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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject:  New Guy, HELP! Reply with quote

hows it going all? im the new guy around these parts. i picked up an 01 Impala 9C1. when i first got the car, there was a knock in the engine so i had to replace it fully. i now have the same engine that was in it originally, but new. theres about 4000 miles on the car and im getting bored, i skimmed the forums and i really dont speak 'car' but was looking for the easiest way to gain some horsepower or some tourque. please no abbreviations, im pretty much a ruh-tard when it comes to cars. Embarassed

any help is much appresh! thanks in advance Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum my dude. I'd say a super easy, quick, and a good first mod that will yield you some results would be to build your own intake. Several members here including myself, have done that mod. There are a few walkthrough's (if you will) here on how to do it. Utilize the search feature and if you need any additional help shoot me a pm.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

thats a loooonnnng s/n lol i hope you have "save" s/n in your log on

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

As Sh8dy was saying, you can make your own intake or buy one. I think K&N and Wizardair makes them. Also 180 degree thermostats are also a popular upgrade.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Intake and exhaust are good basics to start with. I guess I'd have to ask what your goals are with the car.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

thanks for the warm welcome guys. well im a 20 year old just lookin for a few extra horses. as for my goals with the car, it really gets me from point a to b. that really all i need in a car. i plan to continue to mod it cosidering the body has about 64k and the engine has 4k. i spoke to my old man and he also agreed with you guys, an intake and an exhaust system.

now the hard part...i want a duel exhaust for my impala. the only one i can find is one for over a G (1,193.00 + shipping) thats a little too steep for me. i found one other one online, but they were out of stock for my make and model. any of you guys know where to grab one? i havent checked local parts dealers, and considering my uncles a parts deal (not proformance parts) ill check with him asap...

as for an intake, whats one that you guys recomend? im new to the modding business so i really dont know parts/brand names that well.

my budget for the exhaust is deff under a 1000.00
and i havent really checked out intakes yett...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

LI-PolicePackage-2001 wrote:
thanks for the warm welcome guys. well im a 20 year old just lookin for a few extra horses. as for my goals with the car, it really gets me from point a to b. that really all i need in a car. i plan to continue to mod it cosidering the body has about 64k and the engine has 4k. i spoke to my old man and he also agreed with you guys, an intake and an exhaust system.

now the hard part...i want a duel exhaust for my impala. the only one i can find is one for over a G (1,193.00 + shipping) thats a little too steep for me. i found one other one online, but they were out of stock for my make and model. any of you guys know where to grab one? i havent checked local parts dealers, and considering my uncles a parts deal (not proformance parts) ill check with him asap...

as for an intake, whats one that you guys recomend? im new to the modding business so i really dont know parts/brand names that well.

my budget for the exhaust is deff under a 1000.00
and i havent really checked out intakes yett...


For exhaust here you go: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors.....ccessories

As for intake K and N's are great.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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LI-PolicePackage-2001 wrote:
thanks for the warm welcome guys. well im a 20 year old just lookin for a few extra horses. as for my goals with the car, it really gets me from point a to b. that really all i need in a car. i plan to continue to mod it cosidering the body has about 64k and the engine has 4k. i spoke to my old man and he also agreed with you guys, an intake and an exhaust system.

now the hard part...i want a duel exhaust for my impala. the only one i can find is one for over a G (1,193.00 + shipping) thats a little too steep for me. i found one other one online, but they were out of stock for my make and model. any of you guys know where to grab one? i havent checked local parts dealers, and considering my uncles a parts deal (not proformance parts) ill check with him asap...

as for an intake, whats one that you guys recomend? im new to the modding business so i really dont know parts/brand names that well.

my budget for the exhaust is deff under a 1000.00
and i havent really checked out intakes yett...


For exhaust here you go: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors.....ccessories

As for intake K and N's are great.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:21 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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For exhaust here you go: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors.....ccessories

As for intake K and N's are great.


That's a great price for the Corsa exhaust but you can also get a GMPP catback (seen in my sig below) for ~500 bucks. It's GM part number 12498617.

