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Old 12-21-2015   #481
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Old 12-22-2015   #482
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Yep, dis.
LOL from the peanut gallery of guys with cars that never move

I actually think my next performance mod will be a set of the new Hotchkis swaybars that were just released.



http://www.hotchkis.net/product/2014...otchkis-22117/

A nice, but minor, upgrade without the inflated price of the other choices.

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stock C7
Front (base model) - 26.2mm (hollow, 7.85 lbs)
Front (all Z51) - 28mm (hollow, 7.95 lbs)
Rear (base model) - N/A
Rear (base Z51) - 26.5mm (hollow, 6.9 lbs)
Rear (Z51 w/MRC) - 31mm (hollow, ? lbs)
Rubber bushings (base model)
Polyurethane bushings (all Z51)

Hotchkis ($400)
Front - 32mm (hollow & fixed) +35% stiffer vs. Z51 w/MRC
Rear - 33mm (hollow & 3-way adjustable) +20-70% stiffer vs Z51 w/MRC
Polyurethane bushings (reuses stock brackets)
Reuses stock end-links

aFe PFADT ($732)
Front - 35mm (hollow & 2-way adjustable) +??% stiffer vs. Z51 w/MRC
Rear - 32mm (hollow & 3-way adjustable) +??% stiffer vs. Z51 w/MRC
Polyurethane bushings & CNC brackets
Includes heavy-duty end-links

LG Motorsports ($696)
Front - ??mm (hollow & 2-way adjustable)
Rear - ??mm (hollow & fixed)
+45% stiffer vs. Z51 w/MRC (for the set)
Polyurethane bushings (reuses stock brackets)
Reuses stock end-links
Optional heavy-duty end-links (+$245)
*The Z06 & Z06 w/Z07 package use the Z51 w/MRC swaybar set*

Beyond the swaybars, I still have the cosmetic mods and the polyurethane shifter bushings to get done before the spring cruise. Easy-peasy...might start making progress on the list this coming weekend since I'll have some free time.
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Old 12-22-2015   #483
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Re: Meet GheyRay: Lower, Wider, Lighter!

Good choice, couple hp out of exhaust is probably something I wouldnt bother with either. I had Hotchkis sways on the B7 Audi, they definitely made an improvement.
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Old 12-22-2015   #484
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Good choice, couple hp out of exhaust is probably something I wouldnt bother with either. I had Hotchkis sways on the B7 Audi, they definitely made an improvement.
Thanks. I really am trying to avoid any type of weird resonance from tubular headers, especially since they can sound really goofy when the engine kicks down to 4-cylinder mode. I need to stick to my original plan and leave the stock primary cats in place so I can actually enjoy the 5/100 powertrain warranty.

Regarding the Hotchkis, glad to hear they worked well for you. From my research, they're a pretty legit brand. Designed, tested, and made in the USA so quality should be pretty decent. I'm glad to see they're hollow in design like stock to help keep weight down.
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Woah now, don't group me with him, my car functions perfectly and has for a long time now! Going on several years of the car running i think.

You are thinking of the murlo of past
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Old 12-22-2015   #486
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No idea what you are talking about, the Infiniti drives just fine
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Old 12-23-2015   #487
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Re: Meet GheyRay: Lower, Wider, Lighter!

Great, then I expect both of you on the spring cruise with wheels!
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Old 12-27-2015   #488
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Re: Meet GheyRay: Lower, Wider, Lighter!

Productive weekend! Yesterday I did the OEM optional Carbon Flash badge set to replace the factory chrome ones, and today I did the Zip-Corvette polyurethane shifter bushings to replace the squishy OEM rubber ones. I like the feel and throw of the stock shifter, but the rubber slop had to go. Not bad little pieces for only $15!

















It's nice to have most the chrome gone off the car! It's been driving me nuts since new...white w/chrome looks tacky.

The shifter bushings are your typical stiff red Energy polyurethane. The install wasn't too bad, most the time was just removing all the stock panels and wiring harnesses to gain access to the shifter assembly. I of course skipped a step the first time around so after completely finishing the job I had to redo the entire thing I did a bunch of little extras while in there again though so it should be perfect for a long time to come now. Shifts now feel crisp and precise. Stock shifter feel was pretty good, probably 2nd to only the S2000, but there's always room for improvement when OEM rubber bushings are involved.
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Old 12-27-2015   #489
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Re: Meet GheyRay: Lower, Wider, Lighter!

Nice, i agree with the chrome on white so gross.
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Old 12-28-2015   #490
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Old 12-28-2015   #491
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Haha, I meant installed!
New badges look good, I agree with the white/chrome comments.
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Haha, I meant installed!
Coming soon

I just ordered the clear front bumper marker lens today, and once they arrive it'll all be going to the bodyshop to have the front bumper repainted and these things installed while it's off. I took some serious rock chip damage on the last Shreveport cruise so I want to get all that fixed, and figure there's no point in me taking it off/apart when it'll have to get redone for paint anyway.


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Old 12-30-2015   #494
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Re: Meet GheyRay: Lower, Wider, Lighter!

Quick follow-up feedback:
I was able to go for a nice drive yesterday afternoon since it had warmed up a bit and the roads dried out. The shifter feels much better than it did when stock! Gear changes are precise and crisp just as they should be. Considering the minimal investment with this mod, I am thrilled. I am giving partial credit to the new bushings, partial to the shifter alignment procedure, and partial to RussM05's factory shifter tune-up suggestions. I think they all played a role in making this the best possible stock shifter setup. Next up is some synthetic Redline D4 ATF fluid for the transmission; I'll report back once I get that in.
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Yeah I was surprised those trans use ATF fluid. - My C5s did and my C6 does.
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Looking great! I'm jealous that you can drive this year round. I'm paying close attention to this thread, I like how you approach modifications. I see a v8 in my future.
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Yeah I was surprised those trans use ATF fluid. - My C5s did and my C6 does.
Great technical info on the transmission straight from TREMEC: http://www.tremec.com/anexos/File/TR...070%282%29.pdf
TREMEC calls for Dexron III ATF, while Chevy calls for GM Manual Transmission Fluid. Since Dexron III is no longer current GM ATF spec, my guess is their MTF is just relabeled Dexron III ATF. I'm bypassing all the nonsense and just going with Redline since it's served me so well over the past decade+.
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Looking great! I'm jealous that you can drive this year round. I'm paying close attention to this thread, I like how you approach modifications. I see a v8 in my future.
Thank you, and I hope so!
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I just ordered the clear front bumper marker lens today, and once they arrive it'll all be going to the bodyshop to have the front bumper repainted and these things installed while it's off. I took some serious rock chip damage on the last Shreveport cruise so I want to get all that fixed, and figure there's no point in me taking it off/apart when it'll have to get redone for paint anyway.
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Re: Meet GheyRay: Lower, Wider, Lighter!

Nothing fancy, but the front bumper lens arrived over the weekend:




You can also see the little LED bulbs I ordered for the rear license plate lights. Those, and the trunk cargo area are the only non-LED bulbs in the car so I wanted to get them swapped out:
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