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Price Vs Power

Are Speed Parts Really Worth It?

Photography by John Kiewicz, Miles Cook

There's no reason to buy speed parts unless they make your car quicker. Want a Dominator or a nitrous kit just because you'll look cool at cruise nights? Then you're a turkey. Spend your money on more chrome and leave this story for those demanding dragstrip-proven value for their hard-earned bucks.

In the following pages you'll read 10 tests where we took average cars, added common aftermarket parts, and blasted down the quarter-mile to see if we'd wasted our time and money. We tested a few of these items because, frankly, we figured they wouldn't do squat. Surprisingly, they all did--we went quicker every time. We'll also share with you the cost involved, but be forewarned that prices will vary depending on your car and where you score the goods. Of course, the results of the speed tips shared here are also kinda car-specific, but you get the idea. In case you don't, here's a clue: Go faster, spend less. Yeah.

SOURCES
Auto Specialties
13408 Redfish Ln.
Stafford
TX  77477
877-928-8678
www.aspracing.com
K&N Engineering
1455 Citrus Ave.
Riverside
CA  92502
800-858-3333
www.knfilters.com
Currie Enterprises
7-14/-528-6957
www.currieenterprises.com
Pro Torque
Bohemia
NY  11716
Edelbrock
Dept. 5.0
2700 California St.
Torrance
CA  90503
310-781-2222
www.edelbrock.com
R&E Racing
Lancaster
CA   93534
H-O Enterprises
Rancho Cucamonga
CA
hoenterprises.com
TD Performance Products
16410 Manning Way
Cerritos
CA
Hypertech
3215 Appling Rd.
Bartlett
TN  38133
901-382-8888
www.hypertech.com
The Nitrous Works
7-06/-864-7009
bgfuel.com
JET performance
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