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Old 03-20-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Supercharger or ZL1?

Which would be more fun?
Modify the crap out of my 11SS, Whipple or Maggie with a tune, headers, maybe cam....or
trade for used ZL1?
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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dam thats a tough pick but all so the zl1 have 5 settings to be exact good luck with the pick bud
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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That's the question I've been struggling with since last year...good luck!
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:39 PM   #4
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:28 AM   #5
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ZL1, wish I had some money for one.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:28 AM   #6
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I absolutely would go for the ZL1. Unfortunately, in my case, one seems to be just out of reach because of the price, no matter what angle I work.


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Old 03-21-2013, 08:53 AM   #7
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In my case now, the ZL1 would be cheaper! I would be getting rid of my truck if I traded. I would have to get a winter beater in order to get the Z.
If I go the mod route, I'd still have the truck payment. So, I would spend more cash modding my current SS.
I really like my truck, but I REALLY like the Z!
The other concern would be that I have to mod just about everything I buy. Getting the Z would hopefully cure that little issue...for awhile.

A few things have to fall in place for either to happen. I still have to see what the 14's look like.

My wife is leaning towards the blower, so I'll have to see what happens. I'll have to talk her into driving a ZL1, and go from there.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:55 AM   #8
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Ask Audrey this question.....

I know if it were me, it would be a turned up Whipple. Way more fun for the buck and YOU built it.

I get trading off the good for it to reduce the payment. I get that totally.

If it helps reduce the financial burden and you end up with a Z, then that seems to be a win win man.

Either way is awesome I'd think....
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:06 AM   #9
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Real question is what do you want to do with it? If you want to cruse around and go to shows and stuff then ZL1 is definitely the way to go. If you are looking for speed the ZL1 is going to cost you way more than you think (unless you knew it would take an extra $10K +).

ZL1 is probably the best bet for you, just be carefull as there are a few local SS' that would leave a stock'ish ZL1 in the dust.

Last year I know there was a ZL1 at the track and Chris (whipple charged SS) from Farmington put about 5-6 cars on him (and he is only a 12.8 car).

ZL1 for style and status. Upgraded SS for speed..... You gotta pick your poison.

If I had to do it again, I would probably just have a stock ZL1 and not race it.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:18 PM   #10
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The Z has the "cool" factor, But having a tune-able car that I don't have $75K dumped into seems more reasonable!
I'm thinking that a DIY might be the way to go....

Ivan, when are you gonna start slanging blowers?
Put me in line....after I pay uncle sam this month..
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:09 PM   #11
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The Z has the "cool" factor, But having a tune-able car that I don't have $75K dumped into seems more reasonable!
I'm thinking that a DIY might be the way to go....

Ivan, when are you gonna start slanging blowers?
Put me in line....after I pay uncle sam this month..
We've been "slangin" Maggies and Whipples for a bit now sir. Problem is that locals have to pay tax so that just about kills every deal that I can make for anybody.

I also work pretty tight with Matt Sorian over at FSP. He deals just about everything that we don't. He's got some good deals on Centri blowers right now. And them beaches can make some sick power as well.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:57 PM   #12
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Didn't see them on your website...
We will have to talk after tax season!
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:15 PM   #13
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The ZL1 does have more bells and whistles but it does not sound like my "stockish" SS, oh yeah and it does not have the horsepower either.


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Old 03-22-2013, 10:59 PM   #14
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THAT'S what I am after!
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:55 PM   #15
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:31 PM   #16
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Neither.... get the Z/28
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:06 AM   #17
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ZL1>Z/28.

Do you really want a car with no radio or a/c?
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:21 AM   #18
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ZL1>Z/28.

Do you really want a car with no radio or a/c?
As much as I liked the Z28 for the first few seconds I saw it you are absolutely correct. Do you really want to be sitting there in your new sports car with no radio no A/C and get beat badly by a CTS-V next to you with his A/C on, 4 people sitting comfortable in the car?

Kinda crazy if you think about it.

Plus, stock for stock a ZL1 should be faster.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:19 AM   #19
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I think if you modify the SS eventually you will hit your limit, if you start with a ZL1 you have almost everything you need and if you want to it has plenty of room for increasing the HP even more. Not to mention the suspension system, the beefed up driveline and cooling, steering etc.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:59 PM   #20
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After the Z/28's are released, there will be plenty of traded in zl1's, so I may wait it out for a few. The only down side, is that the lower value of the z's will trickle down to my SS. It may be a wash...
I could not own a Z28. I drive way too much and enjoy the whole car, not just the exhaust note. I've not been to the track yet, so I don't think I would drop $60k plus, just for that.
I will let it play out this spring, and see what bites me!
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #21
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ZL1>Z/28.

Do you really want a car with no radio or a/c?
It has one speaker and A/C is optional, not omitted.

It runs 3 seconds faster lap times that the ZL1 without the traction gadgets of the ZL1. Just imagine the things u can do to that LS7.......

I will keep my SS though, my goal is to have ZL1 drivers scratching their head when I pull away from them lol
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:41 AM   #22
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I traded my 05' gto w/402 tsp
Built stroker for a 13' zl1. It was making 505/463 at the wheels and had 3.91 gears so at first it felt slower than my goat but I also followed the break in procedure with this car. Once the 1500 miles came and I got to play I couldn't tell a big difference. I missed the lopey cam for a while but after a few mild mods to the zl1 I love it...plus I have goodies just sitting in my garage waiting to go on lol. My wife's 12' SS feels sluggish after I've driven mine ;-)
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:49 AM   #23
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Plus, I drive both my wife's 12 SS and my 13' ZL1, even if you throw a blower on an SS I still don't think the overall fun factor and appeal is there. She likes the color of hers but she's always wanting to go out of town and make trips in mine, more comfy plus the quiet exhaust at startup and whining is nice. Even at wot it's not as loud I don't think as a stock ss. Idk, they're both nice cars
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:53 AM   #24
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If i had that decision I would personally Mod the SS.

I have a 2011 SS also, changed a bunch of body mods so it looks like no other camaro on the road. Then Dropped the SLP TVS2300 on it. Mine is sitting right now faster than a stock ZL1. HP wise, the ZL1 would probably destroy me on a road course however.

I dont know how you are, but if i bought a ZL1 it wouldnt be very long before i started sinking money into it HP wise and looks, so i have a perfect base with the Stage 1 kit, and ill go up to stage 3 Kit and have close to 750HP with my 11 SS.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:16 PM   #25
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No bashing at all but at some point the internals won't be able to handle the hp or boost. I got a great deal on a new zl1 so I pulled the trigger and did it. It's night and day driving the two cars, handling, performance etc.
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