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Old 07-25-2016   #581
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Very cool. More I think about it, more I think I should get an American v8. Just no time to tinker anymore.
I can't argue that line of thinking one bit. After 2 1/2 years I couldn't be happier with the car. It's proven quite reliable, very few bugs/issues even being a first model year car, and the cost of ownership (maintenance, fuel, etc.) is quite a bit less than what I grew accustomed to with the Evos. The biggest thing, its a purpose-built sports car, not an econobox modified into a performance car by the factory, and then needing even more aftermarket mods to turn it into something fun while struggling with keeping it reliable/comfortable.
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Old 07-25-2016   #582
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^Anymore people change to domestic and we might have to change the forum name
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I think there are already more GM products owned by site members than Mitsus!
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I think a forum name change is needed haha.
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Old 07-25-2016   #585
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Dmxstyle, whhhuuuuut.
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Old 07-25-2016   #587
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Re: Meet GheyRay: Lower, Wider, Lighter!

I'll tell munchgsx/nick to post up but on 3 years of owner ship he has had only 2 minor issues that allowed the car to still be driven. it has also made over 600/680 on a stock bottom end LS1 with over 160k miles.

I hope to make the jump soon.
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Car looks awesome!!
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Old 08-15-2016   #589
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I got the 600-watt Z06 radiator fan installed this weekend. No pictures since its a just a radiator fan, and looks identical to my factory 500-watt fan (fun fact, both are made by Spal). Not something that I really needed, but I got a great price on it from RockAuto so I decided just to get it for those hot summer cruises when I'm really pushing the car hard in triple-digit temps.
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Nice! Curious but what do your coolant and oil temps range from in normal and hot weather?
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Nice! Curious but what do your coolant and oil temps range from in normal and hot weather?
Stock the engine was generally in the 220-230F range regardless of ambient during normal driving and the oil was 210-240F. Now that I've added the Z06 grill and dumped in a bottle of Water Wetter, they both hover right around 200F plus/minus 5 degrees during normal driving/highway cruising. The Water Wetter alone was worth about a 10 degree drop. Spirited driving will bring both up some, but the new fan should help with that. I also just ordered a heatshield wrap for the primary cat that sits fairly close to the oil cooler which should drop oil temps a bit during aggressive driving (which I hope to have on before this weekend's Shreveport cruise). I used some reflective heat sheath turned inside-out on the radiator hoses to prevent some of that heat from radiating up into the intake pipe/keep it out of the engine bay. The ceramic coating on my ported manifolds also helped drop underhood temps. In hindsight, I wish I would have ceramic coated my X-pipe too.
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Old 08-22-2016   #592
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This weekend just for a small project to keep me busy in the garage I added the DEI catalytic converter heatshield to my driver side primary cat. That cat sits very close to the oil filter and oil cooler, and as you can imagine, dumps quite a bit of heat into both. DEI came out with a simple solution earlier this year so I decided to go ahead and give it a try.


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https://www.designengineering.com/ca...tic-converter-

The heatshield itself was quality, but the little metal ties they include were flimsy pieces of junk. I now understand why they include 4 when only 2 are needed! I think two large hose clamps would be a much better solution. Regardless, I got it installed and all seems well during my Sunday test-drive cruise.
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AMERICA FOR THE WIN!!!!

I will randomly chime in here, after owning 2 C5 Z06s, and a C6 Grandsport... Corvettes are amazing. I've determined people who think otherwise have either 1) Never driven one spirtedly 2) Aren't car people. Corvettes are the performance bargains of the century! I'm finally to the point where I just want to hop in a car, beat on it a bit to bring a smile to my face, then cruise around with the A/C on and not hop out of my seat with every bump. Although my corvettes were low mile examples, I never had to do anything to them except change the oil. Reliable, great gas mileage, cheap to insure, owners are old pricks so you can find a nice example easily, easy and cheap to fix. I think my next car will be a C7 Grand Sport.

In the mean time, I'll drive my LS1 equipped Nissan 350Z and wish it was a corvette
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Old 08-24-2016   #594
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Why did you sell your C6 GS for a 350Z? Seems like a real step backwards.

With the influx of younger guys buying the C7 vs. previous generations, the C7 does cost quite a bit more than the C6 to insure.
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AMERICA FOR THE WIN!!!!

I will randomly chime in here, after owning 2 C5 Z06s, and a C6 Grandsport... Corvettes are amazing. I've determined people who think otherwise have either 1) Never driven one spirtedly 2) Aren't car people. Corvettes are the performance bargains of the century! I'm finally to the point where I just want to hop in a car, beat on it a bit to bring a smile to my face, then cruise around with the A/C on and not hop out of my seat with every bump. Although my corvettes were low mile examples, I never had to do anything to them except change the oil. Reliable, great gas mileage, cheap to insure, owners are old pricks so you can find a nice example easily, easy and cheap to fix. I think my next car will be a C7 Grand Sport.

In the mean time, I'll drive my LS1 equipped Nissan 350Z and wish it was a corvette
I agree, I've had several C5's, great performance car for reasonable monies and I love the targa top. My only beef was there are a lot of them around so it's kind of a belly button car. I really want a C7 though, I haven't heard a bad thing yet and they are so much better than the C5's.
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I agree with you Kevin totally and I've driven very high mile units with 4xxwhp and I've spent a lot of time spiritly driving.

I agree with kracka about your C6 to 350z.
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I'm sure price is the reason for Kevin
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Old 08-25-2016   #598
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Fuck it! With all the money he spends on sales tax and title transfers...

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Fuck it! With all the money he spends on sales tax and title transfers...

Gonna have to invest in one of those for the strip club.
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haha! Imagine what fuckers like Derek Stinton pay! New 'fun' car or two every damn year.
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