AutoModding More Power for your 2005 Nissan 350Z

2005 Nissan 350Z - Before Mods

This is our very first reader-submitted AutoMods vehicle.  We gave a guy named Kevin a HUNDRED BUCKS for suggesting it.  Drop your own suggestion in the comments below and you could be next!

Ever since the Nissan 240Z rolled out of Hiratsuka back in 1969, the Z has been synonymous with Nissan sports car performance.  The old Z had four-wheel independent suspension, rare in that day, twin side-draft carburetors and a curb weight of just 2,301 lbs.  The 2.4 liter straight six cranked out 151 hp, which was far less than the Mustangs and Camaros of the day, but plenty enough to get the featherweight up to 60 in 8 seconds.

The 240Z became an instant classic and the Z hung on through the decades, flanked at different times by different numbers and letters, but always retaining the principles of a fun, surefooted, tossable sports car.

The Nissan 350Z coupe debuted in June of 2002 and ran until 2008, when it was succeeded by the 2009 370Z.  By the time it completed its run, the 350Z’s VQ35HR V6 made 306 horsepower.  But in 2005, the 3.5 V6 that gave the 350 its name, this one the VQ35DE, was only firing out 287 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque.  The car had also become significantly heavier than the old 240, at 3,339 lbs, but in this millennium, what car isn’t too heavy? Continue reading “AutoModding More Power for your 2005 Nissan 350Z”

Automodding Your 95 Camaro Z28: Suspension Upgrades

What car should we AutoMod next?  Drop your suggestion in the comments and you could win a $100!  Details below.

1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - Before Camaro Suspension Upgrades

The other day we took a bone stock ’95 Camaro Z28 and with a few simple bolt-on upgrades added 3.2 craptons of power.  Now that we have the going taken care of, we’re going to work on the other two things a car should be good at: stopping and turning.  Because even if you’re running on the drag strip, brakes, suspension, and handling are all your friends.  Here’s how you can improve them on your Camaro. Continue reading “Automodding Your 95 Camaro Z28: Suspension Upgrades”

AutoModding Your 95 Camaro Z28: More Power

Have an idea for the next vehicle we should AutoMod?  Drop it in the comments, and you could win $100!  Details below.

1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - Before Mods

The Chevy Camaro helped define the American muscle car.  Since 1966, it has been tearing along American roads, down drag strips, and around tracks.  But when it comes to glory, it seems that the first generation and the latest generation hoard it all.  There’s a reason for that.  The 5.7 liter LT1 V8 in the 1995 Camaro Z28 only made 275 hp.  But because we’re dealing with a Small Block Chevy, that’s about to change. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 95 Camaro Z28: More Power”

We just gave someone $100 with AutoMods

You have spoken, you have voted, and we have made a selection for our very first customer submitted AutoMods car.  In the coming weeks, we’ll be virtually modding a 2008 Nissan 350Z base model.

AutoMods Winner - Nissan 350Z Continue reading “We just gave someone $100 with AutoMods”

AutoModding your 2010 Dodge Charger: Appearance and Protection

What vehicle should get the AutoMods treatment next?
Drop your idea in the comment section and if we choose it, you could win a $100 gift card to StreetsideAuto.com! We’ll select the winner on NEXT Friday (February 27th) at noon central.

2010 Dodge Charger

We’ve cranked up the horsepower. We’ve improved the handling with suspension and braking upgrades. The second-shaving is done here. Now it’s onto the two Ps. No, we’re not talking about Peas and Pudding, that delicious staple of the American diet. We mean Preference and Protection. Today we’re talking about some appearance and interior mods you can use to create a custom look for your Charger, as well as protect it from the everyday friction of life. Continue reading “AutoModding your 2010 Dodge Charger: Appearance and Protection”

AutoModding your 2010 Dodge Charger: Handling and Brakes

What vehicle should we virtually mod next? Maybe we could take your own project through AutoMods? Leave us your suggestion in the comments, and if we pick it, you’ll win a $100 StreetsideAuto.com gift card to help!

