How to build a turbo Honda

Our article explains how to build a turbo Honda, Turbo Acura, or what to look for with a bolt on turbo kit. Homemade turbo kits are some of the best and least expensive ways to turbo your Honda or Acura.

We will continue to add to this article as time passes. If you have anything to add or have any questions, please reply to this thread.

The Honda engine is a perfect example of a super efficient modern day engine that is designed for superior intake and exhaust flow. Nothing takes better advantage of this than a turbo. The basics of a turbo is that it uses your exhaust gasses to spin a wheel inside a turbine. This turbine in turn spins and builds up air pressure that goes pushed into your throttle body and intake manifold, ultimately into your cylinder head. Honda engines absolutely love to breathe, but they also love a little help. Honda’s efficient motors are perfect for turbos and the redline9 team is going to take some time to help you understand how the system works, what you need to build your own turbo kit, and what to look out for when buying a prebuilt turbo kit. We will also talk about superchargers, and why we do not recommend superchargers for the 4 cylinder Honda engines (we are not going to be discussing V6 Honda engines in this article).

How does a turbo work on a Honda motor and a Honda ECU

Since a Honda from the factory is not designed to be used with a turbo, there are certain things that need to be done to prepare the car to accept boost. The Honda motors are very stout, and can take a good amount of horsepower absolutely stock. The trick is all in the tune. We absolutely recommend a good tune, and a good ECU to help regulate every system in the car. We are not going to go into any specific ECUs, piggybacks, or stand alone’s here, but we do not recommend the piggyback. The basic things that an ECU should be doing is regulate timing, and ensure you have enough fuel.

How much timing is best?

Every car and setup is going to be different. The amount of timing that you are going to start with, and end up with at peak boost, is going to depend on the size of your turbo, the type of Honda engine you have, how much boost you are running, what octane gas you have, outside temperature, and various other variables. We recommend that once your car is tuned, you have a warning system that in overboost conditions, your timing will yank. Take precautions with timing, it’s very important for longevity of your engine. Wouldn’t you rather lose a little horsepower, but have the ability to torture your engine day in and day out and not worry that it will blow up?

What kind of fuel system do I need?

Just like timing, the fuel system for a turbo Honda is really dependent on the flow characteristics of your motor, the amount of boost you are running, the size and efficiency of your turbo, and so on. We recommend a high pressure fuel pump, properly sized fuel injectors, adequate methods to ensure and control fuel pressure, and always having enough fuel to never have an instance or possibility to run lean (take into account overboost conditions).

Do I need a knock sensor?

This is a subject that can be debated all day long. I say, if your engine comes with one, use it. If not, then as long as you ensure your engine is properly tuned, you should not have any worries. But why not be safe than sorry? For hardcore enthusiasts with expensive motors, we recommend aftermarket knock sensors like the J&S knock sensor, where you can tune the sensitivity, and have it pull timing if it detects something went haywire.

No piggybacks

You’re going to spend a few thousand dollars on your turbo kit, and then you’re going to cheap out with the management? You are either itching for an engine rebuild, like to have rods fly through your block, or should just forget about turbo’s all together. If you want to be cool, get a front mount, and never pop the hood. You can also get one of those fake BOV’s so people will think you have a turbo. For those who are serious about performance AND reliability, don’t skimp on the management. Just about all piggybacks don’t do a good job of controlling timing, fuel management, and boost at the same time. And they definately don’t have a good overboost protection system in place.

Ok, I want a turbo. What’s the best engine for me?

Just about any 4 cylinder Honda engine is going to give you great performance with a turbo. We’re not non-vtec haters, but if you have the ability to run a VTEC head, why not do it? It flows more, gives you a better idle with aftermarket cams (although stock cams are typically just fine), and are really not much more expensive. In the long run, you will be glad you went VTEC. We have had great success with both the D series and B Series engines as the most popular Honda engines to turbo.

D Series Turbo (D15, D16, D17)

For all of you D Series lovers out there, we feel you. What a great little engine that can produce impressive horsepower, be cheap to replace, and overall be much easier to work with. The D16Z6 and the D16Y8 are the most popular D series engines to turbo, and 300 horsepower at the wheels on a stock engine with a good tune is very possible, and in a lightweight Civic, CRX or Del Sol, VERY fun! Build the motor, get a little more serious, and 400+ horsepower will keep you grinning all day long.

B Series Turbo (B16 B17, B18, B20)

The ultimate setup is a B Series Turbo (B18C1 GSR or B16A2 Si motor work well). The B16 is a little smaller at 1.6 liters, but can produce almost as much power for less cost over a B18. The B16 will rev higher, and produce less torque than the B18. The B18 would be our pick as the best Honda motor to turbocharge.

Which engine should I run?

