Car Tuning – AutoGeeze | Latest Sport Car News Insurance Wallpapers Rentals Prices Parts and Reviews https://www.autogeeze.com Bringing super sports cars at your own showroom Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:26:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 0-60 in No Time: Your Guide to Installing a Performance Turbo Onto Your Car https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/guide-to-installing-a-performance-turbo-onto-your-car.html Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:13:01 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10521

Are you intending to turbocharge your car but are not sure where to begin? Maybe your car engine is not powerful enough to effectively perform the purpose at hand. Maybe you’ve been struggling to hit 0-60 with the current engine power. Installing a performance turbo onto your car could be the most effective solution to your problems. Perhaps an effective guide is all you need. And this piece contains all you need. Please read on.

Check Your Braking System

This should always be your primary consideration every time you’re planning to install a performance turbo onto your car. This is because it won’t be sensible to enhance your car’s power to perform if you’ll be lacking the power to efficiently stop it. If you hadn’t upgraded your braking system yet, consider upgrading it with a suitable brake system.

Ensure to have disc brakes – with anti-lock brake system – on all wheels. This process can be very challenging especially if you have little or no knowledge of how to effectively upgrade the system. You may consider getting help from a reputable professional to ensure the braking system meets the necessary requirements hence increasing your confidence and safety when driving.

Select the Right Turbocharger for Your Car

Yes, turbochargers are not the same. They vary in size, specifications, and age. Some are designed for small cars and others for trucks. This means that the turbocharger you’ll choose will directly affect the performance of your car. This calls for the need to be keen when selecting the turbo for your car. There are different business platforms, such as the Full Tilt Performance, where you can get quality turbos to install in your car.

You should research your vehicle by reading different forums in order to understand the type of turbocharger that will best suit your power goals and needs and at the same time not exceeding what your engine internals are able to support. Are there any supporting modifications that can be relevant to maintaining the reliability of your car with the new turbocharger?

Having a bigger turbocharger may not be a guarantee for better performance. In fact, a bigger turbocharger requires a longer time to spool up as compared to a significantly smaller turbocharger. This condition is what is termed as a turbo lag – the time of lag before you start feeling the power from the turbo.

Purchasing a new turbocharger is the better option to avoid possible problems that could come with a used one. Besides, most new turbochargers come with good warranties and are an assurance to quality. A used turbocharger may not be able to last and its efficiency could be significantly lower than your power goals. Therefore, always prefer a new turbocharger or if you’ll opt for a reconditioned turbocharger, ensure to get it from a trusted supplier.  

Check Your Combustion and Cooling System

Turbocharged engines tend to produce more heat, unlike the regular car engines. Because of this reason and for the engine to run effectively, you’ll need to have to upgrade the water pump and cooling system. Proper engine lubrication is also vital; hence you should ensure to use a fully synthetic type of oil.

For your engine and turbocharger to function effectively, there are properties that you must be having. You need an oil cooler to ensure the oil in the car is maintained at an optimum temperature to avoid it from boiling or burning. A front-mount intercooler will be essential to ensure your car’s turbo pumps cool air into the engine. Also, larger fuel injectors coupled with a fuel pressure regulator and a high-pressure fuel pump are essential to ensure your vehicle receives enough fuel for effective combustion.

Some of the exhaust gas normally gets rerouted to power the turbo. This requires an effective exhaust system to ensure the re-routing process is done correctly and that your turbo is rotated at its maximum. A custom exhaust system can be effective in ensuring your car’s engine exhales at the same rate it inhales.

Cam Mods and Pistons

Modifications to your engine are important when you want to enhance its functional lifespan. There are different modifications that you can implement in your car in terms of cam mods and pistons. You’ll need to apply some porting and polishing on your cylinder-head to ensure low resistance to air flow and to prevent heat build-up that could easily lead to damage or warping of the cylinder head.

