Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Aftermarket Car Parts for Enhancing Car Performance

Cars have always been and will always be the object of man's desire. We can guess the personality of a particular person by the manner in which he or she maintains their cars. The spick and span car signifies that its owner is meticulous while a shabby car denotes an unorganized person. Another way to distinguish cars is by the use of aftermarket car parts.

So what are aftermarket car parts? Well, if you bought an exotic car or a powerful SUV, you wouldn't like to keep it under wraps. You would like the world to know about your possession. Now, some people would call it a showy display of power or prestige but as a proud owner of your coveted car, you would care less of what others think. After all, your opinion, interests and comfort do count also.

Aftermarket car parts are extra accessories that you fit or modifications that you do after buying the car to boost the car's performance or to enhance its look and feel. Using aftermarket parts is entirely one's own decision and discretion as these are in no way necessary for normal operation of the car.

Now, there are a number of ways with which to make your car an object of attention. People normally modify body shape and chassis or repaint their car to make it look different but that is not enough. For the real feel, you need to employ aftermarket car parts. Some of which are listed here. Only make sure that the parts you fit are street legal.

Boost Controllers control air pressure to fuel inlet manifold system of the engine. Manual or electronic boost controllers are useful in routing the exhaust gases in turbo or supercharged engines thereby boosting the engine power.

Engine Damper Kits reduce stress on the engine mounts and engine vibrations to the chassis and ensure greater vehicle stability.

Camber Arm Kits are adjustable upgrades to car suspensions for increasing traction control and reducing squat effect around corners and tire wear.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Signs You Need a New Muffler

Those of us who aren't savvy with cars may still detect when something needs repair. If we hear strange pings and the car just doesn't "sit right," it may be time for a trip to the garage. When it comes to your muffler, there are ways you can tell it's time for a replacement. You may not be able to remove it yourself, but if you pay attention to how your car runs you can head off a problem that could increase if you were to ignore the signs.

How can you tell if your muffler needs replacing? As you drive, be aware of the following signs.

1) Pay attention to your gas mileage. It's always a good idea, every time you fill up, to calculate your mileage from the last tank you gas you bought. This lets you know if your car goes the distance for the fuel it's given. If you find you're burning through gas more quickly than usual and you aren't putting on more miles, you may want to check your muffler. A faulty one can contribute to poor gas mileage.

2) Watch for fumes. If one day you start to smell something unusual in your car, like a gassy stench or odor you'd associate with a faulty car, you should have it checked immediately. Intoxicating fumes can prove hazardous to your health, and rolling down the window won't solve anything. Problems with your muffler may contribute to the increase fume output.

3) Listen for changes in your car when you start the engine. With a good muffler, your car's motor should pick up and purr just fine. However, if it begins to wear you may detect a difference in your engine's noise when you crank it. If the noise seems louder and not as smooth, it could indicate that your muffler needs to be checked. It would help, too, to have somebody stand outside while you start your car and look for anything unusual in the muffler area.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Kasey Kahne Merchandise That You've Gotta Have

NASCAR racing is a very popular sport in the United States for several reasons. There's the undeniable draw of raw power, speed, and skill on display at each and every NASCAR race. There's the thunderous roar as the pack of cars goes by. Then there's the grass roots, down to earth vibe exhibited by nearly every person involved in NASCAR. Most of all, though, NASCAR has true heroes. Heroes who rise above and do breathtaking things, and heroes who show up to each race, no matter the obstacle, and do what they do. Heroes like Kasey Kahne.

Merchandise is one of the main ways that nearly all NASCAR fans show their appreciation for their favorite drivers, their heroes, so if you are a big fan of Kasey Kahne you are likely to have a lot of Kahne merchandise. And why not?

Back in 2004 Kasey Kahne merchandise was flying off the shelves, and with good reason. In that year Kahne finished in the top five 13 times. Five of those top five finishes were in second place. He won 4 pole positions and also took home the Rookie of the Year award.

Kahne has regularly finished his seasons in the top fifteen. He regularly wins top 10 or top 5 finishes, and is the quintessence of a team player. These are some of the core principles that NASCAR was built on, which is why Kasey Kahne merchandise is some of the best selling of any driver.

Merchandise isn't all made equal of course, and the kind of Kasey Kahne merchandise you purchase says a fair bit about what type of a fan you are, both of NASCAR and of Kasey Kahne. Memorabilia like a Tee or a cap is pretty standard fare, but people who do not attend one race in a year could have one of those. If you've had a T-shirt autographed, you're naturally a huge fan, but how frequently can you wear the same Tee, and if it's signed, do you eve it at all?

Kasey Kahne merchandise like a jacket or a scale model of the #5 Farmer's Insurance/Quaker State/HendrickCars.com Chevy Impala shows that you're a more serious fan, yet again these are very common items for a Kasey Kahne fan to obtain. The issue is there aren't too many options for the ultimate fan that are really satisfying. What a true fan wants is something he can view and remember all the magnificent races he's seen, and that shows off to the rest of the world how much he loves NASCAR. Merchandise like that is challenging to find.