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Old 06-07-2008, 11:02 PM   #1
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best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

what are the best mods to add rwhp for $1000 or less
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Re: best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

Hard to say, but I personally went with the basics, exhaust, CAI. For a grand, I think the best bang for your buck is a pully, exhaust, and a CAI.

Or maybe some nitrous if you really want bang for your buck
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Re: best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

Seph is correct for the most part, except for exhaust. Exhaust has the worst power to expense ratio out of any mod . . . it is just cool to have and sounds bad ***. If you want to go fast, change out your gears. They will change the acceleration and feel 100% but are bad for highway gas mileage. Intake, tune, and gears will get the seat of the pants acceleration you want. If you have the cash afterwards, then do pulleys next
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:58 PM   #4
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Re: best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

yea i was thinking of going with the 4.10 gears and t-loc i installed a cold air intake today but im wondering if putting on long tube mac headers would mess up and not pass emmitions
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Re: best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

gears are your best bet
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lol well you gotta change the exhaust sometime, and having something that sounds different is a must for me i didn't want my car to sound like everyone else's.
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Re: best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

Gears is a good investment but if you get the right ratio and keep your engine close to it's efficiency range then they shouldn't be too bad on the freeway. Even an auto with 3.73 will feel faster. You don't have to get 4.10 like everyone says...Most of the people that suggest these gears have never even had them in their cars. lol...

At this stage with your car, long tube headers won't bennefit you much. Exhaust is a fun mod but as posted it won't give a huge gain. When I had my sixer it bennefited the most from a good tune.
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Re: best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

everyone is wrong...


tuner. sct tuner, your car will wake up and is the best bang for your buck
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Re: best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

you might find a used V8 engine somewhere for that much.
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tuner. sct tuner, your car will wake up and is the best bang for your buck
technically nitrous is your best bang for the buck
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technically nitrous is your best bang for the buck
technically, your wrong, because after you purge the bottle away and your constantly filling it up.... well... $$$ adds up
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technically, your wrong, because after you purge the bottle away and your constantly filling it up.... well... $$$ adds up
technically, you're wrong.
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oh yea, technically your wrong
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oh yea, technically your wrong
technically, you still have a tC
hahaha, ok ok, j/k
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oh yea, technically I have a beater to dink around in



okay okay enough's enough ahha
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okay okay enough's enough ahha
soon enough I will have a Saturn DD... And perhaps I will even be able to come down there for some of these installs
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if you are not worried about gas seeing that im used to getting 10-14 mpg in my escalade, yukon and expedition the gas is not a problem what is the main differnce in 3.73 and the 4.10 if gas is not an issue on a 5 speed
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UDP,CAI,Gears and a tune. Skip the long tubes stock headers are good to 300HP If you have the money and some tool skills go true dual this will give ya a idea on how to do it http://www.cardomain.com/ride/450179/2
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Re: best mods for rwhp for stock 3.8l only have $1000 to spend

Any decisions on the purchases yet? Please say gears and tuner, please say gears and tuner. I'm sticking with my previously suggested post of 1.Gears 2.Tuner 3.CAI then toss up between UDP's for power or exhaust for fun.
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