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Types of Auto Tuning

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/30/2007 | Auto and Trucks
Auto tuning is the way to go if you want to customize your car to your own specifications.  As you know, cars are mass-production products.  Car manufacturers, therefore, usually rely on popular opinion or preferences when it comes to designing their cars.  Thus, car manufacturers produce average cars for the average car buyer.

Through auto tuning, you can veer away from the average to make your car truly your own.  Through auto tuning, your car can become a true reflection of your driving and car preferences.  For instance, you can fine tune your automobiles engine so that it will give you the best performance (e.g. the greatest mileage for the least possible amount of fuel).  In a nutshell, fine tuning is a great way for improving your cars performance so that youll find more pleasure out of driving your car.

Auto Tuning for Performance

Auto tuning hobbyists and enthusiasts usually start with the engine when fine tuning their cars.  Some are content with merely modifying their cars electronic control unit (ECU) for optimal engine performance.  Modifying a cars ECU can yield great power and great engine response.  On the other hand, some people go beyond simple engine tuning and actually modify their engine parts.  Specifically, they add performance-enhancing equipment to their cars engines.

Auto tuning, however, doesnt stop at engine tuning.  Since optimizing the cars overall performance is usually the aim of auto tuning, changes are also usually made to a car so that it will have better suspension or improved aerodynamics.  To improve suspension, the cars springs and other components that can contribute to the cars suspension are usually fine tuned or even replaced outright.  To improve aerodynamic performance, on the other hand, some car body parts are replaced by lighter materials or some body kits or parts are added to the cars body.

Auto Tuning for Style

Auto tuning has now come to mean more than just optimizing a cars performance on the road.  Now, auto tuning has begun to encompass changes to the cars exterior and interior that may or may not add up to a better-performing car but will surely result to a much better looking one.

Now, auto tuning can be done to improve an automobiles look.  For instance, a car owner can modify an ordinary sedan to make it look like a special-edition sports vehicle by modifying the wheels and the car body as well as having it body-painted.  The interior of the car is also modified.  Chrome parts can replace plastic parts and the interior may be outfitted with custom-pattern leather seats.