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Q: Im completely new to the camaro world, and to v6's, what do I need to know?

A: Here is a quick guide for the new people.

COMMON ACRONYMS :

! - using this before an acronym means removal of that item from the vehicle (example: !EGR)
1/4 - Quarter Mile (drag racing)
1LE - Suspension Handling Package Option
2WD - Two Wheel Drive
4L60E - actual part name for the Automatic 4-speed transmission
4WD - Four Wheel Drive
700R4 - older generation 4-speed GM automatic transmission
A4 - 4-speed automatic transmission
A/F - Air Fuel Ratio
AIR - Air Injection Recirculation (part of emissions system.)
APHR - Adjustable Panhard Rod (Suspension)
ASR - Camaro version of traction control
ATF - Automatic Transmission Fluid
ATI - Supercharger Company (Vendor)
AWD - All Wheel Drive
B4C - Police Package Option
BBDC - Before Bottom Dead Center
BDC - Bottom Dead Center
BHP - Brake Horsepower
BOV - Blow Off Valve (turbo related)
B/O - Bolt-On Modifications
BSM - Body Side Moulding - door ding guards on your doors.
BTDC - Before Top Dead Center
BTW - By The Way
C4 - Fourth Generation Corvette (1992-1996)
CAGS - Computer Assisted Gear Selection (the "skip-shift" on M6 cars.)
CATS - Catalytic Converters (emissions/exhaust system)
CAI - Cold Air Induction
CI - Cubic Inches (engine displacement)
CKP - Crankshaft Position (sensor)
CMP - Camshaft Position (sensor)
CONV/'vert - Convertible
CR - Compression Ratio
DEG - Degrees (timing or temperature)
DRL - Daytime Running Lights
DR's - Drag Radial Tires
DSL - Driveshaft Safety Loop
DTC - Diagnostic Trouble Code
ECM - Engine Control Module
ECL - Exhaust Lobe Center Line (camshaft)
ECT - Engine Coolant Temperature (sensor)
EGR - Exhaust Gas Recirculation (emissions system)
EGT - Exhaust Gas Temperature
E/T - Elapsed Time (drag racing time measurement)
FAST - Fuel Air Spark Technology (Vendor)
FBODY - GM chassis designation for Camaro/Firebird
FI - Forced Induction (turbos, superchargers)
FIPK - Fuel Injection Performance Kit (See K&N)
FMIC - Front Mounted Intercooler (turbo))
FMU - Fuel Management Unit
FPR - Fuel Pressure Regulator
FPSS - Fuel Pressure Safety Switch
FRA - "Free Ram Air" modification
FRC - Fuel Rail Covers
FTRA - Fast Toys Ram Air (product)
FWD - Front Wheel Drive
FWIW - For What Its Worth
GT - used instead of the ws6 from 93-96
H/C - Heads and Camshaft
HO2S - Heated Oxygen Sensor
HP - Horsepower
HPP3 - Hypertech Power Programmer 3 (product)
IAC - Idle Air Control (solenoid)
IAT - Intake Air Temperature (sensor)
IC - Ignition Control Circuit
ICL - Intake Lobe Center Line (camshaft)
IGN - Ignition
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IRS - Independent Rear Suspension
K&N - Brand name of air filter
KR - Knock Retard (tuning)
LCA - Lower Control Arm (suspension)
LM - Loud Mouth (exhaust system by SLP)
LMAO - Laughing My A** Off
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
LPE - Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (Vendor)
LT1 - Generation 2 GM smallblock V8 engine (introduced 1992)
LT4 - Generation 2 GM smallblock V8 engine (introduced 1996)
LT5 - GM/Lotus/Mercury Marine joint collaboration project, DOHC 5.7L V8 engine found in the Corvette ZR-1 (introduced 1990)
LS1 - GM 3rd Gen Small Block ( introduced 97 )
LS2 - 6.0 3rd Gen Small Block ( introduced 04 )
LS6 - C5 Z06 engine used
LS7 - 427 Used in C6 Z06
L36 - GM 3.8
L32 - GM 3.4
L67 - Supercharged GM 3.8
L98 - 350 from the 3rd Gens
LSA - Lobe Seperation Angle (camshaft)
LSD - Limited Slip Differential
LT - Long Tube Headers
LTFT - Long Term Fuel Trim (tuning)
LTRIM - Long Term Fuel Trim (tuning)
M6 - 6-speed transmission
MAF - Mass Air Flow sensor (measures amount of air entering intake)
MAP - Manifold Absolute Pressure (sensor)
MAFT - Mass Air Flow Translator (product)
MN6 - Option code for factory 6-speed transimission.
N/A - Naturally Aspirated (all-motor)
N20 - Nitrous Oxide
NBM - Navy Blue Metallic (color)
NOS - Nitrous Oxide Systems (brand name)
NWS - Not Work Safe (do not click link if you are at work, unsuitable material inside)
O2 - Oxygen Sensor
ORY - Off Road Y-pipe
ORP - Off Road Pipe
PCM - Powertrain Control Module (your vehicles engine/tranny computer)
PCV - Positive Crankcase Ventilation (emissions system)
PE - Power Enrichment (tuning)
PHR - Panhard Rod (suspension)
PITA - Pain In The A**
P/P - Ported And Polished
Posi - Another term for LSD
QTEC - Quick Time Electric Cutout (product)
QTP - Quick Time Performance (Vendor)
RPM - Revolutions Per Minute (engine speed)
RWD - Rear Wheel Drive
RWHP - Rear Wheel Horsepower
RWTQ - Rear Wheel Torque
SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
SBC - Small Block Chevy engine
SC - Super Charger
SES - Service Engine Soon lamp (on dash)
SFC - Subframe Connectors
SLP - Street Legal Performance (Vendor)
SOM - Sunset Orange Metallic (color)
SOTP - Seat Of The Pants
SS - Super Sport
SSRA - Super Sucker Ram Air
STB - Strut Tower Brace
STFT - Short Term Fuel Trim (tuning)
STRIM - Short Term Fuel Trim (tuning)
T56 - actual part name for the M6 transmission
TA - Trans Am
TB - Throttle Body
TBODY - Throttle Body
TBRAKE - Transmission Brake
TC - Torque Converter
TCS - Firebird version of traction control
TDC - Top Dead Center
TFP - Transmission Fluid Pressure (switch/valve)
TH350 - Turbo Hydromatic 3-speed automatic transmission
TH400 - Heavy Duty Turbo Hydromatic 3-speed automatic transmission
TNT - Texas Nitrous Technologies (Vendor)
TP - Throttle Position
TPS - Throttle Postion Sensor
TQ - Torque
TR - Thunder Racing (Vendor)
TSP - Texas Speed & Performance (Vendor)
TT - Twin Turbo
TT2 - Torque Thrust 2 (type of wheels by American Racing)
TTOP - T-Top roof
TTT - "To The Top"
UCA - Upper Control Arm (front suspension)
VATS - Vehicle Anti-Theft System (the coded chip in your ignition key)
VERT - Convertible
VSS - Vehicle Speed Sensor
WB O2 - Wide Band Oxygen Sensor
WOT - Wide Open Throttle
WS6 - Firebird Performance "Ram Air" Package (RPO code)
W68 - V6 appearance package option
WTB - Want To Buy
WTT - Want To Trade
WU8 - Camaro Performance SS Package (RPO code)
YBODY - GM chassis designation for Corvette
Y87- v6 upgade, POSI, v8 Rack & pinion, dual outlet exhaust.
Z28 - Camaro equipped with V8 engine (RPO code)
ZR1 - Corvette with LT5 motor, GM and Lotus joint project in the early 90s

