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Old 06-15-2009, 10:16 AM   #1
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ZZ Motorsports / Vector Motorsports - LS3 Build

ZZ Motorsports is finally beginning tuning, a cam install, and a CAI install this week. We will also have the 160 thermostat from SLP installed, a ported Throttle Body, and will be porting the stock intake manifold.

Vector Motorsports just outside Detroit, Michigan will be doing the installation and tuning!!

So we wanted to provide you all with some updates as the process goes along.

I will coninue to update this first post with new info and pictures so please check back often!!! I should have plenty of pictures and dyno graphs for everybody at the end of this week!!!

Friday June 12th:

We left the car at Vector Motorsports in Detroit Michigan (Sorry about the Red Wings !! GO PENS!!)to be base-lined and tuned for the ARH headers that we installed earlier. These guys are all top-notch and there work is impeccable. I trust them with my car and I would recommend them to anybody looking for a quality shop with great prices, and kind people.

Vector uses a Mustang Dyno so the numbers will always seem lower, but I do plan to get dynojet numbers in the future (Mustang Dyno will be around 8% lower than Dynojet).

The first base-line run produced 379 RWHP with no tuning, just the header system.
Once tuned for the Long-tubes we made 391.6 RWHP and 381.1 RWTQ, but ran into problems due to cheap gas we had put in on the long trip there!!!
FYI Valero's 93 Octane SUCKS!

...and remember for now it has cheap gas...which we will be replacing before the next run.



Monday June 15th:

The real Work has begun.
You can see in this engine photo, that the front of the motor is disassembled, and the heads are also just about finished. It is time for the cam and springs!!!

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Old 06-15-2009, 10:17 AM   #2
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Tuesday June 16th:

The engine is all buttoned up, and will be running this afternoon!! One thing which you can see in the above pictures, and which was replaced....is that our cars have the OLD style chain tensioner! If you get into a cam swap, you MUST change that piece! Cam swaps done on the G8 w/o changing that piece have nearly a 50% fail rate...and for 20 bucks, you are good to go. Just a heads up to anybody who wants to do it the right way.

I hope to get some pictures up for you all this evening...Also still working on the exhaust upgrade, GM screwed us with these goofy mufflers.

The stage II cam is installed, and the car is running. It was taken for a brief test-drive and it idles and drove extremely well. Way to go guys at Vector Motorsports !!

Video of the cam at idle....this is still with the factory mufflers, not fully tuned, just enough to idle, and test drive to make sure all is working properly.



Wednesday June 17th:

After a slight delay due to shipping....The new LS3 throttle Body arrived from Jantzer Performance, and the new Cold Air Intake also arrived.

They are both on the car right now, and are being tested.

We have also decided to move ahead and alter the exhaust to a full 3 inch system with new mufflers. The final choice of mufflers will not be made until we get under the car, and see what fits best and what sounds best...we even have a couple resonators on standby if we need to get rid of some "raspy" sounds.

Also going to be testing the prototype Roto-Fab intake....should be awesome, and we will see these hit the market in a few weeks!!

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Old 06-15-2009, 10:17 AM   #3
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As of Friday the 19th....

The car has made it home. I am working on putting all of the info/pics/videos together so that everybody can enjoy this.
The car is amazing ,and Vector Motorsports made it happen.

The car got 23.6 MPG on the 5 hour ride home, it sounded amazing, and is noticeably more powerful across the powerband...

