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Old 07-13-2017, 12:25 AM   #1
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ZL1 manual driveline

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I am thinking of trading my ss for a ZL1.
My biggest question is if i should get an auto or manual.

My ss is manual and all my former cars were too. I really like manual shifting but i am not really happy with the shifting in my ss. The driveline is very "clunky" due to too much play ind the whole driveline. I am used to bmw's and there the driveline feels like one piece, no clunk, no noise etc.

What about the zl1 trans: is it comparable to the ss in regards to "clunk", play in the driveline etc. or is it completely different/better?

Sure i will also try to test a manual zl1 but if you tell me that the trans is more or less similar then i will for sure get the auto

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Old 07-13-2017, 12:27 AM   #2
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Hy
I am thinking of trading my ss for a ZL1.
My biggest question is if i should get an auto or manual.

My ss is manual and all my former cars were too. I really like manual shifting but i am not really happy with the shifting in my ss. The driveline is very "clunky" due to too much play ind the whole driveline. I am used to bmw's and there the driveline feels like one piece, no clunk, no noise etc.

What about the zl1 trans: is it comparable to the ss in regards to "clunk", play in the driveline etc. or is it completely different/better?

Sure i will also try to test a manual zl1 but if you tell me that the trans is more or less similar then i will for sure get the auto

Cheers from Switzerland
I do think the ZL1 has a stiffer feel than the SS with regard to driveline slop. With that said, either car would benefit from solid bushings in the differential and rear sub-frame.
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Old 07-13-2017, 01:33 AM   #3
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I wouldnt do diff busings, lots of reports of added noise/vibrations from that, solid subframe bushings are good to go... very little if any increase in noise/vibrations
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Old 07-13-2017, 02:19 AM   #4
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afaik in the SS this "clunk" is more due to the mechanical play in the trans, shaft and diff.

e.g. if you roll slow and push the clutch, it makes a clunk noise, also the 2nd gear often does not go in well but thats more due to weak syncros.
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:34 AM   #5
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Your question is kind of irrelevant at this point because you didn't tell us if you're looking at upgrading to a 5th or 6th Gen...If 5th I would say manual, if 6th I would say automatic...No intent of being a smartass...
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Old 07-13-2017, 04:39 AM   #6
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The Z is solid. Love my manual.
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Old 07-13-2017, 05:51 AM   #7
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Sorry, 5th gen is meant
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IMO the clunks and noises is the way American cars are. As far as the ZL1 though, you won't break it that's for sure.
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I wouldnt do diff busings, lots of reports of added noise/vibrations from that, solid subframe bushings are good to go... very little if any increase in noise/vibrations
I did diff bushings with my 4.10 rear. I did gain some noise out of the rear, you can hear the LSD working at low speeds, and there are a few spots where you can pick up gear whine. But it definitely firms things up quite a bit. I still need to do my cradle - you can feel how soft they are if you pull the e-brake on firmly while at a slow (ie. 2-4mph) roll. Mine will actually rock back and forth on them a few times as it settles. 24k on the car, so they aren't old and destroyed either - just the way the factory wanted them.
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:01 AM   #10
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Get the M6. You won't regret it.
I let a friend take mine out that used to have 2002 ss vert manual.
He let me drive it way back then so I let him have a turn at mine.

Just to let you know, I don't drive my car hard, but the look on this guys face... was classic.

He speed shifted it and I didn't even look at the speedo.

I need to go to a shifting class or something.

I'm still thinking about the hurst shorty, but the stock one is still good.

good luck.
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Thanks for the replies. Think i will just try to test drive a manual. But i am still quite interested in getting an auto with the pedals but if the manual is much better than in the ss then i think thats my choice.
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5th Gen M more HP, 6th Gen A just plain sick...
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