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My nephew is trying to convince me to add a new exhaust system to my '04 SSR. He claims that I can improve the sound of the engine as well as adding 30 horses to the power with some systems. He mentioned Dynaflow among other systems.

Can anyone out there help me out from their experience? So far I've added running boards, a wind baffle, professional pin striping, and a custom front license plate holder as a result of the advice I've recieved on this site.
 

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rtaylor,

If you search this site there are several threads on that very topic. I think that you will find the general consensus of this forum is that a cat back system will improve both the sound and performance of your 04. A note of caution though, you probably need to add a better air filter to help the system breath and have someone program the air fuel mixture to take advantage of the improved intake and exhaust.

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rtaylor said:
My nephew is trying to convince me to add a new exhaust system to my '04 SSR. He claims that I can improve the sound of the engine as well as adding 30 horses to the power with some systems. He mentioned Dynaflow among other systems.

Can anyone out there help me out from their experience? So far I've added running boards, a wind baffle, professional pin striping, and a custom front license plate holder as a result of the advice I've recieved on this site.
I for one put the Magnaflow Catbacks on mine, I really do like the sound, and a little performance, but not 30 hp. Probably not much help for you, just my .02
 

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A catback system, even after proper retuning of the PCM, which itself will cost you at least $450, will deliver at MOST 10 rwhp. To get more than that, you need a true dual exhaust aft of the cats, with a proper crossover joint. Even that will only get you a limited amount more on its own.

My 04, with Supermaxx headers, Dynatech hi-flow cats, and a true dual system (MTI Dual Shotgun) got me about 20 more peak rwhp. However, it got me VERY large midrange gains, AVERAGING over 30ftlb of torque, and peaking at over 41 ft lb of troque gained at one point.

My SSR is still pretty flat above 5000 rpm, as you really need to do an overall BALANCED upgrade of everything that flows air in or out of the engine. Otherwise, you help a bit, but until you discover and replace the current "plug" in the oveall system, you don't optimize.

I saw the specs on our cam yesterday. It is very modest in its breathing capability. Replacing that would make a difference.

So would 1.80 roller rockers, since our stock valve lift is also VERY modest.

Jim G
 

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JimGnitecki said:
Hey, Buffy, if I'm so good, why is it taking me so long to find a new job? :)

Jim G
Buffy, let me take this one :nono Jim, no one thought that you were looking for work in the automotive arts :lol If you do IT like you do automotive it is everyone on the planets loss that they do not have you in their employ :mad Having had limited exposure to you and you attention to detail I would seriously love to have you involved in my company if we only had an IT department :)

I doubt that you want to come all the way to DC but in the event you do, say the word and I will start spreading the word!

My Best,

Rob
 

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Actually Rob, DC is one of the better markets right now for IT people, because of the large number of Federal government agency programs implemented as part of national security efforts after 9-11, and the reluctance to hire non-U.S. citizens to work on those projects (for obvious reasons). This makes government agency work one of the few areas where American IT professionals actually don't have to compete with low paid H1 Visa holders from India and Pakistan brought in to depress pay rates.

I would be particularly attractive to government agency contractors, as I spent a good part of my career providing services to government agencies, and have had, and could readily reacquire, the security clearance needed to work on government computer systems and projects. I spent 7 years as professional services manager for Northrop Grumman, doing one project after another for the United States Postal Service. I also designed and had built a regulatory compliance system that automated efforts to get into and stay in compliance with Federal and state environmental and safety regulations. I literally encoded all of the Federal Regulations on those subjects into computer logic. And my specialty area is automation of document management and recordkeeping processes.

The biggest neagtive in living permanently in DC is the high cost of housing, but when I go on site for a contract assignment, I avoid that by staying at extended stay hotels where the rates, even though high, do not rise to the levels of local home ownership.

Yes, I would be very interested in an assignment in DC. My biggest handicap is that I simply lack the contacts to find me assignments in that area, because I have never worked there before. If you seriously have contacts that might be interested, I sure am interested! If you send me your email address, I'll shoot a resume over!

Jim G
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Jim.

I just sent you an e-mail! You are on :thumbs

My Best,

Rob
 
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