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On the surface, a lift kit might seem like a no-brainer. After all, every lift kit serves the same purpose: it lifts your vehicle from the ground to provide more ground clearance or provide room for larger tires. Not all lift kits are created equal, though. In this post, we'll cover the three main types of lift kits and explain the benefits of each type.
To understand how a leveling kit works, you must understand something called "rake." When a truck comes from the factory, the rear of the truck sits higher than the front. The angle is known as a "rake," and it's designed to become level when the truck's bed is fully loaded. A leveling kit simply lifts the front of the truck until the front and rear of the truck are completely level. That means that a leveling kit is typically installed on the front wheels only.
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Aftermarket exhaust systems are among the most popular performance upgrades for gearheads today. These high-performance systems offer increased horsepower by eliminating the power-robbing restrictions found in standard equipment. In this post, we'll cover the three main types of aftermarket exhaust systems and explain the benefits of each.
In a header-back exhaust system, you're basically replacing the entire system. This includes every component from the header collector to the tailpipes. The advantage of this is that you now have the opportunity to enlarge the diameter of your entire exhaust system. This larger diameter permits a greater flow of exhaust gas, which can improve your car's overall performance. Plus, when you replace your entire system, you can eliminate bottlenecks in the exhaust system, providing better engine performance and even better fuel economy.
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If you're like most drivers, parallel parking is an exercise in anxiety. Many new cars offer parallel parking assist, but this technology might come with a whole new set of concerns. Can you really trust your vehicle to park itself? In this post, we'll explain how parallel parking assist works, so you can feel completely comfortable leaving the parking to the car.
How Parallel Parking Assist Works
Some drivers may be uncomfortable with the idea of surrendering control of their vehicle. That's not quite what happens during parallel parking assist, though. Instead, this innovative feature assists drivers in parallel parking and still requires human input to make this happen.
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Bigfoot. Grave Digger. Snakebite. These might not be names you'd want for your kids, but they represent some of the most famous monster trucks you'll find in the arena. In this post, we'll take a look at the history of monster trucks, showing how these events shifted from a niche market to a family-friendly night of entertainment.
Origins of Monster Trucks
During the late 1970s, heavily modified pickup trucks were commonly used in the sports of mud bogging and truck pulling. Soon enough, a competition emerged to see who could build the biggest truck, accomplished through lift kits and other aftermarket modifications. Among these early competitors were Bob Chandler's Bigfoot and Jeff Dane's King Kong. At that point, though, the truck tires didn't exceed 48 inches in diameter.
It wasn't until 1981 that Bob Chandler filmed his truck, Bigfoot, crushing cars for a promotional video. In 1982, Bigfoot was in the arena performing the same stunt—this time with 66-inch tires, making it the first "true" monster truck.
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Proper road safety demands that the driver has total control over the vehicle. If your car doesn't steer the way you want, it can be frustrating, not to mention unsafe.
Oversteering and understeering are terms used to refer to the sensitivity of a vehicle's steering. In this post, we'll examine the differences between the two and offer insight on how to correct the problem.
Understanding Slip Angle
The terms oversteering and understeering characterize a difference in the slip angle between the front and rear wheels. A slip angle refers to the difference between the angle of the steering wheel and the direction that the car is heading. When the slip angle increases, the car will veer to one side of the road and become more difficult to control.