10 Things You Need to Know About Tuning Your Car

  1. Intake and Exhaust

If you have a stock motor, the overall results from the performance exhaust system (cat back) and the cold-air-intake (CAI) are more “show” than “go.” Basically, there is a minimal horsepower increase, and there is more noticeable noise from the engine and exhaust.

You can start by upgrading to a chromed dual-exhaust and a clean-looking engine bay.

  1. Reprogrammed ECU (Electronic Control Unit)

A performance-tuned ECU will help you avoid the dreaded flashing “check engine” light and some common mechanical maladies including rough engine idle and start. The ECU will help “understand” significant changes in torque and horsepower data. The ECU can also be used on an automatic transmission to modify the gear ratios, which helps the transmission shift faster.

  1. Turbocharger and Supercharger upgrades

Even though a supercharger or turbo kit is expensive, they can provide oomph to your vehicle. Generally, you need to ensure that your engine is able to stand up to this type of upgrade. If you are mechanically-savvy, you can save hundreds of dollars on installation by doing the work yourself. However, it’s always best to get this type of upgrade done by a professional.

  1. Transmission

If your vehicle is standard, you can get a “short-shift” kit. This kit can help increase acceleration and reduce the time between shifting gears. Performance clutch upgrades like those from ACT clutch UK can help the transmission cope with higher engine horsepower and torque.

  1. Rims and Tires

Tires and rims are not just attractive swag for your vehicle since they can make a huge difference in your car’s responsiveness. The stock is often more resistant to wear and corrosion, however, aftermarket rims are wider and lighter. Aftermarket rims can accommodate more rubber which can increase your vehicle’s overall road grip.

  1. Suspension

Shock absorbers and stiff springs can improve your car’s handling, especially if the vehicle’s weight has been increased by the other upgrades. A strong torsion bar and sway can also help reduce body roll when cornering. This is a necessity if your car handles like a boat.

  1. Brakes

During heavy braking, a ventilated disc brake will cool off easier, which can help avoid warping and other types of disc damage. These brakes are more expensive. Some vehicle owners choose to do a ‘disc-disc’ conversion, replacing the rear drums with caliper or disc brakes.

  1. Chassis

Your vehicle is subject to torsion when you’re accelerating. Over time, this can lead to your chasses becoming warped at key points. Torque bars reinforce the chassis and can help deal with this issue. The torque bar you need is based on the type of drivetrain your vehicle has, including FWD, RWD, AWD or 4×4.)

  1. Exterior aesthetics

There might be a wide variety of hoods, spoilers, body kits and window-tints available for your vehicle. You can customize your car as you like. For a finishing touch, you can add high-definitions projector headlamps or fog lights.

  1. A good ol’ tune-up

If you find that your car is accelerating poorly, is burning excessive amounts of motor oil, has poor gas mileage or a rough idle or start, then you may need a tune-up. To restore your car to the old stallion it was, you’ll need to replace the cables, spark plugs, and air filter, as well as clean the intake.