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OK. My 2006 Solstice and I got smoked by a BMW SUV recently. But just barely. I'd accept getting smoked by a BMW M. But an SUV!?

So what's the easiest, quickest way to goose the 2.4 L up a bit?
 

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Unless you put force induction it will not help much.
Long tube header a tune will give you a little more power, maybe close to 200 BHP.
 

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Keeping in mind you did say quick and easy, you could have this up and running over a weekend easily if you know your way around tools.

I have this kit in my car and it is a night and day difference. I figure it is like adding a second motor to the car. The boost adds more power than the car had stock. :devil:
 

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I did not really notice a difference when I added a free flowing cat and 3" magnaflo exhaust. My Chevy Cruze / automatic / with a 1.4l turbo and a Trifecta tune would still out run my NA 2.4 Sky / automatic. Now the Sky with a turbo is a whole different animal, on a cool Minnesota morning the car will spin the tires in second gear with a little encouragement from my foot.

Unless you put force induction it will not help much.
Long tube header a tune will give you a little more power, maybe close to 200 BHP.
 

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So, yeah - either positive displacement modification (turbo or supercharger) or replace it with a GXP. Those are the only way to significantly increase power.

BTW, don't be fooled by the SUV thing. I have a client in the same building as me and he drives a BMW X5M. The big pig has 555 BHP and 500 ft lbs. and does 0-60 in 4.5 secs and a 12 something 1/4 in a brute that weighs 5400 lbs.
 

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The easiest way is to sell your current and get a GXP. Then get a tune from one of the forum vendors. You'll spend just as much and you'll be a lot happier with the results of a GXP over all of the headaches of giving your NA more power. The only way to give your NA power is to put an induction (supercharger or turbo) on your car. That can be expensive. $2500-$4500 depending on vendor and how much power you want. Right now, if you come to the midwest, you can find a low mileage GXP for around $15k with 40-60k miles. You could probably sell your car for somewhere around $10k-$12k depending on mileage and condition. I'll give an example:

Here's a nice example of a hard to find color... Not quite as much money as yellow commands, but probably the second highest priced color: http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=48327&endYear=2014&keywordPhrases=gxp&modelCode1=SOLSTICE&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=PONT&maxMileage=60000&searchRadius=200&mmt=%5BPONT%5BSOLSTICE%5B%5D%5D%5B%5D%5D&listingId=360090733&listingIndex=6&Log=0

You can find a white one if you look for about $15k. So you add $400 for a tune, and voila, you're pushing 300hp. I GAURANTEE you that you can lay rubber in 2nd and 3rd gear! And you will outrun a stock WRX.....most won't even try to play with me! :thumbs:
 

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So no matter what you do to the 2.4L ? Will the gxp always have more power ? What else beside a stage 3 hahns turbo can you add to increase power of 2.4L
A turbo or a supercharger are the only way to get big power.

The NA crowd reads all of the 'easy' power to be had on the turbo LNF and seem to think they should also have an easy ride to glory, but it just isn't so. Any NA engine is as good as it's tuning and attention to gas flow (increasing BMEP) allows it to be, and additional power is always hard to get if the stock engine was efficiently designed, as the LE5 is.

Back in the bad old days, when design wasn't as efficient, you'd get all sorts of bottlenecks created through incompetence, or sometimes to further some end other than power production (e.g. lower emissions) and then the results with a dash of added compression, cam and fuel supply could be pretty gratifying.

Don't bitch about the LE5 not falling into that category, it just means they did a good job of designing it in the first place.

Will the GXP always have more power than the NA? Sure - you can get close or a tad past the stock LNF output with a turbo or supercharger, but then the LNF owner can start doing their tuning and will leave you in the dust. That's life.
 

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So no matter what you do to the 2.4L ? Will the gxp always have more power ? What else beside a stage 3 hahns turbo can you add to increase power of 2.4L
Well you could get more power than a stock GXP , however, the GXP is easier to upgrade for a little more power, which would make it to be pretty close to a wash.

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A turbo or a supercharger are the only way to get big power.

The NA crowd reads all of the 'easy' power to be had on the turbo LNF and seem to think they should also have an easy ride to glory, but it just isn't so. Any NA engine is as good as it's tuning and attention to gas flow (increasing BMEP) allows it to be, and additional power is always hard to get if the stock engine was efficiently designed, as the LE5 is.

Back in the bad old days, when design wasn't as efficient, you'd get all sorts of bottlenecks created through incompetence, or sometimes to further some end other than power production (e.g. lower emissions) and then the results with a dash of added compression, cam and fuel supply could be pretty gratifying.

Don't bitch about the LE5 not falling into that category, it just means they did a good job of designing it in the first place.

Will the GXP always have more power than the NA? Sure - you can get close or a tad past the stock LNF output with a turbo or supercharger, but then the LNF owner can start doing their tuning and will leave you in the dust. That's life.
Well you beat me by a minute, I just type too slow:brentil:
 

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I got smoked by my boss in his Ford turbo v6 pick in my 06 NA, weighed the options and decided on buying a GXP. Now he's eating my dust.
 

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After owning both the 2.4Ltr and now the GXP. If you don't want to sell/trade in your 2.4 for a GXP, the easy and most reliable option in my opinion is the DDM Works sage 3 supercharger. A turbo ad on for the 2.4 is good but there are so many things you have to do to get it running properly without causing other problems. You really need to know what you are doing and it will COST allot more than a Supercharger package deal in the long run.
 

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I know one thing, with my GXP having well over 100+ more HP and torque than my NA , I'm thankful for traction control and ESC. especially if the roads are wet. If you mod your 2.4, you really need to be carefull with your right foot.
 

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well, i was in the same boat, then i got a corvette. I've recently been looking at performance upgrades that you can do on a vette that include, porting & polishing. I ported my throttle body & i got a noticeable difference. Not huge gains mind you, maybe like 5 HP but i wish i had known about it when i had my 2.4 solstice.

Also, consider these options: K&N air filter, Cat delete/hollowed out cat, Free-flowing exhaust, header, a nice tune, some nitrous, v-8 swap, & or a nice tune. in my opinion money to power options,what i would have done then with the knowledge i have now look into whether or not you can port a solstice throttle body, it'd be worth it. a header, exhaust & a tune. Nitrous if your feeling dangerous. Thats just my 2 cents:devil::thumbs:
 

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Well, header, catless downpipe, custom exhaust, cold air intake, lsj throttle body and a dyno tune. WOKE MY CAR UP. I had it turboed but I couldnt keep my foot out of it and used wayyyyy too much gas haha
 

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Some of us poor HP deprived NA folk don't want to go to the complexity of forced induction. Just a few more ponies for an occasional spurt here and there. Thinking maybe a high flow cat and a K&N. Not sure if a tune would help. But if I'd wanted, I would have gone the GXP route. Plenty of them around. I just prefer the simplicity of the NA. And given how several of the local PD's around here have interlocking fields of speed trap, the times one could use another hundred HP are quite limited.
 

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And given how several of the local PD's around here have interlocking fields of speed trap, the times one could use another hundred HP are quite limited.
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