Low-compression pistons and a camshaft will ensure very little overlap (a situation where the camshaft keeps open both the intake and exhaust valves at the same time) which is vital to avoid losing the turbocharger pressure. Overlap can make the turbo to only push pressure straight through the combustion chamber unused.  

Effective Management System

The settings for your turbo setup have to be fine-tuned for efficient performance, economy, or both – balanced. This calls for a new form of the management system which you’ll need to be keen when selecting one. Most systems can constantly adjust the available settings based on your driving style. Some have modes – economy, race, and balance modes – able to preset and could be selected at will.   

Drive Components

Turbocharging your car could affect the lifespan of such components as drive-shafts, half-shafts, and transmission depending on how you handle your right foot. Therefore, you should consider upgrading these and other related components like using an aftermarket performance clutch system. This will ensure engine’s power is not transferred into damaging components before reaching the wheels but that the transfer goes to the wheels directly.

Assembling and Final Tuning

You may need to hire a helping hand from a professional during the assembling process. Most of the items you’ll purchase are costly and a professional understands how to handle and install them properly. Plus, hiring a professional allows you to enjoy the warranty in case of an issue. After the assembly is complete, you’ll need to tune your car with the new management system installed before hitting the streets in your turbo ride. But remember, your safety should be your #1 consideration each time you’re behind the wheel.

Conclusion

Turbocharging can have a lot of benefits in your car whether you’re intending to use it for personal use, racing, or business purposes. However, the process of installing the turbo can be very challenging without the right guidelines. With this guide, you’ll be able to choose the right components and the right upgrades for turbocharging your car. A reputable professional will help when choosing different components and anything relevant to effectively install the performance turbo. Turbocharge your car today and enjoy hitting 0-60 within a very short period of time. Good luck!

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Five simple modifications to transform your car https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/06/five-simple-modifications-to-transform-your-car.html Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:24:13 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10417

Unless you’re a seasoned expert in the field of custom car modifications, then you probably don’t have access to metal working machinery, like lathes and pillar drills. If you’re keen to update your car with top-level performance features, without the associated price-tag, then read on as we show you five simple modifications that can transform your old vehicle.

New Tires

Perhaps one of the simpler updates on our list, but you’d be shocked at the impact a fresh set of tires can have on your car. Often overlooked in favour of engine stats, tires are a key contributor to your cars general performance. They influence the level of control you have while driving, stopping distance, turn accuracy, and road friction. When purchasing new tires, some important things to keep in mind are: diameter; tread depth; rigidity; width; and pressure. Tire pressure is something that wears down over time, but can negatively impact your fuel efficiency, so be sure to keep your tires as close to their optimum PSI as possible.

Upgrade to a performance exhaust system

A performance exhaust system gives gasses an easier escape route, this will lessen the power used by your engine, resulting in a smoother ride. With improved flow from your new performance exhaust system, the air can pass through the combustion chamber quicker, so that the new fuel can be burned to increase the vehicles power. Before upgrading your exhaust system, you should first evaluate your car. Some models are simply not suited for a large exhaust, and installing one will not impact the vehicles power.

Install a cold air intake

A cold air intake is a fairly low cost modification that is designed to help your engine breathe. This modification involves moving the air filter outside of the engine compartment so that the engine can channel cooler air, bringing more oxygen into the combustion chamber, to increase power.

Replace old spark plugs

Spark plugs are an essential element of your vehicles motor, they are used to maintain the ignition through the air and fuel mixture in the cylinders, which keeps your car moving. There are various scenarios that can warrant spark plug replacement, such as: rough idling; struggling to start your engine; if you are experiencing high fuel consumption; or a lack of acceleration when you put your foot down. Swapping out your old spark plugs can dramatically upgrade your car’s performance.

Keep on top of general maintenance

Routine checks are an essential part of vehicle maintenance, especially as your car reaches 3 years old and after it has 30,000 miles on the clock. With regular servicing you can ensure that your car remains well kept, but there are some things you can do personally to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition. E.g. regularly change the oil; flush the cooling system; change out the transmission fluids; and keep the interior and exterior clean to avoid dirt related clogs.

