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One of the reasons is loads of extra weight added by safety features and options. 8 airbags, 12 speaker stereo, 14 way adjustable seats, tons of insulation all around, power windows, power locks, 18 computers with hundreds of sensors, etc. Also consider the size/power output of the engine. It looks like your car had a 4 speed manual. Most cars today ...


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There isn't any performance to be gained from spark plug wires, just better build quality, which gives you not a better spark, but rather maintains an appropriate spark for more miles/years before their performance degrades to the point of needing replacement. You cannot tell build quality by reading the side of a box, it is a manufacturer reputation more ...


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Pikes Peak represents a fairly arduous trial and if you hope to race a standard roadcar in the hillclimb you'll find you won't meet the safety requirements. To race a prepared competition car tells you nothing about the road going version, other than it can be made to perform by a race car prep company. If you intend to do timed testing at other times of ...


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Here's an article that explains spark plug cables. It had some interesting information that I hadn't really thought of. That said, I'd say the largest difference in consumer grade spark plug cables will be on durability. It will probably have a bit of better electrical traits (e.g. resistance), but I don't imagine you get a large gap in spark performance ...


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As @tlhIngan said, the benefit of good wires isn't so much the quality of the spark when they are new, but the longevity of the wires. Spark plug wires don't lead an easy life, they are exposed to high temperatures and high voltages and a lot of strain and bending during plug changes and other work around the wires. As they start to fail they will become ...


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This is a very difficult question to answer. Altering the airflow path before the airflow sensor can lean out an engine, which might improve performance, but cause unnecessary heat and stress. Without dynamometer testing with careful monitoring of Air/Fuel ratios, any changes are speculation. Your current installation is probably particularly sensitive, ...


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There's a few things to consider. Vehicle weight: The argument has been made that weight as little to no effect at constant speed, and that it true. However, vehicle weight will determine how much power will be needed to accelerate at a decent rate, and that will largely determine engine size. Generally speaking and all other things being equal, larger ...


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From many years of selling both 'standard' and 'high-performance' HT lead sets, here's my advice: If you're replacing your lead set because it's simply time to do so, buy the cheap ones: they're perfectly ok for most 'normal' applications. If you're replacing them because the last ones gave trouble after less than expected mileage, go for the #2 mid-range ...


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Pikes Peak is like the Isle of Man TT, it's too dangerous Pikes Peak is essentially devoid of safety barriers and other modern attributes of an FIM certified track. Guardrails aren't rated and in many cases there aren't even guard rails. Paint lines do not have the FIM certified level of friction co-efficient, there are typically no run off areas and ...


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What you have done is the simplest and easiest install for these filters. Anything better involves some work and some custom parts. You need to find space. What people often do is place the filter in the corners behind or under the headlights. To do this, you will need a longer tube, so find a generic tube of flexible material of the same diameter and ...



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