should make sure that,
that is ready to roll, before you go and modify other things because a lot of times,
a more, I would say, (sucks teeth) veteran
enthusiast is gonna have more appreciation for a car that’s been meticulously maintained and
has less modifications on it, than a car that has a ton
of modifications on it, and absolutely no care
towards the actual vehicle, besides making it look cool. The second thing that
you’re gonna wanna avoid is Amazon, O’Reilly’s and Advance. Just don’t even go into the aisles. Don’t even think about it. I know you see the lights,
and the chrome side mirrors, and all that stuff, and just don’t. And the final tip that
we would have for you, just in general, is that always
remember that less is more. A lot of times when you’re
building on a budget and you want to make your
car flashy and stick out way more than anybody else’s
car, but what you don’t really realize is that since
you don’t have as much money, you try to go down on
the price of those things that you’re putting in your car, and it shows, and it shows really early. So be sure that instead of
trying to put a ton of stuff onto your car to make it
look cool for a budget, start with the simple
things that make the biggest difference and go from there. Less is more. The cleaner that you can
make your car in terms of just getting rid of stuff, the better it’s gonna overall look, because remember, if you’re
spending a ton of money on wheels and tires, but then
you still got two or three fenders that are rusted out completely beat the (beep), it’s probably not gonna work out too well for you. – [Man] Are you looking at me? (laughter) (beep) – And the fifth and final tip that we have is to restore your vehicle. So if a lot of people
get those older cars, they get the older Mercedes,
they get the older Pontiacs and things like that. A lot of times people get old
boats for their first cars. Restoration is going to
have a lot more of an affect on just over how the car looks and feels than modification will,
because you’re gonna be able to restore the headlights,
the tail lights, to clean up the side skirts,
to restore the chrome to do all that sort of stuff, which is just gonna make
your car look better. Then once you get that
established baseline then you can go modify your car. Or you can do none of this. It’s completely up to you
on whether you wanna do it. We’re just speaking
from our point of view, and those are just a couple of tips. You know, I mean, you
could have done the video. I’m just telling you what I think. So let’s get into wheels. Now when you’re buying a set of wheels, a lot of people get a little bit concerned because you don’t wanna
buy reps or fake wheels or anything like that. And there’s always gonna
be a fine line between the two, but there are
some really good brands that you can go out there
and pick up a set of wheels for under a thousand dollars that are going to do a great job. And we did videos of those in the past, but the ones that I would stick to, would be Enkei, it would be (beep) Enkei, Konig and those sort of brands. Cosmis Racing is another great
brand where they specialize in those sport contact style wheels. A lot of those sets will actually end up costing you less than a
thousand dollars as well. And you can pretty much
pick them up anywhere. They look good. A lot of the wheels that
you’re gonna pick up from those brands have a great
reputation behind them. The light weight wheels
for Konig are gonna be very good for you. The Enkei’s are always light,
but they usually low pressure, (mumbles) gravity cast, and then, of course,
Cosmis is gravity cast or a little bit heavier,
but they have a lot more styling than the other two brands. So if that’s something that
you’re looking at doing, you can get some nice wheels
that a lot of people like, without having to spend $3,000 on a set of multi-piece wheels. If you’re running into
more of like a show, car show style, another two
brands that we’d recommend would be Niche or Rotiform,
because both of those you can find some pretty good wheels for under a thousand dollars. A lot of their designs are really nice and they have a pretty
good brand behind them. A lot of people run Rotiforms right now, and since they’re both under
the same umbrella company, of MHT, they both have
pretty good styling. So if you’re looking
for something like that, that’s a good wheel that
you can also go with that isn’t gonna break the bank and isn’t really considered a rep and just has good quality and
is gonna last you for a while without necessarily breaking the bank. But a lot of you will spend a
ton of money on their wheels and then they spend no
money on their tires, and that’s probably the
worst thing that you can do. You wanna make sure that
you’re savin’ a little bit of your budget for decent tires. Now there are a lot of tires out there, that are extremely expensive. You wanna go to Michelin’s. If you wanna do BFGoodrich
and things like that, or the Toyo Proxes series,
you’re paying a lot of money. But you don’t necessarily have to go spend a ton of money on tires
to just get decent tires for your car if you’re looking
to get it under budget. And here are a couple
of our recommendations. So the Federal 595 is a
great series line tire, that’s affordable and
