I have a stock 1996 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi (120K miles). I LOVE THIS
CAR! I would like some suggestions on projects I can undertake to
improve performance beyond what the car is already capable of.
Short of new engine, what kinds of things work, and ballpark, how much
do they cost? What else (e.g. beef up suspension?) is recommended when
Tornado / SpiralMax (I have read mostly bad reports on these)
TIA! I look forward to reading suggestions and the projects that will
come as a result!
Intake - get a cold air intake - mac makes good ones ($125 - 160)
exhaust - your pick - I like borla ( $600+) , others at $300 + (I run a
magnaflow on one of my mustangs - great exhaust)
computer chip - $250
suspension upgrade - $600 for springs and struts
brakes - depends on wheel size - baer makes great stuff
bushings - check out energy suspension
sway bar - upgrade - maybe $150
strut tower brace - $100 - 200
frame ties - $200 + welding
you can install all of these yourself.
Intake, Exhaust, chip - maybe 20-25hp
or go the nitrous route - ~$600 + install (you can do it, I have, but
you need tools and skill) - can get 75 - 120 hp easy, only use it
sparingly though - hard on stock parts. Zex is a good choice
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The SSEi is the version with the supercharged 3.8, correct? Great
engine. I'm sure you know that the same basic engine is still being
used in the Pontaic Grandprix GTP, Regal GS, and an evergrowing list
From what I have heard and read, the single biggest performance
improvement you can make with these engines is a pulley swap. You
replace the pulley on the supercharger with a smaller one, making the
supercharger turn faster which raises the boost. This by itself will
give a big boost, maybe 30 hp (just pulled that number out of my ass).
Anyway, this is a very simple mod that a lot of people do. Google for
it, you'll find a million results.
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