Results 1 to 19 of 19

Advice on a performance chip for 00 trans am v8

This is a discussion on Advice on a performance chip for 00 trans am v8 within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; hello. i am interested in getting a computer "plug and play" for my trans am, but don't know what brands ...

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Boca Raton, Florida, United St
    Posts
    19

    black
    2000 trans am slp edition

    Advice on a performance chip for 00 trans am v8

    hello. i am interested in getting a computer "plug and play" for my trans am, but don't know what brands to consider; or where to start. can someone give me a clue on what brand to buy, or where to purchase from. I'm within the 200-400 price range. thanks
    adam

  2. #2
    Your friendly policeman FinZ28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    519

    Bright Rally Red
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28

    Get a mail order tune from Frost. $150. Money well spent.

    www.tunedbyfrost.com
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28 A4
    SLP cold air intake/lid, SLP smooth bellow, Pacesetter LT's, ORY, Magnaflow exhaust, BMR STB, adjustable Panhard rod, SFC's, LCA's, 1LE sway bars, cross-drilled rotors

  3. #3
    Veteran 0rion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    22,520

    98 Formula
    06 duramax

    what are your current mods, what are your mod plans, and what time frame are you looking at? I agree that a frost mail order tune is your best option but you want to maximize that as much as possible. Don't get a tune now if you know you're doing headers over the winter or something like that. Wait until you get the mods done then get the tune.

  4. #4
    None Shall Pass Knight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    East of Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    3,828

    Black
    99 WS.6 - Modified

    Agree. Those programmers have been known to do more damage than good for our vehicles. As Orion stated, if you plan on doing any mods soon, wait until after to get a tune. If you do major mods - ie. heads, cam, ect. - a dyno tune would be best from a reputable shop. If you do bolt ons, or plan to stay stock for a while, Frost is the way to go.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Boca Raton, Florida, United St
    Posts
    19

    black
    2000 trans am slp edition

    how does frost work? someone else recommended them to me but idk how it works lol.

  6. #6
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    Frost tune = Yes......Best bank for the buck.

    Best to do right after headers


    You can mail him your pcm on Monday and have it back by Fri/Sat the same week.

  7. #7
    Your friendly policeman FinZ28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    519

    Bright Rally Red
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28

    Just go check out his site that I posted about in my first reply. All the info on what he does is there. You have to ship him your PCM. He does things like firming up shift points and actual tuning so that you can make more power. He can also delete EGR, A.I.R. system, rear O2's, recalibrate speedo for different rear gears or tire/wheel setups, etc.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Boca Raton, Florida, United St
    Posts
    19

    black
    2000 trans am slp edition

    Yeah, i see his website.. But id have to be without the car for a couple days which wouldn't work.. Whats the best programmer that i can buy to toy with the computer.. Like one of those comps that plug in under the steering wheel?

  9. #9
    Member initechpeter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    207

    2002 Trans Am WS6 - Red
    2013 Chevy Traverse LTZ

    I'm in the same boat. I want a hand held tuner for the little things. I want one that can read the fuel trims so I can fix my car. I don't want to send my pcm everytime I upgrade something.

  10. #10
    None Shall Pass Knight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    East of Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    3,828

    Black
    99 WS.6 - Modified

    Don't waste your money on any of the handheld tuners. I've seen firsthand the damage they can do from their so called "performance tunes". I'm sure you don't have the time or money to replace the engine. If you are determined to get something to tune the car yourself, go with HPTuners. It's not cheap, but it's the best and most reliable tuning software. EFILive is another program you could check out. Even buying a pretuned PCM from Frost would be a better choice, as you'd have no downtime.

  11. #11
    Member Redrokit8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Roseland NJ
    Posts
    285

    Pewter Silver
    2002 Trans AM WS6

    My two cents worth is to either buy a used pre-programmed PCM from Frost or find a way to do without your vehicle for a few days. Somehow you did without it before you bought it. Sometimes you have to give a little to get the best. You could very well screw a lot of settings up if you aren't completely educated on what is required for your vehicle and what parameters are required. I feel it's a smart move to have two unless you're going full boat and need to Dyno tune.
    The advice of doing it after header install is on the money. I jumped the gun and had sent my PCM twice to Frost and then put on headers which required a third trip.

