When we went looking for a cat-back exhaust for our 1997 Corvette, we were blown away by the choices that were out there! The options seem limitless, but for a Corvette, we decided to give a call to the guys who are among the best for Corvettes in the industry – Mid America Motorworks!
by Lindsey Fisher on June 12, 2013
For the last several months, we’ve been teasing about our ultimate Chevy project car receiving its very special LSX engine from our friends at BluePrint Engines. Luckily, the 1964 Chevelle, appropriately named Project BluePrint, is now finally ready for the process we’ve all been waiting for – check it out!
by Clifton Klaverweiden on May 3, 2013
Flowmaster’s Scavenger Series Elite Headers for classic and modern muscle cars are no joke. From ceramic coated stainless to scavenging velocity cones, to long tubes and 50-state legal shorties, these headers mean business. Follow along as we review the entire line-up and install a set on one of our shop cars.
by Paul Huizenga on April 22, 2013
In a market full of competition at all levels of price, performance, and quality, how do you stand out from the rest? Simply build the best parts you possibly can, and let the customer be the judge… Check out our inside look at Akrapovič, and follow along as we upgrade a C6 Z06 Corvette with their slip-on syste
by Rick Seitz on April 2, 2013
With the first generation CTS-V falling into the “affordable” category, many examples are quickly landing in the hands of the enthusiasts all over the country. We installed one of CORSA’s catback exhausts on our own V1 recently, and we detail the installation with before and after dyno results here.
In our latest installment of our ongoing Camaro project car, BlownZ, we remove our racing exhaust to get them ceramic coated. More precisely, Jet-Hot coated in the company’s Extreme 2500 Series – exactly what we need in our high-horsepower, high-boosted 388 cubic inch LSX mill.
by Clifton Klaverweiden on February 12, 2013
A powerful car like the 5th Generation Camaro SS deserves an equally powerful exhaust system. See how we unleashed some trapped ponies with help from LG Motorsports!
Our Project 2002 Camaro BlownZ receives an exhaust upgrade courtesy of Kooks Custom Headers and Vibrant Performance pipes. Not only does this give us an unique setup, but it provides the ultimate in sound and performance. To learn more about our new upgrade, click on the link here.
by Michael Harding on January 9, 2013
When it comes to the classic Flowmaster Sound, there’s more than just one muffler to choose from. From moderate to aggressive, Flowmaster has several mufflers to choose from and we performed a sound test on eight of them.
by Paul Huizenga on December 5, 2012
So how do you top off a glass that’s already full to the brim? That’s the problem we faced with our 2011 Z06 Corvette. We had to find a few select upgrades that would boost performance without taking anything away from the car’s near-perfection in stock form…
by JustinAbbott on July 10, 2012
Zip’s VP and Technical Supervisor takes us through how well the LS3 responds to simple upgrades, and makes the case for the LS platform being the best V8 Chevy’s ever made, hands down.
by Don Creason on July 9, 2012
Project Swinger gets a custom hot set of pipes using a kit from Flowmaster, Super 44 mufflers and a cool coating from Jet-Hot Coatings. It’s almost criminal to hide parts that look this good under a car.
by Shane McGlaun on March 14, 2012
Which is the better car, a new Mustang GT or a new Camaro SS? While we’re not going to give our opinion on which one we like better, with help from host Jessica Barton, we took these cars to BBK Performance and threw the company’s most popular bolt-ons at them and ran them on the dyno after each step.
by Paul Huizenga on March 5, 2012
Part 2 of our 2-part series wraps up Corvette Central Performance’s Stage 3 and 4 kits for the C5 Corvette, taking Project Y2k’s power to the next level with long tube headers and a cam swap, among other improvements. Check out how we’ve built our 2000 Corvette to outrun an LS3 C6!
by Paul Huizenga on January 12, 2012
In Part 1 of our two-part series, we perform Stage 1 and Stage 2 upgrades from Corvette Central Performance on Project Y2k, our 2000 Corvette. Follow along as we free up trapped horsepower with improved intake and exhaust flow…
by Clifton Klaverweiden on January 6, 2012
Corsa Performance Exhausts has developed the technology to reduce unwanted sound without robbing performance through their patented Reflective Sound Cancellation design. Here’s an inside look at how Corsa develops and manufactures their exhaust systems right here in the US.
Headers can help you make more power, but they can also bring it down. We aren’t experts in the exhaustive arts, so we called in some favors from some of the leaders in the header world. These guys are experts, and they schooled us in the science of headers.
by Lindsey Fisher on September 1, 2011
The Cadillac CTS-V holds its own as a powerhouse straight from the factory. Whether it’s on the street or at the track, this four-door luxury sedan can switch from errand-runner to a street-legal drag car. While we respect the amount of power the stock CTS-V produces, we wanted to give our 2011 a bit more spice.
by Bobby Kimbrough on March 26, 2011
Exhaust systems don’t have to be an afterthought when you’re shoe-horning a massive powerplant into a cramped stock engine bay. Exhaust header master builder Dan Lemons, of Lemons Headers, explains how performance and fit can work together for exceptional performance on the track.
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