How do I know which rear end gears I really need?

How to determine the right gear ratio for your car Rear end gears are EXTREMELY important for how a car performs, whether it be for drag racing, road racing, 1/2 or 1 mile racing, and even the impact on daily driving, for those dual purpose vehicles.  In fact, they...

When do I need engine modifications for Forced Induction?

Engine Modifications and When to do them! Whenever we are customizing a car that will employ some type of power adder, major upgrades or modifications will become necessary to safely handle the increase in power. What mods and how much will depend on the engine and...

Turbochargers 101

How a Turbocharger Works The word turbocharger is actually an abbreviation of the word turbo-supercharger. Yes, a turbocharger is from the same family as a supercharger – it’s all about “forced induction” (FI), or forcing much more air into the engine to allow for a...

TUNE REQUIRED VS NO-TUNE REQUIRED MUSTANG COLD AIR INTAKES

COLD AIR INTAKES FOR YOUR MUSTANG A common question we get from customers is the difference between an intake that states it requires a tune and an intake that doesn’t require a tune. Then, there are even some Mustang cold air intakes out there that have a removable...

What are the differences between Turbo’s and Superchargers?

Forced Induction Differences A turbocharger uses hot exhaust gases to spin its ­turbine wheel, at speeds that will vary based on the exhaust pressure, that is connected by a short shaft to an impeller wheel inside the compressor housing. The impeller sucks air into...

What is Forced Induction

FORCED INDUCTION EXPLAINED The ­displacement and efficiency of a naturally aspirated ­engine limit how ­much power it can make. The engine can only inhale so much air because the atmospheric force is only 14.7 lbs. per square inch, at sea level mind you.  Atmospheric...

Build Your Car The Way You Want It

This article is part of a series of posts that will be done over the next few weeks outlining what it takes to build your car, the way you want it, so you get what you expect.  This goes into more detail about our philosophy of consulting a build, guiding, and...

Race Car Planning

How to Plan a Race Car Build There are many things to think about when upgrading performance for any vehicle.  As noted in the first post of this series.  For this post, I want to focus on the overall planning process. The first step for LA Street Cars, and our...

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How do I know which rear end gears I really need?

How to determine the right gear ratio for your car Rear end gears are EXTREMELY important for how a car performs, whether it be for drag racing, road racing, 1/2 or 1 mile racing, and even the impact on daily driving, for those dual purpose vehicles.  In fact, they are every bit as important as the engine, modifications and even the driver. If you don't have the...

TUNE REQUIRED VS NO-TUNE REQUIRED MUSTANG COLD AIR INTAKES

COLD AIR INTAKES FOR YOUR MUSTANG A common question we get from customers is the difference between an intake that states it requires a tune and an intake that doesn’t require a tune. Then, there are even some Mustang cold air intakes out there that have a removable spacer that will allow the owner to choose. The basic explanation is that the computer on a factory...

Turbochargers 101

How a Turbocharger Works The word turbocharger is actually an abbreviation of the word turbo-supercharger. Yes, a turbocharger is from the same family as a supercharger – it’s all about “forced induction” (FI), or forcing much more air into the engine to allow for a bigger, controlled and designed explosion in the cylinders resulting is much more power output. A...

Build Your Car The Way You Want It

This article is part of a series of posts that will be done over the next few weeks outlining what it takes to build your car, the way you want it, so you get what you expect.  This goes into more detail about our philosophy of consulting a build, guiding, and teaching our customers.  It is very important to us at LA Street Cars that our customers know about any...

When do I need engine modifications for Forced Induction?

Engine Modifications and When to do them! Whenever we are customizing a car that will employ some type of power adder, major upgrades or modifications will become necessary to safely handle the increase in power. What mods and how much will depend on the engine and the application and how much additional power the modifications are expected to make. An engine that’s...

What are the differences between Turbo’s and Superchargers?

Forced Induction Differences A turbocharger uses hot exhaust gases to spin its ­turbine wheel, at speeds that will vary based on the exhaust pressure, that is connected by a short shaft to an impeller wheel inside the compressor housing. The impeller sucks air into the turbo housing, compresses it and pushes it into the engine to create boost pressure. As it is...

What is Forced Induction

FORCED INDUCTION EXPLAINED The ­displacement and efficiency of a naturally aspirated ­engine limit how ­much power it can make. The engine can only inhale so much air because the atmospheric force is only 14.7 lbs. per square inch, at sea level mind you.  Atmospheric pressure decreases with elevation. Air density also decreases with temperature because hot air is...

Race Car Planning

How to Plan a Race Car Build There are many things to think about when upgrading performance for any vehicle.  As noted in the first post of this series.  For this post, I want to focus on the overall planning process. The first step for LA Street Cars, and our customers, is to have a full understanding of the use of the vehicle.  How will it be driven?  Daily?...