you’re lucky enough to be able to manage handling all three at once,
there’s no better way to improve the performance of your car than by
installing performance chips, parts, and replacements in one
go. Unfortunately for most people, the expenditure, both in
money and in time, is too much to invest in all three at
once. If you’re forced to pick between the three, however,
not all is lost. Each type of performance upgrade has its
benefits and its downsides, so you simply need to weigh them for each
and decide for yourself which one will best meet your automotive
performance needs. If you still can’t decide, then this
article may be of help to you.
Benefits: By far the cheapest of all
three available options, performance computer chips often cost well
under $100 to purchase and install. Even better, the
installation is easy, and even for the most novice of automotive
installers, completion should be reached in under an hour.
Plus, you can save 4-7mpg of gas by using an aftermarket
chip, and can add up to 60 horsepower to your car’s engine
Downsides: A performance chip can’t match
the kind of heat packed in a turbocharger, even though
dollar-for-horsepower you get more out of a chip than a turbo
kit. Also, performance chips only work on vehicles with air
intake sensors and ECUs, so if you have a pre-1980s car, you won’t be
able to use a performance chip.
Benefits: Performance components such as
turbochargers can boost a vehicle’s engine performance by over
400HP. Plus, if you can utilize more than one component, you
can pair together a nitrous kit and a turbo kit, and double the
Downsides: Expect to dish out your
savings. An aftermarket turbo kit can run up thousands of
dollars in expenses, before even taking into consideration professional
installation if you need it. Also, these parts aren’t always
the easiest to install, so while you may get more power, you’ll have to
spend more time, money, and effort to get those enhanced results.
Benefits: With a replacement, you’re not
necessarily adding or taking away anything from your vehicle’s current
setup; instead, you’re just switching something out. With a
lightweight hood replacement, for example, you can cut up to 100 pounds
off your car’s weight, without having any additional parts to worry
about in the future.
Downsides: Any negatives here depend on
the part you want to replace. It’s hard to say if a
replacement can make a huge difference or not without knowing the
specific part you intend to replace in the end.