Shirley has been a faithful companion for the short time we've had her. The bumps and bruises of the last trip accompanied with her age make for a battle weary old girl. Her back end has been sagging and is in desperate need a nip/tuck. A set of stock ride height heavy duty leaf springs replace the worn out set that carried the weight. Good thing to, as one side had some broken leaves in the pack.
Next on the agenda is to fix the check engine light that has plagued the dashboard for almost 8 months now. The factory exhaust manifold has decided to give up the good fight and fail. This weakling cracked open like a coconut and is messing with the O2 sensors like a big brother tormenting his siblings.
What person in their right mind would go through the work of replacing a busted exhaust manifold and not upgrade for a little more power? I know what you're thinking. You wouldn't do that... and I wouldn't either. Might as well replace a couple more things while we are at it.
Magnflow High Flow Catalytic Converter
BANKS 2.5" Cat back exhaust
New NTK O2 sensors
Was it all worth it? Probably not. The horsepower gain was almost non-existent and the BANKS exhaust has a drone to it. Not what I expected from a big name aftermarket company. I will say the throttle response is a little snappier and it definitely runs better. The real test will come shorlty when we tackle some serious off road. After all, Shirley remains the ultimate exploration vehicle.