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* 1 – INSTALLING CAR MODS * 2 – INSTALLING SOUND MODS * 3 – INSTALLING GRAPHICS MODS * 4 – UNLOCKING FILES * 5 – GRAPHICS MOD TIPS * 6 – PERFORMANCE TIPS
1 – Installing Car Mods
This section will cover installing car modifications for GTA IV PC. To download a car, visit www.gta4-mods.com and click the “Vehicles” tab. After that, you can browse the pages to find a car that you like.
STEP 1 – DOWNLOADING
After finding a car you like, click the “DOWNLOAD” button on the page.
STEP 2 – Installing
Assuming you already have WinZip or WinRAR installed, you can open the .zip file and extract the car. The file extensions will end with .wtd and .wft. Extract them to the Desktop and open SparkIV.
Navigate the sidebar on the left, all the way to the bottom until you see cdimages. Click it and on the right, you will see a file called vehicles.img. Open it.
Once opened, click “Import..” on SparkIV and find your car mod, open the .wtd and .wft file either one at a time or both at the one time, it doesn’t really matter.
STEP 3 – HANDLING
Now, going back to that archive you had open, there would be most commonly a text file called “Readme”. Open it and you will see two lines; one for the vehicles.dat file and one for the handling.dat file. Handling keeps the car from flipping on turns and Vehicles keeps the car from spawning without parts like bumpers, spoilers and extras, like liveries, vinyls and extras.
Highlight the line that has the vehicles/handling data in it and copy it, it looks like this
(CAR NAME HERE) 1400.0 2.00 85 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0 5 0.37 1.0 200.0 0.23 0.65 1.0 50.0 0.85 0.89 13.5 0.15 0.48 1.8 1.1 1.1 0.15 -0.14 0.0 0.50 1.0 1.0 0.8 1.1 1.5 0.0 14000 440000 0 0
Find the appropriate car name within vehicles.ide and handling.dat and replace them with the ones in the readme. Save and go, make sure you have deleted filelist.pak, that will ensure the changes to your handling and vehicles files stay changed.
There you go, you have now installed a car mod, you can now start GTA IV and play!
2 – Installing a Sound Mod
Installing sound mods is pretty much following the same procedure as installing a car mod, but we don’t have to change any data within the handling and vehicles files. Simply open SparkIV, browse the folder PC\AUDIO\SFX\STREAMED_VEHICLES.RPF, open it and import your custom sound and click “Save” before you close it. Note that this directory isn’t always where most sound mods are found, these are for car sound mods and a few others, refer to the mods “Readme” file before continuing.
3 – Installing Graphics Mods
This section will cover installing two types of mods, ENBSeries, which makes everything a bit brighter, certain versions add more bloom, change the sky cloud textures and reflections to stronger, more high definition ones. The second types are non-ENB, they are usually done through modding the file timecyc.dat, visualSettings.dat and visualSettings.xls. They change the way the game looks via lighting, sky colours and manipulating the weather and time.
OK, so you want to get the ENBSeries mod? Head over to www.enbdev.com and select the appropriate version for your needs, I recommend version 00.79 as it is most known to work well with most computers and trouble free.
NOTE THAT FOR ENBSERIES TO WORK, YOU MUST BE RUNNING PATCH 220.127.116.11
Once you have downloaded the version of ENB, extract all the files (excluding readme’s, licenses and keycodes) to GTA IV’s main directory
(C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV)
And run the game, you should notice the effect taking place as soon as the game starts, if the game doesn’t show any signs of improvement. Press SHIFT+F12.
INSTALLING TIMECYCLE MODS
A little harder than installing ENB, but still easy. You just…