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 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: 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”

K&N is Cooler than Me

K&N is cooler than meIf you’re one of the billions and billions of lifeforms who frequent our blog, you may have noticed we have a bit of an affinity for K&N (or K and N, if you can’t find shift 7). We’ve written about them before.  But who wouldn’t love them?  There aren’t many bolt-on parts with million mile warranties you can install in ten minutes that look cool and are proven to give you an extra 20 hp.

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Top 50 Automotive Twitter Accounts To Follow

Follow Friday: Best of 2013 Automotive Twitter Accounts

With the year coming to an end, we have compiled the ultimate Follow Friday list for all your automotive needs and desires. We have done all the work, so you can sit back, relax, and ring in the new year with the Top 50 Automotive Twitter Accounts of 2013.

Best of Follow Friday: Automotive Twitter Accounts
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The Top Ten Walking Dead Car Stars

It’s only a few weeks until the return of that greatest of all zombie shows, The Walking Dead, so we’re celebrating with a series of posts about the best things to drive after the plague turns most of the population into a pack of brainless, slavering walkers.  Check out last week’s post here

Yes, there will be spoilers.  You are advised to educate yourself via Netflix if you haven’t already.

We live in a mechanized society.  So if when man’s last disease comes knocking, cars, planes, and trains will only spread it faster.  But once most of the population loses the motor skills to pass a driving test, cars will be our allies.  Rick Grimes and crew have learned this well over three seasons of TWD.  Continue reading “The Top Ten Walking Dead Car Stars”

How to Install a K&N Cold Air Intake Using Your Hands

Installing an air intake.We talk a lot about K&N here at Streetside, but not without good reason.  We’re all car people here, and we tend to agree with most of the other car people in the world that if you’re looking to increase your horsepower, but you only have 20 minutes, a K&N cold air intake is the best thing to install.  See, K&N doesn’t futz around with little fundraising products.  If it doesn’t increase your power, they don’t make it. Continue reading “How to Install a K&N Cold Air Intake Using Your Hands”

How to Clean a K&N Air Filter Half Asleep

K and N cleaning kit
K&N air filters have many advantages over stock filters.  You get more horsepower, better gas mileage, and a million mile warranty.  Best of all, you get a sticker!  But an oft overlooked bonus is that a K&N filter never needs to be replaced, only cleaned.  Unfortunately, that cleaning is also oft overlooked, leading to an asthmatic intake system.  So here’s a quick rundown on how to keep your K&N filter clean and breathing easy. Continue reading “How to Clean a K&N Air Filter Half Asleep”

Good for a Million Miles: The K&N Revolution

K&N's revolutionary air filters.The automotive industry has seen its share of revolutionary ideas.  Some of them have taken off.  Fuel injection, ABS, and the EFI are now ubiquitous.  Some seem to be messiahs, but end up in the round filing cabinet.  The rotary engine, airless tires, and hydrogen all seemed like perfect solutions until they entered the real world, where they didn’t solve many problems, or just created more.

But what about the lesser parts of an engine compartment?  Could someone design, for instance, the perfect air filter?  The one that would change the air filter industry forever? Continue reading “Good for a Million Miles: The K&N Revolution”