02 Chevy cavalier


United States
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Hey everyone,
I got a 4 cyl 2.2 non ecotec cavy. I'm looking to have a fun reliable daily driver. I'd rather have acceleration than a high top speed. I have about 5k ready to spend on mods. Can I build this car to satisfy my performance desires? Or should I save the money and sell the cavy to buy a new, faster car?
Any suggestions?
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To be honest I think you'll be better off ploughing money into a new car or at least and engine swap. I think an engine swap would be the best bet for you, a turbo conversion sounds good but I don't think it's worth the hassle.

The best mods for a car engine are as follows.

Internal work yields the biggest gains, head work like porting polishing and 3 angle valve jobs will maximise the airflow and raise the power.

If you want to go to the max then cryo treat the block, get it rebored and look into blueprinting and balancing as well.

Bigger valves are an obvious addon but not all engines are suitable as it depends how close together the OEM valves are.

A fast road cam will yield good power gains, especially in the top end of the rev range. Don't go mad though a profile of up to 270 degrees will give the best gains without the engine becoming cammy.

The most popular power mods are induction kits (which are questionable as power mods but they can sound nice if that is your sort of thing) and sports exhausts with sports catalysts or decats.

To keep the car legal I'd recommend a sports catalyst rather than a decat.
The last mod should always be a remap as this will allow you to fully realise the power gains on offer from your mods.

It's worth having a read of the articles on www.torquecars.com/tuning/ for more information on these mods and what the terms mean.
If you are not happy with the standard car as it is then I would suggest saving your cash and swapping the car for something a little quicker, is it front wheel drive and is it the two door coupe version or the four door saloon?

there are a lot of aftermarket parts available for it so you could build it into whatever you wanted.
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