Helpful Automotive Articles

Replacing a standard size steel wheel with the same size of cast light alloy wheel improves performance and road-holding considerably, without any reduction in comfort. Further improvement in road-holding comes with increased wheel size, combined with a corresponding reduction in the height of the tire walls, a procedure called “Plus-Sizing”.
Some calipers, particularly some of the basic single or 2 piston models, just aren’t that great looking. Painting them will pretty them up, but won’t change their basic design. But painting means a lot of time and effort for possibly questionable results. You can always count on caliper covers to look great. For the average popular late model car they’re available in multiple colors and can even be engraved with the vehicle logo.
Lloyd Ultimats have provided a luxury look and feel to hundreds of thousands of vehicles. So why has Lloyd Mats introduced the Luxe mats? Can they really be better and more good-looking than the Ultimats? The material in both Ultimats and Luxe mats is treated to resist stains and spills, and they are very easy to clean in spite of the deep pilings and luxury feel.
Euro tail lights, known as Altezza or clear tail lights, are sought after replacements for the factory installed tail lights, which usually have plain, boring red plastic lenses. In contrast, Euro tail lights present an interesting chrome or black substrate with smaller red, clear or yellow individual lenses or bulbs under a clear or smoked outer lens.
Protective automotive coverings come in two basic categories: mats and liners. The mats are flat, with a more or less perfect fit, ridges and deep wells or channels between the ridges, to separate and contain the dirt and moisture from your feet. The liners are molded, also with a more or less perfect fit, to the shape of the vehicle floor, with high lips that run up the walls of the foot-wells or cargo space.
Like Euro Taillights, Euro Headlights are a style of headlight housing that is popular as a replacement for the original manufacturer installed headlight housings. Projector Headlight refers to the actual headlight fixture within the headlight housing. Projector headlights produce more focused beam of light with less scatter loss, which makes driving in darkness and inclement weather safer.
Properly designed, properly built and properly mounted grille guards offer very good protection for a vehicle front. The protective value of small chrome bars protruding under the bumper is debatable, but there is no denying that they look good and that they provide an excellent mount for auxiliary lights.
If you are not satisfied with the way your car drives, get new tires of the same size and characteristics. Look at the side of the worn-out tire and make sure that your new tires have the same key dimensions and ratings. The tire sidewall not only proudly displays the name of the manufacturer, it also features three sets of codes that give you key information about the tire.
You don’t realize how effective rain guards are until you experience them, and once you have them on your car or truck you wonder how you got along without them. Wind deflectors can be installed in the window channel or they can be taped to the body. Your preference depends on how much you like the way a particular wind deflector looks on your car or truck.
Staggered wheel fitment is a term for the rear wheels being bigger and/or wider than the front wheels. This only works on rear wheel drive cars, where the bigger rear wheels can put more power onto the pavement. Changes in the relationship of wheel dimensions between front and rear on a RWD car changes the balance of the vehicle.
Many car enthusiasts fit custom wheels today. That is why there is a big market for lightweight custom wheels. Offering much more than just a look, they are available in a wide choice of designs, fitments and properties that cater to individual tastes and needs or car enthusiasts.
If you've heard something about air intakes but not sure you need one, here's the ultimate guide for you. Learn the ins and outs of an air intake system and find out the benefits of using a cold air intake for your vehicle. We'll explain what these systems do for your ride and why you need one.
Many people think that the genuine material always is better than materials imitating other materials. Even if the real wood is encased in plastic materials it cannot be completely isolated from the environment. Modern synthetic wood materials are so similar to the original that it takes the eye of a true expert to tell them apart.
TSW wheels are one-piece cast wheels, made to the highest standards of manufacturing. The competition experience of TSW has led the company to focus on other aspects of wheel manufacture that produce more performance per dollar spent than the forging process does. This is why TSW cast wheels perform better than most forged custom wheels.
The term rocker panel describes the area of the body on the side of the vehicle between the wheel wells and below the doors. Most make their rocker panel moldings from high grade stainless steel, which has high chromium content for resistance to corrosion. These moldings will add shine to your car or truck, along with a certain measure of protection.
The consensus opinion among exhaust flow experts is that any V8 engine will benefit from a dual exhaust system with an H-pipe or X-pipe. H-pipes were first installed to quiet this exhaust noise. As with the H-pipe, an X-pipe also affects the sound of the exhaust. With an X-pipe, the two sides of the exhaust system are merged. The exhaust pressure on both banks is equalized and power is increased at all engine speeds.
When most people think of automobile aerodynamics, they envision a car in the wind tunnel with a smoke wand showing how the air flows over the car. Now that we’ve covered some basics, let’s look at the individual pieces more in-depth to see how they can affect your car.
Tire Basics for Dummies. Tire Basics for Dummies.
Finding the right tire to fit on a vehicle is not easy. There are different profile tires, there are different rubber compounds and there are tire tread patterns for all kinds of weather conditions. The tires you buy must have a load rating and a speed classification that fit your vehicle.
Is Chrome Back in Style?Is Chrome Back in Style?
The brilliant gleam and glimmer that comes from bright chrome and polished stainless steel can transform almost every part of your vehicle! Besides the great selection of trim accessories, you also benefit from the high quality of today’s chrome and stainless steel parts.