7 Ways to Increase Your Vehicle’s Horsepower and Torque

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At its most basic, your car or truck engine is one big air pump. It works by creating a series of precisely-timed explosions that pull in and push out ever-essential air. So it makes sense that the way to increase the power of your engine—to up its horsepower and torque—is to find ways to move more air in and out of it. 

There’s an ongoing debate among car enthusiasts about the importance of horsepower vs. torque. It doesn’t matter which side of the argument you’re on: they are both key components in powering your vehicle. If you’re looking to see gains in either area, check out these ideas from our team of experts for getting your engine to perform at its peak.

cold air intake

1. USE A COLD AIR INTAKE

Upgrading to a performance cold air intake (CAI) system is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to increase horsepower.

Here’s how it works: As air gets colder, it also gets denser. Your engine operates by taking in air, blending it with fuel and burning the mixture to produce power. The denser the air, the more oxygen in the same amount of space—and the more power the engine will produce.

Cold air intakes pull cool air in from outside of the engine.  They are also designed to reduce air flow resistance and unwanted turbulence within the pipes, which ultimately reduce airflow into your engine. 

Two potential downsides: Unrestricted air flow can mean a noisier engine. And, not all cold air intakes are created equal; be sure to choose one from a reputable manufacturer. AutoAnything has a wide selection, and thousands of on-site reviews to help you make the right decision.

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diameter throttle body

2. GET A LARGER-DIAMETER THROTTLE BODY

In combination with your fuel injection system, the throttle body regulates the air flow that goes into your engine. This system is an important part of your vehicle because, as with all combustion, air is required for your engine to fire properly. 

Installing a large-diameter throttle body with bigger flaps allows more air to flow into the engine. Doing this increases several aspects of performance, one being—you guessed it—an increase in horsepower. And it’s no subtle shift. You’ll feel faster acceleration and a surge in engine power of up to 25hp.

To squeeze some more juice out of your engine, you can install a throttle body spacer which looks like a small circular metal ring.  It creates just a bit more space for air to enter into the manifold, enhancing your fuel economy and giving you even more torque. 

Don’t expect to find your factory-fitted car with a throttle body spacer. This is an aftermarket update for people who really want to increase horsepower

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exhaust headers and manifolds

3. ADD EXHAUST HEADERS AND MANIFOLDS

Automakers need to meet emissions requirements and keep production costs low—and one result is that stock exhaust manifolds, the systems that move poisonous air to your exhaust system, aren’t as efficient as they could be. This makes aftermarket exhaust headers a good place to find extra horsepower and increase torque.

Exhaust headers work by making it easier for exhaust to flow out of an engine’s cylinders. How much horsepower one will add depends on the style and length of the header you are installing—plus the kind of vehicle you’re dealing with. 

Both long-tube and shorty headers will boost your vehicle’s performance by moving air faster and more effectively. But long-tube headers do the best job of building torque and horsepower from mid-range to top-end RPMs. They’re a good choice for high-revving super rides. Meanwhile, shorty headers deliver more HP and torque in the lower RPM range.

If you search “how much HP do headers add?” you’ll get an array of answers, but we feel comfortable telling you to expect an increase of horsepower somewhere between 10 and 30.

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high-flow catalytic converter

4. INVEST IN A HIGH-FLOW CATALYTIC CONVERTER

When it comes to functionality, high-flow catalytic converters aren’t all that different from what comes installed in your car or truck. A high-flow cat also reduced emissions by creating a chemical reaction between various metals and exhaust—but it does the job faster. It achieves this by using a less dense internal cell count and increased volume surrounding the catalyst itself.

Along with your other exhaust mods, a high-flow cat is focused on increasing the flow capability of your engine to help it make more power. It’s a small part that packs a big punch. High-flow cats increase power across the full RPM range, but you’re going to notice the biggest boost of both torque and horsepower in the lower RPM range. Plus, you’ll be reducing the toxicity of your exhaust emissions while you’re at it. That’s a win-win in our book.

