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Perform Better With Performance Chips

Old-school mechanics will tell you that there's no replacement for displacement, but advances in engineering have sent that slogan to the wayside. These days, it's not the size of the engine but how you use it that counts. And, whether you're into run-of-the-mill activities or something more adventurous, performance chips keep you on top of your game by maximizing your engine and related systems, guaranteeing you'll have the power you need to get the job done. And if you think the gains are minimal, think again.

Designed with the average motorist in mind, the factory settings to a vehicle's onboard computer prevent high-performance users from realizing maximum output. To recover this lost performance, aftermarket tech manufacturers have developed performance chips that enable performance-drivers to tap into these power reserves affordably and safely. Based on technology developed by NASA during the space race in the 40s and 50s, engineers and manufacturers adapted this technology and applied it to everything from toasters and iPods to vacuum cleaners and automobiles.

You can't throw a stone today without hitting something controlled by a computer chip. And similar to the space shuttle, the system in your car is monitored and controlled by microchips, regulating cabin temperature, exhaust emissions and the speed of your automatic windows. But their most important function is the monitoring and streamlining of your engine performance.

Believe it or not, the small adjustments made by car performance chips, from Edge and Hypertech, can have a huge impact on the overall performance and efficiency of your vehicle, especially if you engage in performance activities that include towing, off-roading or even just hot-lapping your ride around the 7-11 parking lot at 3:00 am. Aftermarket chips don't make drastic changes to the operation of your vehicle. They simply restructure the fuel system to increase efficiency and horsepower, supplying more fuel at every engine speed or altering the spark timing. They also work in unison with other performance-enhancing upgrades, like cold air intakes and custom exhaust systems, to give you complete control over the systems within your vehicle.

By making adjustments to your air/fuel ratio, ignition timing and other variables, these tiny aftermarket wonders promote faster fuel consumption as well as a noticeable increase in horsepower. Plus, by enriching fuel delivery to key areas, increasing transmission pressure, improving the timing of the pistons, adjusting the shift points and RPMs on a manual transmission, and controlling the vital function of the cooling fan, aftermarket chips have been shown to add anywhere from 10 - 20 hp!

In an odd sort of way, a performance chip reverts the level of control back to a time when everything was mechanical and a guy could make modifications to his car or truck without an advanced degree from MIT.

Luckily, car and truck performance chips don't require any special knowledge or ability to install. On average, they take 5 - 10 minutes to program and no more than 20 minutes to install. They're available in a couple different varieties depending on your desired level of convenience and control—some chips plug into your OBD-II port (located under your dashboard) while other chips remain permanently connected to your onboard computer inside the engine compartment.

A performance chip is one of the fastest ways to realize an increase in power and efficiency. Picking up one of these, plus other Chevy accessories, will have your ride zipping past the under-powered cars on the freeway.

Please feel free to call toll-free 800.874.8888 or e-mail with any questions. We are delighted to be of assistance in finding the right auto parts for you, be they car parts, truck parts or SUV parts.

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