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Lets give this a shot!

March 2022, was looking for a comfortable economy car. Happened to find this 2011 Cruze RS with 148K Miles, for ~$4K.

While the fuel economy was great ~33mpg highway ~28mpg city, I quickly began to realize the lack of "guts".

Down the rabbit hole I went, nothing crazy, but enough to make the car more drivable... Based off what feels like limited info, id like to shoot for about 250HP at the crank.


Engine ;
  • Custom SRI (Heat soaks like crazy)
  • ZZP downpipe
  • Gutted midpipe
  • ZZP FMIC
  • NGK BKR7E spark plugs
  • ZZP ignition coil
  • Forge wastegate actuator
  • Trifecta Elite Tune
  • GTX250 Turbo (to be installed)
  • Ported intake manifold (to be installed)
  • BNR intake manifold spacer (to be installed)
  • Cruze Fixkit V3.4 (to be installed)
  • Deatschwerks 460CC Injectors (to be installed)


Suspension ;
  • Eibach Pro-Sport lowering springs
  • Bilstein B8 Front struts

Exterior ;
  • ECO grille
  • Tint
  • ECO wheels
  • Trunk badges removed
  • LED reverse lights
  • 215/55R17 Michelin CrossClimate2
  • Front license plate removed

Interior ;
- Tan leather seats swapped in

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Nice car, especially the color ;)

That's an interesting air filter. What brand is it?
Thank you sir! It’s a Honda S2000 OE air filter.
After doing hours of research on aftermarket air filters like KN for example, and flow VS filtering capacity, I’ve determined an OE style paper filter is probably the best route.
Ill be ordering an Injen CAI soon, even then I’m tossing the supplied filter and using one of these.
 

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Thank you sir! It’s a Honda S2000 OE air filter.
After doing hours of research on aftermarket air filters like KN for example, and flow VS filtering capacity, I’ve determined an OE style paper filter is probably the best route.
Ill be ordering an Injen CAI soon, even then I’m tossing the supplied filter and using one of these.
Your welcome. Pleated paper is a surprisingly good filtering media. It's got a relatively short service life though and obviously it's not reusable once the useful life is done.
 

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Did some maintenance yesterday.
Oil change done, leaking water outlet replaced with another plastic one:cautious:, Pre ordered the RacerX unit, ETA November…..
Also installed the Injen CAI, piece of cake! Wasn’t able to use my S2K filter since it’s huge compared to the Injen filter. I’ll run it this way until it gives me a reason not to.
First impression, seems to idle better, and power delivery seems more linear/smooth. So far I dig it.

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Boredom strikes again. Had some of this DEI Gold reflective tape laying around, figured it can’t hurt IATs. Only wrapped half the intake, I don’t believe the lower pipe will have any issues with heat due to its location.
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Boredom strikes again. Had some of this DEI Gold reflective tape laying around, figured it can’t hurt IATs. Only wrapped half the intake, I don’t believe the lower pipe will have any issues with heat due to its location.
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During my usual route, I felt no difference. We’ll see once I go out for a good ride. The bar itself is extremely light (it’s hollow), can’t imagine it will do much.
The whiteline bars make a huge difference at least from what I could tell on my short tests drives so far.
 

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Update : After a week of driving, I can actually tell the difference the rear bar has made around corners. Seems to be less boaty, still need to get my rear shocks to keep the rear end from lifting awkwardly around corners…. IF THEY EVER GO BACK IN STOCK 😐.

After my 10min drive home from work, doing pulls from every stop for funzies… probably fine. I think.
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Update : After a week of driving, I can actually tell the difference the rear bar has made around corners. Seems to be less boaty, still need to get my rear shocks to keep the rear end from lifting awkwardly around corners…. IF THEY EVER GO BACK IN STOCK 😐.

After my 10min drive home from work, doing pulls from every stop for funzies… probably fine. I think.
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Wtf? You had fun with the pink paint didn't you?
 

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Update : After a week of driving, I can actually tell the difference the rear bar has made around corners. Seems to be less boaty, still need to get my rear shocks to keep the rear end from lifting awkwardly around corners…. IF THEY EVER GO BACK IN STOCK 😐.

After my 10min drive home from work, doing pulls from every stop for funzies… probably fine. I think.
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The strut bars do add rigidity to the body, but the Whiteline rear sway bar is where the Moneyball is. The best bang for the buck and I have two strut bars and a trailer hitch for rigidity.
 

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Update : After a week of driving, I can actually tell the difference the rear bar has made around corners. Seems to be less boaty, still need to get my rear shocks to keep the rear end from lifting awkwardly around corners…. IF THEY EVER GO BACK IN STOCK 😐.

After my 10min drive home from work, doing pulls from every stop for funzies… probably fine. I think.
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That manifold is way too hot! You running rich? 🧐
 

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top or bottom?
The strut bars I have are the front strut tower bar (upper) and the rear upper strut tower bar. The hitch basically takes the place of the rear lower bar. The one you guys have been talking about I was not aware of. When I went to buy one for cheap at BNR they were gone. IF and it is a big if, they restock, you can be sure they won't be $50. The sway bar though is the bomb.
 
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