It depends on your horsepower desires. For those people who want to go as inexpensive as possible, and run about 250 horsepower to 300 horsepower safely, we recommend a D Series. For those who want to run more than 300, we would recommend going with a B Series. Can you run more than 300 with a D Series? Sure. But after about 300, it just gets to be more expensive than with a B Series, and typically less reliable.

What should I look out for when buying a turbo kit?

If you are going to buy a turbo kit, we recommend one that does not come with any fuel management, as it’s just a waste of money. Unless if it’s something like Crome or Hondata or AEM EMS, then you are probably going to end up junking it anyway. Buy a turbo kit that comes with a turbo that is sized for the horsepower you want. We recommend getting a turbo that is a little bit bigger, so the turbo is always running in it’s efficient range. Research the kit, and make sure that others say the kit fits without any trimming, modification or problems. However, for a FMIC (Front Mount Intercooler), you will generally always need to trim your bumper.

What is turbo lag?

Turbo lag is when you first punch the throttle, and the amount of time it takes for your turbo to start building boost. We never recommend to give it full throttle until you are in a high RPM range, as you do not want to lug your engine. Lugging your engine can cause premature stress, wear and tear, and engine failure. If you want 300 horsepower, find a turbo that is efficient to say 350 horsepower. That way you can run 300 horsepower, and know your turbo is not overworking, not just blowing hot air, and is as efficient as possible. This will also keep your turbo lag to a minimum. For those people who run huge turbos at low boost, we just don’t understand why.

Will I pass SMOG or what do I do about CARB

GReddy turbo kits are smog legal, but they are basic, do not flow very well, and are designed to be low boosting, low power, and carb legal. On most Honda’s, the GReddy turbo kit is only smog legal without the intercooler. This already limits the amount of boost you can run, horsepower levels, and reliability. If you live in an area where you need to pass visual inspection, this might be the only turbo kit for you. Homemade turbo kits, and most other bolt on turbo kits, are not CARB or smog legal. This is strange to us, because with a good tune, they can be just as enviromentally friendly as a stock Honda. Oh well.

Do I need an intercooler?

Absolutely. We recommend an intercooler with every turbo setup, no matter how much boost you plan to run. The intercooler cools down the air from the turbo, so you can run most boost safely, or have an added margin of safety at your present boost. The cooler air also produces more horsepower at the same boost level.

What size intercooler is best?

The intercooler size completely depends on your setup, and how much boost you are running. The larger the intercooler, the more pressure loss you will have across it. Find an intercooler that fills your bumper, flows the required CFM for your setup, and is made with aluminum endtanks.

Do I get an internal or external wastegate?

A wastegate’s job is to regulate boost. When you run a certain amount of boost, the wastegate opens to release exhaust gas pressure so that you do not create more boost. If the wastegate can flow enough, then you will be able to control your boost properly. Typically, an external wastegate can outflow an internal wastegate. However, depending on the amount of boost you run, an internal wastegate might work fine. In addition, only internal wastegates are CARB and SMOG legal in CA.

What size wastegate do I run?

The size of the wastegate is also dependent on how much boost you are going to run. A 35 or 38mm wastegate is good for most cars that run under 20-25 psi of boost, and a larger wastegate might be needed if you do not get proper boost control with the smaller wastegate.

Do I need a boost controller?

Many people do not need a boost controller because they run the boost set by the wastegate spring. If you do not want to add another variable to your turbo setup, we recommend just running the wastegate spring, and if you want more boost to replace the spring.

Should I use a electronic or manual boost controller?

We have found that a manual boost controller controls boost just as well as an electronic boost controller for much less money. However, an electronic boost controller has several features that you might like, like being able to raise boost from inside of the car, being able to lower boost from inside the car, and boost scramble which allows you to run a higher level of boost for a set amount of time.

What kind of intercooler piping do I need?

We recommend aluminum piping, and do not recommend plastic, steel, or any other material. Aluminum doesn’t get as hot, and keeps the air from heating up as much, plus it’s rather light. Typically, you would need:

From the turbo to the intercooler inlet: 3 90 degree bends.
From the turbo outlet to the intake manifold: 45 degree, and a 90 degree that points into the throttle body.

You will need some straight pieces between some of these bends. We recommend 2.25″ intercooler piping for the inlet side, and 2.5″ intercooler piping for the outlet side. For higher boost levels, increase these sizes (boost more than 10psi, get a 2.5″ inlet pipe, and 2.5″ outlet pipe.)

What’s the best air filter?

We recommend an air filter that has an internal shell so that the air filter doesn’t collapse on itself due to the intense sucking of the turbo.

What’s the best type of exhaust manifold?

We recommend a manifold that is cast iron, or tubular made with thick steel so it will not crack. Make sure the manifold has a lifetime warranty.

What is the best exhaust size?

Turbo’s love to breathe. We recommend 3″ exhausts with all turbo setups. You can have a 2.5″ downpipe, a 2.5″ catalytic converter or testpipe (Off road only), and a 3″ catback for a good street combination. Get a good 3″ straight through muffler.

