I recently purchased an 88 st165, and it needs some improvements and repairs, so I was hoping you guys could chime in to steer me in the right direction...
My order of priorities is: trans, airflow, braking, boost.
First, the transmission needs to be rebuilt. The clutch is near done, and the 3rd synchro is totally done as well. I would eventually like to see this car output 250-300HP, so I was first wondering if the stock clutch will handle that with ease or should I go upgraded/aftermarket? If so, what should I get that isnt too far off of OEM prices? Also where is a good place (online or seattle area) to get the gears/parts to rebuild it?
Next, is there a decent aftermarket air intake or should I just mod the box one that is stock?
After that, Id really like to get my hands on an st 185 RC water to air intercooler setup, but they seem impossible to find. Is there any place overseas or in canada I can have one shipped from?
Then I would like to upgrade the brakes. My last car was an e36 M3, so I feel like this car is lacking in the slowing down area. I think I've read people using the St 185 brake setup on the 165s with not too much alteration? Its ok if its not all just bolt on mods.
Last, whats the best option for boost control on the stock turbo? Correct me if im wrong, but I dont want to go to a larger turbo if I dont have to because this car already has no low-end torque, and Im guessing if I go bigger turbo its going to take even longer for that thing to start giving response? Other things Im curious about is an aftermarket header and exhaust.
So, this is a lot for me to learn about here - Im excited to see what you guys have to say!