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C5 Classic Style The smooth sexy lines of fifth generation, the C5, has made it a favorite driver among the Corvette crowd. The relatively low market prices for the C5 is really a testament to just how good this car really is. The C5's devaluation is a direct result of an over abundant supply. The C5 had a seven year run; out of that run 246,012 units were produced. The C5 is a victim of its own high standard of quality. For the first time ever GM mass produced a vehicle that was virtually flawless. The price drop can be credited to the fact that most of the C5's out of the 1997 to 2004 production run are still on the road. This is in stark contrast to past years where only a small fraction of a production run was still in service after five or six years. It's just a simple function of supply vs. demand. Supply is very high and demand has shifted to later generations of America's only true sports car. For the time being the high supply of excellent quality C5's has presented potential http://www.corvetteweb.com/stockman.html

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buyers with some outstanding opportunities.

This brings us to the car in question. This months cover page Corvette belongs to Richard and Susan Stockman form Woodland Park, NJ. The purchased the car about five years ago and have made an outstanding car even better. With a few simple mods the C5 can be transformed into a real show stopper. Richard and Susan have done just that.

The Stockman's are very representative of what the vast majority of Corvette people strive for in the car. The wild "hyper-vette" builds that most of the Corvette publications focus on only represent a small fraction of whats actually out there. The high dollar builds make for some interesting reading but very few of us actually have the time or resources to devote to such an endeavor. http://www.corvetteweb.com/stockman.html

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Richard and Susan focused their efforts on customizing the C5 with some very cost effective modifications. The C5's beautiful factory lines were enhanced with the installation of and aftermarket hood, rear and body graphics and a rear spoiler. Z06 inspired front screens and a functional front air ducting by Vararam improver the look.

An aftermarket exhaust system replaced the mild mannered tones of what GM supplied. Under the hood an SLP cold air intake system compliments the exhaust and wakes up the beast when called upon. Other goodies include an Optima Red Top battery, red engine cap covers, red weatherstrip, hood spacers and an under-hood year panel A set of Z06 styled wheels and a set of racing red brake calipers increase the already aggressive look of this C5.

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Many Corvette lovers attest to the fact that the interior design of the C5 was one of the best ever supplied by the General. The C5 has an aircraft like wraparound cockpit that was lost in subsequent models. The Stockman's enhance the look with the addition of some red leather accents that include door handle, dash grips ,steering wheel, shifter boot and shifter knob.Richard and Susan are active members in two local Corvette clubs. They participate in various fun runs and cruise nights which give them plenty of opportunities to talk about their favorite pasttime. They enter their C5 in local shows and have made the pilgrimage to Bowling Green.

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Corvettes at Carlisle and Corvettes at theBoardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. The Stockman's car like most other C5's been relatively trouble-free. Equipped with the base 350/346 engine and 6-speed manual transmission, the car manages a miserly 32 mpg at highway speeds. We call that eating your cake and enjoying it. return to index page

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Classy Gand Sport

Freddie Harsley is a true blue Corvette lover from the great state of Missouri. Freddie started her Corvette odyssey with a 99 torch red C5 coupe. She then graduated to an 02 electron blue roadster. Freddie's ongoing quest for the perfect Corvette led her to a 2011 crystal red metallic Grand Sport.

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Freddie told us that she has always loved fast sport cars. Before getting into the Corvette hobby she toyed with Camaro's and Trans Am's. After her fling with American "pony" cars she decided it was time to take the plunge and put the ultimate American dream car in her garage.

Freddie started was bitten by the "mod bug" whole driving her 02 C5. She took the mod game to the next level after acquiring her 2011 Grand Sport. Freddie's first stop after picking up her new toy at the dealership was Elite Customs in Harvester, Mo. She named her new toy "Crystal".

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Crystal came equipped from the factory with a 4LT Heritage Package wrapped in Crystal Red Metallic and an ebony interior. The small block LS3 expels its anger via a dual mode performance exhaust system and a six speed automatic tranny.

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Modifications to Crystal include various pieces of engine chrome and custom paint. The cars exterior has been equipped with ZR1 side skirts, front splitter and a rear diffuser. An aggressive after market rear spoiler , and a custom painted and vented hood The interior is complimented by a custom MCS steering wheel.

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never fails to bring home a trophy. Freddie is the President of the KlasAct Corvette Club in St Louis, Mo. She told us that the name KlasAct means that they will always carry themselves with class befitting America's only true sports car. return to index page

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C5 Street Credit

Mark Kendrick from Minden LA. is the proud owner of an 03 C5 that is nicely dressed in GM spiral medium gray paint. With 45k miles on the odo this C5 proclaims that it is a true driver.

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The car is basically stock except for a Blackwing CAI that is feed through a carbon fiber duct. A mild tune was installed and it compliments the street-ability of this machine. A short throw six speed shifter moves the C5 through its paces and a 3.42 rear transfers the power to a set of Cray Manta wheels wrapped in 275 40 17 front and 295 35 18 rear rubber.

Mark was bitten by the "mod bug" after taking first place at a local car show. He wanted to compete with some of the tricked out Vettes that we constantly admire on various social media sites.

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has transformed many hum drum Corvettes into show winners.

Other engine components were treated to the carbon fiber look compliments of American Hydrocarbon. The exterior of the C5 was fitted with a carbon front splitter, rear wing and ZR1 style side skirts that were supplied by another one of our favorite custom part manufacturers, Carbon Creations. A set of custom tail lights black chrome front screens, side fender coves and rear screens enhance the C5's aggressive stance.

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The interior of the C5 is equipped with a set of custom two tone Italian leather seats. The factory dual air, heads up display and a 12 disk Bose premium sound round out the package. return to index page

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Z06 Dreaming Kirk Weiderman like most of us grew up dreaming of the day when he would be sitting behind the wheel of a shiny new Corvette. It took Kirk around 47 years but he realized his boyhood dream. His motto is "never give up".

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His first foray into the wonderful world of Corvetting was in a 2015 Z51 Stingray. Kirk told us that he really wanted a Z06 but was talked into the lesser model by the manager of the dealership. The salesman's pitch was " the base model is all you will ever need". Wrong, Kirk was happy at first but soon realized that he should not have settled. After about a year of pondering his decision Kirk traded in the Z51 for a Z06.

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After his new high performance acquisition Kirk was bitten by what we like to call "the mod bug". Kirk brought his Z to a local custom shop and and told the owner to concentrate on creating a show winning engine bay. The customizing shops owner had over twenty years of experience in transforming stock iron into show winning masterpieces.

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1964 Pro Touring Resto-mod Revisited Every so often we revisit a past article on a car that really impressed us. This takes us to an especially outstanding build of a pro touring rest mod 64 C2. Pat Lamberton, from Chalfont, PA, began his Corvette odyssey in 2008. The mod bug bit him shortly after buying a 2008 ZO6. After four years of modifications Pat found himself making changes on the car just for the sake of change. At that point he knew that a new project was needed. The new project began its journey as a modified1964 coupe. The car was purchased from Hendricks Motors in North Carolina. Hendricks had it listed on E Bay and with only one hour left in the auction Pat acquired his new project. The 62 was in very good condition at the time of purchase. The C2 was painted in Goodwood Green and was powered by an after market 327 small block. The interior was stock but was redone with newer materials. There had been some limited restoration done to the car in early 2010. Pat had always wanted a C2, after driving a few originals and speaking with Sean Farrell, owner of “The Vette Shop�, located in Warminster, PA it was agreed to transform his new toy into something special. The idea of turning the 64 into a "Resto-Mod" was born. For those of you not familiar with the term, "RestoModing" is the art of melding old school iron with modern technology. Classic cars, especially Corvettes are rolling pieces of art. Unfortunately most of these Detroit born Picasso's are better suited to garages and museums rather than traffic jams. A successful "resto-mod" project can yield the best of both worlds. The unbeatable look of a classic and the power and reliability of modern technology.

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After the decision was made to do a compete resto-mod the car was placed in the able hands of the Vette Shop. The first order of business was to swap out the venerable old 327 for one of the new kids on the bock, a fresh LS3 small bock. A heavy duty Tremec TKO five speed was paced aft of the new motor. A custom length drive shaft mated to a Dana rear with a set of 3:42 cogs helps to get the new found power to the ground.

A new one and a half inch round tube chassis was retrofitted with front and rear C4 suspension components. Stopping power is accomplished via specially fabricated power discs and drilled and slotted rotors. A set of 19 x 9.5 inch chrome ZR1 wheels with powder coated black barrels round off the retro mod look.

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headliner and Grant three spoke steering wheel gives the car an updated look. The floor boards are covered with custom made Mercedes Benz carpeting. A set of custom fitted Autometer cruiser series gauges are fitted in the original dash cluster. Tunes are delivered via a retro radio with an Ipod connection. Custom built speakers are hidden and covered in leather. Power windows and an air conditioning unit by Vintage Air help to cool things down.

Start to finish the build took nine and a half months. A short period of time considering what was done to the car. Pats Corvette has taken best of show awards at the 2013 Corvettes for Chip Miller Show and the 2013 Warminster PBA Fall Flames auto show. Pat tells us that he credits his wife Lisa for her support throughout the build. Lisa, is an avid participant in every show that the car is entered in. That kind of support makes things much easier when making a commitment of this magnitude. Pat says "It also allows you to spend your money on the build opposed to lawyers in divorce court." The Vette Nut's Return to Index Page

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From The Editor Too Many Horses in the Stable Todays breed of super cars are without a doubt the most powerful vehicles that have ever been created. We tend to look back at the good old days of hot rodding with awe and respect. Those ancient beasts had names like Hemi Cuda, GTO, 440 six pack Roadrunner, 454 Chevelle or 427 Corvette Sting Ray. Yes back in the day these cars were indeed street screamers. They could sprint from zero to sixty in a mind blowing six seconds and with some work could traverse the quarter mile in under fourteen seconds. Hey that was hot stuff back then. In 1970 being able to smoke those fifteen inch poly glass tires was all you had to to impress. Fast forward forty seven years and the big three are pumping out stone stock street cars that would have been the envy of the legendary Super Stock teams back then. That in mind sometime brings up a heretical question. That question is, can you ever have too much horse power? Most hot rodder's will gasp in horror at such a thought. Hey if 500 horses are good then 800 horses are better, right? The answer is maybe, and that maybe is based on a cars ability to transmit that power to the ground. More importantly the maybe is based on a drivers ability to stay alive in the process. This is no joke, todays streets are filled with inexperienced twenty year olds driving these monsters. That's great if the driver understands the responsibility that these cars require. A vehicle that is equipped with street tires has no chance of coping with more than 500 horses. An ill timed down shift to second gear will in most cases send that high horse machine into very dangerous territory. It takes some discipline to refrain from doing silly things in a high powered muscle car. Horse power is addicting and the truth of the matter is that some horse power junkies never stop until its too late. Dodge's latest entry in the street wars is the 840 horse Demon. The Mopar can cover the quarter mile in about 9.6 seconds. The next generation of the beloved Corvette will sport a similar drive train. Well my friends on the track that's fast, maybe too fast for anyone who is not a professional driver. Putting that kind of power on the street in undisciplined hands can have some very interesting results.

