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Old 01-25-2009, 03:36 AM   #1
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New Young Gun NEEDS HELP!!!

hi...im 17 have $20,000 saved and i have a 2002 35th ann. edition 3.8 V6 convertible camaro...have no pics uploaded yet :(....but ne way my arch enemy has a 2008 BMW Z4 conv. we are scheduled to race on June 23rd...i want to kick her butt so please tell me everything i need to do to make my car run FASTER than HERS!!!! yes im a chick and i am 17...i own a 57' chevy 150 2 door (my 1st Car @ age 5!!! my dad passed on the chevy love!!!)...the camaro(my latest editon)...a 1969 camaro ss(my 2nd car...in the garage)...a 2003 trailblazer(the school/softball/party/winter suv) LOL...i am a serious car-aholic so dont make fun of the age and sex

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Old 01-25-2009, 03:43 AM   #2
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check out the site firebird******* mod guide helped me a whole hell of alot when I first started modding my old 3.8L...I would say buy my old modded out V6, and strip her, but its at some dealership in tacoma.

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hi...im 17 have $20,000 saved and i have a 2002 35th ann. edition 3.8 V6 convertible camaro...have no pics uploaded yet :(....but ne way my arch enemy has a 2008 BMW Z4 conv. we are scheduled to race on June 23rd...i want to kick her butt so please tell me everything i need to do to make my car run FASTER than HERS!!!! yes im a chick and i am 17...i own a 57' chevy 150 2 door (my 1st Car @ age 5!!! my dad passed on the chevy love!!!)...the camaro(my latest editon)...a 1969 camaro ss(my 2nd car...in the garage)...a 2003 trailblazer(the school/softball/party/winter suv) LOL...i am a serious car-aholic so dont make fun of the age and sex

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LET me get this RIGHT? You saved $20K by yourself and at age 17???

Do you mind me asking what you do for a living? When I was 17 I only made $5000 the entire year. Granted that was back in 1974 but my daughter is 21 and still thinks I have a money tree in my back yard.

Please tell!!!
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First welcome to the site What mods do you have on your Camaro? What do you know about the BMW Z4, has she moded her's? lets start with that first.
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:54 AM   #5
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My dad owns his own coal mines (very big daddy's girl=very big allowance...lol its true but i love my dad he is my rock to keep me steady in life) and i've helped fix up a few 55-57 chevy's and was paid for helping
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no mods on either car...starting all stock...she is also fixin hers up...she is a rich B-word
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:58 AM   #7
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Here's a list of what my V6 had...it was a Y87 too (Meaning it had 3.42 gears and Zexel-Torsen T-2 Series diff , not 3.08...big difference)

Whisper Lid, SLP Cold Air Intake, Ceramic Coated Pacesetter Headers, Random Tech Cat, Magna Flow Catback, Jet PCM, PI 2100 Stall Torque Converter, MSD DIS-4 ignition, Accel Super DIS Coil, Nology Spark Plug Wires, ASP Pulley, Eibach Springs, Bilstein Shocks, BMR subframe connector/sway bars/strut tower brace, Custom shift kit w/vette servos(BIG DIFFERENCE..BTW Transgo makes some good Shift kits)

I also had found an aftermarket Intake for the 3.8L...but I'd traded her in for the Z28 I have now.
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:07 AM   #8
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My dad owns his own coal mines (very big daddy's girl=very big allowance...lol its true but i love my dad he is my rock to keep me steady in life) and i've helped fix up a few 55-57 chevy's and was paid for helping
Lucky girl...When I was 13, I was working full time at a liquor store in chicago to help keep the lights on. Be grateful of what you have, and dont take it for granted. When I was your age Id have killed to be in your shoes!
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:08 AM   #9
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I have a few friends at work that have that V6 in there Camaros also a few on me and my friends car club website. I will ask them what it will take to get you #1 cross that finish line.
The people here are really helpful too
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:10 AM   #10
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thnx...i dont take it for granted...my dad is my life...i wish he would let me work (im graduating hs w/ a business degree) but he is wanting me to go to college and have more than what he had (not working all my life in a dangerous enviroment)...we spend alot of time on cars (thats how we bond)
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thnx...i dont take it for granted...my dad is my life...i wish he would let me work (im graduating hs w/ a business degree) but he is wanting me to go to college and have more than what he had (not working all my life in a dangerous enviroment)...we spend alot of time on cars (thats how we bond)
If you can don't work and focus on your education! thats the reason I took the military route, instead of the school route. Didn't have the oppurtunity to put all of what I had in school/football. I had 2 full time jobs throughout my 4yrs in highschool, so lets say I slept more that attended class. Still graduated with a 3.0 gpa..but well over 400 cutted classes. Go to school and become marketable in a field that you enjoy. Then have fun!
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:02 AM   #12
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Why not break the 69 SS out of the garage to get the job done? Why are you wanting to race using your V6 car????
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:10 AM   #13
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Honestly, I don't know enough about the Beamer to help give you the edge.

