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Old 04-10-2009, 03:05 PM   #1
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As I continue to work on my 87 Turbo, I am trying to decide on which upgrades to make next. Most of my time has been spent making small coolant and oil leak repairs and taking it back to solid stock condition before upgrading.

Currently, I have a Apexi air intake and will be putting on a 3in partially divorced downpipe this weekend. I believe this will yield ~ 10hp from the intake and ~ 30 from the downpipe (maybe more as it is partially divorced) for a new total of 270 hp.

From here on out, as I may choose to do some road coarse racing, I need to decide to add power or upgrade the handling. Any thoughts?

For those of you that have gone the power route, what is a good next step. I was thinking cat back exhaust? Recommendations on brand?

For those of you that have gone the way of improved handling. Where do I start? Shocks, springs, stabilizer bars, ect. Tires are a give in.
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If you are going for handling: Front Sway bar on ebay: $20, Eibach springs: $220, BIlstein Shocks: about$250.

For a cat back exhaust I'd suggest an HKS Dragger Exhaust, I think they're about 700 bucks.
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Front sway bar for $20...where...I want one.
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That's supposed to say strut bar, my bad. I just got mine off ebay for $31 with shipping and insurance.
I'm guessin sway bars are more expensive.
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Has the strut bar made a significant difference?
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It corners a little better because it stiffens the suspension up. It's a good upgrade for the 31 bucks I paid for it. My advice is that you should get one cuz they are cheap.
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Strut bars are worthless. Sway bars will give you an amazing improvement over stock handling, as will new shocks/struts.
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Truly worthless? Most heavily modified cars have them?
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I already have shocks. I wanted to stiffen the suspension a little more without paying a ton for a sway bar so I got a strut a bar. It's better than stock, but a sway bar would be better.
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Truly worthless? Most heavily modified cars have them?
It varies from car to car. MKIII Supra's just don't respond that well to them, they respond extremely well to sway bars/shocks/struts.

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I already have shocks. I wanted to stiffen the suspension a little more without paying a ton for a sway bar so I got a strut a bar. It's better than stock, but a sway bar would be better.
Gotcha gotcha. When you eventually get sway bars you'll be very happy
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