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high-flow cat-back exhaust system

5. ADD A HIGH-FLOW CAT-BACK EXHAUST SYSTEM

Cat-back exhaust systems get their name from their placement—behind your catalytic converter—and replace your restrictive stock muffler and factory exhaust pipe. If you’re already updating your catalytic converter, it makes sense to add this on, too. 

Look for systems with large-diameter, mandrel-bent pipes to see the most impressive gains. Cat-back systems also feature straight-flow mufflers to further contribute to the freedom of airflow through the exhausts for even more power.

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performance chips and programmers

6. COMPARE PERFORMANCE CHIPS AND PROGRAMMERS

We like this one because it’s like having the cheat sheets to your car or truck. The computer that controls your engine is factory-programmed to comply with certain emissions and fuel octane requirements. And while that doesn’t sound so bad, the truth is that it leaves a lot of performance capabilities on the table.

By utilizing power programmers and performance chips to adjust your vehicle’s settings — like fuel-to-air ratio, turbo boost and ignition timing advance — you can easily increase horsepower to performance levels you never thought possible.

Performance software is easy to use and usually features plug-n-play installation that connects directly to your OBD-II port. You can customize your vehicle’s settings to your heart’s delight. Or, if you want to skip right to “more power,” they come programmed with pre-set tunes, too. But be aware that a chip that disables your vehicles emissions controls is probably illegal.

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forced induction (superchargers and turbochargers)

7. SAY HELLO TO FORCED INDUCTION (SUPERCHARGERS AND TURBOCHARGERS)

Forced induction systems, like superchargers or turbochargers, compress the air flowing into your engine and offer the greatest potential performance increase.

It’s not uncommon to increase horsepower and torque by over 50% with the help of forced induction. Seriously. The more an engine has, the more fuel it can mix in. A charged engine produces more power overall, which significantly improves acceleration. 

If this is the way you decide to amp up your vehicle, it’s good to know the between the two devices. A supercharger is powered by a belt that connects directly to the engine, while a turbocharger gets its power from the exhaust system. Turbochargers are considered more efficient since they use “wasted” energy from the exhaust stream as their power source. But you’ll also have to wait a little longer to feel the power. Superchargers offer almost instant power when you step on the gas and are usually easier to install.

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If you’re wondering how to get more horsepower under the hood, look no further than AutoAnything’s lineup of aftermarket performance parts. With a few decades of experience building and driving performance cars, we know a thing or two about pushing our vehicles to the limit. And we stock everything you need to beef up the horsepower and torque in your own ride. 

So, start small or go big. Or start small, then go big — the choice is yours!

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    • Hey Craig, we do actually! It’s the 73mm throttle body right here: https://www.autoanything.com/air-intakes/73A4289A0A0.aspx

      We have an issue in our data where it’s just listed for the 3.7 V6, but it’s actually the same part for the 3.5 Ecoboost. I just checked with BBK to confirm that, and we’re going to fix our data.

      Let me know if you have anymore questions or anything else I can help you with!
      Garrett

  1. I have a 93 Ford Bronco XLT 5.3L 351W. I am looking to upgrade my throttle body from stock (50mm I believe) to either the BBK 56mm or 61mm. Is there really a performance benefit in doing this? I currently have CAI, TBS, Basani Headers, Y-Pipe and full exhaust with Flowmaster 40 Series muffler. What should I expect from a 56mm and/or 61mm?

    • Hey David, I did come digging on this, and it seems like the way to go is the 56mm over the 61mm unless you’re doing a full engine build, port matching the intake manifold and a tune. It’s more for high RPM, big horsepower builds.

      The benefit from the 56mm isn’t going to be huge, but you’ll be getting the maximum benefit from it since it will be in conjunction with the intake, headers, and exhaust you have. I would say 12-15hp, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but you’re hitting the upper limit from what you can get from these engines with just bolt ons anyway.

