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  • Progressive boost controllers vs standard ones.: A boost controller will increase the amount of power you get from your t...
  • ECU remaps: The ECU or Computer is what controls every aspect and function of your c...
  • Alloy wheels: Whilst many people view the wheels as a purely cosmetic addition to a car t...
  • Weight reduction: Losing some weight from your car will help all aspects of performance. ...
  • Engine Swaps: One of the best value modifications has to be an engine swap. Tuning a s...
  • Lighter flywheel: Attached to the engine is a huge heavy metal disk, the flywheel. Its pre...
  • Electric water pumps: The coolant needs to run round the engine taking the heat from the block...



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  • articles

    • Hidden cost of Tuning cars

      The aims of car tuning depend largely on the owner of the car concerned. We need to find the hidden cost of a modification and weigh this up. This is the aim of any good car tuning guide, and we follow real world car tuning experience and write this up in an accessible manner.


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    • Car tuning stages

      You will often see modifications available in stages. Typically manufacturers of performance parts and car tuning companies use stages 1 – 3 to denote the state of tune provided. So what does a tuning stage mean and what are the differences between a stage 1 and stage 3 tune up. There is a wide divergence […]


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    • Welcome to Car Tuning Tips

      This is a project I have been planning to get around to for ages. Tuning is a big hobby of mine and I learnt a few lessons the expensive way! Here are 5 important lessons for people undertaking a tuning project.


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    • Modified car insurance

      We refer you to most insurance policies, particularly in the UK  which state that all modifications to the car should be notified. Failure to do so will result in the policy being declared void and invalid. This in turn renders you liable to prosecution for driving without insurance and personally liable for damages and injuries […]


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  • engine

    • Progressive boost controllers vs standard ones.

      A boost controller will increase the amount of power you get from your turbo. The boost controller will alter the exhaust gases flow into the turbo allowing the turbo to spin at a faster rate. Standard boost control in most production cars can only be described as crude. In order to keep costs down many manufacturers […]


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    • ECU remaps

      The ECU or Computer is what controls every aspect and function of your car. Most cars built since 1992 and indeed many before that had a computer to monitor and manage the engine. Now with the addition of catalysts and fuel economy requirements the computer has evolved into a complex system.


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    • Engine Swaps

      One of the best value modifications has to be an engine swap. Tuning a small engine will only ever give small returns for your investment. There is a plentiful supply of engines from your local breakers or salvage yards and with most makes and models can be a simple modification.


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    • Lighter flywheel

      Attached to the engine is a huge heavy metal disk, the flywheel. Its presence actually helps to keep the engine running smoothly. We know it takes effort to accelerate or decelerate an object and this law applies to flywheels. Due to its weight it resists changes in engine speed which can be a good thing […]


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    • Electric water pumps
    • More engine
  • handling

    • Alloy wheels

      Whilst many people view the wheels as a purely cosmetic addition to a car they actually have a profound impact of the handling. We shall look at the pros and cons of fitting alloy wheels to a car.


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    • Weight reduction

      Losing some weight from your car will help all aspects of performance. As there is less weight to pull around the acceleration will be quicker. Braking will also be better and general handling will improve. So what can you do to reduce the weight of your car?


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    • Tips for fitting strut braces

      Due to the need for doors and windows in a car the whole body is subject to flexing.  For just commuting or the daily drive around town this is not a problem.  However when driving near the limits or on the track, the flexing can seriously reduce your cornering ability. A strut brace is the solution […]


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    • Sports performance tires

      It is surprising how much difference a tire can make to the handling of a car.  Motor sports teams select a tire for the prevailing conditions of the track so have a range of wet weather dry weather and of roads tires with various stud profiles and patterns. Normal drivers however have to opt for […]


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    • Brake upgrades and brake conversion kits
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  • body

    • Weight reduction

      Losing some weight from your car will help all aspects of performance. As there is less weight to pull around the acceleration will be quicker. Braking will also be better and general handling will improve. So what can you do to reduce the weight of your car?


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    • Aerofoils, wings and spoilers

      What is an aerofoil and spoiler and what does it do? Well, an airplane wing pushes the plane up by using the Coinda effect and the Bernoulli paradox. Air keeps travelling in the same direction after deflection, fast moving air creates low pressure. When the air over the wing is going faster than that underneath […]


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    • Cold air vents and CAI kits

      You may have noticed that your car feels much more powerful on cold mornings than it does in the middle of summer.  This is due to the effects of air temperature.  It is a simple fact that cold air carriers are more oxygen and warmer air. An intake vent will help to address this problem, and […]


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    • Roll Cages

      Roll cages are considered a safety requirement on most circuits. Although the safety benefits are obvious they also help to improve the handling of the car. The basic shape of a car, particularly its requirement to have opening doors decreases the rigidity of the body. Add to this some serious weight reduction and you are […]


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  • maintenance

    • Engine oil change schedules for performance cars.

