Great Ideas For A Road Trip With The Guys


Summer is a great time of the year for vacations, especially ones with your friends. This year, make your summer the most memorable one ever by taking an out of this world road trip with the guys. Here are three great ideas for that summer road trip.

1. A Hot Set of Wheels


Every road trip needs a sweet ride. The Dodge Challenger, from costa mesa dodge,could be the one for you. This car boasts style and power so that you and your friends can really have an adventure while riding in a car that really turns heads. Not only does this muscle car have a great look, but it comes with all the latest tech, such as a great entertainment system and a navigation system so you will always be able to find your destination. Find out more about the Charger at OC Auto.

2. Be Flexible

Planning out your trip too much can take a lot of fun out of things. Instead of making a strict itinerary, think about planning your trip from day to day. If you find someplace especially cool, such as that microbrewery or natural wonder, stop and enjoy it. That way when you find that awesome out of the way place, you can stop for a night or two to really enjoy it.

3. Consider Unplugging From Your Job

One downside to modern technology is that you can be expected to be on call for your job 24/7. for the ultimate summer road trip, put the smartphone away and just enjoy yourself. Make sure you tell your job that you will not be taking calls and then ignore any emails or calls that come in. Unplugging is the best way to relax and really enjoy your vacation like you were meant to.

Mazda 3 tuning


The Amazing Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 replaced the previous 323 and was aimed very much like a small family car. The range of options and engines are limited nevertheless the larger engined models give you a good basis for tuning.

We might recommend the two. or better still if you can source a 2.3 litre model there is a better grounds for your tuning project.

Sadly the smaller 1.4-1.6 engines do not have a lot to give without spending significant amounts of money on them.

Mazda 3 Tuning

(The European/Canadian and American market models 2.3 had a turbocharger, and set out around 260bhp as standard that is pretty good for the car with this size. This would be the ultimate straight engine swap. if you can source a 2.3 turbo engine)

The Mazda 3 is a stunning package, pretty powerful and agile from the factory. With some tuning mods you can make it even better.

Handling mods should be your priority. We will advise you to obtain some poly urethane bushes (bushings) and fit slightly stiffer suspension.

Adjustable shocks enable you to try the settings until you have it right. Regardless TorqueCars would recommend a drop of 35mm all round for optimum handling.

Tuning articles and tips

Turning our awareness of the engine you really want to find the 2.3 litre engine performing at its peak efficiency. Adding a Mazda 3 induction kit using a cold air feed pipe will do much to improve the breathing. Match this with a sports sport and exhaust catalyst and you will have a much better breathing engine.

Getting good advanced you would be looking to start some internal engine mods. If you can source a set of fast road cams for your Mazda 3 these will add another 10-15bhp. Many cam specialists can provide you with a regrind and improve the profile of your standard cams.

Receiving the engine head gas flowed and ported will also allow bigger power gains. Incorporating larger valves with the other head work will add an additional 5-10bhp for your engine.

You need to look at the addition of forced induction if you want the highest power gains. A supercharger on a modest boost level would give a great power gain. Lowering the engines compression ratio will allow you to boost the boost further and you can push the NASP 2.3 engine to around 230 bhp. The turbo 2.3 can hit around 290bhp with a bit of careful tuning.

For larger power gains you will need to uprate the fueling so get a good fuel pump and larger injectors to suite your tuning load.

Finally obtaining a remap done is the best way to tie every one of the mods you might have done together and allows you to get the maximum return from using it. If you find that a remap will not be possible on your engine, an aftermarket ECU can be fitted which takes over your ECU. We do not however recommend tuning boxes or piggy back devices on the Mazda 3.