Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE(Vib

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Postby BlueCrush » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:04 am

Quote, originally posted by rmckinjr »
Blue,
Someone posted your thread in the http://www.MatrixOwners.com and you have some great information. I have a 05 Matrix, XR AWD (1ZZ) at this time the CAI is ordered and the pulleys you suggested. Before I order the headers what mods are needed for the AWD? Will my old exhaust bolt back up or do I need to have the CAT back system installed at the same time? Thanks for your post!

Rob

Hi Rob, Thanks! If you refer back to MO there is a thread with pics of the OBX header install on and AWD: http://matrixowners.com/index.php?showtopic=87386. Good Luck and let me know how it goes. I am curious about 2 things so I can add then to the info on the 1st page:

1) How much louder is the car inside the cabin with this header?
2) Did you notice much HP gains?

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Postby BlueCrush » Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:46 am

Bump for the Noobs!
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Postby Salsa Guy » Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:39 am

Mod we need to sticky this write up
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Postby supervibe » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:44 am

What sugestions for a poor man performance for 03 GT?

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Postby ou.grizzly » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:46 am

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What sugestions for a poor man performance for 03 GT?

Header, exhaust, port n polish TB or the Heads, run synthetic oil...

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Postby Salsa Guy » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:52 am

Bump for the new guys
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Postby BlueCrush » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:20 am

Huh, for some reason the Camcon links are dead. I'll look for a new seller and get it fixed.
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Postby jkm311 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:37 am

This thread is like a DigiPet for you, Brian! Keep those links alive!

One, if not THE, best thread(s) floating around here.


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Postby Salsa Guy » Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:52 am

It should be stickied!
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Postby BlueCrush » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:51 am

Okay, updated the Camcon link to a new site with a slightly higher price. But still the lowest I could find. Also, updated a bunch of other links and prices and had to remove one item as it no longer exists. K,Thx,bye.
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Postby Laserbeak43 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:12 am

my wife is so gonna hate me. THANKS!! XD

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Postby BlueCrush » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:40 am

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my wife is so gonna hate me. THANKS!! XD

Haha! Your welcome.

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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE(Vibe Base & ... (scherry2)

Postby MadHatter » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:27 am

any other options to get a crank pulley. the one listed i cant get anyone to reply to my emails for price and purchase info?

thanks


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Postby BlueCrush » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:43 am

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any other options to get a crank pulley. the one listed i cant get anyone to reply to my emails for price and purchase info?

thanks

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Postby MadHatter » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:24 am

thanks, ill shoot him an email and see if he can help out.

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Postby MadHatter » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:41 am

I emailed Evan, he not only had the pulley i needed but got me a belt too. good guy, i would certainly recommend him to others.

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Postby BlueCrush » Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:17 am

Great! Glad to hear he hooked you up. Yeah, Evan's a good guy.
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Postby CAMOGIRL » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:56 am

This post has been my best friend for the last few hours here at work...been dreaming and now I'll be stir crazy for a while because it'll be a while before I get started. If you could pick one or two of the single best things to do to tide a person over for the least $...what would you suggest?
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Postby BlueCrush » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:02 pm

Cheapest items that will make the biggest difference:

Performance: SRI Intake & Catback Exhaust = $500*
Handling: Lowering springs & Rear Sway bar = $300*

*assuming you install them yourself.

(ps- Looks like I need to update some links/pics)

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Postby CAMOGIRL » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:15 am

Quote, originally posted by BlueCrush »
Cheapest items that will make the biggest difference:

Performance: SRI Intake & Catback Exhaust = $500*
Handling: Lowering springs & Rear Sway bar = $300*

*assuming you install them yourself.

(ps- Looks like I need to update some links/pics)

Well, I mentioned lowering to hubz, who said I need to chill, lol. My exhaust will not be on this poor man's thread, I'm pretty sure it's gonna run me 700 or more since I wanna do the dual, and I'm not backin down on that one. Guess that leaves the intake, is that silly to do on it's own? or go for it?

