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Street Heat - Readers' Rides - April 2014

D.J. Randall Mar 26, 2014
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Bowtie Obsession

Norridge, Illinois resident Mike Plesha is no stranger to horsepower. In fact, his 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 is his eighth bowtie sports car (six Camaros & two Corvettes). Far from stock, the Machine Silver 'Vette screams performance with a pair of Kooks long-tubes, as well as an X-pipe, and a crisp Corsa muffler. The Vararam CAI and ported F.A.S.T 102 help generate more ponies, 447 rear-wheel horsepower to be exact, helped by a COMP Cams' 230/234 setup and an SLP under-drive pulley. The blacked out badges, coupled with a ZR1 spoiler and Competition Grey Z06 replica wheels, tastefully add competition cues. A track guy at heart, Mike loves his current setup, and drives his vicious 'Vette religiously. So far, his best run was an 11.06 ET at 122 mph, and his future plans include PRC Stage 2.5 heads, to lock up solid 10-second passes.


Untouchable Trans Am

It's hard to believe that Brandon Reitz's '95 Pontiac Trans Am is nearly twenty-years old. The 355 cubic-inch LT1 is rumbling stronger than stock, and has been built with Speed Pro pistons, an LT4 cam, Crane 1.6 roller rockers, and Cadillac lifters. The Reading, Pennsylvania resident's other upgrades include MSD coils and NKG plugs. Thanks to a Firehawk ram-air intake, and a wide-open pair of Jet Hot long-tube headers, the tasteful Trans Am breathes freely. The exhaust note is finished off with tones from a Borla muffler, attracting all kinds of competition. Off the line, the built T56 and Ram clutch conveniently provide consistent launches and gear throws. The Koni adjustable front and rear shocks with Strano lowering springs keep the T/A planted, and the massive sway bars; Hellwig solid front and hollow rear, create corner-carving greatness, sitting on 19x8.5-inch front, and 19x9.5-rear, ASA JH8 wheels. Brandon's Trans Am is pleasingly put together, and is sure to be around for a while longer.


Clean Camaro

Thanks to the sleeper style, Kyle White from Quakertown, Pennsylvania continuously flies beneath the radar, until you hear his Camaro. You see, while his '96 Z28 may appear untouched to the untrained eye, the not so subtle exhaust note will surely grab all available attention. Beneath the Harwood cowl hood, the LE2 heads and ported intake wake up the Camaro, and the throaty exhaust note rumbles with the COMP Cams 230/236 cam, coupled with a pair of ceramic Pacesetter headers that are complemented by the SLP Loudmouth pipes. The clean Camaro sits on KYB AGX shocks and BMR lowering springs, and the Strano front and rear sway bars create a ridged ride that can take corners too. Kyle plans to continue on with his project's progress, as his Z28 blasts past unsuspecting opponents.


Built Bird

Check out Ben Lee's 1999 30th Anniversary Trans Am, from Raleigh, North Carolina. Originally starting life as a six-speed, the 'Bird's first owner swapped in a fully-built 4L80E, spinning 3.73 gears. Sporting a 12-bolt rear-end, the Trans Am is making 431 horsepower, thanks to the built, forged 348 cubic-inch LS1 with milled FLP Stage 3 LS6 heads. Listing every internal upgrade would take pages, but the LG Motorsports G5X3 cam, FAST 92-milimeter intake, and upgraded throttle body are worth mentioning. The exhaust can flow two ways thanks to some exhaust cutouts. The QTP headers and Y-pipe offer race-loudness when the DMH cutout is left open, while the SLP dual muffler takes over if closed. The non-A/C Poncho sits on QA1 coilovers, and is connected by a multitude of BMR components that ensure effective handling, and in the quarter, Ben ran an 11.55 ET @ 119 mph. Ben's Trans Am offers a ton more than meets the eye, and rest assured, this 'Bird is wicked.


Send high-res, digital photos and a description of your high-tech performer to: Donald.Randall@sorc.com or mail to GM High-Tech Performance, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. All photos are presumed to be for publication, and GMHTP reserves the right to edit accompanying descriptions.



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