Since we obviously don’t know what vehicle you want to boost up, here are a couple of pointers to help you boost some speed performance on your vehicles. Also! If you vehicle is still under warranty, you will need to ask us if any of these items will void your warranty!
1. Electric fans: somewhere between your engine and the radiator, there is a fan! This draws air through the radiator to keep you engine cool. On older cars, this is a mechanical fan. It runs off of the engines power via a fan belt. These mechanical fans draw a surprisingly large amount of horsepower directly from your engine. By removing this mechanical fan and replacing it with an aftermarket electric fan, you have freed up some extra horsepower to reach the ground. Get your favourite parts person at Westridge to do some research for you! There is a plethora of aftermarket electric fan manufacturers and they will be able to easily find the right one that will fit in your car!
2. Electric Fuel Pump: The fuel pump is driven directly off of your engine. Usually powered by a lobe on your crankshaft, mechanical fuel pumps are one of those things that rob power that should be going to your drive wheels. So! For the same reason you want to convert your mechanical fan to an electric one, you should do the same for your fuel pump. If you upgrade both your fan and fuel pump, you may want to keep in mind that you are now drawing extra bower from your battery and alternator. These may need to be upgraded too, so ask your parts person at Westridge that as well.
3. Air induction: Your engine pulls in air and mixes it with fuel. This mixture is burned and produces horsepower. So if you can increase the amount of cool dense air that your engine is able to pull in, you will produce more power. The fact is that most cars are manufactured with the limited air it pulls in for various reasons. Check with the parts person at Westridge, because with a couple of hundred bucks, a few simple tools, and a Saturday afternoon, you can be almost guaranteed for extra horsepower for your vehicle. In most cases, as well, your fuel economy will increase too, making this aftermarket item pay for itself.
4. Carburetors: If you are working with an older car, chances are that you have a carburetor! This is a device that mixes the air and gasoline into a vapor to be burned inside the engine. All your newer cars will have some form of fuel injection, but if you do have a carburetor on your vehicle, and it’s a “2 barrel” one, upgrade to a “4 barrel”. You will also need to install a new intake manifold if you do this! Check with your parts person at Westridge today!
5. Fuel Injection: Again, if you have an older engine that is carbureted, converting to fuel injection may be for you. Because these systems are electronic and not mechanical like a carburetor, they are more precise! They will offer your engine more horsepower and better fuel economy. Check with the parts person at Westridge… click here
6. Performance Chips! If you are trying to increase the performance of a newer car (like 90′s and up), You are most likely dealing with a car that was built with electronic fuel injection! Electronic fuel injection is controlled by a computer or a chip of some sort, and there are companies that have figured out ways to enhance your cars performance by simply replacing or modifying the chip that controls your engine. Check with Westridge
Chip upgrades are very versatile with their applications. You can buy a preprogrammed chip or you can buy a chip and a programmer device that will allow you to modify the performance chips yourself. You can achieve better fuel mileage, better towing capabilities, better horsepower, and of course, better acceleration rates!
7. Exhaust System: Another way to increase your performance is by looking at ways to improve getting the exhaust out of your engine more efficiently. Some people think that removing your muffler and adding glass packs will do it, but it doesn’t offer any real performance, and you just annoy all of your neighbours. For most vehicles, the exhaust system is choked down right at the engine itself in the stock exhaust manifolds.
By replacing your exhaust manifold with “headers”, the weakest link is improved in your exhaust system. From that point, back to you tailpipe, the general rule of thumb is the less restriction getting the exhaust out of your vehicle, the better the performance will be.
While you may have 2 tailpipes at the back of your vehicle, in most cases your exhaust is choked down to 1 catalytic converter then split back to 2 exhaust pipes towards the back of the vehicle. For truly improved performance you will want true dual exhaust all the way back!
Now, there are laws governing the removal of catalytic converts and the amount of noise you are allowed to produce. So when converting your choked down vehicle into a real deal exhaust system, check your local laws regarding noise and catalytic converters. Check with your parts person at Westridge here to see how much they would cost, and forewarning – it will cost a few bucks.
To be continued next week for our three favorite fast and furious enhancements…