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Advice For Getting The Best Performance Out Of Your Diesel Engine

If you have a diesel car or truck at the moment, there is a decent chance that you will want to ensure the vehicle achieves peak performance all the time. However, unless you’re a mechanic; you probably don’t know where to start when it comes to making that happen. So, take a moment to read through some of the advice on this page, and then put it into action as soon as possible. With a bit of luck, you will notice a vast improvement in the performance of your vehicle in a matter of days if you use some of the suggestions below. Don’t believe us? Try them out for yourself as soon as possible.

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Pay for professional upgrades

There are lots of diesel engine specialists out there who focus their efforts on upgrading cars or trucks just like yours. Whether you opt for Strictly Diesel performance parts or items manufactured by another brand is down to you. However, most experts agree that you will see surprising results if you upgrade your engine and let the mechanics work their magic. Some of the upgrades you might like to consider relate to:

  • Fuel systems
  • Injection pumps
  • Air intake
  • Turbo

So, you just need to search online for a company that upgrades diesel engines, and then get in touch with them to discuss your options.

Improve your exhaust system

If you want smooth acceleration, low noise, and reduced fuel consumption; there is no getting away from the fact that you need to upgrade your exhaust system according to sites like Explain That Stuff. Just bear in mind that an entire refit could cost a lot of money, and so you might have to pay for the job using a credit card or something similar. Still, experts claim that it’s possible to improve the performance of an average diesel engine by around 15% if you choose to opt for packages of that nature. Just research the subject online and learn as much as possible before you contact specialist mechanics and start the ball rolling.

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Take the vehicle for regular checks

Diesel engines are prone to many different issues and faults which is why you need to take your vehicle for regular checks. That is the best way to ensure you spot any problems before they become severe, and you never have to deal with decreased performance. Of course, you only need to do that if you know nothing about mechanics. Ideally, you’ll want to take your car or truck to the garage at least once every 12 months. You should do that, regardless of whether you think there is anything wrong or not.

Those three steps should help to ensure your vehicle performs as expected all the time. If you ever notice that you’re getting fewer miles to the gallon or you’re not reaching the same speeds as before; you just need to call a mechanic and arrange an appointment. Diesel is cheaper than petrol in most countries, and so it’s no surprise thousands of people choose those engines. At least now you know how to ensure you’re vehicle never lets you down, and always remains in the best condition. Good luck!

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Four Easy-To-Modify Cars That You Can Make Sing to Your Tune

The tuning and modifying of cars is a favoured hobby for many and even a career for some. It is something that allows petrol heads the chance to make an impact on the cars they drive. It is something that allows petrolheads the chance to be creative in a way that suits them. And there are a host of cars out there that act as blank canvases for these petrolheads to be creative on. Four cars that are easy, and safe, to modify can be found below.

Honda Civic

If you are new to the world of car tuning and modifying, then the first canvas that you should seek to work on is car like the Honda Civic. In fact, even if you a professional in the world of tuning and modifying then the Civic isn’t a bad car for you to get to grips with. This is because the Civic is both easy to modify and fun to modify.

For amateur tuners, the Civic is the perfect car to practice on because of the fact that it too strong to be impacted by minor modifying mistakes. It has handling dynamic skills that can’t be ruined by minor mistakes. And it has a transmission system that can withstand slight slip-ups. For professional tuners, especially those that prefer performance over prettiness, the Civic is a fun car to play around with because it can easily be made to be even stronger after modification.

But that’s not to say the Civic can’t be made to look pretty, or at least more aesthetically pleasing, than it does when it comes straight out of the factory. There are many accessories out there just waiting to be added to a Civic, and you could be the one to add them.

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Acura Integra

The Acura Integra is truly a car that is absolutely brimming with modification potential — and this potential can be unleashed by novice tuners and pro tuners alike.

The first area of the Integra that has massive tuning potential is its windows. With a bit of legal tint, this car’s iconic slanted windows can be made look even sleeker. What’s more, for practicality reasons the tinting of an Integra’s windows can protect the inside of the car from sun damage. Thus, this means that the life of this already ageing car can be prolonged further and kept looking fresher for longer.

And when it comes to modifying the rest of an Integra, you’ll never have to worry about a lack of accessories and body parts because there will always be some to be found on the market, as this is one of the most stolen cars in the world. What’s more, you can find Integras cheap to buy too, which means the whole modifying experience need not cost a pretty penny.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most modified cars to ever be manufactured. And it is so for very good reason.