F-Body basic model comparsion

Chevy:

Camaro - Base v6- 3.4L V6 from 1993 to 1995 1/2 and 1995 1/2 to 2002 came with the 3.8L V6 (RS is an option available in certain years and had the Y87 performance package) the V6 came equipped with either the electronically controlled 4 speed automatic transmission known as the 4L60E or the T-5, better known as the 5-speed Manual Transmission.

Camaro Z28 - same body as v6, but upgraded suspension, and the v8 drivetrain. (V8 drivetrains were as follows 93-97 had the LT1 and some 97s had LT4s and 98-02 had the LS1. Later year Fbodies had LS6 intakes and better Exhaust manifolds. both could be had with T56 6speeds. 93s had M28 and M29 6speeds)

Camaro SS - Appearance upgades, suspension upgrades and v8 drivetrain *produced by SLP. (same as above for engine and tranny specs)


Pontiac:

Firebird - base v6 (Y87 performance package and W68 sport appearance package was available for most years) *see information for V6 Camaro above*

Firebird Formula - v6 body with v8 drivetrain (see Camaro Z28 above for more information)

Trans Am - V8 drivetrain, suspension upgrades, apperance changes (same as above)

Firebawk - Apperance upgrades, suspension upgades and v8 drivetrain produced by SLP.


Base V6 horsepower numbers:

*these are flywheel numbers. not what is actually put to the ground on a dynometer*

3.4L V6- 160hp @ 4500rpm and 200tq @ 3500rpm

3.8L V6- 200hp @ 5200rpm and 225tq @ 4000rpm

Engine Specs:
http://engine.firebirdv6.com/

General Information by model year:
http://tech.firebirdv6.com/general.html

Rear end Gear codes are as follows:

GU2=2.73- v8 only
GU4=3.08- open differential(means no lsd)
GU5=3.23
GU6=3.42


Q: I put on an aftermarket exhaust system, but my car doesnt sound good under throttle, how can I make the sound deeper?

A: Buy a v8. You can never get the sound of a v8 out of a v6. By spending alot of money and increasing your overall horsepower and compression you will get a deeper sound, but still nothing compared to the sound of a stock v8 with exhaust. The best way to make your v6 sound 'better' is to get a set of headers, do a cat delete or replace it with an aftermarket cat, and run the exhaust of your choice.

