Top mistakes car owners make in tuning

After owning sport cars for many years, and throwing away way too many money trying to achieve better performance, it’s only fair to share with you some of what I saw in the market, on the internet and from personal experience.

– Cold air intake: remove your dull black airbox and put a shiny air filter tucked inside a heat shield, gaining 17hp 10tq on top RPM. WOW, that’s too good to be true for only 250$!! Yea well… NO! All you’re doing is exposing your filter to more heat being more open to the engine bay. What’s the heat shield’s role you ask? Make your engine bay look expensive and shiny.

– Aerodynamic kits: car owners install spoilers, wings, body kits, scoops… hoping to get some more stability from downforce. When your top speed is not going over speed limit, you’re handling won’t be getting any better. Car will look better, however no performance gains there.

– Rims: so after you have spent some 1000s to gain around 20-30hp, you stand away from the car thinking “it’s time to slam on some big rims to make the car standout”… DON’T. When it comes to weight, there are 2 kinds, you have the sprung weight, which consists of the weight of the car, and the unsprung weight, which is the components that move when the car moves, like tires, rims, brakes, suspension, driveshaft… as not to go through a physics course (references can be found by doing a simple google search), the weight you add as unsprung weight affects greatly the performance of the car, making you lose all those expensive HPs that you bought. When it comes to unsprung weight, mainly tires and rims, think LIGHT

– Software remap: after software tuning became popular, we saw way too many tuners in the market, claiming to reach 25-30, even 40hp from a simple software remap without any hardware modifications. These maps cost around 500$ on average, so you can say every 13hp/1$, that’s wonderful news!! Don’t want to be a party popper, but NO!! Well known car manufacturers spend millions of dollars on engineers with years of researches to outstretch the performance of their cars to 200hp from a 2.5L naturally aspirated engine. All of a sudden, just by flashing a software into your OBD2, you’re expecting to gain 20% more power? Think again. Cars are designed to last over 250k miles with optimal performance and fuel economy. By installing flashes (without any hardware modification) all you’re doing is compromising your engine’s life for a few hp (yes too few to mention), or giving away your money to tuners. Is it worth it? Of course not, better invest that extra cash in maintenance.

– Expecting big power from weak cars: tuning is a very expensive and demanding hobby. If you’re on a limited budget, don’t buy a slow/modest car expecting to stretch its power to 500hp after you saved up some money. You’ll be spending much more than buying a faster car from the first place. Be wise about what you buy and what you expect, plan ahead and invest your money in a car that is cheap to tune and yield big numbers.

– Badges: the everlasting controversy, will they give you more power and stability? well after putting a lot of M badges, brembo brake caliper covers and bilstein/eibach decals, I can say, with deep sorrow, they didn’t help (unexpectedly lol)

These are few of many mistakes that we make hoping to gain more power. Remember that a car is not an investment, it’s a big liability that will cost you a lot money. It’s a great hobby nonetheless, think smart and plan ahead your mods.

Happy motoring 🙂

6 Renovation Mistakes You Need to Avoid and Should Never Make Again

Whether you are completing a home project yourself or hiring a contractor home renovation mistakes can really turn out to be expensive enough. Home renovation and remodelling projects can turn out to be stressful enough on their own without the expensive mistakes that could cost the owners with their time and money. Anyone who has been looking out for minor renovations need to keep their eye closed for the 6 common mistakes that they need to avoid and should never make again as it could get expensive when not avoided.


Do not take things for granted: Not many home owners are rich, most have a budget before they go ahead and make an investment in the property that they have choosen. Renovations are different and though you have experts who exist and have home owners to take their renovations in an affordable stages. Designers, contractors, architects and the interior design specialists are available to all the home aid owners in planning their makeovers one step at an affordable time.

Starting demo without a plan: The prep work generally seems to be lengthy process, even carrying out small steps such as pulling up carpet or buying some initial supplies can turn out to be a costly mistake. Before any demo or construction takes place the owners should have permits, budget and a timeline with a comprehensive plan being set.

Not Getting Multiple quotes: Just as every home renovation project turns out to be unique, the qualifications and quotes for every home are quite different. So try and have conversations with atleast three construction organization in order to get the quotes from them. Understand the specifics of what this quotes generally entails such as warrantee, guarantee and material types etc. Never assume that the option given to you is the lowest one.

Being overconfident: Before you begin with any kind of an update try and evaluate your own listings. Praising your own project may sound to be appealing enough but if you lack with all the necessary skills required, it would then require an outsourced contractor to repair your mistakes. A simple YouTube video here could make some of the updates look very easy, but respect the experience professionals who have a planning, potential challenges and best practices.

Changing your mind a lot: Once the renovation of your project has started then try your best and stick to it. Do a walk through with your interior designer or contractor before the work starts so that everyone is on the same page, and there won’t be any kind of surprises. Stick to your mind and do not get things changed on frequent basis. A lot many individuals generally get persuaded enough by their contractor, the interior designer, family members or friends in order to change something only to regret it.

Carrying out hidden updates in order to improve the value: Most home owners would want to improve the value of their property with any money that they reinvest back into their home, but hidden upgrades are not an effective way you could accomplish it. So those who are looking out to improve the value of your home need to focus on projects like updating an entryway or creating an outdoor living for a minimum return of investment.

So want to avoid the renovation mistakes, then the above mentioned could help. What other renovation mistakes you think that the homeowners could actually avoid. Share your comments below.

About Author:

 Ankita Aggrawal is a business architect in real estate industry. She has 5 years of experience and she has got knowledge about various real estate projects including commercial properties,Residential properties,bunglows,Flats and Villa Projects in Bangalore