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Old 12-11-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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throttle body pointless?

So I have recently been looking into a new throttle body but wanted to know if it was worth it? I have looked at some info on the forums and everyone seems happy with it and seems well worth it. I was ready to pull the trigger but I asked a friend who is pretty knowledgeable and he said it would be pointless for my car in its current state. I currently have an intake and exhaust. I was told that I would not need a new throttle body until I have exceeded the stock ones flow capabilities, and that they are used more for heavily modified cars that are tuned.

I don't wanna waste my money, but also don't wanna miss out on something that could help.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:15 PM   #2
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You won't gain much peak HP/TQ with it, but the LLT has a dead spot that is virtually elimnated by swapping to the VMAX throttle body. You will fill the difference between 2000 and 3000 RPMs.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:20 PM   #3
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performance modding is a number of baby steps with a few larger steps. The throtle body is not a waste, but don't expect a seat of the pants explosion. Each mod just builds on the other and I think you will find the TB will be in the arsenol eventually, you just have to evaluate where you are and how aggressive you want to get with your next mod.

Headers will get you more, but if you can't go that route the TB won't hurt you.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:22 PM   #4
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a ported TB gives you a bit of HP gain, the main reason to do this mod is for the improved throttle response
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:12 AM   #5
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I'm thinking about it just to improve the low-end torque, because this car is way too slow from a stop.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:19 AM   #6
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:19 AM   #7
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I think its worth $150. You gain some tq too on the low rpm end.. Where we need it. I noticed it.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:05 AM   #8
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I think its worth $150. You gain some tq too on the low rpm end.. Where we need it. I noticed it.

...........that is where I noticed the gains.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:05 AM   #9
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So I have recently been looking into a new throttle body but wanted to know if it was worth it? I have looked at some info on the forums and everyone seems happy with it and seems well worth it. I was ready to pull the trigger but I asked a friend who is pretty knowledgeable and he said it would be pointless for my car in its current state. I currently have an intake and exhaust. I was told that I would not need a new throttle body until I have exceeded the stock ones flow capabilities, and that they are used more for heavily modified cars that are tuned.

I don't wanna waste my money, but also don't wanna miss out on something that could help.
get a tune and skip the throttle body all together
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It will be worth it but dont expect any explosive acceleration like some have said. Tb is for better throttle response and it will not eliminate dead spot COMPLETELY but you will notice some difference that you wont be dissapointed you spent 150.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:38 AM   #11
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It will be worth it but dont expect any explosive acceleration like some have said. Tb is for better throttle response and it will not eliminate dead spot COMPLETELY but you will notice some difference that you wont be dissapointed you spent 150.
Agreed, I have a much snappier response time!!
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:47 AM   #12
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get a tune and skip the throttle body all together
I just installed my throttle body last week and honestly I haven't noticed a huge difference. I feel that my car runs strong, and have no complaints - but any change could be also attributed to the colder weather as well vs. the Vmax TB.

Either way, I'm pretty happy with how the car runs and am now trying to decide on whether or not to go with a tune. The number of blown engine posts lately is really making me question whether or not to go with a tune, especially because I purchased a 6 year extended warranty (my car was delivered in August 2009 so it has the "weak" timing chains that are known to have issues).

I'm running a Vararam intake with the Vmax TB, other than that I'm completely stock.
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I just installed my throttle body last week and honestly I haven't noticed a huge difference. I feel that my car runs strong, and have no complaints - but any change could be also attributed to the colder weather as well vs. the Vmax TB.

Either way, I'm pretty happy with how the car runs and am now trying to decide on whether or not to go with a tune. The number of blown engine posts lately is really making me question whether or not to go with a tune, especially because I purchased a 6 year extended warranty (my car was delivered in August 2009 so it has the "weak" timing chains that are known to have issues).

I'm running a Vararam intake with the Vmax TB, other than that I'm completely stock.
Not to thread jack, but you don't need a tune just yet. I'd hold off until you do headers.
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