Thank God for nitrous oxide. These days, all a driver needs to get extra horsepower from the engine is to pack a nitrous system. Breaking it down to basics, such a system works like a splurge of adrenaline rushing through your body when faced with an emergency. A chemist would tell you that when the nitrous oxide is heated to a high temperature, the oxide's nitrogen and oxygen atoms split from each other. This gives the engine more oxygen to burn. A mechanic or auto enthusiast would tell you, more simply, that the nitrous system adds oxygen to the engine. And with more oxygen, your car's engine can burn more fuel. The bottom line is more horsepower when you want or need it. A nitrous system can give a vehicle power surges that can thrill any speed demon. Not only that! Using nitrous oxide in your vehicle also lowers the temperature of intake air. If you want a shot at it, Carparts may be able to help you.
• Provides you with as much as 250 horsepower gain
• Comes with an empty 10-lb bottle
• Includes all hardware needed for installation
Upgrading Your Engine Using a Nitrous System
You've probably already seen it in countless movies where the hero, who needs a burst of speed to catch up, hits up the turbo button and gets and instant boost from a nitrous system. Most folks wouldn't need the extra horsepower from a nitrous system, but serious drivers or those who compete in races will need all the extra performance that they could get from their engines. If you're planning on buying a nitrous system for your car for the first time, then it's best that you consult a professional who could explain and install it for you. To get you up to speed, check out our short guide about nitrous systems so you'll have a basic idea about them before you get one for your ride.
Wet and dry nitrous systems
Nitrous oxide is basically an additive to your engine's fuel and air mixture that provides an extreme boost in power. It will technically allow you to burn more fuel than normal to allow a more powerful gaseous explosion inside the engine. There are actually two basic types of nitrous systems that you could choose from. The most common one will be a wet nitrous system, which uses a premix of fuel and nitrous oxide that is delivered into the combustion chamber during ignition. There's also the dry nitrous system which essentially adds nitrous straight into the combustion chamber.
Pros and cons
It's commonly agreed upon that a wet nitrous system will deliver more power to a car's engine and is much safer to use than a dry nitrous system. On the other hand, a dry nitrous system is usually much cheaper than a wet nitrous system, and could pretty much deliver the same amount of performance if installed properly along with a little bit of fine tuning. In the end, it all boils down to your budget and how much power your engine can handle from a nitrous system. You do not need to get a high-end model especially if your engine can't handle the power that the system will produce. Since prices typically start around $500 for a basic system and goes past $1000 for high-end ones, then you'll only want to spend this much money if you are a dedicated enthusiast or are a professional who needs it when competing.
Powering Up Your Ride with a Nitrous System
Adding a nitrous system to your ride is a surefire way of increasing your engine's power. Nitrous oxide gas is commonly used by race car drivers to help deliver more oxygen to their vehicle's engines. Be careful when installing a nitrous system in your car. An add-on like a nitrous system is meant for serious racing applications and should not be installed simply for street use. You could install one yourself but you'll need to have adequate knowledge on how car motors work so you could safely install a nitrous system in your vehicle. Follow our quick guide so we could help you get a basic understanding on how to install this upgrade on your ride.
Difficulty level: Difficult
What you'll need
- Bench vise
- Teflon tape
- Inline fuse
- Nitrous system kit
If you are unfamiliar with engine tuning and installing high-performance upgrades like a nitrous system to your car, then we recommend that you have an expert do it for you instead. An improperly installed nitrous system could leak highly flammable gas, which could ignite with a simple spark.
Step 1: Start by disconnecting your car's battery. You'll be dealing with electronic systems and wouldn't want to get accidentally electrocuted in the process. Additionally, you wouldn't want to accidentally turn on your nitrous system while in the middle of an installation.
Step 2: Find a place to mount the gas bottle from your nitrous system. This should be mounted far from the engine and transmission system. The bottle itself could get exceedingly hot and explode if placed too near the engine and other hot components.
Step 3: You'll also have to mount the bottle in a semi-upright position facing away from the vehicle's interior. This is done so that the blow-down tube faces away from the vehicle's interior and prevent gas from leaking into the cabin area.
Step 4: Once you've found a place to mount the bottle, then you'll need to drill some holes for the brackets. Use the appropriate drill bits that match the screws or bolts that come with your nitrous system kit.
Step 5: Secure the bottle into place by tightening the mounting brackets and clamps using a wrench.
Step 6: You'll then need to secure the nitrous fittings into the inlet and outlet port on your nitrous solenoid. Use some Teflon tape and wrap it around the connections in order to prevent leaks.
Step 7: Mount the nitrous solenoid near the nitrous bottle by drilling the appropriate number of mounting holes and bolting it securely into place.
Step 8: Connect the nitrous feed line to the fuel injector and attach the nitrous system electrical connections to the battery terminal through an inline fuse.
Step 9: Most kits will have a switch that you'll have to wire from the nitrous system all the way to your vehicle's dash. Follow the instructions on your nitrous system as it differs from model to model.
Step 10: Once you're done, then you'll have to reconnect your car's battery and perform tests on your nitrous system to make sure that it's working properly.