My mechanic has been convincing me to upgrade my Dodge C-3 intake system with a high-performance air filter, arguing that I won't have to replace it ever again. What makes a performance filter last a lifetime? Is their design worth the high cost?
While most stock air filters are made of paper and need to be replaced after a specified number of miles, once they have already accumulated too much dirt particulates, high-performance filters are designed from layers of cotton gauze or foam materials that only require washing during the specified interval. Most of these filters can go up to 50,000 miles before they need servicing (not replacement). Once they reach this number, all they will need is to be washed and re-oiled so that their airflow and dirt-trapping capabilities will be restored. Aside from cost efficiency, cotton or foam filters are also designed to allow more airflow in. They have pleats for more trapping coverage, and they have a stable structure that can resist strong airflow. These filters offer performance and savings in one.
I've been looking around for some upgrades that would give my ride an added power boost, and a buddy at work suggested that I go for performance headers. How do these work, and what benefits do they offer?
The performance benefits offered by these headers can be largely attributed to their design and construction. What they do is they free up the pathway for the fast release of exhaust gases from the engine and into the outside atmosphere. They remove the most common problem that drivers encounter when they stick to their stock manifold—backpressure. This problem is often associated with manifolds that are built with sharp curves and smaller tuber. Headers are able to eliminate this problem because they are designed with wide diameter and smooth curves, thereby allowing the exhaust gases to flow without obstruction. Aside from this, headers are also an ideal choice for people who are looking for an upgrade under their hood. The performance looks of these exhaust components can give the engine bay a hotrod appeal instead of the usual commuter appearance.
I'm looking for a grille guard for the front-end of my Dodge C-3, and I'm seeing a lot of options in terms of style and design. Don't these add-ons offer just the same kind of protection? How do I know which is the right one for my truck?
Different types of grille guards actually offer different types of protection. The full front-end type usually occupies the entire front end, offering protection from the top of the hood to the headlights below. It can accommodate both auxiliary lights and a winch. It also offers a fully rugged look. The center grille guard offers a tamer look, but it can offer the same kind of protection, minus that for the headlights. Both types of grille guard are great for off-road use. For those who frequently drive in city highways, nudge bars are great options. They are positioned lower in the front end, and they offer protection against low impacts.