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Old 01-23-2010, 12:58 PM
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75TransAm... Very clean L98.... I actually ordered an 89 IROC with a T-5 and an L98... Wish i would have kept that one...
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:13 PM
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DO NOT CHANGE THE MOTOR OUT OF A REAL GRAND SPORT!!!

If that thing's real, please do not swap another motor into it. There were only 1000 Grand Sports made. Instead you should get a 92+ C4 and do your mods to it. The GS is one of the rarest C4s you can find.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by 01Z0H6 View Post
75TransAm... Very clean L98.... I actually ordered an 89 IROC with a T-5 and an L98... Wish i would have kept that one...
No you didn't. The 5-speed was never available with the L98. The (whatever) 305 TPI is as big as you could go with the 5-Speed.
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Originally Posted by 01Z0H6 View Post
"MO"... Listen to this guy... you are working backwards...

seriously , I think I am ... time to change the subject from c4 to c5. maybe ,, i'll see what I can do
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Originally Posted by 01Z0H6 View Post
LT1's are dogs... decent TQ... but low on the HP... IMO
Have you ever seen a correctly built LT1? I guarantee you they are no dogs

92+ C4 for you buddy! make it happen
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If you can step it up to a c5 though, those are sweet!
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 01Z0H6 View Post
75TransAm... Very clean L98.... I actually ordered an 89 IROC with a T-5 and an L98... Wish i would have kept that one...
Thank you. I appreciate the compliment. I have always wanted an IROC. Just never got around to getting one.
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by marc97taws6 View Post
If you can step it up to a c5 though, those are sweet!

the word if = $$$

and unfortunately I don't have that.
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Originally Posted by Mohammed View Post
the word if = $$$

and unfortunately I don't have that.
look at it this way. I have dumped a BUNCH of money into my c4. Its my daily driver and the tune will never be perfect. I have decided to fix all the little things and stop modding it. They are tempermental. Im hoping to have a c5 coupe by next summer with some saving every penny lol
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Originally Posted by 01Z0H6 View Post
"MO"... Listen to this guy... you are working backwards...
Thats a junk statement.

You could easily buy a clapped out C5 and spend a **** ton of coin on fixing it just as well as a C4. Good thing about C5's is they have fancy electronic doodads that are expensive to fix.

C4's are killer, I am talkin 92+ C4's, LT1 is a good platform no matter what anybody says. You want to go 8's then maybe look elsewhere but if you want a nice bolt-on cruiser then your fine either way.

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Old 02-18-2010, 05:12 PM
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I've owned a 96 Trans Am and now my 01 Z06...I did a TON of mods to the lt1 and had it running 11s N/A (never sprayed it before I sold it but I am sure it wouldve gone low 10s). I can tell you after having both...GET THE C5. The LT1s are ok..you can make decent power with them but a lot of the headaches that come with that engine which aren't worth dealing with. You can do less to the C5 and get more power or the same power. Your knuckles won't be busted up either.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:58 AM
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I own a 96 lt4 and a 02 zo6 the c4 is a great car. I plan to put the ls6 in it with heads and cam
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:36 PM
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Default A Very Good Reason For C4 Over C5

I live in NC and we have OBD-II emissions testing on every car 1996 & newer . . .

1995 vehicles and older are "visual inspection" only in NC, meaning that as long as the wipers work, the horn blows, the lights and turn signals all work, and they "see" cats on the car, it passes inspection no matter what you have done to it !

No "Big Brother" goodies either !

Try bringing in a C5 with a "built" LS stroker motor (not a "crate motor") and a cam that let's it make 600-650 HP, naturally-aspirated, with no "power adders"...

Either the car's ECU with have an aneurysm or the Emissions Inspector will ... LOL !

The C4 models would definitely have a place in my garage (I have always loved C4 VETTES, but I drive a 1995 TRANS-AM with a 98-02 front end conversion and am getting ready to drop in a 416 LS3 stroker & "stand alone" ECU, coupled to a Richmond 5-Speed and Strange 12-Bolt w/3.73's )

Total investment is under $25,000, including the car, purchased for $8000, 3 years ago, and the front fascia swap

($9500 is tied up in the motor).

Motor Specs: (All parts were purchased new, except F.A.S.T intake & TB)

LS3 block 4.065" bore (honed to 4.070")
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Did I mention that I love C4 VETTES, too ? (especially the 1995)
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:34 AM
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ohh this is an old thread , I already got a '94 c4 and sold it after having it for a month and a half .

Now I'm thinking to invest some money for a year or so and maybe will get a c6 later .

and if the budget was not fine , C5 will be my other choice.
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Originally Posted by Mohammed View Post
ohh this is an old thread , I already got a '94 c4 and sold it after having it for a month and a half .

Now I'm thinking to invest some money for a year or so and maybe will get a c6 later .

and if the budget was not fine , C5 will be my other choice.
may i ask why you sold it?
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Originally Posted by 3.8redbird View Post
may i ask why you sold it?

Good question,

the car looked fine but unfortunately there were things I didn't check before buying the car and I'll have to put some money to fix them . and I already installed some new weatherstrip which is expensive .


someone around here came and he looked serious to buy the car ... and I sold it to avoid some true statements said in this thread


Basically he could have bought a nice used C5 for that amount invested in his C4

My budget started at 7-8k
turns out i have dropped nearly 18-19k in including purchase.

If I had known I would have bought a c5



Good things about C4 :

decent HP
nice shape
good handling


Bad things :

Rough Ride
opti failure often (too much work to replace it)
less space inside , feet area is restricted .
hard to get in and out of the car (for old men)
it's a lt1 (will leak someday)




and at the end , it's not a LS1 !!!
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My thoughts FWIW,

My first vette was an 01 ZO6 off the showroom floor, I was torn between getting a ZR1 or the new ZO6 and ended with the ZO6. Although it was fast and nice, I never really liked it. Although it was fast, I never felt the sensation of speed, it drove too much like a Cadillac instead of a traditional sports car (too smooth for me). I ended up selling it and getting a 71 Pantera, loved it for awhile but it was way too rough around the edges (too rough). I sold it a few years ago and finally picked up my ZR1. I couldn't be happier, it is a happy medium for me, extremely fast and it feels that way. I can't comment on a base C4 but if you get a chance test drive a C4 and a C5 and see which one "fits" you better.

PS: The C4's stiff harsh ride shouldn't be a problem on Saudi roads.
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Old 06-14-2010, 02:12 PM
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PS: The C4's stiff harsh ride shouldn't be a problem on Saudi roads.

lol you mean it should be a problem according to the bumpy roads..there are good roads but there are also too many speed bumps , and the quality of the asphalt is bad ... thieves

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:44 PM
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I'm not much of a motor head, but I bought a c4 85' for 3k, dropped $200 in minor parts into it, and it ran like a champ. it now has water damage, and I would like to take this chance to make it a standard rather than automatic. and I would also like to drop a new/ rebuilt motor in it. I was thinking ZF and an LS1. if this sounds stupid it may be I just don't know a lot about it. any help would be great!

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