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Postby Salsa Guy » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:31 am

THe SRI (Short Ram Intake) is a 30 minute job with 3-5 minute beer breaks.
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Postby northvibe » Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:18 pm

Quote, originally posted by CAMOGIRL »

Well, I mentioned lowering to hubz, who said I need to chill, lol. My exhaust will not be on this poor man's thread, I'm pretty sure it's gonna run me 700 or more since I wanna do the dual, and I'm not backin down on that one. Guess that leaves the intake, is that silly to do on it's own? or go for it?

No I ran only intake for a while, good mod. I had the TRD CAI, theres other cai's and SRI's. You'll need to decide which one will be better for you...


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Postby vietrolla » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:45 pm

Awesome Thread Blue Crush.... I started with handling first then went to power upgrades....

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Postby MadHatter » Tue May 10, 2011 3:12 am

i just finished the CAI, alternator, and crank pully's.. i have the throttle spacer sitting on the shelf but havent had the time to do the install yet. so far the one that i think added the most was the intake. on low end and take offs it does nothing but on the high rpm side you can feel the difference.

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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE(Vibe Base & ... (BlueCrush)

Postby vibe13 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:58 am

Hello there can you please give me the wedside wheere you got this parts 380cc injectors'aem alt pulley fI cams thanks

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Postby ncc74656m » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:47 am

Hey all - I'm coming over from NGC - this thread is AMAZING. Thank you, for starters - you're truly a god.

I was wondering if you could update us on where we could get the pulleys?

I found the UR alt pulley for $78 at NOPI, making it a no brainer upgrade (which I'll be doing soon). The link is here:

http://www.nopi.com/dsp_part_d...d=199

That said, can you give us an update where we might find the Alutec crank pulley? Motorex appears to be long gone, and with NGC down, I don't know how to contact Evan (I don't even know what his SN was there).

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Postby ehoff121 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:16 am

Seems like they sell a set: http://www.nopi.com/dsp_parts....20Set

Look about halfway down the page...$216.67

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Postby ORTOX » Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:33 am

Quote, originally posted by BlueCrush »
I updated all pricing, links and pictures in the first post. Hopefully people are getting some use out of this. I have virtually eveything on this list:

Intake: GM Supercharger intake tube (quieter than a CAI or SRI, but an increase in hp and tq over stock)
TB Spacer: Helix Power Tower Plus
Muffler: Custom 2-1/4" exhaust (With Flowmaster Hushpower II and Walker Profit Mufflers)
Pulleys: OEM Sized OBX Lightweight Alternator Pulley (same as the UR) & OEM Sized Lightweight Alutec Crank Pulley
Performance Chip: Power Enterprise Camcon

My car is running awesome!!!! Great acceleration thru entire RPM range! sounds great too! I highly recommend following this list of mods if you are looking to get the most out of your mods for the least amount of money while staying natural aspiration.

Hey BlueCrush

I came across this thread when looking for things to do to my stock 1ZZ in my base (with XRS 6-speed swap) 2004 Matrix.

I've been debating on whether or not to sell my car and go with something different, but for the time being I've decided to keep it going and in the meantime make it a little more fun to drive.

I just ordered the throttle body spacer and Cosmo Racing CAI and look forward to installing both. This thread gave me hope for this little engine.

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Postby hotbug1776 » Fri May 11, 2012 10:28 am

Autoplicity.com carries the base header for around $270. I'm ordering mine this week.
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Postby xTiaanx » Tue May 22, 2012 8:11 pm

Which of these items are not suited for an 04 base model vibe?

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Postby hotbug1776 » Wed May 23, 2012 9:02 am

xTiaanx wrote:Which of these items are not suited for an 04 base model vibe?

I have a 2004 base.

From the list I have all of stage 1 except the cat back (still debating the pros and cons), and all of stage 3.

