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Old 01-12-2005, 05:16 PM   #31
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Hehehehe.... I feel your pain buddy. My best advice is to slow down your "wishlist" a little bit and not overextend yourself financially. It'* really easy to catch the car bug and want to maximize your setup ASAP, but a lot of times it just isn't feasible. I'm speaking from experience here, because I'm absolutely done modding my car, and it sucks a little bit. I wish I wasn't a college student and had more money to sink into the Bonneville, but realistically I have much more important priorities in life. I would love it to death if I had a unique, fast Bonnie. But I think my tinkering desires will have to wait for a few years. I've been told this my whole life, and I'm just starting to realize it now: two of the best traits you can develop are patience and self-control. We live in a world of instant gratification where everything is at our fingertips, and if we don't have money for something we can use a credit card or get a payday loan (argh!) to satisfy our appetites for acquiring things. It'* a dangerous way of thinking.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to accuse you of being an out-of-control spender or anything like that. My point is merely to think about your current situation in life and possibly put the plans for your car on the back burner. I've had to do it. I'd love to spend all my extra college loan money to buy a new motor or upgrade my suspension or something like that, but when I slow down and think about it I know I can't. Personally I have a wedding coming up, and with that wedding comes the cost of a honeymoon and a new bride to whom I have financial responsibilities. It'* more important to be a wise spender now and enjoy prosperity a few years down the road. It will be much more satisfying, too, because when you finally have the financial freedom to work on your car it will be the realization of a dream you've had for years!

I'm rambling here, but I just wanted to stress this point. I've had to come to terms with my lust for car parts, and I think it has saved me from some very unwise financial situations. I just don't want to see someone suffer in the long run for being financially overburdened. Hope you're not offended by any of this!
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:58 PM   #32
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Yes I believe I am done modding my car as well since there isnt much else to do to it and anything else would cost a fortune and wouldnt be worth the time and money. All I have left to do with this car is get it painted and tint the windows and I'll be happy. Id like to get a new car but thats far in the future and based on my beliefs of whats to come it will NEVER happen which is ok by me. Thanks for your concern buddy!
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Haha, I tried stopping after the PCM, that lasted about 4 months. I am craving more toys and more power now. Make sure your car is running smoothly also. I just did an oil change and bought a PCV valve to install sometime.
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My car is pretty much tuned up right now I just need an oil change in a couple of weeks or so. Just replaced my whole upper intake manifold and about 2 months ago I replaced my lower intake manifold gaskets and spark plugs so everything should be going strong. I want to get some MSD ignition coil packs and some new Belden wires and I should be set, oh and an optima too. My radiator is also only about 3 months old.
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Your L27 is held back by the Cam, and heads/intake. That'* how any engine makes differnt power, the upper end. The 1.72 rockers are a help, but they're pricey for the gain. There are other options i'm exploring for these though... a much higher ratio. The problem isn't the engine, it'* the aftermarket.

Supercharging is an option, but you'll need downtime. Access to a similar year engine that maybe had a lower end problem will be the best cost wise.
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Dont bother with those MSD coil packs, the stock ones perform just fine.
N2O is a good cheap way to knock off a second, but thats all its good for. In the long run it would cost more than super or turbo charging your car because you'll constantly be filling the bottle.
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Actually Im now considering not installing that exhaust system in my car because my dad came home from work and said that he lost power and that a lot of smoke was coming out of the right side of the engine so I think I might just get another car and put that system on it. Right now this towing company that damaged the rear end of the car a few days ago is either going to fix the damage or give us money for the car (our choice) so I might opt for the money and get something else. I think I know what the problem is but if it caused smoke to come out then the engine is probably damaged and wouldnt be worth it to install an exhaust system if the engine no longer runs properly. This really sucks but I'll get through it and to think that we spent grands on this car.
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