Congratulations to Randall for winning June 2016 Ride Of The Month!!
1. The Driver
Auto Parts / Vape Shop Owner
Cars, Sports, and Video Games
2005 Cobalt SS, 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX, 2008 BMW 335i
2. The Car
When did Kia first gain your attention?
In 2011 when the body style changed, I thought it was a really sharp looking car.
Why did you choose to buy your Optima?
After several cars that I modded for speed, I wanted something different than my previous cars. I always wanted to put air suspension on a car, and always loved the styling of the optima. Once I actually sat in one and realized how much nicer it was than my BMW, I bought one.
What other cars have you modified?
I've pretty much modified every car I have owned. I love the car scene. I modded my WRX for autocross use, but also made sure it was show quality. I modded my BMW for straight line speed but made sure it was show quality as well. With my business I vendor at a lot of car shows, so no matter what I have, I always make sure the cars are show quality.
Where do you get your inspirations/ideas for your car from?
The moment I bought the car I had a vision for it. And its almost exactly as I saw it. There have also been several people on the forums I have reached out to for ideas and several cars that I follow to see how their build is progressing
What are your future plans for your Optima?
Still crossing my fingers that a front lip is made for the 14-15 optimas besides the morris one, TS carbon hood (Color Matched), Dual Projector Headlights, Then do some interior VIP type mods. Trying to hit points in all the car show categories.
What’s your favorite thing about modding your Optima?
Watching people trying to figure out what it is at car shows.
And the least favorite?
Before people see the car, they ask me why I would ever get rid of my BMW for a KIA. 99 percent of the time they agree once they see it.
What would you tell others to convince them to drive/buy an Optima?
Just get in one and I promise you'll enjoy it. My BMW interior was crap compared to my Optima.
3. The Mods
15% Tint Front 5% Rest of Car
K Badges Front, Rear, Steering Wheel
LED Fog Bulbs
LED Interior Lights
AllFit Front Lip
Weathertech Window Visors
K5OS Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
Optima Hybrid LED Tail Lights
Hardwood Trunk Floor
ABS Side Skirt Extensions
K5OS Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
Polished Quad Exhaust Tips
Trunk Beauty Board
Remote Controlled RGB LED Lighting in Trunk
LED Switchback Turn Signal Bulbs
Wheels & Suspension
Avant Garde M540 18x8 +35 Front 225/40/18 18x9 +35 (+40 with 5mm spacer) Rear 225/40/18
Universal Air Supply Air Bags over K-sport Coilovers
Dual Viair Compressors and 5Gal Tank
AVS 7 Switch Electronic Switch Box
Injen Cold Air Intake
Blue Dress Up Bolts
Carbon Fiber Engine Cover
Powdercoated Technica Strut Bar