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12-31-2012 05:04 PM
tj@steeda Well put!

Best Regards,

TJ
12-31-2012 12:14 PM
Cam2012SE
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Originally Posted by lyonsroar View Post
So the gains would be nil essentially.

$2,500 for lowering springs, a new air filter, and shiny chrome exhaust.

Intake = $280
Exhaust = $650
Springs = $270
RSB = $130

$1,330 total.

Also, age is just a number. My dad's 50 and helped me out tons when I put my Steeda Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Steeda engine mount, and ST coilovers on my Fusion. No $1,000 install fees. I feel like you got took.
I may have misunderstood the question. I included the investment in the new 17" rims and tires which were about $1200. Your math plus that number does put the investment in that range. The labor for the work was reasonable. What they did in 4 hours probably would have taken me double that. Yes, I could have done it myself. I have pulled enough engines, transmissions, and done enough suspension work on the 40+ cars I have owned to know the gratification of doing it myself. I have a great friend that used to help me out with these type of projects. Unfortunately he moved to Georgia a few years ago. We would spend weekends helping each other out with our car projects. Good times!

This time around, it was easier to let the professionals do it.

Most modifications like CAI's and exhaust usually do produce minimal HP gains. Your are not going to get 20 HP fom a CAI or exhaust. Where mods like these help is with the car being tuned on a dyno. When I was on TCCOA, a site dedciated to the MN-12 Tbirds and Cougars, stock cars could pick up 10-15 HP with a tune alone. On a 170 HP 4.6 V-8, an almost 10% increase in HP was noticeable. Without dyno sheets before and after, I can't tell you what the HP gain is. Obviously, the modifications to the suspension do nothing for horsepower. I would say the handling is equivilent to the Infiniti G35 Sport I used to have.

The car is a lot more fun to drive and looks better. To me that is what counts.
12-31-2012 11:26 AM
lyonsroar So the gains would be nil essentially.

$2,500 for lowering springs, a new air filter, and shiny chrome exhaust.

Intake = $280
Exhaust = $650
Springs = $270
RSB = $130

$1,330 total.

Also, age is just a number. My dad's 50 and helped me out tons when I put my Steeda Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Steeda engine mount, and ST coilovers on my Fusion. No $1,000 install fees. I feel like you got took.
12-31-2012 09:49 AM
Cam2012SE
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What are the gains with this kit?
I believe with the CAI they say 6-8 HP. The exhaust is from Magnaflow. I did not see any #'s on their site. A dyno pull is the only way I would know exactly. I wish I could have one done in stock trim, then after the mods. Hopefully we will see a tune from SCT soon and then I will have dyno runs done.
12-31-2012 09:38 AM
Cam2012SE
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Originally Posted by tj@steeda View Post
Car looks great!

Glad to see you very pleased with the end results.

Let us know if there is anything further we can do for you?

Best Regards,

TJ
Thank you. I'm good for the time being. I have to pay for this stuff first!
12-31-2012 09:22 AM
Cam2012SE
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Originally Posted by lyonsroar View Post
What are the gains with this kit?
I wish I could have dynoed the car before and after. I was short on time and $$$. The car definately pulls harder than it did before. Gas mileage has improved, but that is only when you stay out of the gas. When a tune becomes available I will have a before and after done. I can't put a HP increase # on it though.
12-31-2012 09:16 AM
Cam2012SE Well the investment was well less than $30K. The car was only $20K. Needed the tires anyway so that I consider maintenance(28K on the stock rubber and one of the tires was going bad). All told about $2-3K for everything. I plan to sell the old rims to help offset some of the cost. The car handles like it is on rails. The ride isn't punishing at all. Stiffer, absolutely. As far as the exhaust, I'll have to take a video. You only have a little rumble at idle. Most noticeable when you get on the gas. Otherwise, when at highways speeds, it is not really any louder than the stock and no drone. I'm too old for that. It is a night and day difference after the upgrades over stock.
12-31-2012 12:18 AM
lyonsroar What are the gains with this kit?
12-30-2012 10:57 PM
tj@steeda Car looks great!

Glad to see you very pleased with the end results.

Let us know if there is anything further we can do for you?

Best Regards,

TJ
12-30-2012 03:21 PM
RonMaiden How much was the Spa treatment?
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