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    Hey guys. I have not had an LS1 since I sold my 1999 SS Camaro. At the time I had an aftermarket exhaust, a high flow air box and I port and polished the MAF. That was about all there was at the time. I was wondering what you guys think is the most bang for the buck in exhaust ideas (including ceramic headers) intake and maf ideas, and just generally the best way to get that bolt on performance without having the crack open the engine. I am not fond of putting super unleaded gas in my car to prevent premature detonation so no need to discuss anything that will cause that. Suspension upgrades that are reasonable will also be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time. I am really excited that I am getting a second chance to this all over again.

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    Best bang for the buck mod if your a 6speed is 4.10's, then after that would be LT's, ORY, exhuast intake and tune. Its really preference which you would rather do first and whats more important to you. I was going to do headers but opted not to due to having tremendous bad luck with them in the past. Either way GL

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    if you have an automatic transmission car, the absolute best mod for that is a stall converter hands down.
    you can easily shave .5 seconds and more from your e.t
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordication View Post
    Hey guys. I have not had an LS1 since I sold my 1999 SS Camaro. At the time I had an aftermarket exhaust, a high flow air box and I port and polished the MAF. That was about all there was at the time. I was wondering what you guys think is the most bang for the buck in exhaust ideas (including ceramic headers) intake and maf ideas, and just generally the best way to get that bolt on performance without having the crack open the engine. I am not fond of putting super unleaded gas in my car to prevent premature detonation so no need to discuss anything that will cause that. Suspension upgrades that are reasonable will also be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time. I am really excited that I am getting a second chance to this all over again.

    It all depends on what the main purpose of your car will be. Daily driver, street playing, track/road course racing, drag racing, etc.

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    LT, Y pipe, cats. Let it breathe.

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    lt-4 heads, cam, and headers-I know the heads bolt on so that counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    lt-4 heads, cam, and headers-I know the heads bolt on so that counts.
    Umm...Unless I'm missing something, he has a LS1, not LT1...

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    Quote Originally Posted by squee View Post
    Umm...Unless I'm missing something, he has a LS1, not LT1...
    Got my threads crossed afr's then

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    Any thoughts on hard top vs t top vs convertible? I have my choice right now in my price range and I am trying to make up my mind.

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    T-top or convertible for sure. What colors? Something like a Sunset Orange Metallic convertible would be a VERY rare car and I'd definitely get it over any other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squee View Post
    T-top or convertible for sure. What colors? Something like a Sunset Orange Metallic convertible would be a VERY rare car and I'd definitely get it over any other.
    T-top or convertible will twist alittle easier and be slightly heavier, but still go for one over a hard top.....one of these days il get the balls to cut the top off of my goat

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark21742 View Post
    T-top or convertible will twist alittle easier and be slightly heavier, but still go for one over a hard top.....one of these days il get the balls to cut the top off of my goat
    Nah, a hardtop will only be slightly stronger, but either way, you would need SFCs, so I wouldn't worry about it. And as for the convertibles, in most cases, convertibles are stiffer since they add bracing and such, but again, I'd still add SFCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squee View Post
    Nah, a hardtop will only be slightly stronger, but either way, you would need SFCs, so I wouldn't worry about it. And as for the convertibles, in most cases, convertibles are stiffer since they add bracing and such, but again, I'd still add SFCs.
    true you can easily stiffen them back up...roll cage works REALLY good to stiffen the car up

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    you can turn a hardtop into a t-top so the rigidity isn't that much more nor weight difference, subframe connectors will make up the difference.

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    which are the best SFC's for the price ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by karpetcm View Post
    which are the best SFC's for the price ?
    UMI 3 point chromoly is the best...

    Quote Originally Posted by mark21742 View Post
    true you can easily stiffen them back up...roll cage works REALLY good to stiffen the car up
    Even with a rollcage, you still need some way to tie everything together cause it could still flex if its not done right. So SFCs would be a wise choice, even with a cage.

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    you should also be running hi-octane gas in it regardless of mods. That's recommended from the factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    you should also be running hi-octane gas in it regardless of mods. That's recommended from the factory.
    Whoa, I never heard that before. Huh, I never had to use it with my 99 LS1. In fact thats the reason I never chipped the car. Well my color choices are white in a T top with 7K miles Trans Am. Blue in a Camaro SS convertible with 10K miles and black in a ram air Trans Am hardtop with 9k miles on it. All for around 16K. I am chomping at the bit. Oh well thats going to be my birthday and christmas present. Maybe when I get home the paint shop will have my latest project finished too. Damn good christmas present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordication View Post
    Whoa, I never heard that before. Huh, I never had to use it with my 99 LS1. In fact thats the reason I never chipped the car. Well my color choices are white in a T top with 7K miles Trans Am. Blue in a Camaro SS convertible with 10K miles and black in a ram air Trans Am hardtop with 9k miles on it. All for around 16K. I am chomping at the bit. Oh well thats going to be my birthday and christmas present. Maybe when I get home the paint shop will have my latest project finished too. Damn good christmas present.
    post the damn pics

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    A Trans Am WS6 hardtop is a pretty rare car...I'd say buy whatever you like more...

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