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Old 27 Feb 2014, 07:06 am
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Default How can I make my RSX Base faster?

So I have a 2002 Acura RSX Base 5 Speed. Its my first car and its my daily banger. Im the second owner and it has 106K miles on it, in great shape, and its all stock.

Im not trying to do anything too crazy on it performance wise, the most I plan to do with it is put a Short Ram Intake on it. No after market exhaust, I don't want attention from the police.

My main problem is that I want to beat my older brother with his 2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R when we go drag racing on the drag strip (legally). We are pretty close but he has more HP; if anything I am lighter.

Here are some Specs:


.................................RSX.............. ..............Sentra

Horsepower........160 @ 6,500 rpm.........175 @ 6,000 rpm

Torque................141 @ 4,000 rpm.........180 @ 4,000 rpm

Curb weigh.............2,694 lbs..................... 2,743 lbs.

So essentially, he has a much more torque and about 15 more hp. The only advantage I have is that I am about 50lbs lighter. Not to mention that he is well about 6 foot and I have the body of a 15 year old at 5'0" at 112 lbs.

So I need some help. As I said, this car is my daily banger, I want to keep it mostly stock without making too much noise or causing too much complications to the engine like adding a turbo or something. Is there any mods to the ECU that I can do or anything out there that can give me a better edge? Any suggestions would be awesome.

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Old 27 Feb 2014, 07:20 am
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Intake, header, exhaust.

If you have a problem thinking ur gonna get in trouble with police you are dead wrong. The only way would probably be no cat with a 3" straight pipe with no muffler.

As said. Try for a 2.5" catback exhaust

And atleat a 2" in & out header 2,5" would be ideal.
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Old 27 Feb 2014, 07:35 am
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save your money ,would b a shame to destroy a good car with bolt on`s that wont amount to anything but problems..
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Old 27 Feb 2014, 07:46 am
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At the dragstrip, with equal drivers, the SE-R is almost a full second faster than a base RSX. No amount of basic modifications will let you beat him unless you're a much better driver than he is. The Sentra SE-R was only a hair slower than the RSX Type S
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Old 27 Feb 2014, 08:07 am
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Offer to get him a full tank of gas before the race. You're a nice guy after all.
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