Either you know someone like this, or this is you: always looking to improve your car and get the most out of it. What’s the sense in owning a big, powerful machine otherwise? While the rest of the world runs around in their vehicles not caring to do much more than keep them running, you take special care, making sure your ride is customized how you like it. These auto modification hacks will help keep you rolling in a big way. They’ll increase your efficiency and improve performance all around.
1. Cold air intake
Modify your car’s intake system and it basically allows the engine to breathe easier. A cold air intake opens up the airflow, increasing horsepower and torque. According to Airaid, “It is a scientific fact that cold air is denser than hot air, so therefore cold air packs more oxygen molecules into an engine. More oxygen means more complete combustion, and more combustion equals more power.” Make sure the intake you get is designed to seal off the engine bay from the filter area; otherwise you’ll be sucking hot air instead of the cold stuff.
2. Exhaust upgrade
Exhaust system modification is the next step to take after you mod the intake. With exhaust modification, you’re turning your engine into a more efficient air pump by improving input and output. The range of exhaust upgrades for the F-150 is a good illustration of your options. A cat-back exhaust is the overall modification system that gets you better acceleration and fuel economy. Mid pipes carry exhaust between the catalytic converter and rear muffler, and upgrading them increases exhaust flow. Plus, upgraded headers work to bleed off exhaust gases and help the intake get more clean air.
3. Strut bars
A strut bar mod will help your car handle better during turns. A strut tower brace works to give your car better balance by reinforcing the frame. The bar connects your left and right strut towers. With one on, you can make turns at faster speeds without stressing the frame as much as you would without one. This also helps your car’s handling for speed bumps and bumpy roads.
4. High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights
HID lights make for safer nighttime driving because they provide more light than regular halogens. A HID headlight gets 300% more light while using 35% less electricity by using noble gases to charge the lamp. If you’re driving an electric vehicle, this will help you get more miles on a single charge. You can choose the color temperature for further customization. Overall, you’ll consume less electricity and prolong your battery life.
5. Tire upgrade
Great tires can greatly improve your car’s handling and fuel economy. If you don’t have to drive in a lot of extreme seasonal conditions, high performance summer tires offer less resistance to the road, which means more efficiency. They’re made of harder rubber, so they wear out less and have a tread pattern that lessens bite and maximizes how the tire takes to the concrete. If you do drive in icy or extreme conditions, all season high performance tires are your best bet.
6. Dyno tune
Modern cars come equipped with an onboard computer, and you can tune up the computer’s settings to get better performance. Tuning is something you should do if you decide to do the exhaust and intake mods, but it’s also beneficial quite simply as a hack to make your onboard computer run the car more efficiently. A Dyno tune involves a professional who hooks up your car to a Dynanometer (an instrument that measures mechanical power) and makes adjustments to air-fuel ratios, as well as other settings, to get peak power.