101 Performance Projects for Your Pickup and SUV

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Tools and Safety
8
Increase Airflow
11
lnstant Throttleresponse lgnition
14
25 Horsepower from a Sixshooter
18
Turbocharge Your Truck
20
lnstall a Supercharger
23
Power Up with Nitrous
25
Upgrade Your SUVs Braking Power
145
Upgrade Your Brake Rotors
147
lnstall Performance Rear Brake Rotors and Pads
149
Brake System Upgrade on a Budget
151
Big Brake Upgrade for Largediameter Wheels and Tires
154
Big Brake Upgrade for Halfton Trucks
156
Bigger Binders for Your Truck
158
Quick Effective Stopping Power that Wont Break the Bank
160

lnstall a New lntake and Exhaust for Your Hemi
28
Get More Horsepower without the High Price
32
lnstall a Bolton Header and Exhaust
35
Install an Aluminum Radiator
37
Bolt on a Set of Headers
39
Three Bolton Horsepower Upgrades
41
Build a Reliable Smallblock Chevy
43
lmprove Bigblock Torque and Power
46
lnstall Headers for Your Hauler
48
Wire Your Hemi
51
Install the Ultimate Serpentine Belt Accessory Drive System
54
Power for Your Tired Engine
57
Install a Dual Battery Tray and HighOutput Alternator
60
lnstall a Remote Security System
62
Upgrade Your Plug Wires
66
DRIVETRAIN Project 22 Supercharge Your Hemi
69
lnstall an Auxiliary Transmission
71
Recalibrate Your Speedometer
74
Upgrade Your Vehicles Rear End Gears
76
Level Your Truck
81
Keep Your Load Level
84
Air Lift Your Truck
86
lnstall an Air Spring Suspension System
90
Drop Your Truck
92
Lower Your Truck with a Drop Kit
94
Add an Automatic Adjusting Air Spring Suspension System
96
Add Antisway Bars to lmprove Handling
98
lnstall a Fourlink Suspension Kit
100
Improve Suspension Performance
103
OFFROAD SUSPENSION AND HARDWARE Project 36 Lift Your Truck 2 lnches
107
Lift Your Truck 4 lnches
109
3inch Minitruck Lift
111
lnstall a New Coilover Front Suspension
113
lnstall a 4inch Lift on Your Solid Frontaxle 4x4
115
lnstall an lndependent Front Suspension Lift Kit
117
lnstall a 6inch Lift System
119
lnstall a 6inch Straightaxle Lift
122
lnstall a 6inch Lift on Your Heavyduty Pickup
125
Lift Your Pickup 8 Inches
128
Install Reservoir Shocks
131
Adjust Your Suspension for Nine Settings
135
lnstall Hydraulic Ramassisted Steering
137
Reduce Heat in Your Transmission
139
Install a Winch
142
SECTION
144
DIESEL Project 59 lnstall a 100horsepower Programmer
163
Modify Your Trucks Powertrain Control Module
165
Tune Your Diesel
168
lmprove Your Diesels Towing Performance and Fuel Economy
172
lnstall a Torque Converter
174
Optimize Your Powertrain
178
Select and Install Aftermarket Air lntake Systems Performance Modules and Freeflow Exhaust Systems
181
Three Performance Upgrades for Big Power
185
Get 500 Horsepower from Your Diesel
188
Upgrade Power without Harming Your Engine
192
A Better Bracket for the Edge Monitor
194
Add a Performance Torque Converter
196
EXTERIOR Project 71 Install a Billet Grille
203
Bolt on a Grille Guard
205
Customize Your Look with Vinyl Graphics
207
Shave Your Trucks Tailgate
210
lnstall an Aftermarket Hood
214
Add a Fender Scoop
216
lnstall a Ground Effects Kit
218
Protect Your Truck Bed
221
lnstall a Rollup Tonneau Cover
223
Select and lnstall a Bed Cap
225
Extend Your Truck Bed
227
lnstall a Dragresistant Fuel Tank
229
Mount a Roll Pan
231
lnstall a Quick Strong Side Step
233
lnstall an Alloy Fuel Door
236
INTERIOR Project 87 lnstall a Billet Shifter
239
Upgrade to a Leather lnterior
242
Install Custom Seat Covers
246
Make Over Your Upholstery
248
Upgrade to a Threepoint Restraint System
250
Weather Stripping and Door Savvy
254
Add Air Conditioning to Your Truck
258
ELECTRICAL Project 94 lnstall Clear Headlight Lenses
263
lnstall a Custom Flush Third Brake Light
265
lnstall a Rearend Camera
267
Add a Subwoofer and Enclosure
269
Build a Subwoofer Cabinet
271
lnstall a Boltin Mobile AudioVideo System
275
lnstall Rear Seat Monitors
277
lnstall a Retractable Running Board
280
Resources
282
Index
286
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