Lets’ start off with one of the first areas that most truck owners look into. . . . The variety is confusing as heck so I'll drill it out in somewhat simple fashion. Your engine relies on a balanced mixture of fuel and air for combustion. Currently, your vehicle draws air through the original manufacturer's intake tube and air box, which is typically loaded with a disposable paper air filter. Automakers design your vehicle's intake tube to be the quietest possible unit that can fit in your engine compartment.
While reduced engine noise is of benefit to you, it comes from an intake tube with multiple turns and bends. The result is a drop in the volume of air delivered to the combustion chamber. And, because your stock intake system completely confines the air box in your engine compartment, the air is usually hot when taken in. This combination of limited and warmer air causes fuel-rich combustion mixtures that don't burn at maximum power efficiency.
Performance air intake kits solve a few of these problems in one impressive unit. First, a performance air intake replaces your stock intake tube with a wider pipe that has fewer bends. The result is a higher volume of air that flows more freely, filling your combustion chamber with more oxygen molecules for igniting fuel at balanced, efficient mixtures that maximize power.
There's good news for those of us wanting extra horsepower and torque, though. Your onboard computer can easily be reprogrammed to unlock your vehicle's full potential. When you plug a high-tech performance chip into your vehicle, you'll get:
- Massive boosts in both horsepower and torque across the entire RPM range for stronger towing, faster off-the-line acceleration and rapid passing
- Greater engine efficiency, letting you tow harder, accelerate faster and pass quicker without burning extra gasoline or diesel
- The means of custom-tuning your vehicle to match your modifications and driving style
Your vehicle is stronger, faster and fiercer than you might imagine, and a performance chip is the key to throwing open the floodgates to full-throttle power.
Because your vehicle has a team of horses baying to be unleashed. Stock exhaust systems are designed simply to provide a conduit for spent gases to move from your engine to your tailpipe - no more, no less. On the other hand, performance exhaust systems are engineered to maximize your engine's exhaust flow, giving you:
- Serious horsepower and torque gains
- Distinctive, growling exhaust tone
- Improved fuel economy
Now what I have read on many of the forums out there is that you don't really see the benefits of each of these upgrades unless you use them together. The intake that you get won't allow you to reap the full benefits because the newer vehicles will adjust to the new intake. That's why a performance chip should be used in conjunction to fool your vehicle and will allow for full air-flow from the new intake. The same exists for the new exhaust. Many chips out there can be fine tuned to certain exhausts.
I have an F150 so my need for large tow capacity isn't as important as larger trucks need, so if you have a gas guzzler and want performance improvements and overall better towing capacity, one or all of these areas should be looked into.
One of the latest mods to hit the market was the Hypertech Max Energy E-Con . I'll do some more research and compare it to the original Hypertech Max Energy and some other power tuners in my next article.