Tips & Advice
How much does it cost to customize a car?
Every modification to a car has a different price tag. You have to factor in the cost of the parts and the labor involved if you are hiring someone to do it for you. Tires and wheels can be done quickly within just about any budget, but things like internal engine modifications can add up quickly. Elaborate paint jobs or custom body work can get very expensive, as well. You can get a budget paint job for a couple-hundred bucks, or spend $25,000 on an elaborate show-quality job.
What is performance tuning?
Performance tuning is making adjustments, performing tune ups, or anything done to the car in an effort to increase performance. Usually it is associated with engine performance to increase output for more speed. But performance tuning can also be done to exhaust systems and suspension parts and, in the case of racing cars, spoilers, which do not have any performance advantage until you reach very high speeds.
Is car customization the same as modification?
Modifications and customization are basically the same. Modifications made to your car create a customized car. If you modify your engine, interior, paint, or body, it is now customized.
Is car customization legal?
Yes. Customizing a car is completely legal--as long as the vehicle still adheres to the law. There are limitations, such as engine output, tire size, window tinting, body shaping, lights, and exhaust systems (both in carbon emissions and noise). For instance, you cannot drive a car around town that has been stripped and converted into a race car--it won’t have mufflers, turn signals, lights, and many basic components that make a car street legal. Know the laws and limitations before going all-in on customizing your rig.
What is a customized car?
A customized car is one that has had significant changes done to update t style or performance. Customizing can range from making an engine faster or perform better, to elaborate pain jobs. Lowering or raising a vehicle’s suspension (think lifted trucks or low-rider cars) is customizing, and even interiors can be customized.
What is a capacitor and what does it do?
A capacitor is a two-terminal electrical component that is able to store energy, thus they are often found in power supplies. They can be especially important in a stereo system because they can exhibit frequency dependent behavior. What this means is they can be tailored to be used as noise filters to reduce the appearance of a frequency, or they can be used to enhance it. This is particularly effective in differentiating and isolating the ranges in a subwoofer and a tweeter, and in filtering out the potential noise or feedback from the power source.
Are aftermarket speakers compatible with a factory stereo system?
Most aftermarket speakers are compatible with your factory stereo system. There can be exceptions, for instance, if you have speakers that need extra amplification to drive them to maximum performance, such as large subwoofers, your factory deck may not have the power to drive them adequately. They will play, but not to their potential. Basic speakers should be able to plug right into most standard decks. Factory stereo systems have evolved dramatically over the years and can even meet or exceed aftermarket products.
What tools are required for installing a car stereo?
To install a basic car stereo you will need a minimum of tools. First you may need a puller to remove the existing deck (if there is one). Usually it’s just a thin bar that hooks onto the unit to pull it out. Once the unit space is established, you will need crimpers and wire cutters to strip, connect, and crimp the wiring units (to the speakers and to your power source). It’s a good idea to use connectors for the wiring contacts. It is a simple and basic process. In some cases, you might need some additional basic tools like screwdrivers if you are mounting anything or customizing the dash.
Is it difficult to self-install a car stereo?
With a basic knowledge and minimum of tools, it is not theoretically difficult to install a car stereo. It is even easier is you are replacing the old deck because the wiring for the speakers and the power source are already in place. Most existing units can be pulled easily from the dash and replaced quickly. This of course depends on the sophistication of the system and the skill of the installer. If no modifications are necessary, it is not an overly difficult or complicated process. There are many sources of information and instructional videos available on the internet to guide you.
A subwoofer is a speaker that is designed to produce sounds on the low end of the audio scale. Subwoofers are usually paired with tweeters, speakers that produce sounds on the higher end of the audio scale, to create a balanced sound.