Soup-Up My Ride
By Paul Seaburn Catalogs.com
1.) Replacing your standard air filter with a high-flow filter and keeping it clean is a quick and easy way to get a small boost in horsepower and fuel efficiency.
2.) If you’re driving an older car, you know that the engine is cooled by a fan that is turned by a belt which uses engine power. You can regain some of that power by replacing the mechanical fan with an aftermarket electric fan.
3.) The efficiency of today’s car engines is managed by a computer chip which regulates fuel injection. Preprogrammed performance chips are available or you can purchase a programmer device and modify it yourself. If you can’t find the chip, ask a mechanic.
4.) Turbo chargers use the exhaust to spin a rotor that pushes more fresh air into the fuel mixture. Aftermarket turbo chargers are expensive and challenging to install because the air intake system and the exhaust system have to be modified, but the performance improvement is significant.
5.) Once you get more fuel and air into the engine, the next step is to get the exhaust out more efficiently. That starts with replacing the standard exhaust manifolds with exhaust headers that eliminate back pressure. Another boost can be obtained by adding a true dual-exhaust system, but check you local regulations on noise and removal of catalytic converters before doing this.
6.) Where the rubber meets the road is another good spot to soup up your car’s performance. Performance tires improve acceleration and cornering and give better response to the driver in higher speed conditions. On the downside, they wear out quicker and are nosier, rougher-riding and more expensive. Just keeping your old tire properly inflated will also help.
7.) Cars are like humans – the less weight they have to carry, the faster they are. Get rid of unnecessary items inside the car and consider replacing the front hood with a lightweight fiberglass hood. If you have to carry anything, put it in the trunk where the weight will help the rear traction.
8.) Lightweight fiberglass rear spoilers give your car a speedier and sportier look while also offering a bit of aerodynamic performance.
9.) A thumping bass speaker that sounds like you’re searching for oil will make your car feel more powerful and move others out of your way – even if it’s just to pull over to put their fingers in their ears. And nothing makes a ride more fun than loud car songs by the Beastie Boys, The DoggFather and the Cars.
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When I used to go out and race, the cops would just show up, break us all up, and we would go to a different spot. None of them really gave any tickets.
I guess we had it good where we were at.
Just so everyone knows the highway patrol is having a field day busting street racers. They impounded 31 cars this weekend. They have been gathering evidence for months with tons of video and undercover officers.
Just Google "Street Racing Sting", cars are taken, people arrested and plans to take more cars. It is nuts.
Troopers describe the undercover operation as the largest vehicle seizure ever.
Troopers say they began receiving information several months ago about racing. The patrol mounted an investigation using undercover officers, confidential informants and hidden cameras.
Charges include prearranged racing, spontaneous racing, reckless driving and stop sign violations.
Prearranged racing and spontaneous racing are both misdemeanors punishable by revoked driving privileges, fines and jail time. But prearranged racing also includes vehicle seizure.
Troopers say their crackdown will make the highways safer, "Street racing is extremely dangerous, and it places lives at risk," Col. Walter J. Wilson Jr., commander of the Highway Patrol, said in a statement.
One trooper told the Underground that these stings were planned not for public safety but to fill the city coffers. Because drug stings cost a lot of money and they have to burn the drugs afterwards. Prostitution stings are also costly and really bring in no money as most prostitutes don't even show up in court to pay their fines. But a soup upped racing car can be auctioned off easily.
Getting together in a parking lot "is just a social thing," said Amy Kranenberg , 25, of Virginia Beach.
"We have a hobby just as anyone has a hobby," she said. "We're all ages, all races. There are people that spend $200 on their cars or $30,000 on their cars. They're not doing drugs or drinking and driving."
Those charged with racing, if convicted, could lose their driver's licenses for up to two years. Whether owners get their cars back "is up to the judge." While drunk drivers get to keep their vehicles and drivers licenses.
Police promise more of the same in a crack down on illegal street racing.
CHP officers shoot and kill driver in Fullerton during street racing investigation
By James Queally LATimes
Less than an hour before they fatally shot a 19-year-old driver in Fullerton on Sunday, two undercover California Highway Patrol officers watched one pickup truck after another pull into the parking lot of the Santa Fe Springs swap meet.
Gradually, the number of trucks and off-road vehicles swelled from 10 to 50 to nearly 80, authorities said.
The drivers had come for a “sideshow,” an illegal car rally in which motorists show off their skills, and many began spinning tire-scorching “doughnuts” that filled the air with acrid smoke.
At Least 12 Arrested, Dozens of Cars Towed in South L.A. Street Racing Sting Operation: LASD
KTLA - Los Angeles•April 20, 2015
A massive street racing sting operation in South L.A. early Monday resulted in at least 12 arrests and dozens of cars impounded, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff`s Department.
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