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This is a discussion on Bang for the buck within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I am fairly new to the muscle car scene. I have an 02' WS6. What is going to be the ...

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    Bang for the buck

    I am fairly new to the muscle car scene. I have an 02' WS6. What is going
    to be the best way to go as far as best horsepower to dollar modification.
    Would it be a new cam shaft or something else.

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    cold air intake, how much you looking to spend?

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    well, i have already done that. I also have a loudmouth II cat back. i would like to keep the spending down to about $400-$500 a month

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    You should go for some headers & a y-pipe (pacesetters are around $300). Another easy way to add some hp is to buy an underdrive pulley (roughly $200 new). Have you already done the free mods?

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    Please tell. I have the same car. Except my only mod is a K&N cold air intake. I am about to get underdrive pulleys. I should have them by Monday. And in a couple of weeks I am either going to get a magnaflow exhaust or an LS6 intake manifold. I can't make up my mind. I know someone who wrecked thier WS6 and wants to sell me all the stuff I listed but don't know which is more important. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. It's $275 for the intake and $250 for the exhaust.

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    fo 400-500 a month i suggest save and do everything at once.

    Stainless Steal headers/catback
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    Quote Originally Posted by vedder069 View Post
    Please tell. I have the same car. Except my only mod is a K&N cold air intake. I am about to get underdrive pulleys. I should have them by Monday. And in a couple of weeks I am either going to get a magnaflow exhaust or an LS6 intake manifold. I can't make up my mind. I know someone who wrecked thier WS6 and wants to sell me all the stuff I listed but don't know which is more important. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. It's $275 for the intake and $250 for the exhaust.
    If your car is a 2002, you should already have that bro!

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    best hp per $ is spray hands down

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    headers but that would make the loudmouth sound very raspy and bad.

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    if u going to add hp u maght want to look in to a 12 bolt rear end or a 9 inch , u can break ur stock rear with just intake and ex trust me i just did like 5 weeks ago

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    Well i've also been making the power you can see in my sig. for over a year now have 50k on my rear end and haven't had any problems with my stock rear end.
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    if the car is an automatic, stall it
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    a few bolt ons, 379 rwhp
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    Quote Originally Posted by noxside View Post
    If your car is a 2002, you should already have that bro!
    I should already have what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jujofields View Post
    You should go for some headers & a y-pipe (pacesetters are around $300). Another easy way to add some hp is to buy an underdrive pulley (roughly $200 new). Have you already done the free mods?
    Free mods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vedder069 View Post
    I should already have what?
    You already have the LS6 intake manifold...they came on all the 01-02's. You could upgrade to a Fast 92mm manifold w/ throttle body though but you'll spend over a grand for them both.

    http://www.ws6project.com/user_stor/...04b6f2c92ac1b8

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    ^ thats not worth it unless you have cams or something though. with basic bolt-ons, i doubt there would be much of a difference.

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    98-02 LS1 BBK SSI-Series Intake Manifold

    This is the manifold that this guy is trying to sell me for $275. Is it worth it? It says it adds 12-25 horsepower over the stock manifold 98-02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed Psychosis View Post
    ^ thats not worth it unless you have cams or something though. with basic bolt-ons, i doubt there would be much of a difference.
    It depends on what his goals are for the car....if he plans to get heads n cams then it's certainly worthwhile.

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    +1 best bang = SPRAY!

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    how much hp does the underdrive pully free up?

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