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I just got a 2001 celica gt with 112k mi on engine. No upgrades already. Runs Great! My one friend is warning me that bolt on parts may cause the engine to produce more HP than it was made for and cause damage. A different friend told me that Air intake and exhaust are just waste of money and to save for Charger. Please Help! I want to make simple yet awesome upgrades for my new hobby.
 

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Hate to burst your bubble, but a Celica isn't your best bet for making "fast". You'll find out really quickly that a lot of people on this site believe that as well. The cheapest alternative would be to sell your GT and buy a 6 speed GT-S. If you REALLY want to make your Celica "fast", spend a lot of money putting a turbo in it. If you want a fast car, sell your Celica and buy a different car.

The Celica is a nice looking, gas sipping, economy car, not a race car. Save money on gas, don't spend it on intakes and engine bolt on's. Make it a clean respectable car.

Two first easy steps...

1. Lower it.
2. Buy aftermarket wheels.

And please... PLEASE, use the SEARCH button.
 

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Like he said celica GT is kind of a waste unless you drop real money on a turbo which you're looking easily 5+k. Just do a bit of appearance like drop and wheels. And if done right most mods will not hurt the car.
 

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An air intake, header, and exhaust WILL NOT damage the engine. It's the things that give you more HP that will; turbocharging, supercharging, and/or nitrous injection.
 

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I thought he said, "My one friend is warning me that bolts on parts may cause the engine to produce more HP than it was made for and cause damage." and I was about to insert an epic facepalm picture, but then my brief lapse of idiocy surpassed and I was able to properly comprehend what he wrote.

Welcome to the boards dude. You'll certainly enjoy driving your Celica, but, like others have already said, you won't make any real performance gains short of dropping the same lump sum of cash you dropped to purchase the car.

If you can afford it, kudos to you and do what you want.

Pics of the car?
 

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Only 'bolt on' iv heard of that can cause damage is running a ppe 3 inch intake on a stock tune/ecu. Car will run lean, it'll eventually kill the engine. Welcome to the beard btw! Dobt worry, any basic mods you do won't hurt the car. Hell, I'm running 8 psi on a stock 1zz and it's doing fine... for now
 

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If the parts are designed for the engine and installed properly, then no, you won't be hurting it. Follow instructions, don't forget tools tools in the engine bay (or even worse, screws/bolts/nuts in the intake....seen it done before) and basic power upgrades designed for your car are safe :)

As for being a fast car, the Celica may lack the straight line power, but take even a GT with a good suspension on to a track or down some windy roads and you may be surprised at how well it performs.
 
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