View Full Version : Next Mod: Headers, Wheels, or WS6 Hood?


CoreyD
05-07-2012, 01:58 AM
Hey guys, I'm looking for some advice/opinions on what mod I should go with next. The car is an 01 non-WS6 T/A with only a lid and a cutout. Keep in mind the car is my DD, and I'm on a budget ;)

For headers, I was considering BBKs, and for wheels, c5z06 (original, i know).

EDIT: It is an a4, but I to go to school 2 hours away, and I'm constantly going back and forth from there and home. So I'm not looking to do a stall while I'm still at school.

http://i.imgur.com/cUkV8.jpg

garygnu
05-07-2012, 07:18 AM
look at a good converter if it is a auto.

bww3588
05-07-2012, 07:20 AM
Headers and cat back for sure. The fun factor will totally kill anything a hood or wheels can do for you.

ULTIMATEORANGESS
05-07-2012, 08:23 AM
LTs. or a stall if its an a4.

lemons12
05-07-2012, 08:32 AM
Rims... But NOT C5Z.

Grab something with a nice lip on it, RPM r 505s or something of the sort... And lower it with some BMRs or something.
A good looking car starts with rims/stance. It will COMPLETELY change the look of the car.

After that I would concentrate on power/fun mods.

udienow
05-07-2012, 09:30 AM
I have never been a fan of any vette wheels on f-bodys, but that might be just me. You will eventually do it all, so do whatever you feel is best for you. Wheels + tires will probably be the most costly of the 3 things you listed.

LS WON A4
05-07-2012, 11:41 AM
Headers. Long tubes only though. And even if your car is a auto, a stall will set you back a pretty penny compared to any of the other mods mentioned (except for wheels/tires).

CoreyD
05-07-2012, 01:24 PM
Thanks guys

A stall is kinda out of the picture for me because I go to school 2 hours away from home, so I'm driving back and forth at least twice a month, so I don't want to hurt my gas mileage.

lemons12
05-07-2012, 01:30 PM
At 40mph or so the converter locks and acts identical to a factory converter.. Including MPG.

lemons12
05-07-2012, 01:31 PM
Also you can get a nice converter or under 500$.

CoreyD
05-07-2012, 01:39 PM
At 40mph or so the converter locks and acts identical to a factory converter.. Including MPG.

Good to know, I'll have to keep that in mind.

S8ER95Z
05-07-2012, 01:46 PM
FWIW Headers are going to hurt your mileage pretty bad unless you can afford a tune to go with it. My car has been running pig rich since the long tubes went on and I'm pulling low 20s average instead of mid 20s like I was before the headers. Just something to think about...

I vote converter as well... but if your choices are rims/hood... I would go with lighter wheels then the hood.

CoreyD
05-07-2012, 01:49 PM
What would my mileage look like with a converter around 70-80mph?

Also, if i was to get headers I would get a tune.

lemons12
05-07-2012, 02:04 PM
What would my mileage look like with a converter around 70-80mph?

Also, if i was to get headers I would get a tune.

You for real??? :bomb:

I just told you, IDENTICAL to what it is right now... Identical means absolutely 100% the same as it is right now. It won't change, at all.... Not 1 mpg.

CoreyD
05-07-2012, 04:05 PM
You for real??? :bomb:

I just told you, IDENTICAL to what it is right now... Identical means absolutely 100% the same as it is right now. It won't change, at all.... Not 1 mpg.

You said "at 40 mph or so", or was that supposed to mean 40mph and up?

StuntmanMike
05-07-2012, 04:07 PM
I'd go wheels.

IMHO, but I can't stand T/A's with stock 16's. Visually, changing wheels is the biggest thing you can do to that car. I'd skip the WS6 hood, at till you get new wheels. WS6 hood with stock 16's just looks silly to me.

And X 11 BILLION on the skip the C5Z wheels comment. Those wheels were played out 5 years ago, and even if they weren't, they look like total arse on a T/A.

Since you're on a budget, look for a set of used WS6 wheels (either style) with good tires. They pop up for sale on the boards and CL every so often. I have '01 WS6's on my Formula, I think they look killer, and I got them with good tires for a great price from a member here a few years ago.

Whatever you do, congrats on getting the T/A! She looks real clean, AND is the best color!

StuntmanMike
05-07-2012, 04:10 PM
You said "at 40 mph or so", or was that supposed to mean 40mph and up?

Yeah, at 40mph or so, your torque converter locks up, which eliminates any slipage, so regardless of the stall, it will drive just like stock with the converter locked.

It's when driving around town at under 40 or so when the TC is unlocked that the higher stall will negatively effect your mileage.

Once it locks up, it doesn't matter at all. That's why this is a great mod if you do alot of highway driving, you won't lose any mpg.

CoreyD
05-07-2012, 04:21 PM
Ohh I see, thanks for clearing up the misunderstanding! Definitely makes my decision even harder.

StuntmanMike
05-07-2012, 04:37 PM
Ohh I see, thanks for clearing up the misunderstanding! Definitely makes my decision even harder.

No problem!

Here's a great recent thread with some great info about stalls...

http://ls1tech.com/forums/new-ls1-owners-newbie-tech/1525987-gears-stalls.html

RPM WS6 drops a TON of great knowledge.

AmDWs6
05-07-2012, 05:19 PM
i think you should go with both hood & rims "imo".
headers will need a tune,stall.. you're going to be spending more on fuel
future wise you'll use another stall different setup.. upgrades.
just seems to me that a 2 hour drive with headers will totally screw your budget up.
but that's just me.
hell my car spent almost 1/4 of the tank just 10-15miles after i recently (2 days ago)
installed texas speed headers 1 7/8.
fyi: 02 Ws6 T/A M6 - Not Tuned Yet.

lemons12
05-07-2012, 05:36 PM
I say mph or because it depends on the setup and tune... 99% of the time it will lock between 40-47mph. Get a quality converter.. PTC, Yank, VIG, Circle D, etc... Get a shitty converter and you will regret the purchase and probably end up hating your car. Converters make or break entire setups, it is the heart of a good automatic setup.

98cobrakiller
05-11-2012, 08:51 AM
headers for sure let the car fart with those converters on there its like being constipated. they sound amazing and the few extra ponys dont hurt

MikeWS6
05-17-2012, 03:57 PM
Long tubes for sure. I would run an ory pipe as well. Since you already have the cut out I would bother with a catback to be honest.

Snake_Skinner
05-17-2012, 04:14 PM
There's a real nice oem NBM WS.6 hood in the classifieds right now, it's been there for several months so you could prob pick it up cheap. I'd buy it now if I was you!

Fbodyjunkie06
05-18-2012, 10:31 AM
Headers