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"It takes some discipline to refrain from doing silly things in a high powered muscle car"

For most of us high horse power is a necessity that we never really use. The majority of modern muscle cars strut their stuff not at the track or street but on the show circuit. We all like to brag about how fast our cars are but rarely do we actually let those horses run. That's a good thing because having those bragging rights can sometimes be better than actually putting yourself to the test. Tony Costa - Editor

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Light Up My Life Black Onyx" LED tail light assemblies

Corvette owners are afflicted with a a very unique ailment, it is called the "Mod Bug". In the never ending quest to satisfy the need to improve upon what GM gave us we seek out and exploit every modification opportunity that presents itself. Corvette owners are especially fond of mods that are both cost effective and easy to install. The Corvette rear end is often forgotten or relegated to the last part of the car that is modified. The iconic port hole taillights on the C6 Corvette are a prime target for an easy and effective modification. The dull factory red lenses and associated incandescent OEM lights can easily be updated with modern led technology. Replacing factory rear lighting with LED's requires using specific in line resistors or the result will be hyper flashing of the turn signals and dash lighting. Splicing resistors into the rear wiring harness is not that difficult http://www.corvetteweb.com/black.html

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but wouldn't be nice if a true plug and play unit were offered that incorporated resistors in the lens assembly. Well look no further because this system exists. The lenses are manufactured by IPCW and ADJURE INC. They are available through most of the major Corvette vendors. While at a car show a while back we saw a C6 Corvette that was adorned with a set of Midnight Onyx rear tail lights. They were to put it mildly a spectacular refinement of the C6's rear. We contacted the manufacturer and they supplied us with a set of these beauties to test out. As mentioned these units are true plug and play. On an installation difficulty scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is easy and 5 is impossible, we rate this as a definite 1. It took one of our "all thumbed" shop guys less than ten minutes to swap out the stock lights and install the LED's. The packaging of the units was top notch. They come encased in various layers of cardboard and styrofoam. The major part of the install time was spent on freeing these gems from the factory packaging.

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Plug the new led harness located on each of the replacement lenses into the stock retainers and insert it into the new lens with a twisting motion.

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Plug each factory harness on the rear of the car into the retainer of each taillight lens. The only tricky part of the installation is ensuring that the black wire on the new led lens is aligned with the black wire on the factory harness. LED's must have the proper polarity to operate. Replace each new lens into the rear housing and replace the top screws

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Corvette News Move over Z06 The 2018 ZR1 will sport an all new super charged LT5 engine that displaces 6.2-liters. The new mill will use direct injection and variable valve timing. The blower will be an all new Eaton R2650. The new combo should push the LT5 well into the 700hp range. The war of the super cars continues.

C7 Production Numbers In 2015 Chevrolet built 34,240 Corvettes that represents a production decrease of 8% for Corvette Stingrays built in 2014. The Stingray Coupe led the way in terms of volume. 20,757 Stingray Coupes were produced in 2015. The Z06 Coupe came in second with 6,980 built . The Corvette Stingray Convertible’s production was 4,830 and the Corvette Z06 Convertible total was 1,673 Stingray Coupe 20757 Stingray Convertible 4830 Z06 Coupe 6980 Z06 Convertible 1673 _______ _______ TOTAL 34,240

60.6% 14.1% 20.4% 4.9%

C7 Z06 Engine Self Destruct Problem Solved (Maybe) GM engineers have figured out why some early production C7 Z06 motors came apart during spirited driving sessions. It seems that debris from faulty oil filter connections may have been the cause. GM is now recommending that all Z06 owners change their oil after the 500-mile break-in period to make sure that it’s clear of any debris before any of it gets mixed into the moving parts of the engine.

Class Action Suit Filed by C6 Z06 owners A group of C6 Z06 owners have filed a class action suit against GM. The suit states that the GM LS7 engine installed in the C6 Z06 2006 thru 2013 have an engine related issue that may cause the engine to self destruct. The problem is that on some of the LS7's the valve guide specifications were not adhered to. GM claims that only a very small percentage of the LS7 engines produced have this problem. They http://www.corvetteweb.com/news.html

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also state that the only time the affected engines will have a problem is when owners modify them with after market performance parts and track the cars. Our advise is if you have an LS7 equipped vehicle try to get a GMPP extended warranty. We would also advise against modifying the engine but we know that will fall on deaf ears. As far as the class action suit the chance of a small group of car owners winning a law suit against Government Motors is at best slim and none. C7 Z06 Performance Numbers Released

Detroit - The 2015 Corvette Z06 was recently put through its paces by GM's test division. The numbers are very impressive for a factory stocker. The time tested benchmarks of hot rodding, 0-60 mph and trap times through the quarter were used in GM's press release. The new "Z" will do 0-60 mph in 2.94 seconds and fly through the quarter in 10.94 seconds. The big surprise here is that these numbers were attained with the new 8 speed automatic tranny. The 7 speed manual can do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and the quarter in 11.2 seconds. In this case humans will have to take a back seat to vehicles equipped with super computers. To put this in proper perspective a stock C6 "Z" if properly driven can do 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and the quarter in 11.4 seconds. A .2 and .4 second improvement is not a quantum leap but it is a step in the right direction of muscle car insanity. The Vettes traditional rival, the $200,000 Porsche 911 Turbo beats the "Z' by a hair with a 0-60 time of 2.6mph and a quarter mile time of 10.90 seconds.

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Problem with the low-beam headlights Recall: 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvette Customer Satisfaction Program repair: 2008-2013 GM has issued a recall notice for all 2005 thru 2007 Corvettes. This recall is part of a campaign which affects 111,889 U.S. vehicles. The recall was issued to remedy a serious problem with the low-beam headlights. According to GM “When the engine is warm, the underhood electrical center housing could expand, causing the headlamp low-beam relay control circuit wire to bend slightly.” The problem arises when the circuit breaks which will disable the low-beam headlights. The problem also affects 2008-2013 Corvettes. GM stated that those vehicles will be repaired through a Customer Satisfaction Program, rather than a recall.

NEW "Z" CAR A REALITY

Detroit - GM introduced the 2015 Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 13th. The new Z will deliver supercar levels of performance via a blown 625 hp small block, chassis refinements and ebhanced aerodynamics. The Corvette 2015 Z06 will enhance Chevy's overall lineup, that will include the addition of the Corvette Stingray Convertible, Camaro Z/28 and SS sedan. The new ZO6 should hit the show room floors by the fall of 2014. Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet said in a recent interview,“Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance car brand, and for 2014 we are http://www.corvetteweb.com/news.html

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going to offer enthusiasts more choices than ever before”. “No other manufacturer will be able to match the breath of performance cars from Chevrolet.” The 2014 Corvette Stingray has won the North American Car of the Year award. The award was chosen based on the input of 48 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. They voted to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

C7 Retail pricing and performance data released DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe will have a suggested starting retail price of $51,995 for the coupe and $56,995 for the roadster. Chris Perry, VP, Chevrolet marketing, stated “The 2014 Corvette Stingray perfectly embodies Chevrolet’s mission to deliver more than expected for our customers.” “The Corvette Stingray delivers a combination of performance, design and technology that very few manufacturers can match, and none can even come close for $52,000.” As per the latest GM tests the C7 equipped with the Z51 Performance Package will yield the following track numbers: 0-60 MPH: 3.8 seconds ¼ mile acceleration: 12 seconds @ 119 mph Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH: 107 feet Maximum lateral acceleration: 1.03 G Not too shabby for a new 455 horse base entry. Imagine what this car will do with an anticipated 200 horse upgrade via the ZO6 package.

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60th Anniversary Special Edition Rag Top Chevrolet has announced the release of the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition. The anniversary Corvette will be the fastest convertible ever produced by GM. The 60th Anniversary Package will be available on 2013 Corvette models. According to Chris Perry, VP, Global Marketing and Strategy for Chevrolet “The 2013 model year will be historic for Corvette, marking its 60th Anniversary and the final year for the current ‘C6’ generation,”. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate these milestones than bringing back one of the mostcoveted combinations in the brand’s history – the Corvette convertible and a 427 cubic-inch engine.” The 60th Anniversary convertible edition will make their public debut at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan 21. The car should be available at Chevrolet dealers early this summer. The Corvette 427 Convertible is a Z06 and ZR1 hybrid. The new package intent is to send the C6 model off with a bang and to create the fastest convertible in Corvette’s history.

2012 Upgrades Report The 2012 Corvette may be the last of its kind for the C6 generation. The C6 will be going out with a performance bang. The following are some of the performance upgrade codes that will be available for what may be the last C6. (PDE) ZR1 High Performance Package Includes (RUV) Black cup style lightweight 19″ front and 20″ rear wheels, (XFH) Michelin PS Cup tires and (MH3) 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission.

(Z07) Z06 Ultimate Performance Package Upgraded from its initial 2011 release and renamed the “Ultimate Performance Package”, the Z07 package now includes Performance Traction Management (PTM) which was previously exclusive to the ZR1. In addition to Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Z07 includes (XFH) Michelin PS Cup tires (optimized for warm, dry weather performance with reduced tread wear rating), (RUV) Black cup style lightweight aluminum wheels and (F55) Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

(F55) Magnetic Selective Ride Control for Z06 (F55) Magnetic Selective Ride Control is now available with Z06 and includes Performance Traction Management (PTM), (RUV) Black cup style lightweight aluminum wheels and (XFG) Michelin PS2 tires.

