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I know this has probably been asked several times in this forum but what performance mods do you recommend the most? This is what I'm thinking of doing....not all right now of course but when I got the $$.

1. CAI-Injen (already purchased)
2. Cat Back Exhaust
3. Headers

I'm looking into Comptech for everything with the exception of the CAI of course. Mostly b/c of the favorable opinions I've heard on quality plus an Acura dealership told us Comptech products won't void the warranty. What other brands to you recommend and why? Do you favor Comptech? I've heard alot about Mugen on here but from what it sounds like it's really $$$$...even more so than Comptech. What gives the most bang for the buck?
 

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There isn't a best bang for your buck when trying to obtain power gains from a NA setup. Everything you modify is part of a slight improvement to what you already have realistically.

And you basically have 2 options to choose when spending money on tuning. You either go all out to extract the maximum potential for what you're spending or you choose a conservative setup in favor of driveability.

Mugen is an overall road/street setup, same goes for Comptech. The amount of money you spend will net you little to minimal gains depending on what you're choosing and for what purpose.
 

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^^Noel mentioned a lot of good points.


flfungirl said:
I know this has probably been asked several times in this forum but what performance mods do you recommend the most?
That would all depend on your personal preference and goals with your car. Noel broke it down perfect. "You either go all out...or...choose a conservative setup in favor of driveability"

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I've heard alot about Mugen on here but from what it sounds like it's really $$$$...even more so than Comptech.
It can be argued that you're just paying for the name and rep points when buying Mugen parts since there are several other alternatives that can perform just as well or even better, but Mugen quality and durability is very difficult to match. Mugen is the closest thing to Honda, then.. well... honda itself

flfungirl said:
What gives the most bang for the buck?
With the list of mods you listed, it seems that you are going the NA route, which definitely can't compete with the FI route in the "most bang for the buck" category. If you have any plans for turbocharging your car, I would skip getting those mods you listed since you'll be replacing them later on anyways. On the other hand, if you plan on supercharging then those mods you listed would be fine, except maybe you might wanna consider a catback with a larger diameter if you crave more power.
 

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As of right now, nothing beats the bottle. If you hang in there for awhile more, you'll see the Cybernation turbo kit and the Comptech supercharger hit the market.

I am so unimpressed with the Comptech dynos for their I/H/E, yet not the least bit surprised.
 

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Euro.R said:
As of right now, nothing beats the bottle.
Not really a fan of bottles...

unless of course it's being used to spool up a big T88 or GT3037 :mardi: :police:
 

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Thanks for all the info. But aren't you all a little weary of turbo or supercharging a car that runs this nice. I mean I'm obviously a novice at this stuff but won't doing that to your car sacrifice the quality overall? How much power overall will supercharging or turbo make? From what I've heard about 50 HP...is this right? I would think it should be more for how much they charge for those things....what do ya think around $4-5K??
 

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IRPDR said:
^^Noel mentioned a lot of good points.

With the list of mods you listed, it seems that you are going the NA route, which definitely can't compete with the FI route in the "most bang for the buck" category.
Newbie Q..what does this mean...FI & NA route?
 

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flfungirl said:
Newbie Q..what does this mean...FI & NA route?
FI= forced induction; ie turbocharger, supercharger....anything that pressurizes the intake charge.

NA= normally aspirated-this just means no forced induction-this is how your car is now.
 

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LannyM said:
FI= forced induction; ie turbocharger, supercharger....anything that pressurizes the intake charge.

NA= normally aspirated-this just means no forced induction-this is how your car is now.
Got it. Thanks LannyM.
 

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yup what LannyM said.



Another thing to consider. If you ever decide on FI, you'll then be faced with another decision, supercharger or turbocharger. Both have there own features. The general consensus is that superchargers result in easier drivability and less maintenance which in theory sounds like the better daily driver application.

It seems like you want to keep this a daily driver and not out to set the HP record with you ride... So, out of the two, the supercharger will probably be the most similar to your stock car, in terms of drivability because the power and response is always there. Won't experience the lag you do with turbos.
 

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IRPDR said:
Not really a fan of bottles...

unless of course it's being used to spool up a big T88 or GT3037 :mardi: :police:
Same here, actually hate the bottle, but it is cost effective.
 

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You're right. I want to keep this as a daily driver not a track car. I'm just looking for a little more uumph which IMO should've been in the TSX already.

I know there are no superchargers out yet but what brand do you all recommend most?
 

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the more common and popular supercharger kits for Acura applications would be Comptech, Jackson Racing, and Vortech, but Comptech I believe is the only one with developement plans right now.
 

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If you do pick up the header and cat back you should pick p a high flow cat to match so you don't leave in the bottle neck
 

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tony4311 said:
If you do pick up the header and cat back you should pick p a high flow cat to match so you don't leave in the bottle neck
Actually that "high flow cat" hype is a marketing term. Catalytic converters are catalytic converters, it either complies with emissions or it doesn't (Which the majority of are, otherwise it's pointless to have one in the first place). A test pipe or no cat is a different thing altogether, however.
 
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