There are different things that improves car performance. But not every customization is aimed at performance tuning. Some people prefer to customize the car’s aesthetics instead of its performance.
Without a doubt the car’s appearance is really important. Because this is what catches the eye and makes the first impression. That is, before you get to find out about the engine’s ability.
Car aesthetics customization ideas.
There are a number of brilliant car exterior customization ideas. These will transform your car into a pure expression of the type of person you are. Because aesthetic customization is one of the best ways to express yourself.
The best part is that aesthetic customization isn’t really expensive. In fact it’s split into two parts. You can either go for interior or exterior customization. Of which each one of them has a relatively low level of removal difficulty.
1. Decals and overlays.
Car decals are in different shapes and sizes depending on the owner’s preference. You may apply headlights and taillights vinyl overlays. This customization only takes a few steps to install in just a few minutes.
2. Exterior lighting enhancement.
There are many enhancements you can undertake as far as the headlights are concerned. This will be dependent on the different types of headlights that you have installed. In fact you could opt to upgrade the fog lights by getting new aftermarket lights.
3. Interior LED lights.
Lighting the car’s interior is one way of enhancing its appearance. It makes it easier to see things while inside the vehicle by shining light to every part of the cabin.
4. Steering wheel cover.
The steering wheel is part of the vehicle’s interior that stands out due to its location on the dashboard. Most people prefer to install a steering wheel cover to improve its appearance.
Technology that improves car performance.
When referring to car performance, it means a number of things need to be put into consideration. The general feel of the car’s driving is the major focus when we refer to performance. This is in terms of the vehicle’s functionality during acceleration, braking, engine power and many others.
Note that some of these technologies that improves car performance may not function very well unless you pair them with other modifications.
1. Cold air intake.
This involves a forceful air induction into the engine’s combustion chamber. A cold air intake helps to ensure that air that’s rich in oxygen goes into the engine. It is essential because of the capability to suck in cold air hence leaving out the hot air. Because the hot air has insufficient amounts of oxygen that would result to low fuel burning capacity.
Normally, cars have a manufacturer installed air intake which functions really well. But an aftermarket cold air intake usually upgrades the functionality of the manufacturer installed one.
2. ECU or Piggy back ECU.
The vehicle usually comes from the manufacturer with an ECU. So instead of installing a new ECU, there is the option of tuning the existing ECU. Alternatively, you could opt for an aftermarket installation. The aftermarket ECU is more preferable because some manufacturers do not set up a stock ECU that can be tuned. The ECU is part of the car’s electrical system. Sometimes any interference with the ECU will result to you requiring an electrical professional for electric work.
The stand alone ECU is usually costly. But the end results is that the ECU significantly improves car performance. An ECU installation focuses on a specific functionality like fuel consumption or performance. Further, some performance improvements will call for the tuning of the ECU. For example, when you install an air intake, you will have to reconfigure the ECU.
3. Free flow exhaust systems.
Stock exhaust systems are usually created with a certain level of performance intention. That means that aftermarket exhaust systems also target a given level of performance. Stock exhaust systems have a number of installations that interfere with the free flow of the exhaust gas. The exhaust gas has to pass through catalytic converters and different baffles to remove the toxic elements that may mess the environment. This is mainly for the stock exhaust systems.
Alternatively, aftermarket exhaust systems incorporate the throttle response during high and low engine RPM. Further, the aftermarket exhaust pipes make it easier for exhaust gas to go through the process of purification. This helps to boost performance. Further, aftermarket exhaust pipes change the sound of the vehicle. For example, the enhanced Subaru WRX cars produce a loud unique sound during acceleration.
4.Turbochargers and Superchargers.
These are two change how the engine takes in air meant for combustion hence resulting to power production. The difference is that the supercharger connects to the engine while the turbocharger doesn’t connect directly to the engine.
The turbocharger uses the exhaust gas to spin a turbine that powers the compressors. Alternatively, the supercharger connects to the engine and uses the engine’s crankshaft as a source of energy for the compressor. Both of them help to increase the engine’s power significantly.
5. Iridium Spark Plugs.
There are a number of people who believe that 2-3 prong spark plugs increase the vehicle’s performance. But that isn’t a proven fact. The spark plug is responsible for increasing the vehicle’s capability to produce power by igniting the fuel and air mixture.
A worn out spark plug is a major reason why the car consumes more fuel. In fact, it’s also a reason why the car shakes when idle and during acceleration. That’s because when the spark plug is worn out, it doesn’t provide enough fire to burn the fuel. An aftermarket spark plug usually lasts longer than the stock spark plug.