What parts do I need for a turbo kit?

Do I need a new MAP sensor?

Honda map sensors can handle up to about 10 or 11psi without throwing a check engine light. Over that, we recommend a GM 3 bar map sensor. You will need a converter to wire it up, but it’s rather simple.

Where is the best place to pipe the oil return line?

We recommend to pipe the oil return line in your oil pan at a place that is above the oil level in your oil pan. If you don’t do this, you can burn oil through your exhaust.

Where is the best place to pipe the oil feed line?

On the back of the block above the oil filter there is a great place to feed the oil feed line. Make sure you run a restrictor so you don’t put too much oil pressure in your turbo, which can make you leak oil between your turbo seals, or through your exhaust.

Where is the best place to tee for boost pressure readings?

We recommend to find a FREE source off the intake manifold. Do not tee it off the fuel pressure line. While this is a good place to read boost, you do not want to lower fuel pressure by teeing into this line.

What gauges do I need?

We recommend two gauges. We recommend a boost gauge, and an EGT gauge. The boost gauge, for obvious reasons. The EGT gauge, or Exhaust Gas Temperature gauges, to monitor engine conditions. A high EGT temperature means you are running lean. We recommend to keep the EGT Temperature under 900 c or 1650 F.

What does a blow off valve do?

A blow off valve releases extra pressure in your intake tract. When you are building boost, if you let go off the gas, you close the throttle plate. The pressurized air hits this plate. It needs a place to go, so during this condition, the blow off valve should open, and release the air. If your blow off valve is weak, or leaks, then you could have problems building boost, or losing boost pressure. We recommend to get a good quality blow off valve that is rated up to the amount of horsepower you are going to run. We *highly* recommend AGAINST ebay blow off valves.

Intercooler Clamps, Intercooler Pipe Blow Offs

We recommend strong t bolt intercooler clamps. Make sure your intercooler piping is beaded as well. With beaded intercooler pipes, and t bolt clamps, you should not have any problems with your intercooler piping blowing off. Because of the MAP sensor in the Honda, the car should still run fine, and can limp home, but it’s definately not fun to have an intercooler pipe blow off.

Startup Checklist

Woohoo! Ready to fire that baby up? Make sure you pressurize the system with oil before you start it. Pull your ECU plug, and crank the motor, so the oil can circulate through the engine, and fill in the turbo. Make sure everything is plugged in, all RTV has dried, and all connections are tight. Plug the ECU back in and fire it up. Do not rev the engine, let it idle, and the ECU adjust to the bigger fuel injectors, strange air characteristics, and everything else.

Your engine is going to steam, and burn off oil, fingerprints, dirt, and all kinds of gunk. It will stink for a few days. Don’t worry about it.

Enjoy your new turbo Honda!! 

Jason Cammisa: 2021 Supra B58 vs MK4 Supra vs BMW M2 CS

You might be thinking that the all new 2021 Supra with the all mighty BMW B58 twin single turbo inline 6 is the next supra after the 1993-1998 Supra with the 2JZ, but it might not be what you think.

In this video, Jason Cammisa takes a deep dive into the new 2021 Supra to describe how the car came to be, the collaboration between Toyota and BMW, and how the BMW M2 CS might be the true successor to the 92-98 Supra.

Ford F150 Headlights Ultimate Buyers Guide – OEM, Projector and HID Lights

The Ford F150 has been the best selling truck in the US since I was a kid. Arguably, the F150 has also been one of the most dependable trucks. Due to this, the average years the Ford F150 has been on the roads, still hauling loads and towing is growing more and more every year. Since people have put so many miles on their F150’s, one of the weak points has been outdated headlights. The OEM Factory Ford F150 headlights suffer from road debris, grime, haze, condensation, cracking and everything else possible from putting in so many hours of work.

It goes without saying that due to this, the Ford F150 Headlights that we sell on Redline360 have been some of our most popular headlights that we offer.

In this ultimate guide of the Ford F150 Headlights that we sell and that are available, we’re going to cover the various styles of lights from OEM Factory Replacement to LED Projector with Sequential Turn Signals so you can pick a style that you like and that matches your F150. If you have questions about anything we cover, we urge you to contact us on our store contact us link or to leave a comment below.

Various styles of Ford F150 Headlights

Since the F150 is such a popular truck, it’s near impossible to list all of the styles available for aftermarket headlights, or even OEM replacements. This is because there are new styles, colors and features coming out all of the time. However, we’ll cover the most popular ones we sell on our website so you have an idea of what’s out there.

Shop Ford F150 Headlights here

At the time of writing this guide, we offer 7 different brands – AlphaRex, Anzo USA, Morimoto, Spec-D, Spyder, Winjet and Xtune.

