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    So what do i need to improve

    BlownC5 you might be able to help me a bit... i have an 00 FRC and love it, but i know all cars have places that need improvement... what are some?

    i plan on doing a shifter and CAI pretty soon, but what are some other improvements i can do to make things better?

    im not talking major mods, but things like the endlinks mentioned in another post.

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    murdered out 06 z06

    lg headers, vara ram, pulley

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    man i dont like the vara ram system... the build quality on it looks terrible... ill prolly just go with a black wing and cut some holes in the area where the fog lights are to let it breath a lil cooler air..

    its a good idea and i dont know y there isnt a ram air system on the vette from the factory... i have thought about buying a system that pulls air from radiator area and not cutting the hole into the radiator duct so i would have a sealed box and running some tubing for ram air from the fog light holes up to some hole drilled in the sealed box... just dont know if i want to spend the money to do it and then find out it doesnt work well...

    oh and what about removing the AIR system... do these things have egr's...

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    Quote Originally Posted by predator View Post
    BlownC5 you might be able to help me a bit... i have an 00 FRC and love it, but i know all cars have places that need improvement... what are some?

    i plan on doing a shifter and CAI pretty soon, but what are some other improvements i can do to make things better?

    im not talking major mods, but things like the endlinks mentioned in another post.

    -me
    Go with an aftermarket CAI, headers, and a ti exhaust would be a good choice. It really all depends on how much you want to spend. I like the Hurst short shifter better than the B&M. Good luck
    2006 E-Force supercharged Z06

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    the vara ram build quality was kinda shitty, looked like cheap parts but i could tell of some big diferences with it

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    like i said... not really wanting to know about heads, cams, headers... thats all common ls1 stuff...

    more like vette specific problems... i mean if i decide to keep the car ill go all out on it... heads, cam, intake, full exhaust, twin turbo/supercharger, internal, nitrous, m15, so forth...

    i want to know stuff like... umm you should replace the brake lines with stainless or get rid of the smog pump for a few more horses... like small stuff that should have been done factory...

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    What type of shifter are you planning on going with?

    I went with the B&M Ripper Shifter, works great for finding third gear, spring loaded and adjustable.

    I also added the smooth B&M T-handle, although I had to drill and tap it to make it fit, never seen anyone else with one.

    Making mine unique.


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    prolly the hurst since the bnm has an iso... and ill prolly just go with a black ball to finish it off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by issues02zo6 View Post
    the vara ram build quality was kinda shitty, looked like cheap parts but i could tell of some big diferences with it
    Haven't installed mine yet but 99% of the guys who do love the results. Probably wait 'til cooler weather.

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    In this photo there are several cheap mods, the most obvious is the twin K&N.

    I installed this in 98 back when there were few or no mods out yet.

    It is a plumbers T from home depot (sprayed black) with two 4X9" K&n`s (total cost was like $80.00).

    Also I drilled holes down by my fog lights, I should of patened (spelling) it.

    I did this on my own not ever seen it done before, experimenting on a 1 year old vette...

    Later I relocted the intake sensor up closer to the filter. (cooler)

    There is also a plumbers rubber coupler that attaches to the throttle body (smoother air flow) and cost like $5.00

    Later as the mods started to come on the market I got an adjustable fuel pressure regulator. Not too expensive, off hand I don`t remember the price, but it was good for 1 tenth at the track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powermad View Post
    Haven't installed mine yet but 99% of the guys who do love the results. Probably wait 'til cooler weather.
    i still say it looks like assy construction... i mean there is enough room in ther for a better system than what they did, but the more you talk about how much ppl like the results the more i think im gonna try to do my own system...

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    Oops forgot the freaken picture...


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    waht do yall think about my idea of taking a filter and box as such....



    and not cutting into the radiator tunnel and running some tubes to it from the fog light area... think i will starve the motor or you think ill get some decent results from it? or atleast more than with a conventional setup?

    my other idea was to just get and open filter unit like a haltech, k and n, or black wing... open up the fog light holes... and getting a peice of plastic and putting it as such...



    hopefully this will keep the cool ari where i want it... i know this wont pressurize the system or anything. what yall think?

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    Colder air is the key, it would be similar to a vararam.

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    you think its a good idea though?

    i mean alot of ppl say though the vara ram is poor quality they really notice a difference... i wanted VR until i took a closer look at it... but do i really want to make a $250 mistake?

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    Here's a vortex 01-04 Difference from 2000 is the filter is bigger, you need to adapt coupler to fit your maf which is 1/4" smaller. Filter is nearly new.
    Crack at the base isn't visible upon install. Shipped as seen in an obviously large carton, $210




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    its not a mistake its just cheap parts, someone got a lot of
    money off the vara ram, it holds up fine just a bitch to install,
    my engine light came on with it but when i get the headers a tune will fix
    all of that

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrm1149 View Post
    Here's a vortex 01-04 Difference from 2000 is the filter is bigger, you need to adapt coupler to fit your maf which is 1/4" smaller. Filter is nearly new.
    Crack at the base isn't visible upon install. Shipped as seen in an obviously large carton, $210

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    jb'd a small strip of plex in to brace the small crack....$210 includes shipping!

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    im not really interested... though i am interisted n y you are getting rid of it...

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    Got a new one in the carbon fiber motif............same thing, I really like the Vortex!

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