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thinking about getting a 98+ firebird

Discussion in 'Other Vehicle Discussions' started by erebunicrx, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. erebunicrx

    erebunicrx my name is Dale

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    yeah i kinda want to sell all my hinda shit and bike and get a 98 or newer firebird, transam or firehawk. going on ls1 tech is no help b/c they think they are gods. anyone know anything about these cars or what to look for? something about a sub 100k mile car for under $15,000 be reliable, ac, leather and power everything and still run 12's. idk just crossed my mind lmk what you guys think
     
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    ScrapinSi Senior Member

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    The only things with LS1's to look for are cooling issues... And if you ever have to replace the motor, you lift the car off of the motor, and wheel the entire subframe out of the car...

    The engine bays are tight, but if you are just looking for something to do minor mods to, the LS1's are fairly reliable.
     
  3. erebunicrx

    erebunicrx my name is Dale

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    yeah, for now low 12's would be my goal. wow it must be nice full interior and fully loaded 12 sec car.
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Low 12s in an LS1 F body fully loaded is a piece of cake.

    By the way, there's a white 98 Formula convertible for sale right next to my house.
     
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    Cashizslick !i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!

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    What do these run stock for power figures??
     
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    ScrapinSi Senior Member

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    I believe they put out around mid 2's to the wheels stock...

    LOW 12's on slicks isn't too hard.. XPipe, Headers, SLP Box, chip, exhaust, and probably a clutch on slicks would probably get you there... Maybe an FPR too...

    If you want reliability, Make sure you stay on top of the fluids, make sure the radiator is tip top, ditch the DexCool (Make sure you get EVERY DROP OUT), and run good coolant with Water Wetter.

    Are you planning on driving this year round? Or having a beater?
     
  7. NissanNiNjA2nd

    NissanNiNjA2nd Senior Member

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    325hp 350tq in a 3500lb car.

    cant turn for shit but there are a few around me that STOCK run high 12s the big kids run low 11s on their daily driven street cars.

    there is a kid and by kid I do mean 17 right now that with gears, air box, and catback is running consistent 12.24s
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    Those mods and slicks 50% of the time you'll end up breaking your rear end dragging it down the track. There are a few people who've gotten away with DRs on stock gears though.

    98-00 had 305 01-02 had 310 for the Z/TA. 310 to 325 for the SS/WS6. Even though that really doesn't matter, because LS1s are notorious for being underrated by GM anyway. A base C5 will dyno close to the same as the rest of the LS1 models as far as rwhp/tq.
     
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    Capt. Orygun Win the Day

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    no shit, just get a WS-6 and do some bolt ons, those things are sexy.

    but be warned, my friend did that and he was still getting beat down by modded SRT-4's, he didn't like to talk about it [​IMG]
     
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    erebunicrx my name is Dale

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    yeah i hear that. but compare the 2 cars. i would say its still a neon lol.
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    for the love of god why?????????????/
     
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    hosmer I made the millionth post VIP

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    I've got one with an LS1...needs bodywork

    $3800


    [​IMG]
     
  13. erebunicrx

    erebunicrx my name is Dale

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    im looking for one with a ws6 package. but good lookin thanks. if you come up with something that dosn't need work lmk


    like i said fast fully loaded. im sure you can understand that. from a gutted hatch to a sti. me a gutted hatch to a.... im not 100% positive but i would need to sell everthing with hondas and my bike. still way up in the air
     
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    EGProject YEEEEAAHHHHH

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    My friend who has a very modded WRX got pwnt by a WS6 last weekend. I was in the car and we got our shit handed to us.

    You can't mess with torque.

    As for SRT-4's...a new kid in our club is having fun beating on WRXs with a Stage 1 upgrade and nothing else. Guys with a $24k car with $5k in mods are being beat by a $14k used SRT-4 with $600 worth of mods.
     
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    used evo, bolt ons, drag radials, boost controller.... your in the 12's.
     
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    erebunicrx my name is Dale

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    eg hatch stock gsr swap turbo kit slicks, 11's but its not the point. reliablity and options.
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    Used LS1, $400 for 3.73 gears and you're in the twelves.

    For the amount of money you pay for an LS1 and mods YOU cannot beat the times you'll run.
     
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    hosmer I made the millionth post VIP

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    I'll build someone a 12 sec car for $4k..including the cost of the car.
     
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    Cashizslick !i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!

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    Thats easy.


    Used 87 Crustang + rebuild + a 250 shot of N20 . . . it'll do 12's once, after that i make no promises.
     
  20. NissanNiNjA2nd

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    You drive an STi...... I could ask you the same question.

    1988 LX 5.0 = $700
    gutted and scrapped = free
    replace few things = $120
    "Cage" = $300
    N20 = $350
    I/H/E = $600
    "slicks" = 12 pack of Bud.

    on the motor the car ran a 12.6, 12.5, 12.3

    on the 300 shot N20..... 11.1 and the transmission "died" at the 1000ft mark.
     
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