Originally Posted by K Dog
There's a million variables there, tough to say.
Quite honestly with only those mods, you probably wont see an enormous gain.
With the upgraded springs in the head, I would want to see a larger lift camshaft too. And some form of short runner IM to take advantage of both the cams and head.
Or the turbo would really allow the head to shine as well. Fact is with the mods you've got now, the OE head isn't a big restriction.
The only thing on the car now is intake and exhaust. Everything else is in my basement waiting. I figure the head, cams, tune, pulleys, and header will be a nice power bump. I will enjoy it and get used to it for a bit while I decide what the next step is.
Why is my cam choice an issue? I chose these cams based on their idle quality as I'm not interested in a lopey idle and I don't need to rev to 8 million RPM. FWIW, I found some old Marcy threads where he indicated these cams would make power to 7200 RPM or so and I don't need to rev any higher...7250ish is where my tach needle hits the bezel and I won't be adding any tacky aftermarket tach.
I know the head isn't a restriction this is more of a future proofing solution. Worst case scenario is my son ends up with this car. If so? He wins, LOL...I'm doubting it though, there's nothing out that will get me to part with my cash. It doesn't matter what you buy, there is always a sacrifice.
I would also consider building a long block, this car is long paid for and I'm not buying a new one. Just not worth it to me anymore. The ST is perfect for me, in fact I'm no longer driving my AWD Fusion Sport because I enjoy the ST much more. What this means is I have quite a large budget for mods, but I will not part with my cash unless I get exactly what I want. I'm not interest in the highest dyno, I'm looking for the ultimate in responsiveness when provoked, yet have good manners if business associates are in the car, or my mom needs to borrow it.
What I need is someone who can take my requests and turn it into reality. You guys are on my list of prospects because your parts appear to be high quality, you are within driving distance for a long weekend while you "pimp my ride" and even your damn purple accents have grown on me.
I've stated my desires in multiple places in both forums and not one tuner has stepped up. What I've seen is a bunch of negativity and no solutions offered. Maybe they think I'm not serious, but I assure you I'm ready to throw down the Amex the second someone figures out the correct path and says "I'm your Huckleberry."
I'm open to any and all ideas. If I need to change some of the things I already have? No sweat, I can get my money back out of all of them.
And I want a damn free valve cover. and a T-shirt.