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Cars are literally the vehicles by which we see the world, and by which
the world sees us. Second in value only to the homes in which we live,
cars are the reflection of who we are when we are in transit — out in the
world commuting to work or having fun on the weekend. They are also the
closet bond most people ever form with a machine. We think a movement,
and the car translates that thought, that impulse, into action. The car
becomes an extension of ourselves.
Few things are as often mutually desired and accessible as an automobile.
With that possession comes opportunity, as some folks see it, to do some-
thing different. Something cool. As cars become more and more alike with
each passing model year, the drive for owners to individualize them grows
increasingly stronger. We want to feel something towards our cars — and
anonymity isn’t conducive to generating powerful emotions.
For some, that means making horsepower, or building the ultimate handling
machine, while others opt for cosmetic upgrades. An ambitious few genuinely
attempt all improvements in all areas. If every car is a blank canvas, there are
a lot of blank canvases out there and a lot of visionaries that will commit
some degree of their time, money and energy into expressing themselves
through that canvas.
There is also a multi-billion dollar aftermarket literally overflowing with parts
and accessories that provide the pallet for working the canvas. But getting
results that improve upon what you have rather than detract from it is no
easy endeavor. It is with these costly pitfalls — and glorious potential — in
mind that this book was born.
Though outright performance can be objectively measured, verified and
quantified, the overall success of a project cannot. Money is often wasted
on ill-conceived or poorly executed modifications. So many cars are impres-
sive on paper, but in application are underwhelming. Still others are so one-
dimensional that their owners are left disillusioned after the novelty of their
one-trick pony wears off (and therein lies the rub: a focused “one-trick pony”
is often the perfect, uncompromised project — although few people are con-
tent with a car that only does one thing well). Planning and honest appraisal
then is key — and that planning cannot come without knowledge, perspective,
and the resources this book provides.

Description

Introduction ………………………………………………………..1
Part I: Owning a Performance Car ……………………………7
Chapter 1: Cool Car Basics …………………………………………………………………………………..9
Chapter 2: Planning It Smart ………………………………………………………………………………21
Part II: Safety …………………………………………………..29
Chapter 3: Balanced Performance ………………………………………………………………………31
Chapter 4: Safety Gear ……………………………………………………………………………………….37
Part III: Rims and Rubber ……………………………………57
Chapter 5: Tires …………………………………………………………………………………………………59
Chapter 6: Wheels ……………………………………………………………………………………………..79
Part IV: Stylin’ ………………………………………………….93
Chapter 7: Fashion Is a Fickle Thing …………………………………………………………………..95
Chapter 8: Vanity? Performance? A Little of Both? ……………………………………………103
Chapter 9: Detailing 101 ……………………………………………………………………………………113
Part V: Slowing Down ……………………………………….127
Chapter 10: Slowing Down ………………………………………………………………………………..129
Chapter 11: Basic Braking Bolt-Ons ………………………………………………………………….137
Part VI: Corner Carver ……………………………………….155
Chapter 12: I Just Want to Hang (Onto the Road) ……………………………………………..157
Chapter 13: Basic Handling Bolt-Ons ………………………………………………………………..161
Chapter 14: Get on the Diet! ……………………………………………………………………………..175
Part VII: Let’s Go! ……………………………………………185
Chapter 15: Basic Power Bolt-Ons …………………………………………………………………….187
Chapter 16: Building a Strong Foundation ………………………………………………………..217
Chapter 17: Thinking of Adding Boost ………………………………………………………………229
Chapter 18: Have Boost, Need More …………………………………………………………………253

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