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isaac Jan 13, 8:13pm - #81656 
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Who/What Exactly Is a Rice-Boy? (LONG)

This information was coppied from http://riceboypage.com/
...Section titled, "What Is Rice-Boy?".
Last Modified 11/18/97.

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Who/What Exactly Is a Rice-Boy?

Rice-Boy is a stereotype. The typical Rice-Boy can be identified by his car, or rather what he does to it. Generally, Rice-Boy will start out with a car that was not meant to go fast (typically a Honda Civic), and attempt to "fix it up," usually consisting of aftermarket rims, lowering springs and an aftermarket exhaust system with a large exhaust tip.

Most Rice-Boy cars (or "Rice Rockets") have the usual complement of stickers proudly displaying features that the car might or might not have, most notably, the Honda VTEC sticker from the later model Preludes, and the plaques from the later model Integras.

Rice-Boys do not exclusively drive Japanese cars. There are quite a few fake Mustang '5.0's and Camaro Z28's out there, as well as quite a few strange looking Neons.

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Under the Hood of Rice-Boy's Car
Of course, most of the modifications done by Rice-Boy do not actually increase the performance of his car by any significant amount, but rather, try to give the appearance of high-performance. What most Rice-Boys seem to not know is that many of the things they do to their cars to make them faster actually hurt the performance.

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The Generic Rice-Boy Civic

For example -- I have seen many a Civic with aftermarket rims with the wrong wheel offset, or just plain lowered incorrectly. Sure, the car looks nice, except for the tendancy for the wheels to slant inward, preventing the tire's full contact patch from touching the ground, which results in poorer traction, leading to slower acceleration and poor cornering. This of course defeats the purpose of lowering one's car (to acheive better cornering).

Now, a slight amount of negative camber can aid in cornering, however, the slant I am describing can be 4 degrees or even more, which is an excessive amount, far more than could ever be useful on the street, especially on stock-sized wheels.

Another interesting point about lowering cars: it really needs to be done properly. I ran into a Rice-Boy who drives a White Civic EX Coupe (like how many of these are out there??), who, after replacing his aftermarket "performance" lowring-springs with his stock springs again (he was taking his car into the dealer and didn't want them to know he messed with the car), exclaimed, "Hey you know, my car handles BETTER with the stock springs!". I'm not surprised. I'm sure some Honda engineer spent days working on those springs... why mess with them?

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Appearance vs. Performance
What sets apart Rice-Boys from normal performance enthusiasts is that they are more concerned with the image of speed than they are about actual performace. Few Rice Rockets add the one option that can make a Civic begin to go fast -- a turbochager.

Take for example, the above pictured Civic. It looks pretty mean and fast with its rims and super-spoiler (another staple of Rice-Boy technology), but closer inspection will reveal that this is a Civic DX. The Mirrors and liscence plate frames are FLAT BLACK, whereas LX and EX models are painted and would be shiny. A noble attempt at fooling people (as black plastic would stand out more on a red or white car as opposed to a black car), but the outside appearance doesn't change what is under the Hood -- a Civic DX economy car engine.

It's not so much that Rice-Boy is trying to make his car look good. There are lots of people out there who just want to make their car look good, and don't care about speed at all. Rice-Boy, however, says that he is making his modifications to enhance his car's performance, when really, all he cares about is fitting some sort of image. For example, he may lower his car, saying that it is for a lower center of gravity, and thus, better handling, but if he doesn't do a good job of it (i.e., his car is bouncing around from his shocks being able to handle the higher spring rates... or he cuts his springs making his car uneven) then we know that really, he cares more about looking low then he does about better cornering.

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While you are there, be sure to check out "Rice-Boy FAQ"
http://riceboypage.com/faq/

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Gen7fan Jan 13, 8:26pm - #81657 
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there is truth to all of this...
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trog2233 Jan 13, 8:29pm - #81658 

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ok so i can cut my springs and put stickers all over my car with a big wing and i'm not a ricer cause "Rice-Boys do not exclusively drive Japanese cars"

rofl rofl

that is funny though
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celicaTRDgts Jan 13, 8:36pm - #81659 

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Originally Posted by Gen7fan
there is truth to all of this...


true that grin

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it's so bad how the civic has such horrible publicity..it's so funny, yet people still look toward itl grin

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thE_laW Jan 13, 9:51pm - #81661 

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wow, great find, this page is so true

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beans Jan 13, 9:55pm - #81662 
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Donegan Jan 13, 10:13pm - #81663 

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Originally Posted by isaac

Generally, Rice-Boy will start out with a car that was not meant to go fast (typically a Honda Civic), and attempt to "fix it up," usually consisting of aftermarket rims, lowering springs and an aftermarket exhaust system with a large exhaust tip.


Ignorance.

