If you are a car aficionado, you may be constantly looking for ways to tweak your car to make it the ultimate in your eyes. While there are many complicated and incredibly expensive ways to do this, there are just as many lower-cost and affordable ways to do it as well. Here are some tips on how to soup up your car without draining your finances.
One easy way to ramp up your car is to switch the air filter from the traditional variety to a high-flow model. This switch gives you more fuel efficiency as well as slightly more horsepower, both of which are good ways to boost your car into super-territory.
Turbo-chargers are one of the ultimate ways to improve the performance of your car. However, one downside is that aftermarket models tend to be quite expensive and out of reach of most shade tree mechanics. On the other hand, if you apply for a personal loan to fix up your car, you can secure financing for your purchase and get your car turbocharged in no time at all.
By replacing your old mechanical fan with an electric fan, you can regain some of the lost power from the engine that the mechanical fan normally uses. Your engine will be just as cool but will have slightly more power due to this cheap and easy decision.
Today’s cars are all controlled by chips in the engine which control performance. You can actually purchase high-performance chips from most auto parts stores or, for those who prefer to do it themselves, you can buy a programmer device and modify the chip on your own. You’ll notice a significant increase in your engine after doing this.
Make Your Car Exhausted
After your engine has been worked on, you’ll need to make sure your car’s exhaust system is up to snuff. You can install headers to replace the traditional manifold, which will eliminate the backpressure that normal exhaust systems suffer from. Depending on the state in which you live, you may also be able to benefit from a real dual-exhaust. However, these are illegal in some areas as they require the elimination of the catalytic converter so you will need to check your local laws before choosing this option.
Rubber Meets the Road
Replacing your all-weather tires with performance tires can certainly give you a boost if you are driving at high-speeds. Just remember that not only is this an expensive option when considering the upfront price of the tires, they also tend to wear out much more quickly than do regular tires and they also are not as comfortable. However, if you enjoy taking your car to the local track to be a speed freak for the day, the trade-off should be just fine for you.
One of the last things that you can do is to get rid of as much extra weight as you can. While ditching extra items stored in the car is a no-brainer, you can also replace such parts as the hood with much more lightweight fiberglass options.