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    Best mods to a 3.8

    buddy of mine picked up a v6 bird, wants to know what the best free mods are, he wants it to stay relatively quiet so I'm guessing, a lid, maf, etc?


    any ideas guys?

    i suggested an ls1, but he said

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getzen_Guy View Post
    buddy of mine picked up a v6 bird, wants to know what the best free mods are, he wants it to stay relatively quiet so I'm guessing, a lid, maf, etc?


    any ideas guys?

    i suggested an ls1, but he said
    Well there's not really any "free" mods going to yeild much in the way of power. BUT, there are plenty of after market options. Anything from cams, headers, heads, exhaust, turbo's, Supercharger's, and so on..

    My plan in the near future now is a blow for my 3800II.. I'm currently in the middle of a TT build on one of my other cars. After that I'm gonna get blown.
    I resently built a custom cat back for my 01 3800II Camaro.. Prolly gained maybe 5-10 hp and sounds good to me..
    Here's a video of my exhaust less than 12 hours after complettion..
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    I knew I could count on you

    on my old car i had some pimp exhaust! let me find it and i'll post.

    it was a six

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getzen_Guy View Post
    I knew I could count on you

    on my old car i had some pimp exhaust! let me find it and i'll post.

    it was a six
    Yeah it's kinda what I do.. There's a reason some folks call me the v6 Doc..

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    I like that we always have at least one cool v6 guy. it was me for awhile

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    here it is, I had a single flowmaster with like 4 inches of pipe that dumped down. it was cool because you couldn't see it, and as long as I stayed below 3k I could pull it off as an ls1

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    i know the folder says rt tt, i just stuck it in that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getzen_Guy View Post
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    here it is, I had a single flowmaster with like 4 inches of pipe that dumped down. it was cool because you couldn't see it, and as long as I stayed below 3k I could pull it off as an ls1
    That was cool. I honestly like v8s' though. But I'm a v6er @ heart.. Always was.. I've built plenty of v8's kinda got tired of the same old shtuff.. So I moved to the v6 powered cars to see where I could take them.. Many of v8 power cars have fallen prey to the TDC I had tuned before my TT project. Yeah it was'nt the fastest, but a 7000+ rpm 24v sounds oh so nice..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getzen_Guy View Post
    I like that we always have at least one cool v6 guy. it was me for awhile
    Thanx! But don't worry I aint small potatoes when it comes to v6s'..

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    definitely, I'm not down on v6's but i'm 20 so you can see my concern is going fast for cheap.

    with college and everything, a v8 is my best bang for my buck.
    I would love to do a turbo build on a 4th gen 3.8 car someday

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    hey who are you calling small potatoes?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Getzen_Guy View Post
    hey who are you calling small potatoes?


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    yea unfortunately there really arent any free mods that will do much for these cars. There are some what cheap mods that can be had though like a lid, and maybe pick up some used stuff like 1 piece drive shaft (less weight and helps get torque to the wheels better). Other than that, if he wants to keep it quiet, his best bet is a shift kit, some gears out back and a tune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pontiacfreak142 View Post
    yea unfortunately there really arent any free mods that will do much for these cars. There are some what cheap mods that can be had though like a lid, and maybe pick up some used stuff like 1 piece drive shaft (less weight and helps get torque to the wheels better). Other than that, if he wants to keep it quiet, his best bet is a shift kit, some gears out back and a tune.
    One piece drive shaft???

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    hey his car is a 98, i noticed the tb is at a weird angle instead of striaght out, where can he get a lid for it that will line up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getzen_Guy View Post
    hey his car is a 98, i noticed the tb is at a weird angle instead of striaght out, where can he get a lid for it that will line up
    Though I don't recommend K&N filters. BUT, they make a pretty desent set up for the Camaros' that don't come with a lid. It's a large plastic tube that moves the air cleaner out of the engine bay.. But I would recommend a different cone filter than a K&N.. As far as just a lid, I'm not sure he could us a type like mine has. Because 2000ish and up 3800II are drive by wire..
    No cables for anything and also the lids outlet is more to the drivers side rather than strait like LS1 powered cars..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    One piece drive shaft???
    yea, the V6 cars come with a 2 piece that are quite a bit heavier than even just a steel 1 piece drive shaft, so its lighter and takes less power to turn them.

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    yea, the V6 cars come with a 2 piece that are quite a bit heavier than even just a steel 1 piece drive shaft, so its lighter and takes less power to turn them.
    What years? My 01 v6 has a one peice..

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    im pretty certain my 95 is a one piece as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    im pretty certain my 95 is a one piece as well
    My 95 was too..

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