New Years Upgrades For Your Chevy


If you're looking for a way to spruce up your vehicle for the new year, a few smart upgrades may be in order. You don't always need to purchase a new car to get a like-new driving experience. Consider these upgrades to help your Chevy ring in the new year with a fresh style:


Chevy Performance Chip

A Chevy performance chip is one of the best upgrades you can invest in because it essentially translates into a slew of upgraded features for your vehicle. Today’s vehicles are increasingly becoming controlled by computers. From the air-fuel ratio to the ignition, nearly everything that your vehicle does comes back to that chip delivering essential instructions for its performance on the road.

An upgraded Chevy performance chip recalibrates your vehicle's operating parameters. You can find many different types of performance chips, each tailored to address a different aspect of your vehicle’s performance, such as horsepower, torque, fuel economy, and throttle response. The performance chip communicates with your vehicle's electronic devices and gives it different directions than what the manufacturer originally set.

The performance chip slips in between the engine and computer. It's easy to install and equally simple to remove. Unlike other upgrades for your Chevy, this one won't leave a noticeable footprint, so you can easily get rid of it if you decide to sell your vehicle and upgrade to a new model entirely.


Upgraded Exhaust System

Chevrolet offers a wide selection of upgraded exhaust systems that you can purchase right from the manufacturer. These original equipment manufacturer systems perfectly fit your vehicle, giving you enhanced performance backed by the renowned quality and reliability that you've come to expect from Chevrolet products. Upgrades like this can keep your New Vehicle Limited Warranty intact while boosting your vehicle's capabilities. Some of the options that you can purchase include the following:

  • Chevy Colorado 2.8L Diesel Exhaust Tip Relocation Kit: Improve your exhaust tip clearance with this kit that lifts the exhaust pipe, so you can better tackle rock crawling and other off-road adventures. This kit can give you up to two inches of additional clearance, as well as an enhanced exhaust tip angle that's adjusted up to 9 degrees.
  • Chevy Colorado 3.6L Single-Exhaust Upgrade System: Designed to enhance the sound and appearance of your truck, this exhaust system kit features 3" diameter piping and a high-polish stainless steel tip.
  • Chevy Silverado 5.3L Single-Exit Exhaust Upgrade System: This kit will help reduce back pressure up to 35% to increase performance. It can add up to 7 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and provide as much as four more lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm.
  • Chevy Silverado 5.3L Dual-Exit Exhaust Upgrade System: This exhaust upgrade kit adds as much as 10 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and six more lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm by reducing back pressure up to 41%.
  • Chevy Silverado 6.2L Dual-Exit Exhaust Upgrade System: By reducing back pressure by as much as 40%, this upgrade can give you a boost of up to 12 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and eight additional lb-ft of torque.


Air Intake System

Upgrading your vehicle's air intake system essentially helps it breathe better. Delivering cleaner air throughout the system can improve horsepower, torque, and gas mileage. Chevy offers factory-engineered intake upgrades, such as the 3.6L cold air intake system. This installation will reduce your air intake restriction by as much as 20% at peak airflow. The 5.3L cold intake system is another manufacturer part that will improve air flow by as much as 15%. These upgrades are 50-state emissions compliant, and neither will void your New Vehicle Limited Warranty.


Enhanced Suspension

Installing an enhanced suspension on your Chevy will give you a smoother ride that can make even an older vehicle feel like new. Some options that you might want to consider include the following:

  • Leaf Spring Upgrade: Leaf springs eliminate the need for separate links, providing a lighter, simpler system with improved handling. They also control axle damping and chassis roll effectively. Rear leaf springs serve as an outstanding towing upgrade on select Silverado models.
  • Heavy-duty coil springs: Equipped with shock absorbers right inside the spring unit, this type of upgraded suspension will increase your hauling capacity while providing a smoother ride.
  • SuperSprings: SuperSprings engage when your factory leaf springs have hit their maximum load capacity. These springs simply bolt onto the existing leaf springs to instantly improve your towing and handling with heavy loads.