Above: AlphaRex F150 Headlights

AlphaRex Ford F150 Headlights are some of the best quality Ford F150 lights we sell and they are available in LUXX, Pro or Nova Series to signify their stages. Their lights feature some really popular features such as switchback (when you have one light that switches colors, such as a turn signal that is normally a white DRL (daytime running light) that switches to amber when the turn signal is engaged) and a sequential feature in which the light “moves” during a turn signal engagement such as when the light moves from the left to the right or vice versa.

Many AlphaRex headlights also have LED bulbs on their higher end models such as LUXX Series which offer incredibly brighter and longer lasting bulbs than the OEM halogen.

Above: Anzo F150 Headlights w/ U-Bar DRL

Anzo Ford F150 Headlights come in some of the most diverse styles. Anzo has a style called “U-Bar” where the DRL or Daytime Running Lights are in a U shape to give your F150 a unique look (see the image above). Anzo also has halo headlights where the DRL is a round halo that has been a popular look and a contrast to a U style DRL. Generally, headlights that come with DRL and are put on a truck that doesn’t have DRL stock, need to be wired up and aren’t a 100% direct fit or direct replacement.

Anzo also offers OEM replacement headlights that are called their Crystal headlights. These are simply factory replacements and do not offer any upgraded features or styles.

Above: Spec-D F150 Headlights

Spec-D Ford F150 Headlights are our favorite headlights that we sell because we love the style and price point they offer. Spec-D offers lights that go back as far as 1992 up to the current F150. Spec-D offers halo lights, halogen replacements, projector headlights, sequential and switchback that gives you a wide range of styles to choose from for your truck.

Spec-D also offers a wide range of colors. Some lights have a gloss black housing with a clear lens or a matte black housing with a smoked or tinted lens, a chrome housing with clear lens and a few other color combos depending on the year of the F150 and the headlight style.

Above: Check out this demo video we have that shows the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Ford F150 Spec-D Headlights, how they work and how to install them. Here you will see how the switchback looks when activated where the turn signal is the same light as the DRL and how it switches colors from white to amber. You will also see the sequential light and you can see how it moves from outside to inside to give the headlights some added flare and style you’d expect from an aftermarket headlight.

When doing a DIY install, note that you may need to remove the the front number or the front grill (or both!) to be able to access all of the nuts and bolts to remove the stock headlight.

Above: For those of you with a 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014 Ford F150, these Spec-D Headlights give a nod to the triple bar headlights found in the newer generation Ford Mustang and have a unique and very updated modern look for any F150 that doesn’t have factory Xenon style headlights (the plug/harness will be different and it won’t be plug and play).

Above: Here’s a video showing the Spec-D 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008 F150 headlights and shows how the sequential feature works on this style. You can see that while the generation of the truck is different, the style is similar.

And last but not least in our series of Ford F150 videos, the video above is for the Spec-D OEM Replacement Headlights for the 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 Ford F150 and include bumper corner lights for a clean and refreshed look for those who don’t want anything fancy and just need a new set of lights.

Above: Winjet F150 Headlights

A relative newcomer compared to the other brands, Winjet has created a high quality and well priced upgrade that is getting a lot of attention. The Winjet Ford F150 Headlights are a direct replacement for your factory lights and have a 12 month warranty which is longer than most other brands.

F150 Headlights HID Upgrades

Upgraded aftermarket headlights help to increase safety by increasing your visibility and allowing others to also see you better. Sometimes, upgraded lights still have halogen bulbs and while they project the beam better than stock, the bulb itself is weaker than an LED or HID bulb. A popular upgrade we sell is this HID Upgrade Kit with Lifetime Warranty that is plug and play for your truck (just pick the right style bulb such as H1, H4, H7, etc) and dramatically increases the brightness of your headlights. Check your local area to determine if these upgrades are legal in your area before ordering.

Can I just upgrade the bulbs in my lights?

As with the HID upgrade we discussed above, you can also upgrade your halogen bulbs on your factory lights. The only problem is that many LED bulbs are much larger than stock so you will need to cut a hole in your bulb service port. When you do this, you will need to ensure the area is sealed perfectly because if it’s not and allows air in, you will get condensation and a lot of issues with bulb longevity since the housing is going to be wet inside. We recommend making sure you have plenty of room first and any LED bulbs will fit as they can be 2-3x longer than stock. Some even have built in fans at the ends to keep the bulb cool.

What if I want to take my F150 off road?

All of our F150 headlight upgrades are made to be used off road and can give you a much better and wider beam pattern depending on the style and brand of headlight you choose. You might want to check out our full listing of Ford F150 Fog Lights as well to help aid in the visibility for low light conditions, especially in fog or very dusty situations. To finish the look, check out our Ford F150 Tail Lights to give your truck an LED upgrade!

What else do you have for my truck?

