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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:40 pm    Post subject:  lots of questions about this 2004 impala ss indy 500. Reply with quote

I recently traded my fully customized 1998 chevy malibu for this 2004 chevy impala ss indy 500. The person I traded cut off the cat and the O2 scensor. Also the oil pan is pretty rusty. It has a little over 80k on it. I have about a $1000 set aside to update a couple of things. What are some things you guys would suggest? I dont care to go as fast as possible or anything like that. Honestly i am just looking for this car to get me around without any worries. Oh yeah and maybe some better gas mileage.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

congrats!!! and Welcome!!!!

First off, you know you need to use a minimum of 91 octane in that right?

Is the check engine light on? If not, the cars computer has been tuned or at least had the rear O2 code deleted. Not a bad thing unless the tune is a crappy tune. Measure the pulley on the supercharger. It should be a 3.8" pulley. If it's less, you will want to get it back to stock ASAP unless all the mods below are completed.

Tell us what you want out of the car. $1000 can go a long way or it can go real fast.

Basics, like on any car....

Cold Air Intake
Cat Back Exhaust
PCM Tune

Step further...

Down Pipe
Colder Plugs
PowerLog or PEMs
Pulley Swap (after everything above is done)

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:08 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yep, shortly after I got the car I discovered the octane issue. I usually run it in my cars anyway though. This car just seems to be downing the gas like it's been binge drinking all night. The car is stock except for the cat and a gutted intake box. The car has been in storage since September. Me and my girl travel around the US for work so we decided to use her little 4 cylinder as of right now. The check engine light and the low tire pressure light are both on. The car has 20 inch wheels on it. I know a person or two from ZZP, I'm from Grand Rapid Michigan, so I think I will be contacting them about a downpipe and a tune. Should I get a downpipe with a cat? Not sure if that will help with MPGs. Any tips on dropping the gas mileage would be great. Got a new oil pan but haven't really looked to see if that's as easy to change as most of my past vehicles. I'm pretty good at working on cars but haven't done much engine work. I usually do custom interior, airbag suspension, and body modification work. Thanks for the quick reply.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The 20s are likely killing your gas mileage. Get some smaller wheels and it will improve your fuel economy and make the car feel a lot quicker.

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

That's one of the things I am planning on changing already. I'm hoping to find some cop car wheels or something compatible. I actually love the cop car wheels. Anybody know a good place to pick some up for a good price? Anybody in Milwaukee WI, Grand Rapids Mi, or in-between looking for a good deal on some 20s? thanks for the help
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:49 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I actually love the cop car wheels. Anybody know a good place to pick some up for a good price?


Local junk yard.

I've got the stock 17s on mine. Average MPG is about 28.

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:55 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You can get new steel wheels with your choice of tires for about 200 plus tires and shipping from the Tire Rack if you are so inclined.

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 9:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I guess I'll have to check out Tire Rack. I'm hoping to find some of those police centercaps.
Im trying to decide what downpipe to pick up from ZZP. I'm thinking I would like it with the cat. How does this with a tune effect your MPGs? Like I said I'm not an engine guy.
Is there any upgrades or general maintenance I should be aware of?
Thank you for the help guys. I love forums packed with nice helpful members. This forum seems like it has a good group of people so far.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject:  Re: lots of questions about this 2004 impala ss indy 500. Reply with quote

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Honestly i am just looking for this car to get me around without any worries.


I give you 3 months before that changes Laughing . So your from Grand Rapids huh? Nice city. Been to a couple shows in Grand Rapids and once to see Kenny Chesney. If your ever in the Detroit area, lemme know. We can go for a cruise or something. I'm 10 mintues from Detroit.

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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 2:51 am    Post subject:  Re: lots of questions about this 2004 impala ss indy 500. Reply with quote

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Mykillmo wrote:
Honestly i am just looking for this car to get me around without any worries.


I give you 3 months before that changes Laughing . So your from Grand Rapids huh? Nice city. Been to a couple shows in Grand Rapids and once to see Kenny Chesney. If your ever in the Detroit area, lemme know. We can go for a cruise or something. I'm 10 mintues from Detroit.


My sister used to live in grand rapids...maybe next time i go out that way to visit we will have to meet up with him frank and show him why modding is fun lol

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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 10:23 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Im from grand rapids but I'm not currently living there. I move every 3-6 months for work. Traveling medical professional. Im going to do some mods just nothing too serious. I traded my Malibu for the Impala just so I could have a daily driver again.
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 10:40 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you are going to be piling miles on the car, I'd advice against any sort of performance upgrades. I'd be putting money into an 'oh s**t, my car broke again' fund.

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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 11:09 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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If you are going to be piling miles on the car, I'd advice against any sort of performance upgrades. I'd be putting money into an 'oh s**t, my car broke again' fund.


agreed, definatly not the right car to buy if you are expecting decent MPG out of it.

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Welcome to NAIOA from Port Huron, Mi

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If you are going to be piling miles on the car, I'd advice against any sort of performance upgrades. I'd be putting money into an 'oh s**t, my car broke again' fund.


X2. Not being a negative Nancy but I'm at the point where everything is just worn out, plain and simple. For example: CV joints are going out, BCM is going out, had to do 100K tune up/ flush, replaced all shock absorbers, brake pads, replaced steering wheel buttons, leaky valve cover gaskets replaced, 2 ISS and torque mount since I've owned the car- still having issues. Just some ideas what wears out. With all my mods (if I can remember right, is pretty darn close to this) I can get 30+ MPG below 2K RPM which is like 65-70 MPH. 2K RPM I can get 29. 2.2K RPM I can get 28. Usually at 75-80 MPH I'm getting 26-27ish depending on the terrain and wind. 85 usually net 23-26 MPG around 2.5K RPM. And the gas gauge is pretty close to accurate. With our 17 gallon tank one tick from empty I refilled 15 gallons. Like half a tank is 8 gallons and depending on how you drive can get a hundred miles. I usually do not let the gas gauge get past the last quarter mark just because there have been many times I have had to scramble to find a gas station that dispenses 91+ octane.

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