Best car mods reviewed, and rated in TorqueCars tuning guides https://www.torquecars.com TorqueCars, The car Tuning and Modification guide Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:17:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 Connecting Rods https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/performance-conrods.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/performance-conrods.php#respond Tue, 07 Dec 2021 22:23:55 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=11424 We look at the pros and cons of I and H bean conrods, the various materials used from Titanium, Aluminum, and Steel and discuss the best options for your car tuning project.
A performance engine requires optimum designed internal pistons, crankshafts and of course high performing conrods.

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Aftermarket ECU https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/aftermarket-ecu.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/aftermarket-ecu.php#respond Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:53:12 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=11316 Find out what an aftermarket ECU is, how it can improve performance, why you would want to install one and things to look out for when buying an aftermarket ECU online.

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Fuel Guide https://www.torquecars.com/articles/fuel/fuel-guide.php https://www.torquecars.com/articles/fuel/fuel-guide.php#respond Thu, 25 Nov 2021 16:57:34 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=11056 We look at race fuels, street fuels, discuss lead, 2 stroke fuel and everything in between. If there is something you need to know about fuel and which one would be best for you then it's in this article.

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Converting a car to EV https://www.torquecars.com/articles/converting-a-car-to-ev.php https://www.torquecars.com/articles/converting-a-car-to-ev.php#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 17:11:32 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=11097 Converting your car to electric power Instead of buying from the ever-growing Electric Car market, you may wonder can I […]

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Pistons Crankshafts https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/pistons-crankshafts.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/pistons-crankshafts.php#respond Thu, 04 Nov 2021 16:41:26 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=12018 When an engine is nicely balanced you can raise the redline, and this is where the peak power lies. If you are planning forced induction upgrades then making sure the bottom end of the engine is as strong as possible is a major consideration.

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Stage 3 tune https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stage-3-tune.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stage-3-tune.php#respond Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:45:37 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=11033 Track day tuning and motorsport preparation, find out all you need to know about taking your car to the track in our stage 3 car tuning article. All you need to know about stage 3 modification and tuning options.

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Stage 2 tune https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stage-2-tune.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stage-2-tune.php#respond Mon, 25 Oct 2021 12:11:59 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=11019 We look at the best mods to take your car tuning project to stage 2, and discuss the best mods for stage two upgrades. With most people asking about mods to make the most power we thought we would look at what it takes to fully release your cars potential and dissect the pros and cons of stage 2 mods.

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Stage 1 tune https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stage-1-tune.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stage-1-tune.php#comments Mon, 25 Oct 2021 12:11:53 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=11016 We look at tuning cars, and taking the car to stage 1, where most people start. We blow open many common myths around common stage 1 mods, and help you decide which are the best mods for your car and upgrade options.

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Strengthening engines https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stronger-engine.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stronger-engine.php#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 09:36:39 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=12020 We look at pistons, conrods and cranks and explain the methods used to design and build these and the impact they have on strengthening your engine.

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Stroker engines https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stroker-engines.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stroker-engines.php#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 20:45:53 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=10747 An in depth look at stroked engines, examining what a stroker kit is and the benefits and drawbacks of changing your engines stroke in terms of power and performance and what this does to the engines torque.

Do stroked engines make more power and how do you choose a stroker kit.

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Throttle bodies https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/throttle-body.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/throttle-body.php#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:55:02 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=11051 It is time to blow open the world of throttle bodies, see what they are, how they work, and what effect they have on performance. Typically the most common modifications are around the exhaust systems and induction kits, however, you should also consider the addition of high performing throttle body to your vehicle.

In this article, we’ll cover all that you need to know about throttle bodies, throttle body conversion, benefits, problems, and replacement costs.

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Smoothed Airbox https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/smoothed-airbox.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/smoothed-airbox.php#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2020 14:49:28 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=10641 How to smooth your airbox, we look at smoothing and drilling airboxes, provide a how to guide and show the benefits and drawbacks and performance gains from having a smoothed airbox.

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Misfires and problems after tuning https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/tuning-misfires.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/tuning-misfires.php#respond Sun, 29 Oct 2017 13:20:36 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=4759 When an engine is tuned or mapped you may get misfires flatspots or other problems. We look at the causes of these issues and how to diagnose a fault after remapping.

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Building a 10 second car https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/10-second-car.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/10-second-car.php#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 11:34:31 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=3578 We look at what it takes to build a 10 second car and examine the power and weight requirements to reach the sub 11 second goal on the drag strip.

Follow our tips and you can make a 10 second car quite cheaply and within your budget with some power mods and serious weight reduction.

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How to add a turbo to a non turbo car. https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/adding-turbo.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/adding-turbo.php#comments Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:38:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=283 Adding a turbo or supercharger is a fairly complex modification so we'll cover the basics of adding a turbo upgrade in this article.

