Like we said, unless you want to continuously see your buddies' taillights, you really need to check into getting some of these street performance parts that we have listed. We took a poll on our Facebook page, asking what people felt were the top street-oriented performance parts that every Mopar should have. If you didn’t notice the post, apparently your buddy did, because he knows.
We tried to keep it somewhat general, and didn’t really know what to expect, but we were really happy about what we heard. Sure, we had a few answers that got a little off track, but that’s bound to happen when you ask a question on the Internet.
Anyway, if you’re looking to improve the performance of your street car, check out these reader-suggested must-have parts—in no particular order.
Light Weight, Large Flow
One of the biggest items to get nominated were aluminum heads. Now, we could have limited our response and simply showed you one set of heads and said “there you go.” But we didn’t think that was kosher—after all, what benefit is that to you. So depending on your combination expectations, here are your choices.
If your combination is a little on the “mild side,” you do have a couple of choices.
Edelbrock Performer RPM
Edelbrock’s Performer heads are 50-state emissions legal and are designed to fit emissions-related engines. These heads are perfect for street performance muscle cars where seat-of-the-pants performance is needed. These heads give great torque and horsepower up to 6,500 rpm. These are available for both big- and small-block engines.
small-block: $1,500 pr/big-block the same
Indy Cylinder Head
If your big-block is looking to breathe a little better than it does with a stock cast-iron heads, the Indy 440-H1SRK kit might be what you need. You get everything you need to bolt them on and go. And let’s face it, the right head makes power.
If you have a small-block that needs a great set of aluminum heads, the Indy 360-H1-1AS will transform your small-block into a serious street machine and/or a very reliable, very powerful bracket engine. Since 400-inch small-blocks are becoming common, their 360-1 rectangular port head was created to fill the bill perfectly.
Big-block: $2,384 (but you also get pushrods, and oiling kit, head bolts, and the required valley plate).
If you want your big-block aluminum heads to resemble stock (that way you can paint them so no one knows), then the 440Source Stealth aluminum cylinder head is for you. These heads are capable of an easy 550 horsepower out of the box (when used with their 500-plus-inch stroker kits) and the guys at 440Source tell us that they have the potential to make 650-700-plus horsepower with some port work.
Only big-block available: $1,000 pr.
Indy Cylinder Head
Get It Handled
It takes more than just horsepower to make a street performer; you need the right suspension parts. It’s been proven that tubular upper control arms can aid handling by giving you more caster/camber adjustment, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. You can also do a complete rebuild or upgrade, and you have a couple of options here: You can rebuild what you have, or you can upgrade to a completely modern suspension. You’re limited by only your want.
If you want the latest in a completely redesigned suspension (front or rear), the Reilly Motorsports Alterktion (front), and Street Lynx (rear) suspension kits are for you. The front suspension comes as a street/strip unit, or a street/handling kit. The Alterktion system bolts to factory framerails. The system comes complete from connection to your steering column down to the spindles, and includes a complete 11⁄16-inch sway bar package, custom-valved power steering rack, and hoses that will connect to your factory power steering pump.
By adding the Street-Lynx triangulated four-bar system to the rear, it’s possible to drastically improve geometry, traction, and handling, while using a much lighter spring and shock to provide excellent ride quality and wheel control. Their system requires no cutting to weld in a single crossbar between the factory framerails. Coil-overs mounted ahead of the axle eliminate wheelhop normally associated with four-bar systems, and allow stock gas tanks to fit. The lower links bolt into stock leaf spring locations with the included adjustable front mounts, or links can be used in conjunction with standard inboard relocation kits and mounted under the framerails for increased tire clearance.
Alterktion: $3,940 - $4,240
Street Lynx: $1,995
If you want to keep you stock-style suspension, but make it perform better than stock, the Hotchkis TVS system might be for you. The Total Vehicle System is the easiest and most effective way to give your Mopar sports car handling. It’s engineered as a tuned performance system, and will reduce body roll, dramatically improve handling, and create incredible driver control for a more enjoyable driving experience. Balanced handling is achieved using geometry corrected upper control arms, adjustable strut rods, adjustable steering rods, front and rear sport sway bars, geometry corrected rear leaf springs, and subframe connectors. The Hotchkis TVS works with your stock K-member, preserving the soul of your Mopar.
$2,592 - $3,336
Performance Suspension Technology
Finally, if you really want to leave your Mopar all stock, but have a decent ride and handling that is geared towards a factory ride, then PST has you covered. Worn steering and suspension components cause “play” in the steering system, resulting in unresponsive handling and wandering on the road. PST’s parts are precision engineered for durability that meet or exceeds OE standards, and are backed by their Lifetime Limited Warranty. They’ve packaged the most commonly needed components into one convenient Standard Front End Kit for the budget-minded customer. Most enthusiasts choose to save time and money by replacing all of the components at once with their Super Front End Kit, instead of dismantling the suspension repeatedly to replace one or two parts at a time.