      Check out this forum here: https://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/21-noobie-bronco-tech-questions-flame-free-zone/407601-bbk-throttle-body.html

      The user Seattle FSB on that page knows his stuff, and is like the FSB guru over there. I’ve talked to him before.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

  2. I’m not even qualified to be a shade tree mechanic but which of these, if any, can be used on a diesel F150?

    • Definitely, man! I’m going to shoot you an email to figure out the details on your truck so I can recommend some parts for you.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

    • Depending on the year if the diesel truck. The best for your vehicle is a performance programmer! Exhaust would help the programmer out by increasing your exit of restrictive factory exhaust system.

  3. Sorry to make you do a bunch of work but, I have a 2003 Mercedes E500 with 302 HP. I just want to know what I could get that wouldn’t require a massive amount of work or tens of thousands of dollars to up the HP just a bit. it has the 5.0L V8. Thank you in advance and I appreciate that you actually reply to comments! Have a good one!

    • Hey Spencer,

      Oof, those W211 E500s are great cars but there isn’t a whole lot out there in terms of performance parts unless you want to spend big money, unfortunately. I did some digging around on forums and found that a few companies used to make exhaust kits for them, but not anymore by the looks of it.

      Your best bet would probably be to snag yourself a performance muffler (or two if you have the dual exhaust) and take it to a local exhaust shop and have them weld those in. That will make it sound great, but to get more power, they would have to weld up a custom catback exhaust for you. Depending on the place, this isn’t as expensive as a lot of people think. The struggle for you is to find a shop that won’t charge you an arm and a leg just because it’s a Mercedes, when in reality it’s no more work for them than a Toyota would be.

      I’m going to send you an email with some things I found for ya.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

    • Hey Marcus,

      There isn’t a ton out there for the Rogue, but Bully Dog does make a tuner for it here: https://www.autoanything.com/performance-chips/bully-dog-gt-tuner

      I checked around on the Nissan forums, Rogue owners and Altima guys with the same engine seem to be pretty happy with them, and we have this review from just a month ago (click the link above and put in your year, make, and model and you can see this review on the page):

      “Very impressive module. Gives out important information. Gives temps of the trans and engine. Great low end torque, better mpg over all 2-3+ bumped the ideal up to allow for better ac in the summer during idling. 2 degrees advanced time.”

      Other than that, you can do a drop in filter, which won’t be huge, but it’s something. Stillen I see makes an exhaust for it if you want to go that route for a little more power and some good sound, but we don’t carry it.

      I’ll shoot you an email as a follow up.
      Cheers!
      Garrett

  4. Hey Garret, I’m not a real engine dude or anything, I just appreciate cars and the work behind it. But I was wonder do Subaru’s have throttle body upgrades, found an exhaust and cold air intake but can’t find a throttle body. It’s a Crosstrek 2.0L flat 4. I’m trying to stick with blot ons and be able to say it pushes 200hp, right now 152.

  5. I have a 1993 Chevy Cheyenne with a V6 and I’m desperate for more power. What I have simply isn’t enough and leaves the truck struggling to keep up with other vehicles on the road.

    I’m open to any and all options and I’m willing to spend upwards to the $1000 – $1500 range.

    Recommendations for cold air intake, throttle body upgrade and exhaust system?
    Your input is very appreciated, I’m by no means a mechanic or shade tree mechanic, but my truck is super easy to work on. Thanks in advance

  6. Hey Garrett, I have a 94 cobra mustang 5.0, and was wondering your input on some 70mm throttle bodies and CAI. Just trying to get some more hp. Be different if it was carbed I’d know what to do lol.

    • Hey Dakota,

      The 70mm BBK is pretty popular on the SN95 Cobras, though I’d say they’re only really worth the money if paired with an intake and headers. In this case I would recommend the BBK intake as well (and easily adapts to their tuned MAF thats on the same page).

