Just wanted to start this thread to get some suggestions on what parts to use when getting my engine rebuilt. I finally got my 400WHP tune setup on my car and with that my tuner said to be prepared to eventually have the ringlands go out. At that point he said if I'm going to build my engine for more HP that would be the time (as they already will have to pull the engine apart so the labor is being paid if I put in new/better internals in or not).
Here is my current setup on my car:
FMIC ETS Kit
TOMEI Exhaust Headers
SAMCO Sport Hoses
Light Weight Crank Pulley
SPT Exhaust System
DC Power Engineering Alternator
Cobb SF Intake System
Perrin Strut Bar
Crawford Performance Air Oil Catch Tank
Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors
Invidia High Performance Catless Downpipe Exhaust
Garrett GT35R Turbo
Cobb 3 Port Boost Control Solenoid
Stage 3 Clutch Kit
KOYO Aluminum Radiator
DW265 Fuel Pump
Perrin 3" Turbo Inlet
I currently have two cobb tunes setup for my car (I've attached the dyno charts to the thread):
Tune 1: 346WHP with 91 octane fuel
Tune 2: 400WHP with 100 octane fuel
As I mentioned above my tuner stated the 400WHP tune should be safe for my stock short block but I should eventually expect the ringlands to fail. So I'm trying to be prepared for that moment and know what parts to put in during the rebuild (my tuner already has suggestions but trying to get as much input on this as possible). Also just to be clear my tuner doesn't just tune he knows a lot about working on the engine and everything else. He has been working professionally on cars since he was 18 (and is now older than 30, never asked his exact age). He also is the main mechanic for their rally race car (he doesn't drive just works on it for the driver). So before anyone says you shouldn't have your tuner work on your engine, just let him tune, in this case that doesn't apply.
Please provide information on what you think would be the best internals to use for the car (price not being a factor...even though it kind of is). Alternatively if you know something like part A is the best but part B is good and is way cheaper that information would also be helpful.
I have heard from a lot of people that for pistons JE is the way to go but just trying to get input from more sources. I included the build out information above so you know I already have the parts to push the car to the point of needing a rebuilt motor. When speaking with my tuner he stated that with the current setup I could easily push 600WHP with a rebuilt short block, that is why I'm starting this thread because I wouldn't mind the extra HP. I have taken the car to the track a handful of times and have found that just a little bit more HP might not hurt.
I also understand that with this HP I will need a considerably better suspension than my H&R coilovers to go with it and am open to suggestions on that. I have already decided on the Enkei rpf1 for my race wheels and the Nitto NT05's for my race tires. If you have any suggestions for front and rear control arms, sways bars, etc. I'm also open to those comments.