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Need ideas for more power and speed.

First off thanks to all who helped me get my 83 944 running again. After reading this board i have discovered my days of torment from my 944 are just beginning. But I still get all funny inside when i tell people i have a porsche in my driveway. All that said.

I am looking for inexpensive ways to increase power and speed from my standard 83 944 2.5L 5 Spd. Can you guys give me some ideas that are relatively easy and inexpensive to get more speed. I dont need a 12 second car or anything just something to make the road go by faster.
Is it possible to add a turbo to my stock 944. I know thats some cash but still curious. Thanks.
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There isn't much you can do to the na that won't involve cubic $ other than shed weight. If you must have a turbo, get a 951 and get the upgraded suspension and brakes in the deal. That isn't to say the 944 is not a good car, just that off the line isn't its strong suit.
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I think the concesus last time was:

Its easier and cheaper to buy a 951 than to retrofit yours, and:

If there was a way to out-engineer a bunch of Germans who live and breathe performance engines, it would found in the catalogs. Instead all you see are nickel-and-dime air filters, throttle cams, and not-street-legal exhausts.

The best you can do right now is to start dumping weight and save for the turbo. But these are GT cars, not drag racers. If you wanna be thrown in the back of your seat, get a hemi-Cuda. Just don't think your gonna make the turn at the end of the straightaway.
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more power: you are chit out of luck

more speed: upgrade the suspension, upgrade the brakes, take off excess weight, buy FRWilk's DME adapter, attend drivers' ed courses
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it's great that you get funny feeling inside telling folks that you have a p-car in the driveway, i'd just as soon they see me driving mine.
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For my car; my wife took the car to work one day (interpreter at the local high school where two of my kids go) and many of the staff said they saw the car around town quite a bit (pop. 4000) an didn't realize it was hers (mine!). More than just a few mention that the car is a one of a kind and stands out around town. She then got the idea that if we ever got rid of it, the whole town would be 'disappointed'. The cops in town know me, too, and wave to me when I go by (fyi, I'm a responsible tax payer...and it doesn't hurt that the police chief go to the same church that we do ).

The only drawback is when I'm in a hurry when I get close to work and weave around traffic to my exit, co workers know who it is, too!
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Small towns. Growing up my grandfather was chief of police.
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I can't believe how much faster my car is after I spent some time at the track with an instructor.

That being said, my 944 can be more enjoyable for street driving than my hot-rodded 911. I can have fun with the 944 without getting crazy, because it's underpowered. I can't step on the gas too hard with the 911 without commiting a felony, or at least being way too fast for safety on public roads.
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Popsicle sticks
that's right I said it.
tape popsicle sticks to the inside of your exhaust,
then when you floor it, they come flying out
and it looks like your going really fast.
(I saw it on fast and the furious 3 preview)
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by God, that's ingenious!
that will be in the fourth movie!
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Don't knock the deck of cards trick there....back in the 60's they were a hoot!

Yeah, that's one reason I like small towns; practically everyone knows everyone. The key is being someone that no one hates!
Just this morning, I had a bunch of kids clamoring to the window of a school bus waving like nuts at me....wasn't even the bus my kids ride on, either!

The underpower statement may be its strongest point; I just love the feel of cornering in this thing....It helps stave off my craving of owning a crotch rocket just because of how awesome it feels cornering.
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Don't knock the deck of cards trick there....back in the 60's they were a hoot!

Yeah, that's one reason I like small towns; practically everyone knows everyone. The key is being someone that no one hates!
Just this morning, I had a bunch of kids clamoring to the window of a school bus waving like nuts at me....wasn't even the bus my kids ride on, either!

The underpower statement may be its strongest point; I just love the feel of cornering in this thing....It helps stave off my craving of owning a crotch rocket just because of how awesome it feels cornering.
Cornering in a 944 is like having your own super steel tube rollercoaster!

Small towns: Did you know that as a teenager my mother baby sat the Imus brothers. Yeap. They lived for a while in the small town where my parents were raised and where I was till the fourth grade. Small farming community. Potatoes, alfalfa and wheat. One of the first vehicles I drove was a harvester.
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more power: you are chit out of luck

more speed: upgrade the suspension, upgrade the brakes, take off excess weight, buy FRWilk's DME adapter, attend drivers' ed courses

I agree with CJFusco on all counts!
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Imus in the morning??? Cool. You might want to call in and recall an embarrassing moment he may have had (we've ALL had those), like when he got spanked for stealing the babysitters underwear and walking around wearing it like a hat!
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I think the BEST thing about the na engine is that it can't be modified beyond what CJF said. That gives you more time and money to make it look good and run correctly. Nothing worse than a neglected porsche.
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i don't know a whole lot about fuel injection, but i was wondering, would maybe getting a more powerful gas pump for more p.s.i. at the injector, could that maybe help? (not necessarily a huge jump in p.s.i. not to make it not run right, if that even makes a difference...)
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Quote:
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Cornering in a 944 is like having your own super steel tube rollercoaster!

Small towns: Did you know that as a teenager my mother baby sat the Imus brothers. Yeap. They lived for a while in the small town where my parents were raised and where I was till the fourth grade. Small farming community. Potatoes, alfalfa and wheat. One of the first vehicles I drove was a harvester.
Did she drop them on thier heads? Did they like it and beg for more? One of my first driving ex. was a tractor towing a hayrake. If I have a child, I'm running away back to arkansas.
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talking about making the 944 look good, here's a pic of my car after i spent 3 hours cleaning it.
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