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Old 05-30-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Can't decide on what mod

I have a completely stock 2011 SS M6 and can't wait to mod it so I'm going into my rainy day fund to buy parts. I'm planning on buying a Borla S-type catback exhaust but wanted to know if you guys think I should maybe go for the CAI first or possibly headers? I only have money for one. What would make a more noticeable difference and a better choice for my first mod?
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:24 PM   #2
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You will get more gains out of headers. Better sound and more hp
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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What is your budget? Do you care about warranty? What emmisions laws do you have to follow if any?
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:33 PM   #4
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Better sound and hp with stock exhaust still on?
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:34 PM   #5
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I care about warranty I just have 9000 miles, budget is around $1200, Texas emissions.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:41 PM   #6
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In that case, no headers :\ Not many noticable difference options with warranty in the way. CAI intakes have shown up to 18hp on a stock config. Maybe you can have the dealership install 3.91 gears? You would definitely feel those.
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I care about warranty I just have 9000 miles, budget is around $1200, Texas emissions.
Headers and warranties get dicey. Not tuning them should keep your warranty in tact. Should is not guaranteed. If you don't want to void your warranty I'm not the guy to take advice from. Sorry. Everything I know about voids your warranty
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:02 AM   #8
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I've been doing alot of research but haven't looked into gears. If I get different gears that give me more power won't that decrease my MPG? Also the other reason I'm leaning towards the exhaust rather then the CAI is that nice sound

Yeah I would like to wait another year before I do any tuning so I guess headers is out of the equation. I appreciate the help though!
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:17 AM   #9
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I've been doing alot of research but haven't looked into gears. If I get different gears that give me more power won't that decrease my MPG? Also the other reason I'm leaning towards the exhaust rather then the CAI is that nice sound

Yeah I would like to wait another year before I do any tuning so I guess headers is out of the equation. I appreciate the help though!
Depends on your daily driving route...If you do mostly city driving, the smaller gears can actually help to improve mpg. If you do more highway driving then smaller gears hurt mpg. Also, smaller gears will hurt dyno numbers slightly which is irrelevant, because they use torque multiplication to lay down more torque to the wheels. This cannot be read on a dyno, but it is there and anyone who has done gears will agree. Just an idea, glad to help
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:16 AM   #10
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Long tubes and a tune, warranty what warranty
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:27 AM   #11
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well I would do an exhaust first because its not the most hp increase but its the most noticeable mod by giving your car an aggressive sound and growl(depending on brand) and to tell you the truth with $1200 you can get a nice exhaust and a CAI, and then save money later for headers.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:38 AM   #12
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Budget is $1200? Easy. High Flows, CAI, and Axle back!
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:02 AM   #13
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What are long tubes? I've seen alot of people talking about them but I dont know what they are.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:04 AM   #14
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Out of all the exhausts I've researched and looked at I liked the Borla the best price I've seen for it is 1085.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:06 AM   #15
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FRSTR90 which high flows and axle back do you recommend for that price?
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What are long tubes? I've seen alot of people talking about them but I dont know what they are.
long tubes are headers but headers come in "shorties" (don't waste money on) and then theres long tube headers 1 7/8, 1 3/4, 2 etc (one of the best mods and hp/tq gains) used $600-900 new $1100-1800
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For that budget you could do a CAI and cat back.

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Budget is $1200? Easy. High Flows, CAI, and Axle back!
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If I go with Chase's idea I'll be about $250 over budget, but what's $250 when I'm spending it on my Camaro
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If I go with Chase's idea I'll be about $250 over budget, but what's $250 when I'm spending it on my Camaro
Talk to Chase about a package deal then...
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If your worried about warranty do not get high-flows as you would have to take them off to stock if need be going to the dealership

you can get a Cat back system and an intake for 1200 or instead of intake get the catback and lower the car
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I would recommend an exhaust system and a Cold air intake system. I can get you set up just a tad more than your $1200 budget or less depending on the intake/exhaust system you choose.

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In that case, no headers :\ Not many noticable difference options with warranty in the way. CAI intakes have shown up to 18hp on a stock config. Maybe you can have the dealership install 3.91 gears? You would definitely feel those.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:35 PM   #25
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Thanks for the help everyone! I ended up going with the Borla S catback and a Cold Air Inductions CAI. Just got the intake installed, man it makes a nice noticeable difference! Exhaust goes on tomorrow.

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