abe froman wrote:
no, you're not the only one who sees how bad this can look.
but it's due to poor execution, not a bad idea.
i'm not trying to single anyone out, just grabbed a picture from this thread that illustrates poor execution
and the oversight of spacial relationships and how they convey a pleasurable signals to the brain.
okay here we go.
here's a pignose lip on a pignose:
here's a pignose lip on a silvia:
here's a pignose lip on DriftFaction Dave's car back in 2005:
here's the 2009 run-of-the-mill pignose lip application:
one of these things is not like the others.
who caught the difference?
it's BODYLINES people. and in order for a car to look good while adding body parts, these lines need to match.
now take a look back at the pictures again. see the door indent, the strip tape line, and the rocker panel line on all four cars?
they're parallel. always and forever.
now look again at the lip on the top three cars. which line does the lip coincide with?
yup. lines up with the rockers. like nissan knew it would.
now the ugly task of dissecting the usual 240 owner application on the fourth car. what's that lip saying?
it's screaming "I DON'T ****ING BELONG HERE"
visual demonstration: the key on all four pictures is the cirlced area below
may be a bit difficult to grasp due to the perspective of that picture, but i think it made it painfully clear.
the green lines match. parallel.
that red line is making the green lines angry by not playing nicely and ****ing everything up on this car.
even the bumper indent just above the lip is parallel with the bodylines. it has to be, or else it'd look stupid.
conflicting bodylines are what made supra spoilers on 4-door civics looks god-awful.
it wasn't that giant wings were ugly.
it wasn't even that civic sedans were ugly.
it's that the bodylines DID NOT ****ING MATCH.
SO HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE SAW, BUT STILL MISSED:
a NEW HOLE needs to be drilled for this lip, so that it coincides with the car's factory bodylines.
the holes people are using are for fender extensions, and are not placed properly for retro-fitting the lip.
the old school guys (koguchi, above) knew this. that's why their car designs are timeless and
still drooled over today.
nissan knew this. which is why the lip matched perfectly on the pignose.
a few of us locals knew this. hence dave's car got drilled quick fast and in a hurry.
so don't be offended because i get all hostile and arrogant and pretentious. just heed the info, and kick bad habits.
i want us all to have nice-looking cars, not be ignorant 'the next civic' ricer copycats.
thanks for reading if you did. educate yourself if you didn't.