AutoModding Performance for your 2015 Chevy Silverado

2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Okay, everybody.  We’ve done our due diligence.  We’ve made your Silverado safer, more practical, and more protected.  Now it’s time to have some flippin’ fun.  It’s time to upgrade your truck’s performance.  Today we’re adding power and torque, tuning the sound, improving the off-road capability, and boosting the electrical capacity.  Here are our top five Silverado performance parts.
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AutoModding Your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel: Part 1

We picked this truck because a reader gave us the idea, and not just because we have alot of 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 accessories.  He dropped it in the comments, and we gave him $100 for his trouble!  Want your own $100?  Just drop your own suggestion in the comments section, and you could win!  More below.

2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel

It’s time for a turbo build.  Yes, after our usual magazine of tuners, exhausts, and cold air intakes, we’re going to force the issue, and the induction.  Okay, so we’re taking a bit of an easy route, because this week’s AutoMods vehicle comes with a turbo in stock form, but we can’t pass up the opportunity to size up the snail, especially when it can buy us so much power.  Reader Brian Hampton’s suggestion of the Dodge Ram was a great one, and we chose a 2005 2500 diesel Quad Cab because turbo. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel: Part 1”

AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 1

Want to win $100 for suggesting our next car to AutoMod?  Just drop your suggestions in the comments.  Details below.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

It was crashed, smashed, drowned, dropped, burned, and dropped again.  And Top Gear‘s Toyota pickup still started and ran.  From then on our suspicions were confirmed: Toyota makes the toughest trucks on the planet.  Now Top Gear is likely dead, but we’re guessing that Toyota is still alive.  Your Tacoma is worth investing in.  That’s the conclusion Streetside’s own Danny came to when he started modding his 2013 Tacoma TRD.  That’s right, folks, for the first time in AutoMods history, we’re actually modding a vehicle, rather than just doing it virtually.  Real mods, real pictures, real performance. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 1”

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”

Hypertech Interceptor: 33 HP in 15 Minutes

Plug and play is awesome. Do you remember the early days of personal computing, when a mouse or keyboard would come with four floppy installation discs completely indistinguishable from one another? Remember when your cat would jump up on your 60 lb monitor and you’d be prompted to find a driver for his fuzzy butt? No more. Now peripherals are all plug-and-play. They introduce themselves. Except printers. Printers are still uptight and traditional, probably because of the actually-using-paper thing. They don’t like to talk about it.

Hypertech InterceptorThankfully, Hypertech’s new Interceptor (which is on sale over in the store – hint, hint.  Nudge nudge.  Saynomore) line of performance chips for cars and trucks, namely Chryslers, Jeeps, and Ram trucks, is happy to dispense with the formalities, and installing one is easier than plugging in a USB mouse (be honest: do you ever get it right the first time?).
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Hypertech Max Energy Programmers – Part II

Hypertech Max Energy Sport - Unleash Your Sport Compact!Max Energy Sport – Unleash Your Sport Compact!
Hypertech’s Max Energy Sport model was designed specifically for higher compression performance engines, making it a favorite for sport compact owners. The Sport offers a host of performance-oriented features for demanding drivers.

The Max Energy offers a selection of tunes to program for the power that drivers want. Horsepower and torque can both be improved (substantially in some cases) while maintaining safe operating parameters for the engine.

Car manufacturers limit the top speed of vehicles to match the rating of factory tires in order to ensure the safety of owners. If aftermarket tires are installed with a higher speed rating, the Max Energy power programmer allows owners to raise (or lower) the top speed limiter of the vehicle in order to match the rating of the new tires. If the diameter of the new tires varies from factory, the Max Energy also allows a user to recalibrate the vehicle’s speedometer to ensure an accurate reading.

Hypertech’s Max Energy provides the most efficient air/fuel mixture and spark timing possible at every point in the rev band, allowing an engine to maximize the power available in every drop of fuel. This increased efficiency yields better fuel economy.

Drivers of vehicles with automatic transmissions can find stock shift points frustrating in their pursuit of performance. The Max Energy offers the ability to alter both shift points and shift firmness, which provides for a greater deal of control with respect to the overall performance of the vehicle.

In addition to the features mentioned above, the Max Energy can serve as a diagnostic tool to read and clear engine codes. The integration of this feature into the Max Energy unit saves owners the hassle of driving to their local shop to have codes read or, worse yet, purchasing a separate tool for the job.

VTEC Controller
One of the features of the Max Energy Sport model that makes it exceptionally popular among Honda and Acura owners is the VTEC controller. Some Honda and Acura vehicles come with Honda’s VTEC camshaft technology. Under “sport” driving conditions (high RPMs and heavy load), the controller engages additional camshaft followers which use a more aggressive camshaft profile. The result is increased air flow and more horsepower. The Max Energy Sport allows drivers to adjust the engine speed at which the VTEC camshaft profile engages in order to tune the engine’s power band for optimal integration with the Max Energy and any other “bolt-on” performance accessories.

All Hypertech Max Energy models offer an attractive bundle of features for drivers that are looking for the best possible combination of performance and fuel economy. Hypertech was founded in 1985 with 7 employees and 1 engine dyno. Today, they have almost 60 employees and operate from their state-of-the-art research and development facilities in Bartlett, Tennessee. Hypertech has a long-standing reputation for quality in the performance tuning market and the Max Energy line of programmers is no exception.

Hypertech Max Energy Programmers

Hypertech Max Energy ProgrammerThe Best Handheld Performance Tuner on the Market
Power programmers are viewed by many as being the best single answer to our never-ending quest for higher horsepower and better fuel economy. Today’s performance tuners can do a lot more for drivers than just boost power and save a few dollars on gas. The Hypertech Max Energy programmer offers a lot of options in a small, “plug and play” package. Continue reading “Hypertech Max Energy Programmers”