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coilovers vs springs

By Todd Schafer on April 6, 2014

The suspension is a crucial part of every vehicle that has to be decided on with care if you truly want to optimize your vehicle’s performance.  The wrong suspension, or a badly installed one, can tear a car apart and make the hard work you went through tuning everything else for naught.  There are a lot of different types of suspensions parts out there, but today we’re going to focus on the difference between coilovers and lowering springs.

coiloversA coilover is a shock absorber encircled with a coil spring that is installed and replaced together.  It’s basically an all-in-one package of the traditional spring and shock combination that cars come stock with.  Springs, or Lowering Springs as they are often called, are shorter and replace the cars original springs resulting [...]

2014 Masarati Quattroporte

By Todd Schafer on February 25, 2014

The sixth-generation of Maserati Quattroportes was first introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January of 2013. Chief of product development Roberto Corradi stressed the fact that the automobile was entirely redone and redesigned, and it has Ferrari-built powerplants. Other than the powerplant, this newest generation of models was fashioned completely in-house at an exclusive Maserati-only department at the Fiat Group Centro Stile design center. The three trim levels are the Quattroporte S, Quattroporte S Q4, and Quattroporte GTS.2014-Maserati-Quattroporte-front-view2014 Maserati Quattroporte rear quarter panel 2014-Maserati-Quattroporte-rear-view

The GTS is among the most powerful of the crew, boasting a Ferrari-built 3.8 L V8 [...]

Ford Mustang

by Todd Schafer on February 11, 2014

Tuning a car is costly.  While plenty of car enthusiasts love modifying their vehicles, not all can afford to pay top dollar for everything.  Some of us have to pick and choose what we buy.  So, in the spirit of saving during these tough economic times, we’ve compiled a list of the five most economical aftermarket performance Mustang parts that give you the biggest bang for your buck.

These parts aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but they give your vehicle the biggest boost for the amount of money you spend.

1. Rear Differential Gears

Changing your rear-end gear ratio allows your Mustang to cycle through the gears more quickly and increases its acceleration considerably while also possibly increasing your gas mileage.  Many of the top aftermarket companies offer Mustang rear gears for around $150 – $250 and can make the difference between winning and losing at the drag track.  [...]

Installed Exhaust

By Todd Schafer on February 6, 2014

Automotive exhaust systems are an automotive engineer’s answer for reducing carbon emissions and making vehicles more fuel efficient.

An automotive exhaust system provides for a technique for routing the hot and toxic gases such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapor out of the engine of cars. While doing so, the exhaust gases may also simultaneously be used for driving a turbocharger or reducing carbon dioxide emissions by means of a catalytic converter.  An exhaust system is much more important in a high performance car since as it has a direct influence on engine power and its performance.

Exhaust systems can also be considered as a collection of tubular fragments or ‘piping’ to convey the burnt gases out from the engine.  This systeExhaust Systemsm can comprise of a single or multiple exhaust pipes to [...]

Megan Racing Headquarters

By Todd Schafer on Feb 5, 2014

Megan Racing started in 2001 and has been fighting the status quo since day one.  The company has focused on trying to provide quality automotive parts at affordable prices, but has had to work through many challenges to get to where it stands today.  Despite these trials, the company has come a long way to make a name for itself in a competitive performance auto parts industry in just over a decade.

Finding a manufacturing source that make high quality parts at a low cost was the first challenge Megan Racing faced when it tried to get into the market.  Aftermarket Auto parts aren’t cheap to make to begin with, and quality materials are often difficult to come by.  However, Megan Racing was started by motor sports enthusiasts who knew that you either race with the best or not at all.  After searching for quite a while, the [...]

aftermarket intercooler

By Todd Schafer on January 25, 2014

Installing an aftermarket intercooler can substantially increase the performance of the engine by 5% to 10% with a reduction in temperature levels of about 35 degrees to 40 degree centigrade.  Though after an aggressive drive the intercooler might face issues of heating up.  A basic tip of tuner activity in this sphere is that the larger the size of the intercooler the longer it can avoid soaking up heat on the engine and getting too hot.  Many companies make quality aftermarket intercoolers including AEM, APR, Agency Power, Alta Performance, Evolution Motorsports, HKS, Injen and Perrin.

This brief guide is only a vanilla version, not specifying any particular model car or intercooler.  Your actual install will probably be somewhat different.  It is intended to give you a idea of what you will be required to do if you decide to take on this upgrade.

To install a front mount [...]

NC roads

By Todd Schafer on January 22, 2014

North Carolina is the meca of fast cars and moonshine.  No wonder there are so many great driving opportunities in the 12th state to join the union.  Whether you’re looking to test out those new Bilstein shock absorbers, various other Honda parts, or simply looking for a nice scenic Sunday drive, North Carolina has a driving road that’ll peak any motorist’s interest.

The state has been known for its driving roads since the Prohibition Era, when moonshine runners would use the mountain roads to transport their illicit goods quickly and quietly. After Prohibition ended, the state became known for racing and still is. It’s the home to two major NASCAR tracks, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Rockingham Speedway, it has more NASCAR offices than any other state despite the company headquarters being based in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Charlotte speedway

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