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Old 09-25-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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What are easy 3.4L mods for my car then.

I have a 1994 Chevy Camaro V6 3.4L Car. I have been having problem after problem with this thing and Its really pissing me off. I have been thinking about how I should of bought a z28 Instead because they will be a heck of alot faster and I wont have to lose races. I dont wanna put a whole lot of money Into my car I have 2250 Into the car and I dont wanna put any more then 2500 Into the car because where I live they sell for around two thousand any day so I cant get much money back that I put Into the car. I am looking for small easy mods to Improve performance and I dont really wanna pay over two hundred dollars for a cold air Intake either for the car. I have about two hundred dollars to work with and I am wondering If anyone here knows of any easy mods for this car. Or If ya have modded ya own 3.4L post pictures I would like to see the car. I guess I Just need confidence In my car because Im kinda mad Its only a 3.4L and doesnt have much power and practically any money I put Into the car I cant get back because they dont hold there value much where I live but the z28s hold there value quite well. Um post pictures of ya car or mods etc. Then.
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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I don't think the word "then" means what you think it means.

Anyway... You're kind of in a bad spot. The easy answer is simply not to put any money at all into the car. Deal with it the way it is until you can sell it and get what you really want, which seems to be an LT1/LS1 Z28.

But, that's not what you asked. So, here's my advice. Buy used at a good price and keep your stock parts. That way when you sell the car, you can put it back to stock, and sell the used parts for almost what you paid for them.

CAI is probably the best place to start. For what you want to spend exhaust mods are out. Honestly, most mods are out. CAI is a fun mod, you can do it yourself, you get some instant gratification (they almost always SOUND better, even if you can't feel a significant difference), and if you get a good price on a used one, you'll get your money back out of it.
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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A kn cold air Intake Is over three hundred dollars new I searched craigslist and couldnt find any used for my car and I dont have a ebay account Idk what else to search then.
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:39 AM   #4
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Well brotha, I hate to tell you but I think you are kind of stuck. You will be hard pressed to find any real performance mods for the price you are looking for. Like already said, just save your money for down the road and when the time is right, step up to what you're really looking for.

Keep checking things like Craigslist and eBay and maybe a cai will pop up and you can grab it.

Good luck and enjoy what you have and look forward to what you can do in the future. Do research in the mean time on what car you want, what the costs are and plan out future mods. That will save you time and money in the long run and its fun to dream, and work to make it happen.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:47 AM   #5
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:55 AM   #6
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:30 PM   #7
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A 3.4L engine is NOT worth modding. They are ticking time bombs. We learned about these engines in school and found that they were junk. I think thats why the low numbers produced. Don't put a dime into it. Its one of the worst engines from GM.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:41 PM   #8
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I'm going to have to agree with most here and say 1) save your money for gas, there's no point in modding the V6. That's not what it's for. I don't necessarily agree it's a terrible engine, the wifes grand am wasn't bad, but it's definitely no powerhouse. 2) you really don't have the money for mods that would make a difference anyway. Unless you can weld and get cheap steel to make your own exhaust and headers, you're pretty much out of luck.

My advice would be to save up that extra 2500 you're talking about, sell the v6 car for 2k and pick up a v8 3rd gen.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:44 PM   #9
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I was thinking either a 88-92 body style or the 93-97 f body ones then but Im not sure what would be better as far as speed or weight then.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:47 PM   #10
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if your going for a 93-97 LT1, why not get an LS1?
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:48 PM   #11
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4th gen is much faster than any 3rd gen stock for stock.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:47 PM   #12
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I didnt say I wouldnt get a ls1 I said I would get a z28 but Im not sure the difference of the lt1 compared to a ls1 then.
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O i was just asking bc the LT1 came with the 93-97 body style
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http://www.ls1.com/forums/f35/lt1-vs-ls1-31924/
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:45 AM   #14
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I'm going to have to agree with most here and say 1) save your money for gas, there's no point in modding the V6. That's not what it's for. I don't necessarily agree it's a terrible engine, the wifes grand am wasn't bad, but it's definitely no powerhouse. 2) you really don't have the money for mods that would make a difference anyway. Unless you can weld and get cheap steel to make your own exhaust and headers, you're pretty much out of luck.

