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Old 11-25-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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Hello everyone! I just purchased a new to me 2002 SVT, and by purchase, I mean traded for my boat. The car has 200,000 miles and runs amazing. I am very impressed by this little car and have been having fun with it. The car has an aftermarket exhaust (not sure brand), and possibly a few other small mods. Now on to the questions.

Question 1: The car came with a Diablo Predator tuner and I have no clue how to use this thing. I was told that it was set back to the stock tune, but again, not sure if it is worth messing with or not seeing as the car runs great as is. Some input would help a lot.

Question 2: The exhaust is painfully unbearable. There is a very low tone under 2k RPM's and then it gets a little crackly above that. What are some good options and what would you guys recommend to keep the performance up but keep my neighbors from blowing a gasket.

Question 3: Are there any Dayton, Ohio natives that understand and work on these cars. I would love to have someone that knows these cars look it over and let me know what it needs, if anything.

Thanks in advance for the help. This forum was a huge help when deciding whether or not to make the trade. It helped open my eyes as to what to look for and also reassured me that these engines are strong and will tick well over 300k miles with limited issues


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Old 11-25-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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Timing belt is a must but it is a ** magnaflow is what I have and I coildnt be happier with it its quiet enough to turn the radio up and drown out and quit enogh no one knows when I pull up I would reccomend to get some ford copper sparkplugs number sp-463 and oem wires are great the svt gets better performance out of a knn drop in filter instead of a cold air annd may e a new.clutch if you need it
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input.

My timing belt was done about 20,000 miles ago, so I am good there. I have read a lot of horror stories on those so I definitely checked that out.

Clutch was also just recently done and grabs very nicely.

I am going to check out my plugs and wires soon. Thanks for the heads up there.

As far as exhaust, I think I may try a resonator first, before replacing the whole exhaust. I hope this will work. Not sure yet though.

I had no clue the intake was so efficient. I will absolutely check the filter and replace with KN filter. That is something I was considering doing. Glad to save there.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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Also, I have a shaking in the steering wheel starting around 45 MPH. The brakes are all new and I am guessing if there were any issues while in there they replaced those too. Cant be for sure, but just a hunch. From searching the forums, it sounds like something needs aligned or the tires need balanced. From your guys experience, does this sound about right?
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:46 PM   #5
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does your exhaust possibly just have an orp(off-road pipe)? That definitely makes these cars way louder lol. Glad you have joined in with the focus group as well! Welcome! as for the shaking problem, if the tires need balanced its possible they could be wearing unevenly now which would be easy to check on, other than that I'm not too sure, hope I could help a little!
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:00 AM   #6
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I think the ORP very well may be what is on there. It idles fairly quiet but as soon as I rev it a little it sounds like its possessed. I will definitely check on the tire situation and see if that is it. Its strange though, this morning on the way to work, it was barely noticeable but yesterday it was shaking pretty good. Bizarre.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:51 AM   #7
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Its strange though, this morning on the way to work, it was barely noticeable but yesterday it was shaking pretty good. Bizarre.
Could have a bent rim or damaged tire. Vibration can change according to the position of all wheels. If you get multiple wheels synchronized with their trouble areas at the same degree of rotation, you will definitely feel more vibration.

You should be able to see a bent rim or broken cord during the balancing process, and if there is no damage, balancing should take care of the vibration.

If it was a driveline vibration I would assume it would not change from drive to drive, only get increasingly worse.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:00 AM   #8
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Tires

Thanks for the reply. Good information to know. I was hoping to get the car looked at this week but with this beautiful snow storm it looks like the Wrangler is going to have to come out of hibernation and play for the next few days.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #9
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Update

Just wanted to update everyone if they were curious. Received four new tires, had the wheels balanced and the car now rides flawlessly. Not even a hint of a shake or a wobble.

Still not sure what to do with the predator and exhaust yet.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:19 PM   #10
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good to hear. I recently had some shaking in my front end also, turned out to be a separated tire.
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