QUOTE (ReK_ @ Jul 17 2010, 05:32 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=342425
That's great info, thanks guys.
I was concerned about welding the floor of car. If I can keep any modifications to the tracks themselves, which looks possible, I won't be ruining anything. Now to look into how much a spare set of tracks to mess around with is. That way I can not worry about wrecking the car, and I can keep the stock ones for if I ever decide to sell it.
I'm still kind of undecided as to what car to get. It's either a Lancer or an Accent, and this puts a lot of points onto the Accent's side. Now to convince myself that I don't need the extra horse the Lancer has. My friend has an Impreza WRX and I love the pickup in that thing. Kind of weary of getting a car with less than half the power of that, but then I haven't really heard any complaints about lack of power in the stick Accent. People seem to say the auto one kind of blows for accel though. Guess I'll find out on the test drive.
BTW, where is that diagram from? I was looking for something exactly like that but couldn't seem to find anything.
Well, coming from a 180hp AWD car to an Accent, I can relate. The Accent is slow but makes up in other ways. It's not painfully slow like my old 1991 52hp 1.6l diesel Golf was but you won't win any drag races except against garbage trucks and Priuses. Most people that have been in my car have been impressed by the handling and ride. Some even said it was faster than they though it was. It's not dangerously slow like some people think (usually these people think anything with less than 250hp is underpowered...). I've never had an issue with passing or merging. It has ample power to scoot around town effortlessly. The only time I felt the need for more power is on the highway when things get hilly.
There are a few things you can do to make the engine a bit more resposive. Most of them are free too. First is to properly adjust the throttle cable. For some reason, there's quite a bt of play in the throttle cable from the factory. Second is to remove the intake tube that goes from the airbox to the rad support. It's restrictive. The engine will have a bit more pep down low and won't sound like a sewing machine at WOT anymore. Third is to do the coolant bypass on the throttle body. There's a DIY on the forum for that. All these shouldn't take more than one or two hours and will make things a bit better.
IMO, it's more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
Oh and if you get one, a light set of wheels and good tires will make a HUGE difference on the handling and braking. The stock tires really suck.
One last thing, hyundai placed 7th in JD Power's 2010 initial quality study and the Accent went from 3rd best subcompact in 2007-2008 to 2nd in 2009 and first in 2010 while mitsubishi is at the very bottom (32nd out of 33).