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Old 01-18-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Best to 500HP

So... I am going to a shop tomaro to talk to the guys about the best way to get to 500HP. They said they would be able to put a package together to get me to 500..

Just wondering what you all think is the best to get to 500RWHP in the LS3?
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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Don't try to be cheap when modding cars. I assume you mean 500rwhp?

If you have an LS3 there have been a few that have done it with full bolt ons and a cam. You're looking at around $5k~ in parts and labor.

If you are an L99 only way to hit 500rwhp is with spray or boosted.

Don't fixate over hp numbers though. With only about 430rwhp my car trapped 118.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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Hey, I do mean 500rwhp and I am sorry I do have a LS3 and 5K would be a perfect price as you are correct I dont want cheap parts.
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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To get close to 500 rwhp, you will need a big cam, ported or aftermarket heads, underdrive pulley, ported throttle body and or intake manifold, and of course headers, cold air kit and tune. Or you can go FI or spray.
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With a big cam and supporting mods you should be able to touch 500rwhp.

I think the GX6 cam will get you around there 480-503rwhp.

A much cheaper route would be bolt ons with a shot of nitrous.
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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To get close to 500 rwhp, you will need a big cam, ported or aftermarket heads, underdrive pulley, ported throttle body and or intake manifold, and of course headers, cold air kit and tune.
And that will fit your $5k bill.

What are your goals? Gonna race, show, cruise, daily drive?

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Old 01-18-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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Ok how much would it cost to get to lets say 454RWHP also where is a good place to get a loan for performace? To be honest I am gonna use it for cruzie, show, show drag at the strip. it is in storage for the winter so its not my daily driver at all...
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #8
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Don't get a loan for performance lol.

What's up with everyone trying to get themselves into debt!?
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:17 PM   #9
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lol I know... I just wanted to get my car sound better and mean and some more power.... I make good money, but I am not good at saving lol or should I just wait
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:22 PM   #10
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Im at 436 with just cam 235/247 113 and headers. Stock intake. Cam makes thr car way louder. Most people dont know that. For the cam and headers i am in around 1400. Pretty cheap


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Old 01-18-2012, 07:24 PM   #11
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Dont finance the mods, not a good way to go. You gotta pay to play, what happems if you blow the motor?
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:27 PM   #12
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Ok so how about a badass cam, with headers and a cat back system?? o should I del cats to?
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #13
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First and most important question... Do you want it to drive like stock? With a large cam you need to relearn how to drive stick.

If stock - blower is a good starting point.
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Ok how much would it cost to get to lets say 454RWHP also where is a good place to get a loan for performace? To be honest I am gonna use it for cruzie, show, show drag at the strip. it is in storage for the winter so its not my daily driver at all...
I think a more modest goal would fit you best, to start with. A good cam, cold air intake, headers, maybe pulley will get you 460 rwhp easy. That way, you save money on ported heads and manifold. You can always add those later when you want to squeeze out some more ponies.

But for your shop, ask for: cam (and supporting valvetrain, if needed), good headers, and a good CAI (and ported throttle body since it's cheap and people like it). I figure you'd be in for $3k for +80-100rwhp. Heads/manifold may cost you another $2k for maybe another +20rwhp.

Point is, you can have a beast for about $3k with room to grow when you get the itch.

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Ok so how about a badass cam, with headers and a cat back system?? o should I del cats to?
The aforemetioned is cool, but you need to add a CAI to that list..
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:34 PM   #16
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I think a more modest goal would fit you best, to start with. A good cam, cold air intake, headers, maybe pulley will get you 460 rwhp easy. That way, you save money on ported heads and manifold. You can always add those later when you want to squeeze out some more ponies.

But for your shop, ask for: cam (and supporting valvetrain, if needed), good headers, and a good CAI (and ported throttle body since it's cheap and people like it). I figure you'd be in for $3k for +80-100rwhp. Heads/manifold may cost you another $2k for maybe another +20rwhp.

Point is, you can have a beast for about $3k with room to grow when you get the itch.

