A practical, DIY guide to modifying cars and light trucks for improved performance
While there are many excellent books on individual systems on a car, Do-It-Yourself High Performance Car Mods conveys a working knowledge of ALL the systems in a single resource, filling a critical gap in information. The book is written for hobbyists new to the world of performance cars, as well as for veteran car enthusiasts who finally have the time and money to build a dream hot rod. Written by an automotive journalist, this is the perfect resource for any familiar with basic auto repair, but looking to take the next step.
- Offers a high-level overview of how the systems of a car work, and how they may be changed to improve performance
- Provides an introduction to basic automotive techniques and tools necessary to install the modifications covered in the book
- Explains potential trade-offs, and how a certain change may improve performance in one area, but impede it in another
- Written by an engineer and online automotive journalist with plenty of experience "in the trenches"
- Perfect for those new to the world of performance cars – regardless of age and level of auto repair experience
- Details how to go about finding reliable sources of further information
- Debunks a lot of misconceptions and misleading claims in the performance parts industry
Planning: Getting a Clearer Vision of the Car of Your Dreams; Researching: Separating Marketing Hype from Reality; Wrenching: Tools You'll Need, and How to Use Them; Engine – Intake and Exhaust: Simple Ways to Get More Power and Better Sound Out of Your Engine; Engine – Internal Work: Getting Inside the Motor for Bigger Power Gains; Ultimate Horsepower: Turbocharging, Supercharging, and Nitrous Oxide; Engine Tuning: Adjusting the Engine Components and Controls for Best Performance; Drivetrain: Putting as Much Power to the Road as Possible; Suspension: Tuning it to Best Fit Your Driving Style; Brakes: Optimizing Your Stopping Power; Interior: Safety, Function, and Style; Exterior: Aerodynamics, Lighting, and Appearance