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    Talking stage 1 complete

    Well I finally finished my “Stage 1” on my Marauder; Reinhart’s performance chip, plugs, thermostat, K&N filtercharger, and the 4.10 gears. I know there are a lot of readers here still trying to decide on what they want to do to their Marauders so fortunately for them (not quite so from my point of view) I had to do each of these steps about a week apart due to my schedule. So here is my opinion on each of these things as they went in to my baby. And since this is my daily driver I can pretty well tell if there was a change in how she felt.

    First, the K&N filter. I swear by these things, and I added this at the same time I took Cycled and LinkMercLover’s advice and removed the silencer from the intake. The sound change alone here is worth this cheep upgrade and there is a noticeable change in the car’s pickup but nothing compared to the later upgrades.

    Second, Reinhart’s chip. While it was rather nerve-racking to pull the computer out of my car Logan’s directions were perfect and this chip is amazing. This bad boy completely changes the feel of the car and has a huge impact in how she handles and shifts. (it even sounds different but I don’t understand why) I cannot stress enough that if you have a Marauder call Dennis and get this chip.

    Third, the Plugs and Thermostat. This change had the least noticeable effect but mind you we’ve had a local high of about 40 degrees. While I may never notice now that the other parts are all in, I do feel that this mod will be of the best use in the summer or for those who live further from the artic circle.

    Finally the 4.10 gears. This change flat out tricked me. I picked my car up after spending a day and a half on a rental Chevy Metro (I’m cheap ok) and took the highway back from the shop, and I was not impressed. The throttle felt “loose” and the car just didn’t have the get up and go I was used to. Until I realized I was already doing twice the legal speed limit. But it wasn’t until my first stop light did I see what she can really do, give her the RPM’s she’s asking for and this car will move! This is a great modification; it gives you more power off the line than I thought was possible and still is great for highway driving.

    Overall I’d recommend calling Dennis and getting the whole lot, it’s more than worth it. But if money or warranty issues are a concern, the chip is still an absolute must have. Just get it you will not regret it.

    Sorry this got long guys but I see a lot of questions from guys about what each step does, hopefully this answers some questions.
    Brian Fair
    --2003 Mercury Marauder (300A)
    Factory Spoiler
    Pre-Production Tips
    Reinhart Performance Chip
    Plugs & Thermostat
    4.10 Gears
    K&N Filtercharger

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    Great sysopsis, Brian, thanks for summing it all up. Now, on to Stage 2, which I will begin as soon as some of the east coast snow melts, and my parts get in. Come on Spring!

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    Originally posted by SergntMac
    Now, on to Stage 2, which I will begin as soon as some of the east coast snow melts, and my parts get in. Come on Spring!
    To answer everyone's question, Sarge has been working closely with Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of the Warp Drive, and is using his personal Marauder as the test vehicle. I know this because my wife had a ride in Sarge's car last week, and actually arrived home before she left...

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    ROTFLMAO!

    You are too much!

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    ahhhhhhhh ...that explains why he has been hoarding dilithium crystals !

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    What is the K&N part#?
    I am doing the gears next month...would you put the gears on the same level as the chip in terms of acceleration???

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    K&N 33-2012 I believe....
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    What shop did you finally find to put the 4:10's in.
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    Cruztaker is right, the K&N filter number 33-2012.

    Overall the gears effect the acceleration far more then the chip does, but you have to keep in mind Reinhart's chip is adding horsepower to the whole powerband while the gears are really giving up top-end power to boost the low end. But really how many times do you hit top speed compared to hitting stoplights.

    And for those of us in the Twin Cities I had the gears done by called a company called Proven Force Clutch and U-Joint. I work in insurance and they came highly recommended by every body shop we work with. I belive that they have 3 locations in the cities area, personaly I went to the one in Little Canada.

    Brian Fair
    --2003 Mercury Marauder (300A)
    Factory Spoiler
    Pre-Production Tips
    Reinhart Performance Chip
    Plugs & Thermostat
    4.10 Gears
    K&N Filtercharger

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    Thanks for the local scoop

    I am glad someone in town has the guts to do the needed modifications...

    My first new car and I seem to be warranty paranoid. I am sure I will get over it

    jta

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