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Old 09-06-2005, 04:41 PM   #1
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Well, since gas prices just hit $3.90 per gallon, and I school is in full swing...I figure, a few weeks or months (I sure hope not) with the Bonne on blocks couldn't hurt too much.

I've done all the entry level modificaitons (3.4" pulley, 180 t-stat, colder plugs, new belts, K&N, CAI, new CAT, new muffler...etc.) what is the next best step I should take? New cam, rockers n' arms, intercooler...? I love getting into the engines of these cars, but the last time I did that I had another wrecked Bonne just for spare parts in case I screwed up the first time around.

What do y'all think? The car is a 1997 has a lot of miles (around 143,500 now)...are there things I should be taking into consideration with that sort of age and wear?

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I would say a cam would be the route to go. But before that you should get a PCM, I don't think I saw one in your sig.
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You're right, I don't have a PCM yet...would that explain why my power spiked when I put in the new pulley, but then gradually dropped back down? When I first put in the 3.4" pulley and all the other mods, it was like a completely different car. I literally left two 25 ft long black marks on the paved road outside my house the first time I tested it. Since then, the car has slowly been losing power and becoming much more sluggish. I just had it serviced and still no change. Someone told me that the PCM is adapting to the changes I made and isn't giving me the best power combinations...etc. Does this make sense, or is there something more serious going on?

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I would guess you're suffering from a bit of KR. Try to get it scanned to see how much you are getting. Some altered parameters from a PCM will help eliminate a bit of that, otherwise a cam and headers would possibly decrease it a bunch.
Otherwise you might also start considering the transmission with that many miles.
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Alright, I'll check that out...

Who would you say has the best deals on PCMs, cams, or headers? Which ones would you recommend?
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PCM for the car is from Intense typically.
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I wouldn't spend $1000+ on mods because you think that'll help gas. If you want mods that'* fine, but not for economy'* sake please.

PCM - intense, or a custom one from DHP for your model year.

A cam is better then rockers, but rockers will get you into the 13'* just fine. (05 mustang GT runs 1.35 for comparison). Rockers, with pushrods, lifters, springs/retainers, PCM, and some headers will open it up, and give room for smaller pullies for even more power..
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I wouldn't spend $1000+ on mods because you think that'll help gas. If you want mods that'* fine, but not for economy'* sake please.
Haha, no...I'm definantly not spending money on mods for gas purposes! I just have no immediate need for the car, and gas prices suck anyways, so I figure why not save the money I would be spending on gas just driving around doing nothing, and work on making the car better instead?

I took a look at the options you can program into the PCM at the Intense website...for the mods listed in my sig, what combination of options would you all recommend? I know very little about PCM'* .

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i would recommend talking to Rogue, or Scott directly
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