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Old 07-17-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Basic (performance) mods for ZL1?

A couple weeks ago I traded in my 2010 Supercharged V6 Camaro for a 2013 ZL1. I'm the kind of person that does not like to have something 100% stock. However having a factory warranty on a 580 hp vehicle sure is nice.

I know you have to pay to play, believe I was down that road with my old car, having modified just about every possible thing I could do. Unfortunately for me I had a ton of issues, which is one of the reasons I traded in. Just ordered an Elite catch can from Apex Chase, but other than that I'm bone stock.

Eventually I plan on going with LMR's street stalker stage 2 upgrade (pulley, headers, tune, injectors, etc) but for now I want to figure out something easy and basic I can do. The suspension is already amazing, I love the wheels I have, so I'm pretty much at a wall as to what I want to do. The Roto-Fab intake seems like a nice upgrade, seeing how it doesn't require a tune and wakes up the engine/super charger whine.

I'm open to any suggestions.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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Keeping my warranty is a must have so these are the only mods I've done to my Z:

Roto-fab, Moroso oil catch can and extra capacity heat exchanger reservoir.

-They say you can change a couple pulleys and gain more HP without voiding your warranty but I'm too chicken to do that.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:44 PM   #4
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Keeping my warranty is a must have so these are the only mods I've done to my Z:

Roto-fab, Moroso oil catch can and extra capacity heat exchanger reservoir.
Any information on the extra capacity heat exchanger? My biggest concern is heat soak, especially down here in Texas, plus adding power is only going to add to the heat soak issue..
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #5
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Any information on the extra capacity heat exchanger? My biggest concern is heat soak, especially down here in Texas, plus adding power is only going to add to the heat soak issue..
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Just know its only a reservoir. It basically adds more fluid capacity to the heat exchanger.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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Just know its only a reservoir. It basically adds more fluid capacity to the heat exchanger.
Thanks for link, I figured it was just a larger capacity fluid container. Has there actually been any 3rd party tests? I'd be pretty pissed if it only cooled it like 5*. I've tried searching around but haven't really found anything.
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It's just adding more capacity which can only help. I don't think you're going to see any HP gains but still.
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It's just adding more capacity which can only help. I don't think you're going to see any HP gains but still.
I wouldn't really expect much in the ways of hp gains, but more along the lines of heat soak prevention and thus hp loss.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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I am not totally sold on just larger heat exchanger. I just think that dual cooling fans would be the way to go. first question would be at what temp does the car pull timing?i know I am going to do the dual fan with reservoir.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #12
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I am not totally sold on just larger heat exchanger. I just think that dual cooling fans would be the way to go. first question would be at what temp does the car pull timing?i know I am going to do the dual fan with reservoir.
I think I've read somewhere that it's around 135* ?
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:36 PM   #13
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I installed a Roto-Fab and JBA Mid pipes with high flow cats and made 545 hp on the dyno with no tune. I'm currently happy.
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I installed a Roto-Fab and JBA Mid pipes with high flow cats and made 545 hp on the dyno with no tune. I'm currently happy.
Very nice, I'll need to look into this.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:28 PM   #16
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If I were you, I'd spend my money taking a HPDE instruction course before making mods. Unless you have previous experience with a high horsepower car, going from a v6 to a zl1 is likely a recipe for disaster even with all the nannies.
Good point and typically I would agree. However the V6 I had was around 360 rwhp with far less sophisticated suspension than the Z. I've also driven a track prep GT3RS and Ferrari F430, granted the Ferrari I haven't really "raced" just driven hard.

So the Z is the highest hp vehicle I've driven but not the only performance oriented vehicle.

I'm not looking for a huge power adder right now, just something that will set it apart from a completely stock ZL1.

Currently I'm thinking a Roto-fab CAI with the intake box paint matched and carbon fiber tube. Should look good.

I'd don't like spending money on mods that don't some sort of performance value (hp, braking, weight reduction, etc). So a decent looking CAI seems like a happy medium for the first mod.
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I think I've read somewhere that it's around 135* ?
It's actually at 104*!

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It's actually at 104*!
Well that sucks!
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Are u in Waco ? Or you just went to Baylor?
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Are u in Waco ? Or you just went to Baylor?
I lived in Waco for a little bit and yes I graduated from Baylor. I'm in Kemah (SE Houston) now.
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Oh ok.. Yeah I was wondering if there were any other Zl1's running around Waco ..
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Oh ok.. Yeah I was wondering if there were any other Zl1's running around Waco ..
I highly doubt that there are many, lol.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:12 PM   #23
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I live in Austin, and the other day it rained and was overcast all day so the temp stayed about 77. I noticed a BIG difference in pull compared to days prior when it was 102. I just got my car a couple of months ago, can't wait until November, should rock then. Seems like all the mods to cool are either hard to do yourself, or pretty invasive. I want to keep the warranty for now. I did put a Roto-Fab CIA on it, but prob need to put the big gulp on or another ducting device to get the benefit of it. Do high flow cats affect the warranty.
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It's actually at 104*!

thanks for the info . this what I was wanting to find out.
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