Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Havre de Grace, MD
Are you bringing this over from the car lounge? If so, Hey! I was the one that mentioned it there. On here you can see my full sig and mods.
What to look out for?
-Definitely grab the car fax and see how many owners there are. To some, it's important.
- Listen to the engine. Look up some vids on the lifter tick. One of the main reasons for a cam is getting the DOD and the lifters out of there. They are a failure point.
-Unlike your VW, some parts are not easy to come by. Make sure the interior is good condition.
-Check rear fenders for rolling and the quality of the paint (cracks, rust, etc if they are rolled)
-read the suspension stickies to see common failure points.
My baby cam (that's right, only one cam) that is great on the stock converter makes 400 rwhp/38x rwtq. This is through a cheap set of headers (Pyes/Manzo), a cheap-er over the radiator intake, no cats and full exhaust. All of my mods (including the cam) were bought used and as far as power mods, I'm in it for about $3,500. I have run a best of 12.29 with only a 1.9 60 ft. I will need a converter to go faster in a straight line BUT that's not really what I'm about. I like to go fast around corners too and I use manual mode a lot. I have been told by my cam supplier that upgrading the converter will leave me with less desirable results for the types of driving I like. If, I was just wanted to go fast down the drag strip, then a more aggressive cam and heft torque converter would go in.
No off the shelf tunes. Just dont. If anything, you can get remote tuning through some really great tuners around the country. You either purchase HP tuners to use on your laptop for dataloging or they sell you a scan tool that can upload/data log/ etc. As soon as you get headers, you will need a real tune which a handheld cannot do. I made this mistake when I first bought the car. I was swayed by the intune because it was cool. I returned it a week later and got a group discount with my local club at a local LS tuner.
No water meth until you boost it. Some people do a flex fuel kit but the NA gains are negligible. You can realistically expect about 450 horse to the tire on an NA build with stock cubes. That's pretty good factoring in the powertrain loss through the auto. It will also be expensive. It's usually cheaper to make power with FI. With that said, 400 wheel (on a "heartbreaker" dyno) and the ability to run high 11's makes for a really fun street car.
2009 LR GT,Red/Onyx, Sport, Roof
Vararam, pypes headers, Borla X pipe, 2014 SS mufflers, Pat G custom cam, 3.45 Camaro diff, Powerhaus/ Sky tune
Koni yellows, H&R springs (cut dead coil), Polyelast strut bushings, BMR Toe Rods and Trailing arms, Whiteline radius rod, front lower control arm and rear cradle bushings, GXP Front Bumper and Diffuser,
Axis 18's, 255/40 (front), 275/40 (rear) Firestone Indy 500 Tires
12.29 @ 114
1.9 60 ft