The basics for modding your Lancer.
1.) Know Your Car: Before you go out and just start buying random parts to throw on your car, it is best to come up with a look/theme you want to go for. Installing random parts that do not go together and covering your car in stickers is not modding. You need to understand what your car can and cannot do. Understand what you are buying and the benefits of the mod for your car, this will prevent you from wasting your money and keep you from any regrets later on.
The Mitsubishi Lancer is not a powerhouse vehicle, nor is it meant to be. It is a fuel effiecient daily driver with an aggressive style. If you are looking for power it is best to save up and go for the RA and EVO. Knowing your car's limitations with allow for you to mod properly.
2.) Do Your Research: Does it fit? Knowledge is power and while living in a time where information is so readily available take the time to research exactly what you are buying. There are thousands of parts out there some good some bad. Before you just go spending your money do the proper research to make sure a particular mod/part fits your car. There is nothing worse than buying a part because it looked cool only to find out that it does not fit on your car. A little bit of research could save you hours of frustration later on.
3.) Budget & Planning: This ones pretty obvious but still good to go over. It is always a good idea to sit down and figure out exactly what you want done to your car, how much it will cost, and what order in which you want everything done.
4.) Safety: The most important thing is to understand the some mods done to your car will void your warranty and possibly lower your vehicles safety. Always make sure your servicing your car, there is no excuse for your car to not be properly maintained. Safey can often times be disregarded just because we want to install a mod. An example would be a racing steering wheel being installed, it would be great to have and would look great; however it would mean there would be no front airbag and its illegal. Know and understand the risks before adding something to your car.
5.) The Extra Attention: Once your car starts to take shape its bound to be a header turner and you will start getting your car noticed. This includes the cops and potential thieves so be on the look out. Most cops will leave you alone if your are not driving wrecklessly or making a big scene. They will hear that loud exhaust and you will become a natural target. Be smart, cops do not like paper work but if they find a reason to pull you over they will look for other violations to write you up on.
6.) Always Remember It's Your Car: At the end of the day it's your car an noone can tell you what to do. All people can do is make suggestions. Do not expect everyone to like your car and that's ok. Mod for you not for them and everyone has different tastes. There is no right or wrong mod!