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Learn Why You Should Upgrade from a B Series to a K Series Engine May 30 2017, 0 Comments

K Series Camshaft

Still in love with your B18 or B20 engine? We’ve listed a few advantages of the K series engine that might change your mind. Find out some of the benefits below.

 

Take Advantage of Performance i-VTEC

With DOHC (dual-overhead camshaft) valvetrains and roller rockers, the K series engine reduces friction and provides the following benefits:

  • Variable timing control on the intake cam
  • For better fuel atomization, only one intake valve opens fully at low RPM
  • For improved engine breathing, both intake valves open fully at high RPM

Depending on what model of engine you decide on, you could have further benefits, including larger intake and exhaust ports (K20A2), a higher-flowing catalytic converter (K20Z1), internal balance shafts (K20Z3), or more!

 

No matter what K series engine you decide on, HPTautosport has K-Tuned parts that will enhance the performance of your new engine—from clutches to fuel systems. Want to find out more about the benefits of the K series or need to get some advice on other parts you can upgrade? Contact us! We’re always happy to talk shop with our clients and help them solve performance issues.


It’s All About Performance April 28 2017, 0 Comments

Exhaust pipes on a red car

You’ve bought the car that is perfect for you and you are ready to start boosting its performance. There are a lot of different tricks you can try, but why waste your time and your money just fiddling around, working and getting nowhere with trial and error?

Here are four things that you can do to boost the performance of your car:

  1. Upgrade the air intake. Upgrading the air intake is an affordable and easy way to increase horsepower. The colder, or the denser, the air that gets into the engine, the more power it will produce.
  1. Upgrade the exhaust. There are all sorts of regulations surrounding car exhausts. From emissions requirements and keeping low overhead costs, manufacturers use exhausts that do nothing for a car’s performance. Upgrading will make it easier for exhaust gasses to escape and allow the engine to combust faster.
  1. Upgrade with a performance chip. A performance chip will allow you to better control your car’s computer and adjust the settings including fuel-to-air ratio and more.
  1. Upgrade the clutch. An aftermarket clutch can help increase the clamping pressure of the friction plates as well as the torque your car can handle.

Have a question about boosting your car’s performance? Contact us today.


What You Should Know when Buying a Hondata FlashPro March 27 2017, 0 Comments

Considering investing in a Hondata FlashPro? We’ve listed a few things below that could help you make a decision.

 

It Comes Highly Recommended

This calibrator has the best datalogging capability and support in the industry. It’s recommended by:

  • CT-Engineering
  • Full Race
  • Jackson Racing
  • Kraftwerks
  • Skunk2

With the addition of live-tuning capabilities, you can also tune your vehicle faster and better!

 

You Should Buy from an Authorized Dealer

Hondata has recommended that you purchase from a Hondata Authorized Dealer. If you purchase from an unauthorized dealer, you won’t be eligible for the manufacturer’s warranty and may lose out on other benefits as well.

 

It Can Connect Directly to Your Laptop

Connecting straight from the computer’s USB port to your vehicle’s diagnostic port makes live tuning a breeze. The FlashProManager software even comes with 56 built-in starting calibrations, making it even easier to tune your engine computer.

 

There Are Some Legal Restrictions

If you live in California or own a pollution-controlled motor vehicle, you may not be able to legally purchase or use this product. Make sure to check the emission requirements of your state before purchasing.

 

You Could Get a Rebate

If your ECU has been reflashed by Hondata, you can receive a rebate when purchasing FlashPro. The rebate value is currently $100.

 

Ready to get your FlashPro? Contact HPTAutosport today! We’ll help you get the right FlashPro for you vehicle and answer any performance questions you may have.

8 Signs of Transmission Trouble March 23 2017, 0 Comments

Transmission being repaired in auto shop

Saying that a failed transmission is inconvenient is quite an understatement. If your transmission goes out while you’re on a trip, you could end up stranded and weighed down by the costs of a tow truck and a transmission repair or a new car altogether.

Don’t get blindsided by the costs of a broken transmission. Here are 8 signs to watch for that indicate your transmission may be failing.

  1. The clutch is dragging.
  1. The gears are slipping.
  1. There is a burning smell.
  1. The transmission is whining or clunking.
  1. The transmission refuses to go into gear or shifts roughly.
  1. The transmission won’t engage right away.
  1. The transmission is leaking fluid.
  1. The “Check Engine” light is on.

