When we talk about putting up the hood of our car and wanting to make a nice impression, it is not allowed to keep the black plastic covers that have no grace on them and even if you clean them you will always find them dusty and dirty. Germans and Japanese know this very well and that is precisely where the biggest companies of customized aluminum car accessories come from, but there is nothing to worry about, because those parts are easily available in internet, let's see some of them:
The camshaft cap. It is, in fact, one of the first parts of your engine to come into view and, when it is full of dirty oil, it looks horrible. Even if you have a nice, powerful machine, if your camshaft cap is the original one, believe it or not, you will scare anyone away. This accessory can be bought custom, made of aluminum and with the color that matches your car, so if you don't start tuning the engine yet, by putting the aluminum cap, you will give it the look of a high-end sports car.
What should you look for when you buy it? It’s not enough that the piece should look spectacular, it must also include certain characteristics that ensure its functionality. For example, the material, although we have said that it has to be aluminum, you have to check that the packaging indicates the way it was manufactured, the most recommended is that it is with anodized aluminum, which is a protective layer that makes it last longer and, finally, our cap has to have special O-rings that improve the fit when installed.
The intake manifold. This is responsible for sending air to the cylinders, many cars have the intake manifold assembled in parts from factory, the top cover being made of plastic, which causes the seals to leak over time and not only looks bad, it also affects performance. The manifold cannot be repaired, it has to be replaced and the best thing to do is to choose an aluminum one, because they come polished inside, which helps the air to have a lot more pressure, giving you as a result a faster and stronger engine.
What should you look for when you buy it? The intake manifolds are a delicate part, its bad installation can make the engine lose strength and have an unnatural abrasion, which can cause failures, that's why when you look for the exact part for your car, you have to see the adapter is compatible with the model of the engine. If you can't find a high-performance part on the market, a tip is to get it custom made on a CNC lathe, it's cheaper and it will fit perfectly.
The advantage of these tips lies in the fact that you can take the chance and give it a deep clean when it comes to replacements, so that your engine will look as good as new, with increased speed and a competition-type style. Tell us in comments about how you make your engine not looking boring and ordinary. If you're a tuner and want to find out how to perform unconventional modifications, subscribe to the blog and stay in tune!