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I just got my 2000 Cougar MTX a couple months ago. All I've done is put a K&N filter in. I wanna buy a performance chip, but can't find any except for these bullshit 10 dollar ones. Can anyone shed some light on my situation here??
 

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I believe the guys at Duratec performance can help you out there. There is also a nice raffle going on right now for them. Might want to get in on it.
 
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One word of caution though. Performance chips have to be custom burned for you cars ECU and the mods you have on it to get the air/fuel ratios right. So if you get a chip now, you'll have to have it burned for a stock engine with a K&N filter. Then if you decide to go all out and get a new exhaust, headers, y-pipe, SVT parts, etc... you'll have to get the chip re-burned for those extra mods. So it's usually best to wait until you're done modding the car to get the chip. I'm not even really sure if a chip would give you that great of gains with only an air filter. So you may want to hold off on getting a chip until you have some other mods to accompany it.
 

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If I should hold off on the chip, what do you suggest I do first. I'm talking about moderately priced upgrades....nothing too big.
 
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Moderatley priced, umm well, i/e/h, intake, even know you have the filter, will get you a little better gains, try the injen, aem, or BOMz, on ebay they can range from 70-250+. For exaust trubendz makes some nice setups for the cougar, they will run you anywhere from 300+ and headers lastley, is significantly bigger upgrade, they are made by msds, all will give you pretty good gains, but the cougar in general isnt really that fast.
 

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Depends on what you want your car to do or sound like. Free mods include the throttle hang fix (search for a how-to, they're all over this board) and throttle body optimization (which I liked, b/c you can do it all yourself, very hands-on).

It also depends on what kind of work you want to do. You can piece together a really great intake for less than an AEM or Injen, but it'll take more time and work. You may also want to try taking a weekend to tear down your UIM and clean the bastage out, it get's mucky.
 
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