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Old 01-15-2009, 04:09 AM   #1
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gmpp cai/headers/catback choose only 1?

i'm buying this ss2/rs w/ just bout every option and i can't afford much more..which 1 would you guys pick if you could choose onl;y 1??
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:14 AM   #2
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I would take the air intake, but that's just me.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:31 AM   #3
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I am not a mod guy at all. I have buddys that spend tons of money on mods and when they go to sell or trade in it is just money flushed so I will be leaving my SS alone.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:54 AM   #4
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I'd do the intake too... I think it would make the biggest improvement.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:23 AM   #5
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I would say exhaust, but need to hear the factory in person first. If it sounds as good as I think it will, go with the intake.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:15 AM   #6
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Depends on what is more important to you - better performance or better sound. I would probably go in this order:
1. Exhaust
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:26 AM   #7
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i'm buying this ss2/rs w/ just bout every option and i can't afford much more..which 1 would you guys pick if you could choose onl;y 1??
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:29 AM   #8
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Depends on what is more important to you - better performance or better sound. I would probably go in this order:
1. Exhaust
2. Intake
3. Headers
I'm with 'Pete on this one. Really - I don't think it'll be much in the difference, in terms of actual power, among these three GMPP options. I don't see that one is going to give significant power over the others. I think a good question to consider what will make you FEEL like your going faster? I think the sound of a car gives more of an impression of speed, so I think the catback will be the best choice, in this senario. I don't really think the shorties are going to change sound a whole lot, especially through OEM exhaust. Personally, I get tired of hearing the intake roar (more specifically from imports) over the exhaust.

IMVHO - catback. I don't think you'll be leaving much power on the table opposed to the other options listed and think you'll feel faster with the catback
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:26 AM   #9
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Well you say you can't afford much more, so your best bet, cost wise is to go with the intake. You can then save up for after market exhaust later on if you want. That's what I would do.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:26 AM   #10
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I am in a similar boat..trying to choose...is there pricing on those items yet...or a SWAG? I have no idea on car mods....
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Depends on what is more important to you - better performance or better sound. I would probably go in this order:
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3. Headers
I think I'm with Pete on this one too. If you can only do one I'd do the exhaust first. The CAI is easier and cheaper _ you could probably slip it in somewhere down the road w/o too much trouble.

I don't have plans to do the headers anytime soon but I'm willing to listen to anyones compelling argument.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:14 PM   #12
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I could not agree more... There will be cheaper and better aftermarket parts for the camaro. If I would going to go with one it would be the cat back because then it would sound even cooler right away, but upgrade everything else when the money was around.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:22 PM   #13
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I vote intake. I would bet it will give you 10-15hp. the cat-back 0-5hp and it is damn expensive. the headers are going to give you about 5hp and are also damn expensive.

if you want it louder, just have an exhaust shop weld in some bullets or the muffler of your choice for a few hundred bucks.
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I know it wasn't an option, but if you are getting a manual. . I say get the Hurst STS. . . Will make driving your Camaro a lot better when the excitement wears off some.
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I would say NONE! For the price of one of the GMPP acc. you could probably buy 2 from an aftermarket company and get better performance. Not to mention after you buy the aftermarket stuff you can sell your factory crap on ebay and make more then half the money back!
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Only reason I am getting the STS right off is because I don't want to tear apart my car after I get it. . I'll be driving it way to much for that nonsense.
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:46 PM   #17
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I agree, I am going with the Hurst with the car, but all other performance parts will be aftermarket. Not that is will be much cheaper, but that it will be more performance for the money. Helped a buddy put in some Kooks long tubes in his vette and boy did they make a difference....so I think I will be going that route
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i wouldn't do any LOL! maybe it's just me but i'm gonna wait for the aftermarket to put some parts out because there will be a huge market for this car a few months after release.
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:17 PM   #19
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I agree, you will get better parts for less money if you just wait a bit for the aftermarket to get to work. One mod just isn't likely to make a noticable difference so I'd keep it stock for awhile, save your extra cash and add to it until you can put together a full set of bolt-ons for a nice upgrade down the road. IF someone has the cash to get the whole package, and doesn't want to mess around with adding parts later on I could see going with the GMPP stuff but even then it's not what I would do myself.
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thanx everyone for answers..i will either wait till down the road and do everything (3 i mentioned) or just get the caI now
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:21 PM   #21
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Even though the headers may only be shorty's I would think they would offer the most improvement, especially when paired with a cheap aftermarket catback.
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:26 PM   #22
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Depends on what is more important to you - better performance or better sound. I would probably go in this order:
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I'm with 'Pete on this one. Really - I don't think it'll be much in the difference, in terms of actual power, among these three GMPP options. I don't see that one is going to give significant power over the others. I think a good question to consider what will make you FEEL like your going faster? I think the sound of a car gives more of an impression of speed, so I think the catback will be the best choice, in this senario. I don't really think the shorties are going to change sound a whole lot, especially through OEM exhaust. Personally, I get tired of hearing the intake roar (more specifically from imports) over the exhaust.

IMVHO - catback. I don't think you'll be leaving much power on the table opposed to the other options listed and think you'll feel faster with the catback
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I think I'm with Pete on this one too. If you can only do one I'd do the exhaust first. The CAI is easier and cheaper _ you could probably slip it in somewhere down the road w/o too much trouble.

I don't have plans to do the headers anytime soon but I'm willing to listen to anyones compelling argument.
I'm with these guys. I should add that I don't have very much faith that the GMPP intake will offer nearly as much performance improvement as a company like K&N or AEM.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:14 PM   #23
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I would say NONE! For the price of one of the GMPP acc. you could probably buy 2 from an aftermarket company and get better performance. Not to mention after you buy the aftermarket stuff you can sell your factory crap on ebay and make more then half the money back!
I could see doing this if you don't plan on keeping your car very long. But if you plan on keeping your Camaro for many many years it would probably help it's value if you saved all your stock equipment.
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I vote intake. I would bet it will give you 10-15hp. the cat-back 0-5hp and it is damn expensive. the headers are going to give you about 5hp and are also damn expensive.
You may have your numbers backwards there my friend. The intake is not likely to give you any double digit horsepower figures.


The headers will give you the biggest power gain, but I would get aftermarket long tubes. The GMPP intake will be good, but other companies will make much better models. The cat back system is normally made by an aftermarket company anyway (normally Borla) so I think that is where your money is best spent.
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