Choosing An Exhaust System

Gibson Performance Exhaust systems are manufactured in gas and diesel applications for cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles with a limited lifetime warranty and will not effect factory warranties. With options such as aluminized or stainless steel and five different exhaust exits, there is no going wrong with Gibson?s line of performance cat-back systems. You will certainly find what you are looking for in this line with the style, torque, tone and brilliant engineering, whether your vehicle is for work or for play. The performance and durability of these parts are also quite impressive. Almost all of the parts come zinc-plated with heavy-duty stainless steel clamps and offer the maximum exhaust flow for the most efficient exhaust and have three to four- inch tailpipes.

The Gibson Side Swept Exhaust will provide a quick acceleration and the best towing power. Hill-climbing is at its easiest with a low-end horsepower gain and at the same time you?ll have a quiet in-cab, low tone. Exit is behind the rear tire near stock, and the mandrel- bent tubing keeps exhaust flow constant for maximum performance. This side-swept exhaust comes with a T-304 high polished stainless steel clamp-less slash tip and zinc plated 3/8 to ? inch factory style hangers, heavy-duty clamps, and stainless steel- 409L Stainless heavy -duty tubing, as do most of the exhausts.

The Gibson Dual Cat-back Exhaust horsepower gains are 10-15 and 15-20lb-ft of increase torque and will result in better fuel efficiency. Some of the best qualities of this exhaust system are the easy bolt-on installation, a great look and a decrease in the negative exhaust damage to your tow trailer. It will provide the same great exhaust flow and come zinc-plated as mentioned above, but it adds on a Superflow TM Muffler that is fully welded, baffled and chambered for better volume efficiency.

With the Split Rear Bolt-on Cat-back Exhaust there is an increase in horsepower and torque as a result of decreased backpressure. It will work on most bumpers but with some vehicles you might need to remove the spare tire, and it is not suggested for towing because of carbon monoxide issues. The best qualities of this are the improved horsepower (average gain of 15-20) and the aggressive sound.

An alternative to the Split Rear Bolt- on Cat-back is the Gibson Extreme Dual Bolt-on Cat-back. This exhaust is great for looks (dual exits behind the rear wheels at an angle) and even better for performance. Your towing, passing, and accelerating abilities will skyrocket.

The Gibson Super Truck Exhaust is fast, powerful, and loud. There are definite dyno-tested gains in horsepower, torque, and fuel efficiency and noise levels hit 95 decibels.

The point of a diesel exhaust is to decrease backpressure, lower temperatures and provide power. With Gibson?s Diesel Single Side Exit Exhaust you will get just that. This heavy-duty exhaust provides a dyno-tested increase as much as 32 horsepower and, in addition, 60 ft-lbs in torque. This comes with a four-inch Mandrel-bent tailpipe allowing maximum flow and performance. If you want this in a dual exhaust it is available with a three-inch tailpipe and rear-wheel exits at an angle. This is the Gibson Diesel Extreme Dual Exhaust.

Another good option to the Dual Diesel Extreme is the Diesel Dual Sport Exhaust. Gibson manufactured this one for a great look, a 30 ft-lbs torque increase, and an awesome sound. This comes in the large three-inch Mandrel-bent tailpipe with the Superflow TM Muffler. The Dual Sport also provides a 15 horsepower increase.

Gibson?s line of American muscle car exhausts can be used on V6 and V8 Dodge Chargers, Ford Mustangs, and GTO?s. They come with T-304 high-polished stainless steel clamp-less slash tips and muffler and, as always, will provide increased torque and horsepower and overall better performance of your vehicle. All zinc-plated, produce a great rumble, and easy to install.

Last but not least, Gibson has great Performance Headers. Each one is Dyno-tuned for street and off-road vehicles, raised or lowered, and they cool engine temperatures in extreme off-roading, racing, or highway speeds. One of the best qualities is that you can use the stock crossover pipe and drop the headers in as exact replacements of factory manifolds. Great features of Gibson headers include: 50 state street legal, OEM style connections, laser cut port flanges, air injection and oxygen sensor fittings, and the fact that there is no need for welding as they are completely bolt-on. They come in nickel chrome plated (very durable), stainless steel or ceramic coated with high-temperature polished coating.

An Introduction To Collecting Car Brochures.

