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What about TECH FAQ?

Vbulletin has a great FAQ engine already. What if we use it for more than just how to use the forums?

Anybody intersted in helping me develop a bunch of tech FAQ's to add? This could be a supplement to the Tech DB or it could replace it.

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I'll help out. Just let me know what to do!

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I just need shit-tons of questions and answers to start loading in, LOL.

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Let me see what I can come up with. Should I just post them all in here and let you sift thru them?

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Yeah just put them all here and perhaps others can contribute as well. I imagine we'll have LT1 and LS1 questions and other sub categories.

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I've assembled some guides that I can make questions out of.


Most of what I've compiled came from "jrp" of LS2.com. I told him I would give him credit for his work unless noted otherwise. Some is my info, some is from other people who will be named.

My additions will be in blue.

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Q: What is a Lid and what does it do?

A: What they are:


What they do: increase airflow and thus horse power


What to look for: Some people think that "a lid is a lid is a lid. They will all net you the same horsepower. Pick your lid based on looks and price." To a certain extent they are right. All lids will net around the same hp numbers. I personally like the MTI lid.

- 00+ cars will need to use an air breather which is required for lids that do not that the provision on the lid. Air breathers can be had from a variety of sponsors.


How to install: http://www.installuniversity.com/in...lid_install.htm

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Q: What are Bellows and what do they do?

A: slp fernco bakerhose airflow system


What they do: straighten out the airflow


What to look for: an appearance mod. Chalk it up to the every little bit helps category in terms of "performance". Fernco can be bought at your local home depot or Lowes. The size you want is 3"x3", it is in the plumbing department.

How to install: see filter installation

- Tips: if buying a ferco, bakerhose, airflow systems bellow cutting and fitting may be required. Heat up the tubing in the microwave to soften up the material for easier cutting and fitting. It will also prevent the stiff bellow from cracking or loosening up your lid.

- Pretty good deal here...

Less than $6 for a smooth bellows.

Step one: Go to home depot and buy a 3"x3" Fernco rubber coupling.. It should be around $5-6.



Then Proceed to remove all clamps and labeling, and put it in boiling water for about 10 minutes to soften the rubber. After softening, trim approximately 1/4" to 1/2" off of ONE side of the coupling to make a better fit.



After you've trimmed it and are satisfied with it, put it back in the hot water for 5-10 minutes. Otherwise you'll have trouble getting one end over the throttle body.





I did this, because I originally had my nitrous nozzle in the bellows, and now i'm spraying in the airbox.

Hope this helps someone, because it took me almost an hour to put it all together (the info) The job only takes about 15 minutes.

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Q: What is a Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF) and what does it do?

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What they are:

What they do: "...Aftermarket mafs, don't make power, due to larger size, they make power, by tricking the computer into seeing less air, therefore the computer gives more timing, and less fuel..." (Ryan 'slow')

What to look for: PORT/SWAP/DE-SCREEN AT YOUR OWN RISK. The stock maf is good for 500hp. If by chance your maxing out your MAF contact your tuner and see what he/she recommends.

How to install: http://www.installuniversity.com/ins.../mafh_swap.htm

If you are thinking about a new MAF, please read up on them. Some cars like them, some do not.

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Q: I want a new throttle body, what should I do?

A: What they are:

What they do: increase airflow


What to look for: look into shaner (s2/s3), bauer, and jantzer. They all make great ported throttle bodies.
- The '98-'99 F-body throttle bodies have a smaller cam compared to the '00-'02 F-body TB's
- The smaller radius throttle cam opens the throttle plate faster


How to install: http://www.installuniversity.com/ins...ar/tb_swap.htm

Most peope will look at a ported TB after they have done some engine work and want to really maximize thier gains. They are availible in 3 sizes: stock (78mm), 80mm and 90mm. A ported stock size will do the trick most of the time. People tend to go with a 90mm TB/Intake manifold set up when they are running bigger cube motors are large heads and cam packages. TB from 98 & 99's will work on 00+ cars, but you need to swap the shafts.

