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#1 of 23 Beginner Tuning/Modding
Dec 17, 2005 (11:13 am)
Hi i'm a new driver and recently got my first car, an '05 accord. Im interested in tuning and modifying my car but i don't know anything about it at all. so i was wondering where would be the best place for a new guy like me to start. thanks
#2 of 23 Re: Beginner Tuning/Modding [newdriver]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 17, 2005 (5:56 pm)
Well there's a lot to learn!
I'd probably start off with buying myself a bunch of good magazines and reading through them:
Here's a good source list:
#3 of 23 Re: Beginner Tuning/Modding [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 18, 2005 (12:50 am)
thanks, i will be subscribing to honda tuning for sure. Any good onlice place that i should check out as well?
#4 of 23 Re: Beginner Tuning/Modding [newdriver]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 18, 2005 (3:56 pm)
Why don't you google the names of the magazines you like and see if they have a LINKS section on their website?
#5 of 23 Re: Beginner Tuning/Modding [newdriver]
Dec 27, 2005 (10:12 am)
I personally like Sport Compact Car a lot. They're the nerds of the car mag industry... some math, no girls (besides the ads), and lots of ordinary cars made to go fast.
As for your car, you have to decide what aspect of it you feel needs improvement.
And best bang for the buck is usually a larger rear anti-sway bar. Less understeer and more throttle control for $300 at most. Any other modification for that price will make a small difference in power or grip.
#8 of 23 Re: Beginner Tuning/Modding [newdriver]
Mar 09, 2007 (8:34 pm)
I agree, you should read as much as you can. Watch the Speed Channel and on Sunday morning on FX (i think) they have a bunch of shows called the POWER BLOCK. They tune muscle cars new and old, trucks etc, and even though the cars they modify aren't Honda's you can get a good idea of how everything works and how it all flows together. I personally dont work on Honda's, I own a High-End Luxury Tuner shop but we mostly do Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, etc. However, the ideas are the same.
If you are going to be the one installing the modifications I would definitely buy a technical manual on your specific car. Most times these books will have specific instructions about how to do engine maintenance work, sometimes they'll have wiring specs, etc. You should really understand the stock car before you begin adding extras.
You should try to get as much info as possible about your car and about the products you're interested in. When you consider tuning products look at all the available options for each modification. Sometimes you might have to pay more for something but look at it like if you pay a little more now then you might be saving yourself a lot of work/money down the road. You should keep doing what you're doing trying to interact with people who are already established in the tuning world, try to get as much info about your car and learn about the affects of tuning modifications (the performance gains and negative longterm affects it has on your engine/car), get all the info you can to make sure you select the right modifications at the right time. Most times you need to buy tuning mods in stages to protect your engine and ensure each part will work properly.
Also there are a lot of products you can buy that dont make the car faster but they will make the car drive better. Modifications like coilovers or suspensions, short shifters, brake kits, exhaust, etc. Please dont be like most of these kids with Honda's, taking a stock engine and putting NOS on it and blowing it up after the first week. Dont live up to the stereotype. Good luck with your car and be sure to update the forum on how it is coming along. Again, good luck. Joshua.
#9 of 23 Re: Beginner Tuning/Modding [benztuner]
Mar 09, 2007 (11:39 pm)
Good stuff about Brakes, Suspension, etc. If you put more power, you need to steer and stop it all.... Also lightening a car is equivelent to adding power, I remember reading that for every X lbs you gain the equivalent of Y hp .
#10 of 23 Re: Beginner Tuning/Modding [benztuner]
Mar 17, 2007 (5:20 am)
Actually its on spike not FX.