Tricked Out Kia Spectra5: Owner Interview & Pics

Kia Spectra at local auto show

The latest in our Kia owners interview series is a little different than what you have come to expect in that it does not focus on a current Kia model.

Gavin, a 34-year old father of two from Utah, is the proud owner of a Kia Spectra5 that has been in the family for 9 years.

He confesses to loving his first Kia model, and he has gone out of his way to make upgrades and enhancements that truly make it his own.

The Spectra 5-door hatchback has served him well during that time, with most of the work done on the vehicle being of the aesthetic variety.

Gavin gets a lot of compliments on his vehicle, but he does also get some negative feedback, which he believes is something to be expected when you are putting together a build that is truly personal.

He has joined a couple of Kia clubs to show off his car, and it’s there where his tricked out Kia Spectra gets most of its love.

Gavin has a Kia that has a one-off Halo EFX dip color on it, and he has added a carbon fiber hood, gold rims, and an iPad mounted in the dashboard.

He has also installed a ton of accessories to give the Spectra a sportier look, but admits that there is still more work to be done.

If you want to learn more about this cool ride, the changes made to it, and the ones that are still to come, be sure to read the interview in its entirety.

Kia Spectra5 specs & info

  • Engine: 2.0 4-cylinder
  • Color: red
  • Year: 2006
  • Model: Spectra5
  • MPG: 25 city 33 highway

Kia owner Q&A

Kia Spectra5 tuning   Tricked Out Kia Spectra

1. Tell us something about your Kia Spectra5 ownership experience.

I looked for a Spectra5 for about 6 months and it’s what I wanted. It’s been a great car no major issues with it be really reliable.

2. How long have you owned your ride?

9 years.

3. Honestly, what was your intention when you bought your Kia Spectra?

Kia With Apple iPadI wanted to modify something that no one would think of doing. I like to be original.

4. What do you like the most about the car?

The room it has for being a hatch back. You can fit 3 people in the back with no issues.

5. What do other people say about your Kia car?

People say that it is something they would not expect to look like it does. I get a lot of hate and a lot of complements about it.

But you have to take the good with the bad. I didn’t build it for them I built it for me.

6. What is it that makes your tricked out Kia Spectra look unique?

My Kia has a one off Halo EFX dip color on it. I also have an IPad in the dash. It has gold rims and a wrapped carbon fiber hood.

My car is very unique from a lot of other cars out there and it’s all done by me.

7. What Spectra5 accessories have you installed so far / do you have any future plans?


  • Meagan Header and downpipe
  • Megan Coilovers
  • Colt Cams
  • Magnaflow full exhaust
  • 18 in ADR Sokudo Wheels
  • K&N Typhoon short ram intake
  • Memphis audio 10 in subwoofers
  • 6 in Memphis 3 way speakers in the rear
  • 5 ½ Memphis component speakers in the Front
  • 5000 watt MB quart 5 channel amp
  • Sound stream audio processor with Bluetooth
  • IPad mini in the dash
  • Halo EFX customer dipped
  • Vinyl wrap black rear side panels and lower parts of the doors
  • Carbon Fiber wrapped hood

Future plans

  • I am going to put on an air ride suspension this summer.
  • I am going to take off the Carbon Fiber wrap on the hood and put Matte black to match the roof.

Kia Spectra5 tuning   Kia in a garage

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Gavin! Keep up with great work & have fun modifying your Kia Spectra5!

One thought on “Tricked Out Kia Spectra5: Owner Interview & Pics

  1. carli coombs says:

    I love your work you have done . i have never seen anything like it .. Keep dreaming big

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