Exhaust Sound Clips: http://forum.camarov6.com/showthread.php?t=59728

Q: I've been thinking, and I want to put a cam in my v6. What is a good cam for my car?

A: MASTER CAM LIST
In order from lowest to highest intake duration.
Generally, in order by higher powerband, less streetability as you go up.
Legend to NA Cams...
(M) - Relatively mild. Decent power gains, good streetability.
(SS) - Street/Strip, good power gains, fairly lopey, less streetable, may throw codes.
(R) - Racing or stroker use. Great peaky power, poor streetability.

Normally Aspirated Camshafts

Description Duration @ .050" Lobe Lift L.S.A. Centerline
Stock L36/L26: 182/192 .258/.258 N/A N/A *(M)
CompCams 76-800-9: 192/200 .300/.310 110 N/A *(M)
CompCams 76-801-9: 200/206 .310/.300 112 N/A *(M)
Grand Prix Store L36: 206/212 .320/.325 113 110 *(SS)
ZZP GT1: 210/210 .317/.317 113 N/A *(SS)
Super Six L36: 210/214 .281/.281 112 N/A *(SS)
Abbott Racing NA Cam: 210/220 .320/.320 112 (SS)
INTENSE Stage 1 N/A: 212/204 .322/.298 113 109 *(SS)
INTENSE Stage 1X N/A: 212/216 .327/.321 113 109 *(SS)
ZZP GT2: 216/216 .317/.317 111 N/A *(SS)
INTENSE Stage 2 N/A: 222/224 .337/.327 112 108 *(R)
INTENSE Stage 3 N/A: 222/230 .339/.331 110 106 *(R)
ZZP GT3: 224/224 .335/.335 113 N/A *(R)
Power Adder Camshafts

Description Duration @ .050" Lobe Lift L.S.A. Centerline
Stock L67/L32: 182/192 .258/.258 115 N/A
GPS L67 Cam 1: 200/212 .315/.325 115 N/A
Stattama ST1: 206/206 .320/.320 111 N/A
ZZP VS: 206/216 .315/.315 115 N/A
ZZP HL/GPS L67 Cam 2: 206/218 .320/.330 115 N/A
INTENSE Stage 1 Blower: 209/204 .305/.298 113 108
CompCams 76-802-9: 210/220 .320/.320 115 N/A
INTENSE Stage 1X Turbo: 211/204 .323/.320 116 110
INTENSE Stage 1X Blower: 210/221 .321/.329 115 111
Stattama ST2: 212/212 .325/.325 112 N/A
ZZP XP: 212/224 .325/.335 116 N/A
INTENSE Stage 2 Turbo: 214/206 .331/.320 116 110
INTENSE Stage 2 Blower: 214/222 .332/.338 115 111
ZZP XPZ: 217/225 .352/.333 116 N/A
Stattama ST3: 218/212 .330/.325 113 N/A
Stattama SS4: 218/230 .330/.340 116 N/A
Abbott Racing FI cam: 220/220 .320/.320 114
IPS Stage 5/ZZP NIC: 220/230 .317/.317 112 N/A
INTENSE Stage 3 Nitrous/Blower: 220/232 .337/.351 116 112
Thrasher Race: 222/222 .354/.354 114 N/A
INTENSE Stage 3 Blower: 222/228 .338/.344 115 111
INTENSE Stage 3 Turbo: 223/214 .338/.332 116 110
Stattama ST4: 224/218 .335/.330 116 N/A
Stattama SS6: 224/242 .335/.360 118 N/A
INTENSE Stage 4 Turbo: 226/218 .343/.346 116 110
INTENSE Stage 4 Blower: 235/238 .375/.376 116 112

Q: Well, I figured since im going to have my heads off for my cam install anyway, I should put a set of aftermarket heads on, do they make them?

A: Your choices are very limited, but they do make them. List as follows.

Abbot Racing Heads
Lift---Intake Flow---Exhaust Flow
.100--- 62 --- 52
.200--- 128 --- 107.6
.300--- 185.9 --- 154.9
.400--- 213 --- 166.9
.500--- 225.8 --- 173.4
.550--- 230 --- 176.6
.600--- 232.5 --- 178.2

Super Six Motorsports Heads
Lift---Intake Flow---Exhaust Flow
.100--- 64.4 --- 55.3
.200--- 123.9 --- 115.6
.300--- 170.5 --- 160.4
.400--- 202.3 --- 186
.500--- 220.1 --- 193
.550--- 226.2 --- 194.4
.600--- 230 --- 196


Intense Stage 3 Heads
Lift---Intake Flow---Exhaust Flow
.100--- 69 --- 60
.200--- 127 --- 117
.300--- 175 --- 172
.400--- 208 --- 199
.500--- 224 --- 212
.550--- ---
.600--- 235 --- 222

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