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This is a discussion on new to camaro's within the Camaro / SS forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Hi everyone, I was a longtime mustang guy of 15 years, and now i'm converted to chevy. Just bought a ...

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    Hi everyone,

    I was a longtime mustang guy of 15 years, and now i'm converted to chevy. Just bought a 2002 z28 SS black on black, chrome wheels, and a 6-speed. I am really loving this car, it feels stronger bone stock than my fully modded 2004 mudstain GT. what are some common problems with these cars? what are the best mods? what will it take to go a 12.20-12.00 at the track? Thanks everyone for the help!

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    Get some long tubes, 4.10 gears, lid, exhaust, p/p throttle body, sticky tires, and a tune.

    All cheap mods, without going into the engine (cams/heads) should get you well into the 12s.

    A nice heads/cam setup with the above mods will prob. get you in the 11s. Add nitrous to it and you should be able to break into the 10s if you can hook.

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    really that easy huh? was thinking also about the predator for the tune and so I can turn off the skip shift, turn on the fans earlier, and traction control off

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    Alot of ppl use predator tunes, I'd personally just spend about the same price, or maybe a little less and just get a dyno tune. There should be a switch to turn the traction control off.

    It is pretty easy to run strong. You're starting out with around 340-350 hp and about 290-300 at the wheels. With complete intake, exhaust, and a tune you can probably make 340-350 at the wheels.

    Here's a pretty informative thread for expected gains from bolt ons. The complete bolt on list....

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    I'm trying to find a reality check on prices for 4th gen camaros, did you buy from a private party or dearership and what did you pay? Thanks!

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    Mark, check autotrader. There are low mileage cheap Z28s out there.

    I bought one in August with 16k miles, lightly modded for 11,500 bucks.

    Don't be one of the owners that pay 16K dollars for a 60K mile Z28 or SS. Not worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamauxx View Post
    Mark, check autotrader. There are low mileage cheap Z28s out there.

    I bought one in August with 16k miles, lightly modded for 11,500 bucks.

    Don't be one of the owners that pay 16K dollars for a 60K mile Z28 or SS. Not worth it.
    lol, wow cars gotta be so much cheaper out there then in so cal,

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    Quote Originally Posted by camarojunky74 View Post
    lol, wow cars gotta be so much cheaper out there then in so cal,
    I was actually in NC when I was looking. I did a nation wide search, found it in Cleveland. Flew out there, and drove to Louisiana, then to Kansas City.

    I saved a few thousand bucks by just spending a little on a plane ticket and gas money. I'm surprised more people don't go that route. I'll never again limit my car searches to a certain location.

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    I know trans ams had problems with the paint on the t bar bubbling. I think maros have the same problem. Correct me if im wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02cetransam View Post
    I know trans ams had problems with the paint on the t bar bubbling. I think maros have the same problem. Correct me if im wrong.
    I don't really want to go outside this early to confirm, but I'm about 97% sure there is no paint between the tops on Camaros.

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    um ive heard of the lt1's having alot of problems with alternator dont know if its true with the ls1's though no real probs here except i think i bent a bolt on pulley or something belt keep edging off and its still got alot of miles on it =(

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