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This is a discussion on 50 RWHP pickup for my Z28 within the Camaro / SS forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Hello all. The time has come for me to attempt to add appx. 50 rwhp to my 98 Z28. Car ...

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    50 RWHP pickup for my Z28

    Hello all. The time has come for me to attempt to add appx. 50 rwhp to my 98 Z28.

    Car has 20,000 miles, 3.73 gears, 2800 convert., lid, 3" Y pipe, 3" Corsa exhaust, and a stupid little Super Chips tune.

    I haven't had it dynoed but I'm guessing I have about 300-308rwhp now. I'd like to get that up to 350-355. I want to maintain driveability as it will be a daily driver until winter.

    I've want to spend no more than 1,000 bucks for parts, if at all possible.

    I was thinking lt headers, ud pulley, and a real tune...maybe 40rwhp there?

    Anyone else have any ideas? I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject so I'm looking for some expert advice.

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    does the $1000 include a tune? if not, i would get a good midsize cam, valvetrain upgrade, and a set of LT headers. that would pack a pretty damn good punch and sound wicked too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuriousGeorge View Post
    does the $1000 include a tune? if not, i would get a good midsize cam, valvetrain upgrade, and a set of LT headers. that would pack a pretty damn good punch and sound wicked too.
    Yes, it includes a tune. What would a valvetrain upgrade consist of?

    What kind of gains should one expect from those mods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamauxx View Post
    Hello all. The time has come for me to attempt to add appx. 50 rwhp to my 98 Z28.

    Car has 20,000 miles, 3.73 gears, 2800 convert., lid, 3" Y pipe, 3" Corsa exhaust, and a stupid little Super Chips tune.

    I haven't had it dynoed but I'm guessing I have about 300-308rwhp now. I'd like to get that up to 350-355. I want to maintain driveability as it will be a daily driver until winter.

    I've want to spend no more than 1,000 bucks for parts, if at all possible.

    I was thinking lt headers, ud pulley, and a real tune...maybe 40rwhp there?

    Anyone else have any ideas? I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject so I'm looking for some expert advice.
    How and why do you have a 3" Y-pipe with factory manifolds?

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    The car was modded when I bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamauxx View Post
    The car was modded when I bought it.
    I think he meant that it has an aftermarket Y-pipe. 2.5"s into dual cats and then merges into a 3" pipe.

    So therefor, you have a 2.5" Y-pipe

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    Very well. As said, I'm by far no expert.

    Like Ricky Bobby, I just like going fast!

    ...back to my original question...going fast on a budget, any help?

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    You can find all the valve train items and cams on this website for good deals but if you got a cam you would need to upgrade the pushrods, valve springs, timing chain, some people do oil pump i would def do it and the cam. Now some cams are good for 30rwhp some big cams can see gains of 60 or 70rwhp but if you want drivability there are some cams that can get you 50rwhp and stil lbe very drivable. Not to mention your power band will increase, take off the rev limit cause you can make power past 6100rpms now.

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    What kind of cam do I need to install to pick up 50rwhp? How much would it cost me, and how much is a typical installation?

    Could I go with just a cam or would I need to also install other mods for it to work properly.

    If I could get 50 with just a cam and pick up maybe 10 more with a tune I'd be completely happy for atleast a little while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamauxx View Post
    What kind of cam do I need to install to pick up 50rwhp? How much would it cost me, and how much is a typical installation?

    Could I go with just a cam or would I need to also install other mods for it to work properly.

    If I could get 50 with just a cam and pick up maybe 10 more with a tune I'd be completely happy for atleast a little while.
    You could go with an LS6 cam, or a 224 or 228 cam and would keep your daily driving ability with any of those. You would need long tubes, pushrods and springs and tuning and you would reach your goals.
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    patriot performance has a package with heads and cam still smog legal and it puts out 398 rwhp but its 1700 plus probably 250 for a tune but that bang for your buck if you ask me
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    I would do LT's before a cam. You can pick a set up pretty cheap these days.

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    not to mention we are all forgetting he is running the stock 98-00 ls1 manifold..in order to get the full potential of your cam or any of your current and future mods you must not neglect your intake manifold and your intake...so a lid, ls6 or fast 78/78..or 90/90 plus lt headers and a tune will get you damn close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    not to mention we are all forgetting he is running the stock 98-00 ls1 manifold..in order to get the full potential of your cam or any of your current and future mods you must not neglect your intake manifold and your intake...so a lid, ls6 or fast 78/78..or 90/90 plus lt headers and a tune will get you damn close.
    Leave it to Shady to pick out the obvious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9t8z28 View Post
    Leave it to Shady to pick out the obvious!
    i actually did something proactive for this thread

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    I would do headers,LS6 intake,lid. Should be pretty close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BREAKxNECKxSPEED View Post
    I wouldnt worry so much about reaching the 50HP mark with the amount you want to spend. I would do mods in a logical order even if you dont get 50HP from $1000 bucks in mods. For example-If you went with headers and a lid for now and maybe a ls6 intake(prolly put you close to 40hp)-you will be set up to allow yourself to run a bigger cam and/or heads later-which will put you well over 50HP.
    intake and exhaust first

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    LOL^ yeah I changed what I said to keep it simple.

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    The intake manifold is a good diea however i have seen plenty of ls1 cars with the ls1 intake gaining 50or more hp out of a cam swap and tune. Then get the lsx intake and gain 15more rwhp and a fuck ton of tourque i have seen trq go up by almost over 20 at the wheels with the fast lsx.

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