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View Poll Results: What to do next?
T7 Intake Pipe 0 0%
Saab Sport Exhaust 6 28.57%
Forge Intercooler 15 71.43%
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:35 AM   #1
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My next mod?

Hey,
So I got my 3" downpipe V2 in last week and it's great, but now that I've had a taste, I want it all. I've got some money coming in from selling some junk on ebay, and I'm looking at my next mod... what should it be. I want to wait and get the ECU at the end so i don't have to spend money on retuning it. So i'm just focusing on hardware right now.

Options...
T7 Intake Pipe
Forge Intercooler
Saab Sport Exhaust

Which one will get me the most "bang for my buck"?

Thanks
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:37 AM   #2
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I think its a tossup between the exhaust and intercooler.

In the summer though, the intercooler will give you much better drivability.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:41 AM   #3
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I think its a tossup between the exhaust and intercooler.

In the summer though, the intercooler will give you much better drivability.
X2. But since its summer, I say go with the IC.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:47 AM   #4
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IC.


you already have the most important part of your exhaust set up as far as tuning goes, so get the IC.
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thanks guys
how hard is it to remove the bumper and that metal beam? any tutorials out there?
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:51 AM   #6
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It's pretty easy.

Take out grillE.

Take out corner lights.

Take out headlights.

Remove screws in wheel well.

Remove under tray.

Unhook foglights.

Remove bumper bolts.

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:10 AM   #7
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I voted FMIC as well. My fave mod.
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I think its a tossup between the exhaust and intercooler.

In the summer though, the intercooler will give you much better drivability.
There's no toss up here , he's arlready got the DP. If you're looking for performance, get the IC, then the inlet pipe, the exhaust will give you a little performance, but mostly more sound. Unless you go with a 3" catback.
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And look around, there are other options than the $$$ forge too.
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the exhaust will give you a little performance, but mostly more sound. Unless you go with a 3" catback.
Nick's testing showed in most cases the 3" catback does not offer more power than a 2.5".

This was back when his car was making plenty of power. The 2.5" was shown to be no form of a bottleneck in terms of flow.
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Intercooler, then get a tune.
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And look around, there are other options than the $$$ forge too.
yeah, but i would like something that mounts right in.
yes, i know... my ambition is lacking
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