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Old 09-18-2004, 07:31 PM   #1
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Okay guys, I have a new lady friend [there is a space there], and she is looking at a '94 SSE in the area, she has yet to test drive it, but she really likes the lines of the car. She said she likes the 87-91 gen better [she actually said she likes mine better], but she could have just been flirting with my car. I want to show her the 3800 is a real powerhouse, so I want to do some easy, quick, and cheap mods. A tune up is too expensive, so it has to be cheap. I'm waiting to do the tune up after the whole ignition is migrated to the delco. I am picking her up Thursday [yes, that is the day my mom leaves for Chicago for 4 days ], and I can only run to Autozone once, which will be tomorrow. I am planning to remove the MAF screen [see what happens to my idle, if it makes it horrible, i'll put it back on], the TPS sensor adjustment is also going down this week too. Any other sensor trickery I could play? The car won't see more than 25 miles or so.. so the ECU probably won't learn anything.. which is good . Oh yeah, no lecturing that I don't have my license!


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Hmm...Lighten it as much as possible, pull the spare tire and all that yim yam, drain the windshield cleaner uhmm..yeah stuff like that.

Maybe get goofy and ever so slightly loosen the bolts on her chair, that way when you hit it she flies back hahaha (prolly don't actually wanna do that)
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Well, I don't know if there'* a lot you can do to get anything better than performance of the then-brand-new Car and Driver time of 17.3 @ 79... which may even be slower once you introduce the age variable.


Every little bit helps though
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Yeah, I need to keep all the stuff in the trunk, because if she breaks down [very likely], I need to be able to fix her on the spot. But there are some things I can take out, like the spare and such. Anyone know how fast you can take a 35mph turn w/o a strut bar? She has a '94 wrangler with a high center of gravity, so I want to show her what a car can do. I've been able to push 45 on a 35, but I have crappy tires, and I don't need the rear end comming out, nor crashing . I would love another Bonneville owner in town, there are only two, and one is a Junior at my HS, but he'* a ****** and doesn't derserve that artwork [a '91 SE], that and I wouldn't mind driving it from time to time .

Repin: as far as the age variable goes, the car takes exactly 8.3 seconds to 60, and the slowest part of it is 15-40, right at 10 she starts slowing in the pull, but right at 40 after she shifts [2nd???] she starts pulling again, and keeps pulling till I let off the gas.


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Don't get too crazy man, its always when you're showing off that bad things happen
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I removed the MAF screen today [in my cleaning of the interior, I figured i'd do it]. Started up the car, purred like a kitten.. stumble.. stumble.. stall. Restart, purred like a kitten.. stumble.. stumble.. stumble.. stumble.. stall. Restart. purred like a kitten.. and stayed that way. So, anyone who has removed their MAF screen and put it back on because of this rough idle thing, just keep it off for a little bit, the ECU gets a little confused. When I go to wash the interior [exterior too], I will go for the TPS mod..


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Cornering depends on alot of other stuff besides the Strut bar, and that'* not the biggest factor. Struts, springs, sway bars, and steering rack are all big factors. In good weather, I can take most 35mph turns at 60+, but that'* not a good comparison of what to expect. It takes major work to get there, and was easier because of my starting point. Remember, even within each suspension class (FE2 for instance) there are 5 different combinations of spring weight.
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Double check your tire pressure too, even pressure helps in the corners.
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my shocks are shot, after going over a speed bump its like a never ending spring.. They almost look original to the car! But I think they would have been replaced by now. Upon driving this evening I was taking 30mph turns at 40mph and she wasn't struggling.. however my SES light was on.. and she kept stalling at idle. For some reason I think the SES light is related to the stalling. I'll have to check that out tomorrow, knowing me I probably forgot to plug something in . I do know that my springs are original, but my rear air struts were replaced two years ago I believe. That'* all I really know about any work done. As far as the gas goes and such.. she'* got 3/4 of a tank, and theres no way i'm burning that off just to take a corner faster, because the gas i've got, has to last me for a while.. that and nobody needs to notice that i'm low on gas because of some driving .


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A tuneup will go further then mods. Mods on a bad running motor will amplify that, or could cause more problems.

Heck rip off your muffler
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