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This topic is for discussion of improved engine breathing, coming in (INTAKE) or going out (EXHAUST).
#29 of 78 Re: Short Ram Intake [Mr_Shiftright]
May 29, 2005 (6:06 am)
This is what its going to look like
#30 of 78 yes that's what I thought
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 29, 2005 (7:02 am)
Yeah, the kind that mounts near the firewall, that's what I thought. I've seen 'em but havent' read any tests on them. Definitely not a cold air intake but the theory is that it will force more air than the stock airbox. You'll probably get a few HP out of that, I'd guess a maximum of maybe 6-8 and it could be less.
#31 of 78 1979 mercedes 450slc
May 29, 2005 (10:55 am)
Hi, I would like to know if I can add and modify the intake and exhaust system on a 1979 450slc? If so what brand should I use and how much am I looking at?
#32 of 78 Re: 1979 mercedes 450slc [sudan1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 29, 2005 (11:25 am)
I don't think you'll find anything off the shelf for such an old engine as regards the intake system. Perhaps you could rig up some kind of cold air intake or short tube ram air from another car but that engine compartment is so crammed I rather doubt it.
On the exhaust side, you might look into brands like Ansa and Borla or even perhaps Flowmaster, but again, the age of this car will limit your choices. As usual, anything custom made for Mercedes will be expensive, so you might have to get creative and speak to a muffler shop. I use an Ansa on my 1980 Porsche and am quite pleased.
This is kind of a slow heavy car so I'm not sure what you are trying to accomplish--perhaps better fuel mileage?
#33 of 78 speed=power
May 29, 2005 (11:41 am)
I want to add speed and agility to this old car. I'm planning on restoring this old machine with (hopefully) some new technology. Thank you 4 your quick response.
#34 of 78 Re: speed=power [sudan1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 29, 2005 (2:38 pm)
Well I think you should give up the idea of speed (car is too heavy and engine is too lazy) but what you can do to "go faster" is better tires and shocks and perhaps a front sway bar to firm up the ride. You'll enjoy driving it more. A freer flowing exhaust would make it sound nicer too I think.
If you want an SL that is quicker and more agile but still looks like your car, you really want a 560SL. But I think trying to make your car faster would be very expensive and very frustrating in terms of results. Some engines are just not designed in that way.
#35 of 78 Re: Want to increase performance on a crap car [purrnak]
Jun 03, 2005 (5:28 pm)
After stumbling across this site and stumbling across this post, I have to say - be proud of who you are, there are too few of us around that will admit it!
I too am the owner of another 1986 Hyundai Pony, and I know all too well of the troubles you face when trying to go out and pimp your ride, so hold faith, because you are not alone!
In reply to your question, my 'expert' opinion would to be go ahead and giv'r. A lot of mufflers are universal fit, and built only in korea and canada still counts as universal, i suppose. You might have a bit of work fitting it to the exhaust pipe, though, I think it's something disgustingly small like 1 1/4" or something. But im acutally planning on rigging up a performance muffler on my next trip into the city, so i can keep you posted on what happens here.
As to the tip, i dont think it makes too big of a difference, expecially on the Ponies. As long as you dont put something on meant for like drag cars that will give you no backpressure at all (although the rest of that 1 1/4 exhaust should give ample anyways) you should be fine.
But if you ever come across anything in your travels regarding getting a body kit on a pony i would love if you could send it my way - i want one so bad!
keep fighting the good fight, we're a small crowd out there - we should swap pics/tips sometime
#36 of 78 To go against what I said above...
Jun 09, 2005 (10:50 pm)
So I went an took an honest look at my Hyundai pony. Damn these things just won't die.
List of things wrong with it:
1. Head gasket was "repaired" with some goo the previous owner put on it. It's needed replacing for the last 3 years.
2. The tires are bald to the point where I have to put air in one of them daily.
3. The shifter knob broke off my second week of driving it and replaced it with a shift knob that didn't fit right.
4. Windows have a plastic edge that pops up and scares the hell out of me when it's warm
5. Ball joint on the right is gone (that's the tire that needs air daily)
6. Gas gage only works when you slam on the breaks
7. Everything leaks. YOu name it there's a drip
8. Back left break blew a gasket and the break fluid ate away the breaks. Now I stop with pure force at times.
9. If you look under the hood at night with no lights you see little blue sparks everywhere... FUN! this was fixed by putting in new spark plugs and cables.
Okay getting to the point. The cars a piece of crap but it runs and it's sooo easy to tune up.
I'm doing what people told me to do. I'm buying a car on Saturday 2 days (I'm going crazy) I'm getting a car that I have loved since the first time I saw it. I test drove it last week and I fell even more in love. A 1992 Talon. Beautiful car.
I'm taking it to a garage for a full inspection so I can see where I need to put money in. I'm wondering if there are any points I should look at carefully.
So far the known issues with the talon are the timing belt (Should be replaced every 50,000 miles or less or you get hit with a $2000 job. Anything else I should know.
Last question: Anyone know a good forum specifically for this car? I want to do a lot of mods over the next few years on it and wouldn't mind a place to fall back on if I have questions. (The engine looks like a pain to work in compared to the pony, but after looking at the engine on pages for days and days, it doesn't look that bad.)
Jun 13, 2005 (1:44 pm)
Actually, if your Talon has the 1.8 liter engine, a broken belt will only leave you stranded. It is not an interference engine. If you have the 2.0 liter, then you really want to stay on top of belt maintenance, as it is an interference engine.