The vortex generators on a white 2018 Honda Civic Type R
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Do Vortex Generators Actually Help Road Cars?

Car spoilers have a purpose besides being flashy accessories. Although they’re technically not wings, both they and spoilers use the air rushing around cars to reduce lift. However, they’re not the only aerodynamic aide available to road cars. Some models, like the Honda Civic Type R, are starting to feature vortex generators as well. But …

A low-angle shot of the 2020 Honda Civic Type R's wing
Tips, Tricks & Trends

A Car Spoiler Is Not the Same Thing as a Wing

Spoilers, whether factory equipment or aftermarket accessories are usually visual shorthand for a performance-oriented car. Or at least a vehicle pretending to be one. Given their shape, car spoilers are understandably often referred to as wings. However, although these terms are often used interchangeably, they’re not synonymous. Wings don’t help cars fly—they help them not …

The 2021 Genesis GV80's white-and-brown 2-spoke steering wheel
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Don’t More Cars Have 2-Spoke Steering Wheels?

Until a truly self-driving vehicle finally appears, cars will continue to need steering wheels. But just because cars need steering wheels doesn’t mean they all need the same one. That’s part of the reason why aftermarket wheels are available in the first place. And yet, for all the variety in wheel design, only a handful …

A Dynojet motorcycle quickshifter
2 Wheels

Does Your Motorcycle Need a Quickshifter?

While the number of available automatic and no-shifting motorcycles is slowly growing, most bikes still use manual transmissions. That means not only learning how to operate a clutch but also how to shift gears smoothly and quickly. One way to speed up shifts on a car is to install a short shifter. And while a …

The white Singer ACS on a beach
Sedans & Coupes

The Singer ACS Might Be the Ultimate Twin-Turbo Safari 911

At this point, the trend of modifying Porsche 911s for off-roading purposes is practically a phenomenon. Various companies, including the famed tuner RUF, have displayed their own take on the Safari 911 idea. Even Porsche itself may be dabbling in it. And now Singer, a company practically synonymous with restomodded Porsche 911s, is joining in …

A female motorcycle rider reflected in one of her Harley-Davidson mirrors
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Should You Change Your Motorcycle Mirrors?

New jackets and gloves aren’t the only accessories available for motorcyclists. Just like with cars, there are a variety of ways for you to modify your bike, from handlebars to heated grips. And a common modification is swapping out the standard motorcycle mirrors for some aftermarket ones. But is it a modification worth pursuing? Why …

A cutaway ZF dual-mass engine flywheel
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is a Lightweight Engine Flywheel a Worthwhile Upgrade?

Adding more power via something like a turbocharger is a common-enough idea. But some modifications, rather than increasing raw performance, are about tweaking a car’s character in subtler ways. You can install a short shifter, for example, or swap your transmission’s gear ratios. Or you can give your car a lighter engine flywheel, or a …

2018 Lamborghini Urus carbon-ceramic brakes
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is Giving Your Car Carbon-Ceramic Brakes Worth It?

Your brake pads, like your rotors, aren’t just maintenance items. As with your tires, wheels, intake, and exhaust, you can swap them out for upgraded versions. And when it comes to high-performance cars, carbon-ceramic brakes are a common feature. But are these ceramic brakes a modification worth pursuing? What’s different about carbon-ceramic brakes? Although a …

The rear 3/4 view of the black Mansory BSTN GT XI mower
Tips, Tricks & Trends

This Mad Mansory Mower Celebrates Air Jordan Sneakers

There’s no shortage of tuners ready and willing to install off-the-wall modifications into some equally odd-ball vehicles. Brabus, for example, tunes electric Smart cars and makes 6-wheeled G-Wagon pickups. And fellow German tuner Mansory is just as unhinged. The company recently released a 199-mph Audi RS Q8. And now, it’s partnered with a sportswear firm …

An orange heavy duty truck with a snowplow mounted on it clears some snow from the roadway.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Trailer Hitch Snow Plows Are A Thing

States that experience Winter weather extremes leave their residents in a strange conundrum. Residents must decide if they are going to rely on the municipality or local contractor to clean their streets or driveway, or they have to decide to do it themselves. A few other decisions must be made for those who choose to …

A red armored Ferrari 458 Speciale
Sedans & Coupes

La Roux: This Ferrari 458 Speciale Is Bulletproof

Armored SUVs and trucks are a common-enough sight among VIPs and apocalypse dream garage builders. But they’re not the only kinds of vehicles that can be beefed up like that. With the right modifications, you can theoretically make any car bulletproof. For example, Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit vans. Or, as AddArmor has done, a …

Black HRE aftermarket wheels on an orange Lamborghini
Tips, Tricks & Trends

When Are Aftermarket Wheels Worth It?

Changing up your wheels through the aftermarket is one of the most common vehicle modifications. But all too often these non-factory wheels end up being more trouble than they’re worth. However, that’s usually because people buy them for the wrong reasons. Done properly, aftermarket wheels can be beneficial. The best aftermarket wheels lower unsprung weight …

The rear 3/4 view of a 2021 Indian Scout Bobber motorcycle's handlebars and gauge
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is Changing Your Motorcycle Handlebars Worth It?