Ever since the first car was made manufacturers and tuners have been producing literature to promote their products.

One of the most interesting aspects of collecting auto brochures is that they provide a unique social history of the time they were produced.

For example if you have a brochure for a Volkswagen Beetle from the 1960’s you will find information about the time in which it was produced like hairstyles, clothing and popular decor of the time.

Add to this, the fact that most brochures can be bought inexpensively and take up little space to store (unless you get obsessed!) you have the basis for a popular and rewarding hobby.

However, as with all collecting there are many ways (especially as a beginner) that you can come “unstuck” and end up spending your hard earned money on inferior, fake or incomplete brochures.

Over the coming weeks, amongst other things I will cover the purchase, safe-keeping and suggested themes for brochure collections and provide an analysis of a number of my favourite brochures both expensive and in one case commonly available for less than ?4 or $8!

Hopefully you will find my articles both a valuable resource and one that improves your knowledge of this area of collecting.

Save Money, Be Safe – Restore Your Dim Headlights

It was a dark and stormy night – and I couldn’t see a darn thing in front of me. Despite the headlights being on high beam, the light was swallowed up by the darkness. In the bright light of day, I took a look at my headlights. I figured they were dirty, but even after cleaning them there remained what looked like a dull yellow film.

On older cars headlights are all one piece, essentially big light bulbs. The lenses were clear glass. When you replaced a headlight you had a fresh new lens, so other than cleaning them, there wasn’t much to do. These days, headlights are usually lamps that are installed inside a plastic lens assembly. You may change the lamp inside your headlight, but the lens the light has to shine through stays the same.

Plastics age over time and can will change color or get scratched. This discoloration is the result of years of being blasted by dust, road grit and being bombarded with sunlight. Light from the lamps inside is diffused. The effect is like a flashlight with peanut butter smeared on the lens.

My car is a good vehicle, but it is old and well-used. I don’t like spending a lot of money on it unless I have to. On the other hand, I didn’t want to run someone over because I couldn’t see them. The solution was to restore the lenses by polishing away the damaged surface using abrasives and polish.

Most auto parts stores will sell a kit with everything you need. I bought one for around 15 dollars. It contained four sheets of wet-dry sandpaper, a soft flannel cloth, some plastic polish and good instructions on how to proceed. Wet/dry paper is specially made to allow you to sand or polish surfaces while they are wet. Miniscule particles are ground loose from the surface as you sand, clogging the spaces between abrasive particles on the sandpaper. Clogged sandpaper isn’t able to smooth anything. Keeping the surface wet allows particles to float and wash away as you sand and prevents clogging.

In this case, the grit of the sandpaper was very high, beginning with 1000 grit on up to 2500 grit. Furniture makers don’t usually use sandpaper much higher than 320 grit, so you can imagine just how fine this paper is. My lenses were only moderately damaged, so I started with the 2000 grit and began to wet-sand the lens. I methodically sanded and wet the plastic, keeping the surface flooded with clear water. I did not have to remove the lens from the car. A tip: If your sandpaper starts to feel slippery, that means you need to rinse the paper and probably the surface, too. Don’t be stingy with the water.

Once I had thoroughly sanded the lens with 2000 grit, I used the 2500. I rinsed the lenses clean and dried them an began the final step. I applied the plastic polish, buffing the surface to factory-new. I spent about 40 minutes on the job. The next morning driving in to work early in the dark, I could really tell the difference.

Considering that two new headlight assemblies can cost over 100.00 (not including shipping and installation), restoring the headlights was an easy money-saver. If you can scrub a shower or polish a silver spoon, you have all the skills needed for this job. Just visit your local auto parts store and ask about a kit for restoring your headlight lenses.

Joy Ride in The City With One of Used Cars in Kolkata

A city doesn’t get to be called ‘The city of joy’ for nothing. Kolkata is one of India’s oldest metropolitan cities. With a population of almost 14.1million it accounts for one third of the population of all the metros together. Rich in heritage and history, Kolkata has more to offer than just Rasgullas. Fine cuisine, great monuments and so much to explore, this city is made for enjoyment. One should always go out in groups, be it family or friends. But with such a large population, the famous Kolkata metro may not always be the best option. Having a car of your own in this city is a boon.

