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Old 05-02-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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If you had $1500 to blow on a stock ZL1

If your ZL1 is stock, or if it's not stock go back to when it was in your mind for a second, what would you do to it for
$1000-$1500
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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A set of long tube headers, an intake and a pulley go a loooong way on a ZL1. I'd start there.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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A set of long tube headers, an intake and a pulley go a loooong way on a ZL1. I'd start there.
I agree 100%, but I believe that be more then $1,5000... A tune will be needed as well
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i agree as above but since thats way more than 1500$ i would say roto fab intake roughly 400$ and drag radials roughly 800$ which puts you around 1200$ then use the rest for gas since with those 2 things your foot is gonna be pushing that gas pedal just to hear the supercharger whine and tires squeal
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:08 PM   #5
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If your ZL1 is stock, or if it's not stock go back to when it was in your mind for a second, what would you do to it for
$1000-$1500
this is a no brainer

1. Intake (rotofab for me $399)
2. pulley (I did lower some do upper) $565 for me
3. tune ($399 for me from jannety)
4. could do LS7 TB as well I think. $130 on amazon

headers are a great idea a well but nice sets are too much to pull off on this kind of budget and they require tuning as well. those are on my list next but coated stainless powers are going to nail me ~$950
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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this is a no brainer

1. Intake (rotofab for me $399)
2. pulley (I did lower some do upper) $565 for me
3. tune ($399 for me from jannety)
4. could do LS7 TB as well I think. $130 on amazon

headers are a great idea a well but nice sets are too much to pull off on this kind of budget and they require tuning as well. those are on my list next but coated stainless powers are going to nail me ~$950
Ding Ding Ding.... (ADM intake for me)
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:22 PM   #7
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this is a no brainer

1. Intake (rotofab for me $399)
2. pulley (I did lower some do upper) $565 for me
3. tune ($399 for me from jannety)
4. could do LS7 TB as well I think. $130 on amazon

headers are a great idea a well but nice sets are too much to pull off on this kind of budget and they require tuning as well. those are on my list next but coated stainless powers are going to nail me ~$950

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #8
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I like these ideas but I'm trying my hardest to avoid any tunes because I want to keep my warranty.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:42 PM   #9
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If your ZL1 is stock, or if it's not stock go back to when it was in your mind for a second, what would you do to it for
$1000-$1500
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:47 PM   #10
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Audio upgrade or cold air intake
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:07 PM   #11
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I went with RotoFab and Solo HF cats & QTP cut outs.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:15 PM   #12
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Paint Protection Film ASAP!
Rock guards
For me, keeping it looking new as long as possible was first priority. It's already a blast to drive!
After that, then I'd go Roto-Fab
Any dealer accessories you might want like premium ZL1 floor mats or center console lid.

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:21 PM   #13
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Here's my route. Probably going to be a little more than $1500. I do not want to change the calibration.

1.) Data logger with wide band O2 sensor. I want to install this first and collect some data on the car in stock form.

2.) Rotofab CAI. Once installed will log more data and compare to stock.

3.) 5% Crank pulley for s/c over-drive. Log more data to check fueling and IATs. Hopefully these injectors will flow enough. Based on what others have done, I believe this will all work on the factory calibration but I am going to monitor it closely.
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A set of long tube headers, an intake and a pulley go a loooong way on a ZL1. I'd start there.
Depends if the OP wants to keep his warranty or not
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Depends if the OP wants to keep his warranty or not
I got long tube tube headers and it did not void my warranty
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #16
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #17
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Depends if the OP wants to keep his warranty or not
For the purposes of this thread I made no conditions. So I like all the answers so far and hence the problem of choosing, and wisely at that

I am on a budget right now. Things will open up for me in 6 months or so. But summer is coming and it is the season, and maybe allegedly I may have been bested by a 5.0 mustang claiming to be stock at the strip, and if that had happened maybe I'd be pissed off enough about it to want give myself a little oomph. You know, find my balls and put them in my sack.

But I left the thread open for interpretation because I was hoping people would bring paint, audio, protection and all that stuff too. Its fun to talk about.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:57 PM   #18
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I would get a Cat delete. I am not sure the laws in Alabama, but I know some people put straight pipes inside the cats to keep them looking OEM over HF cats. Then I would add something cosmetic on the outside such as new fog lights/running lights or hash marks. To keep it from looking stock.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:59 PM   #19
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:46 PM   #20
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For the purposes of this thread I made no conditions. So I like all the answers so far and hence the problem of choosing, and wisely at that

I am on a budget right now. Things will open up for me in 6 months or so. But summer is coming and it is the season, and maybe allegedly I may have been bested by a 5.0 mustang claiming to be stock at the strip, and if that had happened maybe I'd be pissed off enough about it to want give myself a little oomph. You know, find my balls and put them in my sack.

But I left the thread open for interpretation because I was hoping people would bring paint, audio, protection and all that stuff too. Its fun to talk about.
Well if you want to drag and be consistent i would consider wheels and drag radials. Traction is your friend. It got me a good 1/2 sec in my SS being able to launch it harder. Then depending on what you buy, you should be able to afford a roto-fab.

If drag radials aren't in your scope, then Roto-fab, pulley and tune.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:22 PM   #21
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I see people with all sorts of different priorities. I don't race.
I've spent that much on tint, rust-proofing, sound-proofing and rock guards.
If I had another 1,500 I'd START on upgrading the Stereo.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:46 PM   #22
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3. Window Tint
4. Fantom side markers
5. Carbon fiber bow ties
6. Smoke tail lights
7. Satin black the tailight bezels
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:04 AM   #23
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I would say a pair of drag radials. My strip times bettered by over a second. Plus no worries about your warranty. I don't think I would have admitted to being beat by a stock 5.0 lol. Good luck with your balls!
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:29 AM   #24
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For the purposes of this thread I made no conditions. So I like all the answers so far and hence the problem of choosing, and wisely at that

I am on a budget right now. Things will open up for me in 6 months or so. But summer is coming and it is the season, and maybe allegedly I may have been bested by a 5.0 mustang claiming to be stock at the strip, and if that had happened maybe I'd be pissed off enough about it to want give myself a little oomph. You know, find my balls and put them in my sack.

But I left the thread open for interpretation because I was hoping people would bring paint, audio, protection and all that stuff too. Its fun to talk about.
I had a 5.0 that was supposedly stock take me last year to, I saw his hood open later and saw a big CAI, then a lap top on his passengers seat that was plugged into the car lol. If I were you I'd spend the money on a roto fab CAI and a set of either nitto nt05R drag radials or Mickey thompsons. The biggest problem I had last year was traction. The mustang doesn't make near the torque the ZL1 does. The drag radials and CAI should get you into the low low 12's, i've never seen times that low for a 5.0, unless its supercharged. The tires would run you about 1150 ( that's what I paid for Nitto's) and the roto fab for 400 unless you get the carbon fibre look which is 550. Adding more power until you can harness the beast won't do you much good.
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