My advice would be to save up that extra 2500 you're talking about, sell the v6 car for 2k and pick up a v8 3rd gen.
The 3400 and the 3.4L are two totally different engines.
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The 3400 and the 3.4L are two totally different engines.
Touche salesman haha

I've spent my time learning v8's, don't know much about 6's except for the ones I've owned that just got regular maintenance.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:17 PM   #16
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I will keep my car for a couple years so that Im not paying alot on Insurance for a z28 then.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:44 PM   #17
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I have a 1994 Chevy Camaro V6 3.4L Car. I have been having problem after problem with this thing and Its really pissing me off. I have been thinking about how I should of bought a z28 Instead because they will be a heck of alot faster and I wont have to lose races. I dont wanna put a whole lot of money Into my car I have 2250 Into the car and I dont wanna put any more then 2500 Into the car because where I live they sell for around two thousand any day so I cant get much money back that I put Into the car. I am looking for small easy mods to Improve performance and I dont really wanna pay over two hundred dollars for a cold air Intake either for the car. I have about two hundred dollars to work with and I am wondering If anyone here knows of any easy mods for this car. Or If ya have modded ya own 3.4L post pictures I would like to see the car. I guess I Just need confidence In my car because Im kinda mad Its only a 3.4L and doesnt have much power and practically any money I put Into the car I cant get back because they dont hold there value much where I live but the z28s hold there value quite well. Um post pictures of ya car or mods etc. Then.
Hey my friend, I use to own a V6 grand am. A friend told me about this sight to check out. its www.milzymotorsports.com. check it out, hope it helps.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:58 PM   #18
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get an Ls1..
Almost anyone on here will tell you an LS1>LT1 (except for maybe Spike..)

However if you want to just buy a Z28 and not mod it, go with an LT1.. they sound wonderful stock, much better than an LS1 IMO
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:47 AM   #19
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Touche salesman haha

I've spent my time learning v8's, don't know much about 6's except for the ones I've owned that just got regular maintenance.
I am a GM engine tech. The 3.4 L is not the same as a 3400!!! It was based upon the old 2.8-3.1 ltr engines found in the older J-bodies. It is no way similar to the newer 3100-3400 engines.

For a guy weened on backyard V8 knowledge, I don`t see your post as relivant in helping the Op in this case.

I hope you also realise the 350 in an LS1 is different than the 350 in a 1982 Chev pick up.
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I am a GM engine tech. The 3.4 L is not the same as a 3400!!! It was based upon the old 2.8-3.1 ltr engines found in the older J-bodies. It is no way similar to the newer 3100-3400 engines.

For a guy weened on backyard V8 knowledge, I don`t see your post as relivant in helping the Op in this case.

I hope you also realise the 350 in an LS1 is different than the 350 in a 1982 Chev pick up.

Huh? I was conceding the fact that I was wrong about the 3.4 being in the grand am, and that I didn't know much about the V6's.

I'm well aware of the differences in the V8 generations having built many myself.

I'm very happy for you being a GM engine tech, but I don't see your post as anything other than being a dick.

PS: The "Touche salesman" remark was not referring to you as a salesman. It's a quote from Family Guy, when Peter concedes the cloud insurance salesmans point.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:32 AM   #21
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Sorry for coming off sounding like a douche bag bro... I didn't realise the context of the quote from family guy. My appoligizes. I was trying to explain to the OP that the V6 engines of yester year are not the same as todays and that the engine he has was stopped due to the unreliability of it. Sorry for the mix up brother. My fault.
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Sorry for coming off sounding like a douche bag bro... I didn't realise the context of the quote from family guy. My appoligizes. I was trying to explain to the OP that the V6 engines of yester year are not the same as todays and that the engine he has was stopped due to the unreliability of it. Sorry for the mix up brother. My fault.

That's cool, not the first time a misunderstanding occurred in an internet forum haha

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Old 10-12-2011, 06:43 PM   #23
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Some of these posts in here... Everything depends on how much you're willing to put into your car. There are no new mods that are worth it for the small amount that you are looking to put into the car. Honestly your best bet is LS1tech.com and find some cheap stuff in the classifieds that'll work on your car and be upgrades to what you have now, but only if your 3.4 is going to be the car you are definitely going to stick with. However you may be better off getting rid of that 3.4 for a LT1 or LS1 car so that you have a good fast car to start with. As far as things going wrong with your car, high mileage 93-02 FBodies are magnets for any problems not related to the engine, trans, suspension, and etc. It's true LT1's sound better, but I'd say muffler only, while LS1's sound better with full exhaust & headers set up. An LT1 is a classic 350c.i. displacement, though the LS1 is 346 c.i.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:26 PM   #24
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I will probably keep the car for a few years and save up my money for a z28 and I will save on Insurance not having a z28 at the moment. Could I find a site that shows like the different years of camaros there specs and engines etc. I could read up on those. Because I dont know much about the power or lt1 or ls1. Is there a website that could explain or give specs or Information about the different generations. Then.
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