A person who has a Japanese car that was made to go fast and handle well (Skyline, S2000, Impreza, RX7, even the Miata), and makes it go faster and handle better without making it look ugly is not a ricer.

A person who has a Japanese(typically, though ricers have been known to rice-out American and European cars) car (like the Civic) that was made to go slow, and makes the car look incredibly ugly by way of "aero kits" that are ineffective/detrimental to the car's aerodynamics is a ricer. This person could also have installed an "exhaust system" which eliminates all backpressure, including the backpressure the engine needs, which causes backfiring, loss of torque, and the infamous "farting in a coffee can" exhaust note. Furthermore, this person could have installed a set of comically large rims wrapped with almost non-existent tires, eliminating all sidewall and imparting to the car the ride qualities of a broken suspension. Lowering could have been performed by cutting the springs, which reduces ride height by softening the springs, which in turn renders the springs less useless. This is why ricers must slow to 2 miles per hour for speedbumps to avoid bottoming out.

The true hallmark of a ricer is that little to no useful engine modifications have been performed.
A non-ricer may have a small spoiler for rear downforce to even out weight distribution and increase stability at speed.

A ricer has so much "aero kits" that there is drag slowing the car, or the downforce that kicks in at speed will not let the car accelerate.
by ricer=stupid December 02, 2004
A Honda Civic.
No one likes ricers, either. For more details, see drifting sack of shit.
by stiffshifter February 19, 2010
A term used to describe idiots, predominantly in North America, who take their cheap Japanese import cars, load them with body modifications, a new exhaust, and maybe an air filter, and then think they can win any street race because their car looks sleek.

Keep in mind, that no engine modification or any other type of performance enhancing modification is included in the ricing process.
I hate those stupid, stupid idiots who rice their little Honda Civics up and then think they can smoke anyone. They all stink and have poor math skills.
by I hate Ricers. May 03, 2003
cars with fart mufflers not always a honda. usally a 16-20 year old that thinks he/she is hot shit
cars that go buzzzzzzzzzzzzz
by mike December 12, 2004
a person who modifies his/her car for looks with bad taste, and no performance.
that ricer races anyone, and hasn't won a single race.
by bob November 15, 2003
Either a Japnease car tuned to sound like a crying baby, or the term used to describe a helpless teen that thinks his or her lawnmower-powered civic or eclipse could own a Vette or Ferrari.
That cool civic you see haulin' down the freeway with an airplane wing for a spoiler.
by A.R.S. (Anti-Rice-Society) June 23, 2004
Read: Superfluous plastic accoutrements, including, but not limited to Alteeza lights, wings, bodykits, misc. other body parts (wheel flares, BMW gills, false air intakes, grills), contraband badges, parts taken off other cars and used for aesthetic purposes, and stickers particularly those of the Type R variety. Also includes pointless modifications such as functional/nonfunctional exhaust tips, exhaust resonators that produce the sound of a performance exhaust system, "cold air intakes" located in areas of excessive heat (behind or on top of the engine), excessive use of chrome, neon and strobe lighting (in any location), excessively large wheels and tires, gaudy wheels(color matched to the car or containing spinning parts), brake rotors painted in a way that emulates performance brakes, and fake blow off valves that emulate the sounds made by a real turbo(s). In addition these types of vehicles are excessively lowered to the point of immobility.

Although a common blight in imported automobiles coming from the Asian continent, the disease has spread to European and American vehicles as well. Both cars and trucks are effected. Male owners under the age of 25 who suffer from an inflated sense of self and a small penis most frequently fall victim to this disease.
I can't believe that "Type R" Honda thinks he can really take on my stage 6 Audi S4.

That poor little Volkswagen GTI has been ruined by a ricer. We should gather funds for a rehabilitation project.
by Queen of Ingolstadt November 24, 2003
a person who modifies a vehicle for looks with really bad taste, and no performance.
example of a ricer would be anyone who modifies a vehicle with really bad paint job, mismatched colored interior, and exterior. for performance, the cat is taken out, or just has an exhuast tip instead of an actual full exhaust, the springs are clipped to lower it, and has really bad camber.

sentence1: that ricer thinks his car looks good, but no one seems to like it.

sentence2: that ricer has no knowledge on cars.
by bob November 17, 2003

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