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  • 2001 saturn sc2 build

    my car is not much past stock, ive spent hardly any money on the car except for maintenance, but im always tinkering with it.

    my current mods are:

    -17" motegi FF7 wheels w/ nitto neogen tires (harsh ride)
    -custom aluminum intake box made by me
    -aem dryflow filter attached to aluminum intake elbow and oem intake piping
    -exhaust cut off about 12" past catalytic converter
    -autolite iridium plugs
    -mobil1 5w-30 full synthetic oil

    these mods alone have made a noticable gain in performance that i can tell, mostly from weekend racing against people that like to race me over and over.

    my next future mods will be:

    -safcII i picked up for 50 bucks (ive already got the wiring diagrams printed..thanks to this site)
    -aem wideband
    -2.5" exhaust to an apexi N1 muffler (already have muffler)
    -magnaflow high flow cat
    -16" rota slipstreams w/ nitto tires
    -2" sprint lowering springs
    -kyb gr-2 struts
    -ebc rotors/pads up front
    -rear disc conversion

    and im on the fence about what i should do with my motor and trans itself:

    -i have a 1st gen eclipse turbo, manifold, injectors, etc... from my old dsm and id like to go that way with it, ive read the manifold bolts up with a little work, but im not sure how exactly i should go about doing this as far as relocation of some components under the hood go and all the mods needed. plus id like to keep my A/C, since it gets hot in memphis and this is my daily.

    -ive read that the 2nd gen head is a good upgrade but is it gonna take alot of custom fab to get it to fit since it has different intake mani design?

    -and my trans has not given me any problems at all and i give it hell on the weekends but id like to get one of those phantom grips if they actually work but im not sure if its been tried yet

    ill get pics soon

    LAST YEAR WITH THE MOTEGI WHEELS


    DONOR PARTS MABYE [img]{SMILIES_PATH}/biggrin.gif[/img]


    BEFORE I WANTED TO BOOST MY SC2


    MY ENGINE BAY 2/13/09


    update-2\27\09

    got 2.25 exhaust made and installed today and doing some maintenance since cars not been running up to par lately

    -autolite xp iridium plugs
    -cleaned o2 sensors
    -new valve cover gasket
    -new pcv valve
    -fresh oil and filter
    -k&n cone filter

    from the way my plugs look, my cars been running on the lean side. the all have a white eggshell color crust on the electrode. is this a bad thing i should worry about?

  • #2
    Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

    I would stick w/ the 3rd gen head since you already have a turbo setup that will practically bolt on.
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    • #3
      Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

      a turbo saturn is the only thing that will spend less time actually running in a month then a turbo dsm....



      and ill answer all of ur questions when im not on my phone and am on a comp. unless some one else does first.
      Black 2006 Cobalt SS/SC
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      • #4
        Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

        i was thinking about getting a whole 2nd 3rd gen motor so downtime of my vehicle is minimal and i could go ahead and do some headwork in the meantime, im mainly concerned about my piston rods, rings, and valve springs if i get any more power than what i have right now

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        • #5
          Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

          Originally posted by sc2projekt97
          a turbo saturn is the only thing that will spend less time actually running in a month then a turbo dsm....
          I think I know why.

          1. DSMs are generally more expensive. They're also tuner cars, and people know they're going to spend money on them. Thus, they probably HAVE more money to begin with. The Saturn thing is usually "Oh nice, a car." and then all of a sudden you're installing a forged motor and a standalone... kinda sneaks up on you, so most owners aren't ready for the financial aspect, therefore, downtime waiting for parts and what not.