One thing about Kolkata is you can find almost any car, any model, any year you are looking for. Used cars in Kolkata are very popular. One can find anything between an old Contessa classic and a modern day Honda Accord. Ambassadors are also popular in the city, as are old fiats which have been used as cabs for many years. They say old is gold and these old models still deliver unmatched performance at their price. But the city is not all about the old. The latest in sedans and SUVs aren’t uncommon. Most used car showrooms in the city would have a large collection of cars that are anything between 2 to 10 years old. The cars are quality checked and they ensure that no damaged car is put for sale.

If you are looking for old used cars in Kolkata like a Contessa or an older Mercedes then it is advisable to search classifieds for individuals posting advertisements. Most old cars in good condition are sold directly by the owners to interested parties. Also if you have a specific car in mind then the best place to find your desired car is on online websites that offer free classifieds. Thousands of second hand cars can be found over the internet to meet all your requirements.

Although sedans and SUVs are popular, people in Kolkata especially prefer hatchbacks and smaller cars. Due to traffic congestions and narrow roads, smaller cars are easier to drive in the city. They are also more economical in terms of cost and running cost. They offer excellent mileage and are ideal for the city.

Kolkata is a new adventure at every street corner. So why miss out on it just because of public transport restrictions. Go and explore in your own car.

An Honest Appraisal Of The 2006 Bmw 330i

I have to reveal up front that I own an older 3-series BMW, so I am quite aware of its abilities and drawbacks. And as many different types of cars that I drive, I am always happy to return to my baby. But when I got behind the wheel of the new 330i (Edmunds pricing at $39,184) I could tell that this machine was a sharp step up in performance within a quarter mile.

At my first ride in the driver’s seat, I couldn’t get over the ergonomics of the steering wheel. Every car has one, and I’ve handled a few unusual ones, but my grip has never felt more at home than with this 330i. (Unfortunately, it wasn’t a heated steering while like the 7-series, and it was quite cold outside.) Then BMW mates this steering wheel with very precise steering for a sedan-level car.

The German automobiles avoid the low-end torque that American makers’ design, instead they offer a slower launch, but smoother, linear acceleration. And the silky 6-cylinder engine is particularly noticeable with a manual transmission in this car. BMW finally added a 6th gear for the stick shift, and I say it is overdue. My old one has 50,000 miles and the gearing still makes me look for 6th when I run up through the gears – but sadly there are only 5 to be had. Since the 330i generates 255 horsepower, far more than I am used to for daily driving, I may have to upgrade my radar detector.

Yes, the car basics are spectacular – engine, ride, steering (even the steering wheel), but the electronics controls are a comical disappointment. Anyone that has driven this car has a story about turning on the turn signals from one side to the other and back again, during a vain attempt to turn them off. I know people in the area gave me a wider berth, thinking I was a confused and lost driver. The turning signal lever doesn’t ‘click’ into place as the rest of the world has come to commonly expect turn signals to function. With the 330i, you tap the signal, such as for passing, and it automatically flashes three times and then turns off. But you can hold the lever a little longer, and you get your normal-action from the turn signal. But on a soft turn, where the signal doesn’t turn off, you have to flick it the other way to turn it off. But in the hurry of the moment, if it is more than a flick, then you just indicated from your signals that you are turning in the opposite direction. And this goes back & forth every once in a while until you get accustomed to it.

Other electronic oddities are the Navigation/Radio controls. There are many models of cars where you can intuitively muddle your way to what you want to get done. I couldn’t generate that kind of luck while I was driving. My passenger had to repeatedly go through the owners’ manual that didn’t offer much guidance to get the map or radio station the way we wanted. And we didn’t even have the added i-drive option that so many customers complain about. I’m at a loss to explain the miss-timing of the automatic windshield wipers. I love that Jaguar has this feature down pat, but the 330i wipers were always going too fast or too slow; so kept having to manually adjust the automatic windshield wipers. An electronic improvement over the prior 3-series model is the traction control system. The old model would cut the power to the wheels in an obvious fashion, while this model is a seamless experience of artificially superior driving skill.

So while the driving experience is a quantum level improvement over the last generation change at BMW, their electronics package gives me some hesitation in buying one of these machines. In bumper to bumper traffic, the electronic gadgetry of the 330i becomes more annoying; and only on curvy roads without traffic or law enforcement can you experience the thrill of what this car can offer.