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    I was just wondering what you guys have done to make your lade a little faster with some easy performance upgrades...

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    Exhaust helps slightly, an air intake like Volant or K&N will make a noticable difference, having you computer reprogrammed will as make a difference, or a product like the Preditor hand held computer reprogrammer will help. A supercharger is the way to go for real performance

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    Do you have the performance Specs for the Jeep overland and the cadillac escalade...Which one is faster?

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    Overland is faster, much lighter

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    Eh, after driving my Escalade, I'm not sure why you would want to make the Escalade go faster. Unless all you do is go in a straight line, the Escalade isn't really great at corners. I'm sure you could invest money into sway bars and a lowering kit, but still, it won't be a sports car. I guess this is kinda influenced by the fact that I have an X5 as well, which is much more performance oriented than the Escalade.

    Escalade is more about style and image than performance.

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    i think the escalade handles pretty well. it handles as well as any other large suv i've ever driven. i do a lot of windy 'back road' driving and i think it's great. i don't need it any faster, but i can understand why someone would want to. everything is better faster

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by SNaray8442
    Eh, after driving my Escalade, I'm not sure why you would want to make the Escalade go faster. Unless all you do is go in a straight line, the Escalade isn't really great at corners. I'm sure you could invest money into sway bars and a lowering kit, but still, it won't be a sports car. I guess this is kinda influenced by the fact that I have an X5 as well, which is much more performance oriented than the Escalade.

    Escalade is more about style and image than performance.

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    A Cadillac being all about style and image and not performance is obviously a personal opinion. Cadillac itself is promoting performance in their ad campaigns.

    The most economical way to increase performance is to have a custom tune. They range from $299-$500 depending on if you get a generic programmer or a specific tune designed around your vehicle. The custom tunes from Nelson can add 25-35 HP

    A Catback exhaust and air intake are also good additions to add a little power but they cost more and won’t give you the results of a tune.

    I combined all of the above with a supercharger and the result has been very impressive for a big SUV. I think it can even beat a Jeep Overland

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    I am sure it would beat my stock green Overland, but my red Overland did have a supercharger, exhaust and intake, it ran 13.93 at Atco, not bad fore a Jeep.

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    A Cadillac being all about style and image and not performance is obviously a personal opinion. Cadillac itself is promoting performance in their ad campaigns.

    The most economical way to increase performance is to have a custom tune. They range from $299-$500 depending on if you get a generic programmer or a specific tune designed around your vehicle. The custom tunes from Nelson can add 25-35 HP

    A Catback exhaust and air intake are also good additions to add a little power but they cost more and won’t give you the results of a tune.

    I combined all of the above with a supercharger and the result has been very impressive for a big SUV. I think it can even beat a Jeep Overland
    Oh yea, definately. The engine is very nice in these Escalades and responds very well to mods and tuning. Its just the handling part that I am going to work on for now. For me, its just very scary attempting turns than my X5 can handle easily in my Escalade, but I guess I'm just not accustomed to driving a large vehicle like the Escalade with this much power (I also own a '94 Chevy G20 conversion van, bigger than the escalade with less power, so I never tried to push it)

    My Escalade will eventually have a supercharger, but the brakes and handling need to be improved first for me to be fully comfortable with it.

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    I own a Landcruiser as well as my new Escalade (Mr. Lucky) My Escalade corners so much smoother than the Landcruiser. I don't really notice a lean factor as in the Landcruiser. Just my 2 cents
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    i'd agree. i think my EXT handles really well and i don't notice much lean. i drive that or a corvette and obviously the corvette handles a lot better, but when comparing the size i think my EXT more than holds its own.

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    What are the best modifications to increase your gas mileage and the estimated prices

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvone
    I am sure it would beat my stock green Overland, but my red Overland did have a supercharger, exhaust and intake, it ran 13.93 at Atco, not bad fore a Jeep.

    Not bad at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskittrell05
    I was just wondering what you guys have done to make your lade a little faster with some easy performance upgrades...
    This is what I did to make mine faster........

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    Re: Performance upgrades

    exhaust, headers, cold air intake....worked for me...by the way the handling sux on the escalade, mine is lowered about 3 inches front and back and still have trouble with handling, its not that bad but still isnt the best for an SUV.

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