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Old 08-10-2016, 01:14 AM   #1
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I just got a 07 ZX4 S and am intrigued by the many things that can be done with it. Even more, I am intrigued by the gas mileage in this thing. With that being said, I am looking forward to changing my new ride in the future.

I do have some questions though on thoughts an opinions from what I have looked up and researched so far. I am hoping to get some good, positive feedback on some of these items.

First, for the exhaust I had originally planned on doing a cherry bomb with a lunch box delete but after talking to the guy who did the exhaust on my Jeep Liberty, he suggested getting a new, or used magnaflow which he can do for around $80-150 here locally. Should I still do the lunchbox delete when that's done or would it be too loud?

As far as CAI's go, should I go with the Steeda or K&N? It is about a $70 difference and if the Steeda is just as good, I would rather save some money.

There are not a lot of body kits that I have seen but the one I like so far is the Duraflex Pro-DTM body kit seen at http://www.andysautosport.com/produc...s__105295.html Has anyone dealt with Duraflex body kits?

And suspension is another possible upgrade. Should I just go with some springs like H&R Sport springs or should I get the Ford Racing Performance Damper kit to go with them? I am not totally sure if I could just get the springs or if I would benefit more from having them both.


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might as well just get a whole new exhaust, i got a 2.5" catback with an 18" glasspack made and installed for under $200 locally. pretty loud, wife hates it but i like it.

as far as cold air intakes, six in one hand, half a dozen in the other. not really any difference.

duraflex are fiberglass, have a tendency to break during shipping, and most of the time require some decent modification to get them to fit right.

suspension-wise, wouldnt recommend lowering springs on stock dampeners, the FRPP kit is cheap and seem to hold up pretty well. ive had mine on for about a year with some 2" lowering springs and havent had any problems yet.
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I would love to spend the extra money for a full exhaust system but I am a full time college student with my only income from Ch. 33 BAH and military disability.

Thank you for the input on the Duraflex brand. I guess I would have to save up for a better kit, I just like how that specific kit looked.

Do you have a link for that FRPP kit? I see the Ford race damp kit and I didn't know if that was needed, or if it was just better to get that kit.

Basically I am wanting to give it some more pep while giving it a nice look. I rather go for more of a show look then straight performance.
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I would love to spend the extra money for a full exhaust system but I am a full time college student with my only income from Ch. 33 BAH and military disability.

Thank you for the input on the Duraflex brand. I guess I would have to save up for a better kit, I just like how that specific kit looked.

Do you have a link for that FRPP kit? I see the Ford race damp kit and I didn't know if that was needed, or if it was just better to get that kit.

Basically I am wanting to give it some more pep while giving it a nice look. I rather go for more of a show look then straight performance.
Here is the FRPP kit: https://performanceparts.ford.com/part/M-18000-ZX3B

You'd be better off buying a tuner from focus-power.com and maintainence than other power adders at first. Or save your money for emergencies and wait until you have more income for hobbies.
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:40 PM   #5
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Thank you for the link. I save up for bits and pieces and do groups of things together. For instance, I did my Jeep's 2.5" lift, 5 KO2's, side steps, muffler, and spare tire extension all for under 3K.

My first true upgrades would be a muffler and CAI first then a possible tune. The only reason I would do a tune after is it's the 5 sp manual and from what i've read, the tune is more for the automatics than the manuals.
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Having a hard time finding body kits that are not fiberglass for the 05-07 sedan
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yup, gonna be pretty spendy for a non fiberglass body kit. fiberglass isnt the end of the world, lots of people have them, just gonna be some work to install and they dont hold up as well
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Yeah I am sure about that. The problem is finding one. The only non fiberglass one i've seen was one from Razzi and it looks like crap. Although I did find this body kit that I think looks pretty good. Instead of waiting for the cash to get it all painted with the car I could just plasti dip the entire car while saving.
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You dont have enough to spend on a proper exhaust yet you want a non-functional body kit? To get that properly fitted and painted, you will be spending some decent coin. I'd strongly suggest not worrying about a body kit for the foreseeable future. I know they are mostly personal taste but most look like rubbish that are not oem based (imo.) Put that money towards suspension, wheels/tires/brakes, or power mods like intake/exhaust/header/tune. With this being a new car to you and on a budget, i would focus on reliability; make sure you stay up on maintenance.

As far as CAI's go, they mostly all perform the same. The Steeda unit we usually call a Short Ram, its filter is located in the engine bay vs a CAI that locates the filter lower in the front bumper. If price is your only concern, I would look at the FSwerks CAI, its $60 cheaper than the Steeda currently.
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I have had the FSWerks for years, no complaints and have driven it all types of weather with out issue.

FSWerks also makes a great exhaust (their Stealth is highly rated around here $460, especially for those like me that have added a header)
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The body kit is last on my list. I am just searching and bookmarking for future reference. Thank you for the link to the FSWerks intake since I havn't found that one just yet. That is appreciated.

As far as the exhaust, the guy I go to does custom work with Magnaflow and a few other brands and could possible be cheaper for him to do it for less. Last time I used him, I was charged $180 for a 18" cut and rewelded of part of an exhaust and he changed out a muffler and added a o2 sensor for me. All the other shops were quoting me around $225-250.

In the order that I am looking to go for now would be :

CAI & Exhaust(part)
Suspension & Springs
Cosmetics (IE Lights, fix any dents or scratches)
Plastidip
Wheels & Tires
Body Kit

Some of the kits I have found is a FBR one and I know it will take a professional to install it correctly. With that being said, I spent hours searching google, ebay, and amazon and I have seen only 1 plastic kit which is uglier then blown up jihadist (ex military). So if I must go with a fiberglass kit, so be it.

I do appreciate your input and the links! I will definitely check them out and adjust what needs to be saved for each section. Part of budgeting is setting a goal amount and plan to get the goal! This is how I did my Jeep's build. Planned it for about 7 months, 6 months just to do the lift, 5 tires, and side steps lol.
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