Best car performance parts for horsepower:

Get tips to increase horsepower.

Bolt-on power: discover the best car performance parts for horsepower --and how to handle the upgrade yourself.

To achieve maximum results and increase horsepower from your bolt-on performance parts, they need to work together. Your Advance Auto Parts Team Member can recommend the best combination of parts for your vehicle and, if you are doing one modification at a time, the order in which they should be installed.

A typical game plan would be to add a performance air filter, switch to synthetic lubricants, install a 160-degree thermostat and advance the ignition timing. For a small investment and little effort you should see big improvement in engine horsepower. Then move on to the bigger modifications like a header, cat-back exhaust system and cold-air intake system. The results will be extremely rewarding.

Every bolt-on component you need is available from Advance Auto Parts. Visit our special order center for up-to-date performance parts and great horsepower add-ons. Come to Advance Auto Parts for top quality auto parts.

Increase horsepower; why you may want more engine horsepower:

Some bolt-on engine modifications will unleash more engine horsepower and torque for improved acceleration, quicker passing and increased towing capacity. By unlocking your engine’s full potential and improving its efficiency, it may even get better fuel economy under normal driving conditions.

Typical engine horsepower bolt-ons include:

  • Air intakes
  • Headers
  • Exhaust systems
  • Hotter ignitions
  • Electronic upgrades for computer controlled vehicles

You can do them all at once or piece-by-piece.

Handling the job on your own; here are the best car performance parts for horsepower:

To improve horsepower and efficiency, you need to get more air and fuel into and out of your engine.

  1. Switching to a performance air filter allows more air to flow freely to your engine.
  2. A cold-air intake system will route cooler outside air into the engine. Colder air is denser and makes more power.
  3. A high-performance, cat-back exhaust system will add power by reducing backpressure in the exhaust. It will make your vehicle sound more powerful too.
  4. Computer controlled engines can really benefit from a hand-held reprogrammer that will advance timing, optimize fuel delivery and change shift points on automatics.
  5. Performance exhaust headers improve the flow of exhaust out of your engine and reduce exhaust backpressure. They provide impressive results when teamed with a cat-back exhaust system.
  6. Aftermarket ignition systems can provide a hotter spark. This electronic ignition kit actually eliminates breaker points on older vehicles.
  7. When you are looking for a large increase in bolt-on power consider a plate-type nitrous system. They are available in several performance levels from 50-500hp.

Another bolt-on power-adder is a supercharger system. They come in a variety of styles, but this centrifugal bolt-on is one of the easiest to install. Expect 50% power gains.

Go to Advance Auto Parts for the high quality auto parts you need to impressively increase horsepower.