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What does a blow off valve do? Why buy one?
A blow-off valve is mounted in the intake plumbing between the turbocharger compressor and the throttle plate. The blow-off valve is used as a safety measure against the turbocharger over-boosting and damaging the engine (commonly referred to as boost surge). When you're on the throttle your turbo will make a spooling noise, and when you release the gas, the blow off valve will flutter and make a PSHHHH sound that is the classic sound of a turbo.

What do cold air intakes do? Why buy a cold air intake?
Cold air intakes bring more air into the engine, which creates more power during combustion. Cold air intakes will generally help with throttle response and higher power gains, adding a pleasing induction sound to your engine under acceleration. A cold air intake also significantly cleans up your under-hood appearance and makes it easier to see and access components of your engine bay.
Cold Air
Intercooler What is an intercooler? Why buy an intercooler?
Both superchargers and turbochargers heat air as they compress it. This heat can hurt the combustion process by changing the density of air entering the intake manifold from a cool charge to a hot one. An intercooler is used to lower the temperature of the air and in turn increase the density of that air, so more air can enter the cylinders and create more power.
What is a nitrous oxide kit? Why buy a nitrous oxide kit?
Nitrous oxide is a form of forced induction available to you without having to go the supercharger/turbocharger route. Nitrous oxide is the most cost-effective way to add instant horsepower without compromising your engine. Nitrous kits are completely tunable, and can double the horsepower with a simple push of a button. Injecting Nitrous Oxide into your motor means more oxygen is available during combustion and a cooler intake charge is generated, which increases the density of the air creating, more power. Nitrous has been well tested and proven to cause no engine damage if used responsibly
turbo kit .What is a turbo kit? Why buy a turbo kit?
Think of a turbocharger as a fan that is blowing compressed air into your engine. The more air you give your engine, the more power your engine can give you. The extra air adds oxygen so you can burn more fuel. Turbochargers are powered by the exhaust gases generated by your engine after combustion. The time the turbo takes to spool up is seen by the driver as lag, or delay time. The driver may mash the throttle, but the engine wont produce power until the turbocharger is up to speed. The reason a turbo kit is such a great purchase is that it takes a tremendous amount of money and time to successfully increase the power of a naturally aspirated engine. Expensive head packages, along with expensive bottom block parts, will surely put a dent in your wallet while only making meager horsepower gains. With a bolt-on turbocharger kit you can obtain instant, very dramatic horsepower gains with less time and money while still having the potential for upgrading. The whistle of a blow off valve, the roar from an external wastegate, and the burst of power that makes your engine feel like it doubled in size, how could you resist?

March 20, 2009
© Jose-Luis Solano