Car Hacks and Mods For Dummies

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Wiley, Oct 15, 2004 - Transportation - 384 pages
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So you want to turn your Yugo into a Viper? Sorry--you need acertified magician. But if you want to turn your sedate sedan intoa mean machine or your used car lot deal into a powerful, purringset of wheels, you’ve come to the right place. Car Hacks& Mods for Dummies will get you turbo-charged up aboutmodifying your car and guide you smoothly through:
  • Choosing a car to mod
  • Considering warranties, legal, and safety issues
  • Hacking the ECU (Engine Control Unit) to adjustperformance-enhancing factors like fuel injection, firing the sparkplugs, controlling the cooling fan, and more
  • Replacing your ECU with a plug and play system such as theAPEXi Power FC or the AEM EMS system
  • Putting on the brakes (the faster you go, the fasteryou’ll need to stop)
  • Setting up your car for better handling and cornering

Written by David Vespremi, automotive expert, frequent guest onnational car-related TV shows, track driving instructor andself-proclaimed modder, Car Hacks & Mods for Dummiesgets you into the ECU and under the hood and gives you the keysto:

  • Choosing new wheels, including everything from the basics todubs and spinners
  • Putting your car on a diet, because lighter means faster
  • Basic power bolt-ons and more expensive power adders
  • Installing roll bars and cages to enhance safety
  • Adding aero add-ons, including front “chin”spoilers, real spoilers, side skirts, and canards
  • Detailing, down to the best cleaners and waxes and cleaningunder the hood
  • Using OBD (on-board diagnostics) for troubleshooting
  • Getting advice from general Internet sites and specific messageboards and forums for your car’s make or model, whetherit’s a Chevy pick-up or an Alfa Romeo roadster

Whether you want to compete at drag strips or on road courses orsimply accelerate faster on an interstate ramp, if you want toimprove your car’s performance, Car Hacks & Modsfor Dummies is just the boost you need.

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About the author (2004)

David Vespremi is the founder of Boost Communications, a PR and marketing agency for automotive tuning companies. He develops program segments on automotive high performance for TechTV.

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