      You spent a lot of time and effort tuning and enhancing the performance of your car. You want to keep the car in peak condition and dread a visit from Mr Breakdown! How important is a maintenance schedule for your tuned car? We shall look at the importance of oil changes in this first of […]


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    • How to do an oil change

      An oil change is one of the best maintenance tasks you can perform. Regular changes of oil will prolong the life of your engine and reduce expensive maintenance on moving parts. Garages will charge for this service and it is a simple job you can do yourself. We also note that many garages (3 in 5 […]


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  • fuel & additives

    • Choosing the correct grade of oil for your car.

      Which is the correct grade of oil for my car? We look at the basics to help you decide which SAE and type of oil is suitable for your engine and discuss synthetics, mineral and semi synthetic oils.


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    • Petrol, octane and additive tips

      There is an ever increasing array of fuel on offer. With the addition of a whole plethora of additives the motorist can be left wondering what is the best for his car. Which octane is best and should you use additives? Are all brands of fuel the same?


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    • Engine oil change schedules for performance cars.

      You spent a lot of time and effort tuning and enhancing the performance of your car. You want to keep the car in peak condition and dread a visit from Mr Breakdown! How important is a maintenance schedule for your tuned car? We shall look at the importance of oil changes in this first of […]


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    • How to do an oil change

      An oil change is one of the best maintenance tasks you can perform. Regular changes of oil will prolong the life of your engine and reduce expensive maintenance on moving parts. Garages will charge for this service and it is a simple job you can do yourself. We also note that many garages (3 in 5 […]


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    • MPG calculator
    • More fuel & additives
  • Drivetrain

    • Performance clutch tips

      The clutch is responsible for engaging and disengaging the engine from the drivetrain.  The clutch comprises of a spring mechanism, and a friction surface.  When the two friction surfaces are engaged the power from the engine is transmitted through the transmission to the wheels.


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    • Slip Differentials

      As the car turns on a radius the outside wheel has a greater distance to travel compared with the inner wheel. If both wheels rotated at the same rate the car would skid or at the very least you would lose traction and continue on a straight line. The diff or differential is the component […]


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    • Quick shift gear kits

      A fast gear change is an essential in any form of competitive driving. One of the easiest modifications to allow you to achieve this is a quick shift gear change kit. We look at what a quick shift gear kit does and how it will help to improve your car.


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    • Carbon fibre driveshafts

      The driveshaft takes the power from the engine and takes this to the rear diff where it is transferred to the wheels. The driveshaft rotates at a fair rate and will to some extent act like a flywheel, resisting change in the rotational speed. A carbon fibre driveshaft has the following benefits.


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  • Gearbox

    • Performance clutch tips

      The clutch is responsible for engaging and disengaging the engine from the drivetrain.  The clutch comprises of a spring mechanism, and a friction surface.  When the two friction surfaces are engaged the power from the engine is transmitted through the transmission to the wheels.


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    • Low ratio Gearboxes

      Many drivers overlook the importance of the gear ratio in their tuning project.  The manufacturers spend a great deal of time matching each individual gear ratio and final drive ratio to the power bands of the engine.  Car tuners should do likewise.


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    • Quick shift gear kits

      A fast gear change is an essential in any form of competitive driving. One of the easiest modifications to allow you to achieve this is a quick shift gear change kit. We look at what a quick shift gear kit does and how it will help to improve your car.


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    • More Gearbox
  • Makes & Models

    • Subaru Impreza Tuning

      The Impreza has established itself as a fun performance car and is loved by tuners the world over. Following the success of the Impreza in Rally (winning the WRC 1995-1997, and drivers championship wins in 2001 and 2003) the car has undergone revision after revision creating the performance car we have today. The distinctive boxer engine […]


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    • Toyota Supra Tuning

      The Toyota Supra is to date the fastest production car produced by Toyota. The R&D boys were told to come up with an interesting car and this they certainly did. It was originally intended to have a power figure in the order of 600bhp, but Toyota bosses demanded that some sense be applied and the […]


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    • Nissan 370z Tuning

      The 370z was produced when Nissan revisited the successful design of the 350z and looked for improvements that could be made to it. It now sports more power, better handling and even blips the throttle for you on down shifts. We have to hand it to Nissan, they have produced a cracking car and we […]


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    • Mitsubishi Lancer EVO Tuning

      The EVO was little more than an excuse to built a road legal rally car. Every generation of the EVO is better than the previous one. It took the principles of a conventional performance car and blended these with cutting edge electronics. The electronics handle more that just the engine with one of the most […]


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    • Avensis Tuning
    • More Makes & Models