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Old 11-18-2007, 01:07 AM   #1
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It has 56,000 miles on it and I'm wondering what some good and cheap performance mods I could do to it to add some speed and I'd like to make it sound more badass. I don't know to much about this so what do you guys think I could do?
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first a good tune up and second check the date on top of youre UIM to see if it the original (read in the techinfo how to ) and do a LIM gasket at the same time
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Welcome to the club Make sure if you do the tuneup to get a PCV, NAPA Belden wires, NGK plugs, and a Delco or Denso O2 sensor. The idea is to get a car in tip top running shape before modding. Then your first mod I would suggest is a CAI or FWI. After that I would suggest a Magnaflow high flow cat, and a crossflow muffler of your choice if you want a nice rumble. I have a Flowmaster 80 series on my 93 and I love it. The next step after these mods would be to scan for KR before going further. After you have no KR then its time for the big mods like cam, rockers, porting and so on. You have found a great place with a ton of info and great people.
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yeah i never knew people were so into their bonnevilles, I got it for 1k from a 95 year old man. I'll get the tuneup ASAP, my dad'* trying to tell me you can't really do anything with FWD cars but the Techinfo seems to have a lot of info.
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Oh yeah, you can do quite a bit to these FWD cars. My 93ssei is impressing me more and more with each mod. Pretty soon my V6 daily driver is gonna be faster than my built 66 V8 Ranchero . It just dosen't seem right, but I love it.
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