AutoModding Your Jeep Wrangler JK 101

Jeep JK AutoMods

The Jeep Wrangler JK, that being the ’07-current model, is one of the most capable off-road vehicles you can buy in America today.  Where most SUVs have become glorified crossovers, compromising their mudability for on-road dynamics, the Wrangler has remained consistently trail able while gradually becoming a more capable on-road commuter, as well.  Yes, the meaning of Jeep ownership has broadened beyond the image of the crazed desert hero wearing nothing above the waist but his beard, to include normal people like you who want an SUV for commuting, but still want it to be a real SUV.  But as good as it is stock, and no matter how you use yours, you can still upgrade yours with some simple Jeep JK parts and accessories. Continue reading “AutoModding Your Jeep Wrangler JK 101”

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: 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”

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”

Muffler Buying Guide

The humble muffler plays an important role in your vehicle’s exhaust system.  It’s largely responsible for the tone of your engine and your vehicle’s overall noise level, and has some influence on vehicle performance as well.  As you can imagine, choosing the wrong muffler can have a host of bad consequences, which is why it’s a good idea to understand what mufflers do and why they are so important.

Muffler Buying Guide

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Follow Friday: America Edition

This is America. We like our cars loud, our tire smoke thick, our victories frequent, and our fireworks extra explodey. We like to build things the way we want them, from sports cars to race tracks to cookout meals. We like to hang out with our friends. We like to celebrate. So happy birthday, America. Here are some of the most American Americans you can follow on Twitter this week.

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Borla ATAK: Exhaust and Muffler Therapy

“Finding the right sound and the right note is actually important, because there’s a certain synergy with the sound of the motor and how you drive.  So we’re actually able to create a better connection with the vehicle and the driver, and they feel it’s a competitive advantage.”

– David Borla

Borla ATAK Mustang

 

You know that feeling when you’ve found the perfect muffler?  You might not have found it yet, so you don’t.  But if you do, you’ll know how hard it is to describe.  It’s like your favorite garage band just found their sound.  It’s like the grand finale of a July 4th fireworks show.  It’s like steel-on-steel in a sword fight.  It just makes sense.

Here’s why the right muffler isn’t just the loudest muffler, and what Borla did about it. Continue reading “Borla ATAK: Exhaust and Muffler Therapy”

Borla Defies Convention; Defines Awesome

Borla exhaust systemsSometimes it’s better to be an industrial dolphin, staying together with the rest of the group.  Competitors more or less tend to share technology and technique, offering very little variation between brands.  But often, industries are much more like a lemming-run, when it might be a good idea to break away from the pack, to do something different, because everyone else is doing it poorly.  Here’s a few ways Borla Performance Industries does everything “wrong,” but still gets everything so right. Continue reading “Borla Defies Convention; Defines Awesome”