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Old 12-18-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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So I have a bit of money burning a hole in my pocket

I already have a tune on the car. I replaced the stock suspension with.... the stock suspension and Ramona has new shoes all around as of last month.

I've got about $250 - $300 to spend.

I'm thinking about picking up the VR lower engine mount and a FSWerks front stress bar for a total of $220 including shipping.

The other option would be a 67mm throttle body but I am not sold on that mod because my car is NA and from what I read, gains would be minimal.

Any suggestions?

The car is at 87k miles and the timing belt is scheduled for replacement w/the next oil change at 90k. I will be using the car as a daily driver as well as SCCA autocross events.

The other option I am considering is not buying parts but having the spoiler and the passenger side kick panel repainted.

Any input would be appreciated.


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I'd do a tune 1st. Makes your car more driveably. & then do the dogbone & Steeda shifter= making it more user freindly.
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I'd do a tune 1st. Makes your car more driveably. & then do the dogbone & Steeda shifter= making it more user freindly.
Did you not read the first sentence in my post?
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for $25 and some time you can get poly inserts for the stock lower mount, I did that and its help up for over 40k miles :)

That way you can spend the $ on tbelt kit (idler and tensioner NEED to be replaced as well) and a REAR shock tower brace. the front doesn't do tooo teribbly much for handling.

SCCA rules are pretty strict. if youre gonna be racing in stock class, no poly mounts, sts, tune, tb, or strut braces.
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I second the poly inserts for the dogbone. I'll spend the $25 over and over again.

Then I'd get a short throw shifter. Not sure what the SCCA ruling is on that for your class, but it will make the shifts much easier.
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save your money and replace timing belt
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save your money and replace timing belt
money is already set aside for the timing belt. This is money earmarked strictly for fun.
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since you auto-x, i would research what class you want to be in, then get supporting mods to make the car competative.
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If it's strictly for fun I'd go with the dog bone mount and short shifter. Back in the day when I changed mine out it was like night and day. I never regretted doing those mods.

The strut bar had interested me but it's not as functional as it would be in other cars from what other people said...and the TB is also pretty pricey for a minimal change. I'm still gonna do the TB eventually but there's other things on top of my list.

You can also repair/paint the spoiler and panel but that can be saved for another day...personally speaking, I'd rather make the car a bit more fun to drive then worry about minor appearance imperfections.
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