I'm concerned that the Z4 will take you stock for stock....but again. Not enough knowledge.

Easiest bang for the buck? Add some NOS. TFord's got some info up there for ya, but there's not too much you can do to make it REALLY super fast...other than getting a V8.
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:53 PM   #14
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i would but she wants to race the convertibles...lol
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:25 PM   #15
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i would but she wants to race the convertibles...lol
she picks her battles wisely.

find someone with a V8 convertable same color as yours and pay them 1000 bucks to borrow it for the race. just take the badges off. she'll never know
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:33 PM   #16
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If the Z4 is a 3.0i it has 215HP if it's the 3.0si then it's 255. Plus I'm sure it's lighter than the 4th gen. So you know what you need to make up for.
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Welcome to the site! I didn't see in your first post, is your Camaro an auto or manual? What about the Z4? Have you raced before? Do you know how to get a good holeshot off the line? Just wondering those things before commenting on the mods. Oh and how soon is the race?

EDIT: Oh, I am hope that you have that $20k invested somehow and making you money.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:15 AM   #19
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if all else fails, put a nail in front of her back tires... lol. you may want to consider getting a supercharger off of a Pontiac Gran Prix GTP. they were running 240 hp, and 280 lb-ft of torque... as opposed to the stock Gran prix having 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque...

the stock 3.8 camaro had roughly 200 hp to begin with, and 225 lb-ft of torque... if the super charger adds the same power to the Camaro as it did to the Gran Prix, the Camaro should have roughly 265 hp and around 310 lb-ft of torque...

My guess is that because the camaro's 3.8 is tuned better to begin with, you will gain more power, and more torque than the Gran Prix did. you may even be able to compete against an LT1 camaro and beat it with the supercharger.

one last thing, the GTP required 92 octane or higher fuel to run, so keep that in mind... you will need that to make the Camaro run with the supercharger

*Everything above is rough estimates, and may not be correct, feel free to make any comments or suggestions as to where my figures may be wrong...
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frist of all you know if the z4 is v4 or v6 if it's a v6 she well kick your butt very hard so becareful it's 14.4 in the quarter mile it's almost like the lt1 v8.
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V8, Nos

Yup all those on here and those members of Stafford Classics said the same thing, find a friends V8 vert or Nos your Camaro.
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if ur not attatched to the convert, sell it, and with the 20k buy an SS convert with the same color. u can get one for way under that. other than tht, i think she mite win, unless she has a burnout or something at the start, or shes a terrible driver.

ps:... wow, i wish i had 20k. i saved for a year and got 1200 lol
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Turn your 69 into a vert, whats that ... 5 grand max

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you can do a pain in the ass engines swap, nice LS1 or a LS2 would do it

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a nice turbo would do it, but how reliable is the 3800 V6 though


here's a better idea, PM "CamaroSpike23" - hes very knowledgeable on this subject
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Turn your 69 into a vert, whats that ... 5 grand max

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you can do a pain in the ass engines swap, nice LS1 or a LS2 would do it

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a nice turbo would do it, but how reliable is the 3800 V6 though


here's a better idea, PM "CamaroSpike23" - hes very knowledgeable on this subject
1st gen camaros and 4th gen camaros look very diff. and the girl wants to race her v-6 4th gen. and as I posted earlier... the girl knows how to pick her competition. who wants to challenge someone to a race you know you would lose? lol

I still say find someone with a v-8 vert of the same color, debadge it and race it. lol
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:33 PM   #25
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The best mod can do is sell your V6 and buy a V8. With that kind of money saved up you could spend just over half of it and you would have a really nice SS or you could spend it all and get a really nice one.
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