How To Light a Fire With a Hot Rod

I never have a lighter when I need one. But if I had a hot rod like this one I’d be good to go. This high horsepower beast shoots some serious flames out the exhaust which will definitely do the trick if you need to light a campfire. As far as lighting your cigarette it, make sure a hospital is close by. Ever wonder how this works, let’s get down to business. You want flames, but how exactly does that happen? Well, you have to get a little scientific first to understand it.

Basically, the car’s exhaust will backfire and pop with a flame when the unburned fuel left in the cylinders enters the exhaust due to the increased pressure caused by downshifting or releasing the gas pedal. You know how to do it intentionally, but you can’t just do it on any old car. You have to apply the proper modifications first before you can have your flame shooting fun.

There are multiple ways to let that fuel from the cylinders into the exhaust system. The first is upgrading the exhaust system as factory stock exhausts are not built to allow for backfires. Upgrade that exhaust system to something that sounds sweet, and you’ll get the flames and a better sounding car to pick up all the ladies. Or at least scare the pants off them when you drive by, which should be reward enough. The second way is to remove your car’s catalytic converter in favor of a straight pipe for a coarse, mean sound.

It also makes the backfire even louder. The third way is to modify some of the supporting parts of your car. For those turbo-charged cars, add a blow off valve. For other cars, upgrade those cams, injectors, and cold air intake. The idea is to give your car a bit more power for cheap because more power equals louder backfires for even more pants-scaring-off-ness. Don’t forget to get an ecu remap to optimize all those new parts for maximum power. The fourth way is replacing the stock fuel pump. The fuel pump is what sucks the fuel from the tank and pipes it to the injectors. An upgraded fuel pump will pipe more fuel into the cylinder and, in turn, into the exhaust, making it possible for the car to backfire. The last way is to remove the exhaust silencer for obvious reasons. This is more about making those pops louder and flames bigger, but why go small when you’re trying to get flames to shoot out of your car? There you go, if you’ve got a bit of money to spend and want to put some of that car knowledge to work for the purpose of having one of the more exciting and just plain cool modifications on your car, backfire exhaust flames are one of the best ways to go. You end up driving a fire-spitting machine that is guaranteed to turn heads and possibly have people running for cover. If that’s not a satisfying reaction to a car mod, I don’t know what is.

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It also makes the backfire even louder. The third way is to modify some of the supporting parts of your car. For those turbo-charged cars, add a blow off valve. For other cars, up