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So I figured I would take the advice of the site and introduce myself. I recently bought my first car, an '06 Chevy Impala SS and I love it. I'm just on here looking for ways to improve it on a relatively small budget (college student problems). Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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Welcome, what you looking to do performance, handling etc. etc etc
Pic of the beast would be nice also.
 

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Ah I would definitely post a pic but I do not have a phone that can post pics on the internet or a camera for that matter. I will as soon as I get a chance though!
I would love to improve horsepower and possibly make it a little louder without any negative effects to performance. Also, any way to improve fuel efficiency is helpful.
 

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search the forum here there are lots of ideas. The cheapest would be to mod your air filter box by making more holes or enlarging the air intake hole. You can then run a standard filter or switch to a high performance drop in filter.
Also how many miles on car if you have more than 70,000 mile might think about new plugs and wires, standard ac delco plugs and wire work very good in our cars.
Good luck modding on a budget.
 

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I have about 78,000 on my car so I will definitely look in to getting new plugs and wires. Thanks for the advice!
 

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Welcome!:beer: Pics are a neccessity. When you can, of course....:eek:k3:
 

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Mufflers will improve the sound, intake and tune will do the rest. That's the most bang for your buck. Welcome!
 

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Mufflers will improve the sound, intake and tune will do the rest. That's the most bang for your buck. Welcome!
I have heard that mufflers reduce performance because the air flow coming out is constricted. Also, how much does a tune up cost?
 

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There may be some mufflers out there that is true with, but if you go with flowmaster, magnaflow, borla, or any of the major players, you will have more flow than stock. Some have claimed performance increases from muffler swaps, but unless I see a dyno sheet proving otherwise, I assume they are being fooled by the sound. By "tune" I mean a computer tune, not a tune-up. Your car has two, an ECM and TCM, engine and transmission computers. Usually I recommend overkill motorsports, but I don't know off hand what he charges for the 8th gen tune, and I'm not sure where he stands with the 5.3L tune. You could always ask him though.
 

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magnaflow has always worked for me, others like flowmaster. There is an exhaust thread on here with sound clip check it out.
 

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Normally it would be here http://www.getoverkilled.ca/ but the site seems to be down...

For mufflers, its mostly a matter of preference. But dyno tests have shown Borla is the superior performing muffler out of all brands I have seen tested. They actually provide hp gains OVER open pipes.
 
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