In computer games we just tick a box, and within seconds our car is fully turbocharged and running much faster. In the real world things are very different.

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Best cold air intake induction kits https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/induction-kits.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/induction-kits.php#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:38:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=36 Cold air intakes, induction kits and the effect on performance. "A review of the benefits of induction kits." The air filter […]

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Twin scroll turbos https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/twin-scroll-turbos.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/twin-scroll-turbos.php#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 12:54:09 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=6373 We look at the advantages of twin scroll turbos, discuss how they work and how to set them up. People have used twin turbos in the past to address many of the problems you hit with a single turbo and the twin scroll turbo offers a neat drop in upgrade and provides many advantages.

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Best engine for your tuning project https://www.torquecars.com/articles/best-project-engine.php https://www.torquecars.com/articles/best-project-engine.php#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:18:05 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=5516 We compare the RB25 vs RB26 vs VR38 vs SR20 vs FA20 vs 1JZ vs 2JZ to find the best engine for your tuning project. Our simple guide gives power limits and options for each engine. There are some favorite engines out there and people are passionate about which one is the best so we will give you a good side by side overview of the most popular engines to help you decide.

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Benefits & advantages of Winter tyres & snow tyres https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/winter-tyres.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/winter-tyres.php#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:38:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=610 With the poor winter driving conditions hitting the UK in 2010 many drivers are looking at winter tyres. Other countries are prepared for the snow and poor weather and are used to the concept of winter tyres.

So what are winter tyres, what do they do and are they a good idea?

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Wastegate and Blow off valves https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/wastegate-vs-bovs.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/wastegate-vs-bovs.php#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:01:47 +0000 https://www.torquecars.com/?p=5452 We look at wastegates vs Bovs and explain the differences between them. Find out where the wastegate and bov goes and what they do in our informative article. We find that many people are confused by the two devices and see the terms wrongly used.

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Converting a FWD to a RWD https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/fwd-rwd-conversion.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/fwd-rwd-conversion.php#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:12:34 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=4604 We look at converting a front wheel drive car to rear wheel drive. Problems and shortcuts and suggestions for a FWD to RWD conversion project guide. For this reason, most high power cars and motorsport cars have a rear wheel drive setup. Even front engined street cars are converted with a mid mounted engine and rear wheel drive.

Cars are more fun to drive when the power is to the back wheels. It makes for lots of oversteer rather than the safer and more predictable understeer manufacturers build into FWD cars.

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Crankshafts – a complete performance guide https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/crankshafts.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/crankshafts.php#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:12:28 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=5304 An in depth look at the crankshaft and the performance benefits of flat vs cross plane, cast forged and machined and crankshaft lightening. The crankshaft has a big impact on the performance of the engine and the delivery of power.

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Dry sumps https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/dry-sumps.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/dry-sumps.php#respond Wed, 06 May 2015 08:37:16 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=5024 Guide to Dry sump engine conversions we look at the advantages and disadvantages and discuss why you would want to convert to a dry sump. A conventional sump is a reservoir at the bottom of the engine from where oil is pumped around the engine. The dry sump relocated this reservoir and offers more efficient lubrication. 

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Guide to the best car mods https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/car-modifications.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/car-modifications.php#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:20:10 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=3395 We list the 10 best performance modifications for your engine and list the most effective performance mods.

Choose the right mods needn't be a mystery with our top 10 guide.

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Stage 1,2,3 remaps and mods https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stage-remaps.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/stage-remaps.php#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:49:14 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=5035 We wish people would stop using stage to describe a tuning option or plan but while they do we'll define here what we mean and expect when we talk about the term.

We get asked so much about this that we wanted to spell out what we mean and most car modders mean when talking about stage 1, 2 or 3 remaps and mods. We look at the various stages of remap available and the mods that would work best on stage 1, 2 and 3 upgrades. Each level of remap carries risks and drawbacks so we will outline them here.

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Remapping the ECU – remaps benefits and issues https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/remapping-ecu.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/remapping-ecu.php#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:53:00 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=79 Back in the good old days - the task of timing the ignition spark was performed by the distributor. The greater the RPM, the more the timing would advance.

This did a reasonable job but for the most effective power you would need to vary the timing to a greater degree than a fixed ratio advance curve. The electronic ignition system was borne.

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Diesel Tuning for maximum power and torque https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/diesel-tuning.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/diesel-tuning.php#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:38:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=77 From a diesel perspective, anything that isn't turbocharged is a waste of time from a tuning point of view. Similarly, anything that isn't using electronically managed direct injection is a pointless tuning proposal so we are somewhat limited to modern Turbo Diesels.

