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Unread 03-07-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Hey everybody whats up? Lately I have been thinking about adding a little more performance and maybe some more fuel efficient parts. So what I am looking into so far are: Headers+new exhaust, and cold air K&N intake. I am wondering what else I could do to give my car a tad more oompf you know and if these would be sufficient? It is the 4 cyl model. I am not looking to raise my HP by some crazy numbers like 30+, what I want is a little more torque and acceleration power. Thanks for the help, Tim.

EDIT: Also I read around that getting an electric(non belt driven) radiator cooling fan would help as well. Is this true?

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Im not sure whats out there to tune your car, but that will gain you more power and efficiency than all those parts combined. There should be some type of programmer, or piggyback type ecu for a few hundred bucks, that will let you actually tune the car with. But you your self wont be tuning it, youll have to pay a shop to do it.
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Im not sure whats out there to tune your car, but that will gain you more power and efficiency than all those parts combined. There should be some type of programmer, or piggyback type ecu for a few hundred bucks, that will let you actually tune the car with. But you your self wont be tuning it, youll have to pay a shop to do it.
So I need to buy a new ECU and bring it in to a shop? What kind of shop?

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You'd lose acceleration and low end torque by changing your intake/exhaust. They're already designed for low end power because it's not built to be a racecar and it makes it more fuel efficient. Also your rad fan is already electric because it's a transverse mounted motor. You may get a slight gain with a less restrictive air filter like a K&N drop-in but I doubt you'd notice it and it'd just let more dirt into your engine.

I say go for the ECU tune first and then worry about intake/exhaust later. But make sure you go to someone who actually knows what they're doing or you'll just be wasting money.

You need a shop that specializes in aftermarket parts/tuning. They usually have sports cars out front.

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When my dad had his bike in the third garage bay I had my GTO sitting outside. Does that make my house a performance shop?
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Do the exhaust, cause that may actually help a small bit... But some sort of ecu, im not a honda guy, maybe a honda tuner forum is where you need to go. But once you get one, or a flashing utility, whatever it may be to allow tuning of the engine, youll take it to a local performance shop with a dyno. They will tune it on the dyno, and give you a before and after result showing HP and torque.
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Alright, thanks for all the info guys. Well from what I have gathered here it is probably not a good idea to go ahead with this. Dropping 1k into my car to maybe see a small difference and possibly get worse gas mileage is not really what I wanted. I suppose I just need to save this for when I have a real car and some real money. Thanks again for the advice.

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