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Old 01-30-2011, 06:28 PM   #391  
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yep having fun accelerating. Actually now the growl doesn't sound as ricey as before...it kind of echoes a little bit but it really needs an aftermarket exhaust system.

Been thinking about just going with a custom job and aftermarket piping, leave out the resonator and mufflers and go with muffler tips.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:41 PM   #392  
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I may see if some of the heat shields for the spectre or Injen cai's fit. Yeah it looks like the heat shield for the v6 takeda sri is different geared to fit only the altima 3.5's.

So with oil based filters, you're saying people have a tendency to over oil and it ends up clogging the engine where as dry filter intakes are better because you just simply vacuum or wash off the dirt??

I'd probably wash and clean the filter every 30k miles even though most people would recommend every 50-100k miles. I saw my friend's k&n short ram intake on his pt cruiser and it was nasty! It was all black!!

Not only that, but oiled filters tend to filter less of the dirt, thereby allowing more dirt to enter the engine. Filtering efficiency ratings basically mean what percentage of the incoming dirt below a certain size is being filtered. I would just stick to a good paper conical filter, so that you don't have to worry about oil. Basically you are potentially jeapordizing your engine over maybe 1 or 2 hp from one filter to the other. I have never reused a washable performance air filter more than once though, since I figured that filtering efficiency could go down after each wash simply from material degradation.

I'd also stay away from headers unless you plan on getting serious. Once you switch out the factory exhaust manifolds for headers, you'll need a custom ECM tune. As Emil stated, the potential gains are going to be extremely small anyway as factory exhaust manifolds have gotten much better over the years.
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You may consider a dry nitrous setup. You used to be able to pick up a kit for less than $500. They don't add too much so your system can compensate and add additional fuel. You will feel the increase.
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You may consider a dry nitrous setup. You used to be able to pick up a kit for less than $500. They don't add too much so your system can compensate and add additional fuel. You will feel the increase.
I would highly recommend against nitrous, especially since his vehicle is still under warranty. Also don't forget that his transmission is a CVT, and those are calibrated extremely precisely based on the amount of power the engine makes from factory. I would be very nervous about putting any more stress on those CVT's, as i've heard so many horror stories about chain driven ones breaking under heavy load.
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I would highly recommend against nitrous, especially since his vehicle is still under warranty. Also don't forget that his transmission is a CVT, and those are calibrated extremely precisely based on the amount of power the engine makes from factory. I would be very nervous about putting any more stress on those CVT's, as i've heard so many horror stories about chain driven ones breaking under heavy load.
Amd's got a great point about the CVT.
Unless you find out from other guys that have done it that it will hold up and work properly, nitrous would not be a good idea.
How about a tune ?
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nitrous is out of the question since it's the 4dr sedan 2.5 altima. If I opted for the 3.5 and the coupe version, maybe, but since it's still under the 3yr warranty, the answer is no. Plus this is an everyday commute car, so I'm not looking to plunk down more money just to gain 50+ hp with a nitro kit.

The only engine mod I'm planning on is with the takeda sri and a custom exhaust. Since I live in california, there aren't any carb legal headers for the 09 altima 2.5's. I'm probably going to add a front strut tower brace and either a 0, 1 or 4ga grounding kit....replace the crappy factory battery with a kinetik hc1400 and go with an aftermarket head unit/speakers...I was able to salvage the 1500 rms mono amp from my other totaled car and I have a 1100 2ohm dvc 12" sub that I plan on putting back in with a custom box....also have to line the rear deck and trunk with dynamat!

The altima sedan wasn't designed to be a race car with a nitro kit and racing suspension and vast engine mods! The coupe was so it would be more ideal to invest in upgrading all the oem parts to aftermarket parts

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Old 02-05-2011, 03:57 PM   #397  
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nitrous is out of the question since it's the 4dr sedan 2.5 altima. If I opted for the 3.5 and the coupe version, maybe, but since it's still under the 3yr warranty, the answer is no. Plus this is an everyday commute car, so I'm not looking to plunk down more money just to gain 50+ hp with a nitro kit.