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Consumer Reports has never been a Corvette fan. Over the years they have taken every opportunity to dissuade their audience from purchasing a Corvette. The tide has turned in a big way. The 2011 Corvette ZO6 scored 92 out of 100 in the reports extensive tests. This ranked the ZO6 as one of the ten best cars to own in 2011. Now that's a spectacular turnaround to say the least.

Learn How to Drive Compliments of GM

In a last ditch effort to bolster sagging Corvette sales GM announced that it will offer free tuition to a driving school with all new Corvette purchase made by February 28th. This is the same driving school offer that was reserved for new ZR1 owners. New Corvette owners will be able to choose between the Bondurant school in Phoenix or the Ron Fellows driving school in Las Vegas. The offer includes two days of training at either facility. Travel and lodging are not included. ZR1 owners will get a third day of school on GM. New Carbon Edition ZO6 Available

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The Z06 is now offered in a limited "carbon edition" package. The carbonized Z's will sport a set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, black 20-spoke wheels (19" front, 20" rear) and a Magnetic Selective Ride Control damping system to soften the ride. Chevrolet will build 500 Z06 Carbon edition cars that should be available by late-summer of 2011. The Carbon Z's will be available in either Inferno Orange or Supersonic Blue. The Carbon's exterior will features blacked out headlamp surrounds and mirrors. Other body improvements will include a ZR1 spoiler, a high profile ZR1 carbon fiber hood without the silly "peek-a-boo" lexan window, carbon fiber rockers and front splitter. Suspension improvements will make the carbon Vette about 3 seconds faster on a roundy round race track like Laguna. The Carbon Vettes interior will include some needed upgrades as well. The current Vettes interior is a disgrace, sorry if that offends you but we tell it like we see it. Refinements will include new suede leather and lots more carbon fiber accents. The steering wheel, dash and seats will remain, courtesy of Chevy Impala. GM will also offer a Z07 performance package that will include all of the mechanical and chassis upgrades of the Carbon Vette. The price of admission for a fully loaded Carbon Z will be in the ninety thousand dollar range. A Nice to Have Second Car First and foremost Corvette owners are car guy's that really appreciate an out of the ordinary piece of engineering even if the car in question was not born in Bowling Green. How about a carbon fiber wonder that sports a dual turbo 2000 hp V8? 0 to 60mph comes in at a tad under 1.5 seconds and has a top speed of 300 mph. 6.6 second Quarter mile times will make you an instant contender at any sanctioned racing event. The monster we are talking about is being produced under the name of Dagger GT. The price of admission is a paltry $450K.

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Exclusive Build Your Own Engine Option to be Offered on 2011 ZO6 and ZR1 Corvettes DETROIT – For enthusiasts who want to be personally involved in creating their Corvette, Chevrolet’s new Corvette Engine Build Experience allows them to literally build the engine for their new car. Corvette customers who order a 2011 Corvette Z06 or ZR1 can choose an option to help assemble their cars’ LS7 or LS9 engines at General Motors’ Performance Build Center (PBC) in Wixom, Mich. The self engine build option will cost about $5,800. The option does not include travel arrangements to and from Detroit.A Chevrolet Rep.will schedule the engine build and coordinate the customer’s activities at the Performance Build Center. The customer builds the new engine under the supervision of and support from skilled technicians. After the engine is assembled, a personalized nameplate is added to the engine next to the builder’s name. The engine is then sent to the Corvette assembly plant for installation in the customer’s car. BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky — The Chevrolet Corvette was named the official state sports car of Kentucky Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said the fact that the Corvette plant has been located in Bowling Green since 1981 was the impetus for the legislation. "As home to the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentuckians have long considered the Corvette to be Kentucky's sports car," Beshear said in a statement. The official bill was signed into law on April 26 during a ceremony that took place at the Bowling Green plant. Corvettes Recalled for Steering Problem General Motors is recalling over forty thousand Chevrolet Corvettes equipped with the tilt and telescoping steering column because a signal interruption in the column could cause the brakes to apply. The recall affects cars built between March 2004 and January 2006. Repeated movement of the steering column a signal interruption within the column. This will cause the message, "Service Active Handling System" to appear in the driver information center,which will cause the brakes to apply to one or more of the wheels. This could cause the vehicle to pull to the right or left. "If the driver does not respond to the change in vehicle movement, a crash http://www.corvetteweb.com/news.html

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could occur," said the automaker. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the recall was set to start April 30. "Fuel leaks may prompt recall for 2004 Chevrolet Corvette" An estimated 33,000 2004 Chevrolet Corvettes are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for possible fuel leaks. NHTSA said in its defects investigations summary. "The 04 Corvette is equipped with two fuel tanks. In 12 of the reports, a fuel tank was either replaced or identified as the source of the leak." In other documentation, NHTSA reports no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the complaints.

"C6 Roof Panel Recall" General Motors is recalling over 22,000 2005-2007 model year Corvettes with removable roofs. The recall was issued due to a problem with the adhesive between the roof panel and the frame. The failed adhesive could cause roof panel separation while the car is in motion. "If there is a complete separation, the roof panel may detach from the vehicle," according to the NHTSA. "If this were to occur while the vehicle was being driven, it could strike a following vehicle and cause injury and/or property damage." Dealers will install a new design roof panel free of charge to correct the problem.

Repent The End is Near Our sources at GM tell us that the Corvette will remain a viable production platform into the near future. GM may halt production of its high horsepower entries, ZO6 and ZR1 after the 2011 run. GM may target the Corvette as a starting point for political correctness. The Corvette brand may take the bullet to allow power upgrades to the Camaro and Caddy. Oh well it was nice while it lasted.

Corvette Chief Retires Tom Wallace, Corvette Chief at GM, will be retiring from GM in November of this year. His retirement was announced during a ceremony honoring Corvette history at the Peterson Museum. While no reasons were given for Wallaces's retirement, there is speculation that he may have been at odds with GM over the postponement of the long awaited C7. Wallace may have been unwilling to commit to the C7's postponed launch. The C7 was originally set for a 2012 model-year release, it has been pushed back to 2014. Wallace had a keen sence for performance-car marketing and a real love for the Corvette brand. His sudden departure will be a blow to GM's efforts in rebuilding the company.

Political Rides John McCain's first car was a 1958 Corvette! I wonder if he still has it. His current ride is a Caddy CTS

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Obama's first car was a Ford Granada. He now gets driven around in a bullet proof limo. More troubling news from Europe Mercedes will announce the release of a new grocery getter that will out power the current version of the Corvette. The soon to be released beastie is an E class sedan that has been massaged by AMG. It will sport a supercharged 6.3 liter v8 that will have more than 500 horses on tap. Come on GM wake up.

550HP Nissan GT-R, a ZO6/ZR1 Beater Nissan's newly released super car boasts 550 HP a 0-60mph time of 3.3 seconds and tops out at 193mph. You can get one for about $71k. Sorry GM you should have seen this coming. This new rice burner has a 3.8 liter twin turbo V6 under the hood. Want more bad news? Nissan plans to release a more powerfully version of the GT-R in the near future.

"She's ugly but she sure can cook" New ZR-1 Sells for $1MILL. at Barrett Jackson The first ZR-1 off the line sold for $1 million dollars at the Barrett Jackson auction. This was a Jay Leno charity deal for the United Way.

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2008 Corvette Makes Car & Driver's 10 Best Cars List Car and Driver If it seems like Corvette is always making Car and Driver's annual 10 Best Cars List, that's because it has earned a spot on the coveted list for seven years straight. Calling the Corvette a poster car for continual development, the new 2008 Corvette boasts 22 significant updates over last year's entry. Car and Driver's staff focuses more on the improvements they say are dynamic to the driving experience. While they liked the upgrades to interior, especially the wrap-around leather option, it's the upgrades to the steering, manual shifter and the clutch that won them over for the seventh straight year. Oh and let's not forget the fact that Corvette's mid-cycle upgrade included the new 6.2 liter LS3 engine that expands the horsepower envelope from 400 to 430. Everyone loves more ponies and the 2008 Corvette delivers. Car and Driver calls the Corvette one of the world's best high performance buys. Here is the full list of cars that made Car and Driver's 10 Best List for 2008: BMW 3- Series Cadillac CTS Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet Malibu Honda Accord Honda Fit Mazda MX-5 Mazdaspeed 3 Porsche Boxter/Cayman Volkswagen GTI

Mobil 1 and the Corvette celebrates 15th anniversary ExxonMobil and GM are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the relationship between the companies flagship Mobil 1 synthetic engine oil and Corvette. Since 1992, Mobil 1 has been the factory recommended lubricant for all Corvettes manufactured by General Motors. More than 490,000 Corvette vehicles have left the production line filled with Mobil 1 engine oil. u [

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Product Reviews

The Good The Bad and The Ugly This section was inspired by our readers comments about some of the products that they have been purchasing for their Corvettes. It has been and always will be our policy to reward the many good after-market suppliers and warn consumers about the dubious ones.

The Good IPCW Adjustable LED Work Light

Everyone has an idea of what a good flash light is, Well we thought we knew everything about flash lights until we got a chance to test out this latest marvel. IPCW is a leader in LED lighting technology. Their latest product has in our opinion has raised the bar of hand held lighting to a whole new level. The unit we tested is beyond doubt the brightest hand held light we have ever come across. The light has two separate LED outputs, a traditional front mounted lens and a string of top mounted white LED's. With the push of a button this light will easily illuminate and entire engine bay or for that matter an entire room. The best part of the light is that it comes equipped with self contained rechargeable batteries. It even comes with a auxiliary car port charger. The charge will last for several hours between recharges. http://www.corvetteweb.com/reviews.html

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The light is fully adjustable, has a safety flasher, pivots to any angle and even has an integrated magnet for situations that require a third hand.