      For headers, I definitely recommend long tube headers, as the Cobras came stock with shorty headers already. You’ve got plenty of choices there. Of course, a full exhaust kit from there would be ideal as well. After that, there isn’t a whole lot to do in terms of bolt ons, and you would have to start looking into a cam.

      Hope this helps, man! I’ll send you this info in a email as well just in case you miss this here.
      Garrett

    • Hey Steve,

      Yes! You came to the right place at the right time. My #1 recommendation for anyone wanting more power out of a turbo engine is a performance chip or tune, and we recently brought on a killer brand called RaceChip who make inline performance modules mostly for Euro applications. With any turbo engine, a tune/chip will give you the most bang for your buck of any mod, and the great thing about in-line modules is that they can be removed at any time and will not void your warranty like some ECU tunes can.

      Check out the RaceChip here: https://www.autoanything.com/performance-chips/racechip-performance-module

      After that, I would recommend a catback exhaust. It will add a little power, but mostly just sound killer. Especially the Magnaflow systems I think sound really nice on that 2.0, because they’re relatively subtle but add a solid rumble. https://www.autoanything.com/exhausts-mufflers/magnaflow-exhaust-systems

      Then an intake would be my final suggestion for bolt ons. This won’t add a ton, but in combination with the chip and exhaust, it all adds up. Can’t go wrong with aFe or Injen: https://www.autoanything.com/air-intakes/10A50208.aspx

      I’ll send this to you in a follow up email as well.
      Cheers!
      Garrett

  7. Hello Garret. I have a 2004 Audi A8L D3 Quattro with the 4.2L V8.
    I was searching for a good cold air intake or just adding a K&N air filter into the stock filter housing and modding it slightly for better air accessibility and higher intake flow. Any specific kit you have in mind?
    I’ve already removed both mufflers (straight piped 2.5″ with 4″ tips both sides), kept the two small resonators on that are near the engine and left the existing stock X pipe in tact. Not sure yet what I’m going to do with the stock can just after the X pipe. I may remove it as well, but, currently the car sounds absolutely remarkable. Plus more responsive. Also looking for the right tuned ecu mod. Mostly plug n play. Any recommendations?
    Do you think the K&N intake filter may negatively affect the TBS or especially the MAS as its closer to the air filter? (oil from the K&N filter)
    Lastly, do you recommend any kind of throttle body spacer? Or a larger throttle body? Or both?
    If so, which ones?

    Thank you kindly for any input you may have

    PS: I do most of the work and maintenance myself.

    ~G~

    • Hey George,

      Great to see another Audi guy here! So I did some digging around, and I cannot find a single company who makes an intake for the A8 4.2. There are a few who make them for the B8 with the 4.2, but can’t find anything on if they will fit the D3 platform. The same goes for tunes, plenty of companies have tunes for the NA 4.2 on the C5 A6 and B8 S5, but I can’t confirm that those will work for your A8, as unfortunately not too many seem to want to tune those. More of a luxury cruiser, I suppose. I’ll include some good forums to check out who will have more info, but it will definitely take some digging. Also with there being a twin turbo variant of the 4.2, that seems to be where all the tuning effort went.

      As for exhaust, man those 4.2s sound awesome with just the resonators. If I were you, I might just leave it at that for exhaust. As far as I can see, no one seems to make a full, dedicated kit, and those resonators aren’t restricting any real flow for you. I went over and talked to another Audi guy here at the office, and neither of us could come up with much for you here, unfortunately. I’m going to shoot you an email with a few companies who might be able to point you in the right direction on that, as well as some forums to check out. So far the only thing I can point you to for sure is a drop in air filter, but hopefully we should be able to find some more stuff for ya.