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Turn your dirt-bike into a true masterpiece with high-quality vinyl graphics kits https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/05/dirt-bike-high-quality-vinyl-graphics.html Thu, 24 May 2018 15:11:09 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10403

Getting a new dirt-bike is a singular experience. It’s the first step into an entirely new world – a world of power, adrenaline, and thrill. True bike lovers say that there’s nothing as exciting as a bike’s maiden ride. However, personalizing your new bike with a set of custom dirtbike graphics will make your bike stand out in a crowd and draw the eyes of everyone present.

Everything You Need in a Single Package

These days, motocross decal kits are becoming ‘a must’ aftermarket purchase for every new bike. The best online MX Graphics shops offer a complete package of graphic decals, to cover every available surface. From the clutch pedal to the front fender and back cowl – they have it all. Many shops also offer the option to customize a premade design by adding your logo or number or to print fully customized kits based on your own idea and design.

They come in many shapes and sizes, custom made to fit each surface area of your bike. Made from high-quality clear vinyl covered with thick laminate, the decals will remain as glossy as new, even after thousands of kilometers.

Easy to Apply and Clean

Besides their beauty, the other awesome thing about this kits is that they are very easy to apply. Remove the adhesive protector halfway and properly position the sticker on the designated surface. Then, using a squeegee or similar bubble-preventing tool, slowly work your way until the entire sticker is smoothly placed. Any residual bubbles can be gently pushed over with a squeegee or just peel the sticker to the bubble point, and gently reapply it.

Moreover, the high-quality decal kits are dirt-resistant and very easy to clean – just use water, soap, and a sponge to remove the dirt, rinse, and your bike is ready for the next adventure!

Beauty at a Budget

Having a truly awesome-looking bike doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune. Nowadays, you can find awesome looking designs digitally printed on high-quality vinyl at affordable prices. Additionally, most of the shops offer a discount on multiple purchases – to give you even more customization possibilities at a lower price.

The designs themselves can vary in color and detail, depending on the model and your wishes. Dirt-bike graphics are available for all models from the most popular bike manufacturers in the world – including Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and KTM. The stickers are specially crafted to flawlessly blend with the color and texture of the bike, and turn it into a true masterpiece.

A Display of Identity

For every true moto-cross biker, the dirt-bike is not just a tool, but an extension of him/herself and their identity. So, personalizing your bike’s looks becomes just as important as a regular change of oil and engine maintenance.

A fully personalized bike is an instant eye-catcher at every event – making its looks just as easily recognizable as its rider. Moreover, you can also customize your accessories such as helmet or neck brace to achieve full effect and build a unique and strong appearance which will leave an impact

Remember to stay safe at all times and ride with flamboyance!

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Top 5 Types of Jeep Bumpers https://www.autogeeze.com/2017/11/top-5-types-of-jeep-bumpers.html Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:23:58 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10378 There are several options available for Jeep bumpers in the market as per their models and use. They come in designs that increase the overall utility of the vehicles as well as improve their appearance. The five most common jeep bumpers include:

Full-Width Bumpers

With a one-piece, steel plate design, full-width bumpers are welded on your jeep. They do not only protect the front of your vehicle but also cover most parts of the body including the tires and fenders. They are highly recommended for driving on forested terrains as they clear the vegetation on their way. They also help in towing a stuck vehicle and come with either D-ring mount or winch mounts.

Tubular Bumpers

Tubular bumpers have the conventional bumper designs with two tubes running across the front of your jeep and a long tube looped around the center. Their primary function is to provide protection during the drive. However, these bumpers are not suitable for towing purposes, as they can be ripped off easily. Many manufacturing companies are working on making tubular bumpers more practical by installing features of off-road recovery bumpers on them such as mounting a shackle on top of the bumper.

