A relatively simple yet highly important component of any vehicle that has benefited from modern technology is the shift light. While digital shift lights have been around for some time, the folks at MSD Ignition have delivered with a truly remarkable piece that is universal and compatible with any vehicle.
by Andrew Wolf on January 10, 2011
by Mark Gearhart on August 24, 2010
A Load-O-Matic distributor is old technology and provided one of the first versions of a vacuum advance distributor. While this was the hot ticket when it was new, it has since been deemed archaic and troublesome. Upgrading to a DUI HEI-type distributor was going to be a simple solution to our ignition woes.
We got together with the COMP family to do an install and some track testing with their new FAST Air Fuel Meter on a 1972 El Camino.
by Paul Huizenga on June 16, 2010
Today’s OEM vehicle computers have become so advanced that they have abilities that rival standalone setups. The problem is unlocking that potential, and doing it in a way that doesn’t require going to grad school to understand. Sniper Inc. has developed hardware and software that allows you to harness the full capability of your black box. While there are a lot of different tuning solutions available now for late-model factory ECU’s, there’s always been a tradeoff between ease of use on the one hand, and power and flexibility on the other.
by Ian McBride on June 16, 2010
One truth about horsepower: you can never have enough. However, when you have a brand new 2010 Mustang GT, there’s more to consider than raw power. Fuel economy, torque, throttle response, and overall drivability are all important, and how about that pesky speed limiter? Of course price is always a factor as well. One upgrade that can address all these issues without breaking the bank is an ECU tuner, and picking the right one doesn’t just improve your performance now – it can also help you get the most out of other upgrades down the road, too. In this article we’re going to review Diablosport’s newest Predator ECU flash tuner for the 2010 Mustang, the latest in a long line of well-respected Predator tuning tools.
by Mark Gearhart on June 16, 2010
The presence of an OBD-II port on every car and light truck sold in America since 1996 was intended to help thegovernment keep an eye on your tailpipe emissions, but it turned out to be the key to unlocking hidden performance through flash tuning devices. Easy to use, and often capable of tweaking just about every parameter the car’s computer can control, the average flash tuner has just one disadvantage – a one-to-one relationship with a specific car. But what if you have two cars? Maybe your buddy or girlfriend is also an enthusiast? Well, now you can get away with just one tuner for two vehicles with Superchips’ new Flashpaq.
Forty years ago when you talked about tuning a car, there wasn’t much more involved than twisting the distributor or turning a screw on the carburetor. Now, computers are a big boon for us gearheads, and a revolutionary new product lets you tap into the potential of your ECU like never before.
It used to be that a diesel power plant was a requirement for towing with most Ford trucks. But with the introduction of the 5.4L Modular power plant, the Ford F150, F250, and Expedition got enough oats to tow, though still lacking to the diesel big brothers.
No one likes to start their car up in the morning and see their check engine light stay on. It stares at you – heck even your eyes are drawn towards it. At night it’s almost blinding. When you take your car in for service, no one wants to pay artificially inflated bills. Knowing what is wrong before you even show up is a good way to save money.
by Mark Gearhart on June 14, 2010
Too many tuners out there that think they know what they are doing and have no clue. There are people that become tuning gods to a specific application, but when their skills are tested outside what they know, they generally end in certain disaster. I have been around dynos and tuning for about ten years.
In the beginning, man created the car… and it wasn’t long before men sought out to modify the car. Once man started modifying car, he needed tuning. Thus, he began a lifetime of checking spark plugs for a rich or lean condition. In 2008, checking spark plugs is so OUT, and wide bands are SO in. One of the newest units in the game is the new Dynojet Wide Band 2. We installed one on our Project Chevrolet Trailblazer SS and gave it a full thrash so you could learn everything you needed about this tool.
There’s a glut of air-fuel ratio meters on the market, and picking the right one for you and your car is not an easy task.
All the way back from the days when raw horsepower dominated the streets, muscle cars have always had their engines topped off with monster four-barrel carbs and aftermarket intake manifolds.
Back in the day, it was not uncommon to see someone tuning his or her car by ear — the act of tuning or jetting your vehicle and adjusting timing until it sounds just right. Clearly this wasn’t an exact science. Fortunately, aftermarket companies sell kits designed to aid you in tuning your vehicle that use technology with a little more of an exact measuring stick by which to compare readings. Innovate is a company that does that – and it’s bringing a new measure of affordability to the table with the LM2 Basic.
by Bobby Kimbrough on June 11, 2010
Today was prep day for a test and tune session at the drag strip tomorrow. Part of getting ready for the track is installing a roll stop so we could do monster, tire-shredding burnouts.
You learn a little something new everyday. Today’s lesson with our Project 666 Mustang; Ford 2G alternators and fires.
In the olden days, making sure that your engine was running smoothly required having a trained ear, a great feel for the car behind the wheel, or alternatively, paying someone to take a look at your car. All too often, a lot of horsepower was left on the table or just blown out the exhaust.
by Mark Gearhart on June 11, 2010
Wiring is usually the last thing an enthusiast thinks about when building a new race car. And – it usually shows. Bundles of unlabeled wires, shorts, difficulty starting, and electrical gremlins usually show up when the car debuts, or soon after.
Forty years ago when you talked about tuning a car, there wasn’t much more involved than twisting the distributor or turning a screw on the carburetor. Now, computers are a big boon for us gearheads, and a revolutionary new product lets you tap into the potential of your ECU like never before: SCT’s new Touch Screen Xtreme. The best part? No wires required. How 21st century is that? Let’s take a look at the Touch Screen Xtreme in the powerTV Garage.
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MSD’s Pro Data Software is one of the most popular ways you can control your MSD ignition for your race car or street car. However, learning how to use it DOES INVOLVE a learning curve. Whether it’s setting up basics functions such as a rev limiter, or learning how to use traction-aiding functions such as the slew-rate or rev limiter over time – it pays to listen to an expert.