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and I'd like to get all your opinions on what modifications would be the best ones to do to my 2000 Taurus with 3.0 Vulcan FFV. I'd like you to explain what benefit I will receive from doing each one, as well as their expected costs. Thanks!!!
 
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The easiest things to do would be:

1. Intake Silencer Removal (doesn't take long and is free).
This will make the throttle slightly more responsive and make a cool intakey noise.


2. Get a K&N Panel filter. This provides a freer flowing intake and may give your car just a bit more power - only do this if you're not going to get/make a Cold Air Intake. This would be about $40.

3. Get One of Bob's (Anonda Motorsports) Front Strut Tower Braces. This will generally help the handling of the car - you can really feel a difference in turns. I love mine!
This is about $150 depending on if you get in a group buy or what the current price may be.

4. Get a custom programmed chip for your car that can firm up shifts and tune your car for a higher octane fuel and get a little more power out of it. These usually run about $300.

5. Custom Exhaust - a full cat-back exhaust will get you some HP gains and will vary and cost depending on what you get. I think, generally speaking, they can be done for around $400 (but I'm not 100% sure). I just switched to a flowmaster muffer, which helps with fuel economy, has a slight performance gain (mostly responsiveness I think) and sounds really cool.


Those are some of the basic mods you can do.
 

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Also, a tranny cooler is strongly recommended. The post-2000 models seem to have less susceptibility to tranny failure, but $50 worth of physical insurance is a good investment. And if you ever need to get a tranny rebuild, a shift kit is a no-brainer. Again, the later models don't have as many issues, so it's not really something you should worry too much over.
 

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You can get a VAK. It detects when you've floored it and it makes your accessories free spool so they don't lag the motor. Only costs $100 and you can install it in about an hour. Send a PM to SHOZ123 for more info.

Also, weight reductions are FREE. I don't really care about "style" or appearance as much as I do acceleration so I made a few sacrifices. I swapped out the factory carpet floor mats for some el cheapo wal mart special vinyl mats that weigh next to nothing. I removed the spare tire and jack because I have AAA, and I removed all the carpet out of my trunk, too. I swapped my power antenna for a stationary rubber antenna. I removed some sound insulating crap out of the wheel well fender splash things, and I removed the hood blanket and weather stripping along the hood cowl. I removed my 6 disc cd changer, too.
 

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My favorite mods so far is subs & wheels/springs.
 

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I put subs in my pickup and gained almost a full second on my 1/4 mile times! Well, I think it was really the Type R sticker I put on the tailgate.
 

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Originally posted by jason8225@Mar 11 2004, 12:41 PM
3. Get One of Bob's (Anonda Motorsports) Front Strut Tower Braces. This will generally help the handling of the car - you can really feel a difference in turns. I love mine!
This is about $150 depending on if you get in a group buy or what the current price may be.
what is that? where can i buy that?
 

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Originally posted by 3-fords1000@Mar 12 2004, 07:52 AM
I put subs in my pickup and gained almost a full second on my 1/4 mile times! Well, I think it was really the Type R sticker I put on the tailgate.
thats odd when I put mine in I gained like 3 sec
 

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Originally posted by spifdaddytaurus01+Mar 12 2004, 12:29 PM-->QUOTE (spifdaddytaurus01 @ Mar 12 2004, 12:29 PM)
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I put subs in my pickup and gained almost a full second on my 1/4 mile times! Well, I think it was really the Type R sticker I put on the tailgate.       
thats odd when I put mine in I gained like 3 sec
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It was a small sticker.
 

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I should put my audiobahn sticker on I wounder how much hp
I would get and my magnaflow stick that should be good for atleast
9-13 hp to
 

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Just be careful not over do it. That much hp and you could blow the heads rugh off the block. I did that so I got some JDM valve covers and it seemed to fix it. :cool:

I shouldn't talk, I love imports. I just don't like it when you see a Toy. Takoma 4x4 with a GT-R, Type R and JDM sticker all on the same fender.
 

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Originally posted by mikehawk@Mar 11 2004, 01:27 PM
You can get a VAK.  It detects when you've floored it and it makes your accessories free spool so they don't lag the motor.  Only costs $100 and you can install it in about an hour.  Send a PM to SHOZ123 for more info.

