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Old 02-09-2003, 03:56 AM   #1
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'Lo guys. Nice to see a club for Bonnies. Personally, I love mine to death. Any how, I drive a 1999 SLE..completely virgin. 70k miles. No problems as of yet..No mods save for new speakers..not really a mod. I'm sixteen years old and pressed for cash, looking for a few cheap things I can do, hopefully add about 10-15 hp if I'm lucky. I've got a friend with an Olds Intrigue that I'd like to show up

I've been reading through the forums and liked the idea of adding performance shifting. Mine will shift out at 3k driving normally, and when I get on it, about 5000 from 1st to 2nd.
Can I do anything to my air box..And as for the resonator, will it hurt anything to just remove it? I'm also considering removing the MAF filter as suggested..I'll see how that goes, and post results and 1/4" mile times before/after.

Currently, I'm just trying to get it to where it won't "cough" when you demand acceleration. The people that owned it before me were sunday drivers..The Bonnie thought she was riding on Cloud Nine when I got in. =)

Also! The plastic intake manifold..Good god, what the hell did you do, GM? I should find whoever designed that POS and flog them. Are there any companies that offer aluminum replacements, or could I pull one off a wrecked SSEi?

I appreciate any/all suggestions, and don't be shy! AIM/YAHOO/MSN/ICQ/EMAIL me any time day or night. =-)
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'Lo guys. Nice to see a club for Bonnies. Personally, I love mine to death. Any how, I drive a 1999 SLE..completely virgin. 70k miles. No problems as of yet..No mods save for new speakers..not really a mod. I'm sixteen years old and pressed for cash, looking for a few cheap things I can do, hopefully add about 10-15 hp if I'm lucky. I've got a friend with an Olds Intrigue that I'd like to show up

I've been reading through the forums and liked the idea of adding performance shifting. Mine will shift out at 3k driving normally, and when I get on it, about 5000 from 1st to 2nd.
Can I do anything to my air box..And as for the resonator, will it hurt anything to just remove it? I'm also considering removing the MAF filter as suggested..I'll see how that goes, and post results and 1/4" mile times before/after.

Currently, I'm just trying to get it to where it won't "cough" when you demand acceleration. The people that owned it before me were sunday drivers..The Bonnie thought she was riding on Cloud Nine when I got in. =)

Also! The plastic intake manifold..Good god, what the hell did you do, GM? I should find whoever designed that POS and flog them. Are there any companies that offer aluminum replacements, or could I pull one off a wrecked SSEi?

I appreciate any/all suggestions, and don't be shy! AIM/YAHOO/MSN/ICQ/EMAIL me any time day or night. =-)
First, let me say WELCOME!
Second, there is alot of cheap mods out there you can do yourself!
For the "coughing" I would try getting your injectors flushed out & change the Fuel Filter for starters!
Yes the "plastic" intakes are made cheap but, it does keep the weight down overall too!
There is "some talk" about an intake kit coming out soon.
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Taking an intake off an SSEi isn't an option. It'* not an intake, it'* a Supercharger, and no, it won't just park on top and work. Won't work at all. Read the article in Techinfo "Can I supercharge my SSE or SE" (or SLE in your case).

The aluminum intake is in R&D with one of our performance shops. It'* going to be rather expensive, but there are some things you can do to preven any damage to it, or at least reduce the chance. Change your thermostat to a 180, add a transmission cooler, and either remove your engine cover or cut it out and add some mesh or screen to the holes.

These things should be done before any mods.

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