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Old 11-29-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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Best Power gains?

I have searched this forum but Im still unclear as to what mods will get the best power gains (without FI, that will be coming much later on). The first mod will be Toms Custom tune, as It seems everyone who has it says it should be the first upgrade.
I have heard people say for an intake, just using a K&N filter is a better route then gettting an new intake. Just wondering if anyone has found a certain intake getting better power gains than the stock one? Also, I will be replacing the cat with a straight pipe and looking at an MBRP exhaust, what size will be best? 2.5"?
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keep stock exhaust.. just get a orp tune and maybe just maybe a CAI or SRI

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Best route I've heard would be to do a tom's and then get a K&N drop in, since the stock intake breathes so well already. A Violate wouldn't be a bad idea, but I wouldn't get a CAI or SRI, it's not worth it, and It might not even show gains.

Other than that, a drop is common, no more than maybe an inch though, since it's already pretty low, and maybe do some weight shedding by getting some lighter wheels and the back seats (if you don't need them).

The SVT, unlike my car (SPI) is already almost perfect on power and agility, so you really don't have to even put in that much effort to get that last 5% or so out of it.

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As I mentioned in my post, I did search but have found some that do a CAI and some that just do a drop in filter, and some that use stock exhaust while some go to 2.5" so I was just wondering what way gets the best gains.
As for keeping the stock exhaust, I thought about it since IMO its a great sounding exhaust but I just love the way the MBRP exhaust sounds.




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keep stock exhaust.. just get a orp tune and maybe just maybe a CAI or SRI

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uhm... the CAI does something although you say no.. one thing is worth the money and other is if it does something or not.. ive seen about 5whp with the intake stuff all of them aftermarket, im running a drop in filter tho..

about the exhaust the 2.5 catback is all for sound, there is a full 3" exhaust dyno sheet and hp or tq doesnt increase that much, so 2.5 catback would do nothing to svt.. id change everything to 3" which is what i may do and if not you should simply get a orp or hfc

the tune is a must for sure
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I have an ORP with the 2.5 inch MBRP. You can basically forget about sounding good. My car is very loud. I am not complaining though, cause I like it. At lower RPMs it sounds deep and pops a lot. At higher RPMs you might get confused with a Honda though.

I like it though.

An intake will def make the car sound awesome too. If you can find a good deal on one you should jump on it. There is not a lot of gains with them though but I still bought one.
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Not sure how serious you are about FI later on but if you are I would go ahead and get the 3" trubendz with a magnaflow now that way you don't have to change it out later down the road.

If you are not looking for FI later on then I have to recommenc magnaflow with a resonator. I went a similar route that you are doing before I went turbo. I bought an ORP, a tune and drop in filter and it was great.
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I hate how people say CAI don't do anything without even using one. I've ran S/R, CAI and stock with K&N. CAI is by far the best. An exhaust unless you go 3in will really just give you a better sound as most are actually slightly smaller than stock albeit better flowing. An ORP is def a good mod aswell as a good tune.
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Second for the CAI, i have an AEM and noticed a bit more punch in the midrange, and that was before my tune.
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doesnt a 3" exhaust actually hurt the performance on a N/A car?
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