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Upgrade Your Engine Performance with These 3 Modifications

BY lindsay v.

When it comes to power and performance, you’re willing to do just about anything to get the best out of your vehicle. But with so many add-ons out there, it’s important to know that some deliver dividends for the time and effort you put in. Others just take up time and a whole lot of elbow grease. Read on to find out about three engine upgrades that install faster, designed to make you go faster.



When you ditch your restrictive stock pipes and upgrade to a powerful exhaust or muffler, you’ll notice boosts in power and torque, as well as improved fuel economy… if you can lay off the pedal. Choose a system from one of the best brands in the business, like Flowmaster or Magnaflow. If you’re going all-out, don’t forget your headers and your high-flow catalytic converters.



A cold air intake, like this one from K&N, feeds your engine the coolest air possible — and lots of it. More air equals more power, so installing a cold air intake delivers gains in horsepower and torque you’re sure to notice. In addition, you may also find yourself making fewer trips to the pump because an intake can improve your ride’s fuel efficiency.



Last, but certainly not least, are performance tuners. When your engine is factory-tuned, it’s tuned to be as economical and emission-friendly as possible. What that means is extra power is left on the table. Performance tuners allow you to recalibrate your vehicle’s engine for a multitude of purposes — performance, towing, fuel efficiency and more. They’re easy to use by plugging into your OBD-II port, and they’re just as simple to uninstall. You can also reverse them back to factory specs.

There you have it — our top three picks for boosting your engine. Have you tried these or other methods to up your performance? Let us know below.