The only engine mod I'm planning on is with the takeda sri and a custom exhaust. Since I live in california, there aren't any carb legal headers for the 09 altima 2.5's. I'm probably going to add a front strut tower brace and either a 0, 1 or 4ga grounding kit....replace the crappy factory battery with a kinetik hc1400 and go with an aftermarket head unit/speakers...I was able to salvage the 1500 rms mono amp from my other totaled car and I have a 1100 2ohm dvc 12" sub that I plan on putting back in with a custom box....also have to line the rear deck and trunk with dynamat!

The altima sedan wasn't designed to be a race car with a nitro kit and racing suspension and vast engine mods! The coupe was so it would be more ideal to invest in upgrading all the oem parts to aftermarket parts
I'm glad that you decided to go with a late model used car, since that means that you have plenty of useful life left in that vehicle. I still think that you should leave it the way it is before you start adding more performance oriented mods. Audio mods on the other hand make sense since factory systems generally blow in all but the highest end trim lines of a particular model. Adding a front strut tower brace may not change handling characteristics much, and I wonder whether it is even wise to do so without adding a rear strut tower brace as well. Of course a rear strut tower brace may not be very easy since those mounts are not as accessible as the fronts.
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yeah I'd have to have a rear anti sway bar installed at a shop since it'd be difficult to take out the oem one by putting the rear on jack stands. It's much easier on a lift!
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yeah I'd have to have a rear anti sway bar installed at a shop since it'd be difficult to take out the oem one by putting the rear on jack stands. It's much easier on a lift!
Are you talking about a strut tower brace of a sway bar? When it comes to sway bars, the rears are usually much easier than the fronts. However in terms of strut tower braces, the front are always much easier than the rear.

Also be aware before you tamper with your stock handling characteristics because it may produce some unwanted results. This is especially true if you plan on upgrading the sway bars, because the factory usually designs a very precise amount of understeer into the suspension for safety purposes. Upgrading the rear sway bar is going to increase the chance that your car will oversteer, which is always more dangerous than understeer in a corner.

While upgrading the sway bars will also help limit body roll and thus enhance responsiveness, keep in mind that the limited suspension movement is going to make it more likely that you'll slide out of control when you exceed the limit of your car. In other words, there will be less "warning" when reaching the limits of handling before you lose control.
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then I'll probably just put on a front tower brace and leave the rear sway bar stock
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Too lazy to read through this thread, but have anyone actually tried Zipcar out? **This is not advertisement, this is based on my experience. Don't count this as referral.**

Zipcar has the insurance on it, and pays for it gas. Virtually, you can just drive and pay later.... which it's a real affordable for me... at least I'm not the only one who can't afford to owns the car out there anyway.

I usually am more of passive/defensive than aggressive driver, because I actually care about environment, so I doesn't abuses any cars in any kinds of forms....
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then I'll probably just put on a front tower brace and leave the rear sway bar stock
Is there any way you can also add a rear strut tower brace? Bracing the rear strut towers should also help improve handling since there is likely to be a lot of flexing back there as well. If you like the safety net that stock handling gives you, then it is also a good idea to leave both the front and rear sway bars stock.
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I don't think I've ever seen one for a sedan. I thought in order to get to the rear towers was to take apart the entire rear deck and rear seats. I assume that there is a front sway bar.

Since the things you mentioned about safety and other factors when replacing the oem rear sway bars with aftermarket rear sway bars, I think it be much easier to just add on the front tower brace.

I'm not planning on lowering the car since I think it's low enough with the stock height!! The new 09-11 corollas look much higher than previous models and look much higher than mine!!
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I don't think I've ever seen one for a sedan. I thought in order to get to the rear towers was to take apart the entire rear deck and rear seats. I assume that there is a front sway bar.

Since the things you mentioned about safety and other factors when replacing the oem rear sway bars with aftermarket rear sway bars, I think it be much easier to just add on the front tower brace.

I'm not planning on lowering the car since I think it's low enough with the stock height!! The new 09-11 corollas look much higher than previous models and look much higher than mine!!
Yeah, that is the problem with getting to the rear strut towers as it ain't easy usually. You should do some research to see whether it is possible or not since bracing the rear is going to help things out as well. If it isn't too bad, it would be worth it for a day when you have a lot of spare time. If you want to puss out like I eventually did, you could have a shop do it for you.

Upgrading the front and rear sway bars are great for the track, but it creates unpredictability for driving on the regular street. It will also create a harsher ride quality.
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but generally when you upgrade just the front tower brace, it improves your steering noticeably??
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