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Old 16th April 2005, 20:31   #1
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I tossed out my stock air-box, added cool intake pipe and K&N filter to increase cooler air intake. I replaced a larger intake to my multi-point injection; added higher fuel regulator and hotter injectors. All plug wirings are 8mm rather than the 6mm stock. Replaced the factory 1 3/4” exhaust to “6-4-1 header and 3” pipe.

Redone all bushinsg to poly type and a set of Koni adjustable shocks; A set of cross-drilled rotors and Ceramic pad; Re-cam with a bit higher lift exhaust and intake; polished both intake and exhaust valve seats and ports – now I could easily hit 150 MPH with confident in every corner. Insofar, I spent about $5,000 for the upgrade and countless hours of work under and above the hood. A small amount of money spent comparing with others more expense stock sports car.

Should I spend another $10,000 to gain another 75 HP or 15 MPH at high end? At this point, the setup allows me to drive the car daily under any weather condition in relative comfort. It easily hits 135 MPH on a short stretch on the highway whenever the “condition” allows. It gives me the pleasure to maneuver twisty turns on some country roads. I even have the luxury driving with A/C on hot summer days.

The $5,000 I spent had turned my 185HP two seats into a 250HP daily car with decent weight to power ratio at less than 2,600 lbs. Any increase in HP will likely take away the “flexibility” and “comfort” it provides, let alone getting pulled over for “noise pollutions”.

I decided this is when I stopped. May be I will build one just for the close circuit. Yet, I am not any less a car enthusiast on a casual look of my daily commute.
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Added:
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Intake/exhaust = intake/exhaust of a computer case
HP = FSB or CPU speed
Injector oversize = Vcore adjustment
Cam lift = memory timings
Tune suspension = sound dampening

NO2 = LN charge = un-sustainable constant output
Alcohol fuel = not street legal

Time to go to my weekend racing ciruit - XBOX.
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250HP is nice, you would pay yourself "blue" here in Belgium to have that amount of power under the hood
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how is that, John?
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does the goverment have to know about all the aftermarket stuff ???
EDIT: Make that the insurance companies. The goverment only looks at engine size (volume).
 
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my thoughts exactly
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how is that, John?
your annual TAX is based on engine SIZE (2.0L/4.0L etc) but insurance, I thought, was also based on the amount of Horse Power, so if you have 250HP installed, you'll pay insurance for that amount.

if you don't report your alterations, and you have an accident and the insurance company finds out the undocumented changes, you lose your insurance claim.

so yes; you do have to pay an obscene amount of money in Belgium to have a car with a large size engine with lots of horse power.
it are those people who make 4-5x as much as $$ as the others which get to drive a car like that
if BE lowered their taxes and insurance to US levels then more people would be driving bigger/better cars here.
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most of the tuned cars never report their engine tuning...
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if you don't report your alterations, and you have an accident and the insurance company finds out the undocumented changes, you lose your insurance claim.
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you like to run that risk? I don't.
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As long as the car passes emission control on "old" cars.

Or, use only approved engine parts. Normally, you get away with injectors, plug wires, enlarge intake runners and re-program chip.
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