Off-Road Recovery Bumpers

Off road recovery bumpers are the typical jeep bumpers serving as a means to pull out a vehicle out of the rut. They are mounted firmly to ensure strength during the process of towing, so they do not rip off while being pulled. Also, they come with the shackles attached, therefore, saving you time and hassle of installation while being stuck in a rut. Additionally, they have a light attached, which comes handy during the night rides too. The off-road recovery bumpers come in a variety of designs including stinger bumpers and stubby bumpers. Choose among various jeep bumper packages to find the one that suits your needs.

Stubby Bumpers

Stubby bumpers are shorter than the average jeep jumpers. They are shaped like this because they spread as wide as the grille’s length. They provide an extra layer of protection owing to its shape and structure. Also, with stubby bumpers the tire installation is easier. However, the big tires are more prone to find obstacles in off road situations due to their size and alignment. For this reason, they are more suited for terrains and highways where the tires can run unobstructed.

Stinger Bumpers

Shaped like a boomerang, this triangular tube extension at a 45-degree angle forming a hoop at the middle of the jeep is called the stinger bumper. Sometimes, it comes with a circle that extends higher than the level of the Jeep’s hood. This bumper is perfect for off-roading purposes. In case, the Jeep rolls into an obstacle, this bumper keeps the vehicle from toppling over. It is also used as a ramp that helps the vehicle to move over and above the obstacles that tires cannot overcome. It also acts as a grill and protects the jeep.

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Why Has Car Modification Become so Popular? https://www.autogeeze.com/2017/11/why-has-car-modification-become-so-popular.html Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:01:29 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10371

There are many people who are really into their cars but cannot afford to purchase the sporty or top end models that they would like. Those that do not have high end vehicles therefore often turn to modifications so that they can turn their cheaper vehicle into one that boasts higher performance and improved aesthetics.

For those that want sporty tires, the best engine, improved speed, or even a luxury interior, modifications can prove the ideal solution. There are many different types of modifications that are carried out these days by vehicle owners, some more popular than others. The cost and time involved with modifications can also vary based on what you have done. In short, the popularity of modifications is down to not only improved access to information and parts but also because of the eagerness of car enthusiasts to create their perfect vehicle.

What to consider if modifying your vehicle

If you are one of the many people considering modifications for your vehicle, there are a number of factors to consider before you make your decision. This includes:

  • The cost of the modification: The costs involved can vary depending on the type of modification you are carrying out. Some parts are far more expensive than others. You also need to factor in the cost of getting expert help if you cannot do it yourself. Make sure that you stay within budget and look around for low cost parts that are still of a high quality.
  • Impact on insurance: There are some modifications that will have an impact when it comes to insurance costs and coverage. So that you are not left unprotected or your insurance doesn’t sky rocket, make sure you check whether the modifications you are looking to carry out will affect your coverage and premiums.
  • The improvement to your vehicle: You should also think about how the modification will improve your vehicle and whether it is worth the cost. Some modifications are mostly aesthetic while others can make a big difference in terms of performance. By taking this into consideration you are better placed to determine whether the modifications are worthwhile.
  • Whether you can do the work yourself: If you are on budget, you should also think about whether you can carry out the work yourself once you have the necessary parts. If you can, that’s great as you only have to pay for parts. However, if not you will also have to pay someone to help you carry out the modifications unless you have a friend or family member that can help you free of charge.

If you do decide to carry out modifications, you should make sure you shop around for parts. Of course, you need to make sure you purchase parts from a reputable supplier and that the quality of the parts is high. At the same time, you need to look for competitive pricing as otherwise the cost of modifying your vehicle could be very high.

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Save time & money with Motorparks’ essential pre-MOT checklist https://www.autogeeze.com/2017/02/save-time-money-with-motorparks-essential-pre-mot-checklist.html Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:13:21 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10316 MOTs could soon be facing a major shakeup across the UK, after recently announced proposals by the government detailed that the period of time that new cars will be allowed on British roads before requiring a MOT could rise from three to four years.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones pointed out: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and MOT tests play an important role in ensuring the standard of vehicles on our roads.

