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Old 07-15-2012, 12:13 AM   #19
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Glad to hear you have a good mechanic.

I would find out what was done as a first step that will say what can or can not be done to help improve what may or may not have already been done.

A built SVT would be a higher HP stock motor. But if the motor just got all rebuilt then I dont see a very good reason to tare it out. the time and $ to go from ZX3 to a SVT motor may cost more $$ and take more time.

Honestly, working on cars is nothing but time and money... it sounds like your situation does not allow you either right now. I would get a tune after doing some bolt on's. Do a full SVT 3" exhaust w/ header that's CARB still right? intake, possibly pull the head, and deck the head and put in a stage 1 set of CAMS and call it good.
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