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Old 06-17-2003, 01:39 AM
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hey ive got a '96 Bonneville SE (its my first car) and im wondering what kind of parts i can get for it.im particularly interested in an exhaust system. but i also dont have much money.any input from you guys would be helpful
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Welcome aboard.. glad to have you join our elite club.

Most ( if not all ) will always tell you to get a 180 T-stat ( to prolong the life of your engine ) then a tranny cooler.

As for the exhaust question.. you can either go flomaster, Dynomax, or Magnaflow. They do not make one specifically for the bonneville.. but look it up as a Camaro 3.8 and it'll fit just the same. I wouldn't recommend opening up too much of your exhaust since you're still in stock form.. ( doing so would loose back pressure which in turns lowers your torque, but marginally gains you in the top end of HP.. but seriously.. who ( other then Rice ) drives around at 5000rpm or so ? )
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check out the tech info section, and if you go to www.zzperformance.com you can find a free mods section.
I've only pulled my MAF screen and gutted my air box, but I feel like the car is more responsive than before.
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check out the tech info section, and if you go to www.zzperformance.com you can find a free mods section.
I've only pulled my MAF screen and gutted my air box, but I feel like the car is more responsive than before.


I forgot about that
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you should be able to get dual (from muffler back ) and a muffler installed for under 200 bills, any exaust shop should be able to do that. You could also make a cold air intake for about 60 bucks that would work pretty good. but if you buy a CAI then it gets to be pricey. other than that things start to get expensive, i probably forgot something.....

eh, good luck
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ok first of all what makes the 180 thermostat so much better than the stock 195? i mean does 15 degrees make that much difference? also would that have any harmful side effects to my car? i mean i like the stock performance already, i cut my driving teeth on a '87 Ranger so you can imagine how much i love this car
and if the exhaust would cause problems and only help at 5000rpm i dont want that i was mainly lookin for sound and added performance but if it would downgrade it then no
and if i went dual exhaust id need body work done right? and how hard is all this stuff to put on? i would assume the t-stat is easy to install but what about an intake? i mean im no mr. goodwrench. and buying stuff and having ur mechanic put it on just makes it more expensive.thanks for all ur input though
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Read up...good for what ails ya

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/techinfo/?article=52
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Check my cardomain sig for the best hp per dollar upgrade that ive found so far,should be on last page.Not sure if you can see it but its a chrome pontiac wing nut i got for 20 bucks,Its the easiest 30 horse you'll ever get
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LMAO...Paul, you've been pitchin that one for a while now...lol
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hey drifter420 howd you go about lightin up the "pontiac" on the trunk? thats cool lookin.
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