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Old 02-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys I have a 07 Sky 2.4L Now that I have 3 Payments left i have decided to beef her up some.

I have a CAI, but thats more sound than anything else. I was reading someone say the Stock Exausht doesnt hurt performance and I can get increased HP by just adding a HI-Flow Cat converter and headers.

Is this true? Also I read that the Chip (leaning trifecta) is the last thing I should get once all my mods are in place to get the best results.

Final question, which order? I was thinking Headers -> Cat -> Chip???

thanks in advance
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With an NA unless you add a turbo or supercharger you will not gain any major power
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So is it safe to say just save my $$$ ? I thought the cat, headers and tune would give me a noticable boost over stock
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Save your money until you can afford some forced induction
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I agree with elff. You will be spending a ton of cash for next to no hp gain. All bolt ons and a tune for the 2.4L equate to some mid range pickup, but next to zero peak hp gain. Also the mid range bump is barely noticeable.

I would either go with a DDM Stage 3 SC or perhaps a turbo kit.
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where can i find some turbo kits for the sky?
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Site sponsors sell kits, also check the classifieds of this and the solstice forum if you wanna save a few bucks and dont mind used stuff
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Hey guys I have a 07 Sky 2.4L Now that I have 3 Payments left i have decided to beef her up some.

I have a CAI, but thats more sound than anything else. I was reading someone say the Stock Exausht doesnt hurt performance and I can get increased HP by just adding a HI-Flow Cat converter and headers.

Is this true? Also I read that the Chip (leaning trifecta) is the last thing I should get once all my mods are in place to get the best results.

Final question, which order? I was thinking Headers -> Cat -> Chip???

thanks in advance
Stock 2.4L's put about 145hp to the wheels on our dyno. If you do long tube headers, full exhaust, high flow cat, intake and tune you might hit 160hp at the wheels, but usually we see high 150's. For the price of all of that you could have a pretty good start on forced induction and make a lot more power at the wheels. Then is just comes down to if you like the feel of the supercharger or the turbo
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In my experience, the SC stage 2 or stage 3 is the way to go. The stage 2 is easily upgradable to stage 3 in the future, an easy bolt on, very reliable, matches the performence of a GXP overall, has tons of low end power where you need it on the street vrs mid range and top range for the turbo.

Also there are a lot of stage 2 & 3 kits in the field so there is a lot of positive experience with them.

It is also very possible you can pick up a refurbished SC kit from Dave. My recommendation is talk with DDM doctor Dave and see what is available.
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Here is a representative discussion of S/C performance

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lol you guys have done it again! You swung me, i am now scrapping original plans and saving for a DDMWorks SC.

New question is should I start with Stage 1 (which looks easier to install, and cheaper so i can get it quicker) or just save up for the stage 2?

Also are all these guys getting the SC kit installing it themselves? Is it something a novice can pull off?
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I'd save up the extra $800 for the stage 2.

It's not that much harder than installing tribal flames, so you should be OK.

The main difference is the intercooler. If you are comfortable removing the bumper, then no worries
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I'd save up the extra $800 for the stage 2.

It's not that much harder than installing tribal flames, so you should be OK.

The main difference is the intercooler. If you are comfortable removing the bumper, then no worries
Even though the bumper does not need to come off to install the intercooler for the supercharger, FYI.

We have had most of the supercharger kits installed by the owners of the cars and they range in age from 17 to 70+ years in age. Most of them start on a Saturday morning and are up and running that evening, some take their time a little and are done on Sunday.

If you know what a torque wrench is, know how to change your oil, I would say you will be fine doing the install.

Hope that helps,
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lol you guys have done it again! You swung me, i am now scrapping original plans and saving for a DDMWorks SC.

New question is should I start with Stage 1 (which looks easier to install, and cheaper so i can get it quicker) or just save up for the stage 2?

Also are all these guys getting the SC kit installing it themselves? Is it something a novice can pull off?
While the stage 1 is a nice setup, everyone that I know that started with it very soon wanted the stage 2 level of power. It is a great improvement and good bang for the buck, but it will not keep up with a turbo car. It will blow away an NA but most people end up running with turbo cars and the lust for equality prevails.

I recommend to people who ask that they go with the stage 2 and you will be more likely to live with it for a while before going to stage 3.
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If you know what a torque wrench is, know how to change your oil, I would say you will be fine doing the install.
Wait... there is a wrench i can use to give my car more torque?!?
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