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Car Hacks & Mods For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0764571428
ISBN-10: 0764571427
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Turn the car you have into the car you want

Here's how to get faster acceleration, shorter stopping, better handling, and more

Ever wish you'd been invited to the design and engineering meetings when your car was being created? Well, here's how to add what they forgot and change what bugs you! This handy guide steers you safely past warranty pitfalls, shows you what modifications are legal, provides performance tips, and helps you make your car look cool.

Discover How To:

  • Set up your car for better cornering
  • Improve appearance with detailing
  • Choose add-ons that work with your car
  • Match your braking power to your horsepower
  • Boost mileage by hacking the computer

About the Author

David Vespremi is the founder of Boost Communications, a PR and marketing agency for automotive tuning companies. He develops program segments on automotive high performance for TechTV.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764571427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764571428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't let the title deceive you. This book is a comprehensive look at how to plan out modifications to your car. While lots of people love "modifying" their cars, it's quite easy to get sucked into the hole of buying the wrong parts for the wrong reasons. It won't tell you the difference between one specific exhaust to another, but it'll help you figure out what you should be looking for in qualities and features in the products you purchase AND what products you can avoid entirely.

This book helps cut through the BS in a lot of the aftermarket parts industry and helps you quickly and easily find what you should be looking for when you want to modify your car. Open the book to a random page, and more often than not, you'll find some interesting tidbit that you wouldn't have necessarily known before.

In addition there's a rather large (6 chapters) and in-depth discussion on ECU and piggyback devices, taking a closer look at how to push the limits of your vehicle with computer technologies. Given the authors background, I'd say this is about the most eye-opening chapter that's a great resource for even advanced auto enthusiasts.

And while you can't expect the book to tell you how the specifics of how to unbolt your old engine and replace it with a high performance monster nut by nut, it will help you find the resources online to get the specifics to the questions you might still have. There's a whole chapter dedicated to dozens of forums full of enthusiasts ready to help you find the answer to the questions you seek.
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This is a very well thought out book, it covers a wide range of information but doesnt seem disjointed at all. Helps alot when trying to drill through all the hype that aftermarket manufacturers use. Also it is a very easy and quick to read book. Highly recommended!!!
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I was a little skeptical at first--of the need for a book detailing (the relative personal process of) building a high-performance car--but once I saw how much useful stuff they had crammed between those familiar yellow covers, it started to make sense. A lot of sense.

They included objective tables, subjective opinions, and very helpful random ideas that saves time, money, and stress. Some ideas here are already widely known facts, and others are the of the "never-would've-thought-of-it-that-way kind, but having it all together, in the same spot, is helpful.

Anyone with a credit card can build a relatively fast car; anyone familiar with Google can find all the information they could ever read on almost any subject--but to build a well-done, balanced project, for a price somewhere under a new M3, planning must be done and ideas researched--starting with a book like this.
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This book is great for an aspiring gear head. The content is easy to comprehend even if you are just starting off and have little or no knowledge on the subject. You do not need to know any specific background information or terminology beforehand, which is what makes this book great! This is the book for you if you want to distinguish yourself from the majority of self proclaimed "tuner experts" that don't actually know what they are talking about. David Vespremi will have you talking the "lingo" in no time, and you will feel comfortable hanging with any "tech talk."
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I thought this was going to be just another one of those books that promote certain brands of items. But when I read it at the store, boy was I wrong!

I bought it after seeing only the first page of the 1st chapter!

This book will really help even some of the most advanced car enthusiasts, it really helped fill in the 'gaps'. Everyone knows a little something, this book helps with the rest.

It is a very comprehensive and in-depth encyclopedia on everything that is even remotely related to cars.

If you haven't purchased this book yet, order it NOW!
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This book covers a broad range of performance accessories from the Haltech/Motec standalones to crossed drilled rotors and if they have any effect on braking.

Very informative read and I'm happy I bought it. I am in the process of building a custom turbo for my car, and this is answering basic questions. Like what the knob on top of my wastegate is for, where the boost controller is going to give the wastgate it signal. The stuff that knowone posts.

It is the perfect book for the Chevy 350 guy or the BMW M3 modaholic.
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Any car enthusiast looking to get started on customizing your car or even experienced 'car guys' should pick up this book. I myself am a fairly knowledgable enthusiast, but there was oodles of information in this book that I still didn't know.

Easy to read, easy to follow and loaded with information. Highly recommended.
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This book is a must for anyone who modifies their car. Understand why certain aftermarket parts help your car, and with that knowledge avoid buying unnecessary or possibly dangerous parts. This book will help you and your CAR! Before you spend that money for that next upgrade, buy this book and understand what you're really doing to your car. In the end of the day, this $15 book will save you thousands of dollars in mechanical mistakes and mishaps. Remember, knowledge is power (horsepower in this case!) You won't be sorry with this purchase.
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