      I can’t find any larger throttle bodies for these, though there is a company I found that makes re-engineered intake manifolds for higher flow that I’ll include in that email. No throttle body spacers for you either, not that an advanced engine like yours would be able to take advantage of one anyway. Talk to you soon!

      Cheers,
      Garrett

  8. Roughly. Is it worth the time and expense to install
    a performance computer chip for more power to my car
    I have a 1990 LX MUstang with a 5.0 engine, I have Headers.
    24LB injectors, COld air Intake, larger throttle body, E303
    Cam, dropped Smog pump off, put 3:73 gear, it’s a 5 speed
    trans, just looking for little more power without going to a
    Supercharger. thanks, if so does it need to be an expensive
    chip or will cheaaper ones work as well?

    • Hey Dayton,

      For the amount of mods you have done, no off the shelf tune is going to work well for you, unfortunately. There are some options for custom tuning though, and they’re not as expensive as you might think. I’m going to shoot you an email on that.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

  9. What’s your recommendations for a 2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4×4 4.0L V6? I currently have the K&N 63-6014 CAI installed and I have a Airraid PowerAid TBS I haven’t put on yet. I’d like to get more power and also gain some MPGs. (Frontiers are a bit gas hungry) If possible things that are easier to install as I am not a mechanic and more just a DIY guy. Def looking at exhaust, headers, manifold, etc. Thanks for any advice!

    • Hey Jake,

      The next steps for you are definitely exhaust work and then a tune. I just some reading around the forums and checked out our own reviews, and guys are getting good results from the Bully Dog GT tuner. The results are pretty solid for an off the shelf tune, and the best part is that it allows you to turn of the WOT restriction, giving you actual full throttle below 40mph.

      Magnaflow, MBRP, and Gibson all make solid exhaust kits for these, and if you want to go the headers route, I’d recommend the JBA Cat4ward headers.

      I’m going to shoot you an email now with a little more info.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

    • Hey Braund,

      There are of course the universal recommendations of low rolling resistance tires with proper inflation to optimize what you’ve got already, but if you’re looking for something more, then I would suggest a tuner or a throttle controller. Many of these tuners have eco focused tunes, and something like the Bully Dog GT tuner displays efficiency metrics and actively tells you what to change in your driving to get mileage up. This is specific to your vehicle and your driving, which is nice. https://www.autoanything.com/performance-chips/bully-dog-gt-tuner

      With a throttle controller, these don’t really improve performance per se, but they do give you more control over your throttle and basically access to your own custom sport/tow/wet weather settings for the throttle. You can set it for more aggressive throttle response, or for economy you can dial it back on the fly so you’re not giving it so much throttle when you don’t actually need to. I kinda blew these off at first, but they do actually work. I recommend the Hypertech for the economy mode they build in: https://www.autoanything.com/performance-chips/hypertech-react-throttle-optimizer

      BTW, the Bully Dog GT has the throttle control settings built in, so no need to get both.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

    • Hey Owen,

      You’re in luck, “cheap” and “Honda Civic” go together like bread and butter! If you’re all stock right now, I recommend going the exhaust + intake route. If you want to take it further, a set of headers and a high flow MAF I would say are good next steps. Not linking to many specific options here because there is just so much choice available here. Just put in your year, make, and model and check them out!

      If you want any more specific recommendations, let me know!

      Cheers,
      Garrett

  10. Hi Garrett, Got one for you…been reading about “Bolt on’s” for increasing torque AND horsepower on my inherited 1986 RV Chevy 454 big block. My Dad kept it in great shape, all stock with 50,000 miles. I’ve had it painted & all systems work perfectly. I’m a 60+ female traveling alone approx 11 to 12 hour trips each year…live in mts of WV…would LOVE to spend a few thousand to do as your article describes. I’m responding because of the young lady who wrote the article…I envision myself an older version of her.☺️ I have a great shop that do what I want and keep me going. Any ideas from you young hotrodders?

