What is car tuning? What makes a car a "tuner car"?
Tuning is the process used to alter the car's stock computer to change how the car runs. This is typically done after modifications to the car such as:
- Modified camshafts
- Modified fuel injectors
- Higher compression pistons
- Ported cylinder head
- Intake Tube
Most car tuners agree that one should re-tune the car after modifications are performed to make it run properly and safely again.
One option to tune your car is with an off the shelf tune which are typically cost around $300 to $650. This is better than the manufacturer's tune as it uses tighter parameters but it is still a one size fits all solution. However for those who just want a one-time better tune this can be an easy and quick solution.
If you are after big power gains and have changed major components like the turbo, waste gate and have done extensive engine work then a custom tune is the better option. To do this you need to chip (aka reprogram) your current ECU (Engine Control Unit). The term ECU means your engine control unit, which is part of the PCM (powertrain control module). The ECU's job is essential, and consists of monitoring and managing almost all aspects of engine operation.
Car tuning turns into a hobby for many people because it joins you to other tuners and is very rewarding to see the car respond as you make modifications to the vehicle. Here at Import Trader Online we have many import tuner cars for sale and custom tuner cars for sale so you can find a car of your own to get started tuning! Use our advanced search to find your own custom tuner car
What is a good first tuner car?
There are many factors to consider when buying your first tuner car. The main thing is to find a solid ride, fix any problems it has to begin with, and only then begin to mod.
Popular first tuners are Honda Civic, GTO, Supra, Miata, Eclipse GSX, or Nissan 240.
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