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60k mile keep up

This is a discussion on 60k mile keep up within the Camaro / SS forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; ok so my car is in storage and i'm planning everything ahead for when i get it out.. i have ...

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    60k mile keep up

    ok so my car is in storage and i'm planning everything ahead for when i get it out.. i have a couple questions..

    *Spark plugs... what are the best ones? when to change them? can i do this myself (i read its kind of a pain?)
    *Spark plug wires... what are the best ones?
    *Brake rotors... drilled, slotted, or drilled AND slotted? which is best?

    thanks

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    Spark plugs - Got headers? The only spark plug changes that I've done were on 2 LS1 cars, one had edelbrock shortys and the other had SLP LTs. Both were about the same when it came to being a PITA, but the back 2 plugs on the passenger side are EXTREMELY hard to acces, especially with LTs. Have fun! It's easier on a lift. Plan for a couple hours on this job

    Plug Wires - MSD is a popular brand

    Rotors - Don't skimp out, Drilled & Slotted with Hawk pads!

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    PLUGS- I use NGK TR-55. I know alot of people with LS1's that use these.
    WIRES- For these I use Taylor wires. I think they are the 10.5's.
    Brakes- I use PowerStop rotors. These are dimpled/drilled, and for pads I use Hawk HP Plus. This combo of rotor/pads has great gripping abilities allowing you have a good suspension/tire setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersexy View Post
    PLUGS- I use NGK TR-55. I know alot of people with LS1's that use these.
    WIRES- For these I use Taylor wires. I think they are the 10.5's.
    Brakes- I use PowerStop rotors. These are dimpled/drilled, and for pads I use Hawk HP Plus. This combo of rotor/pads has great gripping abilities allowing you have a good suspension/tire setup.
    i also read it was a pain in the ass. but i hear good things about NGK TR-55

    wires i never changed them but im sure someone will chyme in and say something there.

    as for brakes.. unless ur doing like auto cross or something i dont see why you would spend so much on drilled/slotted and all that... it seems to be more for show if you ask me.. if anything imo get slotted cause you wont have the fear of them cracking (like the drilled) and they prob wont be as expensive.. and you get a little style points...

    as for pads.. i hear great things with the hawk pads

    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMasterCraft View Post
    Spark plugs - Got headers? The only spark plug changes that I've done were on 2 LS1 cars, one had edelbrock shortys and the other had SLP LTs. Both were about the same when it came to being a PITA, but the back 2 plugs on the passenger side are EXTREMELY hard to acces, especially with LTs. Have fun! It's easier on a lift. Plan for a couple hours on this job

    Plug Wires - MSD is a popular brand

    Rotors - Don't skimp out, Drilled & Slotted with Hawk pads!
    Plugs, most run NGK TR-55s with great success

    Wires, most like MSD wires. I use both of these and prefer them. As far as changing them, they are not bad if have headers. If you still have the stock manifolds, its a PIA. Removing the coil packs helps a ton. A lot of people prefer do to #8 from underneath. I can do all 8 of mine from up top in about 30-40 minutes. You may also want to check out this thread for plug wires:

    http://ls1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31657

    I would also change your rear oil, fuel filter, air filter and check the tranny fluid/filter.

    I have had Irotor cross drilled and slotted rotors on my Camaro for years, with no problems. I also don't beat on my car or drive it a ton either. Here is a good thread on brakes/rotors:

    http://ls1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76369

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    plugs are annoying but not awful. drivers side is simple, just the last two on the passenger side give problems. go with NGK tr-55's.

    for wires, i have MSD 8.5mm superconductors. very nice wires.

    for brakes, get blanks with hawk hps pads. blanks are stronger, don't chew up pads as fast, and have more surface area for the pads to grip. pads are the most important thing. if you're dying for "style points" then go just slotted, but it won't do anything for performance. also, bleed the brakes and get some quality brake fluid.

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    MSDs - plus they are bendable so you can get better clearance away from the heat
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    wow thanks for all the responses...

    to clarify the brake rotors, i havent checked if the site is a sponsor of this forum but they offer all 4 rotors for under $200... so i figure i'll give them a shot... they offer them in drilled, slotted, or drilled/slotted all for the same price... i think the company of the rotors themselves are "rotoworks"? and yes i plan to use hawk pads.. have read good things about them. was considering the hawk ceramic pads... barely more money than the HPS hawk pads? anything wrong with using ceramic?

    and when you guys say NGK TR-55 spark plugs are you suggesting the "NGK TR55" or the "NGK TR55-IX"??
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    if you insist on having something other than blank, go slotted. hps's are great, no experience with their ceramics though. i have the regular TR-55's, not familiars with the IX's.

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    will i see a noticeable gain in power by replacing all the spark plugs/spark plug wires on a car that has 60k miles?? or should i wait a year or so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth713 View Post
    will i see a noticeable gain in power by replacing all the spark plugs/spark plug wires on a car that has 60k miles?? or should i wait a year or so?
    Doubt you will see anything out of it, but i would do it anyways.

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    probably nothing huge. i would do at least plugs just to keep everything fresh though.

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    so when you guys said the NGK TR55 plugs did you mean the iriduim coated ones (IX) or the normal ones?

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    Plugs-NGK tr55
    Wires-I have msds
    Brakes-Depends what you wanna do with the car and how much you wanna spend i guess. I got drilled and slotted from summit and they've been good to me

    ***Tip for changing passenger side plugs, remove the coil packs and valve cover. Ive been doing that every time i do mine as well when i replaced my header gaskets. I swear i could change the last two plugs in 20 min or less and that includes removing the coils and valve cover, no joke Some people say it'll cause valve cover leaks but it hasn't in mine and i've done it several times now.

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