Is your Honda FWD transmission in need of repair? We have over 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry, giving us the knowledge and expertise we need to handle almost any aspect of your vehicle’s performance.

Whether you’re looking to fix, add, or adjust parts yourself to better your car’s performance or need to send it to our full performance facility here in Arden, North Carolina, we’ve got you covered! Contact us with any questions you may have about our services.


What Restrictions Are There in Drag Racing SFWD Vehicles? February 15 2017, 0 Comments

Tire with smoke

SFWD (sports front-wheel-drive) drag racing has become very popular recently. Interested in getting in on the action? Here’s what you need to know about vehicle restrictions:

  • Chassis: Full original chassis, including OEM floorboards and firewall, required
  • Glass: Original factory glass only
  • Suspension: Stock style only (aftermarket components are permitted)
  • Lights: At least one headlight and operational brake lights (four-wheel braking must be maintained, but split-system setups and staging brakes integration is allowed)
  • Interior: Original dashboard only (can remove rear and passenger-side seating)
  • Tires: 25 x 9.5 in. wide
  • Weight: Minimum weight of 2,400 lbs., unless using smaller turbocharger (hoods, bumpers, fenders, hatches, and other parts can be replaced with lightweight alternatives)
  • Turbo: Limited to 72.9 mm (if body weighs less than 2,400 lbs., can be 67.9 mm)
  • Transmission: No sequential transmissions (aftermarket bell housings, dog-style gearboxes, and aftermarket driveline components are acceptable) and no adjustable or slipper-style clutches (foot-operable clutches only and a H-pattern shifter must be retained)
  • Fuel and Engine: Engine modifications and engine blocks are permitted if weight requirements are met and mufflers aren’t required for turbocharged vehicles (aftermarket dry sump or external oiling systems cannot be used). Racing gas and E85 are allowed (methanol is not). For electronics, stand-alone engine management systems, dataloggers, and two-step rev limiters are all fair game.
Ready to modify your vehicle? Contact HPTautosport to get started. We have the knowledge and expertise to get your car race ready.

How Dyno Tuning Can Boost Your Vehicle’s Performance January 12 2017, 0 Comments

Car with hood up hooked up to dynamometer

Does your vehicle’s performance need some improvement? You can find out by testing its performance with a dynamometer.

 

Dyno Tuning

A dynamometer—or dyno for short—is an instrument that tests the force, torque, and power of an engine or motor. In order to get the best performance tuning results, you need to use a dyno that will apply an accurate load. At HPTautosport, we use a top-of-the-line dyno that is not only accurate but also easy to use: Mustang Dyno MD-150 (2WD) Chassis Dynamometer.

 

After discovering your vehicle’s full capabilities, the tuning process can begin. Through dyno tuning, you can improve:

  • Daily performance
  • Mileage and economy
  • Engine operation

In order to get the benefits above, the help of a professional is essential. Reading a dynamometer is a science that demands the quality and precision that only a practiced technician handle.

 

While a hobby mechanic might be able to read the data on the dyno and may even know what the numbers mean, he still may not know what adjustments are needed to optimize the vehicle’s performance. For example, a professional knows to:

  • Run several baseline tests
  • Use aftermarket software to make adjustments to the fuel and ignition timing maps of late model vehicles
  • Never rush the process

Ready to put your vehicle to the test? Contact HPTautosports today to find out how much power your vehicle really has.


HPT's Project 98 Civic Hatchback March 04 2014, 0 Comments

We recently picked up a very clean 98 Honda Civic Hatchback into which we will be doing a K24a2 swap.

The main purpose of this car will be for weekend track use (road course). We also want it to be street legal so we can drive it to any events we want to attend. 

This won't be a trailer queen. No crazy brake tuck or shaved bay, just pure simplicity and functionality. Stay tuned for updates as it comes together!!

 


Ted Yoder's Full Race EFR Turbo Si November 07 2013, 0 Comments

Ted Yoder’s 09′ Civic Si @ HPT for suspension and chassis upgrades. Full Race Turbo Kit with BorgWarner EFR Turbo. 500+ HP with amazing handling. Ted plans to compete in the ONE LAP OF AMERICA event in 2013.

 

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