Also, weight reductions are FREE.  I don't really care about "style" or appearance as much as I do acceleration so I made a few sacrifices.  I swapped out the factory carpet floor mats for some el cheapo wal mart special vinyl mats that weigh next to nothing.  I removed the spare tire and jack because I have AAA, and I removed all the carpet out of my trunk, too.  I swapped my power antenna for a stationary rubber antenna.  I removed some sound insulating crap out of the wheel well fender splash things, and I removed the hood blanket and weather stripping along the hood cowl.  I removed my 6 disc cd changer, too.
You removed your 6 disc CD changer?????? Must be something seriously wrong with you!!!
I would NEVER remove mine!!!!! I love music too much to be without that!! The cassette deck just isn't as good...... Boy, I thought were were a cool guy, liking taurus' and all that, but now--well, I'm just plain worried about you!!!
 

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Originally posted by FVT+Mar 12 2004, 07:00 AM-->QUOTE (FVT @ Mar 12 2004, 07:00 AM)
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3.  Get One of Bob's (Anonda Motorsports) Front Strut Tower Braces.  This will generally help the handling of the car - you can really feel a difference in turns.  I love mine! 
  This is about $150 depending on if you get in a group buy or what the current price may be.
what is that? where can i buy that? [/b]
www.anondamotorsports.com

bob's shop
 

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Originally posted by mikehawk@Mar 11 2004, 02:27 PM
You can get a VAK. It detects when you've floored it and it makes your accessories free spool so they don't lag the motor. Only costs $100 and you can install it in about an hour. Send a PM to SHOZ123 for more info.

Also, weight reductions are FREE. I don't really care about "style" or appearance as much as I do acceleration so I made a few sacrifices. I swapped out the factory carpet floor mats for some el cheapo wal mart special vinyl mats that weigh next to nothing. I removed the spare tire and jack because I have AAA, and I removed all the carpet out of my trunk, too. I swapped my power antenna for a stationary rubber antenna. I removed some sound insulating crap out of the wheel well fender splash things, and I removed the hood blanket and weather stripping along the hood cowl. I removed my 6 disc cd changer, too.
That saved you maybe 100lbs , which equates to .1 seconds over a 1/4 mile. That is so insignificant it isnt even funny. If you REALLY want a light weight ride you gotta spend some dough and do without alot more than just a cd changer & floor mats. Lightweight wheels, racing seats, rear seat delete, AC delete, lightweight brakes, complete removal of speakers & amps, and possibly power steering delete if you have the arm strength for it.

The only thing the stuff you did accomplishes is makes your drive boring and makes you unable to fix a flat tire.


JMO

 

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Originally posted by jtkz13@Mar 15 2004, 08:32 PM
That saved you maybe 100lbs , which equates to .1 seconds over a 1/4 mile. That is so insignificant it isnt even funny. If you REALLY want a light weight ride you gotta spend some dough and do without alot more than just a cd changer & floor mats. Lightweight wheels, racing seats, rear seat delete, AC delete, lightweight brakes, complete removal of speakers & amps, and possibly power steering delete if you have the arm strength for it.

The only thing the stuff you did accomplishes is makes your drive boring and makes you unable to fix a flat tire.


JMO

Yeah, but those kinds of weight reductions cost a lot of money. And why would I bother trying to fix a flat when I have AAA? Let them deal with it. I'm not in any type of situation where being late because I was waiting for a tow truck would have any serious consequences. And riding around on a spare tire looks like s***.

Forgot to mention on that list of reductions is the odyssey battery, that's another 10-15lb reduction at least.

Little by little, I'm finding crap I don't want or don't need and yanking it out. Hopefully it adds up to something.

I was seriously thinking about removing the whole power steering pump and lines and s***, but my friends keep talking me out of it. And trust me, arm strength isn't a problem here.
 

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I drove my 93 Probe GT with no power steering and it was fine, but parking was a chore. As long as you dont have wide tires on it should be fine. Dont plan on anyone buying your car without power steering though.
 
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