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Yes, I'm doing it.After long thoughts about it, I've decided that I want to have a lot of fun with my Cruze. I'm going to have this car for the next 6 years with a loan, and I want the account life to last 6 years, so it will look better for a home loan after. I'm already ahead on payments, so I'm fine.Before I continue, I KINDLY ask that all negativity be kept out of this thread. I will delete it. This is an enthusiast's build. I know I could have chosen a better platform for performance, but I am a proud Cruze owner. I know the power limitations of the engine, no need to remind me either. I'm not trying to be a d***, but I am well aware of what I am getting into. Positive comments/suggestions/questions gladly welcome! :)That being said, I decided to modify my Cruze to a MODERATE level.

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Some parts are ordered, others will be ordered shortly. What I have/am ordering will be as followed:
-E85 Tune
-42# Bosch Fuel Injectors
-SPEC Stage 3 Clutch Kit
-CXRacing FMIC
-K&N Typhoon Intake
-ZZP Down Pipe
-ZZP Catted Midpipe
-Custom Maganaflow Cat-Back Exhaust
-Forge Atmospheric BOV
-AEM Wideband O2 System(currently researching ethanol conversions)
-30/30 Boost Gauge

I will add others as the time comes, but I think this is what I'm going to do as of now. Other suggestions welcome!I will add photos and reviews as parts are installed and tested. I plan on making this a big deal. 230whp/250wtq are desired and achievable.Post your thoughts!
 

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I may actually do that now, thanks for reminding me. I bought the roof rack for traveling to the local ski resort, but fell through when one buudy had to get surgery on his right hand, and the other is his girlfriend, who now takes care of him, lol. I'll finish the stripes. :)
 

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I still think the racing strips need to be uniform across the roof of the car as well. :p
We will see how they look when they are done. I still don't think they need to be on the roof (also y I don't have them there)

Approve of all other mods though :D


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I really would like to get a lightweight flywheel. However, $500 for one is ridiculous..

Not a bad idea though. Thanks for the input :)
 

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Stereo upgrade. If you're going to have a "hot-rod" Cruze you need a high power, high quality sound system to go with it. Looking forward to seeing what you end up with and the process to get there.
 

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Stereo upgrade. If you're going to have a "hot-rod" Cruze you need a high power, high quality sound system to go with it. Looking forward to seeing what you end up with and the process to get there.
Thanks for the suggestion Mike. I'm actually pretty satisfied with the Pioneer system in it. I managed to find the perfect equalizer settings that plays my 384 bit-rate music almost flawlessly. Powerful too.

I did consider upgrading some of the speakers, yes. I'm satisfied with the amp and rear deck subs though. :)
 
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Thanks for the suggestion Mike. I'm actually pretty satisfied with the Pioneer system in it. I managed to find the perfect equalizer settings that plays my 384 bit-rate music almost flawlessly. Powerful too.

I did consider upgrading some of the speakers, yes. I'm satisfied with the amp and rear deck subs though. :)
When we last met at the first Lordstown tour and mini-meet, I didn't really give you much of a tour of my sound system. Seemed like it was something Terry would be mostly interested in.

This time, you will have your ears raped. By that, I mean you will be infected with a disease called "audiophile." You'll go back to your car and think to yourself "sh*t, this sounds like crap now..."

Terry and I will get a good laugh out of it. :)
 

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that all sounds good. good luck with it. i was always a sucker for red and black cars. Looking good. Can't wait to see more pic!
 

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I was thinking the same but also thought it would be cool if you painted the entire roof the stripe's color. There is a Scion tc that parks outside my office and I love Toyota made the entire roof black (his car is silver with black rims).
 

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Sure it can. It's not just about the turbo. A combination of high turbo pressure, race-octane E85, and insane timing advancements can very well yield it. Along with the other mods.

No worries, I'll post a dyno sheet when the tune is precise.
 

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Looks good. I'm also staying tuned for the e85 reviews.
 

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Sure it can. It's not just about the turbo. A combination of high turbo pressure, race-octane E85, and insane timing advancements can very well yield it. Along with the other mods.

No worries, I'll post a dyno sheet when the tune is precise.
Oh, sorry I wasn't aware you had a compressor map. Please post it up. Lol enter doesn't always work with this website to being me to the next line in the quick reply screen, so it'll be one long run on paragraph apparently. Anyways, just because it can move XX Lbs/min doesn't mean that you're not running at like 45% adiabatic efficiency which means the turbo's life is on borrowed time.
 

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think you'll need a catch can with the boost you are running/ plans for more power ...
That's not a bad idea either. I will look into it. Thanks!

Oh, sorry I wasn't aware you had a compressor map. Please post it up. Lol enter doesn't always work with this website to being me to the next line in the quick reply screen, so it'll be one long run on paragraph apparently. Anyways, just because it can move XX Lbs/min doesn't mean that you're not running at like 45% adiabatic efficiency which means the turbo's life is on borrowed time.
I don't have a compressor map, I'm saying I will post dynamometer graphs after precision tuning is achieved. Just understand it won't be anytime soon. Fine tuning with E85 requires much more time than the 93 gas tune.

I know the limitations of the Garrett/Honeywell turbo. It's a great turbo. My point is achieving the desired power numbers is not going to be just from the turbocharger. If anything, the E85 and ignition timing is going to be the primary contributor.

There are many that have been running the 93 octane tune at same pressures for 10's of thousands of miles with no issues. I'm less concerned about the turbo's life as opposed to the transmission internals or head gasket, to say.
 
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I see, well if indeed the turbo is capable of 230 fwhp, then that means there is room for 93 to achieve some good power with good ole VE massaging via Cams, Head and IM. Probably not quite 230 FWHP good power but more than what people are seeing now. Which might even be preferable, I can't stand the diving power with this car is very odd. :) Good luck.
 

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Package at the door when I got home.

My Stage 3 clutch kit and E85 injectors came today!

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