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I've done a bunch of searches on this website but still can't find a cheap way to get more low end torque :( . I have most of the basic bolt on upgrades you can do:
1. AEM CAI
2. HS header
3. HKS exhaust

Car now goes like gang busters at 4k RPM's (fricken turboish) but no more low end and I'm killing my clutch.

Anyone know of any upgrades that aid low end torque. I know there's just so much you can do with 2000CC's (2 liter).
 

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All you're upgrades are to aid top-end power. I found that if you shorten your CAI to a conventional intake that you get more throttle response on the low-end (as compared to the CAI). Of course, doing this takes away the effect of the CAI.

You could try advancing the timing out to 19 deg. I've heard nothing but positive responses.
 

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ha ha, you want low end torque? get a QR25 and you'll NEVER have to complain about that again. hell i'll trade you low end torque for some power up top!
 

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Sentrase00 said:
No real need for adjustable cam sprockets on an SR20 but if you mean camshafts....no...that will kill low-end torque even more depending on which manu. Tomei street grind shafts will keep the low-end about the same but the JWT S3 will not aid low-end torque.

If I remember correctly the SCC dyno of the AEBS 4-1 header, surprisingly, put out more low-end torque. Weird for a 4-1 header but I guess it's a good design.
 

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Timing works out. Mine is only at 17 but man it helps out alot off the line. But still alot of power doesnt kick in until 4.5 - 5K.
 

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I think the only real good way to get low end torque is to get a bigger enginer.
 

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pulleys will also help the engine rev up faster
 

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yea pulleys get rid of that mechanical lag. Smaller mean faster. in some cases.
 

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thanks ALL. alot of "bigger engine" responses. lol. should have seen that coming. Sounds like adjusting the timing has worked for some. Maybe I'll look into it...........or just trade my car for a SPEC - V. heh.
 

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Aww dont trade in the SE! We have to survive the take over of the Specs. SR20 power!
 

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nis.k.a. said:
You could try advancing the timing out to 19 deg. I've heard nothing but positive responses.
just did that friday, love it
 

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when doing the timing advance you have to slip off the belt right? and exactly HOW does the timing gun allow you to know where the timing is set at
EDIT: more low end torque would do wonders for the sr20 especially us with auto trannies..maybe we could make up for all of the torque lost thru the tq convertor
 

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when doing the timing advance you have to slip off the belt right? and exactly HOW does the timing gun allow you to know where the timing is set at
No, you loosen two bolt on the distributer (black thing on the drivers side of the motor). You then aim the timing light at the top of the crank pulley on the passengers side of the motor. You will see a peg comming out of the motor, and there will be notches/timing marks on the pulley itself. The number of taiming marks will be different depending on what type of pulley you have.
 

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i was always hesitant to try it cuz i was never really convinced i would see any gain from it with my auto tranny. the best setting for the sr20 would be 19* right? and use premium gas

EDIT: should i advance before or after my CAI install or does it not matter?
 

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mine's at 19 degrees and you should use 91 or above
 
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