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Old 11-15-2006, 03:18 AM   #1
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Default My favorite websites for mods. A must for Newbies. (Yes, you, Madpowa)

I decided to post a list of websites that helped me get an idea for my mods. This kind of replaces the outdated sites on the Newbie sticky. Some of these sites have conflicting info, it's up to you to figure out which you believe, and ask people on here about their own experiences.

This was the first tech article I read for Saturns, and one of the most informative.
http://teamscr.com/techarticles2.html

Here are the SPS tech articles. They are all pretty informative.
http://www.spswebpage.com/tech/index...3149f58ba88df5

This guy is a regular on this forum, very knowledgeable
http://www.qksltwo.com/tech1.html

This is a page with a few calculators, like there's one where you put in your horsepower, and your vehicle weight. Not completely accurate, but it gives you an idea of what cars would be a good race.
http://www.geocities.com/motorcity/4601/hpcalc.html

Rob, another guy on this site, runs this one. A DIY'er, lots of good guides for those of us without a shop at our disposal.
http://www.therob.com/index.php

Some more how-to's
http://www.differentracing.com/tech_articles/index.html

Yes, it's a Honda site. But since lite rims are a good thing for Saturn performance, this is a handy guide to have on hand.
http://hondaswap.com/reference-mater...weights-28665/

Another regular on this forum, good DIY instructions. The weight reduction page is handy to know how much weight you're dropping. Use in conjunction with the free mods page on SPS.
http://www.evilplastic.com/

Here are some product sites I like. When I decide on something to buy, I check all these sites for who has it cheaper. Some are all Saturn parts, some have just a few.

http://www.spswebpage.com/store/inde...3149f58ba88df5
http://www.procarparts.com/index.asp
http://www.saturnmotorsports.com/
http://www.streetdesignauto.com/
http://www.sportcompactonly.com/perf...arts.aspx?c=27
http://www.importperformanceparts.ne...rtssaturn.html
http://www.andysautosport.com/saturn/1997_2000_sc/
http://www.summitracing.com/
http://www.jcwhitney.com
http://www.sfxperformance.com/
http://www.qksltwo.com/forsale.html <===== Great site, great prices.
http://gravanatuning.com/
http://www.ebay.com <=======most things are found on here for cheapest, if they are on here.

Some cheap/free mods are listed here. Just do a search in the how-to's on this site to find instructions.

quad-beam headlight conversion <==== When you turn your high's on, the lows stay on

hidden antenna <==== I like this. Gets rid of the akwardly placed antenna..

manual fan switch <==== You can turn your fan on when you want. Helps with the problem of the fan turning on at such a high temp.

Change the lights in the dash to a different color - PM me for 2nd gen. directions

Disable DRL's <==In case you want your high-beams to last a while... the drl's kill bulb life

Chop off a few inches of your shifter... you now have a short throw!

Intake resonator removal <===makes it sound a bit better

Change your ECTS! One of the best mods...

And remember... check your damn oil!!!

Okay, I think that is everything. Feel free to add on your favorite sites, I'm always looking for more.

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:30 AM   #2
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Chop off a few inches of your shifter... you now have a short throw!

This does nothing to the throw, it only takes off from the height of the shifter.

So basically, this would be called a short shifter, not a short throw.

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Old 11-15-2006, 09:17 AM   #3
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Default Re: My favorite websites for mods. A must for Newbies. (Yes, you, Madpowa)

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This does nothing to the throw, it only takes off from the height of the shifter.

So basically, this would be called a short shifter, not a short throw.
but your hand is moving a shorter distance, so it is a shorter throw. think about it.

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Old 11-15-2006, 09:35 AM   #4
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but your hand is moving a shorter distance, so it is a shorter throw. think about it.
You understand that the shift lever has a pivoting point. Cutting down the shift height does nothing to the pivot point. So the throw is still the same.
When you cut down the height of the shift lever, your making a "Short Shifter", not a "Short Throw".

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Old 11-15-2006, 11:59 AM   #5
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but your hand is moving a shorter distance, so it is a shorter throw. think about it.
Throw refers to the distance the shifter moves below the pivot point. It has nothing to do with the distance the shift handle moves above the pivot point. While your hand moves less, it does not make it a short throw shifter. Just a short shifter.

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Old 11-15-2006, 01:55 PM   #6
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To elaborate, "throw" refers to the angle of the arc the shifter makes to actuate a gear change. The only way to get the cable to move its full travel with less shifter travel (in arc degrees) is, as RR hints, to increase the distance between the pivot point and the point where the cable attaches. If you do this, even if you don't chop anything off the top of the shifter, you'll find the shifter sweeps less of an angle fore-to-aft (a true "short throw"). Chopping some off the top, of course, enhances the effect (but it's only an enhancement). Like any other mod, you get out of it what you put into it.

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Old 11-15-2006, 02:42 PM   #7
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Haha. Sorry, I meant short shift, not short throw. It was late. It was worth it, though, just for the little debate you guys had.

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Old 11-16-2006, 03:09 AM   #8
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Crap. I forgot to put Deebs Rebuild on my list of things to look up on here. That is one of the most important, too.

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Old 11-17-2006, 12:49 AM   #9
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hey cool sites I had to bookmark a few for future reference.

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Old 11-18-2006, 09:45 AM   #10
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Good one. Thanks a lot

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Old 11-18-2006, 08:58 PM   #11
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which site has the hidden antenna?

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Old 11-18-2006, 09:11 PM   #12
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which site has the hidden antenna?
It's on here in the how-to.

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Old 11-20-2006, 11:42 PM   #13
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make this a damn sticky cuz this is worth it, there r alot of noobish questions answered here
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make this a damn sticky cuz this is worth it, there r alot of noobish questions answered here
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They helped me out as a noob, so I figured it would help everyone else from answering these same questions everytime there was someone new on this forum.

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make this a damn sticky
YES! A newbie thread without a bunch of broken links! Hopefully this will stop all the "derr what mods should I do?" questions... I SECOND THE MOTION, BIG TIME!!!

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yes! new sticky updates! this one separate and my list was added to the original newbie guide!

thanx charlie! no more "where do i buy parts" questions ten times a week!

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Yay!!! I made a sticky!!!

This is the proudest moment in my life...

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don't forget johns site.

http://spocnorth.com/HowToSite/PGindex.htm

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The swap guide that used to live on turbosaturns.net is now on http://www.saturnwiki.net/. Along with a bit of other usefull information.

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