If he knew what he was talking about(And those who follow his steps), the Civic was a race-inspired car and held multiple championship titles in the early Japan GT series and pretty much dominated everything in its class (Started in '85).

He's only seeing the "street" version of Civics and are blinded by what they can really be. And I don't blame him. There's so many idiots who do half-assed tuning to Civics that it's worthless. Perhaps going to Japan and witnessing these events will change his views and stop following what others say and believe.
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trog2233 Jan 13, 10:33pm - #81664 

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Originally Posted by Donegan
Originally Posted by isaac

Generally, Rice-Boy will start out with a car that was not meant to go fast (typically a Honda Civic), and attempt to "fix it up," usually consisting of aftermarket rims, lowering springs and an aftermarket exhaust system with a large exhaust tip.


Ignorance.

If he knew what he was talking about(And those who follow his steps), the Civic was a race-inspired car and held multiple championship titles in the early Japan GT series and pretty much dominated everything in its class (Started in '85).

He's only seeing the "street" version of Civics and are blinded by what they can really be. And I don't blame him. There's so many idiots who do half-assed tuning to Civics that it's worthless. Perhaps going to Japan and witnessing these events will change his views and stop following what others say and believe.


Ummm ok? wtf wtf
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Donegan Jan 13, 11:49pm - #81665 

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Originally Posted by trog2233
Ummm ok? wtf wtf


I don't blame you for not understanding.
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isaac Jan 14, 12:50am - #81666 
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Originally Posted by Donegan

Originally Posted by trog2233

Ummm ok? wtf wtf


I don't blame you for not understanding.


and we dont blaim you for not living in the "NOW" tongue

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slidr Jan 14, 1:17am - #81667 

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Originally Posted by isaac
Originally Posted by Donegan
Originally Posted by trog2233
Ummm ok? wtf wtf


I don't blame you for not understanding.


and we dont blaim you for not living in the "NOW" tongue
Really. The Civics (other than SI's) nowadays have got what, like 127 hp tops? They are high performance to obtain better gas mileage, not to be raced.

The SI is another story but even some could argue otherwise.



And yeah, some Civic coupes/hatchbacks can be modded to go really fast (11 sec 1/4), but I'm sure that some other cars not meant to be raced can be modded to go that fast. It's just a matter of money.

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LinkTallica Jan 14, 1:58am - #81668 

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Originally Posted by Donegan
Originally Posted by isaac

Generally, Rice-Boy will start out with a car that was not meant to go fast (typically a Honda Civic), and attempt to "fix it up," usually consisting of aftermarket rims, lowering springs and an aftermarket exhaust system with a large exhaust tip.


Ignorance.

If he knew what he was talking about(And those who follow his steps), the Civic was a race-inspired car and held multiple championship titles in the early Japan GT series and pretty much dominated everything in its class (Started in '85).

He's only seeing the "street" version of Civics and are blinded by what they can really be. And I don't blame him. There's so many idiots who do half-assed tuning to Civics that it's worthless. Perhaps going to Japan and witnessing these events will change his views and stop following what others say and believe.

ill go with this as the truth
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i saw this rice-boy on a forum lol its kinda funny
You Know You're A Riceboy If..

... you find yourself using the excuse "yo, but you gots twice as many cylindas, dude" after EVERY race

... you drive a 4 door 'type R'

... you have stickers that even most asians dont get

... you have stickers for parts you dont have

... you refer to 50hp as the 'big shot'

... your car has so much camber it can drive on its side

... when you drive by, WWII veterans run for shelter

... your exhaust tip diameter is 4 times the inner muffler diameter

... you have 'power by' anything anywhere on a car made by the engine manufacturer

... birds make nests on your spoiler because its taller than the trees

... you sell crack for the image...not the money

... you have 'N/T' polished on the side of car and you dont know what bracket racing is

... you will only race if the other guy removes four sparkplugs

... you can't race uphills

... you have "All Motor" emblazoned on your rear hatch right next to your 14.50 dial in

... you brag to have nitrous and have a 14.50 dial in

... your exhaust system for your 1.8L is bigger than most Pro-stock cars

... you spent more money on stickers and stripes than your parents paid for your car

... you go to a performance shop and immediately start rummaging through the decal bin

... your tach is bigger than your head

... you have a shiftlight and your car is an automatic

... you refuse to race because it's a "show car"

... your only mods are cut factory springs and a 5" chrome exhaust tip

... at Autocross events you don't participate because you have a drag race setup and at drag events you brag about kicking ass on the autocross.

... your exhaust sounds like a dying Moose

... you have more lights on the front of your car than the USS Voyager

... you brag about a turbo kit that never seems to get installed.

... your bright green $300 Air Filter is bigger than your engine

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lol ne way just thought it was kinda amusing but i dont hate ricers
ne way sorry if i offend some rice lol

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