Street-rods were founded upon "bigger is better". These days, with innovation being at the vanguard of automobile performance, bigger is not automatically better. Nowadays it comes down to adding power through an aggressive motor in addition to a light-weight frame.

Plan your modifications

Many people choose parts on a feel-good factor. We would like that intake or desire that exhaust since we want the motor to sound great, and deliver more punch. However then we discover that we are considering going a separate path, suddenly the exhaust is not big enough or too big, and the intake doesnt work now. At this stage we have found that we squandered cash and really should have come up with a strategy based on the objective of the car.

Choose your individual staging

If haven't got the vehicle, you need to establish which platform you will be going to go for prior to your mod plan. This relates to determining which type of racing or functionality you prefer from the vehicle. For flat-out muscle, practically nothing will beat starting with a factory turbo or a V8 motor.


The mission of drag-racing is to speed down 1320 feet as swiftly as you possibly can. Consequently your vehicle should be as light as achievable, start as rapidly as is possible, and have as very much usable power available as possible. If the car has front wheel drive, you should have a set of slicks and a limited slip-diff. If the car is rear wheel drive, you could potentially pull off using street-slicks, then again this won't work for dedicated drag racers.

Road Racing

Road racing demands power and all around amazing handling and stopping power. Road racing means approx 30mins of continued punishment. Vehicles that are light-weight and control well could easily have much faster lap times compared to cars generating double the power, and so it's actually a game of harmony. For competitory use, you should get a set of road-racing-tyres and a set of rims to match.

Auto X

Auto X especially wears down tyres from parking-lot racing. You need, first-rate torque, and a functional power-band as a lot of of the time your speed is going to be below 60 mph for typically nearly 1-2 mins each time. Most crucial will be your tyres and the suspension setup. Therefore you'd have to get tyres which are capable of handling well on gravel and heat up swiftly.

Car Modification planning

Not all the mods need to be complete simultaneously, however, many will require a modification prior to moving to the next stage, and so plan that too.
Intake System

If you have no turbo but you plan to add one later, skip the intake. The intake will be redone when you add the turbo. Additionally, should you opt for a turbo kit, nearly all come with an intake kit.

Exhaust System

The more boisterous the exhaust the greater power it delivers, right? Wrong. Simply since an exhaust is noisy does not mean that the car is creating greater power than an equivalent vehicle with a less noisy exhaust.

Turbo Kits

If your own vehicle did not include a turbo from the factory, then this is first on the list. Then, when you buy your exhaust, you can also get the whole system re-tuned. Do it all at once and you will inevitably end up getting accustomed to the power far too early, and will want more.

So to conclude

There are so many mods available its impossible to cover everyone in one article. But, I wanted to cover the most important for beginners. Modifying vehicles is fascinating, and incredibly satisfying, and it also does not have to be rocket-science to get the ideal set-up.

I’m a car enthusiast with a passion for old, new, fast and slow! Whether it’s private, commercial, car, buggy or van? If it comes on four wheels it rocks! I currently work in Citroen Vehicle servicing and love the opportunities to work with a variety of vehicles - old and new!


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