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Old 05-24-2006, 03:38 AM   #46
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So im soon to purchase a chevy cavalier coupe, and was wondering about how i can make it more sporty without too high of cost.

Some things im going to put on are cold air intake, exhaust headers.... anything else that would help me out for not too much $$ ???

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Hey The Z24 is supposedly faster but with a few mods to the 2.2 it isnt.
There are quite a few things you can do especially with 1500. DOnt listen to ANYone with an import. unless its Euro. Intake and headers are your first ++
X3 racing makes headers custom from cali and it comes with a downpipe and is a great fit!! although you might need some welding and fitting after the downpipe. GUT THE CAT. there are ways around the sensor the easiest way, readin is just space it out as much as possible w/ washers. then a flowmaster or dynomax is a must. WWW. ThePartsBin.Com has tons of stuff. a throttle body spacer adds a coupls hps in the mix. run a 160 degree thermostat so you dont have an overheating prolem b/c the headers are 4-1 and a 3 inch down pipe that wrap right around the oil pan so the oil tend to get a little hotter. i rum a 10w-40 for more detergent and 40 weight b/c of the heating. just doing that gets you bolt on turbo ready by Garrett and Venom makes High flow fuel pump. fuel Rail, and intake Makifold. i have gone all that far except the turbo. but get the same gas mileage. i had my ecu adjusted but not tuned up as much as i could have. i can give you as much advice as you need but the one thing i will say is take 5 over off the head,and i leave hondas and acuras as though they arent even moving. all i hear is their motor sounding like its gonna through a rod or something at 7 grand or whatever while i'm crusing at 2 and half. My best friend just bouhgt a Mazdaspeed 6,off the line i coulnd even see him in the rear view. but b/c it is only a cav he started to catch me when i hit 80. same happend with a dodge carger r/t. the problem w/ all the new cars is you have to pay 40,000 or 50,000 for 400 or so hp for a car that wieghs 4,000 lbs or more. in retrospect i tought i was racing an orange del sol but he seemed to be having some troulbe keeping up. it took it that when he took his hat off at me and slowed down he was done looking dumb. i'm having the exhast work finalized befor i put the turbo in, even in which case im still only pushing about 8 lbs. and maybe i'll be looking for vipers to race after the turbo is all said and done. ps a good upgrade are brakes. Brembo makes drilled rotors i got online for about 146.00
and the 4 piston calipers from Brembo where kinda pricey but you can use the stock ones and use EBC pads. Use The RED stuff ones i think i paid about 71$$. the brakes where probably the best thing i did to the car. other than bridgestone potenzas. Eibach also makes Sway bars and some strut bars are pretty cheap. its more expensive to have them adjusted. i dont know where you live or if you are concerned with handling. Talk about a sleeeper. hit me back. The DoC
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Old 05-24-2006, 03:54 AM   #47
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Hey The Z24 is supposedly faster but with a few mods to the 2.2 it isnt.
There are quite a few things you can do especially with 1500. DOnt listen to ANYone with an import. unless its Euro. Intake and headers are your first ++
X3 racing makes headers custom from cali and it comes with a downpipe and is a great fit!! although you might need some welding and fitting after the downpipe. GUT THE CAT. there are ways around the sensor the easiest way, readin is just space it out as much as possible w/ washers. then a flowmaster or dynomax is a must. WWW. ThePartsBin.Com has tons of stuff. a throttle body spacer adds a coupls hps in the mix. run a 160 degree thermostat so you dont have an overheating prolem b/c the headers are 4-1 and a 3 inch down pipe that wrap right around the oil pan so the oil tend to get a little hotter. i rum a 10w-40 for more detergent and 40 weight b/c of the heating. just doing that gets you bolt on turbo ready by Garrett and Venom makes High flow fuel pump. fuel Rail, and intake Makifold. i have gone all that far except the turbo. but get the same gas mileage. i had my ecu adjusted but not tuned up as much as i could have. i can give you as much advice as you need but the one thing i will say is take 5 over off the head,and i leave hondas and acuras as though they arent even moving. all i hear is their motor sounding like its gonna through a rod or something at 7 grand or whatever while i'm crusing at 2 and half. My best friend just bouhgt a Mazdaspeed 6,off the line i coulnd even see him in the rear view. but b/c it is only a cav he started to catch me when i hit 80. same happend with a dodge carger r/t. the problem w/ all the new cars is you have to pay 40,000 or 50,000 for 400 or so hp for a car that wieghs 4,000 lbs or more. in retrospect i tought i was racing an orange del sol but he seemed to be having some troulbe keeping up. it took it that when he took his hat off at me and slowed down he was done looking dumb. i'm having the exhast work finalized befor i put the turbo in, even in which case im still only pushing about 8 lbs. and maybe i'll be looking for vipers to race after the turbo is all said and done. ps a good upgrade are brakes. Brembo makes drilled rotors i got online for about 146.00
and the 4 piston calipers from Brembo where kinda pricey but you can use the stock ones and use EBC pads. Use The RED stuff ones i think i paid about 71$$. the brakes where probably the best thing i did to the car. other than bridgestone potenzas. Eibach also makes Sway bars and some strut bars are pretty cheap. its more expensive to have them adjusted. i dont know where you live or if you are concerned with handling. Talk about a sleeeper. hit me back. The DoC
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Old 06-16-2006, 05:04 PM   #48
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i have a 99 cav, 5 speed, its very reliable, i have yet to have any problems. mine is loweed an inch and a half with 18" wheels. i have a full cat exhaust and a short shifter. its definitely not the fastest car out there, but it works for now as money is tight. i am working on a cold air intake and some other stuff for it next. i'd go with your cav and make it work for you, at least its a start until you can get something better bro!
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Old 06-17-2006, 05:45 AM   #49
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i have a 99 cav, 5 speed, its very reliable, i have yet to have any problems. mine is loweed an inch and a half with 18" wheels. i have a full cat exhaust and a short shifter. its definitely not the fastest car out there, but it works for now as money is tight. i am working on a cold air intake and some other stuff for it next. i'd go with your cav and make it work for you, at least its a start until you can get something better bro!