The white LED's are blinding

The Good The Corvette Waterfall Extenstion by Scorpion

If you have ever thought of spicing up the hum drum GM "bean counter" inspired interior of you late model Corvette coupe we recommend that you take a close look at the Scorpion Fiberglass waterfall extension. The product mimics the sleek rear compartment waterfall found on Corvette roadsters. The waterfalls are available for C5,C6 and C7 coupes. There are three different renditions of the extension. The latest Stage 3 extension incorporates a hinged compartment that can be a very handy spot to hide http://www.corvetteweb.com/reviews.html

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valuables. We opted for an unpainted Stage 2 extension without the hidden compartment. For an additional cost the manufacturer offers custom painted units. We had some perfectly matched victory red paint left over from a previous project so we opted to paint the units ourselves. The unpainted extensions come prepped in gel coat. All you have to do is lightly sand them then apply three coats of primer. Wet sand the primer and let it cure over night. When ready hit the extensions with three coats of base coat. After the extensions dry spray the base coat with three wet coats of 2K clear and you are done. Make sure you use a quality respirator when spraying 2K clear as it is very nasty stuff. The installed units look like they were a factory option and really upgrade the look of the interior. You can get more info on this product by visiting the Scorpion site at http://www.scorpionfiberglasscreations.com/

The Good Three Great New Products From Griots

Best of Show Detailer - All we can say is that Griots keeps on pushing the envelope with what we refer to as their "state of the art"car detailing products. We are appreciate the fact that Girots values our opinion and asks us to beta test many of their new products. We have yet to find a Griots product that does not live up to the manufacturers claims. Lets start with a new product that they call "Best of Show Detailer". This is a compliment to Speed Shine, another great product Griots offers. The Detailer goes on fast and brings out a just waxed shine to any clean automotive painted surface in a matter of seconds. The detailer has an extremely fast flash time which facilitates those last minute pre- judging clean ups. The bottom line is that we tried it and it works great.

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Vinyl and Rubber Dressing - The next product on out to do list is Griots new Vinyl and Rubber Dressing. Unlike some of the other petroleum based products out there the Griots does not leave and oily residue. If you get it on glass or another unintended part it wipes right off. The new product woks wonders on anything made of rubber or vinyl. Weather striping, seals, plastic dash parts and carbon tape are restored to new condition after using this stuff.

"Black Shine" tire dressing - Last up on the test trio is Griots "Black Shine" tire dressing. Just when you thought that an automotive product couldn't be improved along comes something that upsets the apple cart. The new tire dressing from Griots is a clear thick liquid that easily spreads over a tires surface with the use of a small sponge or cloth. Old dull tire rubber magically takes on a better than new semi-gloss appearance. This is the best tire dressing we have ever used and believe me we have used them all. Thanks again Griots for stepping up to the plate and and suppling the automotive industry with world class products. You can check out these and many of the other fine products offered by Griots at https://www.griotsgarage.com/

The Good Griots - Interior Detailer

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Our friends at Griots Garage just keep the good times flowing! This month they sent us over another great product to test out. Their Interior Detailer is a great compliment to Gripots fine line of automotive care products. Unlike some of the other detailer on the market Griots has developed a product that can be used on virtually all solid automotive interior parts. Unlike some of the other well known surface protectants on the market Griots detailer leaves no greasy residue or streaks. This is especially important when working on expensive carbon fiber parts. The UV inhibitors will also protect the treated parts from the damaging effects of direct sunlight. Just spray a little on the area and wipe and buff off with a soft microfiber cloth. The end result is a surface that will return to its original factory condition. An added benefit is that the surface will have a new car scent that we all love. We used the product on the interiors of several Corvettes and the results are outstanding. Once treated the dash and trim areas came out looking factory fresh.

The Great! Griots - Two New Products -Best of Show Paste Wax -Surface Prep Mit

Best of Show Paste Wax We had to add a new description qualifier to our new products section this month. Formerly we classified products as good bad and ugly. We added the Great to this classification after testing Girots two new car care offerings. If you are a car detailing nut you are familiar with the Griots line of car care products. Girots products are known on the show circuit for quality and effectiveness. The first new Girots product that we tested was their Best of Show Paste wax. This product was added as an alternative to their liquid wax. The liquid wax gave a great old school shine but it also presented itself with an http://www.corvetteweb.com/reviews.html

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old school old workout. Carnuba wax can be very difficult to buff out, especially if you apply too much in one area. Girots has solved this problem with its new paste wax. Say goodbye to the workout, the wax goes on very easily and buffs out with a minum of effort. The resulting shine and luster of a properly prepared surface is beyond description.

Surface Prep Mit Proper preparation is key to a show quality shine. Up to this point, "clay baring" was the only way to properly prepare a cars surface. The proper use of a clay bar is another ardous task that up till now required hours of rubbing and wiping. Girots has come to the rescue with an entirely new concept in surface preparation. The call it the "Surface Prep Mit." Girots sent us one to test and evaluate, that's exactly what we did. The Prep Mit is a flat sided glove that is coated with a rubber like material on one side. The material has a diamond like texture that simulates a clay bar action when used. The mit comes in two configurations. The yellow mit is for fine surface preparation and the red mit is for a more aggressive prep. The mit, like a clay bar, must be used with a lubricant. Girots Speed Shine is recommended and is perfect for pre-mit surface lubrication. To make a long story short, the days of clay baring are over. We used the mit to prep the surface of a black C5 that was in need of some TLC. The entire car was prepped and waxed in less than an hour. The results were spectacular. The mit removed virtually all surface stains, fine scratches and paint imperfections. After prepping we applied a coat of the new paste wax. The result was a show quality shine, which is not easy to get on a black painted vehicle. Thank you Griots for making life a bit easier.

The Good EZLIP PRO

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fashion with the boy racer crowd. Traditional exterior add on's are made of fiberglass or high dollar carbon fiber. Fiberglass and carbon are both expensive and fragile. One encounter with a concrete parking stop or an aggressively steep driveway will send your new toys to spoiler heaven in a heartbeat. Fiberglass units typically require prepping, fitting and and in the case of fiberglass, sanding and painting. Carbon fiber units are ready to install out of the box, unless the mounting holes were mis drilled. Unless you are well versed in the ins and outs of custom body work the installation is better left to professionals. EZLIP has presented us with a very viable alternative to traditional glass or carbon spoilers and side skirts. The EZLIP is made from a very tough Dura-X Foam™ rubber compound. 3M automotive tape is pre installed on the unit which makes for a super simple installation. After contacting the manufacturer they sent us an EZLIP Pro to test. We told them that our intended test vehicle was a C5 Corvette. The EZLIP Pro is made from a heavy duty rubber that forms to just about any body curve that you can throw at it.

Installation is simple: - Measure and cut the desired length of material. - Clean the mounting surface of the car with some rubbing alcohol - Apply some 3M surface prep (supplied with units) to the mounting surface - Pull about two inches of the red backing tape off the EZLIP - Press the EZLIP on the pre selected car mounting surface and very carfully start applying the EZLIP, front to rear, by removing the red tape about one foot at a time. It sounds complicated but it took one of our all thumbed gear heads only about ten minutes to perfectly install the units on both sides of the car.

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made of rubber. We have ran these units at high speeds on our Corvette now for over a month and have not experienced any problems with seperation from the body. You can find out more and order a set at the EZLIP web site.

The Good Griots Speed Shine

There are many good detailing products that have made our rides easier to live with. Detailers are not cleaners, they were invented to remove dust and some minor streaking from a properly waxed and polished car surface. One of the best detailers we have used to date is Griots Speed Shine. They sent us a bottle for us to test and test we did. We compared the Griots Speed Shine to two other very good detailing products. We performed a very unscientific test of the three products. Ease of application and final shine were the criteria for our test. The other two dretailing products tested included Mothers Showtime detailer and Meguires Quick Detailer.

We applied all three of the detailers to the clean surface of a black C5 Corvette. Black paint is very unforgiving and will show every imperfection without remorse. The best way to apply a detailer is to employ three seperate microfiber towels. The first towel is for application. the second towel is for removal and the third towel is for the final buff and shine.

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We devided the hood of our test vehicle into three sections applied the products and did a very scientific flashlight test to see which product gave the best shine. The winner in terms of ease of application and shine was the Griots Speed Shine. Check out Griots entire line of high end car care products at www.griotsgarage.com

The Good Curb Alert - Front End Proximity Alert System

After installing a very cool carbon fiber front splitter to one of our project cars we realized that in order to keep it looking good some protection was warranted. Our friends at RPI Designs came to the rescue and sent us a Curb Alert front end proximity alert system that is designed specifically for the Corvette C6 (p.s. RPI has the Corvette specific units at the best price). The unit is very easy to install and works as advertised. Damn those parking lot hazards, full speed ahead. Click on the following link; Curb Alert, for our full install story on this unit.

The Good ProCharger i-1 Programmable Super Charger

The annual SEMA event in Vegas is a treasure trove of information. The good people from ProCharger turned us on to an amazing piece of technology that they are about to release to the general public. We saw the new unit installed in an LS3 Camaro. TO say the least we were very impressed.

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Imagine a sophisticated blower system for your late model. Now imagine having the ability to program the parameters of the blower in real time from the comfort of your drivers seat.

The i-1 from ProCharger produces big power gains and offers a tunable performance curve. The units internal intelligent control system combined with a touch screen display enable the driver to switch between three factory supplied performance modes, as well as a custom mode. According to the manufacturer the i-1 technology delivers a blower system with the most power and best in class fuel economy. Similar to P-1SC-1 and D-1SC supercharger systems, i-1 ProCharger systems produce more power per psi of boost than air-water-intercooled positive displacement supercharger systems. The patented programmable i-1 design produces immediate response, even at low engine rpm, without any turbo lag or boost falloff at higher engine rpm. In addition to the units available pre-set power curves a competition mode can also be selected. The driver can use the touch screen to lock the supercharger in a low ratio mode or select a personalized mode. Programmable boost is delivered by a highly durable variable ratio transmission design, with a rugged dry hybrid drive. Proven in over 4 years of intensive R&D and rigorous performance testing, the i-1 is available with ProCharger’s optional 3-year supercharger warranty.

The Good Mothers Clay Bar System If you are looking for a product that will give your car the shine of its life look no further. The Mother's corporation has intraduced a clay bar cleaning system that will deliver a smooth glass like finish to your show car and daily driver. http://www.corvetteweb.com/reviews.html

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We tested the Mothers clay bar system out on two of the cars in our shop and the results were outstanding. The clay bar cleaning process is super fast and super easy. Wash your car and dry it thoroughly. Spray the supplied Mothers Show Time car detailer onto a two ft by two ft section of the car. Knead the clay bar into a hamburger patti shape. Place the clay in the palm of your hand and work the clay across the detailer with horizontal back and forth strokes. After about six strokes wipe off the detailer with the supplied microfiber cloth. The results will amaze you and your friends.

