Modifying an Aston Martin
Altering a car that is widely considered to be the most beautiful modern car on the road is a tricky thing. Having been doing this for several years now, and answering questions about the various options throughout that time, I figured it'd be a good idea to write up some modification guides to help people decide what (if anything) they want to do to their pride and joy.
These modification guides are general descriptions of some of the cars' characteristics, how those characteristics can be changed, and the pros and cons of each. There isn't a single solution for everyone, so I'm hoping that by describing each aspect of the car and the options available, it'll help each owner to make an informed decision on what they want (and don't want) to do.
I sell options for most of the modifications I discuss in these guides through my online store. The sales from the store are what keeps Redpants going, and your support is appreciated!
DISCLAIMER: As always, follow all safety protocols. Don't undertake this task if you aren't comfortable with it and fully understand it. You are ultimately responsible for anything you do. Neither Redpants, LLC or myself is responsible or liable for anything that may occur.
There are some unspoken rules for modifying an Aston Martin. To be clear, these aren't actual rules, so don't think of this as what you are and aren't allowed to do. But from what I've seen, responses from the Aston community at large can be harsh and blunt.
First and foremost is that anything done to the car should look like it actually belongs there. Modification that look obnoxious are frowned upon by the traditionally-conservative owners community. I've seen how vocal other Aston owners can be online when they come across a modified car that doesn't meet their approval. The comments aren't kind.
Second is that parts shouldn't be downgraded. There are a lot of ways to improve an Aston Martin, but there are plenty of high-quality aspects that don't need to be tampered with. More relevant, there are plenty of great OEM and aftermarket options available for modifying your car so there's no reason to cut quality.
To give a couple examples of this, consider two things I've come across myself. First is a set of carbon fiber door mirror caps. The painted portion of the door mirrors can be replaced with carbon fiber units. The OEM ones are obscenely expensive. There are aftermarket ones that have a standard Volvo mirror cap covered in carbon fiber. Having seen these first-hand, I was very unimpressed with the quality. I was considering selling them myself until I saw a few sets in person. Not one piece was good enough quality for me to want to sell them. They just weren't good enough. These cost a fraction of what the OEM units cost, but why spend money to downgrade?
The second example is wheels. Chris over at B is for Build got a set of wheels for his Aston Martin project car (I think they were free for him as part of a sponsorship deal). The wheels didn't clear his calipers and he needed spacers to make them fit. Using spacers to set OEM wheels further out is fine - it keeps the OEM setup but gives your car a better stance. But needing spacers for aftermarket wheels means the wheels weren't made correctly for the car. Why buy wheels that don't even fit your car when there are so many options available that will fit like they're supposed to?
Third, it's your car. Do whatever you want to do.