The brake rotors on the 2005 Pontiac GXP are the component that the brakes grab onto to bring the vehicle to a stop. The brake rotors sit on the hub assembly with the brake caliper slid over the top of the brake rotor. Every time the brakes are applied, the brake pads are compressed inward onto the
The air intake system on a BMW is located on the intake side of the motor and is responsible for supplying fresh air into the motor. A stock intake usually consists of a sealed plastic air box that contains a filter. Stock air boxes are relatively restrictive and are designed to supply...
Weight DistributionA tow hitch attaches to the frame of the tow vehicle with long bars that extend toward the front of the vehicle. Because the bars attach so far back, the weight of the trailer is distributed over far more area of the vehicle rather than just at the ball and front of the...
Automotive performance parts started out with cars, and there didn't used to be much selection of exterior customization parts for trucks. However, in the past few years, truck modification has become very popular. Now numerous companies produce aftermarket parts, including spoilers, for most common
A boost gauge is a simple pressure gauge that reads the amount of boost (pressurized air) that is being forced into a motor. If a turbocharged car has been modified to produce more boost from the turbo, a boost gauge is an essential component that allows the driver to monitor boost pressure and avoi
Original EquipmentChoose original equipment tires only. Car manufacturers design their vehicles to operate with certain tires, choosing specific tire sizes to ensure proper handling, vehicle stoppage and fuel economy. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo comes with either 245/70-17 or...
The exhaust tip is the only part of the exhaust system visible to onlookers.Auto Exhaust image by Digital Photique from Fotolia.comKool Vue is a large company that specializes in replacement and upgradable parts for cars. Anything from mirrors to exhausts is supplied for dozens of...
In 1977, Pontiac introduced its "Iron Duke" 2.5-liter, V-8, four-cylinder engine. This engine was a cast-iron, push-rod motor designed to power smaller Pontiacs of that era, a powerplant not known for performance, but the type of engine needed to help the brand comply with tougher Federal emissions
A road race is simply another term for motor racing. Road races used to be held on public streets, but this is no longer as popular as it once was. The danger and the legal ramifications (street racing is highly illegal) have encouraged racers to go to closed-circuit tracks. Most road races are held
The Ford Mustang 2+2 fastback was introduced in mid-1965, about four months after the March production launch of the coupe and convertible. The coupes and convertible outsold the fastback between 1964 and 1966, but the 1967-68 fastbacks were better sellers than the convertible. The fastback's 2+2 de
Camshaft synchronizers are devices that are driven off camshafts and couple up with sensors to tell the powertrain computers of cars exactly what point of rotation the camshaft is currently located. Then, the information that is extracted from the sensor is utilized by the powertrain computer to tim
During the 1990s, the SVT Cobra name was given to the hottest Mustangs in Ford's lineup. Developed by Ford's Special Vehicles Team, the Cobras featured more power, exterior touches and a performance-oriented suspension. The 1998 SVT Cobra convertible has already become scarce, making the model a col
It is easy to install a sissy seat and luggage rack onto a Honda Rebel 250, and this a fairly common type of modification for motorcycles used for longer distance riding. The trick is to find the right type of kit because sissy bars are available in a variety of shapes and forms. You can can buy a s
Towing an RV or fifth-wheel trailer requires a specific type of hitch. One type of hitch that you can use is a model 66074 Reese hitch. This type of hitch is designed to keep the trailer from swaying or swinging when you are traveling down the road. Installing the hitch requires mounting it to the t
The Mercury Grand Marquis was a rear-wheel-drive sedan manufactured by Ford Motor Company between 1983 and 2011. Although not a sure-footed, four-wheel-drive tow vehicle capable of towing heavy trailers, the V-8 Grand Marquis was entirely adequate for light-duty hauling.
The Honda B20 engine series was installed on the Japanese car company's CR-V small sport utility vehicle. Because of the engine's stout bottom end, relatively high displacement for a four cylinder and high torque, it makes a popular engine swap conversion candidate for the Civic, CRX or other small
Honda's rev-happy Civic Type R is a longtime favorite among enthusiasts of Japanese cars. The "Type R" designation denotes cars developed and tuned by Honda specifically for circuit competition, and the Civic Type R's lineage links directly to the 1992 Honda Civic NSX Type R.DimensionsThe...
Putting a custom touch on an already attractive car such as the Dodge Charger can quickly take an unintended turn from tasteful to tragic. Careful planning, however, and a good dose of patience can prevent the kind of rolling disasters so commonly seen on the road today. Install the "big three" to
A cold air intake is a performance engine part that sucks up cold air from outside of the engine compartment and sends it to the engine's intake valve. This cools down the engine much more efficiently than a stock air box. Any vehicle could use the added performance, including Dodge Daytonas. In mos
The 1996 Dodge Ram is built for operating in the elements. Protecting the front of the truck will require mounting a brush guard. Westin Automotive produces exterior upgrades for trucks that are purchased for off-road driving. The brush guard mounts to the frame rail and clips to the bumper. Make su