When making performance upgrades to one’s car or truck, many drivers neglect improving their brakes. This is counterintuitive, because not only are the brakes one of the most important safety features of an automobile, but improvements to the brake system also enhance the experience of driving the vehicle. One cheap and easy-to-install brake system improvement is replacing rubber brake lines with stainless steel brake lines.
Motor mounts (also known as engine mounts) are an essential component to a properly functioning car, truck, or Jeep. Motor mounts, and other powertrain mounts like transmission mounts, are used to hold the engine and transmission stable while the vehicle is accelerating, traversing hills, and negotiating curves. A running engine has a tendency to torque or twist to one side and to rock while accelerating or under load. Engine mounts dampen that movement to protect components from damage.
Posted: February 28, 2017||
As holidays, birthdays and special occasions approach, we start to scramble, trying to decide what to get for our loved ones. If you have any gear heads or car enthusiasts to shop for, consider some of these simple automotive upgrades.
A backup camera can come in handy on any type of vehicle. Many back up cams include lines on the screen to project the vehicles direction based on how the wheel is turned. They can also be equipped with audible tones to indicate if you are too close to something. Backup cams have several ways to display the screen. Some are built into an aftermarket review mirror. Others can mount onto the dashboard, and some can connect to radios that allow video input.
Monster tires and high ground clearance still not enough to conquer the trail less traveled? Consider installing a locker or limited slip differential to balance the torque sent to the wheels on a single axel. Learn the difference and decide what’s the best option for your situation.
Most 4x4’s come equipped with open differentials, meaning both wheels on a single axel are able to rotate at different speeds. Open differential allows for the vehicle to turn easier, but does not fare as well under rough terrain. Since most 4x4 owners spend majority of the time on paved road and only require light all wheel duty, an open diff is the way to go. Using limited slip and locked differential upgrades will put equal power to all wheels when you need it most.
Suspension lift kits, unlike body lifts and leveling kits alter your vehicles suspension increasing the distance between the chassis and the axle. Longer high performance shocks, leaf springs, add-a-leaf kits etc. can be installed to lift your truck or Jeep from 2" to 8". This allows for better performance on rough terrain. It also provides increased ground clearance as well as the room necessary to add larger tires providing additional clearance between axle and ground.
There are many ways to lift your truck and just as many reasons to do it. You may want to add larger tires and gain some ground clearance for the trails, or you might just want to give your truck a mean stance. Whatever the reason, be sure to take into consideration what you want out of your truck. Lifting your daily driver too much can cause an uncomfortable ride and poor handling.
Posted: September 29, 2016||
Do you ever wonder if you’re getting the most out of your engine? If maximizing your vehicle’s power potential is something that interests you, power programmers and performance chips are the solution. Nowadays, all stock vehicles come with a computer system, or Powertrain Control Module (PCM), that controls engine functions like air/fuel ratios and ignition timing. Due to the fact that these stock computers are implemented with the average driver in mind, drivers that are striving for better performance are stopped from accessing their vehicles full potential. Programmers, also known as performance "chips"or "tuners", are used to reprogram a vehicle's PCM to increase the performance.
Posted: September 28, 2016||
We explored the different performance modifications you can make to your engine’s air intake in a previous article. Now let’s take a look at how exhaust system upgrades can increase horsepower and torque - by better handling the exhaust gases that flow out of your engine.
What goes in must come out
When you alter your engine's air intake with performance modifications, you are also creating more heat and a higher volume of exhaust gas than your stock exhaust system was designed to handle. Restrictions in the exhaust system can cancel out the benefits of your air intake modifications. This article will look at how upgrading to a high-flow exhaust system can keep the performance boost going and protect your engine.
Posted: September 27, 2016||
Tired of your current driving experience? Are you looking for more horsepower and better handling from your car or truck? If your answer is yes, making a performance modification that changes the airflow traveling into your engine is a great place to start.
Stock car and truck systems typically don’t take full advantage of the potential power in your vehicle. In this article we will take a high-level look at the different modifications you can make to your engine’s air intake and how they work to boost vehicle power.