Finally managed to track down someone who's crafted a fine exhaust manifold for a 2.0TS CF3.
A few of you may guess who it was who made it, but i'm not pointing fingers in case he doesn't want to be known.
Very nice bit of kit, all stainless, TIG welded (not cheapo MIG
). 'Tis quite noisy... infact VERY. Not for the feint hearted, although it may be quieter with a standard exhaust cat-back system. Mine has one sports cat (which i don't think actually works now) with no standard cats or silencers in sight.
Certainly cheaper than the Supersprint alternative (personally, i would say better). So if anyone is interested or toying with the idea - GET ONE!
but don't forget that you'll need a remap after fitting, even if you've mapped it before fitting.
Jobs to do:
C&B Cams (fast road, max profile)
Iridium Spark plugs
New Cam Belt + pulleys etc.
Ragazzon cat-back exhaust
Uprated brakes (possibly Black Diamond grooved discs, EBC pads)
Uprated braided brake lines.
Possibly gas flow head, matching ports etc. not decided yet.
And anything else that springs to mind in the meanwhile! I'm heading for 200bhp, but i'm probably looking more like 185-190 (at flywheel) realistically. I'd be very impressed if i squeezed more.
Sounds like a lot of money just to spend on a Twinspark, and most would probably say "why not just get a V6?". Well, i just want a higher powered TS. The trouble i have is; i can't leave anything alone. If i went and got a 2.5 V6, i'd end up tuning it, then i'd get a 3.0 (if i could fine one) and it'd be the same story... until i ended up with a 3.7 supercharged monster and bankrupt.
Which brings me to the question: Could you fit the 8C Maserati lump in a GTV??
EDIT: Just realised i've posted this in the NW meets area, probably should have been in the 156 Tech area... sorry Mods!