    • Hi Dee,

      Whoo, now this is an interesting one! Those 454s are famously easy to tune, so you’ll have absolutely no problem finding power in one of those. The first limiting factors with these big blocks are with the exhaust and carburetor. A set of long tube headers + 3″ exhaust and higher flowing carb + intake manifold from Edelbrock or Holley would be the first place to start. However, if you want the engine to really breathe, A set of high flow heads and a performance cam shaft would really wake that big block up, and allow it to start making real big block power. So at that point, it really depends how much you want to spend!

      I’m going to send you an email now with a few interesting ideas and some extra info. This is a cool story, Dee! Good to see you putting your Dad’s RV to good use! Even better if you got that 454 breathing fire along the way!

      Cheers!
      Garrett

  11. Hello Garrett. I have a 2001 Chevy Silverado LT (4WD) with a Vortex 5.3 V8 SFI engine with 145,000 miles on it. I”m looking to perk it up a bit. Presently it runs great. I was impressed with the suggestions you made to others so I thought I would take this opportunity to pick your brain. I do not plan on doing an overhaul i.e cam or pistons because I’d like to make these modifications by myself. I also do not want to go to the extreme of adding a turbocharger. Please give me your thoughts. Thank you.
    Bill Johnson

    • Hey Bill,

      Good news is LM7 5.3 one of the most commonly tuned engines on the planet, so you’ve got plenty of options. Honestly it’s going to be the standard recommendation here (in order): a good catback exhaust, intake, tune, and maybe headers depending on your budget. This combo will definitely wake up the truck. From poking around the Silverado forums on this, I’ve got some specific recommendations:

      Intake:
      The Volant intakes are the most recommended on the forums, especially with the scoop because the housing is well isolated from the heat of the engine bay, and the scoop pulls in outside air exclusively:
      https://www.autoanything.com/air-intakes/volant-cold-air-intake

      Exhaust:
      Honestly I would just shop by the sound you’re looking for here, as most all of them will open up as much flow as you’ll need with these mild modifications. Flowmaster, Magnaflow, Corsa, and Borla are all great choices, and many of them offer different kits for more or less aggressive sound.

      Headers:
      Long tube headers are recommended here, but you need to be careful as a lot of them only fit 2WD applications, so you’re limited to a smaller diameter tubing. I recommend the PaceSetter QuikTrip long tubes for that reason. They are cheaper than most others on the market, but they get great reviews. If you want it all to bolt up to stock configurations, you’ll need to buy the Y-pipe along with it, or you could have an exhaust shop make one for you. Either way would probably end up being similar price. Also keep in mind if you get the black, that’s just an initial protective coating, and will not stand up to running heat and will flake off. If you want them to stay looking nice, I would go with the armor coat version (the performance will be the same).
      https://www.autoanything.com/exhausts-mufflers/61A2836A0A0.aspx

      Tuner: There are a ton of options here, but there are two I recommend here:
      #1: My top recommendation would be the DiabloSport InTune i3 Platinum. It’s not the fanciest looking one, and doesn’t have as many features as some others, but for your truck specifically, you’ve got the best tuning potential here. I’ll be sending you a follow up email with some custom tuning options with these. It’ll end up being more expensive after the cost of the tuner itself, but it is well worth it.
      https://www.autoanything.com/performance-chips/diablosport-intune-i3-tuner

      #2: If you want to stick with a stock tune, my recommendation would be the Bully Dog GT. They have solid off the shelf tunes, and this one doubles as a good performance monitor while not going over the top and looking ridiculous in the cab of your truck. All around good features for the price, like speedometer recalibration for bigger tires.
      https://www.autoanything.com/performance-chips/bully-dog-gt-tuner

      With the above mods, your truck will gain some serious grunt for just simple bolt ons. I’ll be sending you this info plus some other specifics in an email now.
      Cheers!
      Garrett

  12. Hi Garrett I need your advice/recommendations. I have a 2005 base chevy cavalier 2dr model. I want to increase overall performance and have it sounding like a beast. I’ve been looking a cat back systems from magnaflow and flowmaster can’t decide on which is better, cold air intakes etc. I’m by no means a mechanic but i’m learning as I go. I want advice on how to increase my HP without breaking the bank too much my budget is around $2000. What you recommenced I do to give my cavalier some more HP and have a good sound?

