Monthly Archives: April 2016

Tips for Finding A Classic Car

For some people, collecting classic cars is a tremendously fun and rewarding hobby but you should also pursue it with eyes wide open. You should primarily research the current market and the car in focus, but you should also be wary of buying one-of-a-kind vehicles. In case the chosen classic car needs restoration, you should be totally committed towards completing the work. You should be prepared with a list of the “Top 10” classic cars that you intend to be part of your collection. Such a list helps you to focus on the efforts in an efficient way.

Always remember that some old vehicles appreciate in value while others are simply idle. If you intend to buy a classic car as an investment, have a good research done on how the carhas previously fared over time.

You should be careful while buying one-of-a-kind vehicles. It is true that cars which were owned by famous people fetch good returns, but there is a down side too. The available market for such type of cars is limited because of the high price tag attached with these vehicles. Also if the previous owner was infamous, it will be difficult to sell it at any outlet as they will be reluctant to invite any controversy with it. In case that such cars were had very limited versions, then any replacement parts will require manufacturing, which can prove to be a costly affair. Counting on the number of cylinders may not prove to be such a right way of judgement. A turbocharged engine with a lesser number a cylinders may give you better speed with less fuel consumption.

While buying a classic car, you should be aware of the business that you are getting into. Only go for a vehicle that needs significant repair and restoration when you have the commitment to restore it.

You need to consult a classic car specialist in London to go through the best available options for you.Keep your list ready before the classic car specialist so that you are sure how to proceed with your purchase. There are certain performance numbers which can be utilized in order to compare one sports car with the other one. The most common of these numbers is the time taken to reach from 0 to 60 mph and anything under 7 seconds is considered to be quick.

Helmets For Bike Riders

Wearing a helmet while driving a bike is very essential, people often avoid wearing a helmet. This can be dangerous. With the help of helmets, many injuries have been prevented. Hence, one should always wear it while riding a bike. If you are going for a long ride, helmets are compulsory.

Stylish helmets

As people like to look good when they drive, novelty helmets motorcycle is very stylish. The look and feel of the helmet is very important. Since people use helmets very often, they like to buy helmets that have a nice appeal. With such helmets, it is easy to look good while driving your bike. Motorcycle low profile helmets are also available. With such helmets, you will not have to worry about the quality of helmets. These helmets are very nice in spite of being low budget. They have a nice design on their surface. The shiny surface of these helmets looks very pretty. All these factors add to the overall appeal of the helmets. With such beautiful helmets, you will get many choices to be safe and look nice at the same time.

Wearing the right type of helmet

Apart from wearing a helmet, it is also essential to wear the right helmet for you. There are many helmet varieties. The size and shape of helmets also differ from one another. Selecting the right helmet can be a difficult task. One should remember to buy a helmet that fits correctly. This is very important. Such a helmet will always be on your head even if there is an abrupt halt to your bike. If the helmet does not fit well, it will not support your head in a case of an accident. Hence, there is a lot of stress on the size of the helmet. The material used to make the helmet is another important factor. The material used should be strong. This will prevent the helmet from breaking or cracking in case of an accident. Hence, your head will be protected inside it. This is the reason why people buy helmets that are made from tough material. The glass used in helmets should also be tough, so that it does not break easily. It should be clean so that the driver sees through it. All these factors should be considered while buying a helmet. Novelty helmets motorcycle is a good helmet variety that you should look for.

Low budget helmets

Since there are many helmets available, you should choose a helmet depending on your requirement and budget. There are many wonderful helmets at various prices. Motorcycle low profile helmets are all about convenience and fashion. It is a misconception that only high end motorcycles are of good quality. There are many helmets that come at a low price. These helmets also give good performance. If you are on a tight budget, you should surely try these helmets.

Car Modifications Bad Upgrades & Auto Accessories

There have always been those among us car enthusiasts who take the design of every vehicle they own to it’s very edge of speed, handling and style.  All the modifications are *completely* useless (maybe mildly counterproductive).  Here is my public service announcement:  the 10 worst ways to modify your car.