          2. Motivation. DSMs hit 11s pretty easy. We don't. Yeah, it's motivating to have a fast Saturn, but you know that after you're done you'll still probably run [email protected] lol.
          - Justin [s]99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi[/s] (dead)


          FS: Pimped lower trans mount, TiAL 38mm Wastegate, Gauge Cluster, Oil Drain

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          • #6
            Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

            i catch alot of crap for that same reason for picking this platform, but it just something else to see what used to be a 17 sec car hit 13's

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            • #7
              Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

              Originally posted by 4gsixtygoodbye
              and id like to go that way with it, ive read the manifold bolts up with a little work, but im not sure how exactly i should go about doing this as far as relocation of some components under the hood go and all the mods needed. plus id like to keep my A/C, since it gets hot in memphis and this is my daily.
              Well, if you stick with an OEM DSM one it'll only fit the 14b, 16b, etc etc. I also doubt it'd keep A/C..

              viewtopic.php?f=13&t=41363

              I've got a A/C saver 9 bolt turbo manifold, 3" downpipe made by alphatuning AND a free tial wastegate for sale. Seems like exactly what you want. Depends on if you like quality parts or not though, haha.
              - Justin [s]99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi[/s] (dead)


              FS: Pimped lower trans mount, TiAL 38mm Wastegate, Gauge Cluster, Oil Drain

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              • #8
                Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

                how much is all this going for? and will it bolt to my turbo or will i have to buy an adapter or a new one?

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                • #9
                  Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

                  Originally posted by 4gsixtygoodbye
                  how much is all this going for? and will it bolt to my turbo or will i have to buy an adapter or a new one?
                  $700 shipped. Has 5-10k miles on it, so it's practically new. I added up the prices and if you bought them by themselves it'd be $1,180.

                  Well, I wouldn't run that turbo anyways... way too small in all honesty. 14b I believe?

                  Either way, if you're dead set on running that turbo, it would require an adapter (not sure if they make one), but you might be better off ditching the A/C and running the DSM manifold you have if you're trying to save money lol.
                  - Justin [s]99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi[/s] (dead)


                  FS: Pimped lower trans mount, TiAL 38mm Wastegate, Gauge Cluster, Oil Drain

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                  • #10
                    Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

                    They make 4G63 adapters for T3 manifolds. About $50 and take 2-3 inches of space.
                    2001 SL2 Turbo (Retired) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzERiAMKzBA
                    2001 SC1 (1st Gen DOHC Head Swap, Twin-intake mod)

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                    • #11
                      Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

                      Originally posted by paintballmaniac
                      They make 4G63 adapters for T3 manifolds. About $50 and take 2-3 inches of space.
                      Awesome, thanks for the info.

                      Well, there you have it, you can use the 14b if you desire (I suggest not doing it, but it's your choice) with an adapter, and then later have the option to remove the adapter in order to upgrade. Win win! [img]{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif[/img]
                      - Justin [s]99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi[/s] (dead)


                      FS: Pimped lower trans mount, TiAL 38mm Wastegate, Gauge Cluster, Oil Drain

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                      • #12
                        Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

                        im on stock motor so im looking to only push 7-8 lbs max on that turbo, then later id like to upgrade to a 20g turbo thatd bolt right up

                        does anyone know if the 450cc injectors from my DSM will work or not?

                        and what about downpipes if i use the DSM manifold only car i have the stock 2.5" downpipe from that car as well

                        any help is greatly appreciated

                        oh and also intercooler pipe routes and what intercooler type to use

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                        • #13
                          Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

                          Since i'm currently creating a fabricated downpipe on my turbo project i'll be the first to let you know that unless you cut your crossmember you won't be able to use that DSM downpipe [img]{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif[/img]
                          2001 SL2 Turbo (Retired) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzERiAMKzBA
                          2001 SC1 (1st Gen DOHC Head Swap, Twin-intake mod)

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                          • #14
                            Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

                            i was gonna take the downpipe and cut it off at the first elbow then do some fab work to get it around that crossmember

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                            • #15
                              Re: 2001 saturn sc2 build

                              Originally posted by 4gsixtygoodbye
                              i was gonna take the downpipe and cut it off at the first elbow then do some fab work to get it around that crossmember
                              That is a great idea. A couple elbows and you would be set.
                              2001 SL2 Turbo (Retired) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzERiAMKzBA
                              2001 SC1 (1st Gen DOHC Head Swap, Twin-intake mod)

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