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Proper Care of Your Wheels

When it comes to creating a donk car, image is everything. Donk owners pride themselves on making sure every square inch of their rides are kept pristine. It’s all part of the evolution from a down-on-its-luck beater to something that could be called a true work of art. The amount of care and attention given to a donk car can be seen in every aspect of the vehicle, all the way down to the wheels.

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Do It Yourself: How to donk my ride

The term Donk used to refer to solely to a highly customized Mid-70s Chevrolet Impala and then any American-made full-size car from that period. But nowadays, any car on large custom wheels falls into the “Donk” category.

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Why We Love Donks

We love the creativity that comes with customizing cars. Donk cars are great for car lovers who want to create something that reflects the owner’s personality and tastes. Making a donk car is also an act of preservation. Many cars that become donks start out as old, beat-up cars near the end of their life cycle. Because donk building involves reworking your suspension, brakes, and running gear, there is a lot of most donk owners take the next step and restore the body, add a custom paint job, and generally polish the vehicle until it looks like a completely new ride.

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What Is a Donk?

A true “donk” car refers specifically to 1971-1976 full-size Chevrolet cars. The term “donk” actually comes from the Chevy Impala. During these years, the Impala had a special logo that featured a leaping African antelope. To many, this jumping creature resembled a donkey, so when this particular Chevy model started gaining traction in the custom-car industry, people started referring to them as “donks.”

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Lift Kits for Serious Donks

Whatever you call it, once you have the car, you’ll need some big wheels. Many folks like installing a custom audio system. Regardless, you’ll need a donk lift kit so that those new rims will fit. It’s like giving your car a raise (literally)! 

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You Need Brake Dust Covers

Brake dust is a byproduct of brake wear. When you use your brakes, they heat up and metallic particles are worn off. As these particles are shed, they gain a static charge - which is how they end up sticking on your wheels. Both steel and alloy rims are affected by these unsightly dark blemishes.

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Brand New Cadillac

In 1979, The Clash took their London-inspired punk rhythms, combined them with a US-rockabilly style, and belted out “Brand New Cadillac.” It has become one of the most iconic songs about automobiles ever recorded.

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A Century of Custom Cars

People have been customizing their cars for nearly as long as the automobile has been part of our lives. By the late 1920s, America car lovers began modifying by removing running boards and either removing fenders, or replacing them with bicycle fenders. You can still see this type of modification at hot rod shows. Just look for the early 1930s-era cars and you’ll see these same mods in practice today.

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