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Old 02-28-2004, 06:17 PM   #1
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Hello all.

Well, I am new here Just traded my 92 Bonny SSEi for a CHERRY 98 SSEi.

I was wondering if any of you gentlemen could offer some suggestions.

I am not mechanically inclined (not enough for major work anyway) but was wondering if there is anyone who could suggest some simple ideas for performance enhancement (READ: Improving 0-60 time). Current 0-60 is around 7-7.5 seconds. I would love to get to 6.5 (or dare I say 6) if possible.

Do fuel octane boosts help?

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1) Are there any modifications I can make on my own NOR being a mechanic ie: step by step?

2) Is there anyone in South Jersey who would like to make a few bucj helping me modify the car to do the above?

Any insight or advice would be received with gratitude. Be kind to the village idiot.

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Well some relatively simple do it yourself mods would include a JET PCM, which just plugs into the inside of your car. An intake would be a definite help, also pretty easy. Next would be a pulley swap, to a smaller pulley. That is a bit more complicated, but can be done by even the mechanically disinclined.
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Thanks so much for the quick repy!!!

You said:

"Well some relatively simple do it yourself mods would include a JET PCM, which just plugs into the inside of your car."

What is that, where can I find one and where does it "plug in".

"An intake would be a definite help, also pretty easy."

Again, please forgive me but I did state "Village Idiot" in mu post.

"Next would be a pulley swap, to a smaller pulley. That is a bit more complicated, but can be done by even the mechanically disinclined."

How do I do that?

Thanks again!

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Also,,,

What about Octane Boost. Is that BS?
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Octane booster you buy raises the octane one point. As in: POINT ONE. 0.1 octane. Forget it. If you want to boost octane effecively, you need to use something a bit stronger, but you need to research it fully. Toluene is what I'm referring to. I've succesfully mixed/run 95 octane.
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That is more less BS. It works sort of, like filling your car with a higher octane. Too expensive, and not a reall HP/Torque adder.

The jet PCM, is a computer chip that plugs into your computer inside the car. I believe it is the OBDII port, but others will correct me If I am wrong. It controls how your car functions, and how the transmission (tranny) shifts.

An intake is a name for a filter system for how your car takes in air. A less restrictive one than factory would help you get a few horsies.

If you look in the Techinfo section of the website, there are numerous links.

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/techinfo/?article=52
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Boosting octane will allow the PCM to advance timing further, for more power without KR.
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But it is not a permanent mod, so its not really consistent. I would do quite a bit more to the car before starting in on octane boosting.
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Gut the stock airbox, install a K&N drop in.
Order a 3.4 pulley, you can rent a puller from the same place you get the pulley, ahve someone with basic mechanical knowledge help you, even though it is not that hard.
Switch to AC 41-932 plugs which are one heat range colder and are needed with the smaller pulley

JET Products are a waste of time, you have a 98 like me so you can go through DHP who does the PCM work for the Grand prix GTP'*

Then add rocker arms, and headers if you want 13 second timeslips.
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Okay, well thanks so much for all your advice.

Sadly, I am still lost in the lingo, but I will try and research the ideas and terms ya'll used.

One thing. I HAVE noticed a change in the way the car sprints when using 93 Octane gas with a booster.

I will try hangiong around the boards more.
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