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I have been reading a number of threads on the best mods for the C5. I don't want to sound like a pansy here, but I think mods only serve to screw up your Vette if one is not very careful.

That said, I am not criticising anyone who makes mods to increase power, but I just like to know from folks far smarter than I am on this subject what the best mods to make are if you are only looking to overcome some of the built in shortcomings of the C5 without radically changing the vehicle. I am not really looking to race or drive competitively, nor am I looking to keep up with the Jones'. I just want a good 320hp rwhp (which I don't think I am getting).

I think going to a blackwing, a high flow air duct w/a straight hose along with the Corsa already on my car would be just enough. Any thoughts?
 

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If you are looking to keep it simple then I think you are on the right path. The only thing you may want to consider adding to your combination is a set of Longtube Headers.
 

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Your coupe with the blackwing and corsas along with a tune will get you to the 320-330 or a tad more rwhp nicely, It will be anoticable difference
 

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Vortex Rammer?

Thanks for the advice I have gotten so far, very good information! I just checked out WCC (I bought a lot of esthetic parts from them) and I am considering a Vortex Rammer. Anyone know how well this system works? Anyone have one in their Vette?
 

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I have been reading a number of threads on the best mods for the C5. I don't want to sound like a pansy here, but I think mods only serve to screw up your Vette if one is not very careful.

That said, I am not criticising anyone who makes mods to increase power, but I just like to know from folks far smarter than I am on this subject what the best mods to make are if you are only looking to overcome some of the built in shortcomings of the C5 without radically changing the vehicle. I am not really looking to race or drive competitively, nor am I looking to keep up with the Jones'. I just want a good 320hp rwhp (which I don't think I am getting).

I think going to a blackwing, a high flow air duct w/a straight hose along with the Corsa already on my car would be just enough. Any thoughts?
So what do you think is going to happen to your vette if you put some more aggressive mods in? If your NOT going to drive competively why bother at all? I have yet to have any problems or codes show up from all the mods I have installed, heads, cam, and much more. Like they said, with a custom tune you will get 330 rwhp with out the air intake mod.
 

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01TexasC5,
Thanks, that is just kind of feedback I was hoping to get with my question. To answer yours, I guess it would just be nice to have good power and realize the best potential of my car without running the risk of voiding my warranty (I have an extended one w/GM) or really spending a lot of cash to make upgrades I would never really use (for fear of getting a boatload of speeding tickets).

I have heard more than once about having a tune done, I live in Copperas Cove, TX (near Fort Hood where I am stationed with the 1st Cav) where is a good place to have that done when I get back from Iraq?
 

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i have the vararam on my car and am very impressed with it. i also installed dynotech headers, x pipe, hi flow cats, and tri flo exhaust sounds great runs great and 370 rwhp. imho if you're going to in crease the air goiong in, go all the way, do it right, go for the whole package like i did.:partyon:
 

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"Gary Owen". Best thing to remember is to make it look nice and make it fast!Making it look nice, is a good color scheme in the engine bay but not to much so it looks crowded. When you open that hood, you want eyes to pop. I get a charge when I open the hood on mine and I hear wow look at this. Its also fun to show it. As much as busting a Mustang thru 1/4.
Take care over there bro! Come back safe.

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"Gary Owen". Best thing to remember is to make it look nice and make it fast!Making it look nice, is a good color scheme in the engine bay but not to much so it looks crowded. When you open that hood, you want eyes to pop. I get a charge when I open the hood on mine and I hear wow look at this. Its also fun to show it. As much as busting a Mustang thru 1/4.
Take care over there bro! Come back safe.

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Thanks bro, I think I am tracking on what I need to do thanks to all the advice the I have received on the forum, so I thank everyone for their input so far. I will definitely be changing the headers and add high-flow cats and an x-pipe to the Corsa exhaust already on the vehicle. I don't feel to comfortable with installing a Vararam or an Vortex Rammer right now but I do plan to add a modified air box cover, cold air screens, and a high-flow air duct. I don't know what kind of hp gains all that will yield, but I am not so much concerned with adding to much power anyway.
 

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once you start there is no turning back

Ive built my car like johnny cash one peice at a time.. It gets addiciting. you keep telling yourself just one more part and im done. well they never are done. When I had mine ls1edited. they really made a difference. Now I already had a few mods on it but they can change your fuel mixture and shifting points. Id try that out. Im on the east coast I take mine to the Vette Doctors for fine tuning. All that matters is that you have fun while doing it.. People tell me all the time what I should do to my car next you know where I tell them to go... Buy your own if you want to build one. This toys mine hands off... Thanks for your service to this country get home safe. And dont be afraid to put the pedal down...:cheers:
 

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I know you have some concerns about your warranty. On that note, always keep in mind that if you have a failure, they can't deny your warranty claim unless the modifications you have done result in the failure. Obviously, if they see drag slicks and a N2O system on your car, they probably won't replace your clutch under warranty. But, if you have some mild bolt-on parts, I can't imagine you would have warranty trouble with anything. They would have a hard time deny a claim on your radio (for instance) because you added a nice exhaust.
Have fun and keep us posted on what you add.
 

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I know you have some concerns about your warranty. On that note, always keep in mind that if you have a failure, they can't deny your warranty claim unless the modifications you have done result in the failure. Obviously, if they see drag slicks and a N2O system on your car, they probably won't replace your clutch under warranty. But, if you have some mild bolt-on parts, I can't imagine you would have warranty trouble with anything. They would have a hard time deny a claim on your radio (for instance) because you added a nice exhaust.
Have fun and keep us posted on what you add.
Thanks for the info about the warranty, I will keep that very much in mind upon my return to the "Land of the Big PX" :laughing: Like I said, I just want a modest rwhp gain and thanks to the you all on the forum here, I am getting some great ideas to kick around for the next 8 months till I get back. So once again, thanks to you all and keep the ideas coming (it helps to take my mind off of this place for a few moments :D ).
 

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I have been reading a number of threads on the best mods for the C5. I don't want to sound like a pansy here, but I think mods only serve to screw up your Vette if one is not very careful.

That said, I am not criticising anyone who makes mods to increase power, but I just like to know from folks far smarter than I am on this subject what the best mods to make are if you are only looking to overcome some of the built in shortcomings of the C5 without radically changing the vehicle. I am not really looking to race or drive competitively, nor am I looking to keep up with the Jones'. I just want a good 320hp rwhp (which I don't think I am getting).

I think going to a blackwing, a high flow air duct w/a straight hose along with the Corsa already on my car would be just enough. Any thoughts?
Is this a MN6 or an A4 Corvette?
 

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Please define "too much"...:smokin:



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Please define "too much"...:smokin:



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I define "too much" as mods that might make your car a little "too personalized" or might make it too hard to sell or lead to premature mechanical problems.

I asked the question not to criticize or be a "smarta$$" but to just get some idea from guys that are in the know about the best mods to make on a C5 Vette that don't violate what I stated above.

I realize that this is a matter of personal taste, but like I said, I just wanted information about good mods to make if one (like myself) is not really trying to do too much. I got a lot of good ideas from reading some the responses to my initial thread. I hope that answers your question.;)
 
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