  13. I own an ’06 CTS 3.6. I’ve got a C&N 57 Cold Air and Magnaflow mufflers with a custom exhaust system. I have looked for performance chips, Borla exhaust systems, basically a variety of performance upgrades for the 3.6 with options very limited. The performance package “V” no problem but the 3.6, not so much. Any suggestions?

    • Hey Marty,

      Oh man, this is a tough one. Besides an intake and exhaust, there really isn’t much out there for these. Your LY7 engine did come in some other platforms, and there is apparently a bit of a tuning scene in Australia for this engine since it was used in some Holden applications, so there are cams, a supercharger, and high flow intake manifolds available, but you would need to take it somewhere for a custom tune to accommodate those things. After doing some research on this, the consensus is that unless you go a custom route, this just isn’t an ideal platform for tuning with that engine. I’m going to shoot you an email with some stuff I did find, though.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

    • Hey Terry,

      A tuner is going to be the bang for your buck in terms of added power and mileage. The SCT Tuners are very popular with the Ecoboost applications, though almost every major brand in the space makes good ones, as the Ecoboost is a super common platform to tune, so you can break down what’s important to you by feature set. If you want one with a decent sized screen that can act as a performance monitor and digital gauge cluster, then something like the Edge Evo CTS2 would be great. Or if you really just want the tune and to not pay for all the added stuff, the Superchips Flashpaq F5 and SCT X4 are solid choices as well.

      For an intake, I like the S&B cold air intake, as it pulls air from the fender like the factory air box does, but pulls into an oiled conical filter and higher flow ducting the whole way. However, I will say that you won’t be getting the full effect of the intake with a tune, and likely opening up the exhaust as well. So I personally probably wouldn’t bother with it unless I was doing the other two as well. The tuner is really what is going to open that thing up, being a turbo vehicle, there are massive gains that can be had through software alone.

      Hope this helps! I’ll send you this info in an email as well 👍

      Cheers,
      Garrett

  14. I have a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited with a 1.8 engine, since it’s my daily driver, I wanted to make my car’s performance better (not a race car of course, but atleast fun to drive it to work). I was interested in adding everything on this list (CAI, Larger throttle, Exhaust and manifolds, and also the high flow catalytic) except the chip and supercharger/turbocharger. By adding all this I know it’ll increase my cars overall performance, but my question is, will it affect my engines life? By making it last less, of more prone to braking down or having issues? Also by adding all these, what other possible issues can I run into? Also my car has a very smooth and comfortable ride, will that also be affected? Thank you!

  15. I’m having trouble finding a set of long tube headers for my 2013 ram 1500 4.7 V8 (not the hemi) quad cab.
    Can you guys help?
    Darien

    • Hey Darien,

      Hmm, unfortunately I can’t find anyone who makes long tube headers for the 4.7. I searched through a bunch of Ram and Dodge forums, and unfortunately it’s either shorty headers or custom, by the looks of it.

      Wish I had better news for you! The 5.7 gets all the good parts.

      Cheers,
      Garrett

  16. Hi I’m at the point I need to replace my muffler and tailpipe. So its time to ask what I could do for better gas mileage on a 2005 4.0 L V6 DOHC ( MFI) . It’s a 4×4 so I can’t see getting a street-show muffler that might get bumped up. Could you make me some suggestions ? Thanks Kris

    • Hey Kris,

      Sure, I can help you find something. You’re running a 2005 4.0 in what? Tacoma? 4Runner? Frontier? Xterra? Let me know and I help you get what you need.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

    • Hey Gary,

      What year Blazer? They used that engine for 17 years, and it went through a lot of iteration over time. I’ll shoot you an email so we can get some parts figured out for ya.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

  17. I’m trying to make my k900 luxury a lot faster any ideas in what I should do to it? It’s a 2015 Kia k900 luxury! I’m trying To be able to match up with my buddies on straight aways! Any ideas on what I should do to it need suggestions please!

