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Top 6 Auto Modifications to Improve Your Car’s Performance

Top 6 Auto Modifications to Improve Your Car’s Performance

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

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    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.

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    2. Exhaust upgrade

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      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

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        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

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          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.

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          5. Tire upgrade

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            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

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              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.

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              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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