Super Loud (stupid cheap) Exhaust Systems

An aftermarket exhaust system is the #1 modification every hot rodder wants.  A less restrictive exhaust system frees up horsepower and lets out more of the engine’s natural tone.  One car buff said it best. It makes a car sound like “a swarm of drugged bees being shot out of the ass of an elephant.”  A crappy exhaust system sound like…well…shit.  PLEASE!  Splurge on a decent muffler for your Hot Rod (for all our sakes).

Giant Wings AKA Baby Got Back

The concept of a wing is not entirely bad. IE.  A Porsche 911 has a small spoiler that comes up at 60mph+. Porsche claims this is enough “downforce” for the car, which can go faster than 190mph.  Whatever works on race cars will work for all cars…right?  WRONG!  F1 cars go *so* fast that the wind through the wing pushing the tires down actually *does* make a difference in steering and control.  Reality check…Most cars with BIG wings aren’t even able to reach speeds of 110mph+, which their wing’s down force could enhance.  Thus, most cars do NOT need a “wing,” (let alone 2 or even 3 wings). NOTE TO NASCAR FANS:  There *is* a difference between a spoiler and a wing.  Although they’re both cool looking tail pieces, a spoiler is the one close down on the trunk like on the Civic Si.  The spoiler directs the airflow path down the back of the car, which decreases drag while increasing mileage.   The affectionately nick-named “rice rockets” usually end up with *both* a rear wing and  front wheel drive and steering. So, even *if* the wing is working at all, it would pick *up* the wheels, rather than push them down.  DOH!?!  Yes, most “Rice Rocketeers” add wings to their car that aren’t even shaped for providing *any* down force at all.  They might even  provide some lift instead, or, due to their heavy weight, create drag to slow the car down. MY FAVE:  Three (yes, count them) 3 wings where no oncoming air could ever reach them!

Low Profile Tires AKA Big Wheels

Low-profile tires (commonly known as “low-pros”) are expensive and hard to find.  They kind of look cool because you see much more of the alluring, chrome wheel, and less of the dull, rubber tire.  BUT…Do  bigger wheels also let people see your awesome brakes?  We must assume cars with low-pros *do* indeed have awesome brakes, simply because their main purpose is to   allow the use of more powerful brakes, provide better handling and reduce weight below the suspension.   WARNING POTHOLES!  Once low-pros start to age, they start cracking around the sidewalls from baking in the sun for years.  The first pothole they hit can crack low profile  tires right open.  You *may* get lots of compliments on your lo-pros, but word won’t buy you new tires (@$1,000).

Classic Car Replica AKA Aerodynamic Body Kits

What is an “aerodynamic” body kit?  This is for car lovers who don’t want to actually lower  the car’s suspension…but want that phat, “low suspension” look.  (Oh yeah…you’re cool.) Why do car owners think this will “work?”  “Wide wheels” provide better traction, but also require wider wheel wells to cover them and direct air over them.  The result of the two working together is called the “ground effects.”  The narrow space left between the car and the ground helps pull the car down (that same down force they want from car wings). As with the wings, a car gets more down force from the heavy weight of the body kit than any ground effects that *may* be generated.  WARNING:  Body kits can be VERY DANGEROUS in the wrong hands.  Friends don’t let friends use bad body kits!

Decals That Belong on Other Cars

One popular way to convince people your car is “da bomb” is to apply a fake sticker claiming it’s “turbo” charged or on some “racing team.”  One of the most popular “fakes” was the “Type R” decal on Honda Civics and Acura Integras, which was *only* applied to a very limited edition, top performance line of Civics and Integras.

Turbocharger Speakers AKA Fake Engine Sounds

A turbocharger or “turbo” (a thing that you put in the engine to make the car faster) is considered a “cool” upgrade for big boys (from a guy’s point of view) or little men (from a female perspective *wink*).  There are only 3 ways to let potential breeding partners know your car has a turbo (alleging that you are then, cool).  1. Label it with a “turbo charged”  sticker.  2. Drive it…making sure everyone hears your engine’s new “sound.”  3.  Buy a “turbo” speaker system!  Yes, some car buffs, with only a few brain cells to knock together, discovered a cheaper alternative to turbo charging their engines.  Simply purchase a speaker system to mimic that classic turbo sound. The kits even feature a switch, to  turn on the sound at stoplights…prompting all women in earshot to walk in the other direction. With the Sunami speaker system, you don’t even need an actual car.  When potential mates stop by, or call, just secretly flick the switch and say, “Sorry… can’t hear you over my new turbocharger.”  (Face it…you weren’t going to get a second date anyway.)

