5 Simple Modifications You Can Do In Your Driveway

5 Simple Modifications You Can Do In Your Driveway

Factory stock condition is good enough for most people, but if the desire to make your car unique overtakes you, it’s best to start with simple modifications and leave the engine swaps and custom suspension for later. Here are five simple modifications that you can do in your driveway—no garage or special tools required.

A rowdy exhaust note has been the sign of performance for decades, and with the multitude of options for mufflers there’s no shortage of different options to create a system for just the sound you want. We do advise to be careful and not go too extreme and annoy the neighborhood or make your car virtually undrivable due to the interior noise. While rusted exhaust hardware is one of the biggest headaches of automotive repair work, it can be done while lying on the pavement with a car supported by a good set of jack stands. Just make sure your new parts bolt on before you remove the old exhaust and find out you’ll need to learn how to weld.

When it comes to changes on a car, making adjustments to items that the driver directly interacts with will feel much more significant than others. A short throw shifter or other upgrades, like better bushings in the linkages, will increase the positive feel of a manual transmission shifter.

Changing the appearance and stance of a car can be as easy as bolting on a new set of wheels. Proper sizing is key, of course, as to not detrimentally affect the vehicles handling, but there are more tools than ever available to enthusiasts to ensure proper fitment. Additional benefits can also be gained by dropping wheel weight or changing the size to allow for more tire options, which leads to the next item below.

Tires are one of the easiest and most significant ways to change your car’s performance. Only drive in the summer? No need for all seasons. Want authentic experience from your first-generation Miata? There is an option for that too. Needless to say, proper tire selection can make the car behave just the way you want it.

Modern brakes are almost always very good from the factory, but occasionally those on vintage cars leave something to be desired. Properly adjusting a set of drum brakes is a great start, but the next step is replacing parts. You don’t need big changes to make a difference. Upgrading to an improved formula brake shoe material in drum setups or a pad replacement for disc brakes can significantly improve feel and stopping power. A fluid flush and refill will also often give the brake system a refreshed feel and more confidence from the driver’s seat.

Happy tinkering!

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Spring Tune-Up Advice

Spring Tune-Up Advice

Spring has sprung! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and it is time to get your special cars back on the road!
Here are five easy tips for waking your car up from a long winter’s nap.

Power up
Put the battery back in place. If the car is a newer model abounding in electronics, the battery may have been left under the unlatched hood with the charger’s cables hooked up, not only keeping the charge fresh but also providing minimum power to the digital processors. Oh, and look at those terminals, wiping away any buildup.

Inspect the tires
Tires were “aired up” a few extra pounds in the fall to prevent flat spots. Now the sidewall rubber should be inspected for cracks or bulges. Adjust air pressure to the recommendation. How old are the tires? Even if tread depth is substantial, rubber breaks down after a few years and tires need to be replaced. Maybe this is the year.

Walk around the car
Inspect for signs of corrosion or rodent mischief. Mice love wiring! Traces of their activity will have collected on the plastic sheet that was laid out on the garage floor. If the tailpipes were blocked up with steel wool to foil the critters, it should come out now. Check all belts and hoses for cracks.

Check the Oil
If indeed it was changed in the fall, the level should be good and lubrication properties uncompromised. If it wasn’t changed, now’s the time. Although leakage of coolant or hydraulic fluid would be pretty obvious, it can’t hurt to double-check the levels.

Start it up
The engine may splutter after startup. Check the instrument panel for warning lights. Once the engine settles into a rhythm, the car can get under way. Take it easy in the first few miles until fluids and lubricants come up to operating temperature. Components like valve seals and suspension bushings will be grateful.

Now let ‘er rip, and enjoy a safe driving season.
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