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    Need help on mods

    Well, it looks like I have $1500 or $2k to spend on some mods. I drive a bone stock Z28 A4. I'm looking at the SLP induction kit and LT headers w/ possibly an ORY or true dual setup. Was also thinking about a stall but from what I've read my gas mileage will suffer and it already stinks in city driving so I'm kinda leaning away from that. Any other reasonably priced mods that can keep me below my limit. Oh and I was thinking of getting a dyno tune as well and from what I understand that runs about $500 so that needs to be factored into the equation.

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    Oh and probably a shift kit as well. With that and the induction/exhaust I'm thinking it will be a bit below $1k.

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    do free mods, LT headers+ORY, cutout, lid+k&N, shift kit+trans cooler, SFC, Pahhard, LCA's, torque arm, 160 thermostat, UD pulley, and Tune. I wouldnt go with true duals unless you really whant them I just dont think the HP you gain from them is worth the money.
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    the SLP intake kit and full exhaust alone will cost about 1 grand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecorrectformula View Post
    the SLP intake kit and full exhaust alone will cost about 1 grand.
    Well I've seen the complete SLP induction kit for under $300 and I can get LT's w/ an ORY pipe for $500. I'm not interested in spending all the money it would take to get a catback which is why I'm considering a true dual setup. Texas speed sells them for $469.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empatho View Post
    do free mods, LT headers+ORY, cutout, lid+k&N, shift kit+trans cooler, SFC, Pahhard, LCA's, torque arm, 160 thermostat, UD pulley, and Tune. I wouldnt go with true duals unless you really whant them I just dont think the HP you gain from them is worth the money.
    I've seen some guys on here say they're worth approx. 15rwhp over a y-pipe setup.

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    Anyone know of anything else? That stall is really tempting but I'm trying to see what else is out there.
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    Not trying to get of track but what is better performance wise? Borla Exhaust or a true duel X-pipe? Or better yet whats the best kind of exhuast you can get (lets say you can get anything free and want the best preformance)

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    LT's (1-3/4 or 1-7/8 primaries depending on mods), 3" true duals with an X-pipe dumped at the rear axle is the best compromise between performance and (semi) legality. Type of muffler will determine how loud and how much HP as well as $$$. Most are within 5-10 HP of each other (depending on mods).

    Monetarilly, bullets are cheaper than Magnaflow are cheaper than Borla. Used stainless steel headers are cheaper than coated new, size and brand will factor in also. You might get away with spending only $500 if you know how to wheel and deal and do all the work and welding. You could spend upwards of $2K (or more?) if you get Kooks or Stainless Works headers new and have somebody else fab up a stainless 3" setup with Borla XR1's. Over (or under) the axle out to the back is more $$$ also.

    It all boils down to this: Speed is just a question of money. How fast do you want to go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 67CamaroRSSS View Post
    LT's (1-3/4 or 1-7/8 primaries depending on mods), 3" true duals with an X-pipe dumped at the rear axle is the best compromise between performance and (semi) legality. Type of muffler will determine how loud and how much HP as well as $$$. Most are within 5-10 HP of each other (depending on mods).

    Monetarilly, bullets are cheaper than Magnaflow are cheaper than Borla. Used stainless steel headers are cheaper than coated new, size and brand will factor in also. You might get away with spending only $500 if you know how to wheel and deal and do all the work and welding. You could spend upwards of $2K (or more?) if you get Kooks or Stainless Works headers new and have somebody else fab up a stainless 3" setup with Borla XR1's. Over (or under) the axle out to the back is more $$$ also.

    It all boils down to this: Speed is just a question of money. How fast do you want to go?
    On my current budget it isn't going to be very fast....lol.

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    If I had $1500-2000 to spend on a bone stock Z28 and wasn't going to get a stall, this would be what I would do:

    1. Sub frame connectors $150
    2. Full exhaust(long tubes, y-pipe catback) $1000 range
    3. Lid $75-100 range
    4. LS6 intake $300 range
    5. Tuning

    Those mods would wipe out your money and put you in the 340 RWHP range and keep you very driveable. You would also have a new enthusiasm in your Z28
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    Why subframe connectors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johns00Z28 View Post
    Why subframe connectors?
    They give your car alot better frame rigidity. With the unibodies they have a bad habit of wanting to sag slightly in the center of the car after a few years especially if you race alot. Subframe connectors help with this and will also help keep your car from wanting to twist on launches. There just a good investment for the up keep of your cars body and appearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    If I had $1500-2000 to spend on a bone stock Z28 and wasn't going to get a stall, this would be what I would do:

    1. Sub frame connectors $150
    2. Full exhaust(long tubes, y-pipe catback) $1000 range
    3. Lid $75-100 range
    4. LS6 intake $300 range
    5. Tuning

    Those mods would wipe out your money and put you in the 340 RWHP range and keep you very driveable. You would also have a new enthusiasm in your Z28
    Holly crap, where can I get a LS6 intake for $300?

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    Wasn't able to see what you were trying to show in the link. Why the ram air over slp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jigger1166 View Post
    Holly crap, where can I get a LS6 intake for $300?
    Shop around in the classifieds on LS based forums. They are pretty common to come by.

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    Do they actually provide you an extra 15rwhp like they claim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johns00Z28 View Post
    Do they actually provide you an extra 15rwhp like they claim?
    If you have long tubes and add a LS6 intake, you will see anywhere from 10-15 RWHP gains. I gained 12 RWHP with mine, all in the upper RPMs.

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    How difficult of a swap is that? Or is it a direct bolt-on?

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