Questions tagged [aftermarket-upgrade]

Questions regarding aftermarket upgrades and additions to cars (not including audio, which is covered separetely). Please ensure these are kept on-topic for this board

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Avital 2101L aftermarket remote unlock quit working

I have a Ford Ranger 2001 in which I installed an Avital 2101L remote locking system and actuators 5 years ago. It has been working flawlessly until today. The actuators have quit responding to the ...
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Aftermarket radio install doesn't turn on. 2009 Saturn Aura XE

I have a 2009 Saturn Aura XE that I'm trying to put a new radio and subs in. I've connected the harness correctly and it doesn't power on. I know I have the correct one because the other one activated ...
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Will a stereo short render my bfcm fried?

I recently installed a aftermarket stereo into my2000 malibu and somewhere along the line it shorted and blew a couple fuses. The radio fuseand the interior fuse which was also the bfcm fuse, i ...
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Is it possible to connect multifunction steering wheel to an old car?

For example I would like to replace standard steering wheel in 2002 Fiat Punto 2 with multifunction wheel from Grande Punto or other and be able to control radio
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More durable rotary rotary lawnmower wheels?

What are some suitable replacements for modern rotary lawnmower wheels? I have something similar to this: Typical push-style Masport lawnmower 7" (~175mm) front-end Masport wheel 8" (~200mm) rear-...
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Which Directed Electronics Module is This?

Isn’t water a wonderful thing? My '76 Corvette had a water leak in the windshield and the rain obliterated a module that was installed under the dash. I bought and installed it around 2012 or 2013. ...
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Aftermarket wheels - Dodge Grand Caravan

I own a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. My wheel has been damaged beyond repair. I am not in a position to buy the OEM wheel. I know there are aftermarket wheels available that will do the job. My ...
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Are water electrolysis hydrogen generators likely to damage car engines or make them more efficient? [closed]

I've seen electrolysis using glass jars and baking soda to separate water to make hydrogen and oxygen using the alternator for additional fuel for gasoline engines. Is this likely to cause damage to ...
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Shop preference for OEM parts, why?

A factory part breaks or wears out. Independant shops I have used insist on replacing with the same OEM part when reputable aftermarket parts are available at less cost. Given hard evidence of ...
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760li M performance G12 overheating brakes issue

We recently got BMW 760li M performance G12. It has the M blue brakes system, see image below. When driving in extreme mode (it is for officials, almost always in rush mode) the brakes do not ...
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Wish to understand why non-stock vehicle alignment is an issue

I just replaced all of my suspension components (Shocks, Springs, Hangers, Shackles) on my Ford Excursion with that of an F350 + a few modifications to make the rake appear level. I also have slightly ...
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Broke down from lack of oil after 2 weeks since service

Here is my story: May 1st - Went to a shop A, had aftermarket turbo back exhaust & intake installed. These parts are quality, had good reviews and straight from the manufacturers. Had regular ...
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Should loctite be used on suspension components?

Didn't see this asked from searching but I've always been in debates with whether Loctite should be used on suspension components. To be clear, I'm talking about components that do not utilize a ...
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What is the formula to determine a relay for aftermarket lights?

Looking at aftermarket Light Bars that do not come with any relays or switches so I can build a custom setup. Per research I didn't find this question asked before. The closest two questions I found ...
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How does a remap work? Is it harmful for a car?

I was having a look at some remaps for a few cars, and for some cars like the new F-Pace, you can get an extra 60hp, which is just under 20% more horsepower just by getting a remap. How on earth do ...
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Knocking/Vibration Brand New Kia Cerato - Aftermarket Wheels

Bought a new Kia Cerato sedan (Australia. In US Kia Forte). As part of the deal I got aftermarket wheels. Initially I felt a lot of vibrations all over the car, so I took it to a tyre shop. They said ...
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Is an aftermarket amplifier really necessary for standard applications?

I've recently bought a new car, and the stock audio system is lacklustre at best. I've replaced the door speakers in previous cars and this has made a decent enough improvement to the overall sound, ...
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2006 Hummer H3 incompatibility bug with aftermarket radio - need advice on swap out

I have a 2006 Hummer H3. I had a new radio installed this summer, the Pioneer 4200NEX. I love the radio, but overtime some issues started to arise with my vehicle. Most notably, the car accessories ...
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Restoring a Laverda 750 SF - Where to start? [closed]

My intention: to (re)build myself a road worthy 750cc whilst reusing as much of the original parts as possible. Mostly to learn as much as possible about motorcycle engineering and mechanics for use ...
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polo 2012 - can you add heated door mirrors

Vehicle make VOLKSWAGEN Date of first registration 15 June 2012 Year of manufacture 2012 Hi My polo doesn't come standard with heated door mirrors. Is there a way I can get heated mirrors fitted ...
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Can I add a rear evaporator in place of my rear heater for my passengers

I live in a hot climate. I do not need heat to my rear passenger feet. Can I run A/C pipes instead of hot water and replace radiator with an evaporate. The Vehicle is a 1988 Toyota BJ74. The blower ...
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How can you upgrade your “no-extras” car with original components you bought from a broken but better version car? [closed]

Imagine I have a car bought with no extras. And imagine my friend has the same model but with all extras (e.g. a steering wheel with built-in controls, or a electric seat, etc.). Now imagine his car ...
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Is it possible to retrofit an ABS?

