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Old 02-16-2011, 10:43 AM   #51
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You build thread just needs............TO BE HOSED!!!!!


And I was just reading your build thread. Looks like it could use some red in it...way too much green going on in there...
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So, I spent about 4 hours over at Vararam today with Steve and Patrick. Thanks for the opportunity to help out here and get this intake into the hands of the V6 crowd.

First off, I've got to applaud Patrick. Dude knows his stuff!

A few different setups were tested out on my car to see if any changes would be needed from the design they've put together based on the auto V6 (which if I remember correctly, has about 28k test miles on it). Patrick was really trying to find that sweet spot where things ran just right, while looking to see if any improvements could be made for the manual V6. At the moment, I've got a unit on my car that he wants to make a few minor tweaks to, both in the design and fit. When I left he was already planning on getting started so we could get the updated unit installed ASAP.

My impressions of the one I've got at the moment...

Definite improvement in throttle response and performance, especially mid-upper RPM range. Can't wait to see what the next unit is like because Patrick said the unit on the car right now is leaving some gains on the table and he should be able to get those as well with the new unit. No check engine lights and engine runs as smooth as stock.

Dyno? Not today. My butt dyno says there are definite gains already and, after 26k+ miles with this car, I'd say my dyno's pretty well calibrated. We'll arrange an official dyno session once the updated unit is in.

Installation? Looks to be super easy. Almost took longer to get the stock unit out than it did to put the new one in.

Design? A bit different than the one used for the SS. As you'll see in the pics below, there are a few basic design elements that are used here. First the filter housing seals against the underside of the hood. Second, there is a lower piece that extends down between the radiator and core support to catch and force incoming air directly into the filter. I like that the filter element is actually exposed when you open the hood so you can easily check the condition of it.

Looking forward to the updated unit and getting some dyno results. One thing I did notice on my drive to the office this afternoon was that my pure freeway mpgs (60-70mph) were up around 32.5-33mpg. Typically for this 15 mile stretch of road at those speeds, I'd be looking at 28.5mpg or so. Definitely plus, especially in light of the performance gains.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:29 PM   #53
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Just a few pics of the radiator and how the Vararam intake sits. This is mostly for reference for those that are concerned with how the radiator is held in place.
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:37 PM   #54
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Well, after nearly 14k miles of no problems on my second AY6 (now at @27.7k miles), it happened again. No bind, just a horrible grinding sound going from 1st to 2nd. Light changed and I ran it up to about 6k in 1st, hit the clutch and tried 2nd...GRIND...awe $#!+, what the hell...quick double check - yep, the clutch is all the way in..tried 2nd again...GRIND! SOB!

I sure hope GM finds a suitable replacement soon for this POS excuse for a performance transmission....
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So, I spent about 4 hours over at Vararam today with Steve and Patrick. Thanks for the opportunity to help out here and get this intake into the hands of the V6 crowd.

First off, I've got to applaud Patrick. Dude knows his stuff!

A few different setups were tested out on my car to see if any changes would be needed from the design they've put together based on the auto V6 (which if I remember correctly, has about 28k test miles on it). Patrick was really trying to find that sweet spot where things ran just right, while looking to see if any improvements could be made for the manual V6. At the moment, I've got a unit on my car that he wants to make a few minor tweaks to, both in the design and fit. When I left he was already planning on getting started so we could get the updated unit installed ASAP.

My impressions of the one I've got at the moment...

Definite improvement in throttle response and performance, especially mid-upper RPM range. Can't wait to see what the next unit is like because Patrick said the unit on the car right now is leaving some gains on the table and he should be able to get those as well with the new unit. No check engine lights and engine runs as smooth as stock.

Dyno? Not today. My butt dyno says there are definite gains already and, after 26k+ miles with this car, I'd say my dyno's pretty well calibrated. We'll arrange an official dyno session once the updated unit is in.

Installation? Looks to be super easy. Almost took longer to get the stock unit out than it did to put the new one in.

Design? A bit different than the one used for the SS. As you'll see in the pics below, there are a few basic design elements that are used here. First the filter housing seals against the underside of the hood. Second, there is a lower piece that extends down between the radiator and core support to catch and force incoming air directly into the filter. I like that the filter element is actually exposed when you open the hood so you can easily check the condition of it.

