Most cars and trucks can have turbo power, heavy-duty shocks and struts, a heavier suspension system, a liner for a bed or cargo space, and other such features retrofitted after their purchase. This can mean a more powerful ride and better handling, and the ability to take your vehicle off-roading or to experience better acceleration when needed. If you're thinking of modifying your car in any way, note a few important factors you don't want to overlook, so your car always runs smoothly and you are sure of all the expenses you might face with these added features:
If you want to add turbo accessories to your car or a heavier suspension system, you may want to check with your vehicle's insurance carrier first. There may be a rider or clause in your policy that outright states that it doesn't cover such modifications. Your vehicle may also change classifications; a van that is outfitted with a cooler in the back may become a commercial vehicle, as an example. Always check with your insurance carrier before making these changes, so you aren't hit with any surprise rate increases after you've already done the work.
Adding a turbo to your vehicle's engine, or anything else that causes it to run faster or rev higher may also mean that the engine then runs hotter. If you don't add an upgraded coolant system, which might include added vent hoses or a larger engine fan, you may see that your new, more powerful system easily overheats.
Along with added accessories for cooling, you may also need to rethink the oil you use in the engine. A thicker oil may offer more cooling for the system, or you may need a thinner oil for an engine that revs higher, so the fluid flows through the system more easily.
If you add a heavier engine or other accessories to your vehicle, you may also be adding weight to its chassis. This might mean more wear and tear on the axle, tie rods and other such pieces. To counteract this weight, you may want to consider upgrading the shocks and springs of the suspension system; this will help to disperse some of that extra weight and protect the car's frame, steering system, and other parts. You may also want to upgrade the brakes to something heavy-duty and commercial quality, so they can easily stop your heavier vehicle without skidding and sliding.