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ty97f-body
01-03-2010, 11:42 PM
ok guys as you know i have a 97 firebird with the 3.8. ok i have done the upgrades we have discussed so far. have the cold air, stage 2 jets chip, plugs, wires, and new exaust. universal high flow with thrush welded,with 90 degree elbow and 45degree turn down. Ok now whats the next step? where do i go from here?

Crazed98Camaro
01-03-2010, 11:46 PM
Not sure on the Jet chip. Haven't heard much good from it.

Next step would be headers.

firebirddrvr
01-04-2010, 12:22 AM
what are you wanting to do with the car? that would be nice to know. if you have an open differential like i do i would say spend the money you would spend on headers and get a 3.42 lsd rear end

Will
01-04-2010, 12:55 AM
Indeed the two men that posted before me have it right, I'd do Headers LSD maybe a came if you had the $$ or rockers depending on which way you wanna go

whitdog54
01-04-2010, 12:59 AM
gearing (4.10s) headers

venom
01-04-2010, 01:30 AM
gears, headers, suspension

Pace
01-04-2010, 01:38 AM
Headers, gears and limited slip, stall if it's an automatic... those are going to be your most noticeable "bang for the buck" mods. Upgraded suspension would be a good idea too.

I would also look into selling that Jet chip and getting a PCMforless tune instead.

ty97f-body
01-04-2010, 02:17 AM
honestly i go to the track every now and again but nothing major. i really just want it for street. but as far as the rearend and everything gos it has 3.23 should i go to 4.10s? and on headers go with pacesetters? and do i have to pull the motor to put them on?

ty97f-body
01-04-2010, 02:18 AM
and any ideas on the pcm tune?

ty97f-body
01-04-2010, 02:27 AM
ok i looked up on the pcm. found one fo 161 and some change with shipping. ok now, rear end?? headers??prices and types maybe?

freakv6
01-04-2010, 10:04 AM
if you wanting to keep it budget minded, i would look for a used rear out of a z28, ss, or trans am. If you have traction control, make sure you find one that does as well (just for ease of swap). They will usually come with 3.42 gears (though u may luck out and find some 373s or even 410's). You can usually pick one up in the 300-400 range and i think there is one still for sale in sc for just that price (listed on cv6 i think).

As far as headers, unless you got the coin for long tubes (think 700-800 and i dont even think that comes with a y-pipe), then you need to stick with pacesetters. they are the best bang for the buck, have great performance (especially with you going from cast manifolds), and you can pick them up cheap new or used (used you can sometimes find in the 100-150 range, and new around the 250.

SpeedingFirebird
01-04-2010, 11:10 AM
stall if it's an automatic...

if it's a manual, a short throw shifter is a must.

bob8703
01-04-2010, 11:52 AM
for a daily drive and a car that doesnt run on the track. 4.10 is not going to be the gear for you. thats a real aggressive gear. i would got with a 3.42 LSD if its a DD. you wont sacrafice much MPG but will notice a difference. i agree with speedingfirebird. if its a manual i would get a short throw.

freakv6
01-04-2010, 11:56 AM
with him saying its a 323, then i would imagine its a 5spd. i recommend a hurst for sure.

firebirddrvr
01-04-2010, 12:35 PM
talk to 3800solo about headers see if he would part with them. he just picked a car up that had ceramic coated pacesetters. if i had a reliable dd and some cash id sell u mine and switch to longtubes lol

SpeedingFirebird
01-04-2010, 01:33 PM
with him saying its a 323, then i would imagine its a 5spd. i recommend a hurst for sure.

I love my B&M short throw. I think the Hurst is cheaper, though.

Anything less than 3.73 is a waste of time.

freakv6
01-04-2010, 01:41 PM
I love my B&M short throw. I think the Hurst is cheaper, though.

Anything less than 3.73 is a waste of time.

one thing i like more about the hurst is the ability to change the shifter stick.

Pace
01-04-2010, 01:44 PM
Anything less than 3.73 is a waste of time.

x2

I put 3.42s in my auto, and while nice, there's definitely room for a lower gear. 3.73s are perfect for an auto, and definitely a good option for a T5 car that will be on the interstate frequently.

ty97f-body
01-04-2010, 02:33 PM
ok guys ill get to lookin and price a rear end and try to rind one aroud here, i appreciate the help.