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Old 1st September 2006
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I have a 2000 9-3, auto trans. I'm wondering what people recommend as beginning mods. I have a k&n filter and have done a few cooling mods, just DIY stuff. But what mods do you all think I should do. Just performance and suspension.

Cant wait to hear your suggestions.
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begining mods... hmmmm...
usually the first mods are

22mm rear sway bar- improves your feel and ability to maintain a higher speed through corners

steering rac and clamp- will help to eliminate torque steer

smbc- since you have a t-7 this will be used to increase your stock boost in turn giving you more hp from your turbo

finally modifying your airbox- this involves some minor DIY... you must cut a bigger whole into your stock airbox and fit a 3" piece of pvc... which will allow increased flow

this will get you a good power hungry start and these are also the mods you can do for the cheapest that will show the most improvement

your next mod after these should be a 3" downpipe... this will increase spool up time... turbo noise... and give you about 10-12 more hp

good luck and hope this helps you out....
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Just some clarification on the previous post. A SMBC is not used to raise peak boost as the t-7 will not tolerate it. It will provide better spool up of the turbo and a bit more boost in the lower gears without raising peak boost in the car. It is a nice option to get you going.

The T-7 also has a different airbox than the t-5's and the snorkel is larger so the 3" duct mod does not apply here either.

The 22mm rear sway bar is a must. Start there.
A steering rack brace is also another beginning mod.
Larger IC and a 3" downpipe are typically the next things to tackle as you prepare your car for a performance ECU.

This is a place to start.
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thanx spatl... i did not know the specifics about an smbc... if i get bored at some point i'd like to make a sticky beginning mods... and then have you review because these questions come up all the time... and i think it'd save people a lot of typing to just sticky something like this...
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I run a 2000 9-3 SE HOT Auto and have most of the DIY boltons on it so if you need advice let me know.
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all the mods you could ever want for your automagic:

me: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/389044

ricot: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/578615

and stevehayes is a modded 9-3 auto also
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Mine is as follows

3" DownPipe w/Racecat
Forge 7 series BPV w/brass piston
SMBC -- aids with the low end starts
3" Air Box Mod (can post pics if needed)
Drop In K&N Panel Filter
24mm Rear Anti Roll Bar
Custom FMIC
Meshed upper and lower grills



Do bald tires count as a mod since they are slicks.....


More stuff coming soon.....................

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