Beginner Upgrades To An Engine

Posted on: 9 May 2016

If you have an older car, making upgrades will help you to get better performance. You could go out and buy a new car, but doing what you can to help your existing car run better will cost a lot less. If you are new to the upgrading scene, you might not know where to start. A turbocharger, manifold, headers, and performance exhaust will help your car to burn fuel more efficiently and thus give you better power and fuel mileage. 


A turbo uses a turbine connected to your exhaust line to power a fan in your air intake line. This fan can then push a high volume of air into your engine's combustion chamber. With more air in your combustion chamber, your engine can more completely burn fuel so that you don't waste unburned fuel. 


A manifold takes air from your air intake line and distributes it to the various combustion chambers in your engine. A factor manifold may have tight corners that create bottlenecks in the flow of air to your engine. Furthermore, a stock manifold might not be designed to handle the pressure coming from a turbo. Upgrading to a performance manifold will make sure that air gets to your engine as efficiently as possible. 


Headers are responsible for directing exhaust gases from your engine to your exhaust pipes. Just as a performance exhaust will help to improve airflow on the intake side, headers will help to improve airflow on the exhaust side.   

Performance Exhaust

When you take a high volume of gases flowing out of your engine and try to force them into a small-diameter exhaust pipe, you can create bottlenecks. If exhaust gases cannot get out of your engine, then there is not room for air to come into the engine, and you can lose power and mileage. Thus, if you are going to go through the trouble of installing a turbo, manifold, and headers, installing a performance exhaust will help you to make the most of your other upgrades.  

You don't have to be a highly trained mechanic to install the above-described parts. It should be a simple matter of removing the old part, sliding the new part into place, then bolting it down. On the other hand, if you find that you are out of your depth, you can always take your vehicle to a trained mechanic (such as one from Four-Twenty-Two Auto Wrecking) to make sure that the job is done properly.