Next Best Mod
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 ...
02-26-2013, 04:59 PM #1
Next Best Mod
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?1998 Trans am Ws6, T56 : SLP Lid, K&N Air Filter, Smooth Bellows, Granatelli air foil, LS6 Intake, SLP Harmonic Balancer pulley, QTP 1 3/4" headers and Y-pipe, LS7 Clutch & flywheel, Hurst Billet Pro shifter,Tick Master Cylinder, UMI LCA relocation kit, UMI LCA, UMI Panhard Bar, Tuned by Frost
02-26-2013, 05:07 PM #2
What is your budget?
For other people wondering - his car is a stick.
02-26-2013, 05:24 PM #3
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
02-26-2013, 05:25 PM #4
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.
02-26-2013, 05:46 PM #5
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- Branchville, NJ
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- 02 Camaro SS, 04 GTO
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
My wife has a 2004 GTO with the rare SAP, 18" wheels, K&N Cold Air System, MSD, Ported TB, Frost tune, Denso Iridium, Flowmaster cat-back, 3200 Yank, 75k
02-26-2013, 05:52 PM #6
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?
02-26-2013, 05:59 PM #7
For suspension I would do the following in the order I list them:
- Sub-frame connectors
- Torque Arm
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.
02-26-2013, 06:50 PM #8
Who makes good sub frame connectors? I know they make bolt on ones and weld on ones does it matter which ones?
02-26-2013, 07:03 PM #9
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- Fairfax, VA
- 98 TA WS6/ 01 C5 Corvette
I also would suggest the 3 point over 2 point if you were wondering.1998 Trans Am WS6 - Phantom
421 CI LQ9, Tick Performance Custom Cam, TFS 255cc LS3 heads, Kooks 2" LT headers, Kooks 3" True Duals w/ high flow cats, FTP 104 lid, Speed Density Tune, 4" silicon tube, LS6 VCT, FAST 102 Intake, NW 102 TB, Oil Catch Can, SLP Bilstein Shocks w/ Vogtland Springs, CTS-V 4-piston Calipers w/C6 Z06 rotors, Stainless Steel Brake Lines, R1 concepts premium rotors, Hawk HP+ brake pads, VFN WSQ Hood, C5-R timing chain, SLP oil pump, E85 tune, Walbro 450 fuel pump, Deatschwerkz 95# injectors, Breathless performance headlights, Frost Tune, !HVAC.
(Coming Soon) BMR DSL, UMI TQ Arm
421 LQ9 14.8:1 on E85 Build/
02-26-2013, 07:44 PM #10
The 3 point look nice but I have the QTP Y pipe and it hangs low the 3 point may not fit
02-26-2013, 07:48 PM #11
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).
02-26-2013, 08:35 PM #12
02-26-2013, 08:58 PM #13
03-24-2013, 06:06 AM #14
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.
03-24-2013, 11:57 AM #15
I would do a 9"or Dana 60 with 4.10 gears if your a M6,fixes 2 problems at once.
03-25-2013, 04:12 PM #16
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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