Stage 2 may come at a later date, but, the gains on N/A don't outweigh the cost IMO.

My thoughts are do stage 1 and 3, then later, go stage 2 and boost.

The links are a bit dated, but, most, if not all, of the items are still available elsewhere online.
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Postby xTiaanx » Wed May 23, 2012 9:20 am

What's the diameter on the 04 vibe exhaust? I'm thinking about glasspacking. would that add any horses?

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Postby Vaggeto » Wed May 23, 2012 4:11 pm

Does anyone know why this might be so cheap and if it's too good to be true for my 03 AWD Vibe?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/00-05-PONTIAC-V ... 32&vxp=mtr

It's a Crank pulley for $30 shipped. Any concerns about using this?
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Postby Vaggeto » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:49 pm

Vaggeto wrote:Does anyone know why this might be so cheap and if it's too good to be true for my 03 AWD Vibe?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/00-05-PONTIAC-V ... 32&vxp=mtr

It's a Crank pulley for $30 shipped. Any concerns about using this?


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Postby Salsa Guy » Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:23 am

A light weight pulley would be better. A light weight underdrive pulley I know nothing about.
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Postby mntn-biker » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:42 am

Anyone have the install instruction sheet for the Cosmo Racing CAI? I e-mailed them direct and apparently they only have paper copies in this digital age :roll:

Anyone install the CAI on their base Vibe? Just curious how much more involved it is to install. The SRI install looks pretty straight forward but for 2hp more gain, it might be worth the extra effort on the CAI install. Just can't see from the pic on their site where/how the filter terminates. I am thinking it goes thru the fender? Anyone have any pics of their install to show this?

Are there any negatives to going with the CAI over the SRI? Seems like pulling cooler air in from outside the engine compartment would be the way to go IMO.

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Postby thebarber » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:28 am

mntn-biker wrote:Anyone have the install instruction sheet for the Cosmo Racing CAI? I e-mailed them direct and apparently they only have paper copies in this digital age :roll:

Anyone install the CAI on their base Vibe? Just curious how much more involved it is to install. The SRI install looks pretty straight forward but for 2hp more gain, it might be worth the extra effort on the CAI install. Just can't see from the pic on their site where/how the filter terminates. I am thinking it goes thru the fender? Anyone have any pics of their install to show this?

Are there any negatives to going with the CAI over the SRI? Seems like pulling cooler air in from outside the engine compartment would be the way to go IMO.

Thanks - Mike

i run an sri on my vibe as installation and maintenance is easier....and my fender plastics have holes in them

check on matrixowners.com for installation how-to's if there arent any here...
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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE

Postby mntn-biker » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:30 am

thebarber wrote:
mntn-biker wrote:Anyone have the install instruction sheet for the Cosmo Racing CAI? I e-mailed them direct and apparently they only have paper copies in this digital age :roll:

Anyone install the CAI on their base Vibe? Just curious how much more involved it is to install. The SRI install looks pretty straight forward but for 2hp more gain, it might be worth the extra effort on the CAI install. Just can't see from the pic on their site where/how the filter terminates. I am thinking it goes thru the fender? Anyone have any pics of their install to show this?

Are there any negatives to going with the CAI over the SRI? Seems like pulling cooler air in from outside the engine compartment would be the way to go IMO.

Thanks - Mike

i run an sri on my vibe as installation and maintenance is easier....and my fender plastics have holes in them

check on matrixowners.com for installation how-to's if there arent any here...


I was just looking at someone's pics of doing an Injen CAI install on their Matrix. I think I will stick with the SRI thinking at this time since the install is only 20-30 minutes from the sounds of it. Also, it seems like it would be "cleaner" for the filter up in the engine compartment rather than closer to the ground in the fender well.

Thanks for the info!

