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Intake – not a true CAI

I installed the K & N typhoon intake, which sounds pretty awesome, but I wasn’t seeing the gains I thought I would with it. It doesn’t really cool it enough. It is safer, living in Chicago, from the water – but who wants to be safe?

I want more power and more MPG’s! Here is the mod, although looking back at it, I may go with a true CAI, as this seems to be mostly a sound improvement. MPG barely changed, and the little it did go up was likely me learning the gearbox more efficiently.


Voltage Stabilizer and Additional Ground Lines

  1. Next up is the Raizin Voltage Stabilizer – this smoothes out small variations in voltage, and also monitors battery voltage under the hood. It gives an LCD readout, and alerts if there is a battery issue. The small cables that came with it were fine for functionality, but since I added third party items that draw voltage (Amplifier, interior LEDs, exterior LED’s, etc) I wanted more support.

    In addition to this small controller box, i added large 0/1 Awg grounding wires all under the hood, and connecting to the fuse block, as well as grounding the audio components in the trunk. I used the wires that came with the kit, and also created/soldered my own using bulk wire and connectors from our shop. The connections were heavily soldered for extra rigidity and support. This connected virtually everything under the hood and supported it’s grounds. You have to be very careful, as the engine gets super hot, so the cable must be run in specific places to avoid melting.

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    I love this freakin’ car!

Madness GoPedal

My next purchase was a very simple install – The Madness Go Pedal:
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After using it for several weeks – it is quite the improvement, and if you want to remind yourself, turn it off for a while! Now I get it, it’s not improving HP, and it’s not a tune, but it does make it fun to drive. I will be getting the tune eventually, so this may stay or go. But for now, it is quite the improvement in fuel economy, too. I started out with the economy mode, and it sure make millions of starts and stops in tight Chicago traffic easier. It is a slower, smoother start in first gear and promotes more eco-type driving.

With the middle mode selected, I surprisingly got better MPG than the stock as well. I had it on for a few commutes into the city, and it was 5 mpg higher than the trips without it. I’m sure it influences my driving, so It’s not a “magic pedal” – but it did what I wanted it to do! All of my non-cosmetic mods are hopefully going to contribute to better mileage. The red (Sport) mode is best for chasing neighborhood animals and scaring small children! Seriously though, whoa – it for sure kills the MPG – so I don’t use it often, but it is fun to be able to kick it on when I want to impress my wife.

Actually, that is a complete lie. She could care less. Lol.

*edit – this was later removed