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$5000 to spend, what to do

This is a discussion on $5000 to spend, what to do within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I know there's a lot of talk about this, but I would like peoples specifics of what they would do ...

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    $5000 to spend, what to do

    I know there's a lot of talk about this, but I would like peoples specifics of what they would do with the money. I've got $5000 to spend on my bone stock 2002 Trans Am WS6. Has just 30,xxx miles. This is going to be my daily driver so keep that in mind. I want to get the most hp out of the 5 grand that I can though. Thanks alot guys!

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    Head and Cam Package.........and since it's your daily driver save the rest........you would be able to purchase a nice package with $5K......

    You're in Panama City also eh.......

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    hells yeah! Turbo!

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    that would be the very first thing to do if i had the cash to do it.

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    you cannot go wrong with a heads/cam package. i dont know what else you've got done but if ure running stock motor i wouldnt turbo it, not without any bottom end work done. get a nasty cam and u wont be sorry

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    Ok what about: lid, headers, exhaust, cams and heads? Wouldn't that probably put me over 400 hp?? How about suggestions on exact type of cams and heads, would like some opinions on headers and exhaust too. I figure whisper will be good for lid. Somebody hook me up with a sick cam and head package tho...not too familiar with those. Also I would like that sort of choppy idle, but nothing that would knock it out of my daily category. THANKS for the quick responses guys!
    Last edited by DMash1080; 06-25-2007 at 04:11 PM.

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    and I don't think turboing my car would be too practical considering it's my daily driver wouldn't you think? and like the guy above me said, I would probably need some bottom end work right? I'm planning on driving this car for the next 3 years also* Might want to keep that in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMash1080 View Post
    and I don't think turboing my car would be too practical considering it's my daily driver wouldn't you think? and like the guy above me said, I would probably need some bottom end work right? I'm planning on driving this car for the next 3 years also* Might want to keep that in mind.
    no need for bottom end... 5lbs boost on stock internals is just fine. Ask everyone that has done it. My buddy has his done with stock 98 ls1. No botom end work done for the past year and a half... and he beats on his daily. He actually saw an improvement in gas mileage. He has the nelson performance tune on his.

    ps- heads and cam usually means more fuel consumption

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1blackbeauty98 View Post
    you cannot go wrong with a heads/cam package. i dont know what else you've got done but if ure running stock motor i wouldnt turbo it, not without any bottom end work done. get a nasty cam and u wont be sorry
    didnt you get rid of your TA for a mazda or somethin? just curious to see if you still had it ash

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    So will a turbo be considerably faster than heads, cams, headers, exhaust and lid?

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    omg yes! best horsepower gains for your buck! www.ststurbo.com

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    Allright so sts states around -1 off 1/4 mile. How much do you think I could shred with heads/cams, headers/ory, exhaust and lid?

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    I'm just not too keen on turboing my car. It seems like it would be something I'd have to worry about being my daily driver and all.

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    save up for LS2 or L92 stroker....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMash1080 View Post
    I'm just not too keen on turboing my car. It seems like it would be something I'd have to worry about being my daily driver and all.
    if you would like theres a contact number on ststurbo.com and they can give you alot of info and they are probally one of the most honest companies out there. Alot of them own boosted birds and they are there daily drivers. I talked to them once before we ordered my friends kit. He was considering Heads/cam and full exhaust. I just asked him if he regrets it and he said "helllll no!" yes he said it with alot of L's. He said the cost in fuel alone if he did heads and cam would have killed his budget. But I suggest talking to them and telling them your debate between turbo and heads and cam

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    allright, thanks for the input 02hawk...anyone else?

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    anytime my friend... ps you need a tune either way you go with this one.. wether it be heads/cam or turbo

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    Yea, I'm trying to find a good tuner in Florida as of now..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMash1080 View Post
    Yea, I'm trying to find a good tuner in Florida as of now..
    STS can send you a tune on a hand held programer that will flash it as long as you have a basic stock engine

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