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    first mod ordered for Z06

    Vararam VRB2 and Power Duct Combo - JW Motoring



    I leave for Disney on Tuesday - hoping it shows up by the weekend so I can put it on Sunday.
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    How long were you able to hold off the mod bug on this one?
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    looks good my coworker just bought something similar for his ws6
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    hi Micah! how u doin'?

    where do the inlets reside in that intake? down low, in the bumper? pardon my Z06 ignorance..
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    Nice, I had a VR for the C6(different design) I got rid of it over warping concerns. I don't think the C5 has that problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    How long were you able to hold off the mod bug on this one?
    4 months

    technically I haven't cracked until it's installed
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    10/08/2006 - 14.089@103.01 (5-speed with well worn clutch, no launch)
    "Six stars gleaming, five speeds breaking, four tires chirping, three differentials working, two liters screaming, one turbo boosting... it's what makes a Subaru all-wheel-drive, all we'll drive."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogan View Post
    hi Micah! how u doin'?

    where do the inlets reside in that intake? down low, in the bumper? pardon my Z06 ignorance..
    Torch Red 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 46k mi.
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    10/08/2006 - 14.089@103.01 (5-speed with well worn clutch, no launch)
    "Six stars gleaming, five speeds breaking, four tires chirping, three differentials working, two liters screaming, one turbo boosting... it's what makes a Subaru all-wheel-drive, all we'll drive."
    for Bugeye owners my BOV thread Service Manuals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micah
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    technically I haven't cracked until it's installed
    I hear ya - kinda like the $2K in parts I haven't installed on the STi yet
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    Didn't that air previously feed the radiator? Won't it contribute to overheating?
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    The underside of the c5z06 has a big hole under it in the front - like an intake slot which feeds the slanted radiator. Those two small holes in the front don't do much. I looked online but couldn't find pictures of a c5 on a lift. I'll get some pictures next time it's on the lift.... hopefully this Sunday.

    Here's a picture of what it looks like on a C6 - but it's pretty close to how it looks on the c5.

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    Torch Red 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 46k mi.
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    10/08/2006 - 14.089@103.01 (5-speed with well worn clutch, no launch)
    "Six stars gleaming, five speeds breaking, four tires chirping, three differentials working, two liters screaming, one turbo boosting... it's what makes a Subaru all-wheel-drive, all we'll drive."
    for Bugeye owners my BOV thread Service Manuals

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    Have that on our C5 with a new MAF (screen-less), cf large inlet tube (between vararam and intake manifold)...

    The Vararam is a great design for high speed, but I didn't notice an ounce of difference off of the line. Now at 80-90 mph, you could definitely feel the difference. It sounds pretty cool too.
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    44433 miles when the Vararam and Powerduct went on

    Install went well. Drove about 50 miles today. Oddly enough it seems to have changed the exhaust tone under throttle a little bit, certainly pulls a little harder (more so above 40-50mph)- and it wasn't like it didn't pull pretty hard in the first place.

    I know I said I wasn't going to mod it. I said the same thing about my WRX. Come springtime - I think I'll be looking at ARH headers, x-pipe, high flow cats, and a tune. After that - lots of research to pick a route between n/a and f/i. N/A costs more, but I like the idea of all motor 500whp and the LS6 should be up to the task. On the other hand, a supercharger kit will put down 530whp for nearly two-thirds the price of N/A.
    Torch Red 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 46k mi.
    Black 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 6-speed 94k mi. my mod list
    10/08/2006 - 14.089@103.01 (5-speed with well worn clutch, no launch)
    "Six stars gleaming, five speeds breaking, four tires chirping, three differentials working, two liters screaming, one turbo boosting... it's what makes a Subaru all-wheel-drive, all we'll drive."
    for Bugeye owners my BOV thread Service Manuals

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    I've been in a similar situation as you for the past year or so, while I think I've decided on staying NA and just shooting for around 500whp, until I pull the trigger I'm still on the fence.

    I see FI as never ending where as with NA there's a ceiling if you still want to be able to DD your car. ~500whp will still be fine on streetable tires without going widebody, probably can survive without another grand in gauges, no futzing with a boost a pump and fueling, can probably get away without having to buy a wb02. . .etc..

    WHat are blowers running for C5's? You'd be hard pressed to get into one for < 5K in a C6(unless used).

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    New supercharger kits are around 6k-8k, used kits are around 3-4k.

    But The Vette Doctors Inc. - Home Page has a supercharger kit installed and tuned for $6495. I am thinking about heading out there come spring for their $1895 deal (ARH headers, high flow cats, x-pipe, installed and dyno tuned).

    All motor power is honestly the direction I would rather go. I've already got a F/I AWD with my subie, N/A RWD seems like a nice alternative.
    Torch Red 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 46k mi.
    Black 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 6-speed 94k mi. my mod list
    10/08/2006 - 14.089@103.01 (5-speed with well worn clutch, no launch)
    "Six stars gleaming, five speeds breaking, four tires chirping, three differentials working, two liters screaming, one turbo boosting... it's what makes a Subaru all-wheel-drive, all we'll drive."
    for Bugeye owners my BOV thread Service Manuals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micah View Post
    New supercharger kits are around 6k-8k, used kits are around 3-4k.

    But The Vette Doctors Inc. - Home Page has a supercharger kit installed and tuned for $6495. I am thinking about heading out there come spring for their $1895 deal (ARH headers, high flow cats, x-pipe, installed and dyno tuned).

    All motor power is honestly the direction I would rather go. I've already got a F/I AWD with my subie, N/A RWD seems like a nice alternative.

    I still see FI as having a higher ceiling than NA. . . Though with the LS3's people are cutting 9's with bolt on sc's. .. still not the route I want to go.

    intake, headers, cam, double roller,pushrods, rockers, thermostat, dual springs

    Your list for 500sh would be the same but with heads, no? . . that doesn't seem like it would be much more expensive than a used sc, depending on your choice of heads. . . though with labor I can see it spiking.

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