Is it possible to (and safely) retrofit an ABS system on a car/van? The vehicle in question is a Suzuki APV. Some overseas models come with ABS as standard but not where I live.
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Water temperature sensor location

I'm installing a water temperature gauge and I'm curious which is the best location for the sensor; in the radiator inlet hose or outlet hose? The inlet hose will give the hottest reading as the ...
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Redundent radiator

A 2000 town car limo was build just in tolerance for the 4.6 engine capability. Even at brand new it would overheat if you push it to hard. It is older and less efficient and it over heat in general ...
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Steering control panel upgrade for the 2015 Kia Forte

I purchased a 2015 Kia Forte LX and I'm wanting to replace the stock remote control panel on the steering wheel with that of the panel on the EX. I know it's possible because every time I spoke to ...
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Replacing a dashboard for another one with more indicators

I'm thinking of purchacing a Citroen BX dashboard from a superior model than my BX 14 wich currently only features a Velocimeter, fault lights and an analog clock, for one with various analog ...
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Aftermarket Pneumatic Suspension - Pro's and Con's

I am trying to estimate the feasibility of installing an after market pneumatic suspension (called sometimes air bags suspension?) for a VW Tiguan. The Touareg, for example, has a factory optional ...
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Add central locking and electric windows to Land Rover Defender (1999)?

Is it possible to change the manual locking system into central locking system for all three doors for this model of 1999? Also, can the manual window opening closing system be changed into an ...
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Are there any (legal) ways to increase halogen headlight brightness?

My 2003 Opel Agila has H4 combined full and dipped beam headlight bulbs which are completely useless in the dark. It is really hard to see anything on the dipped beam. They do not seem to be very ...
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Does an Engine Strut Bar have any effect on performance?

I just bought a 1988 foxbody and I'm currently working on restoring it and then maybe in the future do some engine improvements. I've had many people tell me to avoid this, as my car isn't going to ...
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What is Neo-Chrome?

Is anyone familiar with the process of neo-chrome plating and how it works? It is a different finish than burnt titanium, but seems to involve a heating method in some way to give it the rainbow ...
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Toyota Corolla '70-'73

I am seriously thinking about acquiring a Toyota Corolla from the E20 or 30 series (1970-1973, 1974-1979),but I have some concerns I would like to discuss and clarify if possible: The car does not ...
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What will upgrading the Camshaft do to my BBC 454?

I have been told that upgrading the Camshaft in my GM 454 will increase performance. What will this do exactly and what will the engine actually gain? 10069286 block casting 454cu '90-'91 MY, Mark IV ...
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Finding a constant and non constant power wire in a car

The car I have is a 2001 Buick century. I have a after market push to start kit. It came with a main unit and the diagram shows that a brown wire is for a constant power when the engine is on. And a ...
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Can I retrofit heated side mirrors if it wasn't an option with the car?

Is it possible for me to add heated mirrors to my car, if it wasn't an option at all as standard? I would like to keep the mirrors standard. My mirrors on my 2003 Opel Agila are a really awkward ...
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What is the purpose of a smog block-off plate?

What exactly is the purpose of a smog block-off plate? What does it 'block-off'? How is it installed? And what are the benefits/detriments of installing such plates? In my particular case, I ask, ...
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Mounting bar end mirrors on non-hollow bars?

I bought a CRG hindsight bar end mirror but the CRG adapters and all the adapters I find online seem to be for hollow bars. But the bars on my 12 Yamaha R6 just have a threaded hole for a bolt.
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2000 Toyota Celica GTS aftermarket exhaust system

I want to get a MagnaFlow Cat and Muffler. I need confirmation that the parts I've found online will indeed fit my Celica. I'm ignorant when it comes to cars (I filled the radiator coolant overflow ...
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Adding aftermarket backup lights

I have a 2011 Ford F-150 Super Cab STX, I find the original backup lights are lacking in lighting up the path I need to drive in reverse, the brake lights do a better job. I already tried replacement ...
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Strange electrical issue with after market brake lights

I've got a 1991 Jeep Wrangler. About 3 years ago I put LED brake lights on. They worked great until just a couple days ago, when the drivers side stopped working. Shortly after, they started working ...
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Can I safely upgrade to an AGM battery?

AGM batteries are capable of being charged at a faster rate, and may draw additional amperage from the alternator if it is not regulated. Many cars that come with AGM batteries have special charge ...
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Gurgling sound from blow off valve at medium RPM

My 2005 Daihatsu Copen has had it's blow off valve upgraded - from the stock BoV to a Pusshun RSS BoV as per https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oqiZvSWAxU Sometimes, at medium RPMs (~3k rpm), I can ...
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Radio Wiring Harness for a 2000 Chevy Cavalier

I'm trying to locate a wiring harness for my new stereo that I want to install into my 2000 Chevy Cavalier, but I'm having a difficult time find one. Does anyone know of a after market harness that ...
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Is it possible to buy advance monitoring sensors for a normal car?

I was wondering if it is possible to buy some advance monitoring system and implement in a normal car. Monitoring systems like collision avoidance sensor, parking sensor, lane detector, and many more ...