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CAI done, what next?

Postby kevox » Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:46 am

Ok, so I bought this cold air intake (CAI) a couple weeks ago and finally got it installed this week - http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8046971696&category=38634 . And let me tell ya, it sounds WAY better than it used to!! It doesn't seem to have affected hp much (really hard to tell without dynoing it before and after) but that's ok because I bought it solely for greater gas mileage and didn't buy into their "10-15hp gain" nonesense. Well I've been trying to figure out what my next upgrade should be. Even greater gas mileage would be nice but to my very limited knowledge there isn't anything else I can do to increase mileage so let's go to performance here.

I was thinkin' the headers would be the next best place to go since they would be easy to replace, cost little (around $100 on ebay), and also because I dont know what else (other than the whole exhaust for $230) there is that could use an upgrade on a budget...I'm not looking for tons more speed, just gradual improvements on a tight budget here. Any recommendations?
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Postby Ezekiel81923 » Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:12 am

an easier breathing (i.e. bigger, but not too big) exhaust can actually improve your gas mileage slightly...

neither a CAI or an exhaust do much for your hp though. Exhaust moreso after youve dont more work to the engine and intake
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Postby kevox » Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:23 am

Sweet, I hope the exhaust (coming in the FAR future on my current budget...if I get the 2nd job at the theatre here that may change though.) adds a noticeable amount to my mileage (even 1.5mpg more would be good lol) because with my current 21mpg on average with 80lbs of sound deadening in and roughly 60lbs for the temporary sub box, sub, and amp with a 100-125lb. sub stage in the works I'm gonna need all the fuel efficiency I can get my hands on!
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Postby Ezekiel81923 » Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:27 am

yea...mine definitely went up.

It was a mix of that and new spark plugs, plus slightly less wreckless driving habits...that now get me close to 60mpg more than i used to get
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Postby WeDgE » Thu Apr 13, 2006 2:16 am

Turbo. :D
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Postby kevox » Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:38 am

Ezekiel81923 wrote:yea...mine definitely went up.

It was a mix of that and new spark plugs, plus slightly less wreckless driving habits...that now get me close to 60mpg more than i used to get

60 or 6?

And Wedge ya know I'd love to go with a turbo...but I get like $100/month spending money so I just can't afford that $1000+ package;)
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Postby bass_lover1 » Thu Apr 13, 2006 8:40 pm

[quote="kevox"]60 or 6?

And Wedge ya know I'd love to go with a turbo...but I get like $100/month spending money so I just can't afford that $1000+ package]


10 months of solid saving, duh ;).

IMO I'd go the custom route on the exhaust. Go to a reputable shop (buy muffler and tips online though) tell them to remove the centor resonator (if your car has one) and replace it w/ a glasspack muffler, then weld the muffler you bought online inplace of the stock rear muffler.

It's what I did, total cost me w/ parts around 280-300 bucks...which for my car is about 2-300 dollars cheaper than any aftermarket. Also, I used a universal Magnaflow muffler and it sounds oh so sweet.
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Postby Ezekiel81923 » Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:14 pm

i meant 60 miles more per tank...not 60 mpg
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Postby kevox » Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:16 pm

bass_lover1 wrote:10 months of solid saving, duh ]
lol but I can get a full 3" catback exhaust setup on ebay for $230 shipped;)
Doesn't include the headers though, did your setup include headers for under $300?


i meant 60 miles more per tank...not 60 mpg
DANG!! What was that again, just the CAI and spark plugs? Or does that include the new exhaust?
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Postby Ezekiel81923 » Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:45 pm

exhaust too...

but i settled down a little behind the wheel too...so those figures may be skewed a little
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