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Being 'different' - Good or bad?


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Here's a nice little nugget to discuss.

 

 

Quite often on a website of this nature, comments are raised such as "It's good you're doing something different!" or "It's the effort that counts, not following the norm" etc. Quite often these comments, in my opinion, are poor attempts at polishing a turd.

 

So the question is, why is 'different' good? It's easy to be different, very easy, infact the easiest thing ever. But what makes it good, and is some different better than other different, or does all different count the same?

 

 

I'm curious. Discuss.

 

 

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The norm being skirts,spats and ford alloys = good way to do an escort up

good different IMO is Tezs car, mike Cs car, and even mykezs car (which has grown on me)

 

Other different cars on evo, which have opted for M3 mirrors instead of mk6 mirrors are not good. People who purposefully look away from tried and tested good upgrades because they "dont want to be a sheep" or whatever just end up ruining their cars IMO by fitting crap.

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its all down to the individual and what they want, who gives a flying shite what other people think as long as you are happpy at the end of the day? everyone hated mykez's rat beast when he started it, and now a lot of people like it because its different :)
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It seems to me that most of us mod our cars to be different, or to stand out a bit.

 

But the conformist (or herd instinct) takes over and we so often end up with the Monty Python version of individuality:

 

"You're all different!"

 

The crowd, en masse, respond "Yes, we're all different"

 

In a similar vein, the "tramp stamp" tattoo that's now increasingly common to so many women between the ages of 18 and 55. Apparently it's a

mark of individuality. Hmmmm... I see; individuality by all looking the same! :rolleyes: :pancake:

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Tricky to answer I think. I love seeing cars with individual touches on. There's been some great examples out there; Twins' Series 2 on PassionFord being a great example. I love how so much thought goes into each modification and they're always brilliantly executed. It isn't all to my taste, but I think it's nice to see someone putting so much thought into a car that's been modified in almost every way going, pulling it off and ending up with something that's actually pretty tasteful and not over the top at all.

 

What I don't like is this attitude where some people are desperate to be different and stand out, which often ends in disaster. I know a lad who had a white Polo 16v, and in an attempt to be different, it ended up on 7x13 Superlights and was lowered so much that doing 70 on dual carriageways would cause the centre box to bounce off the floor if the car hit a slight undulation in the road. It also sported silver vinyl on one rear quarter and the opposite front wing with little skulls on, and random stickers all over the place, and day glow detailing. It just looked a bloody mess.

 

I do find the 'GTI hate' on here quite amusing. The options for the MK5/6 are a bit limited in a way, and the GTI bits are undoubtedly the best way to smarten up an Escort. They nearly always look good and I don't think they need anything extra really, apart from the odd splitter or other subtle addition. Sadly it all starts to go wrong when people wish to be different again, and end up fitting some god awful aftermarket body kit, or start messing with silly aftermarket lights and mirrors and things, none of which actually fit the shape of the car at all.

 

I absolutely appreciate a bit of innovation in modifying, but I think it's near impossible for most people to get it right and you usually end up with an mess of a car at the end of it. I am very much of the opinion that the people who spent millions of pounds developing the car are probably the best qualified people to purchase styling enhancements from :thumb: I modify my cars to, in my eyes at least, look good. Whether there's a 101 others that look virtually the same is of little concern to me to be honest.

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I don't mod cars to be different or unique, I change things about cars to improve the car, It doesnt matter if that improvement has been done by millions before me or I pioneered it myself. So long as it is an improvement. So long as I end up with the car I want. If I could afford a new Focus RS I wouldn't change anything about it. There are only a few people on Evo who are modding cars to "be different" and they can do that all they want, just the same as people who want to get a tattoo to express themselves (by copying other people)
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its all down to the individual and what they want, who gives a flying shite what other people think as long as you are happpy at the end of the day? everyone hated mykez's rat beast when he started it, and now a lot of people like it because its different :)

 

If this was the case, such individuals wouldn't post pictures of their cars on the internet and ask for comment.

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i think there are different takes on different.

 

different in a good way: something thats not been done much or never and is pulled off well.

 

different bad: something thats not been done much or never and is totally disgusting

 

differnt com pletely: something that has neveer been done before.

 

the latter is my fav, its usually love it or hate it or often a grower. usually pepople on a budget being different cock it up...saying that alot of people with to much money are the same.

 

my cars not the norm with its colourscheme...but its hardly gri=oundbraking and im sure been done before but no en masse like the gti rep etc.

 

things like rat look were once different...they are now just a trend which is dieing out because to many people tried it.

 

gti rep is a smart and cheap way of getting a good looking but NORMAL looking car, saying that id much rather have them over some individual motors.

 

to sum it up, yes i like different...but it depends how its different.

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All based on opinion to me...

 

Being different is totally based on a members opinion....

 

Example....

 

I recently posted in a SUYM thread stating "It's great that your being different well done"

 

where as some people will look at the end result and think...... "WTF" therefore think being different is bad?

 

I just look on "being different" as being opinionated....

 

Like anything really... Opinions again... Some think Gay is bad.... others think nothing of it or it's good....

 

Hope I am making sense?

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Because, if everyone did everything that was tried and tested, then nothing would ever change, nothing would have ever changed. If humans stuck to the same, we would never learn.

 

Different might be ugly, or ineffective, but it might also be an improvement.

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because you are only 1 of 6 billion ppl in the world and people like to be noticed.

being different has been going on since the start of human civilisation. kings wore crowns, roman emperors wore purple. if you had the money you set yourself apart.

ppl are crying out to be different, now everyone seems to have a "thing" wether its cars, clothes, hair, tattoos, music, food or films. everyone wants to stand out and be noticed.

 

ppl cant even have a quiet conversation anymore, they have to shout it out so everyone notices them.

 

women at my place of work like to make a big deal about going shopping in London every once in a while "to be different". when they come back they went to new look, river island and perkins. :nutter:

 

to quote jimmy in quadrophenia "I don't wanna be the same as everybody else. That's why I'm a Mod, see? I mean, you gotta be somebody, ain't ya, or you might as well jump in the sea and drown".

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