Car Hacks And Mods For Dummies 2004

There are books dealing with cars, various aspects of their upkeep and own- ership, and then there are car books. This project, which represents a com- prehensive and current reference, for touching on nearly all performance aspects of late model cars, required a fair bit of technical expertise and guid- ance. The list of those that helped along the way is far too long to recount here, but a few contributors to this project merit special acknowledgement: Sarah Vespremi. No single person has spent more painstaking hours on this project than Sarah, and if she didn’t know every last technical nuance of automotive performance going into this project, she does now. Really. Ask her anything.

Terry Heick. Terry has been a wealth of information, not to mention character/ flavor in writing this book. He truly deserves special recognition for his role.

Yoshi Deherrera. I have Yoshi to thank for his expert guidance, for being a good friend, and for his vision of this book as a viable project.

Pete Kang, Tyler Orr, Bryan Moore, Eric Hsu, Mike Kojima, Bill Davis, Troy Truglio, Eric Lapka, Richard Lamb, and all of the other tech gurus that helped contribute their wisdom and guidance over the years.

Cover photography by Stephen Westhafer.

Finally, I would like to thank Melody Layne, Pat O’Brien, and Jason Marcusson at Wiley for believing in this project from the very beginning and ensuring that it is a success.


  • Introduction
  • Part I: Owning a Performance Car
  • Chapter 1: Cool Car Basics
  • Chapter 2: Planning It Smart
  • Part II: Safety
  • Chapter 3: Balanced Performance
  • Chapter 4: Safety Gear
  • Part III: Rims and Rubber
  • Chapter 5: Tires
  • Chapter 6: Wheels
  • Part IV: Stylin’
  • Chapter 7: Fashion Is a Fickle Thing
  • Chapter 8: Vanity? Performance? A Little of Both?
  • Chapter 9: Detailing 101
  • Part V: Slowing Down
  • Chapter 10: Slowing Down
  • Chapter 11: Basic Braking Bolt-Ons
  • Part VI: Corner Carver
  • Chapter 12: I Just Want to Hang (Onto the Road)
  • Chapter 13: Basic Handling Bolt-On
  • Chapter 14: Get on the Diet!
  • Part VII: Let’s Go!
  • Chapter 15: Basic Power Bolt-Ons
  • Chapter 16: Building a Strong Foundation
  • Chapter 17: Thinking of Adding Boost
  • Chapter 18: Have Boost, Need More
  • Part VIII: Faster Thinking
  • Chapter 19: Scanning the Codes
  • Chapter 20: What’s inside Your Car’s Brain
  • Chapter 21: Reflashes and EPROM Swaps
  • Chapter 22: Black Boxes
  • Chapter 23: Integrated Piggybacks
  • Chapter 24: Full Standalone ECUs
  • Part IX: The Part of Tens
  • Chapter 25: Ten Online Resources
  • Chapter 26: Ten Car Modding Problems

Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 387

Car Hacks And Mods For Dummies 2004