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Old 11-18-2004, 01:48 PM
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How much power is to MUCH?

How much power is to MUCH?

I'm really not talking about Drap/Strip/Track apps (I'd love to hear your input though). I'm talking about the almost daily drive hot rod but more of a "Saturday Night Special". Also I'm not to intuned to what the general laws are when come to power? Ive got a 383 that Ive been told will output almost 490HP/485Trq (when I put the NOS on there that I'm planning, thats like 700HP).
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Old 11-18-2004, 02:49 PM
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For regular street use and weekend fun I think 400-450 naturally aspirated is about it, then again I dont even have 200 *sob*
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Old 11-18-2004, 02:55 PM
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I feel ya

I use to have a Volvo240 (ya a Piece alright). This thing had like 85Hp I was truly ashamed of my self.

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Old 11-18-2004, 03:11 PM
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TOO MUCH HORSEPOWER? Is that like too much fun?? I used to drive a dual carb, tunnel rammed, big block, in an Anglia.. Always an adventure! But never too much horsepower or FUN!
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Old 11-18-2004, 03:15 PM
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All depends on the person really. There are lots of guys driving around in blown 454's. Sometimes when you make that much power to only use it on the strip but to me I would say as long as you can handle it on the street. Things to think about are brakes and idle and the actually handleing of your car. If you think that you can handle whatever power you put out then your fine. It all has to do with the driver and his set up.


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Old 11-18-2004, 03:34 PM
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Depends on amount of rubber under the car (at both ends) and brakes. More important is the CPU behind the wheel, it's speed and OS stability is far more important than whats under the hood.
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Old 11-18-2004, 04:14 PM
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I think if your going to have something very radical under the hood then you should have something that can handle the power such as suspension, brakes, and all the other good stuff. There is a guy around here with a 72 Chevelle with a stroked 454 and about 300 shot of nitrous. On dyno with nitrous he had 1,150 horses minus nitrous he has about 850 horses, but he also has 4 wheel disc brakes, fully restored car inside and out including all polyurethane bushings. So he has the power but also he has the stopping and suspension to do it with.
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There is a guy around here with a 72 Chevelle with a stroked 454 and about 300 shot of nitrous. On dyno with nitrous he had 1,150 horses minus nitrous he has about 850 horses, but he also has 4 wheel disc brakes, fully restored car inside and out including all polyurethane bushings. So he has the power but also he has the stopping and suspension to do it with
I'd like to see some pics of all this.
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Old 11-18-2004, 04:22 PM
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Which part?

I should also add i never seen any dyno sheets or under the hood this is what the guy and his dad says
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That's a trick question right?

There's no such thing as too much power...
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I agree with Black Sheep.

Too much power is analogous to too much sex. There is no such state or condition. So for the sake of mathematical accuracy let's just use infinity as our number.....


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Old 11-19-2004, 08:45 AM
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Well I gotta agree w/ the whole sex thing, but is 1150HP in a Chevelle a bit much (yes, I would also like to see pictures of that). Dont get me wrong, if your running track times every weekend 1150HP could be amuetur. But if your just going out to screw w/ some punks in ricers, then surely a lower number is acceptable. Let me know what your running (ci,hp,trq,etc...)?

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Old 11-19-2004, 08:55 AM
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Well, I already have more tq/hp than leaf springs and 9" tires can deal with and I want more. There's never enough power for me. If 6000hp is just right for 17" tires then 3000hp should be just about right for mine right?

Nitrous might be viewed by some as the laziest way to get more power. I love it because I can afford it, it's easy to install and I was able to build a fairly docile engine, and really needed it, to take advantage of the go-juice.

I hate it because it's hard on parts but that's the price you pay for horsepower of any kind.

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Formual for maximum required horsepower in street applications:

Max. HP= (cubic dollars / past driving record) * (cu.in. of brain matter x2) - (scrotal mass)

actually, I'm overpowered with a moped, so....
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Old 11-19-2004, 09:08 AM
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Hahaha... lol

thats a good one.....

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