Best Performance Mods For Your Truck
July 2, 2021
Have you been looking to improve your truck’s performance? If so, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which route to take because there are so many options. There are parts for improving power, speed, and giving your truck more functionality overall. Building your truck with all of these truck performance mods can get to be pretty spendy, so let’s take a closer look at some of the best bang-for-your-buck performance mods. If you’re going to spend money on your truck’s performance, might as well make sure you know you’re getting what you want!
How Will a Tuner Improve My Truck's Performance?
The first mod we’re going to talk about is tuners. When you first buy a truck, especially if it’s new, it’s not an uncommon assumption to think the engine is working in peak performance. However, this is untrue unless you’re running a tuner in the engine. OEMs don’t put this in initially in order to save money a produce/sell the highest volume of trucks possible.
Tuners can modify and monitor a lot of different aspects of your engine, and here are the top five common uses for them:
- Improves MPG’s by calculating it and telling you how to increase it
- Increases horsepower and torque by adjusting operating conditions of the engine
- Bypasses Active Fuel Management
- Reads and erases Diagnostic Trouble Codes which can reduce maintenance costs
- Reduces throttle response time
Tuners can be as low as $300, and cost up to over a grand, depending on how advanced you’re looking to get. Consider it an investment, as tuners can ultimately save you money in gas and maintenance costs, while still delivering a badass driving experience for you.
How Will an Exhaust Improve My Truck's Performance?
Next up, exhausts. Like we said earlier, truck manufacturers are in the business of producing a mass amount of trucks. Naturally, they’re going to lean toward installing the least expensive systems, such as an exhaust system. An aftermarket exhaust system can free up some power in your engine by having a “madrel bend” that allows for a quicker, more efficient path for exhaust gases to escape. This allows for more fuel and air to be burned, creating more power.
On the other hand, new exhaust systems are highly popular because of another thing they offer….Their sound. So if you’re looking for your truck to sound as aggressive as it looks, then you might want to consider a new exhaust. Again, how intense of a change you’re looking for will determine how much the perfect exhaust system will cost you.
How Will an Intake Improve My Truck's Performance?
The next mod of the list is intakes. This is a pretty affordable and easy-to-install mod for your truck. Cold air intakes allow your engine to breathe, by moving the air filter outside the engine compartment. Ultimately, colder air will now be sucked into the engine for combustion. With this, more oxygen is brought in, resulting in more power. A box is no longer needed, as it’s replaced with smooth tubes that give the engine uninterrupted airflow.
Here’s the thing, while you may experience an increase in horsepower (some claim it can be anywhere from 5-20hp) and increased acceleration, pairing up some of these performance mods may give your truck the best performance result. For example, you can maximize the efficiency of your engine systems by pairing an aftermarket cold air intake with a new exhaust. We think you’ll be happy with that louder, full sound you’re going to experience if you do.
How Will a Lift Kit Improve My Truck's Performance?
This next mod will not only improve your truck’s performance but will also take its look to the next level too. You guessed it, a lift kit. On top of that badass impression you're going to make when driving down the road, you’ll see benefits like:
- increased ground clearance
- ability to tackle rough terrain
- smoother ride quality due to evening out the load
- better visibility that results in safer driving conditions
Be mindful about how much you’re lifting your truck though, going too high can actually decrease functionality. This is because the breakage of parts becomes a scare.
Also, we can’t forget that with more space between the ground and the body of the truck, you’re finally able to put on some bigger tires, which can also lead to an improved performance for your build. We’ll get to that next.
How Will Tires Improve My Truck's Performance?
Lastly, but definitely not least important, tires. When looking at a new set of tires to buy, you should first determine what you need out of them. What will they be used for? Are you looking to tear up the trails? Do you live in a northern state and need tires with a three-peak mountain snowflake rating to get the job done? Whatever the lifestyle your tires need to accommodate, you’ll notice a huge difference in your truck’s performance if you get the right kind to match what you need. You need tires to drive, might as well get some that will serve you the best they can.
Looking at components such as tread design, siping, load ratings, load range, winter ratings, and stone ejectors can help you determine if a certain tire type has what it takes to give you what you’ll need. Whether they’re mud tires, all-terrain tires, or performance tires, there are a ton of different tire types designed to complement your truck’s performance. Choosing the right one for your lifestyle can help with things like:
- braking distance at high speed
- ride quality
- ride noise
- fuel economy
So, if you’ve been wondering where to start when it comes to boosting your truck’s performance, we think you should start here. These are some of the most common mods you’ll see, and that’s because they’ve proven that they will take your setup to the next level. Because along with performance benefits, they also add to the visual appeal of your build, and we know how important that is.
If you’re looking to start your truck building journey, remember that we offer as low as 0% APR financing for those who qualify, so you can build now and pay later! Also, we offer one-click wheel and tire packages designed to save you money and find you the perfect combo for your setup.
Also, if you’re running any of these performance mods on your truck, let us know what you’re using and your experience with it in the comments below!