Installing aftermarket performance parts can seem like an intimidating task, but with the right know-how, it is actually relatively simple. Ensure that you have the right tools and follow all instructions carefully to avoid damage to your classic car.
Performance parts can be used to modify your vehicle for aesthetics or power. They include anything from a slip-on muffler to an engine computer programmer that increases horsepower and torque.
Shocks and struts are crucial components of your vehicle’s suspension. They travel along with the springs and dampen spring rebound so your tires stay flat against the road. If they wear out, you’ll notice the car bounces more on rough roads and feels less stable overall.
The best shocks use monotube construction and gas charged to help them better absorb and disseminate energy. This results in a more consistent ride quality and allows the shocks to stay cooler in performance-oriented driving conditions.
JEGS offers shocks from top manufacturers with a range of damping options. These parts are easy to install at home, though you’ll need to block the wheels that will remain on the ground, raise your vehicle with a floor jack and jack stands, then loosen the lower shock retaining nut.
Struts perform two specific jobs: They soften bumps and potholes to give you a smooth ride, and they help support your vehicle’s weight. If you’re a risk-taking driver who loves tackling the road less traveled, high-performance struts can help you have more control and make every Sunday cruise even better.
When your struts are bad, you’ll notice that the front of your car dives when braking and feels wobbly over large bumps. Your ride height specs will tell you if it’s time to replace your struts, and a new lower spring seat can improve stability.
Before disassembly, use a marker to mark alignment marks on the strut cartridge, spring insulator, strut plate and upper mount so that you can put everything back together correctly. This will ensure that the camber angle is back to spec when you’re done.
Sway bars might not get the same attention as shock absorbers, springs and struts but they play a vital role in your vehicle’s suspension. Often called anti-roll bars, they reduce body roll during cornering or over road irregularities. As a result they help you maintain more control of your vehicle, improving overall handling.
A sway bar (usually in a loose ‘U’ shape) is mounted laterally across the chassis and works like a torsional spring. Movement on one side of the bar causes movement on the opposite side. This helps keep the vehicle more level reducing body lean and increasing your side grip on a curve or over a large bump.
When you’re looking to make your car look different or go faster, there are many options out there. However, it’s important to only choose high-quality parts that are expertly installed. Otherwise, you risk voiding your warranty or damaging your vehicle.
If you’re a car enthusiast, you may be interested in installing performance parts that will increase your handling, acceleration, or braking capabilities. These add-ons can give you a more customized look or help you stand out from the crowd at the track.
When selecting aftermarket parts, it’s important to read reviews and compare prices. You should also look for certifications and awards from reputable sources. Then, you can be sure that you’re getting the best performance parts for your car. These steps will help you ensure a smooth installation process and the best results.
There are many different aftermarket performance parts that are engineered to enhance your car’s acceleration, braking, or handling. Some of these products may require professional installation to ensure the proper fit and to avoid damaging your vehicle.
Choosing the right performance parts for your vehicle requires research and knowledge of your specific needs. Be sure to choose a shop with trained and certified technicians to ensure the correct install of your performance parts.
Many vehicle manufacturers have subsidiaries that are dedicated to producing performance parts for their vehicles. These parts can include air intake kits, exhaust systems, or tuners/power programmers. Some aftermarket upgrades like spoilers will add style to your vehicle, but won’t do anything for traction or acceleration. It is best to install one aftermarket upgrade at a time so if any issues arise, you can determine which part caused it.