Performance Header – What’s That?

Performance Header – What’s That?
by: Louie Liu

Performance Header – What's That?
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When you lift the hood of your car you see a lot of components. All at the same time. Unless you are into automobiles this complex visual will deter you from attempting to understand much about what lies under the hood. Usually you limit yourself to understanding just what is needed to accomplish the task for which you raised the hood.

However under the hood this complex set of components is what makes your car perform the way it does. Each component has a function which can be understood in simple language if you have the time and someone is around to explain it simply. Let us for example take up performance headers.

Performance headers are car components that, as their name implies boost the performance of the car. To understand them let us first see how the engine powers your car. The power reaches your car in the form of chemical energy stored in the unburnt fuel. It is the car engine that converts this chemical energy through combustion into mechanical energy and through a variety of linkages reaches this mechanical energy to the wheels which drive the car.

This conversion of chemical energy into mechanical energy is at the heart of the engine. It is done by exploding the fuel in a confined space called a cylinder. This cylinder has a piston which goes in and out of the cylinder. When the explosion occurs the piston gets thrown outward with considerable force and this force is what drives the car. Its that simple. But wait there are questions to be answered. How did the fuel get into the cylinder in the first place? And what happens to all the exhaust gases that are created when the explosion occurs?

The fuel is injected into the cylinder when the piston is going back into the cylinder. In four stroke engines the piston also goes back in and forces the exhaust gases out. Now how quickly these exhaust gases leave determines how quickly the next explosion can take place. Cars usually have more than one cylinder. In stock cars the exhaust gases from each cylinder are gathered and then ejected. However this is not very efficient. It is better to take the exhaust gases from each cylinder and reach it directly to the exhaust pipe. This is what performance headers do. In doing so they make the engine run more efficiently.

You can buy performance headers online, at sites that sell car aftermarket products such as body kits. You can see a great range of car aftermarket products at

About The Author

Louie Liu has been in the car aftermarket products industry for 5years. He has specialized in body kits, headlights, cold air intakes and other aftermarket products. He has deep knowledge of a wide range of products including knowledge of benefits of body kits and other products, product options and how to choose a car aftermarket product. You can learn about a wide range of body kits and other car aftermarket products at his site
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