He gets credit for saying wheels instead of rims, I'll give you that.
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Oh my. I think we have a new winner in the "post containing the most bullsh*t" sweepstakes. Oh my, oh my.

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Old 06-17-2006, 12:09 PM   #51
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He gets credit for saying wheels instead of rims, I'll give you that.

thank you. i realize its not the greatest car but when cash is tight, what other choice do you have
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:30 AM   #52
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Hey The Z24 is supposedly faster but with a few mods to the 2.2 it isnt.
There are quite a few things you can do especially with 1500. DOnt listen to ANYone with an import. unless its Euro. Intake and headers are your first ++
X3 racing makes headers custom from cali and it comes with a downpipe and is a great fit!! although you might need some welding and fitting after the downpipe. GUT THE CAT. there are ways around the sensor the easiest way, readin is just space it out as much as possible w/ washers. then a flowmaster or dynomax is a must. WWW. ThePartsBin.Com has tons of stuff. a throttle body spacer adds a coupls hps in the mix. run a 160 degree thermostat so you dont have an overheating prolem b/c the headers are 4-1 and a 3 inch down pipe that wrap right around the oil pan so the oil tend to get a little hotter. i rum a 10w-40 for more detergent and 40 weight b/c of the heating. just doing that gets you bolt on turbo ready by Garrett and Venom makes High flow fuel pump. fuel Rail, and intake Makifold. i have gone all that far except the turbo. but get the same gas mileage. i had my ecu adjusted but not tuned up as much as i could have. i can give you as much advice as you need but the one thing i will say is take 5 over off the head,and i leave hondas and acuras as though they arent even moving. all i hear is their motor sounding like its gonna through a rod or something at 7 grand or whatever while i'm crusing at 2 and half. My best friend just bouhgt a Mazdaspeed 6,off the line i coulnd even see him in the rear view. but b/c it is only a cav he started to catch me when i hit 80. same happend with a dodge carger r/t. the problem w/ all the new cars is you have to pay 40,000 or 50,000 for 400 or so hp for a car that wieghs 4,000 lbs or more. in retrospect i tought i was racing an orange del sol but he seemed to be having some troulbe keeping up. it took it that when he took his hat off at me and slowed down he was done looking dumb. i'm having the exhast work finalized befor i put the turbo in, even in which case im still only pushing about 8 lbs. and maybe i'll be looking for vipers to race after the turbo is all said and done. ps a good upgrade are brakes. Brembo makes drilled rotors i got online for about 146.00
and the 4 piston calipers from Brembo where kinda pricey but you can use the stock ones and use EBC pads. Use The RED stuff ones i think i paid about 71$$. the brakes where probably the best thing i did to the car. other than bridgestone potenzas. Eibach also makes Sway bars and some strut bars are pretty cheap. its more expensive to have them adjusted. i dont know where you live or if you are concerned with handling. Talk about a sleeeper. hit me back. The DoC
Im sure that exhaust sytem you put on it and your throtle body spacer gave alot of power
And who exactly tuned your ecu?
pfft
my 98 hp comet would smote you
wait Let me put it in video games terms becasue i realized you don't own a cavy in real life you actualy just have one on Need for speed for underground.
And charecter in video games don't count as friends.
I would Pwn you in real life
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Old 06-29-2006, 04:31 AM   #53
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First things first. What year is the Cavalier?

