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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012 Thread Starter
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Need help deciding what to modify next.

I have a completely stock 2001 GT that I just got. I just purchased a sct tuner from americanmuscle and a MGW shifter. I had funds set aside simply for this car, I've got about 1200 left to play with. I was thinking about and off-road X-pipe and a cat-back exhaust which would still leave me some $ for some other stuff. I was also thinking about buying a set of 18inch anthracite bullitt wheels/tires but that would take the whole 1200$. what do you guys suggest, it has the 17 inch ponys on it now which don't look horrible in my opinion, just skinny LOL. Anyone have pics of a lowered New edge on stock ponys?

Any suggestions for best bang for buck?


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If you do an exhaust upgrade, I'd also consider a cold air intake since you have a tuner.

I'd do the lowering springs and a strut tower brace. I have an '07 and can't believe how much the strut tower helped my car, and how much the springs and made it look better and ride better.


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I'm dropped 2" w/ stock Bullitt wheels, sorry no pics though. There's some thread around here I put up pics of my cars in a while back but I don't know how to tell you to search for that thread, maybe type "picture thread" into the search box. I need to get pics uploaded to my profile but until then....

Anyway, mod suggestions......

What you have done and want to do next sounds good. Get a good set of LCA's and subframe connectors. Traction is a good thing, and these will go a long way on the quest for the almighty traction. I like Maximum Motorsports, but there are other good manufacturers for this stuff.


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Lower it.

If you wanted to, you could find some cheap stock bullitt rims on craigslist and get some wheel spacers for the back wheels. They eliminate the tucked-in look of the back wheels and give the illusion that they are bigger. I have seen it first hand.

Other than that, go for some rear end gears and some exhaust upgrades! Any money left over you could get some subframe connectors and lower control arms. But if you just plan on it being a cruiser, then those could go lower on your priority list.

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how much of a difference is there between a CAI putting a k&n filter and removing the air silencer? I already did that. I just cant decide if I want to go for the looks or the performance at this point. It has welded in flowmaster mufflers in the stock exhaust. it actually sounds pretty good. never thought it would be this hard deciding how to blow money on a car...

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As far as performance there is no difference.

Do suspension, shocks struts, control arms, subframe connectors.

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If you do an exhaust upgrade, I'd also consider a cold air intake since you have a tuner.

I'd do the lowering springs and a strut tower brace. I have an '07 and can't believe how much the strut tower helped my car, and how much the springs and made it look better and ride better.
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you have to feed the moter more air befor you help get rid of it. sonds like your looking for a ebay specile a cold air intank is a must 44.95$ as well as a 70 or 75mm TB 85.99$ now your ready to do the exhaust. you dont wana be too cheap here mac and bbk are the best brands wen it comes to long tube headers. but note this if you do go with LT's the passenger side will have to be removed every time you do a clutch there is no way to get around it and by poping your hood and looking dawn there you will see that it wont be easy. good luck man but your going to be cutting it close with trying to get wheels too.its eather going to go fast or look good with your budget

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well i have done some research and have found like fillup96gt said, there isn't much difference between a cold air kit and simply taking out the air silencer and installing K&N filter. I got my tuner in the mail today and tried out the street tune and noticed some improvement in throttle response, couldnt really see how it felt under throttle because the roads were wet. I ordered bassani cat back and went and got a pypes off road x from a local performance parts store. I also got word today that my MGW shifter has been back ordered. I almost wanted to cancel it and try a pro 5.0 but i loved the mgw so much in my last car that I couldn't do it. Pretty sure once all that is installed and tuned it will feel like a different car. Especially if i try out the 93 octane tune lol

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Subframes are a must, no question the first thing you should do. Then I would say gears. Then a CAI and exhaust. Gears are going to get you the most enjoyment even though they don't add power they make the car feel like a whole different vehicle. Suspension is really important, more than power, a well thought out suspension in a car with moderate power will destroy a high power car with stock suspension.

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