Rear Wheel Well Guards

Rear wheel well guards are an outstanding upgrade for any Chevy truck trim that encounters challenging roads. These guards protect the wheel wells from sprays of dirt, gravel, rocks, and salt. They can keep your suspension, fifth wheel components, and air bag safe in rugged conditions. The rear wheel well guards add aesthetic appeal to your vehicle, giving it a cleaner look all while making it easier to keep clean.


Tire Upgrades

Upgrading the tires is one of the easiest ways for you to give your Chevy a new look and greater driving capabilities. If you've made other upgrades to your vehicle to increase its power and performance, you may find it necessary to also upgrade your tires to really get the most out of your new features. You can often improve your handling with a wider tire that has a greater diameter. This gives you extra contact with the ground and the capacity for a wider tread with more grip.

When you're upgrading tires, always make sure that they're designed for the specific make and model of your vehicle. This will give you the proper fit and ensure that your enhanced tires don't cause any problems or touch parts of the vehicle that they shouldn't.


If you need assistance upgrading your Chevy vehicle, contact our service center at Jim Tubman Chevrolet in Ottawa, Ontario. We can assist with repairs, maintenance, and more. Contact our professionals to learn more about the best upgrades for your Chevy and how you can enhance your vehicle while protecting your warranty. We're on hand to help.


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By Brian Turner, Your Corner Wrench, PostMedia - We've all seen more than a few examples of drivers piloting rides that really shouldn't be on the road, or doing something to their chariot that's sure to lead to an unhappy ending, but some of us just need a little knowledge to avoid being one of those.  When you consider the wide range of personality types behind the wheel, there really isn't anything you can accurately name a "no-brainer", since there's almost always someone who didn't realize something was unsafe.

Temporary spares really are just temporary:  this has to be one of the most committed sins in the driving handbook.  We've all seen vehicles sharing the roads with us, driving on small temporary spares, but it would surprise you to know how many of those have been tooling around for weeks on that little donut.

Their size and limited tread contact with the road makes them very risky.  In the event of any type of panic maneuver, such as hard braking or steering, they're very likely to cause a loss of control.  As well, their much small circumference (as compared to the full-sized tires on the vehicle) can cause expensive damage to drive-lines if they're left on too long.  How long is too long?  Anything more than the time and distance it takes to get from where the tire went flat to the nearest tire store.

And don't be smug just because your vehicle has a 12-volt compressor and tire sealant can in place of a spare.  If you add any type of tire sealant liquid to your flat tire, it will need to be removed as soon as possible.  At any speed the liquid inside the tire will throw it wildly out of balance and if you let that wheel shake long enough it can stress and damage things like wheel hub bearings or steering linkages.

Missing lug nuts?  This scenario is really common during seasonal tire change times.  Usually someone has lost a nut either because they didn't keep track of them during a DIY change-over or one fell off because it wasn't properly tightened.  With many small cars using only four lug nuts per wheel, having one missing means reducing your safety by 25 percent.  This one makes less sense than most when you consider you can get replacement lug nuts at almost any auto parts store for just a few dollars.

Is your door ajar?  I guess if you've got the heavy-metal turned up loud enough to drown out the wind noise and door warning chimes, you might be excused for this.  But in a collision, any door only fastened by its secondary catch is bound to fly open leaving passengers exposed to a world of nasty.  If your door refuses to latch and simply rebounds open when you slam it, check to see if the latch on the door is already in the closed position.  On most vehicles it will show as a small metal loop blocking off the area where the door striker pin (on the body's opening-frame) has to locate itself when the door is closed.  If this is the case, take a pen to the exposed latch on the door's edge and with the door handle held in the release position, flip the latch bar to the open position and try re-latching it.

What's that gassy smell?  With most vehicles now having tethers to keep you from forgetting the gas cap on the station pump, this one's not as common as it used to be, but it still happens.  Those tethers are usually made of plastic and can wear out.  Of course the first reminder you'll get when you forget a gas cap is a check engine light on your dash, but that usually won't come on until the next day.  The biggest risk you run is having a fire, especially if you've just tanked up the vehicle on a hot day with little wind.  The fuel coming out of a gas station's underground tanks is usually much cooler than the ambient temps on a hot day.  This means the fumes can vent out of the filler neck and if there's a smoker around, boom!  Note:  replacement fuel caps aren't expensive (less than $30) and most new ones come with a new tether.

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