I am a brand new NSRT4 owner and this is my first post
. Just bought an 05 6 days ago with 55K miles on it. I am not a gearhead by any means but can turn a wrench, so please take it easy on me. But after 6 days of researching this forum and google etc., its time I need some advice
Mods: (From what I have verified, researching on here and looking at the car)
Kinetic WGA (Off PCM Boost)
Solid Motor Mounts
Mopar Blow Off Plate
Aftermarket 3" Exhaust No CAT (Brand??)
Apexi AFC Neo
AEM Boost Guage
AEM A/F Wideband Guage
AEM Oil Pressure Guage
Apexi Turbo Timer
*Granatelli Spark Plug Wires* just discovered these today, thought it had stock ones on
When I first got her she ran like complete CRAP. Throwing overboost codes everytime I punched it, and had major spark plug blow out in 4th, 5th gear high speed high RPM. After researching on here I adjusted the WGA and I've got the overboost codes gone away by making it spike 17-18psi and hold 14-15psi. I also read and learned how to use the Apexi Neo fuel management and I have set my AFRs to the mid-hi 10s like 10.5ish on all gears/rpms ranges. Of course it still idles and cruises at like 14.7 but it's supposed to. So pretty much I've got it all taken care of from where it was at. First I thought I bough a POS! But thanks to this forum and lots of research I've got her dialed in.
Now I know that some of you (TuneLover) are going to tell me "I'm Doing It Wrong" and go back to on PCM boost and to get an OE, Stage 2, FM wastegate....but I'm having no issues with the way she is running right now not to mention I can't find my Stock Solenoids
I also know from reading that just about everything that has been done to my car is "old news" and there are bigger and better things out there in todays world, I'm not disagreeing. But, and there's always a but....I don't have thousands of dollars to run out and buy everything and slap it on to build it exactly how it "should" be according to everyone here. I would like to start piecing things together and getting it up to current tech levels of 2012 So I've got a few questions as far as "my path" is concerned.
1. Will a DSP, Trinity, itune be of any benefit right now? While I'm off PCM boost? If I'm gonna need one eventually, maybe it could be my first purchase if it would help me right now?
2. After I eventually get a FM WGA, Vac Lines rerouted correctly for PCM boost, and hook it up with a 93 tune.....then what? Will that be WAY better than my current set up or more HP? I mean other than "I'm doing it wrong" what is the benefit to spending a bunch of money to re-do everything that's already been done if I'm liking it the way it is now?
3. Will I need to un-hook the Apexi Neo once I get a DSP/Trinity etc, or can I just turn the Auto Correct off, set everything to 0 and basically just leave it there to look cool so I don't jack anything up trying to rip it outta there.
4. If I do leave everything the way it is now....what can I do next to add more Horsepower? Don't really like the idea of spending $$$ to go backwards or get nothing out of it, so thats why I'm interested in the Performance Gains of going back to a different WGA, DSP, PCM Boost, 93 Tune, etc etc....
I don't really have any real HP # in mind....I don't need to make 400+ horsepower, nor could I probably afford it....but I'd like to get as much out of what I've got basically....seeing some people are saying that close to 300 can be expected out of the stock turbo....so
Thanks for reading and thanks to all those that wish to respond and hopefully no one has been drinking haterade prior to reading my post!!