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Q: Why would I want to swap my intake manifold?

A: What they are: SLP Ls6 w/ egr provision Holley LSX


What to look for: The ls6 intake will serve a great majority of setups. All 01-02 cars already have an ls6 intake. If you have a 98-00 and want to do an ls6 swap you'll need the new ls6 coolant tubes and plugs. If you have a stroker or are the kind of person who wants all the horsepower they can get look into the lsx (78mm for stock cubes, 90mm for strokers).

- The Ls6 intake has many different part numbers buts its the same intake

- The only way to tell 100% if you are buying an ls6 intake, especially used is to ask for pics of the bottom. The vette LS1 intake does not have an EGR provision so its easy to pass that off as an LS6 if you are none the wiser. The difference between the LS1 and LS6 intakes can be see here; the ls1 intake is on the left and the ls6 is on the right. {color=blue]Notice how the LS6 intake has a smooth bottom[/color]


How to install: http://www.ls1howto.com/index.php?article=5


As far as size goes, the regular 78mm will suit most of your needs. However if you are running a bigger cube motor or have a large heads and cam set-up then the 90mm will be the best for you. And let's use common sense people, a 78mm TB will not bolt up to a 90mm intake.

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Q: What does a cold air intake do?

A: What they are: FTRA SSRA BGRA


What they do: Take in cold air from the bottom/front of the car. These work by creating a "vaccuum" effect. You need to seal you airbox in order to use a CAI system. By sealing the lid, all of the air drawn in to the lid will come from the front lower portion of the car. This creating a sucking effect.


What to look for: fast toys ram air (FTRA) and super sucker ram air (SSRA) are to very popular choices. BGRA is an option for you ws6 hood guys. Either option you choice you'll want the air box sealed.


How to install: follow the provided instructions that come with the setup.

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Q: What is an FIPK?

A: What they are:


What they do: Same effect as the lid. They draw air into the MAF.


What to look for: A ws6 hood or slp z hood with functionality is bests suited for maximum airflow. Volant makes one of the best FIPK's on the market. K&N also offers one.


How to install: see CAI install.

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Q: I'd like a new cat-back, what is out there for me?

A: What they are: Bassani Borla Corsa Hooker Magnaflow Random Tech Loud Mouth LM w/ quad tip center mount SLP Dual/Dual GMMG Mufflex

What they do: increase exhaust flow and alter sound


What to look for: It all depends on what kind of look and sound your going for. The premier ls1 sounds site is here. Spend alot of time listening to the setups and hear as many setups in person as you can. Exhaust is subjective, so get what you like best in terms of sound since its you who are going to be driving the car around.

- Straight through setups like LM and magnaflow (pt# 14267 for just the muffler) are regarded as some of the top flowing catbacks. Flowmaster is one of the worst flowing catbacks for the LS1, it does sound good in its defense. Hooker, Magnaflow, SLP D/D are all great budget cat backs; Corsa, Borla, and GMMG round out the top of the premium spectrum.

- Loudmouth: LM is a love/hate exhaust, it sounds great on stock manifolds with few bolts on's. When you start adding LT's and ORY's it shows its ugly side. LM + ORY + LT = rasp and drone. Try and listen to various LM setups in person to know what your getting into. Time after time people get LM and end up swapping it out since they get tired of its annoyances. To reduce the rasp and drone you have a few options; install some cats, replace the resonator with a real muffler, or install a 12-18" dynomax bullet. This setup is referred to Dynomouth; Borlamouth is of the same concept but with Borla xr-1 mufflers.

How to install: Follow the instructions that came with the setup. Some tips:

- Use pipe cutters or a sawz-all to remove the old exhaust, cut at the over the axel pipe or muffler.
- A breaker bar comes in very handy, some of those old bolts and clamps are alot harder to get off then you think
- Use alot of penetrating oil (i.e WD40)

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