my friday night was spent making some minor upgrades to the Mk6 GTI. LED tail lights via the Golf R (kind of) and wheel spacers from Black Forest Industries.
i didn’t really have language around “OEM plus” until i joined the euro community. but i was already a fan. early modifications to my first Honda Civic included parts found standard on the then top of the line Civic Si and wheels from an Integra GS-R. then things went full on rice rocket.
OEM+ is generally “clean” looking. you typically won’t find flashy and ostentatious parts from the manufacturers. this means you won’t stand out too much (a plus for some and a negative for others) and you’ll be making enhancements that are still in the spirit of the original manufacturer’s design aesthetics.
another benefit is fitment. if you choose actual OEM parts you’ll find better luck in getting a part that is manufactured with tight clearances and specifications. you might pay more for it, but you’ll know what level of quality you’re getting. eBay is chock full of replica OEM+ parts. i’ve installed many a carbon fiber replica whose installation mounts didn’t exactly line up. when i unboxed the taillights above i was surprised by the production quality of these replicas. though the exterior fitment is fairly on point, the truth comes out in looking at the hidden gaps at the install points.
for most imports, there’s a plethora of upgrades from the european “domestic” markets as well as the Japanese domestic market. slap on some JDM parts and some wheel spacers and you’re looking real good. and friends don’t let friends drive stock.
daily automotive addiction.