I'm going to have to disagree with Sumdude and Crazydayz on the K&N intake kit. I purchased one before I read anything on the forums and regret doing so. The K&N kit provides a poor excuse for a heat shield and an intake tube/filter assembly. Your money is better spent on a DIY intake and a downpipe.

FYI, any exhaust work done behind the catalytic converter provides a change in sound and appearance with little to no change in performance. If you want to get more horsepower out of the engine you want to do something about restrictions in the system (the front manifold is notoriously bad and the U-bend in the downpipe). A powerlog and DP from ZZP gets rid of them and should give you a little bump in power.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:28 am    Post subject:  Re: New Guy, HELP! Reply with quote

LI-PolicePackage-2001 wrote:
hows it going all? im the new guy around these parts. i picked up an 01 Impala 9C1. when i first got the car, there was a knock in the engine so i had to replace it fully. i now have the same engine that was in it originally, but new. theres about 4000 miles on the car and im getting bored, i skimmed the forums and i really dont speak 'car' but was looking for the easiest way to gain some horsepower or some tourque. please no abbreviations, im pretty much a ruh-tard when it comes to cars. Embarassed

any help is much appresh! thanks in advance Very Happy


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:04 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I second the 'exhaust wont change performance much, it's just an appearance and audible modification' post. DP = downpipe (pipe that goes from the exhaust manifolds to the exhaust system and has the catalytic converter). You can replace the entire downpipe and get a new high-flow catalytic converter which will help your performance a bit but you'll most likely end up with a problem code set by the rear O2 sensor. You can install a "dummy" O2 sensor to fix the code or get a tuned PCM that will have that code deleted. Getting rid of the code is necessary to turn off the check engine light and to pass inspection in some places.

PCM = powertrain control module (basically controls how the engine and transmission perform. You can get an "off-the-shelf" tune and install it and it will give you a slight performance boost (recommend doing after installing some mods).

With a pretty new engine you should be good with engine maintenance but always spend your money wisely. Basically- Don't cash out on a bunch of mods if your brakes are crap and suspension is shot... I usually use regularly scheduled maintenance as times to upgrade parts (like brakes and suspension instead of just installing upgrades and throwing away new or still-good OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts. But check your owners manual (or find one online) and read about what filters should be changed and when and all that fun stuff.

At over 60k, make sure your transmission fluid and filter has been changed (advised against a flush- just drop pan, change filter and refill). You can also upgrade your tranny fluid to Dexron VI which is better.

Just do lots of reading and searching around here and you'll pick up stuff quick if you're into it. Mods to search and read about:
-FWI (fender wall intake)
-CAI (cold air intake)
-DP (downpipe)
-Catback exhaust
-Powerlog
-PCM (powertrain control module)
-suspension upgrades (Sway bars, trailing arms, struts, springs...)
-F-body brake upgrade (putting Camaro front calipers on the imp with slight modification)
-SS (stainless steel) brake lines

Also if your ride is equipped with the police package steel wheels, those are heavy (even heavier than standard issue steelies) so you could get some aluminum or alloy rims that are lighter (less rotating mass = wheels spin faster Very Happy )

There's lots of interior/exterior visual modifications to do... sound systems, a lot of people get LED backlit guage clusters and window/heating controls (search for all that stuff), window tinting, the list goes on...

Beyond most of this... big power adders like turbos or supercharger top swaps and internal engine upgrades comes with hefty price tags and lots and lots of time, knowledge and reading.

Congrats on the car and welcome to the site (and the empty wallets club) Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:41 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

He could do what I did and get a off road downpipe and if possible buy a platinum filled cat in place of a highflow ceramic cat to add to it. Platinum filled cats are expensive but won't set any codes and are considered highflow cats themselves due to the need for less material in the cat to 'clean up' bad exhaust gases. As far as catback exhaust, I'm with the rest, you'll gain no performance from a muffler. Your ride will sound good though! Cool Go with a downpipe for performance gain.

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Did you install the engine yourself? I second sabre's post.

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Did you install the engine yourself? I second sabre's post.

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Did you install the engine yourself? I second sabre's post.

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