We carry a full line of Ford F150 Parts and encourage you to check out our full aftermarket parts and performance listings in our store. We add parts all the time, so subscribe to our email list to get notified when we have new accessories for your truck!

If you have any questions about this headlight guide, please contact us by using the contact link in the store or add a comment below.

LED Tail Lights for Porsche 997 991 (05-09) and DIY How To Install

The 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Porsche 997 991 is arguably one of the best road cars. These cars are known for their direct driving characteristics, incredible road handling and all around performance, especially in trims such as the GT3, GT3 RS and Turbo.

In order to keep this modern classic looking, well, modern, we highly recommend upgrading the tail lights to a clean and updated look with LED lights such as these Spec-D Porsche 911 997 LED Clear / Red / Smoked Tail Lights that are a direct replacement and really give your car a fresh updated look.

Above: Smoked Version

These aftermarket LED tail lights have modern features such as a LED DRL Strip, LED brake lights, LED turn signal bulbs, LED reverse lights and a fiber optic LED parking light.

Full fitment information:

  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Porsche 911 (997) Carrera / Carrera 4 / Carrera S / Carrera 4S / Targa 4 / Targa 4S
  • 2007, 2008, 2009 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 / GT3 RS / Turbo / Turbo S / GT2 (Coupe & Convertible model)

Check out the video above that shows you how to do a DIY install on these tail lights into your own 997 Porsche. We run you through the step by step process from removing your factory stock lights to installing the Spec-D LED Tail Lights in their place.

In addition, the video also shows how the lights look when they are lit up. We have them available in various styles and you can see the various styles below:

Clear LED Tail Lights
Red LED Tail Lights
Smoked LED Tail Lights
Red Smoked LED Tail Lights
Black Matte LED Tail Lights

For more information on these lights, check out our listing to order yours:

LED Tail Lights 997 991 Porsche

If you have any questions on the install after watching our video above, or have any questions at all on these lights, leave your question in the comments below or send us an email from our store contact us page.

Toyota Tacoma Headlights – Projector, LED & HID – Ultimate Guide

The Toyota Tacoma is one of the most popular trucks in the USA and all over the world. The Tacoma is built to last and has one of the best reputations for being one of the best trucks on the market.

As the Tacoma racks up miles (with some going over 1 million miles!) many people want to replace their factory headlights or upgrade their Tacoma to the latest aftermarket headlights to give the truck a new look and to replace the dull and poorly lit old stockers.

In this ultimate guide, we’re going to talk about all the various Toyota Tacoma headlights available out there, what to look out for, what is the best for your Tacoma and why Redline360 is known as one of the premier sources for Toyota Tacoma headlights out there!

Toyota Tacoma Headlights styles

There are a few different styles of Tacoma headlights available. There are OEM Factory Replacements, Aftermarket Projector lights, Aftermarket LED lights, aftermarket sequential, aftermarket switchback and HID lights. So what’s the difference between all of these? Which is right for you? Continue reading our guide to help you in your decision.

Toyota Tacoma Headlight Brands

At Redline360, we carry many different brands of headlights for your Tacoma and we’re adding new ones all the time. Check out our listings for Toyota Tacoma Headlights and if you don’t find the brand you’re looking for, just send us an email and we can see if we can get you the one you like. Currently we have AlphaRex, Anzo, Spec-D Tuning, Spyder and XTune.

AlphaRex Toyota Tacoma Headlights

AlphaRex has been around for over 20 years and they have been developing some of our favorite headlights on the market today for the Tacoma. AlphaRex is an LED projector headlight meaning the bulbs it uses are LED bulbs which are much brighter than halogen, last longer and run cooler. AlphaRex has headlights available in various styles but for the most part they come in either black or chrome housing with a clear lens. If you are looking to get an ultra bright, direct plug and play headlight, look no further than AlphaRex.

Click to see the full line up of AlphaRex Tacoma Headlights and check back often to see if we have new updates and new lights added.

AlphaRex has three different styles of lights, each one more distinct than the next: Pro Series, LUXX and NOVA. AlphaRex at this time does not make standard OEM replacement lights.

Anzo Toyota Tacoma Headlights

Anzo is one of the oldest names in the book. Anzo has been around for over 30 years and has a huge catalog of OEM replacement and aftermarket performance headlights for the Tacoma with more coming. Anzo’s line of OEM headlights is called their Crystal lights and are designed to be no more than a factory replacement for those Tacomas that need to change their cracked, leaking or hazy headlights for something new so it’s easier to see at night.

Next level up from OEM would be Anzo’s halo projector headlights. The halo headlights are two rings in each light that light up during the day to make your Tacoma more visible and provided an added layer of safety and appearance upgrades. Most of the time since the Tacoma does not have Halo’s from the factory, you do need to spend some time to wire the halo lights into the parking lights. You simply turn the parking lights on and the halos will illuminate while driving. Sometimes the halo can be called a U-Bar where instead of being a round halo, it’s actually in the shape of a U, for those who like to add a bit of flare over the traditional round halo.

