If you’re a Holden Rodeo owner who wants to improve their vehicle’s performance, there are a couple of different ways to do so. Some of them are more effective than others and one of the most affordable ways to do so is using a CAI (cold air intake) upgrade to an aftermarket Holden Rodeo exhaust system, and install a performance chipset. Here’s how each of these upgrades works and what you can expect from them.
Aftermarket Exhaust Systems
Installing an aftermarket Holden Rodeo exhaust system is arguably the best way to improve performance and fuel consumption. Stock exhaust systems are restrictive, heavy, and not as durable as aftermarket exhaust systems. Aftermarket exhaust systems are typically built with aluminum or stainless steel, feature wider diameter pipes and are made using special bending technology known as mandrel bending, which reduces gas flow restrictions.
Stainless steel exhaust systems are more durable than aluminum, but aluminum is more lightweight, which further improves performance. The wider diameter pipes allow for more clean air to reach the engine, which results in more optimal fuel burning rates, and the mandrel bent turns on the pipes allow for gases to leave the system quicker.
Besides improving performance, aftermarket exhaust systems can also alter the way your Holden Rodeo looks and sounds. The muffler is responsible for the way your vehicle sounds, and you can find a video of almost any exhaust system on YouTube to hear how it will sound. In terms of looks, aftermarket exhaust tips come in a variety of shapes and finishes. Chrome tips look best, but aluminum and stainless steel tips can also be finished to look sleek and stylish. As far as exhaust tip shapes go, it mostly comes down to personal preference.
Most Holden Rodeos feature an automatic system that controls all of its activities, including the anti-lock brakes, timing, the ratio of gas combustion, etc. Aftermarket performance chipsets can “hack” into the system and override its factory settings. Replacing your stock chip with an aftermarket performance one can boost engine power. Some people don’t experience a difference in power until they tow something with their Holden, which is when they notice a considerable difference in power and speed consistency.
Cold Air Intake
Using a cold air intake is the cheapest way to increase horsepower and torque. This is an aftermarket assembly of parts that helps make the air pulled into the engine to become colder and denser. The air then gets mixed with the fuel and they produce more power. Condensed air basically means more air is getting into the combustion chamber, which results in more combustion.