More info etc... to come ASAP!!! You will not be disappointed

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Old 06-15-2009, 11:12 AM   #4
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Final power numbers after tuning where 391.6 RWHP. and 381.1 RWTQ.
The gas in the car dosen't seem to be working in our favor, but this problem will be corrected before final tuning.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:00 PM   #5
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Which cam are you installing???
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:02 PM   #6
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Which cam are you installing???
The cam is custom spec by Vector Motorsports. I am sure Steve from Vector could chime in with some more info!!! It is slightly more aggressive than they use in the their G8 builds...but will be very streetable, and still make a good power increase. It also is getting upgraded pushrods and springs to go with it.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:43 PM   #7
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This is entirely off-topic, but I couldn't resist while looking into the engine bay at that angle... where the hell is the Camaro's horn?
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:18 AM   #8
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Which cam are you installing???
Its our stage 2 Proprietary Cam. Look for a package to be released later this month. We will have a press release with details.
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:14 PM   #9
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Bump!! Updated with Video!
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:19 PM   #10
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Bump!! Updated with Video!
Nice .. now complete that tune and lets hear it on the dyno and on the road

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Old 06-16-2009, 02:46 PM   #11
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Think I missed something, what all has been done to the car from stock to present?

Headers, cat-back, cam, valves, valve springs, tensioner, ported throttle body, intake and anything else?
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:47 PM   #12
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Vector Motorsports has custom tunes with many options talored to your needs and the customer service is top notch, check my sig. They make cars go fast, period !!!
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:02 PM   #13
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Think I missed something, what all has been done to the car from stock to present?

Headers, cat-back, cam, valves, valve springs, tensioner, ported throttle body, intake and anything else?
What you see in the video is....
ARH Long tubes, cats, X-pipe
Vector Motorsports Stage II Cam, Valve Springs, Pushrods
Upgraded Chain tensioner
SLP 160 Termostat
Factory Mufflers
Factory Throttle Body
Factory Air Intake

The Throttle Body and air intake are next to go.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:15 PM   #14
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The numbers are in!
Stage 2 cam
roto-fab CAI
1 7/8 headers w/cats
stock mufflers
Ported Intake and TB

Gains @ 3000 rpms 33tq 18hp
Gains @ 3500 rpms 62tq 41hp
Gains @ 4000 rpms 51tq 39 hp
Gains @ 4500 rpms 57tq 48hp
Gains @ 5000 rpms 60tq 57 hp
Gains @ 5500 rpms 74tq 78hp
Gains @ 6000 rpms 78tq 88hp
Gains @ 6500 rpms 84tq 106hp!!!
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:31 PM   #15
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:40 PM   #16
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It is good to see those couple of mods give you 100whp. What are the spec of the cam?
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:27 PM   #17
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nice gains!! no pulley yet??
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:21 AM   #18
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No pulleys...Only holding off because of plans for this winter!!!

Many updates to come on thsi project it is now complete and we will be posting all the the info and pics/videos we possibly can!!

I drove this car 5 hours on the way home today and it was AMAZING!! I got 23.6 MPG average on the way across Ohio today!! Not to mention that it sounds amazing too!!

More info to come!
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Old 06-21-2009, 12:04 AM   #19
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Muffler Suggestion

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Tuesday June 16th:

.....Also still working on the exhaust upgrade, GM screwed us with these goofy mufflers.

.....We have also decided to move ahead and alter the exhaust to a full 3 inch system with new mufflers. The final choice of mufflers will not be made until we get under the car, and see what fits best and what sounds best...we even have a couple resonators on standby if we need to get rid of some "raspy" sounds.
Hey ZZ!! I'm leaning towards your ARH 1.875" by 3" catted system & SLP PowerFlo 3" axle back for my exhaust package. In your quest to replace your stock mufflers, I hope you consider "testing" this package as I would like to see what it takes to mate this combo together. If you could PM me with price and details for this setup I would appreciate it. Thanks ~ Rick
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:53 AM   #20
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Those are some really nice gains. What's the price point on this system?
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If you dont mind me asking, how much was it for the itemized part list and for the tune. Living close to vector makes it pretty convenient.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:00 AM   #23
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The price on our Stage 2 package will be 4950.00 Installed and tuned.
Stage 2 Package will include,
Billet core Stage 2 cam
Psi valve springs
Comp push rods
Roto-Fab CAI
1 3/4 kooks headers (your choice of cat or offroad x pipe)

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Old 06-22-2009, 12:38 PM   #24
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Update! Update! Update!

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