Next up is the switchback. Switchback projector headlights light up a bright white during the day for an added DRL (daytime running light) but turn amber color when you activate the turn signal. They “switch-back” to amber when turning. This way you have the DRL and turn signal all in one light.

In the photo above you can see the amber light is activated during a turn while the white is activated during normal driving.

Click to see the full line up of Anzo Tacoma Headlights and check back often to see if we have new updates and new lights added.

Spec-D Toyota Tacoma Headlights

Next up are the Spec-D Toyota Tacoma Headlights that are available in OEM replacement, Projector, Sequential and Switchback. Spec-D also has Tacoma headlights for a wider range of years than most other brands, with Tacoma lights going back to 2001.

Spec-D has been around a long time, and they continue to innovate with every batch of lights they produce. Spec-D lights are one of our best priced lights and they pack the most features. You can get OEM replacement lights from only $99 per pair, which is by far cheaper than the factory or your local Toyota dealer which can charge 10x more!

Spec-D offers projector (where the light beam is projected outward for distance and depth) as well as projector halo and sequential. Most of their lights do come with brand new bulbs and are plug and play except for Halo lights that do require wiring to give power to the halo with the parking lights. Many of our customers daily drive their Tacoma and many also go off roading and require a headlight that can pave the day in the dark when they are going through a terrain that is difficult to see and has no street lighting. Spec-D lights can take HID upgrades if you want to have an even brighter light. We have HID upgrades that are so good we offer a full lifetime warranty on them! Spec-D headlights with our HID upgrades can not be beat.

Click to see the full line up of Spec-D Tacoma Headlights and check back often to see if we have new updates and new lights added.

Spyder Toyota Tacoma Headlights

Compared to the rest, Spyder Auto is a relative newcomer and has been around producing headlights for about the last 10 years. Spyder has come on the scene strong and has been a big sponsor of the SEMA show as well as many other shows where they have quickly become a strong name in the automotive lighting category. Spyder has a massive 140,000 square foot warehouse in California and house a massive assortment of headlights for all makes and models.

The Spyder Toyota Tacoma headlights are most popular in the Plank Halo / Sequential style pictured above and are a direct replacement for the factory Tacoma lights. Spyder has lights for the Tacoma going back as far as 1997. These square shaped lights feature halos and projectors and really upgrade the look and performance of your older truck.

Click to see the Spyder Toyota Tacoma headlights that we have on our site and check back as we add more to the catalog.

Xtune Toyota Tacoma Headlights

Next in our ultimate guide are Xtune headlights, which are made by Spyder. Spyder has used the Xtune brand to create a wider variety of lights, and more OEM replacements which are either sold as a pair or just the driver side or passenger side headlight. Xtune has OEM Replacement and Sequential offerings as well as Halo lights as well. Check out the link above to see the latest lineup of lights offered by Xtune that we carry on Redline360.

How to Install Tacoma Headlights

Now that you see what we offer, we want to show you a few videos that show how to install Tacoma headlights on various model years. For the most part, the installation is pretty straight forward and if you have a few basic hand tools you can perform the job yourself and save a lot of money on labor over having to go to the Toyota dealer.

In the video above, we show you to install Spec-D headlights (but the process is the same for other brands) into a 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 Tacoma. These are the specific sequential headlights being installed. These are also some of our highest rated lights with lots of positive customer reviews!

For those of you with a 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 Tacoma we have this DIY install video:

We recommend using this video as a guide and you can always pause the video while working on your truck to help with your install.

Headlight Adjustability

Some of our customers have said they do not like their lights because the lights are dull and not as bright as their factory lights. In almost all cases this is because when the new lights are installed, the shop did not adjust them during or after install. The lights are generally pointed too high up so it looks like nothing is being lit at all. We recommend to have the truck pointed toward a building with the lights on so you can see where the lights are pointed and you can have it adjusted from there. Some smog shops or other repair shops offer free headlight adjustments so we would check in your local area to see who can adjust your Tacoma headlights to ensure they are bright and lighting up the road properly.

Halogen vs LED vs HID

A common question when upgrading your headlights is what kind of bulbs they come with or what kind of bulbs you can upgrade to. Almost all headlights come with standard halogen bulbs which are inexpensive, not that bright and are just like the factory bulbs on a Tacoma. The next upgrade would be to get an HID conversion kit to convert your Halogen set up to an HID set up. HID is High Intensity Discharge and can be very very bright. Have you ever seen a car turn it’s headlights on, and the lights almost seem to warm up and go from dull to bright over the course of a few seconds after turning on? These are HID and are a popular upgrade. The best are LED bulbs which are Light Emitting Diodes and light up as soon as current flows through them. They are SUPER bright, run cool and will last longer than your Tacoma! We recommend upgrading halogen bulbs with LED when possible.

