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Old 08 Sep 2003, 06:33 pm
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Default Stage 1 Installed in Big Sky Country

Thanks to a bicycling accident, my installation was delayed until this weekend. But finally got to it. While I was under the hood, I also installed the DC BOV, and the BTG strut tower brace. I am not a mechanic, but I can read directions. Took my time and had relatively few problems. However, the BOV is a real pisser--the Sears ratchet wrench that others seemed to have used successfully did not help--there was insufficient clearance with the adjacent oil line. Eventually jacked the car up and crawled under, went at it from underneath with a 10mm box wrench, 1/8 turn at a time.

Performance difference? Indeed there is. It will now burn rubber
with impunity, and even better, first gear feels like it's part of the same gear box. The brace seems to make everything more stable as well--may be my imagination, but the steering seems less torquey under hard acceleration. All in all, I would recommend the S1 to everyone.
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Old 08 Sep 2003, 07:24 pm
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I am getting ready to do my stage 1, any thing to watch out for? Allready put the BOV in and it is a PITA.
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Old 09 Sep 2003, 12:55 pm
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The most confusing aspect I found was the information NOT in the directions, like how to disconnect the various connections. Again, if you take your time, don't force anything, you can figure them out.

There are a couple of inaccuracies in the directions--there are 4 bolts in the PCM bracket, not 3; there is only 1 hose attached to the thermostat housing, not 2. Again, take your time, look, re-look, and it will go fine. Depressurize the fuel system, have a couple of rags
available to catch the remaining fuel when you disconnect the fuel line from the fuel rail. However, if you've done the BOV, you've done the hard part already.[8D]

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Old 09 Sep 2003, 09:54 pm
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Do the pcm first I did not take the intake clear out of the car took the back two bolts out and then the front a used a bungie cord to hold it up out of the way while I did the injectors.Also only let enough antifreeze out to get the level below the thermostat use a small hose on the drain valve to keep from having a mess it wants to drip the full lenth of the tray under the radiator if you don't. you only need to drain about 1 Qt. If you have a auto trans the warm up time and learn time will take you longer than the pcm and injector change Good luck PS you will love it. Just got my BOV today and took the car out with the g tech pro got a best run of 14.92 at 98 MPH with the tires spinning through 1st gear. with good tires and power braking I think the car would run low 14's
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