Well I have been on the show scene and in the business for over 20 years (from old school mini truckin to new school street rods) and it is ALL just a fad that comes and goes.
From hydraulics to air bags. From bowed out 13x7 reverse wheels, to 24's. From wings to wingless. Whatever. Here today, gone tomorrow.
I would not have called any of the cars presented in the movie "F&F" a ricer. They were all professionally built, well styled vehicles that attracted every young and ambitious car enthusiast from coast to coast to go see it. Then there was Tokyo Drift, and afterwords, every one was out in empty parking lots trying to slide around with whatever they had. Like them or hate them, all of those cars were top of the line. Wing or no wing.
I build what sells. I build what people are willing to pay to have built, how they want it. Period. If I discriminated against any kind of car or truck, I may as well shut down the business and go work at an autoparts store.
What one person wants me to do to their car may not be what someone else would do. What some call a ricer, I can call them someone who has ambition and a goal (wether they ever actually "finish" what they started or not). What some say is JDM, I can also say they prefer to blend into the parking lot sea of cars and trucks, and not stand out with any kind of "personality" expressed through their custom car. You could also call them the "safe" crowd. Rather than step out and try to be different, they would rather stay low-profile and not risk suffering any sort of judgement from others.
The last Honda I built (strictly for looks and reliabilty/you know, if it ain't broke don't fix it) has been called "ricer", but what I do know is that when I see it rolling through town, it really looks good, or atleast in my opinion, as good as a four door Civic CAN look. I took off the wing, and the rear of the car was just lacking. Better with it on to break it up a bit and define it from the front. It works.
Now does this mean I expect everyone to like it? Nope.
Do I expect everyone in the world to appreciate the lines of a 1969 Camaro? Nope.
To each his/her own. Whatever works for you, enjoy. I don't have to like it, but as long as you do, it's cool.
By the way, the Honda was built for a woman in her 30's who had always wanted a car that stood out. She loved it. Now she wants a turbo AWD STI. Go figure.
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