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Old 04-04-2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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Question Cheap mods...Does a CAT/throttle body spacer really make a difference?!

So....I'm looking for some cheap performance mods (say around $50 or less) and I was wondering if a short ram intake or CAT (is there even a difference between the two?) or maybe a throttle body spacer will add any HP or up the acceleration at all and if they are worth the $$. Plus, how easy is it to install the two?

If you have other cheap performance mods in mind, please let me know!


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Old 04-04-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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do you mean CAI or a cat? a cold air intake (CAI) will give you more hp than a short ram since it is further from the engine and brings in cooler air but with the short ram you dont have to worry about ur filter getting water in it (even though its not a huge concern on the CAI with a splash guard). If you go with a diff. cat ur definatly gonna spend more than 50$ but it will increase ur flow for ur exhaust. Go with a CAI, or save up for headers, a flex pipe or hi flow cat, and a nice muffler......or just get a whole cat-back kit. U wont regret spending the money on a nice exhaust. If u get a new throttle body it wont add much horsepower at all but it will allow ur car to be more responsive and definatly make it more fun to drive.

Check out the Buy-Sell-Trade Forum for some of the parts you may want also.

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Old 04-04-2009, 12:46 AM   #3
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i thought the same thing.. CAT or CAI... agree with the above...^^
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:37 AM   #4
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I concur. The best mods I've made were: SVT suspension--but after labor could run you $1000. Xcal Tune from FS = $350 or so--milage and power, 65mm Throttle Body = $300 or so, no more power, but waay more response. The tune was the easiest thing to do.
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when you do buy something save up for a good brand....sure some of the eBay stuff works fine but ur better of going reliable. ie: AEM, K&N, Volant. Check out some of the threads. I know theres one a whole thread about CAI's.
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So....I'm looking for some cheap performance mods (say around $50 or less) and I was wondering if a short ram intake or CAT (is there even a difference between the two?) or maybe a throttle body spacer will add any HP or up the acceleration at all and if they are worth the $$. Plus, how easy is it to install the two?

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The others have been discussed so about the throttle body spacer.. I think it works because you are basically increasing the volume of the manifold so yeah it will possibly give you a little more torque but not much noticeable.
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totally forgot about the spacer.....^what he said.
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I concur. The best mods I've made were: SVT suspension--but after labor could run you $1000. Xcal Tune from FS = $350 or so--milage and power, 65mm Throttle Body = $300 or so, no more power, but waay more response. The tune was the easiest thing to do.
DUDE you got BONED hard core on the install. The SVT Suspension new is say around $275 and install shouldn't be more than $300 worse case. I paid $200 for the Mazda 6 suspension installed (Dealer) and for the Focus, i paid for a 24 pack

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Ok.. Guys, A TB spacer does NOTHING for our cars. The whole point of one is to help the mix of air and gas..
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X2^^ TB Spacer does nothing on our cars. Do NOT waste your money on it.
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