The Good American Car Craft Custom Stainless Steel Accessories

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American Car Crafts new line of custom perforated stainless steel engine accessories is the sure ticket to a trophy win at your local car show. Accessories include high quality fuel rail, fuse box, battery, alternator, plenum, intake, master cylinder, power steering covers and just about any other under hood part that you can think of. The fit and finish of these accessories are beyond description, each part is manufactured to exact tolerances to ensure extreme ease of installation. We recently transformed the dull stock engine bay of our Project ZO6 into a a certified show stopper with some engine "bling" that our friends at ACC let us test out. Check out all the "goodies" at American Car Craft

The Good Airbrush Incorporated Custom Underhood Artwork If you are into the car show circuit you have undoubtedly seen some of master airbrush artist Steve Ray's underwood and body art work. Steve Ray, owner of Airbrush Incorporated , has taken the art form known as air brushing to the next level. His work adorns some of the best rods in the country. Steve sent us over a set of his highly sought after custom painted fuel rail covers for us to try out on our project car. We love the stainless rails from ACC but had to try out the artwork from Steve. The mix of "bling" and art work makes for a truly unique look.

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The Good TKO Performance custom made steering wheel spoke inserts

Lets face it the stock steering wheel on a C6 looks like it taken right out of an Impalla Police cruiser. What was GM thinking? An easy to install upgrade that makes a dramatic difference in appearance is a set of custom made steering wheel spoke inserts. TKO performance out of Long Island NY specializes in custom fabrication of these and other carbon faux interior pieces. The steering wheel spokes are an exact match in color and look to the stock carbon look center console on 2008 and up C6's.

The spokes snap right into place, we used a few drops of clear silicon adhesive to hold them in place. The companies owner told us that a lot of attention to detail went into creating these covers. The spokes have rounded edges that sink into the crease between the leather giving the product a factory look. You can snag a set of these beauties at TKOPERFORMANCE.COM

The Good Armor All Wheel Protectant

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If your ride sports a set of chrome wheels you are no stranger to the dreaded curse of brake dust. This is especially true if you are running a set of semi metallic pads that give off copious ammounts of black dust every time you go for a ride. Easy to build up and difficult to wash off, brake dust has been the bane of beautiful, shiny wheels since the invention of disc brakes. Our friends at Armor All have come up with a solution. Simply spray Armor All Wheel Protectant on clean, dry wheels to repel brake dust, road grime, and dirt. The invisible barrier lasts up to four weeks, keeping your wheels clean from wash to wash.

The Good Meguiar's Ultimate Compound

Every once n a while we come across a really great product. By great we mean a product that actually does what it claims to do. Meguiar's Ultimate Compound is a new product from a very respected company. If your car is showing its age or you inadvertently wiped the surface with a less than sanitary rag this is the product for you. Ultimate compound when used as directed will safely restore color and clarity to abused and neglected finishes. Meguiar's exclusive micro-abrasive technology cuts as fast as a traditional compound, but without scratching. Meguiars Ultimate Compound leaves a smooth, swirl-free finish often in one step.

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The Good Save-a-Battery Charger

Save-a-Battery

The Save-a-Battery charger won hands down in our battery charger shoot out test. The charger is a fast, 50-watt 2x Battery charger. After charging is complete the unit automatically switches to maintenance/monitoring mode. By varying current and voltage in a deeper cycle, the charger desulfinates and extends battery life without overcharging. A low voltage alarm monitors the battery and sounds before damage occurs from discharging. The manufacturer claims that you can leave the unit permanently connected, with no risk of overcharging. A built in voltmeter also lets you test your wiring and charging system. the large LCD screen and bright LED bank make it easy to monitor battery voltage, charging mode, connection status, and overall battery health. The LCD display can be turned off while charging or maintaining for long-term storage. The unit is equipped with modular plug-in cables with three types of battery connectors. The charger comes with a 10' foot long AC power cord; and gold-plated connectors for reliability in damp garages and boathouses. The "No-sparks" polarity protection prevents operation if you screw up the connection to your battery.

The Save A Battery 12-Volt Battery Charger Maintainer and Tester comes with a 6-foot 5-Amp battery terminal lug cable, a 6-foot alligator clip cable, a 6-foot cigarette lighter adapter cable, a 10-foot AC power input cable, and a mounting bracket for permanent wall or vehicle installation. We give this product a definite thumbs up, it is reasonably priced at about $99

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Alden Open-End Ratchet Wrenches

Alden wrenches can slide into places that other tools can't, and the combination of the open end and the ratcheting mechanism is sometimes exactly what's needed to complete a difficult task. The ALDEN WRENCH is an open-ratcheting wrench that only needs 30 angled room to ratchet. It is equivalent to a flip-flapping 15 angled open wrench with a much faster ratchet action. The wrenches have a uniquely shaped head, with a springloaded "under-jaw" that acts as a ratchet. Most open-end wrenches need as much as 60 degrees of swing to work, but the Alden wrench only needs 30 degrees. The design of the wrench also allows them to fit slight variations in fastener sizes when the fastener head is rusted or deformed. The 17-4PH stainless is not as hard as the metal used in conventional wrenches. This allows the tool to "bite" the fastener, providing a good grip. The head of the Alden wrench acts like a "Monkey wrench", that is, as more force is applied, the wrench provides a tighter grip on the fastener.

The Alden Wrench is the only open-end ratchet with a strong grip and a small head, for easier access to right work spots. The Alden Wrench is made of 17-4pH Stainless Steel. It is designed for aerospace hydraulics, and is also good for marine use. The Alden Wrench comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, prices start at abort $85 per set

The Good Proskin Mechanics Gloves

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We were given a pair of Proskins mechanics gloves by the manufacturer at last years SEMA show. After using them on some real knuckle busting chores around the shop we can report that they are a great product, Unlike some of the other work gloves that we have used the Proskins fit extremely well and allow you to keep a great portion of your tactile sense of touch. This is especially useful as you do not have to remove the gloves to do simple fitting of parts. The gloves are made of a synthetic leather like material that covers the palm,index and ring finger tips. The glove repels up 25% more water and oil than other gloves on the market. The gloves feature a low profile hook and loop cuff closure and a two way stretch spandex top. It has hidden interior seem stitching and Lycra insert panels,ensuring comfort and mobility. The gloves retail for about $20 a pair.

The Good Corsa Exhaust Systems

Every once in a while a line of products comes along that really impresses us. Corsa exhaust systems fit that category. CORSA exhaust systems use a patented Power-Pulse RSC (reactive sound cancellation technology) in its cat-back systems. This technology eliminates interior resonance and puts the "hot" back into the word hotrod. The system delivers all the growl you will ever need under acceleration yet offers a great exhaust note at idle. The Corsa system eliminates the baffles and chambers found in conventional mufflers. They also claim a 45% increase in air flow compared to factory systems. The two most popular systems are the the Touring system which has a mild http://www.corvetteweb.com/reviews.html

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exhaust note and the Indy system which has a more aggressive sound. Both systems run without resonance and are only slightly louder than stock at cruising speed. Corsa has recently introduced its new Extreme Cat Back system. This new system offers a lot more growl at idle and acceleration but is very tame at cruising speeds. Corsa offers a limited lifetime warranty to original purchaser.

The Good The Fuel Bib

No matter how carefully you are when filling up your dream machines tank there will come a day when you inadvertently spill a few drops of go juice onto your cars meticulously maintained paint job. You panic, and scramble for anything to wipe off the posinous fluid. The end result is that you now have a fuel streaked quarter panel and a smelly shirt and jacket. Fuel Bib to the rescue!

This innovative product was introduced at this years SEMA show in Vegas. It is a disposable fabric fuel spillage guard that fits around your vehicles fuel inlet tube. It does an effective job in protecting your precious paint from any wayward drops of gasoline. For more info contact Conceptual Innovations at 1-800-758-9050 or go to www.thefuelbib.com

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We heard about Edelbrocks new line of IAS shocks, we contacted them and they sent us over a set to test on a C5. Edelbrock has introduced their new line of IAS performance shocks. These shocks shocks feature Ricor’s patented Inertia Active System (IAS). This exclusive design switches instantly between a firm and a soft circuit for superior handling and a smooth ride. We installed these without using a lift in about an hour. The results are amazing. The car corners like a Grand Prix racer and rides like a Caddy. Retail price for these babies are $120 each. We give them a thumbs up for performance, easy installation and overall value.

The Good Morse Ceramic Brake Pads

If you have more than 30k miles on your Vette it is probably time for a new set of brake pads. We have installed many types of pads on our Vettes over the years for many types of applications including rally, drag, pro street etc...Most of these racing pads squeal,grab when cold and leave copious amounts of brake dust in their wake. We have found a real solution for serious street applications, Morse ceramic pads. They are available through AutoZone and are about half the price of factory units. They perform flawlessly, they have amazing stopping power with no noise, fade or brake dust to contend with.

The Good Falken Street Radials

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One of the most asked questions we get is "what are the best alternatives to the Goodyear EMT tires that are standard on Corvettes". EMT is the abbreviation for extended mobility tire or "run flat". The Goodyear EMT's do a fairly decent job , the problem is they cost an arm and a leg to replace. We have tested many non EMT tires and have come up with an alternative that will suit any street application. That alternative is the FALKEN F452 street radial line. These tires have killer looks, they ride great and unlike some other brands have no noticeable road noise.They also wear extremely well. These tires will also give a very noticeable increase in off the line and cornering traction. Falken 452's were used for our Project C5 build up. They are in our opinion the best bang for your hard earned buck when it comes to tires. A new Falken can be had for about $150,that's less than half the cost of a Goodyear EMT. You can order these tires on line from tire wholesalers like Discount Tire Direct. They will ship them to you or if you prefer to one of their approved installers in your area.

For more info go to www.falkentire.com

The Sometimes Good Hypertech system reprogrammer Hypertech's entry into the wide world of electronics is the Max Energy reprogrammer.Just like its predecessors the Hypertech Max Energy, is a system reprogrammer that replaces the stock WOT (wide-open throttle)program with a new performance version. Hypertech claims a substantial (12hp and 25 ftlb torque) gain with its new unit, they claim a 34 hp increase when used in conjunction with an LS7. It is all a matter of perspective and how much money you are willing to part with for the latest in Corvette toys.

