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Join Date: Aug 2007
My Ride: 1986 Shelby GLHS
Engine: 2.2 Turbo
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Re: 1986 Dodge Omni GLHS
I have an 86 GLHS that I bought new in August of 86. My car was kept pretty much standard for 30 years except for the stage II MOPAR ECU. The car is fun to drive. With 210 hp, the car weighs 2,500 lbs. I would guess the 0-60 time is high 5 or low 6 seconds. It was quick for 1986 car.
I recently start to modify it ... my goal is to get 250 - 275 HP and a lot of torque.
The first thing I did was getting a 3" swing valve and exhaust all the way to the back of the car. I bought it from TurboUnleashed.com. I think it was $350 delivered. The result was quite amazing ... the turbo lag is virtually gone. Going from 1st to 2nd you can easily spin the front wheels. A word of warning, the 3" system has to be modified because it interferes with the shifter. The muffler shop did an excellent job by cutting a long piece into 4 segments and weld them back together to avoid hitting the shift linkage. With new catalytic converter, a resonator and a muffler (all of which are straight through) my car was fairly quiet. I spent $750 at the muffler shop. All together, the 3" exhaust system costs me $1,100.
My plan is to get
Wide band gauge $220, boost gauge $150, fuel pressure gauge $90, 60 GPM fuel pump $130, new 3-bar ECU probably 18-20 PSI max $350, a refurbished transmission A555 $650, transmission bracket adaptor $350 to allow the use of the current shift linkage. Total of $1,940.
I planned on keeping the turbo that came with the car.
Remember, you can enhance your car's performance by reducing weight as well ... it doesn't have to be about HP, but it's all about Lbs/HP.
I hope this gives you an idea for a budget.
I bought my car new in 1986 for $12,500 including Tax, Title, License.
I say, if you find one in good condition, it will be upward of $15,000.