Automotive Modifications For Drifting

The drifting world is a complex mix of one-timers, enthusiasts, semi-professional and professional. While there are different outlet arenas for this mixture, one thing is constant. For a car to drift well, modifications are crucial. It is true that a car can drift without modifications, but it is unlikely to do well in any competitions, and it will eventually need mods if the driver continues to drift. Our third article in our drifting series will focus on typical modifications for a drift car, and some unique modifications.

There are seven main areas of a car that drifters tend to modify:

1. Drive train

2. Tires

3. Interior

4. Exterior

5. Engine

6. Steering

7. Suspension

This article will cover the first four modifications, drive train, tires, interior and exterior. Followed by an article dedicated to engine, steering and suspension modifications. Modifications to drift cars are critical and technical, and thus, take more time to cover than other drifting subjects.

Drive train customization of a drift car is, without a doubt, the most important of the seven. In order to properly drift, one must first consider installing a limited slip differential (LSD). While some vehicles come standard with a LSD, the most typical stock differential is open. Unfortunately, open and viscous differentials do not allow for control of a sustained slide. The most popular type of limited slip differential is the “clutch-type”, which allows for invariable lock-up activity of the vehicle during both acceleration and deceleration. Two other types of differentials that are prominent among drifters include, a “spool” differential and a welded differential. Spool differentials are interesting, in that, they perform no differential effect, the wheels of the vehicle are simply locked together. On the other hand, the welded differential is a procedure that welds the side gears together, making a drift possible at a high rate of speed. There are definite cons when choosing to go with a limited slip differential alternative. For example, while a welded differential is much cheaper, it makes parking more difficult and is devastating to the drive train over time. So while there are cheaper methods of obtaining a differential system that will allow for accurate drifting, in the long term, it is most efficient to go with a LSD.

Another major modification to the drive train of drift cars is the clutch. Some drifters opt to buy inexpensive clutches often, because regardless of the amount of money spent on them, they will have to replaced time and time again. However, many professional drifters choose ceramic brass button or multiple plate varieties of clutches for their durability. A further benefit of these more durable clutches are their ability to withstand the clutch-kick technique of drifting. Clutch Masters, Competition Clutch and Daikin/Exedy are all prominent performance clutch manufactures that drifters look to, when searching to modify their stock clutch.

Any drifter will tell you that they go through a lot of parts, it is just a hazard of the game, but there is no part they go through more than tires. The tires that one utilizes typically depends on their current level of drifting and where they drift. Many competitive forums, such as D1 Grand Prix, only allow certain commercial tires that are approved by their particular agents. However, those who drift that aren’t quite on the D1 level have a different approach when choosing their tires. Drifters typically place different tires on the front and back of the car, with the good tires going to the front. Due to the damage that drifting can cause to tires, some opt to use pre-owned tires on the back of the car, because of the likely hood of them being used after a show or competition is slim to none. However, one must not underestimate the power of good tires.

Tires are the key element to grip, and maintaining the best possible grip is essential for control, speed and a quick snap on the beginning entry. Fortunately for the higher budget drifter and teams with great funding, tire manufacturers are now producing tires with the drifter in mind. For example, Kumho is now producing special effect tires that will give a drifting crowd colored and scented smoke. For all of the talk about tires, it is critical to safety that tires have adequate tread. Those opting for cheaper used tires, often find themselves planted in a wall because the tires were not adequate for drifting purposes.

Most drifting fans are well aware of the fact that drift cars are not pretty. While a few are show quality, this is typically a function of available funds, not being a good drifter. All drift cars get beat up…that is just the name of the game. So one may question why would a drifter spend money modifying the interior of their car. The answer is simple, these interior customizations aren’t for looks, they are done to make drifting easier. Some interior modifications include, seating, steering wheel, hand brake and gauges. For example, with a bucket seat and harnessing, drivers are free to simply turn the steering wheel versus brace against it. Additionally, replacing the locking knob on the hand brake with the a spin turn knob ceases locking up of the hand brake when it is pulled. Some choose to move the hand brake’s location or add a hydraulic hand brake actuator for increased braking force. These hand brake mods are critical, because of the techniques that involve the emergency brake in drifting.