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The Hypertech Max Energy, is the latest in a series of self-contained automotive tuning computers. The manufacturer claims that it is easy to use and that you can improve your vehicle's performance, torque, and horsepower without tools or professional training. When the unit is plugged into your vehicle's underdash diagnostic port, it will upgrade the OEM program on your vehicle's on board computer with the Power Tuning program tailored for your vehicle. This upgrade is based on information it gathers from reading the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and by asking you some yes/no questions. The device's goal is to optimize the air/fuel ratios and timing to produce maximum performance. The unit will also store the factory stock programming so you can go back to the stock tuning at any time. A word of caution to anyone out there that owns a vehicle that is under the manufacturers drive train warranty. Using this product will void your cars warranty if the re-flash of your vehicles onboard computer is detected by a factory dealer. Returning your vehicles stock tune will not erase the reflash history from your vehicles computer.

The Good Northern Tool Aluminum Race Jack

This Single Piston Pump 1 1/2-Ton jack has all the features of a professional aluminum race jack, and at a great price, it retails for under $100. The jack is light weight for easy transport and positioning. The jacking pad is made out of thick rubber and works great on a Corvettes lifting points. It has a beautiful blue and silver anodized finish.

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Min. Lift Height (in.) 3 1/4 Max. Lift Height (in.) 14 3/4 Frame Material Aluminum Strokes to Max. Lift (qty.) 10 Base 21 7/8 x 9 3/4

Most of the time Good but: Let the buyer beware Optima Batteries

Many of our readers have been complaining about the poor service life and low voltage problems associated with the Optima battery line. To be fair we have also received many letters complimenting the OPTIMA line of batteries. As a test we went out to our local COSTCO and purchased a brand new OPTIMA 34/78 yellow top battery. It really looked great in the engine bay of one of our C5's. The only problem was that it was cold stone dead. We called Optima and after giving them the battery serial number we got the usual "we will investigate the problem" song from the customer service rep. COSTCO gave us a full refund, the counter persons remark was, "on no not another one". The problem we encountered may be an isolated incident, but just a word to the wise, bring a digital voltmeter with you and test the battery prior to plunking down your $140. Make sure it has a reading of at least 12.4 volts.

The Good Mothers PowerBall

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Mothers PowerBall is a foam polishing ball that attaches to your electric drill. This patent-pending detailing tool is made of professional grade closed-cell foam that is soft and highly absorbent. When you press the PowerBall to a surface, the foam maintains its shape so that there is a thick cushion between your vehicle and the drill. The individual foam tabs that compose the ball provide excellent polishing capabilities in combination with any polishing product. We have tested this product on several cars and have nothing but good to say about it. The PowerBall will cut your detailing time in half and will yield a professional shine.

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Rim Blades

Vette Girl of the Month January 2017

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Wild Carbon Spoiler Install

Vette Girl of the Month April 2016

C5 Tune Up

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C6 Back Up Camera

Vette Girl Nov 2015

Its Electric

C6 Facelift

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The Girls of SEMA

Stainless Magic American Car Craft

The C7's New LT1

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SEMA 12

Project ZO6 The "Regular Guy's" Super Car

SEMA 11 - The Mother of all Car Shows

The Girls of SEMA

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Engine Bay Extravaganza

American Hydrocarbon - Show Winning High Tech Carbom Add Ons

Vette Mate of the Month

Vette Girl June 2014

RedLine Motorsports Hyper Z

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Air Brush 101

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The C5 is fast and civilized. LS-1 power is seamless, the broad power curve of this modern rendition of the famous Chevy small block puts horsepower to the pavement in a smooth, almost electric manner. In stock trim the C5 has what the kids refer to as "street credit". The original design of the LS-1 had two goals. The first goal was to create a light weight efficient engine with enormous top end potential. The second goal was to create a platform that would deliver maximum street performance while at the same time minimize warranty claims. GM decided to shift the power curve of the LS-1 away from the lower end of the rpm range. This shift in the power curve means less wear and tear on the drive train. This was a big http://www.corvetteweb.com/c51.html

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motivator in GM's decision as it translates into fewer warranty repairs. An unmodified C-5 will usually clock a 0 to 60 mph run in about 4.9 to 5.2 seconds. Stock quarter mile times are in the low to mid 13 second range. With a little planning and some conservative modifications it is relatively easy to improve on those numbers.

A few mods can make this vehicle a 180+ mph Daytona contender, that's nice but very few of us will ever take advantage of the C5's top end potential. The power must be available in the usable range (1,500 - 3,500 rpm) for serious street use. That's what "Corvetteing" is all about. All the exotic electronic gizmo's in the world will not make up for a lack of brute low end, neck snapping torque. The overwhelming majority of C5 owners are not into street racing. They do however want a car that will break the tires loose and pin you to the seat on demand. This is what Corvette owners call the "WOW" factor, it's what everyone you give a ride to says about the car.

Reality Check We wanted to keep our modifications to the C5 stupid, simple and cheap so we deferred the head porting, cam re-grinding and forced induction for the time being. We developed our performance manual for the average late model Corvette owner who is not into street or drag racing but does want to get a lot more of that "WOW" factor into his car. There are not many C5 owners (apart from the truly fanatical street racer crowd) who are willing to tear apart an expensive car. 700 hp 10 second LS-1's are far and few between. The tall tales you read about in the Corvette forums and in many of the Corvette publications represent only a very small fraction of what is actually out there. We don't want to belabor the point but the after market sales statistics for last year are in: 77% of all C5 owners bought a high performance air filter 26% an after market muffler system 32% interior parts 13% custom wheels On the other hand: only 1% installed a Nitrous system 1% a supercharger 3% a performance intake manifold 9% headers http://www.corvetteweb.com/c51.html

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7% performance heads

We get many questions about duplicating the outlandish modifications that people read about in the Vette magazines and on line. Our advise in most cases is to keep mods to a C5 conservative. If you are new to hot rodding you may not be able to live with modifications that will leave you with a bad idling, noisy car that tends to overheat and is hard to start. The latest sales demographics show that 71 percent of all Corvette owners are over 45 years old. Admit it guy's we are not exactly part of the fast and the furious crowd anymore.

The overwhelming demand from the C5 crowd is for simple and cheap mods that will give their new toy a some extra boost on the low to mid RPM ranges. A few simple mods will bring any C5 into the mid 4 second 0-60 mph range.

Real World Modifications that have proven to be very effective in raising the "seat of your pants" performance level. Although we can't go into everything here, the following will try to steer you in the right direction.

Remember that too much intake, without other serious modifications (gearing,heads,converters,cam) will leave you with a soggy right foot. You hot rodders out there know what I am talking about, remember way back when your friends talked you into putting that 850 Holley double pumper with mechanical secondaries on your stock small block Chevy or Mopar that had a 2:76 rear end? What a disaster. The same principals apply to the C-5. Performance modifications have to be planned out. Each upgrade must be part of a total package. Intake, Exhaust, Drive train, and electrical systems must compliment each other to achieve the proper balance of torque and horsepower at the correct rpm levels.

The C5's LS-1 responds very nicely to some minor tweaking of the stock intake system. To put this in proper perspective the stock air intake on a C5 is akin to an Olympic athlete running the mile with a wad of cotton in his mouth. In very simple terms, trash the entire setup from filter to throttle body bellows. A good after market CAI, (cold air intake) system will really wake up your otherwise stock LS-1. The trick is to find the proper CAI system that will deliver copious amounts of fresh air to your engine while maintaining a high level of filtration. The system must be mounted in the correct position and have a well engineered intake path that http://www.corvetteweb.com/c51.html

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will minimize bends and turbulence. The system must be easy to install and service, and most of all be cost effective. A well engineered CAI can deliver a 15 to 20 hp increase. A poorly designed system, and there are some real dogs out there, will at best cost you time, money and horsepower. A poorly designed system can also cause air/fuel calibration problems, due to poor sealing and restrictions. - We have tested all the after market cold air intake units. Details for getting the most bang for your buck are in the manual. - How about an extremely simple, cheap and effective modification that tricks the computer into thinking its always 50 degrees outside, yielding a more aggressive timing curve. This mod is worth about 8 horses, total cost .25 cents. - Want to learn about a gizmo that installs in less than 10 minutes costs under $50 and will yield a 13 horsepower increase? - Want to learn how to easily re-engineer a simple part of your existing factory intake system for a 10 hp increase? - Simple power producing cooling system mods are fully explained - Exhaust system modifications that work without all the noise are explained - On Board computer tuning, what actually works and how to do it The simple modifications explained in out manual will put any run of the mill C4 or C5 into Z06 territory.

Want to learn how to do these and many more mods? Order our manual

For the Fast and Furious Crowd Check out the latest nitrous technology. A great bang for the buck modification, (the kids are addicted to it), is the addition of a nitrous kit to your C5. With Nitrous you can have your cake and eat it too. An otherwise stock LS1 when equipped with a well planned out nitrous system will blow the doors off a C6 and will run neck and neck with a new ZO6.

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Nitrous Oxide Systems, now a division of Holley, makes a safe, reliable nitrous setup for the C5. The entire system once installed with all the goodies is completely automated. In non computerized engines nitrous if not installed and set up correctly will in all probability fry the engine. We know a few engine re-builders that do a brisk business in piston and head gasket repairs due to improperly installed and poorly calibrated nitrous setups. The C5 is very forgiving in that respect as the computer can compensate for lean out conditions created by injecting laughing gas into the air box. (Check out our MANUAL for the full scoop on nitrous).

The Bottom Line With some minor tweaking to an LS-1, as detailed in our manual, the stock Good Year run flats will go up in smoke with an off the idle launch. A semi-hard 2000 rpm launch will leave you sitting there boiling the tires to the rims. The LS-1 is really sensitive to changes in outside temp. On hot humid days the C5 struggles to make low rpm power. When the temp. drops to around 45-60 degrees the LS-1 really comes to life. In the cold weather there is so much power that the rear end of the car will fishtail on a full throttle 1st to 2nd up shift (keep the traction control button on unless you want to wind up facing backwards).

"Running Shoes" The run flats are the weak link in the acceleration game. On the other hand they ride great, are good on wet pavement, and have excellent tread life. Good Year say's you can travel about 50 miles on them with no air. If you do get a flat don't use an air in the can flat fix to pump up an EMT tire. The sealant used in the flat fix will ruin the remote tire air pressure sensor and throw a computer code. Keep an old fashion tire plug kit and a portable air compressor in the car in the event of a flat. You can probably plug the hole (if you can see it, usually a nail or screw) without removing the tire, then just pump up the tire. We have done this and the plugs hold fine. FYI, the batteries in the rim mounted TPM sensors will crap out in about five years of use. The units have to be replaced as the batteries are sealed. New sensors retail for about $120 each, add tire mounting costs to this. If the sensors fail you have to reset the code every time you start the car. Thanks GM. In an effort to gain some needed traction we fitted the C5 with a set of Nitto drag radials, damn the flat tires full speed ahead. We were surprised that these tires did not yield a significant improvement in traction over the stock GoodYears.

