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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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What Are Headers and Cams

I've see a few videos on the web of our cars with headers and what they call cammed. What does it mean? I looked up headers on eBay and all I saw were tunes. Some short, some long some with cerammic and all of them had GT or GXP in the title. Does that mean that can't work on my car? Would I have to buy them and find a shop to put them in?

Same goes for the exhaust. What does ax back, cat back, solo, flow whatever all that is mean? What is a mid muffler delete and resonate delete? Are those things I can do? Or do I go to a muffler shop and have them do it? I have never seen one of them here.

My V6 is stock but I'd like it sound as loud as some of the ones I've seen on the web and some of them sound like a GT. Not sure. I could post some of the videos but some sound really good but the never rev it up.

Another question is how do we get black amber covers for our amber lights on our bumper?

How do I get to the lights in the headlights to change them to an led?
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That's a lot of questions lol. I'll start by saying take your time researching anything you want to do. Just go one modification want at a time and learn about it. I'm still learning things myself and that's kinda the way I've been doing it. Why search ebay for questions . Search here or just good old google, which a lot of times takes you here lol.

Cold air intake , exhaust modifications and a tune are the first three mods generally done when your starting out.

Headers are a part of the exhaust system and a cam is a part of the motor.

There's going to be different opinions on what modification one person likes compared to another , there will be different reasons for that. Financial situation, the sound they are looking for, hp gains, handling on the road or track and so on. Read , read , read lol.

If you can find or someone can post it for you. Find a break down diagram of a exhaust system. I have seen it on here before but cant recall which thread. That will help .

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I'll add a bit here:

Headers - The pipes that carry the exhaust from the cylinder heads. These are different from what the factory uses in that they are made from large diameter smooth tubes with large bends that result in more engine power.

Cammed - this refers to the installation of a high performance cam shaft. The cam shaft regulates the opening and closing of the cylinder valves.

Axle back - refers to the muffler behind the rear axle

Cat back - refers to the part of the exhaust behind the catalytic converter

Mid muffler and resonator deletes - refer to taking those parts out of the exhaust system

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You can probably get sound you're looking for with an axle back system.
A call to Steve at Solo would be well worth your time.

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Also note there are no headers made for the G8 V6, and few options for the exhaust. Solo makes a bunch of different styles that you may be interested in. Solo Performance is the company that makes them by the way. The GT ones seem to bolt right up on the V6.

I think your only options on the V6 for headers might be Camaro V6 headers. There are a few guys that run them here, maybe they will chime in.

As to a cam, honestly I don't know if anyone has changed it on a V6, or if it's worth the money.

Most of the mods out there are for the V8 cars, there are a few on this forum that have taken their V6 to the next level and hopefully they can answer more of your questions.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coAL...e_gdata_player

This person has some good videos of what I want mine to sound like. It's about the only one I foundtthat doesn't sound like a Honda Civic or someone pulling a GT saying it's a V6.
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That's just one of the Solo performance catbacks for a GT. Will bolt right up to the V6. Not sure exactly which model that is though.

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Check out Hazer396 he is running headers and has the baddest V6 G8 around. It is currently for sale (see link). Click on the (veiw build) link in this thread.

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I talked to my local turn shop about my V6, and he said there is not much for the G8V6. The V6 is tuned max out from factory, no chips cams etc, will help much only option is to let it breath better via cai and exhaust up grades but it could get expensive per hp gain. Some better sound and slight mpg increase,
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I talked to my local turn shop about my V6, and he said there is not much for the G8V6. The V6 is tuned max out from factory, no chips cams etc, will help much only option is to let it breath better via cai and exhaust up grades but it could get expensive per hp gain. Some better sound and slight mpg increase,

You can get a TT setup...if its out there.


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You can get a TT setup...if its out there.
The stock 5speed auto couldn't handle much more it seems though.

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The stock 5speed auto couldn't handle much more it seems though.

Better get Circle D to beef up the trans. lol


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That is so sad. He's selling his car. I don't know what the TT is. I'm going to look up how to drive in sport mode. I read it is faster in it but I'm afraid I'll grind gears or something.

I got raced today. First a BMW M3 and I somehow managed to win. He wasn't happy and then got in the next lane and tried to cut me off!! So I didn't move and he cut off the car in front. He was not happy at all.

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Then a Kia Soul kept tailing me! I'd speed up and yup, there he or she was. Then I got tired and next thing I know I'm doing 111 and there's at least a mile between us and no one behind me.

Then I saw my exes new guy in her car and even he wanted some. Yeah her old 1997 jeep was nothing.

Blah. I don't like pushing her but when I do I'm a proud owner.
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Sport mode is a good place to be . It shifts gears for you. You can't screw up in sport.

Nice kills . Careful driving my dude.

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I don't know how to turn it on and off. So I'm going to look it up. How do I back up in sports mode?
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Just shift the shifter to the right and you are in sport mode at all times. If you shift to the right and move the shifter either forward backwards , it will put you in manual. Thats where you change gears yourself.

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Oh that is awesome! So I don't even have to touch it? I just watched Hazer on YouTube on the track and I was wondering why isn't he shifting? Now I see why lol. So sad he's selling it. I'll only sell mine for a GXP or GT. Other then that Nope.

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This person has some good videos of what I want mine to sound like. It's about the only one I foundtthat doesn't sound like a Honda Civic or someone pulling a GT saying it's a V6.
Thats my car =) that was before my headers my car is alot louder now but this one is a solo performance catback exhaust for a gt its runs about 800

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