So, you have new vehicle you’re not happy with, or an old one that you want to spiffy up instead of replace, and you’re contemplating on getting a chassis modification in the hopes that it can improve its performance? It’s possible, but it isn’t that easy, because sometimes it requires major alterations. Is it worth the time and money? It is, if it meets your needs, but finding a professional auto service centre with the right tools and skills is the challenging part – a service centre specializing in vehicle modifications, and one that can work within the bounds of your budget.
Understanding chassis modifications is to first understand what the definition of a chassis is. In a nutshell, a chassis, which is pronounced TCHA-see or CHA-see, is the physical frame that comprises the vehicle, and it’s comprised of either of the longitudinal rail varieties or the crossmember variants. When modifying one’s chassis, it is not so much about how you’re going to modify it, but it’s more of how much you can modify it, before it changes the vehicle’s classification.
Chassis modification does have a limit, as it has to retain the original structure or body length, or else its classification may change. For example, you’re going to modify a Volkswagen car into a hybridized buggy truck, and then you’ll have to change the registration according to the governing laws. Basically, extreme modifications of any sort that change the entire look of a vehicle, and even its designed function, is considered an extreme or radically altered vehicle, such as the a total reconstruction of a classic vehicle.
In either case, to avoid the need for any sort of vehicle classification change, find a professional that knows what they are doing; one that knows ‘for certainty’ the limits of the law governing vehicle classification, in regards to vehicle modifications. Any vehicle modification, especially modifications that involve the chassis, must be done professionally and looked into by a professional mechanic, to ensure that everything remains safe and reliable.
Most modifications that are done by non professionals are not only dangerous to oneself, but also to pedestrians and other vehicles on the road. Such modifications can be unreliable to the point of becoming a literal ticking-time-bomb cruising down the road. Professional auto service centres can help; they understand the limits of all types of vehicles and will guarantee that your vehicle is safe and sound.