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Old 12-23-2008
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speaking, lets say I fell into $500 and lets say I chose to drop it on my poor little 2000 2.5L.

What would you guys do with it? I would like to keep her looking as stock as possible. That means no lifts and I would prefer no added sound. Just some "hidden" performance if you will.

I know $500 isn't a lot, but work with me :)
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I vote tuner
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Exhaust possibly? Or get a 5.0 and drop it in!
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I vote tuner
I agree. Easiest mod, hidden and will probably provide the best gains.
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Old 12-23-2008
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What do you guys mean by Tuner? Sorry I'm still new to this and don't fully understand what everything is.
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before going all gadgety and hooking up the tuner to your ECU, make the truck breathe better first. Cold Air Intake, throttle body spacer, header(s),high flow catalytic converter,slightly larger exhaust piping,and a quiet aftermarket muffler.

This will cost over $500, or close to, but making it breathe in and out better would be first to do on my list. After I've played with things mechanically, then I would go and look into using the tuner to remap the ECU and unleash further power.
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Yeah those were my first thoughts...well not quite so in depth. But breathing better was on my list. Some of those things I will have to do some reading on to better know what they do and how they work. But thank you guys for you opinions on the matter. This will help me greatly :)
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before going all gadgety and hooking up the tuner to your ECU, make the truck breathe better first. Cold Air Intake, throttle body spacer, header(s),high flow catalytic converter,slightly larger exhaust piping,and a quiet aftermarket muffler.

This will cost over $500, or close to, but making it breathe in and out better would be first to do on my list. After I've played with things mechanically, then I would go and look into using the tuner to remap the ECU and unleash further power.
He already has a cold air intake, and the other mods you suggest will do absolutely NOTHING!!! Keep in mind his OEM air filter is the same filter used
by the 3.0L, and 4.0L engines, so it is way over designed for the 4 cylinder.
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If I fell into an extra $500 , instead of buying 'goodies' for my truck , I would be thinking ahead for when prices of everything start to go on the rise again.

http://home.ingdirect.com/products/p...asp?s=OrangeCD

Doesn't hurt to have even a little nestegg tucked away.
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speaking, lets say I fell into $500 and lets say I chose to drop it on my poor little 2000 2.5L.

What would you guys do with it? I would like to keep her looking as stock as possible. That means no lifts and I would prefer no added sound. Just some "hidden" performance if you will.

I know $500 isn't a lot, but work with me :)

I'd say look your truck over real close, and replace any badly worn parts before they break. Like ball joints, belt, hoses, u-joints, leaky axle seals, brakes, shocks, etc...
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i'm sure you could do a junkyard turbo setup. just go look for a turbo coupe t-bird and take what you need.
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I'd go with exhaust, tuner, pully's, coil pack, any of that will help.
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I'd say look your truck over real close, and replace any badly worn parts before they break. Like ball joints, belt, hoses, u-joints, leaky axle seals, brakes, shocks, etc...
thats what i would do first


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i'm sure you could do a junkyard turbo setup. just go look for a turbo coupe t-bird and take what you need.
sorry to jack the thread, but can you elaborate on this mod morris? id like to know more.
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drop the truck, more performance in handling.
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drop the truck, more performance in handling.
I've thought about dropping it. But that was as far as I went with that due to gas prices. But since I am better able to save money now, I was thinking about tossing something on her.
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Yeah but if you drop it then you have to get some rims and tires that dont suck, and there's your $500 budget completely shot and you've gone overbudget.
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He already has a cold air intake, and the other mods you suggest will do absolutely NOTHING!!! Keep in mind his OEM air filter is the same filter used
by the 3.0L, and 4.0L engines, so it is way over designed for the 4 cylinder.

so excuse me for not knowing what he has for the lack of info provided.

How will a header and full exhaust not improve anything? Intake and exhaust is the first thing to do on any vehicle to open up more power and better breathing,especially on a 4 cylinder.

I guess I could have told him to put a supercharger on it,but that wouldn't add any power or anything would it?
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so excuse me for not knowing what he has for the lack of info provided.

How will a header and full exhaust not improve anything? Intake and exhaust is the first thing to do on any vehicle to open up more power and better breathing,especially on a 4 cylinder.

I guess I could have told him to put a supercharger on it,but that wouldn't add any power or anything would it?
YUP, a supercharger would do it!!!! The only thing the header and exhaust will do is kill low end torque.
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