Get rid of those two ointment bound flies and things get more interesting

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High performance sports exhausts systems. https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/sports-exhausts.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/sports-exhausts.php#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:38:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=39 TorqueCars will review sports exhausts and exhuast design as they are very popular modifications, but sadly many mistakes are made.

The job of the exhaust is to break up the sound pulse from the engine, muffling the sound and allowing the exhaust gases to escape efficiently.

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What is an induction kit and what does it do. https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/induction-kit-intro.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/induction-kit-intro.php#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:20:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=615 As induction kits are probably one of the most popular modifications for car tuning projects we thought we should add a introductory article to explain what they are, what they do and the theory behind them.

An induction kit is quite simply an air filter. Most cars have air filters mounted in an air box. These filters are generally constructed of paper which filters out the particles from the air and prevents these from getting into the engine. The airboxes are designed to reduce the noise of the engine and have various vanes and angles cut to maximise this noise reduction.

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Adding NoS nitrous oxide to boost power gains. https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/nos-nitrous.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/nos-nitrous.php#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:38:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=43 Giggle gas - something to put a smile on your face. "Giggle Gas - Nitrous Oxide (N20) the power button!" […]

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Vernier pulleys https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/vernier-pulleys.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/vernier-pulleys.php#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:49:47 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=4815 TorqueCars give advice and tips on using vernier pulleys setting them up and how changes to the pulley can alter the power band. With a vernier pulley you have the ability to control the advance or retard on your cam timing and move the power band around.

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Anti lag systems https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/anti-lag-systems.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/anti-lag-systems.php#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:21:54 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=4817 We look at Anti lag systems in cars and how these keep the turbo spinning ready to provide boost from low RPM speeds. When you lift off the throttle the engine power cuts and the turbo starts to spool down.

From this low spool state there is a delay while the turbo spins up again before it can provide any useful boost. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of ALS and look at alternative options.

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Directional vs Assymetric tyres https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/directional-vs-asymmetric.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/directional-vs-asymmetric.php#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:26:11 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=5127 Choose the right tyre for your car, explore the full range of summer and winter tyres and we explain the differences between Directional, Assymetric, Symmetrical and road legal slicks to help you decide which is the best option for your performance car.

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Customizing a car guide https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/customizing-cars.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/customizing-cars.php#respond Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:51:43 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=5049 Customizing cars, here you can find out how to customize a car in our simple to follow guide with tips and hints and in depth car customization articles.

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Adding a supercharger https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/adding-a-supercharger.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/adding-a-supercharger.php#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:41:07 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=3540 We look at adding a supercharger to a NASP (naturally aspirated) engine and focus on the main problem areas and considerations encountered in a tuning project of this scope.

There are lots of pitfalls and this is not a "bolt in on and hope it works" modification as many other things need to be done to make this work safely and reliably.

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DMF vs solid flywheel conversions https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/dmf-solid-flywheel.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/dmf-solid-flywheel.php#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:34:05 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=3530 We look at the benefits and disadvantages of solid flywheel conversions from a DMF and help you decide which is right for you.

It is our considered opinion that unless a car is used extensively for competition or off road you should stick with a DMF. The additional torque caused by tuning an engine or heavy competition use can quickly destroy a DMF. The solution would be to fit a stronger, higher performance DMF but the aftermarket industry seems geared up to offer solid ones as the upgrade option.

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Remaps for diesel engines https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/diesel-remaps.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/diesel-remaps.php#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:38:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=540 Our members frequently talk about their latest mods and power figures. Many of our members have remapped their diesel engines and boast of more power, better economy and unchanged reliability.

But do the claims live up to reality? What sort of power figures can you get from a diesel remap? Diesels have really come so far in a very short time.

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Tuning boxes https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/tuning-boxes.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/tuning-boxes.php#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:15:00 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=3998 Tuning boxes are often slated because there are so many rip off devices around. We look at the truth about tuning boxes and help our readers identify the piggy back ecu's that are worth having. What does a piggy back ECU do? How do they work and are they worth buying?

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Automotive engines https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/automotive-engines.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/automotive-engines.php#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:46:58 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/?p=3393 The array of available automotive engines continues to grow, we shall look at the main types of engines looking at how they have evolved over time.
The gradual evolution of the automotive engine marches on and we discuss the major developments and innovations in engine technology and fuel types such as Petrol, diesel, LPG hydrogen and electric power.

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What is a turbo and how does it work https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/turbo-tuning.php https://www.torquecars.com/tuning/turbo-tuning.php#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:38:48 +0000 http://www.torquecars.com/cms_admin/?p=518 Tuning turbo engines. "A lot of hot air." What is a turbo and how does  a turbo work? If you go […]

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