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2002 Stock Ws6, $500 to spend, what mods

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    2002 Stock Ws6, $500 to spend, what mods

    would you folks recommend to get the best bang out of my (small) bucks?

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    T-Tops? I messed up and didn't get Sub Frame Connectors (sfc) first. it will help you're frame stay straight. also, go to www.installuniversity.com, plenty of free mods to do before you start splurging money. what are you going to use the car for? autoX, street? show, or drag? these all will change your car's setup and where you put your cash. also, how far are you going to go with it? are you eventually hoping for forced induction or are you only going to do some light changes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptransam View Post
    T-Tops? I messed up and didn't get Sub Frame Connectors (sfc) first. it will help you're frame stay straight. also, go to www.installuniversity.com, plenty of free mods to do before you start splurging money. what are you going to use the car for? autoX, street? show, or drag? these all will change your car's setup and where you put your cash. also, how far are you going to go with it? are you eventually hoping for forced induction or are you only going to do some light changes?
    Convertible. Will drive on the street, probably exclusively. Do hope to install turbo or supercharger in a year or so.

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    1. Lid
    2. Suspention upgrade (shocks+connectors)
    3. Strut Tower Bar (will dramatically change cornering)
    4. Intake (give her some air)
    5. Headers (power and rumble adders)
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    7. Bolt-ons

    That's the order that I would've done things if I could start all over again.

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    I would say lid, then SFC, V6 springs for the rear, strut bar, then exhuast, maybe if have $$$ left over shift kit

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    Why the V6 rear springs ?

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    V-6 springs, i hear, are softer and allow for better weight transfer to the rear wheels increasing traction. You wouldn't need an intake as stated above. You have an '02 so you have an LS6 intake already. They are proven performers and are good for up to like 500hp.

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    1. Sub-frame Connectors
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    3. Strut Tower Brace.

    That'll probably come close to your budget, and those are a good start...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NvyBluMtlc02WS6 View Post
    V-6 springs, i hear, are softer and allow for better weight transfer to the rear wheels increasing traction. You wouldn't need an intake as stated above. You have an '02 so you have an LS6 intake already. They are proven performers and are good for up to like 500hp.
    Im pretty sure SAGGIN is talking about the air intake(lid) not the actual manifold

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96z28 View Post
    Im pretty sure SAGGIN is talking about the air intake(lid) not the actual manifold
    so what you're saying is that his #1 and #4 are the same? makes no sense to me to list it twice.

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    shift kit costs like $30.
    i bought a transgo kit on ebay (from a store, new) for $30 plus shipping.

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    1. sub-frame connectors 150
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    3. cut out 150
    4. Lower control arms 110
    5. Lower control are relocation brackets 65

    Skip # 5 if you don't want to go over.

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    6. Pro 5.0 (185) with LSS (45) and skip #'s 3, 4 & 5.

    There are other good options too. I wouldn't do a STB unless you get bored and want to dress up the engine compartment a little down the road. Theres several things to do before that.

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    We each have different experiences here, but in a convertible (like mentioned here), I think the STB can make a *huge* difference in cowl shudder/shake, in addition to tightening up the front end in turns... *shrug*

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    im a newbie here, what is a lid and what exactly does it do?

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    Thats a good list guys. I'm about to start modding my '02 Formula and SFC's have never even ran through my mind but I guess they are a big help.

    Who makes good suspension products for our cars? Like a good STB?

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    How much is it to put in a shift kit?

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    SFC's and other suspenson parts or a cat back and a lid

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    Quote Originally Posted by JwMonE99 View Post
    How much is it to put in a shift kit?
    idk how much someone will charge, but ill tell u its a pain in the ass. i didnt even complete it... $30 part thats probably gonna cost hundreds to install unless u wanna do it urself

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    No im not going to do it myself, im clueless when it comes down to transmissions. Roughly how much would it be? BTW here is a newbie question what exactly does it do? Like how does it work? Also does it allow you to manuely shift from 1st to 2nd ect. without messing the transmission up or do you still just keep it in D

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