“New vehicles are much safer than they were 50 years ago and so it is only right we bring the MOT test up-to-date to help save motorists money where we can.”

For drivers who are facing the prospect of putting their car through a MOT in the weeks or months to come, new and used car dealership Motorparks aims to help keep the costs of the test down with its essential pre-MOT checklist.

As well as setting out the main reasons why a car fails its MOT, the visual guide also provides tips on how to check the following components of your vehicle:

  • Bodywork
  • Brakes
  • Doors
  • Essential fluids (including brake fluid, screen wash and oil)
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system
  • Horn
  • Lights (both front and rear lights, as well as hazard lights and indicators)
  • Mirrors (both side and rear-view mirrors)
  • Registration plate
  • Suspension system
  • Tyres (both the tyre pressure and tyre tread of all tyres being used as well as the spare wheel)
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Windscreens (including washer jets and wipers)

Discover the checklist now and improve your chances of your car passing its MOT at the first time of asking – and with flying colours…

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Save Money With These Simple Tyre Checks https://www.autogeeze.com/2014/12/save-money-simple-tyre-checks.html Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:40:43 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10029 Tyre-depthThanks to Myki Roventine for the image

Healthy tyres are the key to a healthy and happy car. When they are treated with care, they will run for longer and save you money. Tyres, like most car parts have an interconnected relationship with the rest of your car. If they aren’t treated correctly, that affects the fuel system, and the engine. It affects the brakes and the steering system. The best practice with car maintenance is to look after every small component on your car.

That means regular checks on your tyres. Some of the checks on this list you should be doing weekly. Can you remember the last time you checked your tyre pressure, for example? The very simple and easy tasks on this list will save you money on fuel and maintenance costs. They will also help you avoid a costly and inconvenient breakdown on the side of the motorway. More importantly, when you visit used car dealer like McDougal & Breen, use these checks on the tyres.

Tyre Pressure

Tyre pressure is significantly more important than you think. Incorrect pressure affects your fuel consumption, the car’s handling and your bank balance. Check this weekly (whenever you fuel up) and consult your car manual for the advised pressure. The two big problems are under inflated and over inflated.

Under InflatedTyres with low pressure use a lot more fuel to power them. It creates more surface area on the road so the engine has to work harder to turn the wheels. It is estimated that motorists spend £1 billion as a result of under inflated tyres. You will save money at the pumps and help save the environment by using the correct pressure.

Over Inflated – You may be tempted to overinflate tyres because race cars run on such high pressure wheels. However, this is very dangerous. Over inflated tyres leads to poor handling. This gives you much less control on the road. More importantly, it will much more difficult to avoid collisions.

External damage

Your tyres are designed to withstand a beating. After all, they spend their entire day churning over tarmac. However, they can pick up bumps, cuts and indents very easily. Again, check for these once a week. Some can be touched up. But, if there are any that look particularly big, take your car in for service. It can lead to an unexpected tyre failure.

Tread depth

You are legally required to keep your tread depth above 1.6mm. However, anything below 3mm can be dangerous, especially in the winter. Check this regularly and if there are signs of wear on a particular tyre, figure out why. A good practice is to rotate your tyres every couple of months. Put the back tyres on the front axis and vice versa. Most of the work is done by the two drive tyres so they will wear down fastest. Rotate them to keep the wear even.

It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to maintain a healthy car tyre. Keeping an eye out and making regular checks will save you a major headache in the future. Keep your fuel costs low with the correct pressure, watch out for external damage and remember to rotate. If the worst happens, make sure you carry a spare.