Looking forward to the updated unit and getting some dyno results. One thing I did notice on my drive to the office this afternoon was that my pure freeway mpgs (60-70mph) were up around 32.5-33mpg. Typically for this 15 mile stretch of road at those speeds, I'd be looking at 28.5mpg or so. Definitely plus, especially in light of the performance gains.
Bro, That VR looks killer, with one exception, you were just slaying on Da Poser, and then you go and stick that silly green filter in there... I think Hoser got loose in the filter factory... nothing is sacred to him at all...
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Well, after nearly 14k miles of no problems on my second AY6 (now at @27.7k miles), it happened again. No bind, just a horrible grinding sound going from 1st to 2nd. Light changed and I ran it up to about 6k in 1st, hit the clutch and tried 2nd...GRIND...awe $#!+, what the hell...quick double check - yep, the clutch is all the way in..tried 2nd again...GRIND! SOB!

I sure hope GM finds a suitable replacement soon for this POS excuse for a performance transmission....
Ouch, Bro, get em on it, we got four weeks...
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:18 PM   #57
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Bro, That VR looks killer, with one exception, you were just slaying on Da Poser, and then you go and stick that silly green filter in there... I think Hoser got loose in the filter factory... nothing is sacred to him at all...
Yeah, but I can close the hood and all that green just goes away, unlike DaHose's car...
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Yeah, but I can close the hood and all that green just goes away, unlike DaHose's car...
He is so much the poser, I bet you can smoke him, he probably doesn't even have a motor in that car, he just drags it around on a trailer and hides the truck before anyone else shows up...
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Sometimes it's good to be the test car....Vararam's V6 intake is f'ing awesome!

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Sometimes it's good to be the test car....Vararam's V6 intake is f'ing awesome!
Bro, Those are some awesome numbers... I talked with Tran and he is willing to change your user name...


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Bro, Those are some awesome numbers... I talked with Tran and he is willing to change your user name...


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Just a few pics of the radiator and how the Vararam intake sits. This is mostly for reference for those that are concerned with how the radiator is held in place.
What is the part that you cut & what does it hold?
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What is the part that you cut & what does it hold?
The part I cut is one of the upper radiator support brackets that is bolted to the core support. Vararam has since revised the intake design to make this modification of the bracket no longer necessary.
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Out having a bit of fun now that I've crossed over the 36k mile barrier...bye bye bumper to bumper warranty.

This was done for the V6 guys, now that I've got the final version of the Vararam air intake on the car....

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Outstanding... nice looking unit too... I did some testing w/ Patrick on the v8 ones... he is a wealth of information that's for sure.

Vararam has also donated one for our Kemah Auto show...
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Outstanding... nice looking unit too... I did some testing w/ Patrick on the v8 ones... he is a wealth of information that's for sure.

Vararam has also donated one for our Kemah Auto show...
Patrick has probably forgotten more about mechanical engineering and aerodynamics than I'll ever know. He's definitely got a brain for doing this kind of work.

I definitely appreciate Vararam's donation to the Kemah show.
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Guess it is about time to close out this particular build journal...41623 miles later...


I've lost my mind and decided to trade in my 2010 1LT/RS for a new 2011 2SS/RS in Synergy Green.

I've been thinking about this for a while and finally did it before I could no longer buy a new SS in SGM.

I'm sure I'm going to miss my V6 but my concerns with the Aisin AY6 manual transmission's long term durability and relatively limited availability of good performance parts for the LLT were pretty strong driving factors in my decision. I still think the LT/RS with a manual trans is the best balanced all around option out there for daily drivers. Unfortunately, based on my track record, a V8/AT combo usually does well with my driving habits and easily keeps going for 200k miles or more if I take care of it right.

I'm glad I was able to help out in getting the Vararam V6 intake into the hands of fellow V6-ers. It truly was a fun process working with the guys at Vararam as they brought this intake to the market. Guess I'll need to pack up the couple of VR intakes that I have and see if I can make a deal with them for a V8 intake.

Dang!!! Just realized that I'm back to square one and will have to spend months researching new exhaust systems, intakes, and other bolt ons for the SS - I've completely ignored them for the past 2 years...

Off to greener pastures and I'll be back with a new build journal for the new SS...

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