Many drivers sooner or later come to the conclusion that they are missing something and want to improve their cars. Some would like to replace outdated technology with a more modern one, some to slightly increase power, others to improve controllability or safety.
1. Installing a new multimedia system
Even modern cars continue to have outdated mechanically controlled audio systems. In cars manufactured before 2010, this is the only option. In place of such systems, you can install a multimedia complex with a touch panel, somewhat similar to a tablet. Moreover, such a modification is possible for most cars without making them look weird or not aesthetically pleasing. The touch multimedia system is not only radio and playback from flash drives but also a navigator with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, support for Android applications, the ability to watch videos, and other options. In addition, you can connect a rear-view camera to the system, making it a parking sensor and a video recorder.
2. Weight reduction
New cars use lightweight materials like aluminum and plastic. But in the old ones, steel or iron is almost always the basis. Because of this, cars with engines of the same power can have different acceleration dynamics and handling. One easy way to improve handling and accelerate the car is to remove heavy parts or replace them with lighter ones. For example, a spare tire can weigh more than 10 kilograms, and an air conditioner more than 20, and if you remove such parts, you can even reduce the weight by 100 kilograms. Keep in mind that each car is designed for its weight, and therefore, with a lighter body, it can react more sharply to steering wheel movements and become less stable at high speeds.
3. Replacing the bushings
One of the simplest and most inexpensive modifications is replacing standard rubber or plastic bushings with polyurethane ones. As we mentioned above, rubber has many disadvantages, including rapid wear under load. Plastic is noisy and does not hold high loads.
4. Replacement of brake lines
Most often, rubber brake lines are installed on cars, which corrode, expand in extreme heat, and crack in cold. Why were they put on, and sometimes they continue to be put on? It’s simple – cheapness. For greater reliability, you can replace the standard rubber brake lines with braided stainless steel tubes. They will not rot, expand at high temperatures and crack, which will prevent brake fluid leakage. There is also an option with replacing rubber tubes with copper ones, however, aluminum fittings are often installed in cars. These two materials form a galvanic pair, and oxides will begin to appear at the junction, which later will lead to a breach of the tightness of the brake system.
5. Shortening the gear lever
In new cars equipped with a manual transmission, you will notice that the lever has become noticeably shorter than in older models. This makes gear shifting smoother and more comfortable for the driver and also shortens the time between gear changes. The shorter the shift, the less time the driver will hold the steering wheel with one hand, which increases safety. Thanks to this modification, the accuracy and clarity of switching will be significantly increased.
6. Brake System Upgrades
One of the most inexpensive tuning options to make your car safer is new rims, calipers, and pads. It all depends on your expectations. For example, if the goal is quiet and gentle braking, then ceramic pads are the best choice. They generate little dust, which has a positive effect on the total resource of the wheels. If the braking system has to withstand high loads, semi-metallic pads are the best option. Semi-metallic parts dissipate heat well, but they are not suitable for everyday use, as they are noisier and emit a lot of dust that settles in the calipers, which negatively affects the resource of the wheels.
7. Replacing spark plugs
No, we are not talking about a banal replacement of old sparks with new ones, but with an improved version – iridium spark plugs. The main difference between iridium sparks and standard ones is the absence of corrosion. Thanks to the use of refractory iridium, these sparks require replacement every 100 thousand kilometers. The spark as a consequence is more powerful, which improves the ignition process and increases power. There is also a decrease in fuel consumption.
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