Maintenance isn’t the only thing you can do to your motorcycle outside of riding it. Like car owners, many riders customize and modify their bikes to suit their needs. Someone going off-roading, for example, will likely fit skid plates and crash bars. Those interested in touring will start looking into luggage racks. And so on. …

A labeled diagram of a car's steering and suspension systems
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Does ‘Quick Steering’ Really Mean?

Because the ‘self-driving’ automobile doesn’t exist yet, all cars rely on their drivers to guide them. Which means they need steering wheels and, thus, entire systems. Some cars can even steer all four wheels. And when it comes to sporty cars, oftentimes reviews mention how fast or slow their steering is. But what does that …

A red-and-black 1974 twin-engine Citroen 2CV 4x4 rally car in a quarry
Tips, Tricks & Trends

This Citroen 2CV Became a Rally Car With the Help of 2 Engines

‘Innovative’ is a term often thrown around classic Citroens. In the 50s, for example, the DS wowed onlookers with front disc brakes and self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension. The later SM took the latter to new heights (pun intended) and introduced features like rain-sensing wipers and hydraulically-assisted steering. But before those came the minimalist Citroen 2CV, explicitly …

Catalytic converters
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What Is a High-Flow Catalytic Converter?

When it comes to modifying your car, you’re probably familiar with adding an aftermarket, free-flowing intake, larger headers, and an exhaust system with larger piping in order to gain more horsepower. But have you thought of modifying the catalytic converter to a high-flow unit? What does a catalytic converter do? Every car has a catalytic …

The side view of a red 2021 Aston Martin DBX as it descends a rocky trail
Trucks & SUVs

It Takes 2 Days to Make An Aston Martin Wing Badge

Modifications to a vehicle are usually a matter of swapping out one part for another. For example, changing out stock tires and wheels for wider, more eye-catching units can be accomplished with a loosening and tightening of a few bolts (studs). However, other modifications can be more time consuming and labor-intensive. They involve custom work, …

The red Oldsmobile Silhouette OSV
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Want To Own a Factory-Tuned Oldsmobile Silhouette Concept?

While wagons can make great high-performance vehicles, the same usually can’t be said of minivans. However, that hasn’t stopped some manufacturers from trying to give these practical haulers a touch of sportiness. The Toyota Previa, for example, had a mid-engine layout with an optional supercharger and manual. And the Mercedes-Benz R-Class was a luxury minivan …

The black-and-red Audi RS Q8 tuned by Mansory
Crossover & Midsize

Is Mansory’s Audi RS Q8 the New World’s Fastest SUV?

Claiming the title of ‘world’s fastest’ doesn’t just matter to supercar owners. It can also be a mark of pride in the luxury SUV world. Bentley still claims the 2021 Bentayga Speed holds the title. But British tuner Lister’s 675-hp Jaguar F-Pace-based Stealth is even faster. However, another tuner, Mansory, has thrown itself into the …

The rear 3/4 view of Expedition Overland's 2019 Jeep Gladiator in a field
Trucks & SUVs

The Expedition Overland Odin Is a Jeep Gladiator Ready for Ragnarok

If you’re looking for an off-road-ready pickup truck, it’s hard to compete with the Jeep Gladiator. Especially now that, in addition to the rock-crawling Rubicon, there’s now the dune-jumping Mojave. And just like the Wrangler it’s based on, the Gladiator is a popular platform for customization. Jeep itself has released a few Gladiator concepts, including …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Are Aftermarket Steering Wheels Legal?

The steering wheel is one of the most important parts of the car; it steers the car and in case you get into an accident, the airbag attached to it could save your life. But what if you want to change your car’s steering wheel for an aftermarket one? Are those even legal? What’s the …

Sandy Stuvik with the blue-and-white Super Pickup Ford Ranger racing truck
Trucks & SUVs

Ford Turned the Ranger Into a Manual Diesel Racing Truck

Even without an official US Raptor, it’s not uncommon to see the Ford Ranger geared up for off-road adventures. Customizers and tuners like Hellwig and Roush have done so, as has Ford’s own Performance Division. However, not all pickup truck competitions involve off-roading; some are done on paved roads or tracks. And as Ford of …

A close-up of the 2022 Cadillac V-Series Blackwing gold-colored magnesium wheel
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Cadillac’s New Magnesium Wheels Are a Big (but Not Heavy) Deal

Although the V-Series Blackwing models won’t have Cadillac’s Blackwing engine, they’re shaping up to be serious performance sedans. Plus, like the BMW M3 and M4, you’ll be able to get them with a stick. And recently, Cadillac unveiled details about another V-Series Blackwing feature: magnesium wheels. Why are the Cadillac V-Series Blackwing models getting magnesium …

The Indian Challenger modified by S&S for King of the Baggers on the racetrack
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The 2020 King of the Baggers Is the Indian Challenger

After making its return to flat-track racing, Indian is expanding its motorsports participation even further. For example, it recently got back into hill climbing for the first time in 70 years. Seeing one of Indian’s cruisers and touring bikes, like the Challenger, racing is a fairly rare sight, though. However, that’s exactly what happened at …

A saucepan on a blue camper van cooktop stove
Marine & RVs

How Do You Install a Stove in Your Camper Van?

