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Old 04-02-2002, 14:26   #1 (permalink)
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performance and kw boosting....

hey, all i really would like to know is, if u want to boost your kw in your car, and say buy a good air filter or whatever it is you need to do, how do u actually tell how many kw your car was boosted, and can u tell just by driving????

sorry it probly sounds dumb, aaahh welll thanks...!!!
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Old 04-02-2002, 15:11   #2 (permalink)
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Dyno testing is the standard way of testing kW output. You could do before and after testing for an accurate analysis.
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Well the best way is to have the vehicle placed on a chassis dyno to see how much power it has at the rear wheels.A air filter may increase your kw (boosted) at the wheels depending on your mods but these aren't cheap,mods that is.Somtimes you can tell by driving it but most of the time a dyno is the only real way.If you want some cheap performance replace your 3sd if this is the $2000 car you end up buying with a 5sp and install a set of 3.45:1 diff gears.You should be happy with the mods for the mean time.Also these will be the most noticable on the street.Might not increase your KW at the wheels a shitload but it will be quicker off the mark then the 3sp and be much better all over the rev range.Hope this helps.

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Old 04-02-2002, 15:15   #4 (permalink)
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hey thanks mate. Do u just go to a mechanic to do that or??
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Old 04-02-2002, 15:19   #5 (permalink)
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ahh ok man

yeah that would be good. i can't wait to get my car, and just have fun tinkering!!! thanks for all that.
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Old 04-02-2002, 16:01   #6 (permalink)
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A transmission change is pretty major work-only attempt if you are pretty good mechanically, with mates who can help and have a good place to do the work. With mechanics, you generally get what you pay for. To do a GOOD job of a 5 speed/lower diff conversion, you could be looking at $3000- things are never as simple as they first appear- for example, what condition is the T5? will it need reconditioning? what is the clutch like? will you need a new computer? are the bearings in the diff OK or will they need replacing as well. Cheapest way is to buy the car that comes closest to your requirements first off- that is, a manual. Have fun!
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