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Old 09-28-2004, 21:06   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, this is my first virgin post to this forum.

I own an AUII XL ute, i've done some basic modifications so far to it, mostly nothing, SS Advanced headers, resonator and hi flow exhaust, iridium spark plugs and a pod filter, so basically it just breathes better now. In the near future(next week) im having it lowered, it already has 17" Tickford wheels.

My questions are, where to now?

I know I need a vent or scoop to ease the heat under the bonnet to allow the pod to breathe better, where is a good place to get a modest scoop installed in South Australia? Should I install it myself?

The first gear in the automatic transmission is as tall as a skyscraper, should I consider a transmission change? If so, what type of Auto should I change to? Should I do this before or after I consider a chip & cam upgrade?

Any other opinions, ideas, threats etc?
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Old 09-28-2004, 21:16   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums.

The first gear in the automatic transmission is as tall as a skyscraper, should I consider a transmission change? If so, what type of Auto should I change to? Should I do this before or after I consider a chip & cam upgrade?

A conversion to manual would be the best change. If you're sticking with an auto I don't think there's another gearbox you can get. Maybe look at getting a shift kit fitted ?

Chip with your current mods should make a decent difference already.

As for the vent or scoop you can get discounts via www.aufalcon.com thru

http://www.aufalcon.com/Discounts/AWC.htm

Otherwise maybe get http://www.ssv.com.au/index.html in Sydney (who do mail order) to ship you out something. I for my XR was considering the EF/EL bonnet flutes for a start.

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Old 09-28-2004, 21:40   #3 (permalink)
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unfortunately I cant go a manual for two reasons,

A) its a three seater column shift, just enough seats for me the missus and the squirt
B) I never learned to drive manual, weird I know but I just never got around to it!

Maybe a better differential might make some benefit? If so, what ratio do you think?
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If your going for a different diff, perhaps just jump straight up to a 3.7 or 3.9, i believe the stock XL would be about 3.23
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I honestly thought a higher stall convertor would be best to overcome the first gear thing?
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If your going for a different diff, perhaps just jump straight up to a 3.7 or 3.9, i believe the stock XL would be about 3.23

Are the 3.7 & 3.9's sourced from local model Skylines as I've heard ?
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I havent got a clue to be honest..but swapping the 3.45 for a 3.9 is common practise for holden owners, and DJ swapped the 3.45 in his HP320 for a 3.73, so why shouldnt someone else follow suit when theyre suffering with a 3.23...
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ok so after some careful consideration, this is my plan

stage1: Unichip and Crow Hydraulic Cam, heavy valve springs.
stage2: New ratio differential
stage3: Transmission replaced. Might look at a same model recon XR6 Transmission.
stage4: Engine blueprinted and head ported/shaved

what do you guys think?
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Possibly one of the more expensive ways to do things as far as getting the engine blueprinted and porting the head....i wouldnt be too surprised if that sets you back a couple of grand, money that could be spent on something like a supercharger...also consider what you want to do with the exhaust, for me thats a surprise omission
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exhaust is already done, stainless steel headers, 2.5" mild steel pipe, resonator, hi flow muffler and cat.

Supercharging in South Australia is a nightmare, and after I got an engineer involved as I would need to, I might as well purchase a BA xr6T, so I wont be going that route.
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