    • Hey Shaun,

      Man, I wish I had a better answer for you, but I don’t see any performance parts for these. They’re just not cars that people have really be modifying. You can get a drop-in K&N filter, and have an exhaust shop custom fab a catback exhaust with a performance muffler, but that’s about it from the looks of it.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

  18. Hello,
    I have my f150 4.6L lariat 99 model. What are the possible modification to increase the power. I need to customize it and increase more power. I am looking for the supercharger but nothing fit to this model.
    Please advise.thank you

    • Hey Romeo,

      There is a Procharger intercooled supercharger kit available for the 4.6, though we don’t carry it. On top of that, headers and a catback exhaust would be the next steps to free up flow for the boost.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

  19. Hi, Garrett.
    First of all, I think it’s awesome that your providing personalized answers to everyone on this! Thank you for providing useful support to your users.
    I have a 2013 Armada Platinum and am looking to upgrade the (stock) engine a bit to get more power out of the lower RPMs. I like the idea of a throttle body spacer and shorty headers with a CAI, a new cat and cat-back exhaust. (“I’ll take one of each, please!”) Any specific recommendations as to what parts would work well for this?
    Shoot, to round out the deal, what programmer would help the most?

  20. I recently just bought a 2019 Jetta R line and I’m still not sure where to start off with the aftermarket stuff. Could you give me a few modifications that would give it more horsepower? My top ideal goal for it would be for it to be fast and quick.

    • Hey Adrian,

      Being a turbo engine, the number one thing you can do at this point for your 1.4 is a tuner. RaceChip makes a great in-line tuner for these. After that, a Borla exhaust and K&N intake would be the route I would suggest from there.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

  21. You made a good point that a cold air intake would definitely be an easy way to improve the horse power of my truck. I’ve been thinking about buying new truck parts soon because I’m planning to use my truck for mountain trekking one of these days. Getting to go up slopes easier would make it a lot faster to get to the base of a mountain.

  22. Hi Garret,

    I’m looking to make my 2020 Camry TRD into a more fun daily driver. I’m interested in adding everything on this list but it seems like i’m limited by the fact that camrys are boring and California restricts everything.

    I’m hoping the K&N 69 intake should be legal for 2020 camrys soon (it’s only Carb EO approved up to 2019 unfortunately), but from a performance standpoint, a nonlegal AEM cold intake would allow for 15hp vs K&N 5hp. I am conflicted on which one to choose

    Also I am wondering if I should do a Resonator delete or muffler modification. the Camry TRD has dual mufflers after the Y-bend and right before it exits the Tip (TRD has dual exit tips too). Is it okay to just cut off the 2nd muffler on each side and weld/cover up the hole where the muffler is? Especially since CA requires mufflers, but doesn’t say anything about reducing the number of mufflers?

    • Hey David,

      The part number for the 3.5l intake looks to be the same for 2019 and 2020, so if the 2019 is approved, then you should be able to buy that and have the CARB sticker. Not that we would ever recommend violating your state laws, but intakes are easy to swap on and off when it comes time to smog.

      California does not have any laws around reducing the amount of mufflers, so you’re safe there. What you would want to do instead of capping off the hole for the second muffler is to run a muffler before the y split on each side, and have the splits be just piping from there to the exhaust tips. That brings your number of mufflers from 4 to 2, and opens you up for more chjoice in sound as well. I would recommend either going with a catback kit or having an exhaust shop weld this up.

      Cheers!
      Garrett

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