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Old 06 May 2004, 10:32 pm
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Ive got a 2001 PT non-turbo. Ive been looking for a quick performance upgrade for cheap to install, because its not the fastest car in the parking lot with its stock DOHC 16V I-4. Any advice on what I should get?
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Old 06 May 2004, 11:35 pm
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A cold air intake improves throttle response at low rpm, so off the line it is a little more peppy. Works well on n/a cruisers.
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Old 07 May 2004, 12:55 am
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Yeah I was thinkin that, and a new k&n performance air filter
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Old 07 May 2004, 09:19 am
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What about the 1-2 shift Mx5 mod. For an 01 it would work.
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Old 08 May 2004, 09:07 pm
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Never thought of that. What is that exactly?
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Old 09 May 2004, 07:28 pm
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TaylorMade,
I think many of the PT Forum members have struggled with your interest in getting the most performance increase for the least money. I know I was in the same position when I bought my 1st PT, a 2002 5-speed non-turbo (the Turbo came out as a 2003 model) about 1 1/2 years ago. I don't have a short answer to your question. However, my story might be insightful as you begin your PT performance enhancement journey. I tried the typical upgrades such as:
1) Headers (tried Hedman, ended up with JBA)
2) Exhaust (Borla Euro spec catback duals)
3) Air Intake (K&N FIPK)
4) Throttle body spacer
5) Short-throw shifter (Hurst)
6) Lowering Springs (Eibach Prokit)
7) Upgraded anti-sway bars (Eibach)
8) Strut Bar (BTG)
9) 19" Wheel Package (Yokohoma Parada Spec 2 225/35/19)
10) Roll Pan (PTeazer smoothie)
I still wasn't satisfied with the engine performance after all the upgrades. I never did a dyno test but my best guess would be about a 15 horsepower increase. However, I was very pleased with the handling improvements. After keeping the car for one year I decided to trade it in on a PT GT 5-speed. Yes, I lost several thousand dollars, but I'm very pleased with the stock performance except for handling. The other option was to install either a Whipple supercharger or more likely a Hahn turbocharger kit. I didn't do those options because:
1) I'd jeopardize the factory warranty to some degree
2) I'd still have the lower performing drivetrain (brake package and transmission, not the better drivetrain included in the Turbo package)
3) The cost for the supercharger or turbo would have been close to the amount I'd have to pay to upgrade to a new PT GT anyways

I'd recommend starting with a good air intake or just bite-the-bullet and get the Hahn turbo or Whipple supercharger. But be warned, you probably won't be satisfied with doing the "minor" upgrades. Part of the fun is the journey of experiencing the various upgrades and personalizing your car. The PT design has a strong attraction because of its unique body design and flexible interior and really is fun to drive with enough modifications. Enjoy your journey!
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Old 10 May 2004, 09:07 am
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MX-5'S 1-2 shift mod works by snipping a wire in the engine area. Im not really sure how to do it, but have read about it many many times. It will not work for my 03.

It will not affect anything else. It does not hurt the engine.
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Old 10 May 2004, 10:07 am
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Unless you throw LOSTA money at it, you're not gonna be the fastest car. BUT - my first advice is to join PTDoItYourself.Net, and look at the air intakes - there are "home-made" ones. You can also look up the shift mod (wire snip) that was put up by MX-5 (a mechanic).
You WILL notice an intake mod - it won't smoke tires, but it'll help.
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Old 10 May 2004, 01:07 pm
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1. Trade it in for a GT!!

Sorry, had to say it.
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Old 12 May 2004, 01:12 am
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Yeah I wouldnt trade my car in for a new one, I love its appearance. How much would that cost to do the shift mod if I got it professionally done? I know it still wont be the fastest car, all i want is a little more jump at the beginning, and a little more horsepower. I dont understand why anyone would put an I-4 in such a heavy car, although it does have a pretty good size engine for a 4 cylinder. DOHC 16V 2.4 liter.
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