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#1 of 24 Simple, inexpensive horsepower/torque upgrades for 95 Chevy C1500
Apr 08, 2005 (2:16 pm)
I'm not a gear head and am looking for info on simple, inexpensive upgrades for my 95 Chevy C1500. I have a 350 and it has 128k miles on it. I want the most bang for the buck without hurting my engine. Any Ideas?
#2 of 24 Make it breathe - simple as that -
Apr 08, 2005 (4:36 pm)
Choose your sound (I'm a Flowmaster fan), but many, many companies make cat-back exhaust systems for your truck - at that mileage, too, you can replace the cat with a high-flow unit - your stock cat can't be doing much more than getting in the way at this point.
An intake kit, like K&N offers with their FIPK kits, or SLP and their Big Mouth setups will make it inhale MUCH better.
The next least expensive mod is a gear swap - you likely have a 3.42 rear gear, or at best a 3.73 - going to a 4.11 works wonders - best bang for the buck, without a doubt.
Apr 08, 2005 (6:44 pm)
All that'll work. Maybe cost you $1,000 for 20 HP if you do everything he suggests except the gearing. That's extra. $50 per HP is pretty good.
"Shorter" gearing will give you faster accleration, but you'll some lose top speed (no big deal on a truck) and gas mileage will definitely go down.
#4 of 24 Re: Make it breathe - simple as that - [driftracer]
Apr 08, 2005 (6:57 pm)
What about the Superchips? Are they good? Bad? Indifferent? Can one believe the claim of 21 extra ponies they boast?
#5 of 24 Re: Make it breathe - simple as that - [driftracer]
Apr 08, 2005 (7:00 pm)
Another question. As far as exhaust systems. I want a system that is not going to wake up the neighbors on those early mornings, but still has a nice rumble. A system that will give me the extra hp without losing torque. I pull and 18 ft bassboat a lot.
#6 of 24 Re: Make it breathe - simple as that - [jwchevy]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Apr 08, 2005 (8:07 pm)
These exhaust mods are not big HP producers and can't really affect torque very much. A flowmaster AND free flow cat is only worth maybe 10 if you're lucky. Noise could be an issue but if you just did the flowmasters I don't think it would be very offensive.
No I don't believe 21HP from a chip unless it was raising the boost on a turbo car.
#7 of 24 Re: Simple, inexpensive horsepower/torque upgrades for 95 Chevy C1500 [jwchevy]
Jun 15, 2005 (6:01 pm)
I think most of the bolt on's are good ideals. It's a little pricing for what you get but it will help. The gearing might to much unless you tow a lot. I have an 89 pickup with 90,000 on it. I plan on installing vortec heads, roller cam, rockers and headers. I will cost about the same 1,000 and gain about 80 hp +. just my 2 cents.
#8 of 24 converting 4.3 to a 5.7 in 1990 c1500
Jul 18, 2005 (11:38 am)
does anyone know what all needs to be done? does the engine harness need changed? would may be like to go with a vortec motor. any help is appreciated. thank you
#9 of 24 GETRAG CONVERSION
Sep 14, 2005 (8:49 pm)
I have a 94 stepside with a 305 and 289,000 miles! Time to rebuild/restore, Anyone have any thoughts on the GETRAG tranny and rearend. I have got everything from great idea down to why bother. Must all the info I have comes from dealers and speed shops, Can anyone direct me to some solid info: conversions, engine swap, interior redo's. First attempt at this restore thing. I really want to keep this truck bought it brand new. Any help/direction to info, clubs, tech sites would be great.
#10 of 24 Re: GETRAG CONVERSION [94step]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 15, 2005 (1:57 pm)
I'm a bit confused here. Why do you want to put a Getrag transmission in it exactly?