In Reply to: Beefing up a 1.9 posted by Jimmy on October 26, 2000 at 10:48:34:
To date I have not seen or heard of someone who has a turbo on their 1.9.
I am considering "substantially increasing" the power on my 1.9 and have decided that if and when I do it, it will be a downing/atlanta unit. If there was a turbo available, I wouldnt even consider it as an option - turbo lag, excess heat and longevity. Just a matter of when and if I want to void the drivetrain warrantee prematurely.
As far as doing power increases consider the low buck approaches first - exhaust, intake, clean filter. This combination should yield between
8 - 12% more power. Not much but enough to notice and to make you fall in love with the car again.
Intake wise there is only one choice in my opinion "the fogg mod" see it at www.MZ3.net under the performance heading or search the archives.
So far with these mods, my car has become sufficiently quicker that I am now doubting my desire to get a supercharger. (Thanks Shawn ;) )
Suspension wise I have a question. What do you really want to do with your car? If you just want to lower it and reduce body roll and get go kart quick steering response, there are less expensive options available - springs, sway bars, strut brace.
I autox and plan to do drivers schools next year so I went with Koni Sport units. These are coilover fronts and normal shocks rear. This set comes with srpings and lowers the car 3/4 in in the back and you have an adjustability range of 0 - 1.75 inches in the front. I set the fronts 1" lower than stock.
This combination is nice as it is not low nor too high. $1200 + shipping from TC Kline racing. As you know full coilovers are 2k+.
Now that I have done the fogg mod, and am questioning the supercharger mod, I might just take that money and buy safety equipment - roll bar, harness bar etc.
'97, 1.9L, Arctic Silver/Black Top/Black Interior, 17x8 BBS RK wheels, 225/45ZR17 Yokohama AVS sports, Racing Dynamic sway bars, HMS strut brace, Koni Sport suspension, FOGG mod, K&N filter, Supersprint exhaust, BMW Windscreen, Blaupunkt Madison CD player