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Old 05-26-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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New SVT Owner questions on performance.

Hey guys so basically got an SVT from a dealer and I'm wanting to take care of all PM's (preventive maintenance) and quirks with the SVT. I've done alot of research on the forums (as suggested), but I wanted to post and double check everything with experienced owners to see if I'm missing anything.

The mileage is 82k and regular maintenance has been done (oil, filters, etc.). After inspecting everything and driving it now for about 2 weeks I came up with my list.

Dogbone Mount Poly insert or Whole assembly?
- Felt vibration in the foot pedal while driving on residential defective roads (humps, lumps, and bumps small and large)
Luk clutch/flywheel combo - Upgraded kits are too light and seems to have a lot of chatter/noise. The one in now seems to be wearing as usual, engages almost at the top end.
Grounding Kit - small sporadic idling issues
2 Wire Universal Bracket - Wires rubbing a hole on valve cover
Thermostat housing and 180* Thermostat - Found tiny tiny leak... ugh
Timing Belt, Tensioner, Water Pump, Pulleys (Basically the kit) - Interference engine.. can be devastating.
Plugs, Wires, Valve Cover Gasket - .... self explanatory
DSI Clip reinforcement - Common problem it seems
and finally..

Tune and Dyno! - I've read it takes away alot of weird noises and quirks.. which I am seeing/hearing and smooths out the charts.

Oh and I've also read somewhere that the tune takes away the popping from the exhaust while decelerating. I also notice a resonating buzz vibration coming from the tip at 2800-3000 rpms.. not sure if thats normal with aftermarkets. (Not too experienced with exhaust set-ups and sounds, only did it once on my ST and had no problems)

BTW car came with K&N Short Ram Intake, Red TB (not sure if its 65mm or 67mm), STS, and I believe magnaflow exhaust I can take pictures if need be to verify.

Anything missing?

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Old 05-26-2010, 04:09 PM   #2
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sounds like a good start.. i wouldn't go with a 180* Thermostat since your not FI. and get the massive unbreakable dog bone mount. but other than that sounds good...

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you don't need the grounding kit or the valve cover gasket unless you have a leak
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I would FOR SURE do the 180 thurmostat

I WOULD NOT do the grounding kit

A lot of the rest of the stuff I wouldnt fix if it isnt broke

Tune can be done with out a dyno , I sell the Predator for 395.00 shipped and that comes with the Predator , Custom tune , and free tune updates as you add more mods

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I would FOR SURE do the 180 thurmostat

I WOULD NOT do the grounding kit

A lot of the rest of the stuff I wouldnt fix if it isnt broke

Tune can be done with out a dyno , I sell the Predator for 395.00 shipped and that comes with the Predator , Custom tune , and free tune updates as you add more mods

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but isn't a 180 thermostat pointless if your not boosted? that what i have been told...
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The tune didn't remove the popping on downshit for me. I don't mind it though, sounds kind of bad ass. Well look at that ............^ I said shit.
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So whats so bad about the grounding kit? and I mentioned dyno because I wanna see the charts and I'm pretty sure less heat with the 180* thermo can provide somewhat of a benefit and thanks tom for the info on the predator. Is there a diff between SCT and predator as far as results? I was looking into getting the livewire and as far as if its not broke dont fix it... I replace to PREVENT fixing.. hence Preventive Maintenance.
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So whats so bad about the grounding kit? and I mentioned dyno because I wanna see the charts and I'm pretty sure less heat with the 180* thermo can provide somewhat of a benefit and thanks tom for the info on the predator. Is there a diff between SCT and predator as far as results? I was looking into getting the livewire and as far as if its not broke dont fix it... I replace to PREVENT fixing.. hence Preventive Maintenance.
i redid the grounding with 4awg cable and it didnt change a damn thing. i also redid the positive alternator cable.
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I like the VF Engineering dogbone. Best balance of stiffness and comfort I've been able to find.

Thanks for the tune info, Tom; I'll probably be getting in touch soon...
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the massive unbreakable is SICK! works very well witha a sts.

what is a 2 Wire Universal Bracket ? i'm pretty sure i need one.. is it the throtle cable that wears on the valve cover? if so where can i get one?

sorry to hijack... but it seems to fit :)
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