  12. #12
    Member sjgreen6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Jefferson City, MO
    Posts
    476

    Navy Blue
    2002 Trans Am WS6 Conv

    Get a Frost tune. It really is a very quick turn-around, it will be done right, and you'll be amazed at the results.
    Blackwing Lid, SFCs, Y-pipe, LM2, Frost Tune, Corvette N73 Magnesium Wheels, 4th Circle Designs Stripe and Overlay kit

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Boca Raton, Florida, United St
    Posts
    19

    black
    2000 trans am slp edition

    ok thanks a lot guys.. i think ill buy a pre programmed pcm. also, i don't have the ws6/ram air pkg in my car, and really want the ws6 hood. any place or private seller anyone knows of for under $400?

  14. #14
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Boca Raton, Florida, United St
    Posts
    19

    black
    2000 trans am slp edition

    & I'm completely dumb when it comes to mechanical stuff. what should i buy from them thats pre programmed

  15. #15
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    Call or email Frost. He'll ask what you have on it, like bolt ons and any other engine/tranny mods. He'll then recommend what he thinks is right for you.

    As far as the hood goes an OEM WS6 hood you won't see under $800, more around $1200.

    Aftermarket you're looking about the $600-$800. Look up VFN WSQ hood. That's the one I'm getting. Looks mean as hell and better then the stock WS6 hood or the Firehawk hood.

  16. #16
    Moderator 98TransAmWs-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    3,596

    Black/ Silver
    98 TA WS6/ 01 C5 Corvette

    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Call or email Frost. He'll ask what you have on it, like bolt ons and any other engine/tranny mods. He'll then recommend what he thinks is right for you.

    As far as the hood goes an OEM WS6 hood you won't see under $800, more around $1200.

    Aftermarket you're looking about the $600-$800. Look up VFN WSQ hood. That's the one I'm getting. Looks mean as hell and better then the stock WS6 hood or the Firehawk hood.
    I recommend VFN too. I have the WSQ hood it is very nice and very very light.

    Looks like this:

    1998 Trans Am WS6 - Phantom
    421 CI LQ9, Tick Performance Custom Cam, TFS 255cc LS3 heads, Kooks 2" LT headers, Kooks 3" True Duals w/ high flow cats, FTP 104 lid, Speed Density Tune, 4" silicon tube, LS6 VCT, FAST 102 Intake, NW 102 TB, Oil Catch Can, SLP Bilstein Shocks w/ Vogtland Springs, CTS-V 4-piston Calipers w/C6 Z06 rotors, Stainless Steel Brake Lines, R1 concepts premium rotors, Hawk HP+ brake pads, VFN WSQ Hood, C5-R timing chain, SLP oil pump, E85 tune, Walbro 450 fuel pump, Deatschwerkz 95# injectors, Breathless performance headlights, Frost Tune, !HVAC.
    (Coming Soon) BMR DSL, UMI TQ Arm
    421 LQ9 14.8:1 on E85 Build/

  17. #17
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...


  18. #18
    ʢ ൧ ൨ ൩ ൪ ൫ ൬ ൭ ൮Ր Ց Ւ Փ Smittro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Posts
    9,965

    White
    2008 Hummer H3

    Hand helds and, "toying with your PCM" could just as easily leave you stranded or with a car that does'nt run for a lot longer than waiting for a proper tune from Frost or some other Professional tuner.
    :\Users\Steven\Pictures\d6ftg5nh.gif


    Suggestion: If you are particularly irritated by another member's posting habits and are constantly fighting the urge to flame them, you can click on that person's profile, and select "Add to ignore list." This will make that person's posts invisible to you.

  19. #19
    Super Moderator
    pajeff02's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Mansfield, PA
    Posts
    21,576

    Black & Blue
    '02 WS.6 / '07 Suburban

    ^^ This. My car came with a handheld that now serves as a programmable gauge readout only. I went with HP Tuners Pro and have utilized Frost's services a couple of times. He does excellent work, is reasonably priced, and his turnaround times are fast. Highly recommended!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. what exactly does a performance chip do?
    By F-my-body in forum Computer & Tuning
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-29-2009, 10:43 PM
  2. Jet performance chip
    By tav8ws6 in forum Computer & Tuning
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 02-20-2009, 02:12 AM
  3. performance chip
    By ls1speedster in forum Firebird / WS6
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-25-2008, 01:11 PM
  4. performance chip or tuner or something for my 94 Z28 LT1
    By 94Z28LT1 in forum Computer & Tuning
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-24-2006, 06:45 AM
  5. Jet Performance Chip Questions
    By Maro99 in forum External Engine
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-06-2006, 08:32 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •