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Old 12-28-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
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Can you people who have modded your camaro help?

Here's a question for you horsepower guys.

What are the ways to increase horsepower whether it be bolt on parts, cams, or weight reduction and can you order them by cost per horsepower? Meaning if something cost $1000 dollars but gives 10 horsepower but something else cost $300 dollars and gives 5 horsepower then the $300 item would be more cost efficient for horsepower.

I think this would help some of us that want to gain a bit more hp but are on a budget.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:10 PM   #2
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If you're on a budget the best hardware would be a CAI and/or headers.

CAI $300-500.

Headers (long tubes) $400-1800.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:11 PM   #3
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Or a tune via handheld ~ $500
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:17 PM   #4
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Don't get too focused on $ vs. HP... As it comes, the SS cannot 100% plant all the power it makes when you turn the computer controls off. You can make the car "faster" by realizing more of the power in terms of usable power by altering your suspension, wheels, tires, etc. before throwing HP/TQ at the car.

Try to look at the problem in terms of $ vs. Usable
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:19 PM   #5
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Solo cats and a cai. No tune, +20 HP. around $700.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:34 PM   #6
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I like all these answers.

Can you list them individually detailing each items HP gain and cost?

I also am interested in the post about adjusting the handling of the car. Can you recommend adjustments and the cost for each adjustment?
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:56 PM   #7
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I like the philosophy and direction that people are taking in this thread.

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Old 12-28-2011, 05:26 PM   #8
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VMax CNC ported TB adds 6-8 rwhp for $150 plus MUCH improved off idle throttle response.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:35 PM   #9
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I like all these answers.

Can you list them individually detailing each items HP gain and cost?

I also am interested in the post about adjusting the handling of the car. Can you recommend adjustments and the cost for each adjustment?
Man that list could be pages and pages long…LOL

there are so many companies that make different bolt ons and each one lists XXX gains

your best bet is to do the research and do whats in your budget.

There are also things that you can do without spending anything. For instants, P&P TB… I did my own P&P on my 99 and picked up just as much HP on the dyno as the same size ones that were CNC'd from shops...
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:02 PM   #10
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IMO....the best way to address HP gains would be to first figure out which part is holding you back the most, just putting a new part that claims to give you 15 HP will not always be the case, if the current part you have is restricting you only 5 HP then that new part that claims to give you 15 will not, you will only get the 5 from it. Once again IMO i believe the best thing you can do is headers and exhaust, and a CAI, those i feel are the most restrictive things on the car
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:53 PM   #11
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Camaros already have a lot of power. Before adding more I recommend looking at improving the efficiency of what you already have. Upgrade the rear differential/cradle bushings to Pedders (or the brand of your choice) first before doing anything else. You'll be amazed at what a difference that alone will make.

I've put a lot of info in my project thread that might be useful to you:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45165

Hopefully that will give you some ideas and welcome to the addiction called "modding" lol.
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VMax CNC ported TB adds 6-8 rwhp for $150 plus MUCH improved off idle throttle response.
New to the site. Is that 6-8hp on a chassis dyno, or engine dyno?
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:46 PM   #13
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Alright, I like everyones input.

So far...

CAI - $400 - HP?? TQ?? Weight+- 1/4MileImpact ?
Headers - $1000 - HP?? TQ?? Weight+- 1/4MileImpact ?
Tune - $500 - HP?? TQ?? Weight+- 1/4MileImpact ?
Alter suspension - $??? - HP?? TQ?? Weight+- 1/4MileImpact ?
Wheels - $??? - HP?? TQ?? Weight+- 1/4MileImpact ?
Tires - $??? - HP?? TQ?? Weight+- 1/4MileImpact ?
VMAX CNC ported TB - $150 - HP 7 TQ?? Weight+- 1/4MileImpact ?
Exhaust - $??? - HP?? TQ?? Weight+- 1/4MileImpact ?
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