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Re: 98\' S-10 How and where to uumph it!
Ahhh, another '98 driver! Cool! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. I've got a '98 standard cab with 30" BFG tires and the only thing I did so far is remove the front valence because I broke it and the remote oil filter line on a rock... so we're in the same boat...
Here are some of the things you can consider when you want more power:
1. Gears. If you are running anything other than stock, you'll need more gears just to get the power back to the stock ratio. Also, since I think the lowest (numerically higher) gearset on our trucks is 3.42 or 3.52 (don't remember which), perhaps going to 3.73's would give you more torque and that ooomph you are looking for. I would talk with a gear pro before you go anywhere...
2. Air intake. Cars were designed to be anemic. If you go with a higher flow air filter and intake assmemly you can free up a couple of ponies (IMO). Some people find the gains with the K&N, others don't. It's hard to get a straight answer without some real bench testing.
3. Exhaust. You might want to consider some after market headers, mufflers and pipe. Talk with an exhaust pro to see what you need to get the most out of your exhaust system. One warning, and I don't know if it's federal or just my lovely state of California: if your catalytic converter has less than 115,000 miles on it or isn't damaged before 115K, you are not supposed to be allowed to change the cat...
4. Chips -- can't help you here, but if you get one of these it's bound to help in one area and kill you in another. Like more hp but less torque, that kind of thing. There are multi-use chips out there (like a six-pack type setup), but I believe '98 is the first year that the chips in the computers were soldered in, so you can't just unplug it and go.
That's all I can think of right now. Hope that helps.
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