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Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? I previously owned a 1998 Firebird Formula M6 with an LS1. I sold that car after about two years of ownership and have regretted it. When the Pontiac GTO was released in 2004, I was interested in getting one. It wasn't until 6 years later that I would actually be able to buy one. I was searching for a Pontiac GTO in 2010. I originally wanted a 2006 cyber gray metallic M6, but I found this one at a local dealer. The only problem was it was automatic. So I test drove the car and loved it. The color is barbados blue metallic, which is a rare color, and you don't see many around. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? The first modification I did to the car was catback exhaust. I bought a Magnaflow exhaust system and had it professionally installed. The most recent modification was an upgraded cam install. It's a custom grind cam from Brian Tooley Racing. I had it professionally installed and then tuned by Pat G https://www.guerragroup.com/lsx-perfromance-tuning. It is still running with the stock heads. This modification really bumped up the horse power and torque. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? The biggest bang for the buck was the long tube headers. After they were installed and my GTO was tuned, it gained ~40HP/TQ. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? I started with exhaust and then did some suspension work. The GTOs came from Australia on a boat and the stock springs and some bushings needed to be replaced. What are you planning next? I would like a new set of VMR 18 inch wheels with summer tires and Koni adjustable dampeners. Future mods will be ported and polished stock heads and I'm looking into doing a automatic to manual transmission swap. There is a great write up about how to do the swap on ls1gto. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? The biggest challenge is the suspension. Until I installed some quality springs, other front suspension parts would fail.
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