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Postby mntn-biker » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:42 am

Should the spacer and the SRI be installed at the same time or is there any advantage to doing the 1st mod, then the 2nd? Wasn't sure if some error codes would be thrown since "so much" was changing at once.
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Postby mntn-biker » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:18 am

After reading numerous other posts, I'm thinking that now would be a good time to replace the intake manifold gasket while everything is apart. Someone said the '03 1ZZ are prone to gasket failures.
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Postby mntn-biker » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:13 am

BlueCrush wrote:If anything, you should get your throttle body bored out from http://www.maxbore.com for $100. So you can allow more air flow into the engine.


So if the TB is bored out to match the spacer, what size is the port on the intake manifold? Wouldn't boring the TB be somewhat a waste of $ since there is still the restriction once the air gets to the intake manifold opening since it is smaller (assumed) than the bored TB and spacer? Just sayin....

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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE

Postby mntn-biker » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:59 pm

Interesting mpg increase after doing TB bore, SRI, IM gasket replacement, and Helix TB spacer. Details in this thread:

http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=40494
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Postby lannvouivre » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:56 am

I found the THC4405 DC header here for $285 shipped:
http://www.streetsideauto.com/productha ... -1-thc4405
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Postby mntn-biker » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:58 am

Is the header and catback a "simple" bolt-on install or will it require a trip to the local muffler shop? My exhaust is starting to get a bit louder I have noticed so it might be time to start looking into this.
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Postby Salsa Guy » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:31 am

I'm not sure about the header but the catback will require welding and pipe bending unless you buy a complete catback system. My custom 2.25" Catback installed was about $250.
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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE

Postby mntn-biker » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:40 am

Salsa Guy wrote:I'm not sure about the header but the catback will require welding and pipe bending unless you buy a complete catback system. My custom 2.25" Catback installed was about $250.


Did you go with a Magnaflow muffler or something similar and is your piping stainless? I see the Magnaflow Catback system is $526? :shock:

So I am guessing 1 would:

1. Unbolt the exhaust from the original crappy OEM exhaust manifold and bolt the header in place (ok maybe not that simple with orig 122K mile rusty bolts).
2. Follow the Magnaflow instructions (assuming a Magnaflow system is going on) and cut/remove the stock exhaust from where the weld is at the entrance of the front resonator assy on back. Slide the Magnaflow system in place (using the u-bolt temporarily to get to the muffler shop). Then take the car to a muffler shop and have them weld it in place.

http://www.magnaflow.com/07techtips/pdfs/15759.pdf

Is there any advantage to also going with the Magnaflow SS catalytic converter while everything is torn apart?

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_direct-fit-catalytic-converter-stainless-steel-magnaflow_10083660-p?searchTerm=magnaflow#fragment-3
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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE

Postby lannvouivre » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:55 pm

mntn-biker wrote:Is the header and catback a "simple" bolt-on install or will it require a trip to the local muffler shop? My exhaust is starting to get a bit louder I have noticed so it might be time to start looking into this.
The header is bolt on, here is an installation guide from our dear friends at MatrixOwners: http://matrixowners.com/index.php?/topi ... ix-1zz-fe/

My oh my, is the DC header gorgeous. The stock one....well, at least it still LOOKS like an exhaust manifold.
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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE

Postby mntn-biker » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:20 pm

I saw that thread ^ later on this afternoon. Interesting write-up. Looks like it can be installed from the top and bolt right up to the stock exhaust. I wanted to post a question on there but I still have yet to receive my verification e-mail from the MO site.
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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE

Postby KITT222 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:28 pm

CARB exempt! I'm suddenly more interested (for I will be moving to Cali in the future, you see)

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Re: Poor Man's Complete Performance Mod Guide for the 1ZZ-FE

Postby mntn-biker » Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:25 am

So header and Magnaflow exhaust. Is there any benefit to replacing the OEM catalytic converter with 1 of Magnaflow's cats since everything is torn apart? Are the Magnaflow cats "more free flowing" or are they simply an OEM spec replacement?
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