Originally Posted by RSF5
Your going to have to lower compression in the engine. This can be done with either dished pistons or a thicker head gaskets (pistons are better but more expensive). For high boost your going to need stronger rods, pistons and bearings, and strong head bolts. It would be good to get the block and head machined by a shop to make sure they are in good working order. To tune it the best but pricey route to go would be a stand alone system, its more expensive than a piggy back but you honestly don't want to skimp on this. Do you want to boost with a turbo or super charger?
I agree Pistons are the best way but on a budget and low boost(10-17psi) a headgasket is more than enough.
Standalones are great but expensive to buy and to tune, Piggy backs are not great IMO ,I dont like them at all. the stock ECU tune IMO is the best option for you. You tune it once and leave it, Then you dont have to worry about voltage fluctuations ,etc. and you retain all the stock functions.
thanks, i forgot to mention the importance of getting the head and block resurfaced when using a MLS gasket. VERY important!
Go turbo, that way in 3 months when you get used to the power you can still upgrade
the cheapest way is to remove everything thats not necesarry to drive. lighter = faster