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Old 02-12-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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Engine Upgrade ??'s

I have an automatic V8 Camaro SS. I currently have dual Flowmaster 40's, resonator delete and Volant Intake. I want to make a list of the top add ons.
Looking for your guys opinions of these products and what brand/company.

Items:
Tune
Throttle body
Programmer
Cam

anything else you guys have. Staying away from supercharger and that stuff right now. Thanks for the help
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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Most of your list is widely dependent on what you want from your car. There's only 2 or 3 TB's so pick the one that you like. Tune and programmer is between you and your tuner. Cam is dependent on which route you want to go. Again, that should be between you and your tuner. Your best bet would be to spend some time here and search for the questions you have. Only you know what you want and how much $$ you want to spend.
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I would recommend starting with items like:

catch can
intake (check for weak MAF)
ported throttle body
scoop w/ washer tank relocation
LT headers

To see the full benefit of a cam and tune you need to make sure that you engine is able to breathe.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:28 AM   #4
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Axis is right. So why don't you start with a set of long tube headers, as far as brands IMHO depending on your budget there's TSP 1 7/8's or 2" primaries on the low end or Kooks on the high end. Maryland speed a sponsor here will usually have a good price with free shipping.

You can also install a cold air intake from rotofab because I'm not a fan of a long metal tube no matter how much they say its ceramic coated it will still heat soak. Bad thing is I don't think the vararam will fit your year.

Vmax is the TB to use it will give you better throttle response as well.

Get those three and your ready for a tune just make sure it's a reputable LSX tuner using HP or EFI tuning software.

Enjoy it this way for a while then when your ready for the bigger stuff just chime on in here.
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the cam really depends on if you are keeping your stock torque converter. if you are in to road racing keeping the stock converter and a mild cam is for you. mild cam so it doesnt push through the brakes at stoplights. i would get a custom grind cam while ditching the afm internals and a nice vvt cam and tune.

if you know you are staying n.a some head work would be clutch as well.
little, axis and chase pretty much hit all your other questions.

the throttle body port seems 50/50 on who you talk to.

like others have said get in touch with a tuner of your choice and talk through your options. while many people here know alot about ls engines (not me) most of us are hobbiests. best to talk to a trustworthy professional. if you are in glendora ca, ask in the california section who people have used
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That's how it started for me. A year later I was putting a supercharger on. Your screwed.
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air in and air out is always the place to start, properly tuned of course. No brainer you start there. CAI and long tubes
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air in and air out is always the place to start, properly tuned of course. No brainer you start there. CAI and long tubes
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I currently have an Intake. I keep hearing good things about Varrarm? But someone said above it may not fit my year?
Long tube headers are not legal in CA correct?
I have always been a fan of JBA shortys and think about high flow cats (if anyone knows let me know if that is legal in CA) thanks
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I currently have an Intake. I keep hearing good things about Varrarm? But someone said above it may not fit my year?
Long tube headers are not legal in CA correct?
I have always been a fan of JBA shortys and think about high flow cats (if anyone knows let me know if that is legal in CA) thanks
JBA shorties are 50 State legal in California and can make HUGE power of you add forced induction down the road. The mids are great and can be changed out for stock in 30 minutes or less for emissions.

This guy makes 619rwhp and has run 10.8 1/4 times with his JBA shorties.

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I have an automatic V8 Camaro SS. I currently have dual Flowmaster 40's, resonator delete and Volant Intake. I want to make a list of the top add ons.
Looking for your guys opinions of these products and what brand/company.

Items:
Tune
Throttle body
Programmer
Cam

anything else you guys have. Staying away from supercharger and that stuff right now. Thanks for the help
We could set you up w/ a ported tb and a custom cam along w/ all the needed components to delete your dod/vvt. If you would like some pricing and to discuss your goals so we could spec you out something to fulfill those needs please feel free to pm, email, or call us at the shop 480-359-5914
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Long tubes and a tune is the best bang for the buck.

Also you may consider a new torque converter or gears to add some fun to the mix.
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I currently have an Intake. I keep hearing good things about Varrarm? But someone said above it may not fit my year?
Long tube headers are not legal in CA correct?
I have always been a fan of JBA shortys and think about high flow cats (if anyone knows let me know if that is legal in CA) thanks
if you are going to do a cam, you gotta go long tube headers.

touching the cats at all is illegal BTW, so just go long tubes .
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if you are going to do a cam, you gotta go long tube headers.

touching the cats at all is illegal BTW, so just go long tubes .
i am always perplexed by the cafe stickered shorties that people get...then they put on cats that arent. might as well go longtubes they are both the same amount of illegal.
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i am always perplexed by the cafe stickered shorties that people get...then they put on cats that arent. might as well go longtubes they are both the same amount of illegal.


Difference is that mid-pipes take 20 minutes to change out for smog vs changing out the headers and mid-pipes if you have LT's.
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Difference is that mid-pipes take 20 minutes to change out for smog vs changing out the headers and mid-pipes if you have LT's.
headers shouldnt be more than a 45 minute job with a beer break. i still dont know how you plan on getting the oem cats on to the short tubes.
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headers shouldnt be more than a 45 minute job with a beer break. i still dont know how you plan on getting the oem cats on to the short tubes.
OEM cats-mids or JBA mids bolt up to the manifolds or shorty headers. See image attached.
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well i stand corrected. great photo
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