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Reasons Why You Want LED Lighting on Your Car https://www.autogeeze.com/2014/09/reasons-want-led-lighting-car.html Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:14:21 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9965 LED Headlight

Technology is a fun thing. As time marches on, superior technology becomes cheaper and more accessible to consumers. For instance, just a few years ago, only a select few wealthy people owned smart phones. Fast forward to today and you’ll find that the number of people with smart phones significantly outweighs the number of those without. The same can be said for automotive technology, particularly in the lighting department. As recent as just 5 years ago, only high-end automobiles enjoyed LED technology. Today, LED lighting is more affordable –and available—than it was before. If your car isn’t equipped with it yet, you may want to make the switch now. Below, we note the reasons why you may want to do that.

Reason #1: Personalization

One of the primary motivations of people opting for LED lighting is because it simply looks good. LEDs are highly customizable thanks to the minute size of the bulbs. This allows car owners to build headlight and taillight sets that complement their vehicle’s overall aesthetic. Gone are the days of dull and generic-looking automotive lighting, as LEDs promote a kind of inventiveness that even automotive brands have taken advantage of. Take a look at Audi’s trademark LED styling. If that doesn’t titillate the auto buff in you, then perhaps nothing will. The level of detail embedded in such sets is remarkable, and you’d most likely want the same on your ride. Check out sites like S3 Performance and Vision X that offer LED lighting solutions for all automotive applications. While the likes of these may not be on par with Audi’s sleek designs, such sites offer great-value LED solutions at affordable prices.

Reason #2: Efficiency

LED lighting isn’t all about styling and profiling, it’s highly efficient as well. With this technology, the energy consumption of your ride will be cut down by as much as 80% (if you were using xenon or halogen lights previously), which is a significant reduction that will aim to prolong the life of your battery. If you don’t want to spend on mere embellishments for practicality purposes, you may still want to invest in LEDs just for this reason.

Those are two solid reasons why you should shift to LED technology. The only drawback of LED lights is that they tend to generate a lot of heat after periods of prolonged use. It shouldn’t be a big deal, though, as LED technology is progressing so quickly that this will soon be a thing of the past. Xenon and halogen lights have their upsides as well, but it’s undeniable that they are now an outdated technology that will soon to be replaced almost entirely in automotive applications by LED globes. LEDs are the future of automotive lighting technology. Make the switch today!

]]> Getting in Gear With Scion Cars https://www.autogeeze.com/2014/05/getting-gear-scion-cars.html Wed, 07 May 2014 03:55:04 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9859 Scion Cars

Scion cars are some of the sleekest and most affordable vehicles on the road today, and they also come with both manual and automatic transmissions. If you’ve been driving automatic your entire driving career and are thinking about making the switch to manual, a brand-new Scion can be the perfect introduction to a great driving experience as well as the wonders of driving manual. While it might not seem like it, stick shifts are starting to make a comeback on the roads of America.

The Advantages of Stick Shift

No one enjoys being constantly plagued by mechanical failures with their vehicle. One of the best things about Scions with manual transmissions is that they’re easier to maintain than a vehicle with an automatic transmission. The reason for that is manual transmissions aren’t as intricate as their automatic counterparts, which means that there’s less that can go wrong with them. One of the most common repairs with manual transmissions is the clutch, which will only cost you a few fingers as opposed to an arm and a leg.

Another great thing about manual transmissions is that they use engine oil instead of automatic transmission fluid (ATF). Engine oil doesn’t wear out as quickly, nor does it need to be changed as often as ATF. There are even some experts who feel that drivers don’t really even need to change their manual transmission fluid unless they experience a leak.

You’ll also be saving money on gas driving Scion cars with a manual transmission. Hydraulic pumps and torque converters tend to suck power, which means that it can impact fuel efficiency. Depending on where you drive and your particular driving style, you might be able to save as much as 15 percent on your fuel economy by switching to manual transmission.

Something else that you’ll be saving on with a car with a manual transmission is money. You could get a better deal on a Scion car with a manual transmission since not many people buy them and salesmen are more willing to haggle in order to move them off of the lot.

