Upgrading your car’s performance parts isn’t all about modifying or changing your engine. You can upgrade other parts of your vehicle, too! And in reality, it’s much more logical to prioritize getting them first or having a look at them before you turn your stock car into a speedster on the road. Continue reading to learn more about the things you know when upgrading your car’s
1. Prioritize Having A Disc Brake
Disc brakes can outweigh the benefits of performance parts. After all, while it won’t increase your car’s performance, it can help you avoid accidents on the road. Before you make your car into a racing machine, be sure your brakes can keep up. Note that drum brakes may not be the best choice if you’re driving at high speed and suddenly need to stop or slow down, especially if your brakes have already seen better days. One of the concerns with drum brakes is that they can lock your tires when you try to do a sudden emergency brake. On the other hand, they can be a hassle to check and inspect. Unlike them, disc brakes can be part of your regular ocular inspection, and you won’t need to take your tires apart just to see if they’re still okay.
2. Know The Type Of Tires You Need
After getting disc brakes, the next thing you want to secure is the right tire. Note that most stock tires perform optimally with the speed and driving conditions they’re set to handle. Upgrading your car to maximize speed and other aspects may make you change your tires to a more appropriate type. If speed is going to be your priority, get tires that are bigger and can have more ground contact or grip. However, note that changing your tire into a bigger one requires a lot of planning. Changing to bigger tires may change your car’s height, unintentionally get in contact with other parts, affect your gear ratio, and so much more. Because of those, you may want to look into an article dedicated to how to upgrade your tires and how you can calibrate those tires the right way.
3. Choose Between A Turbocharger Or Supercharger
Now that you’ve secured your brakes, it’s time to add some speed to your car. To do that, you should choose the best forced induction device or aspirator for your engine—a supercharger or a turbocharger. Each has an advantage over the other, and choosing one depends on how you drive as well as your preferences.
A supercharger is a good choice if you want speed as soon as possible. You won’t need to wait until your engine hits a specific RPM. The drawback is that it can be loud and can consume more fuel. On the other hand, a turbocharger is a decent choice if you want to take it easy when driving and prioritize fuel economy and a quiet, high-speed drive. Of course, there are types of forced induction devices out there, but typically, if you don’t have a lot of money to burn, you’ll be stuck between these two, which isn’t a bad thing.
4. Consider Upgrading Your Shocks And Springs
Shocks and springs are marvels of engineering. These two are the main reasons cars are very comfortable to drive. Most manufacturers have carefully calculated these two settings to ensure your vehicle runs well and make you comfy in every driving condition. However, if you change anything in your car, particularly if it’ll affect weight, speed, and handling, you may want to upgrade your shocks and springs.
5. Forget About High Performance Or High Octane Fuel
The only fuel you need is the fuel that’s right for your engine. If your car has a diesel engine, then it’s diesel—you get the drift. Remember that unless you’re racing, you don’t need performance fuel. They’re designed to help engines perform on the track. But if you drive long miles or city driving, fuel with regular octane ratings should be enough for your car.
6. Turn A Blind Eye To Spoilers And Body Kits
If you’re looking for performance, spoilers and body kits are the last things you should consider. If your car is the latest model, know that you already have the best body concerning aerodynamics. The best engineers in the world already design them, and only a few other designs will come close to your current body’s performance. Of course, it doesn’t mean you should completely forget about them. Most of these aftermarket kits and parts look cool. They may not give you speed, but they can give the impression that you look fast.
You need to know those things before upgrading your vehicle’s performance parts. Take note that these are just pointers. There are many things to unpack in every section discussed here, so be sure to perform additional research. Good luck!