Each of their kits is available with either OE-style rubber bushings or PST’s exclusive Polygraphite bushings. Rubber bushings are best suited for restoration projects where spirited handling isn’t a key objective. Polygraphite bushings are the latest in suspension technology, featuring the lubricating qualities of graphite and virtually zero deflection operation for the best in handling and cornering.
$389 - $449
Performance Suspension Technology
Roll and Lift
It wasn’t until just a couple of years ago that you could put a roller cam into a small-block Mopar, and not have to do a lot of machine work. Now, Comp Cams has Retro-Fit Roller Lifters. These new roller lifters are for small-blocks that were originally equipped with flat-tappet camshafts. So, by not having to machine your block and add bushings to the lifter bores, you can save money and still run a “roller.”
lifters: $546 (roller cam extra)
By adding cubic inches to your engine, you will create more torque, and ultimately more power. Stroker kits are available for every engine imaginable, from 318 all the way up to the big Hemi. If you’re building—or thinking about building—a stroker, you can either piecemeal all of the parts and hope you get it right, or you can get a ready-to-go kit for whatever you’re building.
The guys at Hughes have been delivering and building horsepower for Mopar guys for a very long time, and they know a thing or two about stroker kits. Their kits come with high-quality components, and they have kits for just about any stroker configuration you can think of, be it a small- or big-block Mopar engine.
$1,500 - $2,500
To help you get just what you need, the guys at 440Source want to be able to talk to you in person and make sure you are getting the correct size kit for your application. They have no online listing, but they’ve sold thousands of big-block Mopar stroker kits, and planning your build with a tech representative before you start buying things could save you huge hassles later on.
Call for kits and pricing
Indy Cylinder Head
According to the guys at Indy, no one can put together a finer big- or small-block rotating assembly than they can. Their years of experience and testing allow them to assemble just the right combination of components to generate real horsepower. The quality of the components used in their rotating kits is unsurpassed, assuring you of an engine build that will be done right the first time. Balancing is available on all rotating kits unless noted.
408 - 655 inches: $1,225 - $5,250
The Muscle Motors racing crew start their “base” kit with items like a cast, stroker crankshaft, forged I-beam connecting rods, Hypereutectic pistons, rod and main bearings, and plasma moly piston rings. The rotating assembly is then balanced. This kit is recommended for applications under 500 horsepower. You can build from there, and end up with a killer small-block, or if you’re working on a big-block, they have you covered as well.
small-block – big-block: $1199 - $2,199
Indy Cylinder Head
Muscle Motors Racing
No one will ever argue the fact that a good flowing exhaust system will make power. Whether you’re running an OE-type of restoration, or a performance oriented ride, the exhaust has to be more than an afterthought.
Tube Technologies Inc.
Since 1988 tti has manufactured the highest quality exhaust parts available using state-of-the-art computer controlled machinery. They use only the finest grade of aluminized steel, and their systems are welded by craftsmen with a great deal of experience. They take a great deal of pride in what they build, which is what makes their exhaust products first choice.
Varies: Contact tti
Accurate Exhaust Products
If you’re working on an OE restoration, whether it’s a Slant Six or Max Wedge powered ride, you’re going to need an exhaust. Luckily for us Mopar guys, Accurate Exhaust Products makes just what’s needed. Whether you’re working on an A-, B-, or E-Body, a new exhaust is just what your Mopar needs for that Mopar sound. It doesn’t matter what your Mopar has for an engine. If it’s factory, it needs to be accurate.
$367 - $1,467
Tube Technologies inc.
Accurate Exhaust Products Ltd
Although EFI is fairly new to the Mopar hobby, great strides have been made to get this new fuel ingestion system in the hands of enthusiasts. Several companies now offer bolt on kits, and you can have your injection in a weekend. If you want to build your own setup, piece meal parts are also available.
Wired Up Six Pack
F&B Performance Engineered Products started out in 1999 porting stock throttle bodies for 5.2 and 5.9 Chrysler engines. Now, however, they can also get you a complete mechanical progressive Six Barrel EFI Intake systems based on available aftermarket manifolds. Each kit comes fully assembled with three billet throttle bodies, adjustable progressive linkage, fuel rails with billet mounts, IAC, TPS, Fuel rail crossover (AN-8), billet throttle cable mount, and one of three air cleaner options: Billet adaptors for the use of all stock Six Barrel air cleaners (Air Grabber, Shaker etc.) A flat fiberglass base for the use of factory A/C systems and the stock Six Barrel element and top, or a minimalist polished and anodized flat billet air cleaner with K&N element for tight fitting applications.