One downfall to LED light bulbs are they are often long and don’t fit into most housings. So the housing will need to be modified for the bulb to fit. The issue with this, is because it’s not fully sealed, you will get moisture and condensation in the housing.

Condensation and Moisture in your Tacoma headlights

Condensation is a big complaint when customers get new headlights. Condensation happens when air is allowed into the housing. The warm bulb mixed with the leaking air causes condensation to build up inside of the housing. Often times the cap on the back of the housing wasn’t fully tightened so it causes condensation or sometimes the housing itself could have a super small air leak. We recommend checking to see if you should silicone your housing to prevent condensation.

We know many customers say “What? I bought brand new lights, no way am I going to seal them, they should be sealed already!”. We agree, but even brand new OEM headlights can have condensation. It’s just par for the course.

If you would like information on how to properly seal your headlights, please contact us.

We hope our Toyota Tacoma Headlights guide helped you to understand the differences with the various styles as well as given you information on install DIY. While we always recommend professional install, many of our customers tackle the job themselves.

Check out our full line up of Toyota Tacoma Headlights as well as our catalog of Toyota Tacoma Parts and Accessories.

BMW F85 X5M Fi Valved Exhaust – Before/After Sound Clips

The F85 BMW X5M comes from the factory with an exhaust that for many people sounds loud, aggressive and just right. But for enthusiasts who want to hear the spinning of the turbos, the pops, bangs and crackles, the factory exhaust just won’t do.

The S63 twin turbo 4.4L V8 in the F85 X5M is begging to make more power. One of the easiest modifications you can do is to unclog the stock exhaust by replacing it with a free flowing exhaust with larger and smoother exhaust piping and a more free flowing muffler. In comes the FI exhaust with quad carbon fiber tips as seen in our video above.

The FI Exhaust (or Frequency Intelligent) allows you to control the valves with a phone app that makes it easy to keep the valves closed when you want the exhaust to be quieter or to open the valves when you want the exhaust to scream like an exotic race car.

Some other exhausts, such as the Dinan Exhaust are designed to replace just the muffler section and need to be installed by cutting the factory exhaust at two points. You then end up reusing the OEM valve actuators. This makes for a less expensive exhaust, but unlike the FI exhaust, you do retain the rest of the stock piping.

Check out the video above for sound clips – enjoy!

HID Kit DIY Installation Guide

This installation guide demonstrates how to install a HID conversion kit to your headlights, and you can apply the same installation steps and connection of wires if you are installing fog lights as well. Note that different cars have different shapes and protections for their headlights; therefore, some extra steps might be needed in order for easier installation, for instance, taking out the bumper so that you can have more space to reach the back of your headlights or fog lights, or you might need to remove some covers that protect the back openings of the headlight light bulbs. This article can work as a general installation guide about how to connect the HID kit appropriately.

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Note: These are general and generic instructions and are not for any specific HID kit. We highly recommend professional installation. This DIY should only be used as a guide.

Here is a wiring diagram showing how to connect your HID kit:

Step 1

Disconnect the car battery. Remove the factory light bulbs. If your vehicle’s headlights have dust caps, please remove them as well.

Step 2

If your vehicle is equipped with headlight dust caps, drill an 1′′ (24mm) hole to accommodate the wiring harness.

Step 3

Remove the xenon HID bulb from the protective casing. Be careful NOT to touch the bulb. Handle it by its plastic base. If any grease or dirt gets on the bulb wipe clean with rubbing alcohol.

Step 4

Put the bulb’s wiring harness through the dust cap (as illustrated). Insert the xenon HID bulb into your headlight and secure. Connect the spade terminals (positive & negative) to the factory headlight wiring harness.

Step 5

Insert the rubber boot (on the wiring harness) through the hole on the dust cap (which you drilled earlier).

Step 6

Connect the bulb to the ballast. The quick dis-connects will “click” once fully secured.

Step 7

Find a mounting location for the ballast. Use the ballast bracket, screws or zip-ties as needed.

  • Do not drill holes on the ballast box.
  • Mount away from moving components.
  • Mount to a secure location.
  • Avoid hot areas that might lead to ballast overheat.

Step 8

Check your vehicle’s headlight fuse. Make sure it is rated at 20AMPS or higher. Replace the fuse with a 20 AMP fuse if your headlight fuse is of a lower rating.

Step 9

Reconnect the battery cables.

Step 10

Turn light switch on and allow your new xenon light to run for 10 minutes.

Megan Racing Coilovers – Reviews & Features Guide

Megan Racing Coilovers for the Miata NA/NB

Megan Racing is one of the oldest names in performance suspension. Dating back to the original JDM movement in the early 90s, Megan Racing has consistently been a brand that has been able to walk the fine line of quality and price.

