Our Favorite Mods for under $500

BY MICHAEL D.

It may seem hard to believe, but you don’t have to search very high or too low for modifications under $500. Big rig drivers, off-roaders and everyday motorists alike can rest easy in the knowledge that reasonably priced but high-quality performance parts can be found here, at AutoAnything. Fine-tune your trusty vehicle before time and use get the better of it. You’ll be back to pushing boundaries before you know it, without having broken the bank.

Air intakes

Your engine packs plenty of punch, but sooner or later, it’s bound to come up short of the performance mark you’ve grown used to. If your horsepower, torque and fuel economy just aren’t what they used to be, then the fault may lie in your stock air intake. At the first sign of trouble, check out our selection of replacement intakes to restore your air delivery system. We carry a multitude of top products — including high-flow cold air intake kits — to do just that. Better yet, these components install in no time at all and require very little modification, if any.

  1. K&N 63 Series AirCharger High-Flow Intake Kit
  2. K&N 71 Series Blackhawk Air Intake System
  3. K&N 77 Series Metal Intake Kit
  4. TruXP Xtreme Performance Cold Air Intake

Lowering springs

Over the years, you’ve poured a lot of time and money into your performance vehicle, from a modern muscle car to the track-ready street machine. A fresh, sporty set of lowering springs from our assortment will save you money at checkout, while providing enhanced cornering capabilities and giving you a more aggressive, low-slung stance. We also carry upgrades for your daily driver, blending better handling with tried-and-tested endurance. Get low and garner the admiration of every onlooker when you roll by on your renewed suspension system.

  1. Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Springs
  2. B&G Suspension S2 Sport Springs
  3. TEIN S.TECH Lowering Springs
  4. Belltech Coil Spring Kit

Performance programmers

There’s no limit to what you can do with a cutting-edge performance programmer — from modifying air-to-fuel ratios and shift points to reading and clearing diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). Compatible with just about every gas- or diesel-powered vehicle on the road today, most are legal in all 50 states. You can even raise your ride’s horsepower and torque levels, just by pressing a button. Our performance programmers come with detailed instructions and make for a hassle-free installation process.

  1. DiabloSport Trinity T-1000 Programmer
  2. Range Active Fuel Management Disable Device
  3. Bully Dog GT Platinum Tuner (49-State Legal)
  4. DiabloSport inTune i2 Tuner

Exhaust

Whether you want a reduction in sound, a more aggressive tone or improved flow, we have the exhaust upgrade you’ve been looking for. Elsewhere, they won’t come cheaply, but ours come at a far better deal than the competition. Besides, with our wide-ranging assortment of replacement exhaust systems, mufflers, headers and exhaust tips, you’ll find the performance you gain is well worth any price. All are designed for optimal torque, horsepower and pull, and while most have a strictly functional bent, a number of them are custom-configured for a truly dynamic appearance.

  1. Magnaflow Exhaust Systems
  2. Flowmaster Super 44 Series Mufflers
  3. Kooks Street Headers
  4. Gibson Slash Exhaust Tip

LED headlight upgrades

When your factory headlights get a little dingy and you can no longer see the road as clearly, it’s time for a change. Modern conversion kits of the highest quality can also be found among our selection, featuring copper cloth heat-sinks designed for easy installation in tight spaces. Long lifespans are part and parcel with our LED headlight bulbs, and high lumen counts offer optimum visibility across a wide panorama. If you know the bulb type you need like you know your blood type, then you can easily choose what you want and plug the individual headlights right into the corresponding sockets.

  1. PlasmaGlow Igniters LED Headlight Bulb Conversion Kit
  2. Putco Silver-Lux LED Headlight Conversion Kit
  3. Oracle Premium LED Headlights Bulb Conversion Kits
  4. Oracle LED Headlight Bulbs

Shocks

Whether you’re towing heavy cargo or braving the off-road, reliable shocks and struts are invaluable. Make sure your suspension stays strong and steady by swapping out your worn-down OE shocks. Coil overs, lowering springs, shock absorbers and much more can be found among our assortment, suitable for application on a variety of vehicles — from Jeeps to lifted trucks. We’ve got basic performance shocks to externally adjustable and even velocity-sensitive designs, and you can choose from some of the biggest and most respected brand-names in the business.

  1. KYB Excel-G Shocks & Struts
  2. Gabriel Ultra Shocks & Struts
  3. Bilstein B6 Performance Shocks & Struts
  4. Eibach Pro Street Coil-over Shocks

Choosing the Best Upgrades

For less than half-a-grand, you can depend on AutoAnything to enhance your performance, boost your curb appeal and protect your investment for many miles to come.