The Disadvantages

Like everything else in life, there is a downside to driving a Scion with a manual transmission. For one thing, it might take you a bit longer than you might like getting used to driving a stick shift. If you’re not used to shifting gears, you’ll more than likely experience miss shifting, jerking, stalling, and bucking while you learn shift timing, the clutch and the rest of the manual ropes.

Another downside to manual transmission is that hill ranges can be either horrifying or an inconvenience depending on your skill level. There have been instances of drivers either rolling back into traffic or stalling out entirely as they were attempting to pull away from a hill.

Drivers who don’t have very strong leg muscles might want to choose a Scion model with an automatic transmission. The reason for that is that depressing a heavy clutch pedal can start to wear on your left leg, and that’s especially true when it comes to your joints.

Even if you decide that a manual transmission isn’t for you, there are still plenty of great Scion cars that have automatic transmissions.

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On Turning Your Car Into A Gaming Powerhouse https://www.autogeeze.com/2014/01/turning-car-gaming-powerhouse.html Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:46:26 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9687 Car Gaming Console

From the very first models, down to the latest ones available today, cars have always been subjected to an almost infinite number of customizations and enhancements, all geared towards further cementing its position as one of man’s greatest creations.

Car enthusiasts from all over the world have poured countless hours of their own time and substantial sums of their own money tinkering with cars, in the process crafting numerous unique and downright crazy iterations of their beloved vehicles.

Swarovksi cyrstal-encrusted car? Pick-up truck with a bath tub? Car with a plant up front? A real-life batmobile? There are literally hundreds of crazy customized vehicles out there, all vying for your head-turning attention on the streets.

Personally, however, I find those customizations a bit too flashy for me, as I prefer mods that are sleek, sexy, not too loud, but packs one hell of a wallop. That’s why when I stumbled upon an article in Instructables.com written by user rochassassin on how to put a game console inside a car, it got my attention really good. I mean, who in the right mind would not think that that is cool, eh? And today, with the console setup, you can easily hook up mobile devices, streaming from one device to another for a multiplayer setup. This flexibility may even be more fun if with a mobile hotspot where you can easily play with other players online, click for the full article.

The guide put up by rochassassin on the said site was rather detailed, having close to 16 steps. Here we summarize, as basically there are just a handful of major steps to accomplish this feat of engineering. We estimate the total hours needed for this type of project to be around 8-20 hours, depending on your knowledge of your car’s wiring and interiors as well as how easy it is for you to source the needed components.

Create the TV mount

A metal bar 7 inches longer from the outside of each backseat car handle would be more than sufficient for this. Flatten the bar ends. A sledge hammer, or any other form of hammer, is recommended for this purposes. Make sure you flatten uniformly in preparation of bending the bar. This step will make sure that your TV mount will be secured in place, as the bar will be “hooking” to the backseat car handle for support.

Screw the TV on the mount

OK, creating the actual support for the TV, it’s time to create something to screw it on. For this purpose, rochassassin recommends using an old wheelchair square tube, due to its strength and lightness. It is just then a matter of measuring, aligning and drilling holes as per your TV’s specifications.

Power

To properly provide juice to your gaming setup, a power inverter is a requirement. Add up the wattage ratings of the equipments you’ll be using and get an inverter that has a capacity higher than the result to avoid any electrical accidents. Remember to use the proper wire gauge for this purposes, as the ones used for cigarette lighter accessories just won’t work due to high power requirements of both your console and TV.

Hook everything up

After all these three (seemingly) easy steps, all you would just have to do is hook everything up and test the setup. Putting some rubber paddings and extra reinforcements might be helpful in securing the mounted TV. For your console, keep in mind that some are not built for shaky, on-the-go environments so you might want to check its performance when you’re travelling. Also do remember to use headphones while gaming or watching movies to avoid distracting the driver or the other passengers. As a last note, do keep in mind the safety regulations of the places you intend to use your setup as some states/countries might have their own guidelines about such configuration.

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