does a pretty good job of keeping the equal tread wear, all that sort of stuff, good traction. It’s just a decent tire. Another one that you can
go with is the Ventus, the Hankooks, those are
also a great line tire that aren’t gonna break the overall bank. If you’re looking for something that has an all-season capability that’s just gonna last a long time, has good structure, if
you’re looking for that look, or if you just want
something that looks decent and performs well, then Nitto Neogen is by far, probably one of the
best bang for your buck tire, that you can get on the market right now which you can pair with your
wheels if you so choose. Plus there’s a styling
that the Neo Gens have and sizes that really go with any sort of after-market wheel. Now this is where it’s gonna get a (beep), so this is where it’s gonna
get a little sale pitchy. So I apologize. I know you guys don’t like that. But what you can do is, if you go out and you buy wheels and you buy them new if you buy them, let’s say
from Fitment Industries, and you pair them with wheels, a lot of times what happens is the wheels are already at the
lowest price that you can possibly buy ’em for and
then when you pair them with tires, since we have
more money that we actually make on our tires, we
cut you a better deal, and when you pair those together, they get mount balance
and shipped for free, which is like $200 worth
of just services and stuff, and we cut you a little break
on ’em when you pair ’em together because it’s
easier for us to ship wheels and tires together
than it is to ship them separately. We save more money. So, in case you’re wondering what we do. That’s what we do. But we’re gonna get back
into the helpful stuff. We’re done selling. I never could make a good sales person. And the final thing that we talk about would be suspension. So suspension components, that’s probably one of the biggest things you can do to make your car look better. I’ve seen so many cars
that have stock wheels, but they have lowering
springs or coils on it, and it looks better than a stock type car with after-market wheels. It’s just how it is. And maybe it’s just the Fitment in us that makes us do that, but
it is a good looking car, when you can get that thing down to a T. And here’s some
recommendations that we have for suspension without
you having to go spend four, six, five thousand dollars on high-end suspension requirements. The first thing is just to start off with lowering springs. The lowering springs kind of
has a negative connotation, but they really don’t have to. Lowering springs are exactly
what they sound like. They lower the vehicle and they
increase the responsiveness of your car, and for a few hundred bucks you can pick up a set of
Eibach lowering springs and you’re pretty much set. It usually drops anywhere
from an inch and a half to two inches on the front end or rear, and it can give your car a little bit more of a Fitment look without
necessarily having to break the bank with
a set of $3,000 KWs. Now if you’re looking to get coilovers because you want that adjustability or maybe you will wanna go try your hand at some sort of (mumbles) event, then we probably recommend
something like Silvers or ST. And the reason that we
would say that Silvers or ST would be good options is because Silvers are around $1,100 versus
a lot of 16 to $1,700 comparison front coilovers. And they have a lot of
application purchases if that’s something that
you’re looking to do. ST is a little bit more expensive,
but ST has a bigger name than Silvers does and they’ve
been around for a long time, partner to KW so you know you’re
a getting quality product. It really comes down to whatever you want. So those are just some tips there. But you can really build on a budget? A lot of people say that you can’t, or a lot of people say
that it takes a long time to build on a budget, and
we just really don’t agree. I think that if you’re out
there and you’re looking for quality parts and you
look at the right places and the right brands
you can definitely find good bang for your buck stuff. Especially when it comes to wheels, whether you’re going to
Konig, or you’re going through Enkei or maybe you’re
going through Cosmis, or if you’re looking at
tires and you’re looking at the Ventus or even the Nexen SU1s, or anything like that. The 595s are great affordable tires. And finally, suspension
components don’t have to be super-expensive, looking
at around $1,100 coilovers or a couple hundred
dollar lowering springs from Eibach is just
gonna get the job done. But, of course, make sure
you keep that in mind when you’re doing the rest of your car, whether your working on motor
work or just exterior work, or interior work, less is more. Making sure that you
make the right decision and purchase once is gonna
be super, super important, making sure that your build is
the way that you want it to. Because if it’s not, it
can be a little disastrous on social media and nobody likes that. But I’m Alex from Fitment Industries. We hope you enjoyed, drop comment on what you’d like to see next, and of course, we’ll see you later. Don’t forget to subscribe
if you haven’t yet. That the second sales pitch. But I’m really much better
at the (stuttering), subcriberization, the subcribering. I’m Alex, peace.