Hey thanks a lot. No pics yet, I'll have some soon, and yes its stick What exactly will a steering rack brace/6point subframe brace do?? And yeah i was thinking about putting a lot of that money towards a nice system, but i'd rather have it towards performance.Fast_Ed said:Tim,
Congrats on the purchase of a great car. Is it stick? Do you have pictures?
You're 16, and being that you have just started driving, I'd say get used to being on the road before you make your car faster. A steering rack brack/6point subframe brace will make it a nicer car to drive. Genuinesaab.com has them, between the two they'll cost around 500 bucks.
Not what you're looking for? Then dump the whole 1000 bucks into stereo equipment. Use Ebay, pick nice component speakers for the front (i'd recommend infinity kappa) some decent 6x9's for the back, a sub box in the trunk and amplifiers to match. You can tap into the cars current pre-amp signals and keep your stock stereo/steering wheel radio controls.
Enjoy that car! My first car was a 15 year old volvo wagon. It was good fun though
Do you think this could just be learned with experience?mike saunders said:I'd look at taking some driving school sessions, some accident avoidance stuff and defensive driving courses. Then go on to high-performance driving courses, and maybe even a couple of autocross sessions.
As the ad slogan goes, "Power is nothing without control"
You need to learn how to control your car before you do anything to make it faster. Don't get all bent out of shape at that suggestion. I'm not telling you to learn differential equations; learing how to drive better is going to be fun...and safer for you in the long run...
Not to take a big bite out of your budget, but for me performance starts with a good set of tires... not necessarily expensive tires, but something reasonably well matched to the car and my driving style (which tends to put more emphasis on holding the road over 0-60 times). After that brakes that won't fade after a couple "spirited" stops... This does not mean running out to replace good parts. More like, choosing what will work well for whatever your driving style is when the tires and brakes on the car wear out.tim1477 said:Im only 16 and just got a '99 9-3. I have about $1000 to put into this car (i know its not a lot), what do you think would be the best thing to spend my money on?
yeah, take it from someone who knows, dont get any tickets, i got my first in the third month i was driving, and two in the past three months, and a warning in between those, its not a fun thing. dont start driving fast, youll never stop.:cheesy:stromer said:Experience is the chapest driving school. Just start easy. For one a ticket would really take away from this $1000. I'm not sure if your state has suspension periods for new drivers who get tickets, but this would be a bummer too.
I reccomend all the stuff above. Check out the post mods sticky at the top of this board for more ideas. Stereos are nice too!
http://www.scca-susq.com/results/2005/05-05-22-CarlisleKitCarAX.htmlWyldSaabMan said:Tweek, they let you autocross with no bumper?:roll: :lol:
yeah not a bad idea, i have a pay for gas and maintenance, and its got 110,000 miles so i actually might need it for maintainence later on down the road. i really need to get a jobabdukted1456 said:Dude if you are only 16 I would bank the money and save it for repairs. unless mom and dad are gonna maintain that car for you. then go ahead and blow the $$$ on booze and women and car parts.