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Mitsubishi EVO

When it comes to Performance Sub-Compact Cars, they offer a considerable amount of gas mileage and convenience at the price of interior space and size. However, just like any other vehicle they can be modified to meet the user’s intent. There are professional tuners and garage mechanics who place the best aftermarket parts in these vehicles along with making separate modifications which create a more powerful, higher performance car.

Why Should Sub Compacts Be Modified?

Although sub compacts have a seemingly limited range in which they can be modified, the truth is that the better manufactured versions have plenty of ceiling built in for modifications. Today’s sub compacts are very well built and can handle heavier parts and even larger engines to a certain degree which will boost their overall performance.

The trick is finding the right model of sub-compact to modify. By no means is this list the definitive answer [...]

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 [...]

Competition Clutch

By Todd Schafer on March 18, 2014

Competition Clutch is a fairly new North American based company that specializes in providing performance clutches and clutch kits at affordable prices. The company’s main focus is to provide sport compact owners with the clutch parts they need to transform their street vehicle into a competitive racing machines.
competition clutch kit

Competition Clutch has been around since 2003, but it was recently incorporated as a private company in 2012. The company is based in Conyers, GA, where it currently does all of its manufacturing and stores all of its parts for delivery.

The company is heavily involved in the sport compact racing scene in North America. Their emphasis has been on building quality clutch kits and flywheels.  Brass or Ceramic, rigid or sprung, 4 puck or 6 puck, Competition Clutch gives you the variety you need.


Intake-Exhaust Mods

By Todd Schafer on March 11, 2014

There’s a lot that goes into optimizing your car’s horsepower. So much so, that most people can’t afford to push their car to its absolute limit. However, two pieces of equipment you may want to consider getting for your vehicle in order to really give it that last little bit of giddy-up and go it needs is a cold air intake/exhaust system mods.

Both cold air intakes and exhaust systems help boost your car’s horsepower by cleaning up and optimizing your car’s air/fuel ratio.

Since your car comes with an exhaust, I’m going to assume you have a good idea of why your exhaust is important and how it works; so I’m going to focus more on cold air intakes.

Injen cold air intakeCold air [...]

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


aftermaket parts

By Todd Schafer on January 21, 2014

I firmly believe there are some things you just don’t buy online – like a new or used vehicle. Some things you have to hold in your hands before you make the purchase to ensure you’re getting what you want. But if you shouldn’t buy a car online, then why would you buy car parts online? Today I’m going to go over the pros and cons of buying aftermarket parts online so that you can decide whether or not doing so is a good idea for you.


The most obvious reason to buy aftermarket parts online is because they’re cheaper. You get to choose from a wide range of vendors who are competing with each other for your business and driving the price of their goods down for your convenience. That doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to find the part you want for less online, but with a [...]

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