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This is a discussion on Ram Air Only on WS6? within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Question is simple. I have 99 Trans Am. It has 16in Rims and no special badges, but it has Ram ...

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    Ram Air Only on WS6?

    Question is simple. I have 99 Trans Am. It has 16in Rims and no special badges, but it has Ram Air. At first I thought I was buy the WS6 since I knew nothing about Pontiacs being the Ford guy that I was. This car was beautiful so I had to get it. Was this normal for some basic Trans Am models or did someone add the ram air hood and functional air box after it left the factory?
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    If your door doesn't have WS6 on the door, it didn't orginally have that hood from the factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo74 View Post
    Question is simple. I have 99 Trans Am. It has 16in Rims and no special badges, but it has Ram Air. At first I thought I was buy the WS6 since I knew nothing about Pontiacs being the Ford guy that I was. This car was beautiful so I had to get it. Was this normal for some basic Trans Am models or did someone add the ram air hood and functional air box after it left the factory?
    mines the same way buddy, has the hood and aftermarket box, no badges, no door tag, aka base t/a, not a big deal, the only diff other than that is that the ws6 has a somewhat stiffer suspension, but whatev IM getting a hotchkiss setup anyways so to all real ws6s out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    so to all real ws6s out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    mines the same way buddy, has the hood and aftermarket box, no badges, no door tag, aka base t/a, not a big deal, the only diff other than that is that the ws6 has a somewhat stiffer suspension, but whatev IM getting a hotchkiss setup anyways so to all real ws6s out there
    and the free-er flowing exhaust....

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    Quote Originally Posted by basballny2 View Post
    and the free-er flowing exhaust....
    yeahyeah not many of us have the stockpipes anyways, except for you i'm probably guessing

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    yeahyeah not many of us have the stockpipes anyways, except for you i'm probably guessing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musclecargt71 View Post
    hey,







    btw following your build, hope it goes well dude i wish i could do something like that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    hey,
    lol

    thanks, ya shes coming slow....gotta get a new K-member first. Haven't even driving it yet I have heard it run tho for s sec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    Don't forget about the all important power steering cooler, only on WS6 models.
    oh yeah, haha whats the point of that? sounds like extra weight to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by basballny2 View Post
    and the free-er flowing exhaust....
    Muffler is the only difference all pipes are same as stock non WS6 Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Itllrun View Post
    sexy 17's instead of 16's
    Nullified since most go with aftermarket anyways

    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    Don't forget about the all important power steering cooler, only on WS6 models.
    Probably the only good thing about the pkg

    Quote Originally Posted by justinmc978 View Post
    mines the same way buddy, has the hood and aftermarket box, no badges, no door tag, aka base t/a, not a big deal, the only diff other than that is that the ws6 has a somewhat stiffer suspension, but whatev IM getting a hotchkiss setup anyways so to all real ws6s out there
    Exactly, You can upgrade the suspension for alot less then the WS6 Pkg cost.

    BTW guys mine isn't a WS6 either I got the hood at a Swapmeet for $250 back in `99. Everything else has been upgraded to well beyond the WS6 equipment. And I've never tried to pass the car off as a clone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9T8W66 View Post
    Muffler is the only difference all pipes are same as stock non WS6 Cars


    Nullified since most go with aftermarket anyways


    Probably the only good thing about the pkg



    Exactly, You can upgrade the suspension for alot less then the WS6 Pkg cost.

    BTW guys mine isn't a WS6 either I got the hood at a Swapmeet for $250 back in `99. Everything else has been upgraded to well beyond the WS6 equipment. And I've never tried to pass the car off as a clone.
    agree i have done the same to my formula also except for suspension but working on that

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9T8W66 View Post
    Muffler is the only difference all pipes are same as stock non WS6 Cars


    Didn't WS6 cars have different tailpipes? I know for sure they did in 1997 and 1998.

    Nullified since most go with aftermarket anyways

    True, but I do like the OE 17s. That's why I've kept mine, and had compliments from strangers about how nice they look.


    Probably the only good thing about the pkg

    Nice for autocrossing, eh?



    Exactly, You can upgrade the suspension for alot less then the WS6 Pkg cost.

    True.

    BTW guys mine isn't a WS6 either I got the hood at a Swapmeet for $250 back in `99. Everything else has been upgraded to well beyond the WS6 equipment. And I've never tried to pass the car off as a clone.

    You probably changed the upper radiator support when you changed your hood? For the taller airbox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
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    You probably changed the upper radiator support when you changed your hood? For the taller airbox.
    I still have the stock Airbox modified with the FRA Mod as the Ram Air from the hood is negligeable even though it's been debaffled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9T8W66 View Post
    I still have the stock Airbox modified with the FRA Mod as the Ram Air from the hood is negligeable even though it's been debaffled.
    Does your air filter get dirty quickly? I'm assuming your FRA mod is the one where you get the air from under the car/goes up in front of the rad under a little pressure? I've always wondered about that. Also, there is some debate about the temp of the air, getting it from so near the street/in front of the radiator, that it's warmer this way. Getting it from the hood, sealed to the airbox, may be a little cooler. I guess the temp thing could be settled by driving and comparing IATs on the same day, ideally by talking to each other while on the road with scanners hooked up.

    BTW, Chickenfoot ROCKS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    Does your air filter get dirty quickly? I'm assuming your FRA mod is the one where you get the air from under the car/goes up in front of the rad under a little pressure? I've always wondered about that. Also, there is some debate about the temp of the air, getting it from so near the street/in front of the radiator, that it's warmer this way. Getting it from the hood, sealed to the airbox, may be a little cooler. I guess the temp thing could be settled by driving and comparing IATs on the same day, ideally by talking to each other while on the road with scanners hooked up.

    BTW, Chickenfoot ROCKS.
    There was a guy over on Tech that did a test comparing IAT readings with and with out the FRA. At idle the temp was higher with the FRA but as soon as the car started moving the readings were cooler then without the FRA.

    And yes the filter needs cleaning more frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    Don't forget about the all important power steering cooler, only on WS6 models.
    WRONG

    Also on NHRA cars. Formula's and T/A's alike.

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    WRONG

    Also on NHRA cars. Formula's and T/A's alike.
    only on the nhra ..not the stock forms and t/as

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