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Old 08-01-2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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I'm currently running a 97 se. I've put on 3.5" intake, 2.5" magnaflow cat and exhaust. Without a chip, or headers what else can i do to boost low end power. I'm making good torque since i've balded some Fuzion ZRI 255/35/R20 tires in like 3 months. I'm not too concerend about top end right now. Would a good set of ignition wires and Plugs help. I'm already running NGK iridiums, but stock Champion wires. Is a supercharger, even an option, I always thought you have to beef up a lot of drive train componanats in order to allow for one. Not to mention the cost. I was thinking If I ran 3" exhaust all the way from the header it would increase flow meaning more power.

Oh and has anyone done side pipe, I'm curious about clearance with my existing exaust, if I can simply modify the location and run them out by the drivers rear tire?
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just so you know, those 20"* aren't helping performance...
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They help my handling, she'* more responsive in the corners with much less body roll. In what way do they effect accelleration. You mean like rotating mass? Please explain?
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Plugs and wires are not power adders. They only restore lost power when you replace them if you old ones have degraded.

3" exhaust will kill what'* left of your low-end.
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Ok great! Thanks. Any suggestions on headers, since a supercharger is outta the question. I'd like to keep it under $400cdn if possible.
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You won't really gain from headers alone. You need to do rockers along with them. You might have to be looking for used for that price.
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those 20'* put a real strain on the drive train, their heavy, and alot to move around, and probably a bigger circumfrence (spelling) then stock tires. IMO i would get a tire/rim combo that has roughly the same circumfrence as stock tires/rims, not only will it help performance it will also improve gas milage
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Accellerating and braking are both going to be affected by the 20'*. If you're serious about performance in accelleration, braking, and cornering, lose the 20'* to start with.
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So even though they are lighter than my stock rims and have the same rolling diameter it effects performance. But they look so damn good!
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I'm just going to say what I think, even though I may be thought of as wrong. You have an L36 with 2.5" exhaust. Work on the mid and high RPM and get a higher stall torque converter(with lockup).

Your tires/rims have 1.49% more rollout than stock(assuming stock is 225/60/16).
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