04-06-2012, 11:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Total Cats: 9
Help me decide what to do with my car
I'm really on the fence about what to do here, figured I'd ask for some opinions.
First, my goal: A car like hustlers: Drive it to the track, beat on it, drive it home. I'm really trying to keep it around 200 whp, I don't have the time, money or patience to deal with the problems I'm going to see by going past that. Also, I'm not a good enough driver lol.
My current setup and the issues I have with it:
-Begi log/inconel studs, GT2560, 3" exhaust/catless, IWG.
I'm not exactly a savington level driver, and I'm on street tires, but at a track day this past weekend, my downpipe fell off twice (impossible to hear with a helmet on so I kept going), and one of the studs in the manifold backed out. On top of that, I was battling boost creep the entire day, which means I had to keep it at about 50% throttle just to stay under overboost protection at 10 psi. I'm pretty fed up with the little bullshit, and boost creep is the bane of my existence.
What I'm considering: Baller vband setup like the rest of you track guys.
Issues: $$, "is it overkill".
I've barely touched the tip of the iceberg as far as research into this goes, but the first thing that made me sad was that I'm going to have to buy a new turbo to do this since tial apparently doesn't make a vband exhaust housing for the t25's. I'm basically looking at 2k+ for parts alone (ewg, absurdflow mani, modifying my DP to work, turbo, tial housing, misc other stuff), not including any other things that come up along the way (and they always do).
My other idea was to have someone make me a manifold that will fit my setup, but with the studs not exposed to direct exhaust. It will probably fix my studs backing out, but I will still have boost creep, and my downpipe will still fall off at the track. I could also have a manifold made for EWG, but at that point its a slippery slope, I might as well go with vbands, etc etc.
----. Opinions? What would you do, etc etc. I actually have no idea what to do with this car right now.