Article Lead Image

Photo via ReflectedSerendipity/Flickr Remix by Jason Reed

8 times someone ruined their car by trying to make it cooler

You wouldn't be caught dead driving these hot rods.


Luke Winkie

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 5, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 8:07 am CDT

Welcome back to our regular series examining the most popular posts on some of Reddit’s more specific and hilarious communities. In the past, we’ve enjoyed the odd, visceral joy of things cut in half, and the unintentional architectural horrors of evil buildings. Today, we’re focusing on one of my personal favorite subreddits, r/shitty_car_mods.

It’s a pretty popular destination, boasting about 106,000 subscribed users. It gets by because there’s no shortage of people doing terrible things to their vehicles, and the world needs a reliquary for dumb spinners. I grew up with a dad who installed a fake “grenade launcher” button in his Ford pickup, so I think I’m uniquely qualified to bring you the highlights. Below, enjoy eight car mods from people who have a very bad idea of “cool.”

At 5,875 upvotes, the one thing on this subreddit I would actually buy.

Are we sure this shouldn’t be in “awesome car mods” and not “shitty car mods?” Like, I get that it’s dumb, but I’m pretty sure looking like Vin Diesel is better than whatever fucking neon you’re putting under an Escalade. Just my take.

At 5,358 upvotes, technically not a car mod but absolutely amazing nonetheless.


I want to see these things everywhere. This guy has the right idea. We need shitty fake Battlebots weaponry on all traversal devices. I want a Razor Scooter with 50-inch rims. Get on it.

At 4,449 upvotes, a giant field goal post strapped to the back of a racecar.

It’s like if someone was fucking around in Forza Motorsport, except in real life.

At 4,009 upvotes, great for dodging the green shell.

I’m sure this would work great in any race where you’re going up against Wario or Racer X.

At 3,837 upvotes, it’s like the bro version of steampunk.

What’s cooler than being cool? Fucking up your vehicle’s emissions to the point where it’s borderline illegal.

At 3,830 upvotes, that definitely looked cooler in his head.

I’m just gonna dump a can of neon blue paint in my engine bay and I’m gonna drive around like the damn Fast and the Furious!!!

At 3,805 upvotes, karma is a bitch.

I really want to see the look on this guy’s face when he realized how royally he fucked up.

At 3,717 upvotes, infanticide.

So you take home your brand new Corvette and immediately ask someone at an auto shop to gut out the back seats, turning it into a truck. You could’ve, you know, bought a truck. But no. I feel bad for people who sell cars sometimes. It’s a fucking Camaro! And it couldn’t have gone to someone worse. Blood is on all of our hands.

Share this article
*First Published: Aug 5, 2016, 9:30 am CDT