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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2005, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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So if there are so few mods, hows about someone start makin them, shit theres enough trep owners on this site alone, I think maybe someone can do something about the rarity in finding parts for this not so common monster, seriously these things have some potential, stock even. Now im not sure if this is right but what say these things keep up with a 6spd RX-8. Well unless its just me but I was able to pull away from one of these one boring night in my sink shitty ass town here in South Dakota. Maybe something was wrong but some kids were driving and usually they rod the shit out of daddys car. Anyways back to the point of all this, has anyone considered just buying a performance computer and than rebuilding the motor, boring it port n polish the heads. Do that ditch the spare tire, through some racing buckets in 'er and youll be set. Dont mention the cost because im still dreaming over here, but its just an idea. One that I plan to put into action fairly soon. :fies_06:
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You're DREAMING of keeping up with a 6-speed RX8........I got taken for a ride in one......and my R/T would NOT be able to keep up with that thing



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like i said i dont think its right. but still never f*ck with a GMC Typhoon or Syclone. evo VIIIs can suck my nuts those things are nuts. The auto world is stupid for considering the viper truck the fastest truck ever produced the syclone is. hands down
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I've considered a lot of things. Then I look at my checking account and realize I don't have the means. Now, if I win the lottery, you can bet your ass I will have some mods to sell. Not a lot right away because of the engineering work and stuff. Well, let me win the lottery first.
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I hope you would be so philanthropic as to resell those things at cost.

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So if there are so few mods, hows about someone start makin them, shit theres enough trep owners on this site alone, I think maybe someone can do something about the rarity in finding parts for this not so common monster, seriously these things have some potential, stock even. Now im not sure if this is right but what say these things keep up with a 6spd RX-8. Well unless its just me but I was able to pull away from one of these one boring night in my sink shitty ass town here in South Dakota. Maybe something was wrong but some kids were driving and usually they rod the shit out of daddys car. Anyways back to the point of all this, has anyone considered just buying a performance computer and than rebuilding the motor, boring it port n polish the heads. Do that ditch the spare tire, through some racing buckets in 'er and youll be set. Dont mention the cost because im still dreaming over here, but its just an idea. One that I plan to put into action fairly soon. :fies_06:
sorry to hear about your shitty SD town. but I know how you feel since I got put here and I'm stuck till I get orders. But if your Close to Rapid City, that's where I am. drop me a line.
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The most I've seen a 3.5L HO pushing was just over 300-320 HP - at least that's what the Limo guy said his was making.
He had it custom modified by some place in either Ohio or Indiana when he had the Limo built ...
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DCell you in Rapid huh. i used to live there i come back every so often twice this summer. and for what to race one of those '95 ford anal prode GTs i think theyre a v6 or whatever anyho the last thing a remember of that was i was doin about 135mph down the interstate with him far FAR behind while flyin by hypos. but they couldnt do nothing bein there was a forest fire and they had to sit there and make sure noone traveled up towards the fire so they just sat there and watched me fly by.
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why not just throw in a nice rotory RX-8 motor and tranny in the trep that should livin it up a lil ;)
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Already have plans in motion...

From the moment I brought my car home, I started thinking about some of the parts that would be needed to really open up the potential that this car has, because that is what I do for a living, design auto parts for the OEM's. I used to work at GM, and now I work for an OEM supplier. I also have a friend that may be able to get me some of the original prints used by Chrysler for various engine parts, and I can use that as a baseline for designing new and better parts. I have just about everything I need except time, but I may have all the time I need here in a few months because it looks like we may have a round of layoffs at work near the end of the year. I just need time to get more familiar with this car and drivetrain, and with figuring out what I can do within reason. So if that happens I'll have all the time I need to start designing some parts for the Treps. The other cool aspect of this is that my Dad and Uncle both have very well equipped small machine shops, so just about anything that I can dream up, they'll be able to fabricate.

In the meantime until I know what's going to happen with my job, I'm going to do some research and see what I can find on information on various parts. When I get a decent list of parts, I'll conduct a poll to see what takes priority, what has the most interest, and then we can take it from there and see what happens. Sound good?

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Okay, I contacted my friend that has a contact at DCX, and I requested information for the following parts:
1. Exhaust manifolds, left and right
2. Rocker arms and components
3. Intake manifold

My ideas were that I could take the prints for the intake manifold and develop an adapter to install a supercharger from a GM 3.8L that are all over Ebay. But, that would be for later for a couple of reasons, primarily is because of packaging. It seems to me the only way one of these blowers will fit is if the owner has a custom hood, and since that majority of owner's don't have that, it will take lower priority. Plus, from what I understand, the manifold is tuned to make the most of what can be fit under the hood, so I'm not going to mess with that for anyless less than forced induction.

There isn't much that could be done with the rocker arm assembly except to make it lighter, that is, decrease the inertia of the rocker so that the engine will rev easier and maybe reduce internal friction by a fraction of a horsepower. It may be possible to change the rocker arm ratio some, but I'd be leary of changing it much without having the necessary changes made to the engine controller as well. But I think that for the return on performance for the work and money involved, not real practical to pursue this right now.

Which brings me to the exhaust manifolds. After seeing the factory pieces, the way they dump into a common runner and how they do a 180 degree bend, I think there is a huge potential for improvement here. I think that if I can fit a set of headers in there with equal length runners, plus a few other little tricks to optimize power output (both low-end torque and upper rpm horsepower) I think it'll be the best bang for the buck. Between the weight savings and the increased airflow, it will be a noticeable improvement. Plus, it should also be relatively easy to fabricate and test. I would try to make it so the owners can reuse the factory cat converters to save money, but it's still too early to tell.

Plus I don't even have the information that I need yet, so this is just all floating around in my head for now, nothing concrete has happened yet.

I'm investigating whether the MSD coils for the GM LS1/2 can be used on our cars. It offers a slight chance of better fuel efficiency and maybe a slight power increase, but probably not much. It would be a benefit if someone were to have a need for a more powerful spark if they were running a turbo or supercharger.

I'm also looking at the intake and exhaust valves. My thought there is that the valve stems/heads might be able to be re-shaped to increase flow, decrease mass, etc. Anything to help get an extra little bit of power, reduce valvetrain inertia and friction, etc.

I got a throttle body that I'm going to look at to see if there's any practical means of modifying it for any significant gains in power thru improving airflow in and out of it.

Anyway, I just wanted to mention what I'm up to and see if anyone else had any ideas for something that they'd like to see. If I can get my hands on the information I'll be more than happy to look into something.
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