2010 Dodge Charger - Before Mods

Yes, all the V8 Charger people can brag about power, with all their Hemis and their Hellcats. But power isn’t the only thing they have. They also have almost 300 lbs more in weight than your V6 Charger. That means you’re driving the Charger superleggera, and you already have the edge in braking and handling. Here are a few simple mods you can use to take your corner game to the next level and leave those chunky V8s oversteering in your wake. Continue reading “AutoModding your 2010 Dodge Charger: Handling and Brakes”

AutoModding Your 2010 Dodge Charger: More Power

What vehicle should we virtually mod next? Maybe we could take your own project through AutoMods? Leave us your suggestion in the comments, and if we pick it, you’ll win a $100 StreetsideAuto.com gift card to help!

2010 Dodge Charger - Before Mods

The Dodge Charger wears many hats.  It debuted in 2006 at the Chicago Auto Show as a creative adaptation of Chrysler’s rear-driven LX platform, already in use on the Magnum and the Chrysler 300.  Yet the Charger was a big risk for Dodge, and not only because it meant associating Dodge’s famous muscle car moniker with a four-door, but because outside of the luxury market, with such offerings as the 300 and the Cadillac CTS, and Ford’s soon-dead Panther, there were no rear-wheel-drive sedans in America.  Impalas and Malibus had all been tamed under front-driven platforms. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2010 Dodge Charger: More Power”

AutoModding Your 2014 Chevy Silverado: Suspension & Brakes

What vehicle should we virtually mod next? What about your own project? Drop your suggestion in the comments, and if we pick it, we’ll send you a $100 StreetsideAuto.com gift card to help…

When we last left our intrepid 2014 Chevy Silverado (not to be confused with a Dodge Intrepid), it had just gained about 30 horsepower thanks to some easy, bolt-on mods.  But all that power is going to give you some problems unless you can use it, and that’s where handling and brakes come in.

Chevy Silverado Handling & Brakes

Now, in the case of a car, we would use this post to discuss the best ways to lower it, dropping the center of gravity and giving the car more grip in the corners, because that’s how you make a sporting car more functional.  To make a truck more functional, however, you lift it, so we’ll cover that instead. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2014 Chevy Silverado: Suspension & Brakes”

AutoModding Your 2014 Chevy Silverado: Power

Welcome to our very first edition of AutoMods, our new, bi-weekly series that takes one of your favorite vehicles and virtually builds it into a beast.  Have a suggestion for the next AutoMods vehicle candidate? Shoot it our way in the comments and if we pick it (we’ll pick on the final Friday of each month – February 27 this month), and you could win a $100 gift card.

Find a parking lot.  Any lot in America will do.  If it’s full or nearly so, there’s a good chance you’ll see more than a few new pickup trucks slotted between those yellow lines.  Pickups are far and away the best selling vehicle category in America, dominating the charts for decades.  Why?  The reasons are myriad.  Many people use them for work.  Some use them for play.  But most just buy pickups because they can.  American roads are wider, American gas is cheaper, and the American psyche loves anything that’s bigger.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2014 Chevy Silverado is no exception.  The redesign was brand new just a year prior, with an even tougher look and platform.  Captain America even “borrowed” one in The Winter Soldier.  GM’s 5.3 liter L83 V8 sits under the hood, pumping out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, all a very usable package, appealing to a sensible, reserved customer base. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2014 Chevy Silverado: Power”

AutoMods: An Introduction

Here at Streetside, we love talking about cars.  New cars, classic cars, fast cars, rare cars, and race cars.  Trucks, too!  And if all of those subcategories of automobilia have one thing in common, it’s that they’re fairly expensive.  Most of us would cruise around in ZL-1s or classic Continentals if we could, but for now, we’re stuck with what we have.

Chevy SS

And sometimes, what we have is pretty stinking awesome, and we can make it even more so.  Streetside’s own Kyle, for example, bought his F-150 EcoBoost to haul his boat, but he found a huge improvement just adding an aFe intercooler.

With this in mind, we’re launching a new series called AutoMods.  Each week we’ll feature a new ride, some of the most frequently modded by our customers, some employee vehicles, and some we just think deserve some easy upgrades, and explore, in two or three blog posts, just how awesome it can be using parts we offer on Streetside. Continue reading “AutoMods: An Introduction”