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Anyone who's tuned an engine for more power knows what more heat can do to surrounding parts. And the more modifications you make to the stock engine with each tuning stage, the higher those temperatures will be. First to bear the brunt are essential engine components like the ECU and wiring, the fuel and brake lines, and airboxes and filters. When these get hot you'll immediately notice lower engine performance.

Parts that are damaged or fail because of radiant heat pose a huge safety issue. That's why proper vehicle heat management with the right heat-shielding products not only ensures optimal engine performance but also prevents potential hazards. The same products, encompassing heat shield sheet, tape and wrap are also used by car builders in restorations, as well as anyone looking to lower cabin temperatures.

Honda CRF 50  source: Let's start off with our choice of the best overall motorcycle in this category: The Honda CRF 50F. The Honda CRF 50 is one of the most popular entry-level dirt bikes today. With low gears and a small frame, this bike is perfect...

Most pet owners dream of going on a calming and leisurely drive with their beloved pup by their side. There's nothing quite like taking on the road with your four-legged companion, offering some much-needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Replacing your car's clutch assembly is one of those tasks that's just difficult enough to be a headache but simple enough to do yourself. It typically takes about three hours, and you'll need to make a few tools purchases or borrow them from your local mechanic.

When it comes to building a high-performance exhaust system, it doesn’t take long to realize that the type, design, and even location of your muffler can make or break everything.

The fact that it's called a muffler doesn't leave any question about what it's designed to do: to muffle and restrict engine noise. The inherent dilemma for performance enthusiasts and engine builders, however, is that the sound waves a muffler needs to restrict are a side effect of the power they want the engine to create.

In order to track the performance of your vehicle, manufacturers have installed numerous sensors that detect when the vehicle is starting, braking, accelerating and if it's in reverse or neutral. Some of these sensors require regular replacement so that performance remains optimal and safety remains intact.

For most drivers, a vehicle is something that has four tyres and moves when you press on the gas pedal. While this is true, the sole component that works towards making this possible is far more complicated. With crankshafts, camshafts, timing belts, rods, pistons, and a plethora of other important yet overlooked components, the engine is the heart of every gas and diesel-powered vehicle. The ICE or internal combustion engine relies on the combustion of fuel and air mixture which is ignited by a spark.

Infrared radiation (IR), or infrared light is a type of radiant energy invisible to the human eye. Within the electromagnetic spectrum, infrared waves occur at wavelengths just below that of red visible light, hence the name infrared. The light, though invisible, can be detected as heat and this lends to hundreds of uses in as many fields. IR is what changes channels from the remote, and detects heat sources recorded with night vision cameras and goggles. It is also used in surveillance operations, missile guidance systems, behavioural research of nocturnal animals, meteorology and climate studies, and more.

If your oil warning light comes up in the dash, you know you're in trouble. This means that there's low oil pressure, or simply not enough oil. The risks if you keep on driving are that all those spinning metal parts will soon heat up, and the resulting friction of the missing layer of oil that keeps them apart, will eventually seize the engine. This is catastrophic engine failure, and you'll have to shell out thousands for a replacement engine (and other damaged parts) or get rid of the car.

Utes and 4WDs are the vehicles most buyers go for, new or used. The option of an additional axle and more traction opens up possibilities you won't find anywhere else. These cars are primed for exploring the Aussie vastness, no matter which direction you point your vehicle. And they'll get you there, no questions asked. A few additions help along the way. Additional lights are a must on any car, and on vehicles spending most of their time on poorly lit country roads, the pitch darkness of the bush, or the uncertainties of new worksites, they're a game-changer.