Am I just getting old, or is my taste for custom cars that lean more toward classy and comfy than extreme and unsightly making me look like a codger? Regardless of what this geriatric-sounding reason may be, there are a handful of trends in the aftermarket automotive world that need to stop right away in order to keep the rest of us from gagging.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not against modifying a car — I have modified every car I have ever owned and enjoy seeing people improving upon a manufacturer’s designs — but some of the crap that is  popular today borderlines on being  ridiculous, with the rest of it utilizing the word “dangerous.”

Certain mods remain merely a cosmetic “upgrade,” and are only cause for concern to anyone who wants to hold down their lunch. Then there are things like extreme negative suspension camber, which often goes well beyond aesthetics, with a lot of it teetering on the verge of being flat-out dangerous.

Unfortunately, the only downside to a fading fad is that there will always be another pointless and potentially dangerous trend to follow in its footsteps, so there is little hope that any of us will ever truly find respite from automotive abominations in our lifetime

1. Too much camber !

This is a fad that is not only ridiculous looking but ridiculously dangerous as well. Adjusting a car’s suspension to the point where the wheels sit at an ad-hoc angle usually means that the car is dangerously low to the pavement and that the only amount of compound touching the asphalt is a thin strip of inner sipe.

So be careful when driving behind cars with cambered wheels/suspension — they are prone to bottoming out over bumps and run a very high risk of scraping their oil pans down to nothing over time. Also know that these cars usually have the stopping power of a fat walrus on a slip-and-slide, so be sure to give these nincompoops plenty of space under slippery conditions.

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