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This is a discussion on Next Best Mod within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I've got most of the bolt-ons covered and I'm just wondering what people think would be the next best upgrade ...

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    I've got most of the bolt-ons covered and I'm just wondering what people think would be the next best upgrade I could/should do to make to get a few extra HP?
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    What is your budget?

    For other people wondering - his car is a stick.

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    I'm not real concerned about how much Im spending just wanted to hear what you guys thought would be good then go from there.
    New LS7 clutch is in the works as well

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    Do you have any suspension mods? While they don't add HP - they help plant your current HP to the ground more effectively, as well as tighten up the handling and overall stability of the vehicle.

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    A good Chassis dyno is a solid investment, Intake, TB, heads and cam are also good ideas. Power is nothing without a good suspension. I would poke around the UMI catalog for some ideas.
    My ride is a 2002 Camaro SS SLP #3296 with 30k, LTH, 3" Y, CME, Frost tune, K&N, ported TB, Blackwing lid, Bellows, MSD, Denso Iridium, and 85mm MAF, Bilsteins, Eibach springs, SLP strut brace, Adj. Panhard, TA Girdle, UMI, Pro 5.0, Nitto NT555
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    What about a larger MAF and throttle body. Or do I need to get the larger intake? Suspension wise would strut tower braces be a good start?

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    For suspension I would do the following in the order I list them:

    - Sub-frame connectors
    - LCA's
    - PHB
    - Torque Arm
    - Springs/Shocks

    Do not mess with the MAF. The stock unit is fine and can support 500+HP

    I wouldn't get the strut tower brace - much better things to spend your hard earned money on.

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    Who makes good sub frame connectors? I know they make bolt on ones and weld on ones does it matter which ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98ramairguy View Post
    Who makes good sub frame connectors? I know they make bolt on ones and weld on ones does it matter which ones?
    UMI. I would do bolt on unless you can and have a welder, that way you can install them in your garage ans later have them spot welded at a shop. Otherwise you will be paying for installation as well as the welding.

    I also would suggest the 3 point over 2 point if you were wondering.
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    The 3 point look nice but I have the QTP Y pipe and it hangs low the 3 point may not fit

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    UMI has different 3-pt SFCs based on different exhaust set-ups. You may want to call them and ask.

    Otherwise, just get 2-pt. I have 2-pt with 500rwhp and my car is rock solid. I have since added a torque arm with a cross-member front mount that ties into the sub-frame connectors on each side (so it's like having 3-pt).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    For suspension I would do the following in the order I list them:

    - Sub-frame connectors
    - LCA's
    - PHB
    - Torque Arm
    - Springs/Shocks

    Do not mess with the MAF. The stock unit is fine and can support 500+HP

    I wouldn't get the strut tower brace - much better things to spend your hard earned money on.
    what he said.....and I would add drag radials

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    what he said.....and I would add drag radials
    Since money is not an issue, might as well add a supercharger and a Dana S60 too

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    I bought UMI LCA's along with the relocation bracket and a PHB. I hope it cures some of or most of my wheel hop.

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    I would do a 9"or Dana 60 with 4.10 gears if your a M6,fixes 2 problems at once.

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    I have H/C but if I could do it over again I would have just went with a D1SC. LS7 clutch is ok but for a little more money you can get a much better setup.

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