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Old 07-01-2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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Best three modifications about $500 each?

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I have a 2010 SS. I searched and and I think Im ready to start the modification. The air intake seems to be the first mod and I want to do all the work/install myself, but what are the best modifications and brand names about $500 each. Since

1) What brand of air intake and I want to keep my washer bottle in place. I read the air intake thread, but the runs didn't seem consistent or were on different test cars so I discounted the information.

2) throttle body and manifold.

3) What type of headers. I see stainless steel power (SSP) and stainless steel work. What's the difference? If the SSP rust out in two years, I don't want them, but they are priced cheap, but why?

I guess im asking you to list what three performance modifications you bought in or under the $500 range.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:07 AM   #2
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Here we go again.

Search! All info is on this same page. Just skroll down
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:28 AM   #3
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Or just buy the tsp headers. They're the best great price, thicker material, magma flow cats, off road pipes look like cats, polished stainless, available in 1 7/8" or 2", etc...
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:33 AM   #4
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FYI TSP is a sponsor that pays the bills around here, a search will show no problems with them and customer service is top notch for ~450 dollars!
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:35 AM   #5
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Headers, cai, tune! That's knocking on 50 rwhp gains with those 3 mods. An underdrive pulley is worth about another 7 or 8 rwhp.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:38 AM   #6
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If it was my car, I'd do the 1 7/8" TSP headers, ADM race intake with scoop, and get a tune. Not a handheld tune either... a tune using a wideband.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:55 PM   #7
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If it was my car, I'd do the 1 7/8" TSP headers, ADM race intake with scoop, and get a tune. Not a handheld tune either... a tune using a wideband.
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Stainless Works and Stainless Power are the same company and their headers are almost identical, the biggest difference is the Stainless Power headers are assembled over sea's and only come with a 2 year warranty vs a lifetime warranty. They are very nice headers, with great quality and fit.

As for the intake system, I'd recommend CAI, Roto-Fab or Airaid. All are great systems.

Once you do the headers, you will want a tune to follow as you will have a CEL for cat deficiency codes. These can be tuned out and you will also gain a bit more by dialing in the tune.

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I have the TSP 1 7/8 LT and put them on myself. Easy to install and great fit. No clearance issues what so ever. I also installed the ADM CAI with race scoop. Both are very well built and I don't have any complaints about either. You mix those with a Rhino79 tune and you will be more than happy with your car.
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I have the TSP 1 7/8 LT and put them on myself. Easy to install and great fit. No clearance issues what so ever. I also installed the ADM CAI with race scoop. Both are very well built and I don't have any complaints about either. You mix those with a Rhino79 tune and you will be more than happy with your car.
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Headers, cai, tune! That's knocking on 50 rwhp gains with those 3 mods. An underdrive pulley is worth about another 7 or 8 rwhp.
Im looking for the brand names recommended with prices to make my budget work.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:16 PM   #12
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What's a better header. TSP or stainless power headers?

I read kooks are great and wont throw a code for the cats, but they are out of my budget
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I personally like my TSP headers. At the end of the day in most cases headers are headers. I have no clearance issues with them all. If they made headers for my Nissan Titan I would buy TSP headers for it as well.
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If you go this route your going to need a tune to do it the right way.

You'll have plenty of money left over after a cold air intake, lt headers and a tune.
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I run the Stainless Power and the quality and fit are Great! And as you can see from my sig they perform very well also!
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Or just buy the tsp headers. They're the best great price, thicker material, magma flow cats, off road pipes look like cats, polished stainless, available in 1 7/8" or 2", etc...
Are the 2" still on back order?
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I must say I saw the rotofab piece this last week and what a work of art. impressed me over the CAI tbh
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What's a better header. TSP or stainless power headers?

I read kooks are great and wont throw a code for the cats, but they are out of my budget
Both good options. I'd say they are about equal. TSP a tad cheaper plus they don't charge any extra for 2inch vs 1 7/8.
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What's a better header. TSP or stainless power headers?

I read kooks are great and wont throw a code for the cats, but they are out of my budget
Just search this section for the brands you are considering. There are literally HUNDREDS of threads on headers and CAI's.
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for giggles:


"Smaller diameter pipes flow less volume than larger ones, but the exhaust in the smaller pipe flows faster. Until you reach the RPM where the sheer volume of exhaust gases require bigger primary tube diameters, smaller tubes will scavenge the cylinders more efficiently. If you're using the engine in the 1,500 to 3,500 RPM range, which is typical for a street-driven vehicle, you definitely want 1-1/2" to 1-5/8" primary tubes for any small block and 1-3/4" to 1-7/8" for a big block engine. Any bigger and you'll lose a considerable amount of low end torque. beyond 3,500 RPM it is a question of where you want the power peaks. As you can see from the charts on this page, small tube headers do not lose their edge in horsepower and torque until you exceed 5,500 RPM."
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^^^go home Wally your drunk !!
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Smaller diameter pipes flow less volume than larger ones, but the exhaust in the smaller pipe flows faster. Until you reach the RPM where the sheer volume of exhaust gases require bigger primary tube diameters, smaller tubes will scavenge the cylinders more efficiently. If you're using the engine in the 1,500 to 3,500 RPM range, which is typical for a street-driven vehicle, you definitely want 1-1/2" to 1-5/8" primary tubes for any small block and 1-3/4" to 1-7/8" for a big block engine. Any bigger and you'll lose a considerable amount of low end torque. beyond 3,500 RPM it is a question of where you want the power peaks. As you can see from the charts on this page, small tube headers do not lose their edge in horsepower and torque until you exceed 5,500 RPM.
Nice cut n paste. Where's the chart ?
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i copied it....

also if your running headers into a stock exhaust system, you may not be doing much.
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here ya go Mch:

http://www.sandersonheaders.com/Lets-Get-Technical.html
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Your still drunk there Wally!
The TEST engine is:

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First off its a big block old school with a weak azz compression ratio and it has measly 2.09 valves WE have 2.165 valves and a 1.60 exhaust and these Ls3 heads flow way more than those and these motors are more efficient.

Stop cutting and pasting with info you just read on the Internet.
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