The Purple Beast, Kenny's project log.
("the purple monster" is actually what we called my dad's dump truck, since he had painted the cab "Plum Crazy Purple"...and that is the basis for my car's name, heh)
Hello all, this is my fairly stock 2000 Stratus SE 2.4l DOHC. I'll be posting progress as I go along doing different things, planning on eventually having some decent performing N/A horsepower.
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EDIT: Corrected for current mods and future plans. March 20, 2012
Performance: "hot air" intake tube Chromeintakes with K & N filter / TCU torque management hack / Urethane filled front, side and rear motor mounts / Balance shaft removal / front and rear strut tower bars / AC compressor bypassed.
Stereo: basic Sony X plod head unit with front/rear/sub low level outs and the regular high level outs from the internal amp, Pioneer door speakers and rear speakers wired through the high levels via the installation kit harness(had a dual 15" sub box/amp setup, but removed to reduce weight for more performance oriented mods...may get a small single sub and amp for some low end kick eventually)
Appearance: Since I changed the headlight housings, I no longer have clear corners but plan on doing the mod again. Cut angle off muffler and have a 3" exhaust tip that's about fell apart on the inside (as resonator tips always do). Aside from that, I have a Stratusphere.net vinyl decal in the back window.
Next on the list: Mostly performance related. Carbon Fiber hood (needs re-prepped and cleared), coil-overs on Konis for suspension, oversize rear anti-sway bar and urethane bushings all round and full cold air intake(have the "true cold" air tube extension somewhere along with the AEM bypass valve. Battery re-location box and long cables are in the parts car). Full 5 speed swap, perhaps further down the road but if the auto trans goes out I'm not putting an auto back in it's place so this could happen any time...heh. Have most the parts to do it.
Down the road, I'll be removing the AC stuff/blocking off EGR/fully custom 2.5" exhaust with long tube header, 2 in-line mufflers(one long cherry bomb style as a pre-silencer and a 'tuner' style muffler with removable silencer at the rear)/Neon DOHC intake manifold and bored/half shafted throttle body/port matching at first then ITB later on, head port matching/shaping, PT lifters/2.7 rockers, valves turned in with 3 or 5 angles and other head work....
Finally getting some things done to the car after all these years. I'm building to street spec at first, but I plan on building one of the if not THE most powerful N/A 2.4 DOHC Stratus' ever. Shooting for 280-300 HP at the wheels much further down the road. The first build will be a "factory part" high compression 2.4 with head work, likely capable of hitting 170-180 WHP with the "stock part" 420a intake cam on the exhaust side and closer to 200-220 WHP just by dropping in a proper set of after-market cams (I'll have the correct springs/retainers in before hand).
As far as non-performance related, car is in major need of a re-spray but I'm more worried about point A to point B and making it get there faster before I worry about making it look pretty while doing so. I'll either do a simmilar color to the stock Deep Amethyst Perl coat or something like a deeper Whine Red like color but perhaps with more metal flake so like a Flame Red but darker...heh. Also, modified front fascia and some type of...oh I fear the wrath...rear spoiler. Not a huge thing mind you, a low slung "drag" style producing little real down-force and generating a minimalist amount of drag (hence putting this in the non-performance category...I just like the way they look pure and simple).
Edited by KennyL, 20 March 2012 - 04:28 AM.