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do you think I should keep my cats on and also should I get a cat back sys or just a muffler del
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Ok so how about a badass cam, with headers and a cat back system?? o should I del cats to?

Get the underdrive pulley as well. Delete the cats, no question. With G6x3 cam, 1 7/8" headers, underdrive pulley, 3" catless exhaust and good tune you will be just north of 480 on a realistic dyno. Or at least close!

I did alot or research on this a few months ago and to get 500 i was also going to go with a set of real, real good heads since the stock LS3 heads are so good. I was looking at 2500 for the heads and another grand plus for the fast 102 intake and NW 102 TB.......thats when i said screw it and went the Procharger D1 route

Good luck with whatever you decide. There are a lot of smart people on this forum that will help you get your goal
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do you think I should keep my cats on and also should I get a cat back sys or just a muffler del
Keep the cats. My JBA high-flows are doing fine, and I've got JBA Shorties with a PRoCharger D-1SC going on! But for you, you'll do best with Long Tubes and High-Flow Cats. Going catless over that may gain you 5rwhp and it's not worth the hassle.

For exhaust, I'll be straightforward: the stock catback is fine. All you need is an axle-back to choose your sound. A full aftermarket catback may cost you $1k and gain you maybe 5rwhp.

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Old 01-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #19
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Keep the cats. My JBA high-flows are doing fine, and I've got JBA Shorties with a PRoCharger D-1SC going on! But for you, you'll do best with Long Tubes and High-Flow Cats. Going catless over that may gain you 5rwhp and it's not worth the hassle.

For exhaust, I'll be straightforward: the stock catback is fine. All you need is an axle-back to choose your sound. A full aftermarket catback may cost you $1k and gain you maybe 5rwhp.

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So I should keep my cats on there or are you saying I need to get high flow cats?
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My LS3 car was a LOT of fun to drive without a cam...good longtubes, cats, a full exhaust, a cold air intake, and tuning work...it sounded awesome, and it was a blast...it trapped a bit better than 116 in less than ideal conditions, and ran mid 12's...and put ~420-430 rwhp down depending on the day/dyno.

...that said...it's apart now for heads/cam/FAST 102...I haven't spent this much money on a car so quickly before...but I can.

On the whole financing the mods thing...I've been in the situation in the past where I REALLY wanted to mod my car at the time, and couldn't afford to...I'm glad I never put myself in debt to do it...there is NOTHING worse than being in debt...whatever you'd be willing to pay for a monthly payment on a loan for mods...just put that much into some other savings account every month instead...then when you can afford to just buy the mod...and not empty the account...buy the mod you want, and go on from there.
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Check out my mods in my sig. The numbers are there too, i have about 4200 dollars in everything and did all the work myself except the tune so that should give you a pretty good idea, of course to have it all installed is going to cost you a bunch more. I did everything on a budget over 2 years to find the best deals on things and got away pretty cheap I would say. If you decide to meet up with the rest of the nebraska peps in Lincoln we can talk some more.
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Let me correct myself, i have 4200 in engine and exhaust parts. The tires, wheels, and springs were about 2500 themselves.
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Let me correct myself, i have 4200 in engine and exhaust parts. The tires, wheels, and springs were about 2500 themselves.
How many miles have you put on the Richmond 4.11's? How do you drive?...have you drag raced with them?
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I little over 1,000 miles and i drive the car like it has 483 RWHP. I have launced it a few times just to see how it reacts but have not been to the strip with them. IMO this is the gear these cars should come with. Plus i still get 22-22.5 MPG on the interstate at 75-80 MPH.
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So I should keep my cats on there or are you saying I need to get high flow cats?
With Longtubes, you will be replacing the cats or going catless. With Shorties, you can keep the stock cats, switch for highflows, or go catless.

Since the stock cats are very restrictive, it's a no-brainer to replace them, and you must with LTs anyway.

I'm the only one around here who would recommend Shorties. My JBAs and highflows are great for me - cheaper, easy to install, maybe 5-10hp less than LTs. But you'll be best to go with LTs and highflows from the start if your goal is north of 460.

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