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February 01, 2011
First up was bolting on ACT's new lightweight XACT LS flywheel (PN 600585). Forged from chromemoly steel, this CNC-machined flywheel comes in at a svelte 14.7 lbs. It's certified to SFI Spec 1.1 standards and has an induction-hardened integral ring gear for increased durability.
First up was bolting on ACT's new lightweight XACT LS flywheel (PN 600585). Forged from ch
We then slid on the clutch disc (PN 3000909). ACT Street discs feature premium organic material with increased friction, high copper content, and steel backed linings for better heat transfer and tolerance to reduce fade and increase clutch life.
We then slid on the clutch disc (PN 3000909). ACT Street discs feature premium organic mat
Lastly, we put the pressure plate unit in place (PN GM015). Keep in mind the clutch kit doesn't include fasteners, so that OEM stuff needs to be reused. In the case of the flywheel bolts, we picked up new torque-to-yield pieces from our local GM dealer.
Lastly, we put the pressure plate unit in place (PN GM015). Keep in mind the clutch kit do
This was also the best time to ditch our vague GM shifter in favor of something a lot more precise. This Hurst Billet/Plus shifter (PN 391-5061) has a heat-treated billet steel gear selector for extra strength, and adjustable positive gear stops to help make sure we end up in the gear we're shooting for.
This was also the best time to ditch our vague GM shifter in favor of something a lot more
The Hurst shifter also came with a dust boot, chrome shifter handle, and oh-so-stylish knob. Licata reported that the new clutch and shifter made a world of difference in how the Camaro launches and rows through the gears.
The Hurst shifter also came with a dust boot, chrome shifter handle, and oh-so-stylish kno
Staying smog legal in California meant that we had to lose our dreams of high-flowing long-tube headers. To help ease the pain, we went with these lightweight CARB legal JBA shorties (PN 1808S-1JS).
Staying smog legal in California meant that we had to lose our dreams of high-flowing long
The JBA mandrel-bent headers feature 1 5/8-inch primary tubes and are stainless steel with a silver ceramic coating. The coating can take up to 1500 degrees and will help keep the engine bay temps down a bit.
The JBA mandrel-bent headers feature 1 5/8-inch primary tubes and are stainless steel with
The beauty of these mods is that, from this view, one would be hard-pressed to see that performance parts were added. One visual part we did swap out was installing a COMP solid tensioner (PN 54025) in place of the spring-loaded one from GM. This should help keep us from tossing a belt at high rpm, plus it looks good.
The beauty of these mods is that, from this view, one would be hard-pressed to see that pe
Since our '01 was heading back east for the Holley LS Fest, we decided to have it tuned by our buddy Mike Norris in Indianapolis, Indiana. After some laptop tweaks, we nailed down a best pull of 362 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. Certainly not "big power" by today's standards, but that extra bump should help us blow through the cones a bit quicker.
Since our '01 was heading back east for the Holley LS Fest, we decided to have it tuned by
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