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Old 03-18-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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Best performance mods for under $500? (in order)

Newbie here. I haven't even got my 2SS/RS yet but I am thinking of mods already. I know this has been covered before, but there are so many different responses. Between TB to CAI to Pulley to headers to tunes....confusing what to get first and what to progress with....What would be the best performance mods for under $500 (in order)...So excited to be on this forum and can't wait to get my 2ss!!!! thanks guys!

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Old 03-18-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:36 PM   #3
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the thing is the headers might be $400 or less but install is like another 300...way over my budget....would a cold air intake really benefit me? how about tunes?
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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Cold air intake was my 1st. You can really feel the difference immediately.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:01 PM   #5
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I would say without question, the very best money spent for under $500 would be to get an SCT tuner and have Ted Jannetty get you one of his custom engine and trans tunes for your car.

I put LTs, CAI, high flow cats, full custom exhaust and all made a difference you could feel but the custom tune from JRE was by far the most significant difference.

Now, this may have been because I have an L99 and the trans tune made a huge difference.

For the money, I would start there. Plus, its moldable with any future upgrades you get so its not something you will outgrow ever with mods.

May not be sexy but I personally believe it would make the most difference to how your car performs.

Remember though that add ons are at their best when used together. The CAI will increase the air flow your car has access to but without LTs, HF cats and good exhaust the engine may not be able to take advantage of the increase in air without the other parts. Plus, even if you get all those add ons, you will not get the most out of them unless you get a tune so that your engine is tweaked specifically for those parts.

In my opinion, $400 is a good start but to make a real difference, you will need to mod ahead and behind the engine to get the best results of the mods and also a good tune.

Warrantee is the main issue with most as far as getting serious performance increases with mods. You simply have a hard time getting good results while maintaining your warrantee. For me it was an easy choice, took about a month to void pretty much every bit of my powertrain and drivetrain warrantee.

Would do the same thing again unless perhaps I stepped up to the ZL1 but even then it would be REALLY hard not to mod it and get crazy performance.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:06 PM   #6
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A big plastic high-wing spoiler, it adds at least 150 hp
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:08 PM   #7
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:28 PM   #8
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MBS Headers 300 shipped. No need to pay for the install. You can do it yourself
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:28 PM   #9
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I would say without question, the very best money spent for under $500 would be to get an SCT tuner and have Ted Jannetty get you one of his custom engine and trans tunes for your car.

I put LTs, CAI, high flow cats, full custom exhaust and all made a difference you could feel but the custom tune from JRE was by far the most significant difference.

Now, this may have been because I have an L99 and the trans tune made a huge difference.

For the money, I would start there. Plus, its moldable with any future upgrades you get so its not something you will outgrow ever with mods.

May not be sexy but I personally believe it would make the most difference to how your car performs.

Remember though that add ons are at their best when used together. The CAI will increase the air flow your car has access to but without LTs, HF cats and good exhaust the engine may not be able to take advantage of the increase in air without the other parts. Plus, even if you get all those add ons, you will not get the most out of them unless you get a tune so that your engine is tweaked specifically for those parts.

In my opinion, $400 is a good start but to make a real difference, you will need to mod ahead and behind the engine to get the best results of the mods and also a good tune.

Warrantee is the main issue with most as far as getting serious performance increases with mods. You simply have a hard time getting good results while maintaining your warrantee. For me it was an easy choice, took about a month to void pretty much every bit of my powertrain and drivetrain warrantee.

Would do the same thing again unless perhaps I stepped up to the ZL1 but even then it would be REALLY hard not to mod it and get crazy performance.
Agreed, get a tune. Part of that money is a licence fee, as you add mods later getting updates will cost less. While mail in is a good option if you live far from a good tuner, its no replacement for a dyno tune.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:35 PM   #10
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:50 PM   #11
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Save ur money and get the intake and headers and tune all at once.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #12
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Save ur money and get the intake and headers and tune all at once.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:36 PM   #13
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Cold Air Induction and then Hi flow cats.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:48 PM   #14
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:56 PM   #15
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A lot of guys say they see gains just by putting Highflow cats or an offroad pipe on with their factory "headers" but I'd vote for saving a little while longer and getting intake/headers and a tune.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:04 PM   #16
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In the following order, this is MY opinion:

Cat Back exhaust (sounds more aggressive, like a muscle car should)
Springs (looks more aggressive, and handles more like a muscle car should)
Cold air intake + strong MAF sensor (will notice louder exhaust note, increased throttle response)
Vmax throttle body (even more throttle response, smoother engine operation)
F&R swaybars (really wakes up the handling of this pig we love so much, much more fun to drive)

There are plenty of options out there, and even more opinions on the order mods should be done. This is my take, and if I could start modding over again, I would do it in this order.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:17 AM   #20
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headers are easy to install on these cars
Hell yeah they are, way easier than a GT500 or SVT Raptor!! LMAO yes my neighbor and I did both within the same month it sucked!!


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He was a little upset when mine just fell right out with the connections pipes still connected to the headers!! LOL
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Call up Paul at Apex if you want a great deal on headers, plus they got them to me fast!! I ordered them Tues at 11:00 am and they were at the house friday at 1:00 pm!! Just saying!! The price was unbeatable too!! Tell Jesse sent you!!
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:10 AM   #22
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the only thing is i'm not mechanically inclined and dont want to mess things up trying to install them...
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:47 AM   #25
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Assuming you will be voiding the warranty, I'd say wait on the tune. Save your money and do headers and a tune at the same time. Do you really want to lose your warranty over a few HP? Might as well make it worth it. Some folks say they feel something with a ported throttle body, I noticed nothing.

If you have to do something now, intake and/or exhaust.
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