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Performance Upgrades for a 3.5L Dodge

by Jen Davis

The 3.5-liter engine was the standard option V6 for several different models of Dodge and Chrysler brand vehicles, including the Dynasty, New Yorker, Imperial, Charger, Intrepid, Magnum, Journey and Grand Caravan. The 3.5 was the predecessor to the Dodge 3.3 engine, and is considered to be a higher-power six-cylinder engine. There are a few after-market upgrades you can make to a 3.5-liter engine to give it additional power. Power will increase more if you combine upgrades.

Performance Chips

There are several different performance chips that are available for the 3.5-liter engine. Performance chips are designed to improve horsepower and torque by maximizing the computerized efficiency of your vehicle. One of the primary benefits of computer chips is that they can improve your vehicle's power without increasing fuel consumption significantly. In some instances, performance chips will actually increase fuel mileage while providing additional horsepower for the vehicle.

Exhaust

Performance automobile exhausts will also improve the performance of your vehicle's engine. By altering the exhaust flow with a performance exhaust system, your vehicle can gain additional horsepower and torque. Performance exhausts allow for better airflow and more controlled exhaust release in the system.

Turbochargers and Superchargers

Turbochargers and superchargers can be added to a Dodge 3.5-liter engine to increase power and performance. Turbochargers and superchargers work by generating extra power for the engine. Superchargers do this by using a pulley system; turbochargers use exhaust gases. Both of these can add a significant amount of power and speed to an engine.

Other Upgrades

A number of different parts are available as higher-quality performance models, such as spark plugs and air filters. By consistently selecting the highest-quality upgrade when you perform routine maintenance, you can add to the overall performance of your 3.5-liter engine every time you tune up your vehicle.

About the Author

Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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