There’s a long list of things to keep track of when building your camper van RV. Sleeping arrangements, storage spaces, and potentially a bathroom are just part of that list. And, if you plan on adventuring in the cold, you need to consider insulation, and possibly a stove. But installing a camper van stove doesn’t …

The sink and fridge in a converted Volkswagen T3 camper van
Marine & RVs

How Do You Put a Sink in a Camper Van?

Even before the recent growing interest in camping and RVs, camper vans had a certain appeal. Now, not only are they more popular, but it’s easier than ever to buy a pre-made one. However, if you want to save some money, it’s possible to build a camper van yourself. Although you don’t need every single …

A black lifted Porsche 911 test mule on the Nurburgring
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is Porsche Working on a Factory Safari 911?

If you’re tired of over-restored, over-valued air-cooled 911s, there’s one kind of Porsche build that’s arguably their anti-thesis. That would be the Safari 911, where tuners turn the rear-engine sports car into a lifted dirt-pounding ersatz rally car. The trend has grown rapidly in popularity in recent years, and Porsche may be thinking about getting …

A white, double axle, pull behind RV trailer

Rejuvenate Your RV With These Crafty Decorating Ideas

I am a self-proclaimed “Car Nut”. I suffer from OCOB, Obessive Car On Brain Disorder. As such, I often visualize how I am going to modify a vehicle that I own. Sometimes it is a mild customization like wider tires and window tint, while other times the visualization involves lift kits, lowering kits, fancy paint, …

Several 2020 SVE Chevrolet Yenko/SC Camaro Stage I racing around a track
Sedans & Coupes

SVE’s Yenko Camaro Offers 4-Digit Horsepower for 2021

While the Ford Mustang may out-sell it, the Chevrolet Camaro is arguably the better muscle and sports car. Especially the high-power ZL1 and track-focused ZL1 1LE trims. However, in a purely numerical sense, the stock Shelby GT500 out-guns the Camaro. And that’s before tuners like Shelby American or Roush get involved. Luckily, one New Jersey-based …

A NASCAR slotted brake rotor
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Are Slotted or Drilled Brake Rotors Actually Better?

Even if your car doesn’t use Brembos, your brakes are an important maintenance item. And not just the pads, but the brake rotors themselves eventually wear, too. Especially if you take your car to the racetrack. Because consistent braking is so important, one of the common performance modifications is fitting slotted or drilled brake rotors. …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Do Individual Throttle Bodies Add Horsepower?

When you step on the gas pedal in your car, the air gets sucked in through the air filter, past the throttle body, and into the intake manifold, which is basically a chamber. After that, the air goes into each cylinder to enter the combustion cycle. However, with individual throttle bodies, there are separate throttle …

Mechanic tunes up an old Hyundai Galloper engine
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Do Car Engines Lose Power Over Time?

Besides 0-60 times, one of the most common ways you can compare two cars’ performance is horsepower. And owners often install mods like performance exhausts and turbochargers in an effort to give their engine more power. However, not only is your engine’s quoted horsepower not always accurate, but it’s also not static. Over time, no …

Black Momo racing seats with harnesses in a BMW E30 M3 with a gold roll cage
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Should You Install Racing Seats in a Street Car?

While giving your car a turbo is just about adding power, some modifications pull double-duty. For example, while roll cages provide crash and roll protection, they also make cars stiffer, which makes for better handling. Another mod like this? Aftermarket racing seats. Quite a few high-performance road cars, like the EP3 Honda Civic Type R, …

The gears and other internal components of an IndyCar transmission
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Can You Change Your Transmission’s Gear Ratios?

When it comes to improving your car’s performance, most modifications tend to be rather noticeable. And that doesn’t just apply to new tires or wheels. Even if you can’t see a swapped-in engine, a newly-installed turbo, or a performance exhaust, you can tell it’s there. But some mods are more subtle, especially ones which involve …

An ND Mazda Miata equipped with Cravenspeed's short shifter
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What’s a Short Shifter, and Does Your Car Need One?

Engine swaps and new exhausts aren’t the only modifications that can increase performance. True, handling mods like performance tires, stiffer sway bars, and new engine mounts aren’t as flashy as a turbo. But they can sharpen your vehicle’s reflexes. However, if you drive a manual, there’s one more thing you might want to consider getting: …

A white modified 2005 Lexus LX470 in a country field
Trucks & SUVs

This Lexus LX470 Can Overland in Luxury

No one ever said overlanding or off-roading couldn’t be done in luxury. For one, quite a few owners have taken vehicles like the Audi Allroad and Porsche 924 rather far from paved roads. Not to mention, that’s the whole point behind luxury SUVs like the Range Rover. But for an overland-ready luxury SUV that won’t …