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This is a discussion on New Guy within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Hello All. Have been getting a great deal of information from this site for a while. Thanks to all as ...

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    Hello All. Have been getting a great deal of information from this site for a while. Thanks to all as well as the Site Host. I have made the decision to sale my bike and instead of buying a C5 Corvette for 17k, I am going to put money into My 98 Trans Am A4. While i love to watch the guys at the drag strip. I am going in the Pro-Touring direction. The car has 120,00 miles and all is in good working order. I have completed the "Free Mods", installed MTI lid, Max Energy Tuner and a Flow Master cat back. Over the last few weeks i have assembled a shopping list, and i am looking for some feedback/suggestion/experiences with any of the products/distributors. Any Info is greatly Appreciated. The list is as follows

    -Trufiber Firebird Fiberglass Hood:1998-2002 WS9 Extractor Ram Air Hood LMP
    -18" Fits Corvette Z06 Replica Wheels & Tires -17x9.5 -18x10.5 O.E.W
    -SLP Performance 30046 - SLP Performance Full Length Headers W/Cats
    -Patriot Performance 8402 GM LS6 Series Stage II Head and Cam Kit
    -Edelbrock 52022 - Edelbrock Total Handling Suspension Kit
    -Weiand "Air Ram" intake manifold
    -EBC Brake Rotors/Red Stuff pads and KYB Shock on all 4 Corners

    This list puts me around $7-8K. I know there are some things missing like Paint for the hood. and getting the PCM tuned.
    Thanks again.

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    Nice list!! Sounds like you're gonna have quite a nice ride there. The only suggestion I have is to stay far away from those SLP headers. They have terrible ground clearance. The popular headers for our f-bodies are Kooks, American Racing Headers, Pacesetter, Texas Speed, and Ebay super cheap headers. you'll have to get the matching Y-pipe to which ever headers you choose

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    G'day and welcome.
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    I have used EBC red pads and there good and still running my BMR springs with a set if KYB AGX's and for the price I have had good luck with them. Make sure.to get new GM strut mounts up front as my car is a 98 and mine sticks were in brought shape, stay away from any aftermarket mounts I broke one a month after install and it trashed my strut, was a expensive mistake I.learned a lot from. No.issues with the factory mounts I am running now. Also I agree with the SLP headers having poor ground clearan, I am running QTP's since I couldn't afford kook's with all the other mods I was doing at the same time and have had great luck with them the past couple yrs.
    I have a 98 A4 and with all the bolt ons and suspension I could have easily bought a C5 but.where is the fun in that. More fun having a TA and smoking a C5.

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    Thanks guys. Any recommendations on a header system W/cats that has a good ground clearance. For a 98

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    Pretty any header and catted y-pipe setup fits well with good ground clearance except the SLP stuff. The Kooks and ARH stuff tuck up really well.

    Here's my Kooks and ORY ground clearance pic



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    That can wouldn't even fit under my SFC's,lol

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    there is truly no end to the usefulness of a beer can, thanks guys think i am going with the ARH headers W/Cats

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    Excellent choice and quite possibly the best choice out there. Make sure to post a beer can ground clearance pic when you get it installed

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