Race Car Blow-off Valves

Some creative car lovers saw a 90s street racing movie and mistakenly thought they *needed* a blow off valve for their Honda Accord.  Sure, now your econo-car *sounds* like a jet.  Then, as your shifting gears in city traffic, you realize that new LOUD hiss of compressed air isn’t the smoothest sound…especially when you have to hear it a 1000x/day every rush hour.  The kicker…your annoying car doesn’t even go any faster!

DIY Lower Car Suspension

How do you take a simple, stock car and smother it in sex appeal?  Give it a  “slammed” look by lowering the suspension yourself!   Lowing a car’s center of gravity allows you to handle it better and feel less body roll in the curves.  (*IF* you do it right…you did, right?) What…you don’t KNOW?!?  Tell me you did NOT simply hook on the biggest set of springs you found. If so, dude (or dudette) you’ve got a big problem!  When you lower the springs, without the rest of the suspension, you’ve got “bump steer.”  IE.  When you hit a bump (better make that a “jump”) in the road…HOLD ON.  Every time your wheel hits a bump or groove in the road, your car will now steer in that direction. Wait…you didn’t even *buy* new springs?  You just cut your car’s old springs to lower it.  Congratulations!  Your car no longer has a functioning suspension system.  Better beat it around EVERY bump in the road…you’ve got NOTHING absorbing that shock now.

Putting A 450hp Race Car Clutch In A 200hp Ride

Whenever one of my friends gets a Mustang, they feel the urge to buy a pair of Flowmasters, and a K&N CAI…and the heaviest, least practical clutch you can find.   (IE.  the King Cobra clutch).  Their car makes 220, but they add a clutch rated for drivetrains of 450hp+. WARNING:  This does *not* make the car any faster, but it *does* make your left leg cramp up in traffic.  You’ll wear the clutch out early from lazy shifting.

BMW E30 The Engine Modifying

You’ll find here a list of performances upgrades for the bmw 3 series (body e30) M42 engine, mainly for your vehicle, and the best part is – it will not burn a hole in your pocket. Certainly you want your 318iS to really fly on the street, these are the things you need to do:

Computer chip – most easy, basic and inexpensive modification for your vehicle. Chip tuning usually run about 2 or 3 handreds dollars and are very easy to install. A chip on a stock M42 will bump the horsepower from 135 to 145 hp. The low-end torque is increased too. It also increases the powerband of the engine, from 4600-6000 to 4500-6700.

Flywheel – A major problem with the m42 engine was that it had BMW’s ‘dual-mass’ flywheel; yes, it weighs almost twice as much as a 325i flywheel (as the name would suggest). This is a big problem of m42. Do you understand why your 318iS’s 0-60 was so slow? Well, the flywheel is the reason. There are 2 options to fix this: replace with 325i flywheel/clutch or find an aluminum flywheel (about $700 but is very light, and requires no modification). The 325i flywheel requires a few other modifications with 318iS: 325i flywheel, 325i clutch, 325i pressure plate, 325i drive-pinion for the starter motor, and a ’78-’83 323 throw-out bearing. Replace all these with the 318iS parts and it bolts right together. After all this, your 318iS will have a lot better acceleration in the first few gears, and deceleration will take place much quicker.

Rear end gear – The 318iS is equipped with a 4.10 limited slip in a base complete set, but it is possible to do better. The desired gears out there are the 4.27 (in E30 318i convertible 5 speed’s) and and the 4.45 (318i e36). The 4.45 is a wicked, wicked street gear but will stick your RPM way up there on the highway. The 4.27 is a better choice of performance and everyday use.

Intake system – The 318iS stock airbox works well, but a cone filter setup works better, but only if you have a well-built heatshield! Get a large K&N setup with the AFM adapter and all. While you are working on the intake, get the secondary plate of your throttle-body bored out 3mm to 57mm. This will make a difference.