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Old 11-27-2010, 08:23 AM   #1
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Picked up new 2SS RS and looking for mods and advice

This is my first posting. My budget is approx $2500 and I want to add some rumble and HP to it. I am leaning toward CAI Intake, Headers and exhaust replacement. My problem is that I dont know much about headers (short, long, etc...) or exhaust (lots to choose from).

Am I on the right track to get this baby rumbling and to get more hp? Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 11-27-2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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Good start: headers will add some throatyness to it and HP and the catback will give you tone. Engines are air pumps so the more air in and out the more power you make.
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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My opinion, if your gonna do headers, go for the longtubes. Stainless longtube headers and exhaust are gonna cost around 2 thousand. I just put a Kooks full exhaust on and it was around $2,500. If you do the longtubes, the car will kick a check engine lite on. Then you will want to get a computer tune done to get rid of the lite and to tune the computer for the headers, so you get the full advantage of the headers. The tune that I got cost me about $400.00. But well worth it to me. Car sounds awesome, and you can definately feel the difference.

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Old 11-27-2010, 11:00 AM   #4
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Definitely go with longtubes
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:14 AM   #5
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This is always thrown out on this site when longtubes are discussed. They could void your engine warranty. On the other hand you could add cat-backs and just void your exhaust warranty from what I have read in many threads. BUT if you don't really care about an engine warranty do the longtubes. my2

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Old 11-27-2010, 11:45 AM   #6

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Before I installed my S/C I had Kooks LT headers, hi-flow cats that mounted to the OEM mid pipe cost $1300. CAI cost $400. SLP axle back cost $350. A dyno tune $400. Ported intake. That gave me 414/rwhp. That would be around $2500.
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Old 11-27-2010, 12:12 PM   #7
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Congrats and welcome! With a $2500 budget a full header back exhaust and CAI are definitely within reach. We always recommend a tune when you add long tube headers and that would probably put you a little over and compromise your drive train warranty. An aggressive cat back and CAI package like the one below would run about $1300 leaving you plenty of cash to play with and not mess with your warranty. Feel free to PM me with any questions.

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Old 11-29-2010, 09:38 AM   #8
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Longtube headers and catback are a great way to get added performance and rumble. We used the 3" complete setup from JBA.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:47 AM   #9

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You can keep your warranty and add rumble by cutting off your mufflers for around $90 and add a nice CAI for around $400. Headers will run an additional $600 - $1300 depending on with or without Cat and brand. Just a note though with stock exhaust and Long Tube Headers your car will be LOUD. I am running LTs with muffler delete and no cats right now, I love it but alot of people around me don't when I get on it.

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Old 11-29-2010, 06:20 PM   #10

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  • LTs
  • HF Cats
  • CAI
  • Tune
  • Shifter
  • Bushings

Skip the Catback, 0 Horsepower. LTs + Cats sound great with stock exhaust and no drone. (IMO)

Later down the road if you really want louder get the Catback. Meanwhile enjoy the speed.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:35 PM   #11
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Before you mod anything..... the first question would be

"Do you want to keep your powertrain warranty?"

That answer to that will better serve what direction to take.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:37 PM   #12
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i'm going with ARH full header/exhaust pkg - ARH 2010 Camaro V8 LongTube 1-7/8 Header Xpipe Cats and Full Muffler System Package, ARHFULL2010178C, check it out @ still trying to choose a CAI. that Vararam looks great, also like R2C's filter(though not as much power)
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