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We also tried a set of Falken F452's on the rear. WOW! What a difference, these tires are extremely sticky off the line, and they retail for less then half of what a new Goodyear EMT is selling for. When the tires do manage to hook up and the acceleration God's are smiling, the car can do 0-60 in 4.32 seconds.

C5 Handling Mod The standard mono tube (non-electronic)shocks on a C5 are pretty good for everyday driving. After about 25k miles they tend to get a little tired. The problem was that up to now your only real options were factory replacements, hd Blistien shocks or super expensive coil-over units that require extensive alignment work. The factory shocks at $125 each are not much to talk about. The Blistien's are a cheaper alternative at around $80 each, but offer no real improvement in handling, deliver a harsher ride than stock and are a pain in the ass to install as the top studs are round and must be held in place with an allen wrench from inside the engine bay. This entails removing both the coolant and washer tanks to access the top of the shock studs. We heard about Edelbrocks new line of IAS shocks, we contacted them and they sent us over a set to test on our C5. The Edelbrock shocks shocks feature Ricor’s patented Inertia Active System (IAS). This exclusive design switches instantly between a firm and a soft circuit for superior handling and a smooth ride. We installed these without using a lift in about an hour. The results are amazing. The car corners like a Grand Prix racer and rides like a Caddy. Retail price for these babies are $120 each. We give them a thumbs up for performance, easy installation and overall value. Stock shock and new Edelbrock unit

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After several agonizing attempts at sewing in a neat red and black wheel skin on a C5, our all male,all thumbed, staff called my wife , she had it perfectly installed in less then 20 minutes. We told her to quit her real job and go into business installing these things. A domed C5 wheel insignia adds the finishing touch.

Ultra Bright mats by Lloyd's help to perk up the interior

Other items that add some spice include color grab bars

Another great addition to any C5 interior are neoprene seat covers. These spill proof covers fit like a glove and protect your expensive leather. They are easy to install (about 15 min. per seat)and enhance the cool factor of your Vette dramatically. Mid America can supply you with a custom set of covers for about $250

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The ultimate expression in coolness is a set of chrome ZO6 wheels. These after market units are very high quality, they came with logo center caps, chrome lug nuts and chrome valve stems. The ZO6 drilled and slotted rotors, rear air scoops,tinted signal lenses and front screens finish off the look

As with other Corvette platforms the only limiting factor to the C5/LS1's potential is the size of your wallet and your desire to improve upon what the factory gave you. The Vette Nuts

GM Technical Downloads for the 1997 - 2006 C5 and C6 C5 Owners Manual

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C6 Clutch Maintenance - You Can Do It by The Vette Nut's

If you have been driving your C6 and have experienced a soft or hanging clutch peddle there is an easy remedy. The C6 hydraulic clutch system has a propensity for accumulating prodigious amounts of dust, water and other nasty material. If left unchecked this fouled fluid will cause erratic clutch action and may even leave you with a clutch peddle that hangs up between shifts. Fortunately the fix and prevention is an easy task. For starters take a look at the color of the hydraulic fluid that resides in your cars clutch reservoir. If the fluid is a murky brown in color the fluid need to be changed. Go down to your local GM dealer and purchase a few bottles of super duty DOT-4 brake and clutch fluid GM PN# 88958860. This is the fluid that is recommended for use in your C6. Be prepared to pay about $9 for an eight and a half ounce can of this stuff. The jury is still out on the use of cheaper DOT-4 fluids available in the Mart stores. Most people we know say they use Prestone brand DOT-4 synthetic fluid with good results. As far as we are concerned you should listen to the General and stick with the factory brand.

The clutch reservoir is located next to the brake fluid reservoir. Protect your fenders and the surrounding areas as clutch fluid will eat through your paint.

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Carefully twist and pull to get the cap off. Clean off the rubber fluid gasket under the cap with a clean rag. Using a syringe, turkey baster or other fluid drawing device, suck out the dirty fluid in the clutch reservoir. We used a rubber infant nasal aspirator with great results.

Squeeze the old fluid into a plastic bottle for proper disposal.

Refill the reservoir with fresh fluid. Place the cap back on the reservoir. Get in your car and repeatedly depress the clutch peddle to the floor about thirty times. Repeat the drain, refill and clutch peddle depress process until the fluid in the reservoir looks clear. It took us ten refills until the fluid cleared up. This procedure may have to be repeated once per week over the course of a month until the fluid remains clear. This may sound like a pain in the ass but the results are definitely worth it. The Vette Nuts

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The C6 is a triumph of automotive engineering and style. The factory design boy’s did a fantastic job in making the C6 a true work of rolling art. That being said there is no reason we cannot improve on things just a bit. We decided to start our exterior design improvement project on our victory red 09 ZO6. The Z has been serving as our latest project car and we thought it would make a good test bed for some exterior body mods. The one place that any C6 needs some help with is at the rear end. Specifically the stubby little protrusion that pretends to be a spoiler. What was GM thinking? GM does have a remedy for this design error. They offer what is known as the “full width racing spoiler”. The spoiler was part of a dealer installed option on the Ron Fellows edition ZO6. The following is a list of GM part numbers that can be used to order the spoiler: 19172807 – Prime 19172808 – Victory Red 19172809 – Velocity Yellow 19172810 – Machine Silver 19172811 – Black 19172812 – Jetstream Blue 19172813 – Crystal Red 19211167 – Atomic Orange 19211165 – Switchblade Silver 19211166 – Cyber Gray 19212626 – Torch Red 20921725 – Inferno Orange http://www.corvetteweb.com/spoiler.html

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20921726 – Supersonic Blue One of the best sources that we have found for quality OEM GM parts is GM Partshouse located in Boyertown PA. Gene Cully the founder of GM Parts House can often be found giving technical advice on many of the Corvette Forums. He is part of a great team that ensures that you will get the correct part at the lowest price. Stock parts usually ship out the same day they get your order. You can find them at www.gmpartshouse.com or phone them at 484-949-2099. OK, enough of the small talk lets get down to the nitty gritty of installing one of these babies. The spoiler arrived about three days after we ordered it, talk about fast. It was housed in two bullet proof boxes and wrapped in a fabric sock that ensured it would survive the cross country trip. The package included installation instructions, mounting hardware and a cut out template that is used for marking the four spots on the rear fascia that needed to be drilled. Drilled! "What are you crazy drilling holes into an eighty thousand dollar car"? That’s one of the comments we got from one of the disbelievers in the back office. We did toy with the idea of using 3M double sided tape to install the spoiler. The stuff usually holds very well under a variety of conditions. Another plus in using tape is that you are not married to the item being taped down. The problem in this type of installation is that there is not really enough bearing surface between the spoiler and the top of the rear fascia under the spoiler. If you want to do a tape installation you will have to install several layers of tape under the stud mounting surfaces and at the ends of the spoiler. If you use too much tape there will be a gap, if you use too little tape the spoiler may separate from the body after being exposed to the elements. After some serious debating between the drilling and taping teams we decided to “drill baby drill”. The first step in the installation is removing the taillights. Using a ratchet and a T-15 torx socket the lights pop right out.

Here is a picture we thought you might find interesting, it's a shot of the interior of the rear fascia.

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After removing the tail light reach into one of the tail light openings and feel the mounting studs that retain the stock spoiler. If you don’t have gorilla hands you will need a 10mm socket to loosen and remove them. One word of caution, do not drop the studs into the rear assembly as you will never see them again if you do. After removing the four mounting studs lift the stock spoiler and disconnect the electrical weather pack.

The next step involves removing the studs and light from the stock spoiler. Take the stock spoiler to your work bench and remove the studs. We used pliers but realized after the fact that a 4mm socket will fit right over the top of the stud and is a much easier way to go.

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locations on the new spoiler.

The next step involves installing the tail light into the new spoiler. Place the new spoiler on a flat surface making sure you protect it. Lay it on top of the box it came in to prevent scratching. Place the light assembly into the opening and secure it to the new spoiler with two screws that are supplied with the installation kit.

This is where reading the instructions really come in handy. The know it alls in the shop never read the installation instructions. In this case they installed the two stock mounting studs to secure the light to the new spoiler. All went well until it came time to place the new spoiler on the rear fascia. Guess what, it wouldn’t fit. The stock mounting studs when used to secure the light will not allow for a flush spoiler to body fit. After properly installing the light in the spoiler cut out the paper mounting template that was supplied. Place the cut out template on the rear fascia and align the center mark as shown in the instructions. Make sure you line up the edge of the template with the edge of the body panel.

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Now for the fun part. After double checking that the template is properly aligned with the fascia edge and the center of the electrical connector opening you are ready to drill some holes. Once you have summoned up the courage put a 1/8� bit in your electric drill and locate the drilling points on the template. Place the drill squarely on the template mark and go for it. The fascia material is very soft and the drill will penetrate it almost instantaneously. Repeat this agonizing step for that other three marked locations. These are just pilot holes as you will have to re chuck the drill with a 7mm bit for the final holes. Using the larger drill bit enlarge the pilot holes. You can now remove the paper template.

Now for more fun. The instructions call for an enlargement of the electrical connector hole. This is necessary in order to allow the weather pack connector to properly seat with the light connector in the new spoiler. We used a dremel tool with a cutting wheel attachment to trim the material off the fascia. As mentioned the fascia material is very soft and you could probably cut it with a very sharp knife with a serrated blade. Trim off about a Âź “of material and the horror is behind you.

Remove the backing from the preinstalled double sided tape on the middle and ends of the spoiler. Align the studs in new spoiler with the holes on the top of the fascia. Lower the spoiler and reconnect the electrical weatherpac connector to the light assembly. After the spoiler is flush with the fascia reach into the taillight openings and fasten the spoiler to the mounting studs. Stand back and admire the new look of your Corvette.