Exterior modifications are just as important as the interior. Drifters often find themselves purchasing many body kits, spoilers, wings and vented hoods. Chassis customizations often include tower, b-pillar, lower arm and master cylinder braces. All of these braces increase the stiffness of the chassis, making for a better drift experience. Typically, mods such as spoilers and wings are only done when a car is asked to produce more downforce on large, open tracks. Over the years, drifters have learned that when it comes to body kits, there are ways to save some hard earned cash. While most body kits are bolted on, the drifter will often use zip ties which will allow the body kit to break away from the car in the event of an accident rather than be destroyed.

All drifters choose what modifications that they feel are most important, and budget will often play a large roll in these decisions. Professional drifters have sponsors that provide the funds for these modifications, as long as their driver is producing, but this is a catch twenty-two for those who are serious about breaking into the sport of drifting. We will cover the final three typical modifications in our next article, and address this catch twenty-two that hopefuls find themselves in.

Buy Car Covers

Car covers are an essential protection against dirt, dust, UV rays, heat, rain, bird droppings and several other things. Not only do they protect a car, but they also help in retaining the new looks of the car. Hence, buying a car cover is a must. But, we all need to ascertain the functions and use of a car cover before we purchase one.

Car covers can either be custom-made or universal. Custom-made covers are tailored exactly according to a car’s measurements, while universal are available in certain standard measurements to suit almost all car types. Usually, custom-made car covers are preferred because of better protection. Some covers like the ‘satin stretch car cover’ from Coverking that provides a more fitting cover for your car.

Car Cover World, Mats-n-Covers, Auto Anything, California Car Cover Co, Car Stuff, Car Covers-Car Bras, T. J. Custom Car Covers, Buy Automotive, Car Accessories, Auto Seattle, The Amazing Roll-up Car Cover, J.C Whitney, Car Bytes, Eastwood, Drive Werks, Exotic Wood Dash, Metro Parts Markets, and Race Pages are some companies that provide excellent quality car covers. Some companies such as Car Cover World, Mats-n-Covers, Auto Anything, and Drive Werks also provide free shipping. Some companies that provide high-end car covers are CoverCraft, Auto Anything, Coverking, Lebra, Mopar, Bestop and SmittyBilt. These companies also provide guarantees ranging from a few months to a lifetime.

The materials used by car cover companies are Noah Barrier Fabric, WeatherShield, Polycotton, Tan Flannel, Evolution Technalon, Sunbrella, Dustop, Soft Weave, Plushweave, and others. While Noah Barrier Fabric and WeatherShield works great in both indoor and outdoor conditions, Tan Flannel works best for indoors. Dustop is believed to be extremely suitable for indoor uses, as it provides excellent protection against dust and other particles. Stormweave is suitable for all sorts of climatic conditions, such as snow, rain, dew or industrial pollutants

Mobile Car Wash Product Preference

One of the first things a new mobile car wash or auto detailing business owner asks themselves is where do I purchase my supplies? It is important to use commercial grad automotive waxes, polishes and conditioners, not off the shelf stuff at Wal-Mart. Remember just because it is the same brand name does not mean that it is the same stuff. Most major automotive car care product suppliers have two different product lines. One which they sell to the big box store merchandisers and one which is sold through dealers or licensees, they typically are not the same. Although occasionally you will find a few items that are sold using each method, which are the same.

If you are running multiple crews and you have hired operators for your crews which have any longevity in the business you will find that they probably already have a preference for a certain brand of products and thus it would be wise for you to allow them to use such a brand. You may find that some use inferior products, which gives your customers an imperfect job, thus you may wish to check each product they use and approve it or disapprove it.

Owners of mobile carwash companies with multiple crews should allow each crew to purchase the supplies they need to complete their assigned routes and enough on hand to take walk up customers, well that is if there is actually time to take on additional clients, as the routes should be packed for maximum efficiency. If you are looking for business off your normal schedule, then you are wasting time, by assigning sales duties to auto care professional practitioners and technicians, which should be out making you money. Think on this.

