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Old 05-16-2005, 06:40 AM   #1
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Default Best bang for Buck

I appreciate this question is a long old one and some of you may say use the search, but never the less i will submit this post!
What mods have you all done that have givern you the most bang for buck? I'm looking for better throttle response, reduce that turbo lag and maybe shave a few seconds off getting to where im going . I'm new to the turbo world and so dont fully have an appreciation for what to mod so any thoughts or inputs is great,
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Old 05-16-2005, 06:55 AM   #2
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exaust, engine management, nos!
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:00 AM   #3
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exaust, engine management, nos!
gotta have the naws!
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:15 AM   #4
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turbo back exhaust will give you the best bang for the buck, especially if you get one used....don't bother with an intake....
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:03 AM   #5
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:40 AM   #6
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uppipe, turboback exhaust, and some sort of engine management to take advantage of the mods through a more aggressive tune.

if you want to save money buy used parts in the f/s forums. stuff like exhaust parts usually hold up pretty well.
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Old 05-16-2005, 11:03 AM   #7
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Catless uppipe, intercooler hoses, and a Turbo back exhaust will give you better throttle response and less lag. It's a good start.
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Old 05-16-2005, 01:20 PM   #8
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Do we have dyno graph showing before-n-after changes with aftermarket intercooler hose VS stock intercooler hose?
Some say aftermarket silicone Y-pipe won't do improvement as far as buttdyno could tell. But I'm thinking about one if more ppl believe the aftermarket Y-pipe is useful and most important -- worth the bucks.
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Old 05-16-2005, 01:39 PM   #9
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cobb stg 2 = $1500 catless
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:40 PM   #10
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#1 EM EM EM! nothing else will even come close to the genuine 25 hp a flash will provide
#2 removal of primary cat (in the DP)
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every thing after that is small in compairison

the intercooler hose is worth every penny ... more becasuse it make removal/reinstall of the intercooler 100x easeier .. ok more like 1000x times

uppipe is probbaly next
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Old 05-16-2005, 05:28 PM   #11
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Best is so subjective. The fact is, there is no "best". It depends on what your goals are. My "best" is a start with a JDM swap. Everything else is a waste of time and money. See what I mean? It depends on your perspective and goals. Nobody knows what your goals are. Mine are probably different than yours.

Thing is, if you mod a car according to the next "best" thing you can do, it is a sure fire way to spend money and never be happy and have a car that runs poorly. "What is the best thing to do" is an open ended question and is a real good way to get conflicting information and get really confused.

Read for a few months youll be happy you did.
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Old 05-16-2005, 05:44 PM   #12
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in addition to UB's manifesto, this link is really good for spending time and helping you to spend $$$

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