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Old 02-21-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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As of now i only have visual mods
What do you guys recommend for performance? Chips, exhaust, headers??
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Gears and tracloc first, then if you can save up a little, superchargers are getting pretty affordable, vortech makes one for 3200. I would honestly go that route because if you get a tuner and air intake first it will be a waste, superchargers come with tuners and the air intake would hve to come off.

As for exhaust it's pretty much just for noise unless you dyno it but then your talking over $1000 and that's a third of the supercharger's cost
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I would recommend first evaluating what you want to improve on the car and how much you want to invest. Do you want to improve stoplight to stoplight? Have more fun on the on-off ramps and corners? Is streetablility and comfort any concerns? Answers to questions like those will help focus where you spend your dollars. For some ideas on the 05+ cars, assuming this is a primarily street driven car, and your looking for low-moderatly priced upgrades, I would recommend the below items. You should notice a 'seat of the pants' difference.

Drivetrain
  • gears
  • short throw shifter (if manual)
  • CAI and Tune. Avoid any CAI that does not require a tune. Use a good tuner. The tune will also improve items like throttle response, shift points (if auto), rev-limit, speedometer correction for gears, etc.
Suspension
  • Springs
  • Caster Camber Plates
  • Adjust. Panhard Bar
  • Adjust. Shocks/struts
Brakes
  • GT Rotors/bracket (upgrades to GT brakes)
  • SS Lines
  • Hawk HPS brake pads

For exhaust, the only real restriction point is the axle-back component. You can cheaply upgrade to a GT axle-back for a minimal gain. Anything after that is for looks and sounds (dual exhaust will not gain you anymore HP). Avoid any CAI that does not require a tune as you will see very small (if any) gains.

Of course you always have the higher performance options available (wilwood 6 piston brakes, Supercharger, etc) and that will drive your invest $$ up as well.
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Thanks guys, this should all help

Im not looking for it to be as fast as my other cars because thats not going to happen, just want to get some sound out of it and wanted to kno if a chip is worth it
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Well the bolt on mods listed above will definitely make the car noticeably faster. A supercharger and supporting mods will make it respectable.

The 05-09's respond to mods better than the 99-04 v6's imo. A CAI and good tune could net you +25 hp easily.
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That much? Jeez, I need to get a new 4.0.
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That much? Jeez, I need to get a new 4.0.
Yah, those 4.0's really wake up after a good tune. They are pretty sensitive, that's why 90% of the CAI's (the good CAI's) require a tune...that slight change in air:fuel can make it run lean.
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