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Old 01-31-2010, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Solstice Upgrade?

Ok. So I have been researching all of the different Solstice upgrades, & I would like to know what people think about this. I found a few worth mentioning : The GXP- R; Solbra ; Mallett; & the Solstice Weekend Racer. I would like a serious Horse power upgrade, with a not so serious price. So If anybody has any pointers please let me know. & Dose anyone know what it takes to upgrade a base Solstice to a GXP?
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I know you don't want to read this, but the best way to get a serious power upgrade without laying out serious money would be to trade in the whole car. That would DEFINITELY be the best way to upgrade to a GXP...
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If you're dead set on keeping your N/A Solstice, look to a DDM supercharger conversion.
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Pretty strong opinions on here about N/A vs GXP. If you have an N/A and want to run with GXP's then a Turbo or Supercharger upgrade is worth considering. I love my DDM stage 2 kit, which I've had for several years now. Very reliable, and pretty darn fast. My daily driver pushes about the same HP as a GXP with this kit.

The two models have different engines ( the N/A is a 2.4 while the GXP is a 2.0 ) and the GXP has a few features the base doesn't come with. Direct port injection, suspension upgrades, etc.

If you want to get into real bucks, the Solbra is still available, but the Mallett is not. These kits will end up costing you more than a trade on a Vette.

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Ok. So I have been researching all of the different Solstice upgrades, & I would like to know what people think about this. I found a few worth mentioning : The GXP- R; Solbra ; Mallett; & the Solstice Weekend Racer. I would like a serious Horse power upgrade, with a not so serious price. So If anybody has any pointers please let me know. & Dose anyone know what it takes to upgrade a base Solstice to a GXP?
DDM stage 2 will give you better bottom end, but less top end than the GXP.
Price point is good, about 4200.00 with an easy install. Complete bolt in with nothing extra needed! You will get at least 100 hp increase.
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Dose anyone know what it takes to upgrade a base Solstice to a GXP?
Neither a practical nor economical option. If you want a GXP you'll have to buy a GXP.
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When you say serous HP upgrade. What rwhp are you looking for? What performance levels are you trying to reach? Is this just to drive on the street or AutoX on the weekends too. How fast is your wallet?

Till you define your operating parameters then it's just guessing on everyone's part what you want to gain.
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The old adage: speed cost money, how fast to want to go. figure what ever you thought it will cost , then X3. every time i think about serious power i open my wallet and since there only be enough for a coffee, my best bet would be to buy a a cup of joe and think fast thoughts.

one other thing after you build a 500hp sol, dont forget to have a "oh shi^" fund since any serious power build will allways find the weak link and this is game that never ends.
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HP upgrades cost more than already-there HP

***Disclaimer: this is just my opinion... do you agree/disagree?***

There are two camps on this issue:

If it really is *just* power that you want, I do suggest buying a new car...
-You'll spend more making your Sol go like a Corvette than the 'vette would cost...
-If you wanted to upgrade your 'vette to a ZR1, I'm sure you'd spend more than on a new ZR1...
-If you look at hot rods, someone's willing to sell their classic muscle with a 450 and custom everything for $20k despite having put $30+ into it to fix it up!

That said, the other camp is those who get the joy out of tinkering and actively upgrading their stock car. This allows them (us?) to hand-pick what they want, making the car more 'theirs'. For these guys, a DDM supercharger is the realistic, economical way to go for more HP and a V8 crate engine swap is the expensive way to go.

Personally, I fall in the middle. As long as those Lotto numbers keep letting me down, I'll probably add a DDM Stage 2 or 3 to sate my tinkering hunger and then some day I'll get an already restored '69 Firebird... oh, to dream...!
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Serious HP with not so serious price is the kicker. For a not so serious price (would be way to serious for me for a long time) DDM has what you need for power. I could not find a GXP for anywhere near the price of the n/a I got, so I have to live with a fun peppy little car that is no dragster, but still way faster than our truck and aztek. Since I don't race autocross or anything, the stock suspension is good enough for spirited road riding, and still offers a soft enough ride for long travel (heck I drove it 2 hrs home from the dealer I found it at). Now don't get me wrong, if the lotto comes through, I can't say that the giant HP LS7 action won't end up in the car, but barring that, I'll enjoy it with the current HP until then.
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