Six-Barrel kit: $2,650
In the past, a carburetor-to-EFI conversion was no picnic. At the very least, you needed a laptop and significant tuning experience. But thanks to FAST engineers utilizing nearly twenty years of experience in fuel injection strategy, those days are over. With the EZ-EFI Self Tuning Fuel Injection System, you get patent-pending EFI technology that does all the work for you. Simply hook it up, answer the basic Setup Wizard questions on the included hand-held display, and the system tunes itself as you drive. As the most popular self tuning EFI system ever, EZ-EFI now has thousands of successful installs, and we’re so confident in its performance that it is backed by an unmatched limited lifetime warranty.
According to their website, the Atomic EFI can be installed on Saturday morning, and you’ll make the cruise night that evening. Part Number 2900 is the complete “base” kit for anyone planning to convert from a carburetor to Atomic EFI. You get the Throttle Body, Power Module (with Wide Band O2 sensor), Handheld Controller, and the Standard Fuel Kit for up to 525 hp (at the crankshaft).
Atomic Fuel Injection
If you’re looking to improve your engine’s performance, Plug-n-play billet distributors are designed to deliver maximum ignition performance and easy installation all at a price that you can afford. Replace your outdated points or electronic distributor with this performance proven distributor, which features the patented Ignitor II electronics and a CNC-machined 6061 T-6 polished billet housing.
Small-block Billet: $293.44
Big-block billet: $293.44
Firecore50 is best known for their exceptional spark plug wires, but what good are wires without a distributor, so they came up with one of their own. Like all ready-to-run distributors, the benefits of the distributor are: if you’re building a restomod, you can clean up the engine bay by not needed the external ignition box and ballast. For you race guys, if you have a mild bracket race car that does not need all the fancy features found in some available ignition systems, The Firecore50 distributor can actually give you a more consistent car.
Small- or big-block: $195 (with advance) – $245 (Ready to run)
It’s time for you to start driving under the Influence of the D.U.I. (Davis Unified Ignition). Drop in one of their powerful D.U.I. distributors, and you’ll feel the difference. Whether you drive a Challenger, Charger, or a Dodge Truck, the D.U.I. will improve the performance of your engine. If you’re installing a Mopar Performance crate engine, the D.U.I. is the ideal ignition system for it.
This is a simple drop-in unit with the coil inside the cap and the module inside the distributor. Just connect one 12-volt wire to the distributor and you’re ready to run! A tachometer hook-up is also provided. Your engine compartment will look much cleaner as the D.U.I. will eliminate all of the messy wiring that is found on stock Dodge/Chrysler ignition systems.
Small-block: $309 - $445
Big-block: $309 - $565
MSD’s Ready-to-Run Pro-Billet Distributors are the perfect upgrade from breaker points or weak electronic ignitions. These distributors feature a maintenance-free magnetic pickup that accurately triggers the built-in ignition module. This module produces a high-output spark, which improves combustion in the cylinder, resulting in quicker starts, a smooth idle, and great performance. The Ready-to-Run Distributors are a breeze to install. Simply drop it in the engine and connect three wires and you’re ready to run to your favorite cruise! The front engine mount models are designed with a special small diameter housing to clear aftermarket heads and valve covers.
There’s no doubting the power that a supercharger can add to an engine. Just look at any late-model car, and if they’re a power junky, they’re running a supercharger. But what about you guys with your classic Mopars? Where can you get a centrifugal supercharger to fit your small- or big-block–powered Mopar? Look no farther, the Supercharger Store has just what you’re looking for. The Supercharger Store kits feature ATI/Procharger superchargers, and they can deliver a kit to fit your needs.
Contact for pricing
The Supercharger Store
When it comes to performance carburetors, the name Holley is the one to know—like you haven’t for years. In fact, over 250,000,000 carburetors have been produced over the years. No company knows fuel systems like Holley. Today, Holley carburetors continue to be a dominant force in high performance and racing, winning more races than all others combined. Holley carburetors have powered every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, and nearly every winning NHRA Pro Stock team since the 1960s and every weekend still today.
Varies dependant on need
If you need to have your Holley properly “tweaked,” Bolaws Carburetors (BLP) is who you need to contact. BLP manufactures high-quality modified Holley carburetors, gaskets, and more fuel system components. They carry the largest Holley performance carburetor service parts inventory in the industry. BLP also offers special machining services to their customers. Commitment to their customers is exemplified by continued expansion to include increasing both floor space and adding modern CNC machining centers. Their in-house engineering staff and Research and Development department enables BLP to remain a leader in the racing industry.
Varies dependant on need
BLP Racing Products