Car Hacks and Mods For Dummies

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So you want to turn your Yugo into a Viper? Sorry--you need a certified magician. But if you want to turn your sedate sedan into a mean machine or your used car lot deal into a powerful, purring set of wheels, you’ve come to the right place. Car Hacks & Mods for Dummies will get you turbo-charged up about modifying your car and guide you smoothly through:
  • Choosing a car to mod
  • Considering warranties, legal, and safety issues
  • Hacking the ECU (Engine Control Unit) to adjust performance-enhancing factors like fuel injection, firing the spark plugs, controlling the cooling fan, and more
  • Replacing your ECU with a plug and play system such as the APEXi Power FC or the AEM EMS system
  • Putting on the brakes (the faster you go, the faster you’ll need to stop)
  • Setting up your car for better handling and cornering

Written by David Vespremi, automotive expert, frequent guest on national car-related TV shows, track driving instructor and self-proclaimed modder, Car Hacks & Mods for Dummies gets you into the ECU and under the hood and gives you the keys to:

  • Choosing new wheels, including everything from the basics to dubs and spinners
  • Putting your car on a diet, because lighter means faster
  • Basic power bolt-ons and more expensive power adders
  • Installing roll bars and cages to enhance safety
  • Adding aero add-ons, including front “chin” spoilers, real spoilers, side skirts, and canards
  • Detailing, down to the best cleaners and waxes and cleaning under the hood
  • Using OBD (on-board diagnostics) for troubleshooting
  • Getting advice from general Internet sites and specific message boards and forums for your car’s make or model, whether it’s a Chevy pick-up or an Alfa Romeo roadster

Whether you want to compete at drag strips or on road courses or simply accelerate faster on an interstate ramp, if you want to improve your car’s performance, Car Hacks & Mods for Dummies is just the boost you need.

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About the author

David Vespremi is the founder of Boost Communications, a PR and marketing agency for automotive tuning companies. He develops program segments on automotive high performance for TechTV.
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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
May 9, 2011
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781118085400
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Language
English
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Genres
Transportation / Automotive / Customizing
Transportation / Motorcycles / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Allotment Gardening For Dummies is a lively, hands-on guide to getting the most out of your allotment. Whether you're interested in eating fresh, saving money, getting exercise or enjoying wholesome family fun, this is the guide for you. The step-by-step advice takes you through all the stages in the process, from securing an allotment and preparing your plot, to choosing what to grow and enjoying the benefits of abundant fresh food and a sociable and healthy hobby. With over 50 handy line drawings, plus information on how to grow organic and advice on storing and cooking the food you grow, this guide really does have it all!

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The General Motors G-Body is one of the manufacturer's most popular chassis, and includes cars such as Chevrolet Malibu, Monte Carlo, and El Camino; the Buick Regal, Grand National, and GNX; the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme; the Pontiac Grand Prix, and more. This traditional and affordable front engine/rear-wheel-drive design lends itself to common upgrades and modifications for a wide range of high-performance applications, from drag racing to road racing. Many of the vehicles GM produced using this chassis were powered by V-8 engines, and others had popular turbocharged V-6 configurations. Some of the special-edition vehicles were outfitted with exclusive performance upgrades, which can be easily adapted to other G-Body vehicles.

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