Month: September 2016 | Car tuning tips and mods.

Archive for September, 2016

Electric water pumps

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The coolant needs to run round the engine taking the heat from the block and dissipating it in the radiator. Most cars come with mechanical water pumps which have a number of drawbacks, will take a look at the benefits of upgrading to an electric water pump.

Gas flowing a head

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Gas flowing a head Many things go on in the head of an engine. Primarily the air coming into the engine flows through the head and into the cylinder via an open inlet valve. The air moving into an engine is travelling at high speed and any turbulence caused can substantially alter the flow of […]

Hybrid turbos

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

One great way to easily uprate and improve a turbocharged engine is with the aid of a hybrid turbo. You’d basically take a standard turbo housing and uprate the internals giving yourself a bolt in replacement. Sometimes it is quite hard to fit a larger turbo to an engine, the most notable reason being the […]

Performance sport exhausts

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Engines need to get rid of the exhaust fumes created by the combustion process in the same way that we need to breathe out when our bodies have consumed the oxygen in our lungs. If our nostrils were blocked up we would and we had a narrow straw to breathe through we would be comfortable, unless […]

Induction kits & cone filters

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Like all of us, car engines need to breathe. They use an air fuel mixture which has to be precisely balanced into what is referred to as an air to fuel ratio or AFR. For petrol engines 14.5:1 is the petrol cruising AFR but under load the engine needs more fuel, with typically around a 13:1 AFR. In […]

Choosing the correct grade of oil for your car.

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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.

Fast road cams (Sports camshafts)

Monday, September 12th, 2016

What is the camshaft, what does it do and how can it be modified. The camshaft is located at the top of an engine. Is is a long shaft with a series of lobes along it and it rotates relative to engine speed. The lobes push close the valves in the head and allow the […]

Sports exhaust silencers

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The basic job of a silencer in an exhaust is to dissipate the sound waves coming from the engine. In the UK and America where early cars had poor silencers we have a culture that associates noise with power. In Japan where engines were introduced with silencers the accepted exhaust note is very quiet and […]

Performance clutch tips

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

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.

Slip Differentials

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

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 […]