Do I need colder spark plugs? Will colder spark plugs give me more power? These are common questions and they unfortunately get answered incorrectly most of the time or incite a flame war. Spark plugs in general are always a controversial topic – copper vs iridium, hotter vs colder, single or multiple electrodes, brand vs brand […]
There are fewer questions other than perhaps, "what oil should I use?" that have been asked more times in more venues than, "Will these wheels fit?" I have often wondered if Thor, "the self-proclaimed inventor of the wheel" was constantly bugged by new wheel owners about wheel fitment. In this article, I will attempt to break down the wheel specifications that will fit on a Genesis Coupe, the terminology, and hopefully, shed some light on the great mystery that is wheels.
So, you want more performance from your car and everyone is telling you to get a tune, but you’re not sure what that means. Tunes are essentially a reconfiguration of your car’s software with the end result being increased horsepower and torque. However, tuning is important for reasons beyond maximizing power. Big brother? It’s important […]
How many times have you seen this question asked and wondered what the true relevance was? It would seem that the first and only goal of a new car enthusiast is making the car go faster, and to that end, Horsepower numbers rule them all... but is that really the case? In this article, we put horsepower in context with other performance measures and discuss outcomes and goals.
Engine tuning is probably the most confusing topic that most car enthusiasts will encounter. What does a tune do for you? When do you need a tune? What supporting modifications do you need for your tune? How much difference does a tune make? This article attempts to answer some of those questions for you.
Oil catch cans, or simply catch cans. You hear about them all the time but not really sure if you need one or what they even do. Let me start by stating that I recommend if you want to aggressively drive your car that you get a catch can as your very first mod. Why? […]
Daniel Bernoulli was a mathematician and physicist who specialized in fluid mechanics... the study of the effects of forces and energy on liquids and gasses. Why should this matter to you? Because air is a gas and exhaust is a gas and the mechanical principles on how gasses impact how your car performs is directly related to these two gasses. This article discusses the impact of aerodynamic principles on your car and your exhaust system.
Okay... so you broke/bent an endlink and you have to detach your swaybar to keep things from thunking around. You drive around for a bit and you don't notice any difference... what's going on? Did Hyundai just install a part on your car that you don't need? What does a swaybar do, anyway... and do you really need one?
If you read some propaganda out there, ethanol is the ultimate fuel. It's made from a renewable source, it's good for the environment, and it's cheaper to put into your tank. But what is the truth about ethanol? Is it really better for the environment than gasoline? Is it really cheaper to use? Why do street racers use E85 as their fuel of choice for making big power? This article answers these questions and more...
Spraying water into your engine may seem a bit counterintuitive, but there’s actually a good rationale for doing it and you can benefit from it in certain circumstances. This article examines the reasons for injecting water/methanol into your engine, the benefits, and some of the downsides.