There's a difference since you either get a shitty engine or a really good one. If it's a regular SOHC 2.2L engine then you have a lot of work and maybe worth it to save the money and get something else.

Two engines to look for is either the Quad 4 or Ecotec. The Quad 4's are "REALY" powerful but have crap for reliability. The Quad4's came in many flavors. Some with ranging from 150 hp to 190hp stock. You'll never find the 190hp since those were extremely rare and labled W41 on top. These engines were superior to all Imports since 1988.

Then you have the Ecotecs. Produce crap for power stock but GM does offer many bolt on upgrades for the Ecotec. Unlike the Quad 4 the Ecotec's are much easier to deal with and are far more reliable. Reliable enough to push some Ecotec's to as much as 1400 hp.

Though if you want power from you Cavalier and you don't have either one of those engines in it then you need to do an engine swap first. Problem is if the Cavalier is old the Quad 4's don't swap easily. You'll need a sub frame from the doner car which means you pratically need the doner car right next to you to do the swap. If the Cavalier is newer then you could deal with the Ecotec's which usually means easy swap or just bolt ons.

Note that most GM FWD engines can usually mount to any GM FWD transmission.

If you're asking to beef up a 2.2L SOHC engine without any extreme work or cost then you're just asking how can I rice it up.
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Old 07-05-2006, 06:37 PM   #54
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ya i understand but u see that car in my sig thats my first car too which i bough... Cavaliers arent that reliable so i wouldn;t recommend modding it cause u will prolly need money to fix it up.

ok don't listen to this @$$ hat a cavalier has just as much potential as any imported rice rocket, my cavalier takes bigger $hits than his integra, but lets just say
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but anyway about your question, if your getting a cavalier Z/24 or ECOtec, it's going to put more torque to the ground than an import just because of the displacement, but I would go with a aftermarket intake they are generally inexpensive and give you a nice power gain and adds a meaner engine sound, but the short shifter is a great idea also, I've got one and i love it.. if you any more help just hit me up
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Old 07-14-2006, 01:16 PM   #55
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Actually the Ecotec is one of the most reliable engines you'll ever find. In fact it made it into the top 10 best engines where Honda and Toyota didn't even make it into the top ten.

Just to give an idea on how warped everyone's vision on imports and performance. Take Honda's C32B 3.2L V6 found in the Honda NSX. A lot of import fans like to compare HP per liter which really doesn't mean anything. Hp per MPG on the other hand does tell us how efficient the car was built.

2005 Acura NSX 17-24 MPG. Produces 290 hp.

2005 Chevy Corvette 16-26 MPG. Produces 500 hp.

Historically when ever imports produce racing horsepower they end up getting crap for MPG and we all know know how important gas prices are today.

A 1990 Beretta GTZ with a Quad 4 could produce 180 hp with 160 tq and still got 32 MPG highway. Don't ever tell import owners that i4 performance engines have been in domestic cars since 1988 that produced more power stock then they could ever dream. Ohh and don't tell them it's N/A because they can't use their HP per Liter crap.
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port and polished head for sale

i am selling a port and polished aluminum head for a 2200 2.2L chevy cavalier with ss valve springs. i baught it from rsm racing about a year ago. it was 2000 when i baught it and i have never used it i just recenty baught a cobalt ss sc so i have no need for it im asking 1000 but we can talk about the price... it is set up for direct port nos system or a great head for a turbo or supercharged system my email is etmoff02@yahoo.com email me if any one is interested...
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:22 PM   #57
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heres my opion

i have a a 97-99 cavaliers never had an issue till i started moding, the only thin i did was blow trans you couldent ask for a tougher car, i had stage three clutch, cold air intake, 17`s lowerd 2 inch duel exhaust everything
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:34 PM   #58
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Hey guys i'm pretty sure he is asking WHAT HE CAN GET FOR CHEAP TO MOD HIS CAVALIER!
not that he shouldnt buy it etc, just answer the questions guys unless your suggestion is not too far off topic

i can add that nothing is more annoying than having to listen to people NOT answering what i ask.

your best bet Bo Jangles is to go into your part store (partsource, napa, performance shops) and talk to them about your budget, how and where you drive your car, and your driving style, if they know their stuff they should be able to just give you a list of options and you can pick from there.

good luck with the building!
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:11 PM   #59
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For the past 3 years this forum has apparently been a favorite place for everybody to ask about cavalier's.

Too bad car-forums is so easy to find,
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2000 model year + the ecotech is bulletproof... earlier models had head gasket problems
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