Best Honda Fit Features

Small fuel efficient vehicles are slowly becoming one of the most popular choices among American auto buyers today, and for good reason too. When considering the emissions produced by larger cars and the unclear future of gas prices, choosing a smaller car seems to be a no brainer. In order to please the high standards and demands of automotive buyers the Honda Motor Company started producing the Honda Fit model. The Fit is a highly successful car, so we are going to take a look at some of the cars best features that have made it a huge success.

The best feature which really defines the fit is its small size and high fuel efficiency. The car gets on average 33 miles per gallon when driving on the freeway and 27 miles per gallon when driving around the city. These numbers are very high in comparison to other cars currently for sale in the United States. The high fuel efficiency will help owners save money on gas and lower the emissions they produce when driving around town.

Another great feature of the car is its impressively low starting price at $15,100. This is incredible when you consider the fact that most other fuel efficient cars seem to have a large premium attached to the sticker price because of their efficiency. Honda has managed to make their efficient model at a low price that is attractive to everyone including first time car buyers. You no longer have to pay a higher price just for efficiency. Honda has a great reputation for quality so you can rest assured that this is a top notch car as well.

How to Modify Your Car

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Modifying your car will provide you an opportunity to make your vehicle unique from others. However, there are different types of modifications you can do to your vehicle these days. There are mainly two types of automotive modifications, interior modifications and exterior modifications. The interior modification involves fixing of high quality leather seat covers, upgraded music system, LCD monitors etc. and the exterior modifications include replacing you normal rims with alloys, fitting projector headlights, skirts etc. People make such common modifications these days.

Modifying a car has become very cheap nowadays when compared with the past. In the past, customizing a vehicle was considered a luxury statement. However, today majority of the people prefer to do some modifications in their car according to their whims and fancies. Several companies are specially launched to provide car modification parts for the people.

There are even racing kits provided for the cars these days. This is mainly because most of the people will not be able to afford racing cars. Therefore, racing kits are produced for those people who want to feel more power in their vehicles. Fitting skirts for your automobile will provide a sporty look for them. This will allow you to get the look of your favorite sports car by only spending a less amount of money. Therefore, you can also make these car modifications to give your car the desired look. Are you modifying your car very soon? You better modify your car soon with all custom parts, equipments and accessories to make everyone to wonder at your car. This is the best thing that one can do for his car modification.

Tips To Use Car Lifts Safely

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We are no longer strangers to car lift machines. These mechanical wonder has succeeded to make our life suitable and wished us, ‘happy motoring’ each time we started our engine. Saving parking space, ensuring safety of the cars and being friendly to the environment are the perks of using an automatic machine.

However, we must not forget that these devices are mechanical in nature, and can bring forth some scary hazardous situations in our life. Fortunately, we can avoid this calamity by taking cautious steps while using these machines. Now, let us talk about what experts suggest to take care of this kind of problems.

General care for your car lift

Taking care of your huge automated lifting machines everyday is important. At least check it for once every day to make sure that all of its parts are in order. These machines come with grease or oil from the manufacture. Use it to keep its performance in check.

Hydraulic models of these machines are a bit different from other automated machines. Always check the hydraulic gas tube for leakage before raising a car on it. If you hear a cranking sound while raising a car on it, then quickly get away from it and try to gently lower the car and call the mechanic after-wards.

Using a car lift properly

An automated lifting machine has complex machinery in it, thus it needs to be handled properly. The most common mistake one makes with these devices is ‘loading the car incorrectly’. Uneven weight on the lifting platform can bring forth dangerous consequences. So, look out for uneven movements and disruption in hydraulic pressure tube.

These machines come with a sleek control box that helps us to use it safely and from a distance of course. It also comes with a manual on how to use other parts as well. You must go through the manual to learn the exact way to use it properly.

Stock car lift parts for emergency use

These machines tend to get some disruption in executing the work because of the everyday exhaustion of the frame legs or the car-locking liver. So, keep a pair of safety leg and a few multipurpose locks for emergency use. These two parts are easy to install and comes pretty cheap.

These safety tips are viable to maintain your machine with ensuring safety of you and your precious vehicle. So, follow these steps precisely and get the best performance out of your automotive car-lifting machine.