Sunday, May 24, 2015
Madness Upgrade Installed
Headers all installed:
A quick call to Bama Tunes advised that no engine tune upgrade was needed, so we're done for this cycle.
So... are they worth it? I mean shorties that don't require a tune, how much can they really add? The answer is a little here, a little there. Throttle response around 2k RPM is noticeably better. That's really what I was looking for, less of a need to downshift when cruising in traffic. Mileage is improved by about 1.5 MPG, as best as I can tell in the hundred or so miles I have on things right now. A couple more tanks of gas will give a better average. Still, that small improvement will pay for the headers over the next couple of years. Finally, the exhaust sound is noticeably improved. The bottom-end rumble is a notch louder, there's a little more noise on fast shifts, and it's overall a tad more raucous. In other words, exactly what I was looking for.
On to the appearance upgrade... I'm not one to go sticking extraneous bits on my car to play dress-up, but with the invasion stripes stopping short of a full-wrap, that left the rear trunk lid panel slightly blubberous looking:
A retro-honeycomb blackout cleans things up:
OK, done for now. Next up will probably be wheels and tires, when the current crop are down on their treads. But that's 20k+ miles and a year away.