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Battery Chargers -Light Your Fire by The Vette Nut's

The automotive battery is the power source that drives every energy consuming component in an automotive system. A poorly maintained, underpowered power source will cause modern and older automotive systems to exhibit both drivability and reliability problems. Most of us gear heads take the battery in our cars for granted. We do not usually pay much attention to our trusty old battery until it fails. This lack of concern is due in part to the reliability of the modern car battery. Automotive batteries provide a nominal 12-volt potential difference by connecting six galvanic cells in series. Each cell provides 2.1 volts for a total of 12.6 volt at full charge. Lead-acid batteries are made up of plates of lead and separate plates of lead dioxide, which are submerged into an electrolyte solution of about 35% sulfuric acid and 65% water. This causes a chemical reaction that releases electrons, allowing them to flow through conductors to produce electricity. As the battery discharges, the acid of the electrolyte reacts with the materials of the plates, changing their surface to lead sulfate. When the battery is recharged, the chemical reaction is reversed: the lead sulfate reforms into lead oxide and lead. With the plates restored to their original condition, the process may now be repeated. In normal automotive service the vehicle's engine-driven alternator powers the vehicle's electrical systems and restores charge used from the battery during engine cranking. When installing a new battery or recharging a battery that has been accidentally discharged completely, one of several different methods can be used to charge it. The most gentle of these is called trickle charging. Other methods include slow-charging and quick-charging, the latter being the harshest. Some manufacturers include a built-in hydrometer to show the state of charge of the battery. This acrylic "eye" has a float immersed in the electrolyte. When the battery is charged, the specific gravity of the electrolyte increases (since all the sulfate ions are in the electrolyte, not combined with the plates), and the colored top of the float is visible in the window. When the battery is discharged (or if the electrolyte level is too low), the float sinks and the window appears yellow (or black). The built-in hydrometer only checks the state of charge of one cell and will not show faults in the other cells. In a non-sealed battery each of the cells can be checked with a portable or hand-held hydrometer. Batteries will last longer if not stored in a discharged state. Sulfation occurs when a battery is not fully charged, and the longer it remains in a discharged state the harder it is to overcome the sulfation. This may be overcome with slow, low-current (trickle) charging. Sulfation is due to formation of large, nonconductive lead sulfate crystals on the plates; lead sulfate formation is part of each http://www.corvetteweb.com/charge.html

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cycle, but in the discharged condition the crystals become large and block passage of current through the electrolyte. Ok now that we have somewhat of a handle on the basics we can come up with some simple solutions to your lack of attention to this very important component in the automotive system. If your special ride is a garage or trailer queen it is probably hidden away in the garage under a protective cocoon. Lack of exercise and long storage periods will cause the best of batteries to loose most of their oomph. Unless you enjoy replacing batteries on a regular basis you need to find a way to rejuvenate that power box.

CTEK Battery charger

The MULTI US 3300 is a versatile and compact battery charger designed to easily charge and maintain all types of vehicles batteries including Optima gel type batteries. The charger features a special cold mode that enables you to charge a battery during cold winters days without problems. The MULTI US 3300 has a water resistant and weatherproof design that enables its use in damp environments. In our test we hooked up the multi 3300 to a discharged 650 amp marine battery starting battery. The hookup was easy, red alligator clip to positive terminal and black alligator clip to negative terminal. No rocket science here. The battery initially measured 12.2 volts, after about 12 hours of charging a fully charged indicator light was displayed on the unit. We liked the chargers small size, simplicity and weather resistant design. The only trade off is the long charging time. The unit is manufactured in Sweden and is priced at about $115.

Save-a-Battery

The Save-a-Battery is a fast, 50-watt 2x Battery charger. After charging the unit then automatically switches to maintenance/monitoring mode. By varying current and voltage in a deeper cycle, it desulfinates a battery, and extends its life without overcharging. A low voltage alarm monitors the battery and sounds before damage occurs from discharging. The manufacturer claims that you can leave the unit permanently connected, with no risk of overcharging. A built in voltmeter also lets you test your wiring and charging system. the large LCD screen and bright LED bank make it easy to monitor battery voltage, charging mode, connection status, and overall battery health. The LCD display can be turned off while charging or maintaining for long-term storage. The unit is equipped with modular plug-in cables with three types of battery connectors. The charger comes with a 10' foot long AC power cord; and gold-plated http://www.corvetteweb.com/charge.html

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connectors for reliability in damp garages and boathouses. The "No-sparks" polarity protection prevents operation if you screw up the connection to your battery.

The Save A Battery 12-Volt Battery Charger Maintainer and Tester comes with a 6foot 5-Amp battery terminal lug cable, a 6-foot alligator clip cable, a 6-foot cigarette lighter adapter cable, a 10-foot AC power input cable, and a mounting bracket for permanent wall or vehicle installation. We set up our test on a 750amp starting battery that resided in the engine bay of a C5 Corvette. The battery was in a state of severe drain from under use and was due for replacement. We connected the Save a Battery unit as per the instruction manual. The LCD read out measured 12.2 volts at startup. To our surprise the unit recharged the battery in less than two hours. This rivaled the performance of much larger chargers. Guess what we don't need to replace the battery anymore. This magic box seems to have brought the old battery back to life. We give this product a definite thumbs up, it is reasonably priced at about $99

Battery Tender Plus

The Battery Tender Plus battery charger delivers 1.25 amperes during bulk charge mode, holds the battery charge voltage constant at 14.4 VDC during absorption charge mode until the battery charge current drops to 0.1 amperes at which time it then automatically switches to a float charge mode. During float charge mode, the output voltage of the Battery Tender Plus battery charger is 13.2 VDC, which is well below the gassing voltage of a lead acid battery. This keeps the battery topped off, while minimizing any detrimental effects to do gassing. The Battery Tender Plus battery charger is able to perform these complex switching functions because its electronic circuitry is controlled by an on board microprocessor. We tested the unit on a partially discharged lead acid battery that was few years old. The unit was connected in a similar fashion to the other chargers. Once plugged in the a flashing red led came on indicating that power was on. Once connected to the battery the red light stopped flashing indicating that the battery was being charged. After charging is complete a green led is supposed to intermittently flash. We left the charger on for approximately 12 hours and never got a green light indication. Our initial reaction was that the battery was defective. We attempted to charge another battery that we knew was in perfect shape. Again after about ten hours of charging no green flashing light. We called the Deltran Corporation and were told that the unit probably needed to http://www.corvetteweb.com/charge.html

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recycle itself. We were told that this process could take up to 72 hours. We are still waiting for our green flashing light to come on.

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C2 Corvette feature Articles

C2 Corvette Feature Articles

67 Big Block Heaven

The Black Widow 63

C2 Classic

64 Rest Mod

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Store bought Resto-Mod

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C3 Corvette Featured Articles

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Awesome 76

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Mr. Motions C3

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C3 Transformation

Black Thunder

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Beauty and the Beast

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C4 Featured Articles

ZR1 Odyssey

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The last C4

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The C4 Story

Darth Vaders ZR1

C4 Street Sweeper

The Grand Sport Experience

Extreme 80

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C5 Featured Articles

High Horse C5

New to the Game

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C5 Art

Street Credit

Motivated C5 - Blown and Ready

Street / Track Super Car

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A different Kind of Speed

North West C5

C5 SouthWest Show Stopper

The "Lucky" C5

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Mid West C5

The Double D C5

The Fastest Street Driven C5

Star Ship C5

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The "Girly" C5

Sweet Cherry Wine

Twin Turbo Mayhem

Rolling Art Form

Speed Racer C5

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C6 Corvette Feature Articles

C6 Corvette Feature Articles

The Punisher

C6 Z06 Show and Go

End of an Era

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The Beast

Once Bitten

Race Girl

Veterans C6

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Show and Go GS

Bat Man

Corvette Crazy

Z06 Hyper Vette

Veterans Vette

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C6 Corvette Feature Articles

A Special Vette Girl

Loma GT 2 Z06

ZO6 Legend

Cooksie ZO6

Black Stallion ZO6

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C6 Corvette Feature Articles

The Red Roar ZO6

Maximim Grand Sport "Pushing the GS Envelope"

Edelbrock "E Force" Super Charged C6

NASCAR inspired ZO6

Street and Show ZO6

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Hot Wheels Inspired Show Winner

Rag Top Exotica

Hooked on the Big One

Military Dream

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C6 Corvette Feature Articles

Euro C6 Power

Re-Engineering the C6

Show and Go GS

Extreme Z51

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C6 Corvette Feature Articles

Wicked ZO6

08 Low Profile Custom

The "Regular Guys Show Car"

Redlines Z06 Super Car

Rare GS

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C6 Corvette Feature Articles

Show and Go 2011GS

Living the Dream

Vette Girl June 2015

Double Take

The Juice

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C7 Corvette Feature Articles

Crowd Pleaser

Military Grade C7

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Power and Beauty

Rock n Roll C7

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C7 Corvette feature articles

Supercharged C7 Fun

Daily Driver

Lipstick Corvette

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The Vette Nuts return to index page

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Its Show Time Some Pics from the last Seminole Casioo Corvette Show. The Motorsport show series has been a very popular event in SW Florida. The July show will close out the series, it will be missed.

Some pics from the Sanibel Island FL show 2015

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More South Florida at the Hot Rods and Hogs Magazine show at the Seminole Casino

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South Florida shows are a blast.

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This years Corvette show in Estero Florida proved to be an outstanding event.

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Hooters always throws a great party.

They love to promote their eatery with cars and bikes. At a recent event in Naples Florida we were given a pleasant amount of eye candy to compliment the great showing of classic cars.

Q:How many Hooters girls can you stuff in a Model T? A: Ten

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If you have been following our mag you may be familiar with our Project Z car. The project has centered around a 2009 Victory Red ZO6 that we have been working on over the past two years. Our goal was to create the perfect super car for what we like to call the "regular guy". The ZO6 offers a very large bang for the buck in terms of performance and styling. We selected the "Z" as a base for the project as its affordability and performance is very hard to beat. After trying out various combinations of after market add-on's we decided that it was time to put our work to the test. The car has won top honors at various shows throughout the Sunshine State. It seems as if we were on the right track with the modifications we made to our car. Project "Z" has taken "Best of Show", "Top Corvette", "Top Hot Rod"and "Best Muscle Car" at various shows.

Some photo's of the Motor Sport Series show that was held at the convention center in Charlotte Harbor Florida

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The Hooters and Zig Zag girls come out to greet Project "Z"

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