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    Which end should I start with?

    I have a 00 Z28 and was looking for opinions.
    I dont have a lump sum of money to do the whole car up at the same time.

    THe question is, D I start with an exhaust and work my way forward or do I do the heads, cam, intake, tune.....

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    It really depends on how much your budget is right now.A Dart 205cc head and cam swap with all the gaskets and chrome moly pushrods will run you around $1900.00. On the other had an exhaust system Pacesetter long tube coated headers, off road y pipe and magnaflow cat back will run you $900.00.




    Quote Originally Posted by pbogdanoZ28
    I have a 00 Z28 and was looking for opinions.
    I dont have a lump sum of money to do the whole car up at the same time.

    THe question is, D I start with an exhaust and work my way forward or do I do the heads, cam, intake, tune.....

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    heads and cam will give me more bang for my buck then just an exhaust, I do know that the car needs to breath.

    Dont you think?

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    Heads and cam are the better upgrade,and definately will have a more noticeable increase in performance.

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    To even see the full benefits of heads and cam you need a good flowing exhaust. Your cam will get choked up without a complete exhaust system. Its pointless to have a cam that will keep your intake and exhaust valves open longer if your exhaust cant handle it. Like you said, the car needs to breathe and exhaust is the first step in doing it right. Also, are you an auto or 6 speed? If you're an auto you will also need a torque converter for the full benefits of a cam.

    Heres what I would do for an easy 400rwhp.

    Long tube headers w/ y-pipe or x-pipe. The x-pipe will cheaper if you dont mind it being dumped at the axle.
    ls6 intake
    ported TB
    Pullys
    A decent sized cam
    Last edited by ~redlinels1~; 12-16-2005 at 10:46 AM.

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    Would you have to get a tune after a header install?

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    Well it kinda depends. If you plan on getting some more modifications in the near future I would hold off until everything is finished so you dont waste money going to the dyno multiple times. If thats all you're going to do for awhile a tune wouldnt hurt. Sometimes a tune isnt really needed either. There have been a lot of people (including myself) that have not got a tune for headers. On the same hand...some people need the tune right after because their car starts to run like ass. You'll know after the driving the car for awhile. It will be become a complete dog.

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