As some of the more reasonably priced coilovers kits on the market, the Megan Racing Coilovers line up comes in a variety of styles with the cheapest being the EZ I which has no top hats for most applications and is 15 way dampening adjustable. The top of the line would be the Megan Racing Swift Track Coilovers which are specifically designed for those who track their cars and need a no compromise coilover system that includes Swift Coilover springs.

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We have been selling coilovers for well over a decade and Megan Racing consistently gets good reviews from our customers. For example, check out these reviews for the Megan Racing Miata NA/NB coilovers. To see if the coilovers for your application have reviews from other customers, simply click on the Shop Now link above to find your application.

Currently, Megan Racing offers 8 different types of coilover kits. They are:

  • Megan Racing Euro I Coilovers
  • Megan Racing Euro II Coilovers
  • Megan Racing EZ Coilovers
  • Megan Racing EZ II Coilovers
  • Megan Racing Spec-RS Coilovers
  • Megan Racing Street Coilovers
  • Megan Racing Swift Track Coilovers
  • Megan Racing Track Coilovers

Megan Racing Euro I Coilovers

The Euro I coilovers are designed to be entry level coilovers for many European cars. These are monotube, have full length adjustability and reuses the OEM strut/shock top mounts. Most are 15 way dampening adjustable and they have a 1 year warranty.

Megan Racing Euro II Coilovers

The Euro II Coilovers are a step up from Euro I and are 32 way adjustable and often times have stiffer springs but better damped shocks. Many come with top mounts and camber plates depending on the application. These also have a 1 year warranty.

Megan Racing EZ Coilovers

The EZ Coilovers are like Euro I but are for domestic and asian import cars such as Japanese and Korean cars.

Megan Racing EZ II Coilovers

The EZ II Coilovers are the same as Euro II but are for domestic and asian import cars such as Japanese and Korean cars.

Megan Racing Street Coilovers

The Street coilovers are the best the company has to offer for the daily driver. While the suspension is more firm than stock, many customers say the ride is still very good but the handling is extremely intensified. Most have camber plates and these have 32 way adjustable dampening. Excellent for those who want a no compromise street suspension.

Megan Racing Spec-RS Coilovers

Now we’re getting into the “big boy” stuff. These have 32 way dampening adjustments and feature separate compression and rebound adjustments for track use. Megan Racing also uses their best quality components for these kits to ensure they stand up to the demanding requirements of track use. These usually have camber plates as well.

Megan Racing Track and Swift Track Coilovers

For those who see mainly track time, these are stiffer and better dampened for track use without as much regard to comfort. The Swift version has Swift springs for those who want a progressive spring rate and a superior spring.

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We hope our guide as well as reading our customer reviews on the product pages will help you decide on which kit is right for you. Our Top Sellers are the EZ, EZ II and Street kits and have been since Megan Racing started to make these variations.

These kits are highly recommended and we always offer the best possible prices. Redline360 is an authorized and direct Megan Racing dealer. Megan Racing honors their warranty when purchasing your kit through Redline360.

If you have any questions about these, please leave them in the comment section below!

Sound Clip: Lancer EVO X/10 with Spec-D Dual N1 Muffler Exhaust

It’s tough to buy an exhaust for your car without hearing it first. Unless you have a friend with the same car and same exhaust, or you heard a car revving at a local Cars and Coffee or another meet, you don’t really know what it sounds like.

For the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 (also known as the EVO X), we have the above sound clip of the Spec-D Exhaust that you can listen to and hear what it sounds like revving as well as doing a fly by.

In addition to just the sound clip, we also have the second half of the video showing you just how easy it is to install this on your car. It’s a relatively easy DIY for someone with a lift, but if you just have jack stands that will do as well.

Check out the video and let us know if you have any questions on this exhaust. For information on ordering the exhaust, pricing, and availability click here:

Spec-D Tuning Exhaust Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X (2008-2015) Polished / Blue Burnt Tips

H&R Lowering Springs Charger / Challenger – 50888

H&R Lowering Springs – Charger & Challenger R/T or SRT8 – Redline360 – Review

Louie sent us this video of his 2020 Dodge Charger after installing his new H&R Lowering Springs that he received from us at Redline360. We think these are the perfect lowering springs for the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger RT or SRT8 and it gives you that perfect drop with the classic muscle car stance. Click here for more info on these lowering springs on our website as well as fitment information:

Shop: H&R Lowering Springs Charger / Challenger – 50888

These H&R lowering springs lower your Dodge Charger or Dodge Challenger 1.7″ in the front and 1.4″ in the back and we include all 4 springs. They work perfectly with factory shocks or any aftermarket direct replacement shock. Louie gave us his feedback and review on these springs and as you can tell from his reaction in the video, he’s super happy with them – what better review than that? These springs are highly recommended and we try to always keep it in stock. Click on the link above to see other reviews and photos of customer’s cars.