Modified rides at the LA Auto Show

It's no SEMA Show, but the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show featured its fair share of rides that were not quite stock.

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This race-prepped Mazda3 could be found tucked in the back of Mazda's booth. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

It was no SEMA Show, but the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show featured its fair share of rides that had spent time under the knife to become something more than stock.

From race-prepped Fiestas and Mazda2s to a pair of crazy Scions that take tailgating to a new level, modifications at the LA Show took all shapes and forms. Suzuki brought out two examples of its new Kizashi sedan modified by Rockford-Fosgate and Road Race Engineering to deliver great sound and great performance.

Meanwhile, SMS Supercars showed us the meaning of "exotic muscle" with a pair of SMS 570 Challengers, one that developed 500 naturally aspirated horsepower and another that outputs 700 supercharger-assisted ponies. Those who just can't be satisfied with stock could definitely find a few surprises hidden throughout the show floor.

Check out our gallery of modified cars at the 2009 LA Auto Show for a closer look.

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Antuan Goodwin gained most of his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and performance to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable. Email Antuan, follow him on Twitter, or like him on Facebook. Antuan

 

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