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Grand to spend on mods, what to do?

I haven't purchased the car yet, but am seriously considering either an '05 or '06 model --- I personally love the subtle styling combined with the massive power under the hood ... so working with a completely stock baseline and a grand to burn, what would you do? intake, tune, exhaust, suspension?
I'm personally a firm believer in building from the ground up, so if I were to dump it into suspension and drive train upgrades, what should I buy and why? Thanks in advance ...
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I would buy in this order:

1.) LPE CAI $239.95 (this has been a good mod for me)

2.) GMM Ripshift $299.99 ( I tried the B&M first, with 4- modifications to it and finally decided to get the GMM.... THE BEST MOVE YET for me.)

3.) Hotchkis Sway Bars $412.95 (This helped eliminate some fo my wheel hop, and the handling is much better. Some will recommend coil-overs or shocks but for now the sway's will give you most bang for the buck.... then after you get some miles on it, upgrade to the coilovers.)

4.) 160 Degree T-Stat $26.95 (I immedu=iately noticed the improvement, as I live in the high desert. depending on where you are located geographically this may or may not help you.)

Thats $979.84... Of course you can probably get some better prices if you shop around.

I would also look at a urethane bushing kit too... depending on your goals.

I am sure you will get some differing opinions here, some like the catback, headers, diablo tune or dyno tune, etc.

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Thanks LS2

maybe the board higher ups can sticky this thread for prospective buyers and 1st time modders ... and what about changing rear end gearing to account for future power gains?
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maybe the board higher ups can sticky this thread for prospective buyers and 1st time modders ... and what about changing rear end gearing to account for future power gains?
I would most certainly go with a 3:91 gear. It makes all the difference.
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LS2's suggestions are right on -- but I'd price out a swap of all the major fluids to synthetics. Transmission, brakes and differential. Makes a huge difference and is relatively cheap. That said, the first mod that came to my mind was tires. The BFGs from the factory keep the rims from sparking -- and that's about it.
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Dealernut, which brand, any links?

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I would most certainly go with a 3:91 gear. It makes all the difference.


Does Motive make a set for the new goat? I saw a set for the C5 vette for around $350 from Summit ...
http://store.summitracing.com/defaul...h.asp&N=401013
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Here is what I use and I think most here use.

http://www.difftechnics.com.au/?

Another option I would reccomend for the drive train
3'' Chromoly Driveshaft With Billet Yokes from BMR Fabrication

A one piece that also made a huge difference.
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BA, I like Royal Purple's stuff, good for goat?

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LS2's suggestions are right on -- but I'd price out a swap of all the major fluids to synthetics. Transmission, brakes and differential. Makes a huge difference and is relatively cheap. That said, the first mod that came to my mind was tires. The BFGs from the factory keep the rims from sparking -- and that's about it.

Aftermarket tires are usually an upgrade no matter the car, but let me torch the stock ones first ...
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Aftermarket tires are usually an upgrade no matter the car, but let me torch the stock ones first ...

that'll take about 2000 miles......


I'm not joking.
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Dealernut, this is getting expensive, lol

Another option I would reccomend for the drive train
3'' Chromoly Driveshaft With Billet Yokes from BMR Fabrication

A one piece that also made a huge difference.[/QUOTE]



I read about the weakness of the 2 piece drive shaft --- that's an expensive mod but definitely a good one for the future.
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