What Can I Buy for $500 Budget?

The big question when you begin to buy car parts is what can I buy for $500 or what can I have for my money. It all depends of what you are looking for but if you want to increase power and reliability you have to begin with these little “quick fix”. That’s totally the way to go in my opinion and that’s what I did myself.

 

Motor Mount (see the complete thread Here)

One of the first mods almost everybody does is the Rear Motor Mount (RMM). As well you should. The factory bushings are mediocre and allow too much movement. There is a small amount of drivetrain slop and shifting may feel a bit notchy. Upgrading the RMM stiffens up the drivetrain slop quite a bit allowing for smoother shifting for one.

There are the companies that you can choose from:

 

–  JBR (James Barone Racing)

–  AWR (Anthony Woodford Racing)

–  Corksport

–  CP-E (Custom Performance Engineering)

–  Damond Motorsports

–  SURE

 

Short Ram Intake (SRI)

Short ram intakes (SRI) look to increase power by reducing the amount of restriction on the intake air. In many vehicles, the intake air passes through a resonator and silencer box to help reduce induction noise. This restriction can limit airflow. A short ram eliminates the resonator and filter box, giving the air a short travel distance and hopefully increasing power.

There are the companies that you can choose from:

 

–  JBR (James Barone Racing)

–  Cobb

–  Corksport

–  CP-E (Custom Performance Engineering)

–  Autoexe

–  SURE

–  HTP (Hi Tuned Performance)

 

Test Pipe

A test pipe is a straight pipe that replaces the catalytic converter that can free up noticeable amounts of power. It can also be called Track Pipe or Racepipe depends of the company.

There are the companies that you can choose from:

 

–  SURE

–  Corksport

–  Ultimate Racing

–  OBX

–  Ebay

 

Blow Off Valve / Bypass Valve

A blow-off valve operates on the intake side. When the throttle closes (like during an up-shift), the compressor is still pumping air for a short time, which now has nowhere to go. The intake pressure will rapidly spike, and the pressure valve opens to release this pressure spike. If the compressed air is vented to the atmosphere, the valve is usually referred to as a BOV. If the air is re-routed back into the intake (before the compressor), then the valve is usually referred to as a bypass valve or diverter valve.

The Mazdaspeed 6 re-circulates the compressed air back to the intake in stock form, and most people recommend that this function be retained with aftermarket blow-off/bypass valves. The ECU is tuned to take into account the re-circulated air, so venting to atmosphere can screw with the air/fuel ratio.

There are the companies that you can choose from:

 

–  Turbosmart

–  Corksport

–  Forge

–  SURE

–  Cobb

–  HKS

–  Greddy

–  Go Fast Bits

–  Synapse

–  Turbo XS

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