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Either one of two support posts that connect a vehicle's roof to its body at the rear of the front door.
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Ball joints are the critical component of the front suspension that connect various links and allow them to move.
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Price of a vehicle with no factory installed options, and excludes mandatory charges for taxes, title, and registration.
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Straight chrome exhaust tips that appear behind the rear wheels and run parallel to the end of the car.
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When looking at a vehicle in side view, this is the line representing the bottom edge of the glass panels.
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An electric heater attached to engines used in cold climates to improve cold start performance.
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An engine that uses forced induction, typically via supercharger.
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A lowrider from the 1930s to the ’50s, often fitted with period-correct accessories.
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The diameter of each cylinder within the engine block.
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A brake booster is an enhanced master cylinder setup used to reduce the amount of pedal pressure needed for braking.
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It serves as the main valve that pushes brake fluid through the brake lines so that the brake calipers can squeeze the pads against the rotors.
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The friction material attached to the brake caliper, used to slow down braking systems that have disc brakes.
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Breakover angle is the maximum possible supplementary angle that a vehicle, with at least one forward wheel and one rear wheel, can drive over without the apex of that angle touching any point of the vehicle other than the wheels.
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