I was looking for performance parts for my new GTO today and I came to the Lingenfelter page. They offer these various packages that you can get on your car to make the handling better, or increase horsepower/torque. Has anyone tried any of these?
MotorTrend did a review of some of them on a 2004, here's the link if you haven't read it already:
I'd love to get one of the handling packages for now and then go for one of the power packages in a few months (probably not the $17000 one, so don't get your hopes up of a review from ME haha). The handling package is $1800 according to MT, that's a pretty good price considering all the stuff they add, plus the 2-year 24k mile warranty. Their products are great to begin with and they stand behind them. I have a friend who has almost everything they offer for his vette, he's spent far more at lingenfelter than he did on the car to begin with...on the order of 2-3x more!
If anybody has tried any of these, I'd really like to know what you think of them (power, handling or braking packages). Has anyone tried the Harrop Engineering 6-speed short-throw shifter that lingenfelter sells? Is it as good as the GMM? I can't seem to find the GMM anywhere, I guess you guys are buying every one of 'em you can get your hands on. After 4 days, I'm ready for a better shift, I don't really like the feeling of shifting through silly puddy.
I also have a kind of off-the-wall question...
There are some vehicles out there where you are NOT supposed to skip gears when you're using the manual transmission. Is it ok to do that (I realize CAGS forces you to, but I mean in other situations)? I usually go directly from 4th to 6th when I pass someone and skip 5th altogether unless I feel I need it...which is very rare so far.
Also, do you guys go all the way down into 3rd if you need to pass someone who's going between 45-50 (and you need to get around 'em QUICKLY) or do you stick with 4th and wait for the revs to get up there to produce the power? If they're doing 55, I find that 4th is ok, however, much slower than that and if there's oncoming traffic (at a safe distance of course) I don't quite get the acceleration I want. I think I may just be overdue for that roots/twin-screw supercharger. After all, I've had the car for FOUR days already...I'm slacking!
Thanks in advance for your replies.