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Aftermarket Auto Parts

The aftermarket auto parts industry is supported by enthusiasts and help shape what becomes standard on future vehicles.  Customers need better than OEM components, because they push their vehicles to the limit, they want more bang for their buck.  Of course, every industry has it’s pitfalls and the automotive aftermarket is no exception.  Scams, lies, and faulty aftermarket auto parts litter the internet, so below are some of my tips on buying smart.

Buy From A Trusted Aftermarket Auto Parts Manufacturer

Just because you aren’t buying OEM products doesn’t mean there aren’t known companies to trust.  Generally speaking when thinking of cold-air intakes, I think of BBK, and when I think of drag suspension I think of Eibach.  The point being that when buying brand name components, you are protecting your investment, and reducing the risk of getting faulty components.

Furthermore, buying from quality manufacturers in the after market auto parts industry, a warranty is generally included.  Aftermarket components are not cheap, so a warranty can help you sleep at nigt, after you place that charge on your card.

Buy From A Trusted Aftermarket Auto Parts Website

Not all aftermarket auto parts website are created equal.  It’s very easy for people to throw up a website, that looks like official, but may be a fly by night company.  If the deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is, so stay away from websites offering a product for $100’s less than everywhere else.  If in doubt, look for a contact phone number, reputable companies in the aftermarket auto industry will offer a way to speak directly to customer service, not just a static web page.

Stay Away From Promises That Sound Crazy

Yes, I’m looking at you ‘Tornado’, or super charge your car with Home Depot components manuals.  This is absurd, won’t work, and will most likely destroy your car, at best.  If you just have money burning a hole in your pocket, send it my way, don’t waste your time with over promised goods that are hair brained.

Speaking of over promises and under delivering, eBay is a haven for such predators of the aftermarket auto industry.  Individuals hide behind good feedback for other products and the try to sell you junk, make their money, and move on.  A few years ago, one of the hottest selling items on eBay was a chip to increase horsepower in your car.  Turns out, it was just a resistor that did nothing for your vehicle, except maybe cause lower gas mileage.  Didn’t stop people from buying them by the truck loads though, just because it was on eBay and cheap.

Don’t be stupid.

Return Policies On Aftermarket Auto Parts

Find out the return policy for the website that you are buying your aftermarket components from.  It’s real easy when buying aftermarket parts to buy the wrong thing, say for the wrong year car, different model, etc.  Mistakes happen and knowing if the website you buy from will support you and take the product back can make or break a deal in my book.  Expect a restocking fee, but a reputable company should accept returns and help make sure you are happy with your purchase.

Conclusion

Enthusiasts help drive the automotive industry and thanks to the internet it’s easier than ever to add aftermarket components to your vehicles.  Some parts are real easy to change, especially with all the information on do-it-yourself manuals that can be found the net over.  Follow some of these simple tips and buying aftermarket auto parts online should be a rewarding and money saving experience for that next project.  And it’s worth repeating, dont’ be stupid, if it’s too good to be true, it’s a lie.

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2010 Mustang GT

Ford has seriously revamped the all new 2010 Mustang GT, making an already appealing car drip with sex appeal.  At least for a car nut like myself, the only thing needed to complete the package would be a Racing Fuel smelling air freshner, dangling from the rear view mirror.  But I digress, the new 2010 Mustang GT is really starting to win over even the most jaded reviewers of Fords staple stallion.

Sound Piping

The most noticable change in the 2010 Mustang Gt is the sound you hear in the cabin.  Ford has literally piped in sound from the engine bay, to the cabin, so you can enjoy the sweet tones of the 4.6 liter V8.   This all new for 2010 sound pipe is equipped with a Tuned Membrane to allow the perfect transfer of sound, no fumes, to the driver and those lucky enough to be riding along.

2010 Mustang Mods

Those lucky enough to swing by the Mustang Stable at the Los Angeles International Auto Show was able to fully customize an all new 2010 Mustang.  Thanks to computer technology customers could build and modify to their hearts content and then see the Mustang built right in front of them, on the computer screen.  Optional accessories and modifications include everything from different wheels and tires to hood and sidescoops.

“Nobody has done this before with a new vehicle as popular as Mustang,” said Mark Conforzi, chief designer, Vehicle Personalization.

These mods will be available to anyone ordering a 2010 Mustang from their local dealership.  As of this posting Ford is making available over 40 unique mods that can be ordered.  No doubt this will be a great selling point for those that want to make their 2010 Mustang their own, without hitting up after market companies.

When Can You Buy 2010 Mustang GT?

Ford is suspected to open up orders for the 2010 Mustang this Spring, but your wait may depend on your order.  Knowing the condition of the Big 3 right now they may be hungry to push these out the door.  Retail is expected to be around $28,000 for the 315 horsepower V8 2010 Mustang GT.

Video Of 2010 Mustang GT

Ford.com Press Release Notes

Customizing 2010 Mustang

Official Ford Press Box

2010 Mustang GT

2010 Mustang GT

Aftermarket Brakes

Adding performance to your ride means a number of different things. While cold air intakes, suspension tuning and body kits can all offer benefits, you’ll still need to address the issue of braking. Your brake system is an integral part of vehicle performance. It is also a vital part of your safety. Adding too much power without modifying your braking system can have deadly consequences. In short, the faster and more powerful your car, the stronger and more powerful your braking system will need to be.

In addition, adding an aftermarket braking system can give you a sportier, more race-inspired look. What types of brakes can you find? What does replacing your brake system entail? If you have never modified your brakes or been involved in the customization industry, these are just a few of the questions that will need to be answered. Here, you’ll find a breakdown of the parts you will need.

New Rotors – You will need to purchase oversized rotors. The best choice is cross-drilled, or slotted, rotors. Cross-drilled rotors have a pattern of holes drilled through them. This allows hot gases and brake pad debris to vent during brake operation. With a solid rotor, gases and debris can build up under the pad, resulting in reduced grip. Oversized, cross-drilled rotors help you combat that.

New Pads – You’ll need to invest in a set of quality brake pads. Both carbon fiber and ceramic blends can offer you superior stopping power and are ideal for high performance applications. Both technologies are derived from the racing industry and have proven their worth on the track. Both types offer you superior braking, combined with enhanced longevity, resulting in a powerful braking solution that will stand the test of time and hard use.

Calipers – You will also need a new set of calipers (two, actually, if you are modifying the rear brakes also). Aftermarket calipers offer better clamping (when the clamp the pad to the rotor) and can be found in a number of different piston configurations. In addition, these calipers are often colored, which lends a custom, sporty look to your car.

Brake Lines – Braided steel brake lines give you better brake fluid pressure, but other solutions are available, as well. If steel brake lines are not to your liking, you can find high performance rubber lines, as well. However, steel lines offer more benefits.