What gear head doesn’t love a good performance section on a website? We have numerous chips and programmers available- making it much easier to increase your gas mileage and even get better throttle response of your vehicle (YAY HORSEPOWER!) We also carry performance brake pads to match the increased horsepower, because what good is a fast vehicle with poor brakes? Along with these, we support the LOUD and PROUD folks with exhaust and intake systems. Your neighbor will DEFINITELY NOT thank us later, but they’ll all get to hear the racecar fire up at 6 in the morning on the way to the drag strip on a Saturday (MUSIC TO OUR EARS!)
In the on-going pursuit to make our vehicles more powerful and exciting to drive, people have come up with some great aftermarket systems. In return, there are lots of modifications you can make to the engine like a new exhaust system, bolt-ons such as superchargers and turbos but that stuff costs loads of money.
I introduce to you- cold air intakes.
Cold air intakes are an inexpensive modification (typically a few hundred dollars) and easier to install than most other engine modifications. No, they won’t add quite as much power as other engine mods, but they will help your engine in some other ways.
Cold air intakes move the air filter outside of the engine compartment so that cooler air can be sucked into the engine for combustion. Cooler air produces more oxygen into the combustion chamber and that means more power. The filters are usually moved to the upper wheel well area or near a fender where there is more access to free flowing, cooler air and less hot air from the engine.
Not only does a cold air intake reduce the air temperature, but it also increases airflow. Aftermarket intakes remove the need for a box encircling the air filter and instead use larger diameter intake tubes that are smoother, have less bends and are often wider than the original ones. Removing the air box and using smoother tubes gives the engine that uninterrupted airflow.
Your vehicle’s exhaust system is comprised mainly of a series of pipes. Your vehicle’s exhaust system has four main functions: control noise, carry away gases, improve engine performance and improve fuel consumption.
- Control Noise
After the harmful elements have been removed from the exhaust gases, they travel through your vehicle’s muffler. I’m sure you have heard a straight piped vehicle (probably weren’t impressed by it, either), but the diameter within the pipes of the vehicle can make all of the difference between a quiet daily driver, or your neighbor’s alarm clock at 6 AM when you start the vehicle up (my favorite!)
- Carry Away Gases
Exhaust gases are accumulated by the exhaust manifold and eventually routed out of the vehicle. The exhaust manifold acts as a funnel, trapping gases from all cylinders and releasing them through a single pipe.
- Improve Engine Performance
Having an exhaust system that’s in good working condition (no clogs), or installing a performance exhaust system, will allow your vehicle to breathe better and faster – which means more power and better performance! Factory exhaust systems tend to create more back pressure, which in turn reduces volumetric efficiency of the whole engine. Adding a performance exhaust improves the ability to reduce this back pressure (moving more air), therefore increasing the ability to add more fuel and create more power.
As the name suggests, a performance tuner is installed in your car to give you more power and torque, as well as a smoother ride and improved fuel economy. The most popular purpose of a performance tuner is to increase horsepower, but chips can also provide better fuel economy, stronger throttle response, and greater torque for towing heavy loads. Many chips can offer all of these benefits at the same time by allowing you to choose between multiple customizable tunes in a flash (literally.)
Most plug-and-play tuners work on a wide variety of vehicles, ranging from cars to trucks. After installing a performance chip, you may notice yourself forming an intense craving for more power. This is typical. Do not call a doctor. If that feeling doesn’t go away with time, you might need an extra dose. Packages that we stock go beyond what the typical performance tuner is capable of, improving multiple systems to deliver incredible changes that should keep your symptoms at bay.
Speaking of modifications, be sure to do some research when choosing a performance chip/tuner. You should think about any existing modifications your car already has (such as exhaust, intake, etc.), along with the car’s mileage and the condition of the engine and drivetrain.
Generally speaking, every car on the road could use a brake system upgrade.
This isn’t to say that OEM brake systems are bad (far from it, in fact – many of them are quite good), so much as to say you can never have brakes that are too good. If you can reduce your stopping distance, why wouldn’t you?
Still, if that’s not a good enough reason to upgrade, here are some questions you should consider:
Are your stock brakes overheating? You’ll know because you’ll smell them gassing – it’s a unique smell that you can’t miss. If you’ve driven in the mountain regions behind a big truck (or even a Semi for that matter), I am 100% positive that you can identify that smell. If you’re smelling hot brakes with any sort of regularity, you’re a good candidate for an upgrade.
Are your stock brakes wearing rapidly? A good set of OEM front brake pads should last a year or two on a performance car, and perhaps as many as 5 years on a ‘regular’ car. If you’re trashing through brake pads every couple months – and replacing rotors every other time you buy pads – you’re a good candidate for an upgrade.
Are you racing? If you’re taking your vehicle out on a track, autocross events, or even towing the racecar with the big YEE YEE truck, you’re a good candidate for a brake upgrade.
Have you increased your engine power more than 20%? If you’ve made any significant improvements to engine power, you should think seriously about investing in a brake upgrade.
If the answer to all of these questions is no, you can probably stop right here. A brake upgrade isn’t for you.
But if you’ve answered yes to even one question, it’s time to talk about brake upgrades.