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Old 04-23-2013, 01:17 PM   #18
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Why not argue the exhaust is an appearance mod? Those garbage cans in the back look horrible. You get the extra benefit of making the car sound better, too. Other's will notice that as well.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:18 PM   #19
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:19 PM   #20
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do you place more emphasis on aesthetics or performance?
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:24 PM   #21
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I bought it for the looks. I had no idea I'd even be interested in performance...until after I started reading on this forum. I'm not taking it to the track or drag strip. I don't street race. I've done mostly cosmetic but I've been doing minor performance changes in tandem with cosmetics such as intake, TB, exhaust, headers (in the next couple weeks) tune (in a month or two).
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:33 PM   #22
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I say there is a balance with performance and presence, but IMHO performance takes priority over presence. No sense in having something looking fast when it is not fast (local ricers come to mind!).
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:39 PM   #23
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I did a cheap muffler delete just after I got my car to make it sound good. After that all my modds have been looks. I'm happy with the preformance for now. This is the fastest car I've personally own so I don't need faster right now. I've added hockey and hood stripes, a 3D Carbon body kit, aftermarket rims, and painted all the emblems. I did everything in flat black and painted the drums of the rims RJT to match the body. The car has never failed to turn heads and get comments.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:50 PM   #24
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tandam

First, you need to pick one way to spell TANDEM and go with it. (Hint: not your way)

Do order of importance. If a catchcan is on your list, do it first; then anything mechanical that would either prolong the life of your car, or give you a noticeable boost in power or MPG.

Then do the other stuff concurrently.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:59 PM   #25
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I went back-and-forth.....stripes then CAI then bowtie delete then TB then billet aluminum interior and exterior trim now LTs and a tune......next either muffler delete and/or catback. It's different for everyone depending on their wallet, time, and what is important to them. That'e what makes this site great; we all give each other new ideas.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:01 PM   #26
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Was having a debate with my wife last night and thought I would bring it to you lot.

I have a laundry list of mods I still want to do on the car. Some cosmetic (rockers, splitter etc) and some performance based (CAI, exhaust etc). Now, I am trying to do them simultaniously, a little here and a little there, but my wife asked, "If you don't intend to race, why wouldn't you do the cosmetic stuff first and make the car look the way you want before worrying about performance mods? People SEE those, no one will know about the performance mods except you?" I replied with, "The car speaks for itself visually, I am looking forward to the little extra performance, better sound in my exhaust note etc."

We went back and forth with this for a while. I still intend to do them both in tandum, but I am curious about you guys. Did or do you place more emphasis on aesthetics or performance? Hypothetically, would you prefer to have a BEAST running 9's that looked like crap (Not that any camaro could look like crap, this is hypothetical) or a showpiece that barely edges out a prius? (Again hyperbole used for effect lol)..
I prefer the beast that looks like shit running 9s
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #27
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LOl, I haven't talked to my wife for 15 years. I don't like to interrupt her.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:10 PM   #28
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:46 PM   #29
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Def gonna be a matter of preference but my stock exhaust didn't last 2 weeks after I got the car home. First mod IMO for the car to sound like it should.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:51 PM   #30
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I did both simultaneously. First was intake and exhauste, then splitter and hash marks, then it was headers, wires and catch can, then it was anvil spoiler and wheels, then rockers and a catch can. I like to have an even balance of both.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:53 PM   #31
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Performance is presence. The other crap is extra weight.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:57 PM   #32
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3500 miles, look at my sig.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:06 PM   #33
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3500 miles, look at my sig.
Man I've been living on this forum for past cpl wks and I soooo want to mod the ****! Out of my car. But I hate to mutilate it because I assure you that bitch would weigh no more than 3500lbs when is be finished. Which is why I may just buy a 1SS and strip it to nothing, install either an LS7 or an equivalent high reving torque monster,decent track pack and include some 3:91s in it then practice road racing as much as I can. But I also thought about buying a new style ford mustang stripped down to bare essentials and putting an LS7 in it with a 6spd. I KNOW this CAN be done! Seeing how it faired then.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:09 PM   #34
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Well my first mod was the exhaust (Only 2 days after picking it up!), then intake and drop. Looking at wheels now due to the recent warrant work I had (Replaced lifters) done makes me nervous about doing the cam, lt's, etc. until my 5/100K powertrain warranty is out. At that point I will be footing the bill anyway.
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