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Old 07-19-2002, 02:11 PM   #1
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Question I'd like a definitive answer on resonator mod...

Does pulling out the stock resonator actually free-up airflow and help the car to breathe (thereby potentially increasing HP) or is it a "sound only" mod? I've heard both explanations given. I'd like to know the general consensus before I pull the thing out...

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Old 07-19-2002, 02:20 PM   #2
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Whatever air it does free up is supposed to be negligible I believe.

Most consider it a "sound-only" mod.
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Old 07-19-2002, 02:25 PM   #3
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According to Shiv, it's just a sound mod.
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Old 07-19-2002, 02:36 PM   #4
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More air is always better
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Old 07-19-2002, 02:49 PM   #5
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According to MRT, who have much more experience than Shiv, its not just a "sound" mod, it has actual measured performance benefit. The benefit is rather slight, but it does exist.
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Old 07-19-2002, 03:02 PM   #6
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When the TURBO is sucking all the air to compress... I would say that it would not show any difference.

However, think about the initial air flow that is happening before turbo is spooiling to the max boost... More air is available for engine to suck in than if you didn't remove the resonator so that the initial response would be better and should give more power... It would also help TURBO to spooil as well.....

This is the reason why you feel better response from the "GAS padal" when you do the intake mod in general....

I wouldn't completely remove it... I would cut the resonator in half so that you can still suck in the air from the fender wall...

Dan from PA.
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Old 07-19-2002, 05:18 PM   #7
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yah, hacking it does seem to free up more initial air and provide a more reponsive acceleration. im letting it breath from the fender area with a hacked resonator. some have capped the bottom of the Y piping of the resonator so that it would breath directly from the front intake. i wouldnt do it. 1st off theres more unnecessary piping that the air needs to be sucked from and, i bet there's more turbulence if you cap the bottom portion of the Y causing less air to smoothly flow into the air box.
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Old 07-19-2002, 09:39 PM   #8
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I did the mod, I didn't seem to get much power, if any, but the throttle was definitely more responsive according to the butt dyno.
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Old 07-19-2002, 10:57 PM   #9
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I will be doing it this week-end. I got a velocity thingy from a friend (FREE) so I won't have to hack. I don't expect noticable power gains, maybe better throttle response and better noise.
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Old 07-19-2002, 11:01 PM   #10
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Have a Nice Day? anything to help it breathe

oops..i took mine out along with snorkel..
replaces with velocity stack...filled up the gas tank and got 320 miles when i would usually get 300 miles out of a tank.
mixed mileage city & highway. going a sunday drive to see if this holds true..other trip i would get around 300 to warning light..so will have some new data as far as mileage after sunday's trip..

but the swoosh is definitely noticable...

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Old 07-19-2002, 11:25 PM   #11
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Default Re: I'd like a definitive answer on resonator mod...

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Does pulling out the stock resonator actually free-up airflow and help the car to breathe (thereby potentially increasing HP) or is it a "sound only" mod? I've heard both explanations given. I'd like to know the general consensus before I pull the thing out...

Thnx..

Statman
I tried it. I noticed nothing but noise. I was thinking of trying the new Prova ducts from Japan. Vividracing.com has them instock. I got a chance to see them in person yesterday. The Prova duct replaced the resonator and pipes the front duct into the air box with a nice smooth Fiber/plastic duct. The only drawback is the cost.. Its from a high end Japanese tuner and it was imported.

CT
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Old 07-20-2002, 02:35 AM   #12
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Default just finished snorkusectomy

I just got in from the garage after an hour battle with the snorkus (its lower bolt causing very bad language).Aquick trip around the block did show me a bit of added throttle response but maybe I'm just convincing myself!I did notice a very nice augmentation in sound for sure.The cutting of the snorkus sounds like a good way to isolate the intake , I might just buy a spare for that but I will try the weather stripping first.For looks I re-mounted the intake scoop and am thinking of wrapping it in heat cloth adhesive...it's always more air, I think.Got news that my new exhaust is now on the pacific in a ship from the land of the rising sun...that will definitely help in the sound dept. too!
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Old 07-20-2002, 08:16 AM   #13
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Talking velocity stack

heres a picture of air box with stack..
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Old 07-20-2002, 08:17 AM   #14
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Talking heres looking into fender..

fender view..
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Old 07-20-2002, 08:41 AM   #15
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Talking Hey, that's my car!

No problem, glad to see someone remembered me for reference.

This mod helps big time. Add in a nice panel filter (Blitz, K&N) and it makes for better fuel milage, and increased throttle response. For reference, I've got the following to compliment it as well:

ATR catless up
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All these in combination make for a very peppy daily driver. Even with the AC on, it's still quick as all get out. The biggest help in the "AC on" department is the connector mod. You really need to be carefull of this one though (read the huge thread.) EGT's can rise quickly at part throttle, if not judicious with the right foot. I've got some insight on that on the last few pages of connector mod thread.

Do the velocity stack / panel filter. It's cheap, and it works.

Jim

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Old 07-20-2002, 02:04 PM   #16
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Air in any flow system will resonate. That is why the exhaust and headers must be a particular size. They will hurt performance in one area and help it in another according to rpms or exhaust pulses, etc. The same thing holds for intake airbox volume. Sportbikes have tuned with this for many years. Formula racing as well. Even though the turbo is sucking the air, it still has to fight the restrictions. That is what an air intake does, reduce the restriction. The resonator will let the intake volume match what the engineers wanted to create a beneficial resonation in the air to feed the turbo a little better at a certain speed, rpm, whatever. By removing it, you eliminate that effect, but with modified intake and exhaust, etc. you are changing where the improved effect is anyways. All of this is very slight, though.
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Old 07-23-2002, 10:45 AM   #17
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Where do you buy the Velocity Stack???
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Old 07-23-2002, 11:23 AM   #18
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Quote:
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Where do you buy the Velocity Stack???
ditto

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Old 07-23-2002, 11:51 AM   #19
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Where do you buy the Velocity Stack???
www.summitracing.com

PN (I think, I'm at work) AVC-19002 $21.95

Jim

Edit: Just checked, that's the one! Direct link http://store.summitracing.com/defaul...rchType%3DBoth
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Old 07-26-2002, 08:19 AM   #20
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Awesome!

How is it secured (to the airbox, and to the fender?)

Any cutting?
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Old 07-26-2002, 10:35 AM   #21
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Be careful.

I am 99% positive the velocity stack shown in pics above is the WRXfx / Psi-Fi Motorsports one, and not the Summit Racing one.

I don't know of anyone who has purchased, installed, and reported on the Summit Racing part above. Perhaps MackDaddy can elaborate more, since the SR site has no pictures or details on the product whatsoever that I can find.
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Old 07-26-2002, 12:09 PM   #22
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Err, ignore me. That apparently IS the Summit Racing one. Odd.
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Old 07-26-2002, 12:40 PM   #23
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The seal in the bottom of the air box holds it in place and yes that is the Summit stack.
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Old 07-26-2002, 01:27 PM   #24
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Err, ignore me. That apparently IS the Summit Racing one. Odd.
And yes, it's the VS from summitracing.com

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Old 07-27-2002, 07:43 AM   #25
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Have a Nice Day? a small piece of hose..

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Awesome!
How is it secured (to the airbox, and to the fender?)
Any cutting?
after i got the velocity stack into airbox. I slide a piece of 3" diameter hose onto the end, it needed some coaxing, very tight fit, which is good, so it won't slip back from any vibration..
was thinking about a hose clamp, but the polished aluminum
was to pretty to put a hose clamp on it...
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