One of the main reasons as to why the MX-5 has been so modified in the past is because it comes ready built with track racing and track drifting skills that are the envy of all other everyday cars. And these track skills can be made even better and tightened up every further when modifications are made to them — no, when the right modifications are made to them. The car can be made to grip the ground even better and it can be made to go even faster too. But, remember that the right modifications need to take place upon this car, so only those experienced in the world of modifying should do the tuning here, i’m afraid. And remember, no matter how fast this car is made to go, it should only ever be driven quickly on the track, and never on the road! So, if you think you’re up the task then why not try modifying the MX-5 and turning it into a speed demon, and then taking it on a track day to show off your (safe) speeding skills.

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Nissan 240SX

And if it modifying a car for track experiences, especially track drifting experiences, that has you salivating at the prospect of fine tuning a car, then look no further than the Nissan 240SX when you’re looking for your next blank canvas.

This car comes straight outta the factory with rear-wheel drive, a transmission that is just about as strong as any other car’s and an engine that seemingly will never stop working. And when a car comes outta the factory with all of this, as the 240SX does, then its potential to be modified into a track monster is unparalleled. And the modifications that should take place in order to obtain this end result include: tinkering with the thread and maybe switching to a SZ5 and changing the chassis mods.

And, if you are a naive tinkerer and tuner, then you’ll be happy to hear that you can in fact get to grips with this car with ease because of how simple a car it is to get your head around and work with. What’s more, this car can be drifted in safely, too, even by those that have never drifted before. But, like with the MX-5, make sure to only ever do you drifting on the track, specifically on a drifting track. And remember, drifting is always going to be dangerous, no matter how many times you may or may not have done it in the past, and no matter how many safety modifications you make to the car you are drifting in.

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Tuning and modifying cars can be a very worthwhile experience. It can give you something to work towards and really get stuck into, and everybody needs something like that in their life from time to time. And it can provide you with something to be proud of once you are done modifying it. Just remember, some cars are easier to tune than others, and you should never try anything that is deemed to be over your skill level. And, no matter your skill level, you should have your modified car looked over by a professional tuner or a mechanic that you know before you begin to drive it. By doing so, you might just save your life or the life of a fellow road user.

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The Mountune M400 Is Here For The Focus RS – But Are Upgrade Packs Worth It?

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Upgrade packs have been around for awhile now, with their popularity proving a beneficial extra revenue stream for the industry even after a car has been sold. It’s easy to see the reasons why upgrade packs have become popular:

  • They offer new features and innovations, which might not have been available to the buyer at the time of purchase. This ensures that rather than waiting for improvements the next time you buy a car, you can stay up to date without having to change your vehicle. Given the fact that we’re keeping our cars for longer than ever before, upgrade packs are a viable way of keeping up to speed with new innovations.
  • They are a way of making your car more exciting again. Once that new car smell has worn off and you’ve driven a few thousand miles, your car just begins to be… your car. An upgrade pack can increase excitement and offer a different experience.
  • If your car has an issue that has been irritating you, there’s a good chance the latest upgrade pack is going to be able to fix it for you.

The latest in the long line of upgrades available comes to the ever-popular Ford Focus, this time the RS version. The Ford Focus is one of Ford’s most popular models ever, with a huge number of both new and secondhand owners who buy after eyeing a Focus for sale from Bob Gillingham Ford. With so many Fords on the road – and the RS model already popular – was there really a need for an upgrade?

It seems Ford believe so. The new pack was revealed at Ford’s Fair and features an impressive array of new features. For the money, you’ll get:

  • A fettled ECU.
  • A high-flow induction kit.
  • A new air filter.
  • A power bump from 345bhp to 370bhp.
  • A car with the upgrade will now be faster than a Porsche 911 (basic models)
  • Worryingly, it doesn’t look like the upgrade is going to be covered by the Ford warranty; so if you install it, your existing warranty is no longer valid.

Impressive as all of this sounds, it’s not without cost, which will be around $4,000. It’s a nice bundle of features, but is it enough to justify the pack – and is any upgrade pack worth it?

The Answer Is… It Depends

If you’re not planning to buy another car anytime soon, then an upgrade pack is a good option. You’ll get new features which will lead to a more exciting driving experience; the new RS upgrade includes a Dyno mode, for example. If you decide to sell the car, the upgrade will probably be a big selling point that can help you at least cover the costs of your investment.

The warranty issue, however, is the kicker. No one needs an upgrade pack if the car is already functional, so this is a matter to be judged on whether or not you want it enough. Invalidating your warranty is a big step, so you have to be certain you’re happy to do that before you consider any upgrade pack. Always check with the manufacturer and see where you will stand, and you should at least be able to make an informed decision.