Originally Posted by 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
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.