How to Buy the Best Performance Throttle Body

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Understanding the Throttle Body

Your vehicle’s throttle body helps your motor by measuring the amount of airflow which enters your engine. There are two main types of throttle body systems. On older vehicles, a special cable attached to the throttle body’s moveable plates (also called butterflies) pulls them open when you step on the gas to let in fresh air. Newer models are usually equipped with a “drive-by-wire” system. This means that instead of sporting a cable, the throttle body is equipped with a potentiometer, the gas pedal with a potentiometer.

Whichever of the two you have, both serve the same purpose. They open and close your throttle body’s “butterflies” to let cool air inside your engine. And the more the fresh air, the greater the power. But… sometimes your throttle body is not large enough to feed enough air to your engine. Even when its butterflies are completely opened. In those cases, the engine’s power potential is being limited. And the only way around that is to upgrade to a performance throttle body.

What To Look For in a Performance Throttle Body

The only way to unleash your vehicle’s potential power is by upgrading to a performance throttle body with a larger internal bore. This will deliver the needed air flow inside your engine and will unlock that dormant horsepower. But don’t make the mistake of purchasing the biggest throttle body you find! After all, horsepower is not only generated by a high air flow. Horsepower is generated by an interplay of air volume, velocity, and turbulence. And if one of those factors is off, you will hurt your engine’s power. That’s why if you install a throttle body that’s too big, you will end up with too much air volume at the expense of velocity and turbulence.

So, what’s the right size?

A throttle body’s internal bore is available in several different sizes, shown in millimetres. And the size of the internal bore dictates at what RMP your vehicle will generate the most horsepower. The general rule is: the bigger the size, the higher the RPM needed for a kick of power. If your new throttle body is too big your vehicle will feel tired at lower RPMs, while really taking off powerfully at higher RPMs (when the engine’s demand of air flow matches up with the the internal bore’a bigger size). And this is why going with a larger throttle body could be exactly what you need. It will deliver the boost in performance you’re looking for without sacrificing acceleration.

Remember these three simple rules when shopping for a new performance throttle body:

- Confirm that the throttle body you want is emissions-legal in your province or state.

- Bigger is not necessarily better when choosing a throttle body. If you’re vehicle is close to stock, you’ll be best off with an only slightly bigger size.

- Think about the future mods you’re planning to make. If you’re planning major performance upgrades, invest in a bigger throttle body from the get-to. This will ensure you have the air flow you’ll need down the road.

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Edelbrock Throttle Bodies come packaged with brand new throttle position sensors which are factory-set and ready to go.Available in a variety of sizes to fit your specific vehicle application. CNC-machined from high grade 356 aluminium castings for OEM quality and fitment. Available with OEM die stamped throttle linkage and double sealed bearings. Electronic injection molded plastic gear assemblies. Made from CNC billet aluminium. Designed to use your stock TPS and IAC to simplify installation. Packaged with all vacuum ports and linkages required to complete the installation.
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- use stock TPS and IAC
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1 Response to How to Buy the Best Performance Throttle Body

  1. Dwight says:

    I have a 2007 jeep grand Cherokee srt8 with no major work to it just cams, cold air intake and Corsa exhaust. Which throttle body size And brand would fit right in for me? Thanks.

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