Certainly not everyone would want one. But, if you ever get a chance to ride in one compared to a typical truck of any make/model, you'll understand its more than just a lot of power in a short-bed pickup.Lawboy said:its not an issue.
but.....cool pics! those are fast trucks....i dont understand why people want them...but there is no denying they are fast!
First off, I will readily admit that the market/demand for this type of vehicle is small. Look at the 454SS. It didn't last long. The 1st Gen Lightning was a 3 year run. The 2nd Gen Lightning is the only truck out there in this class (but the market must be getting bigger b/c Chevy and Dodge are getting ready to release their own "hot-rod" trucks).Lawboy said:
Wes: i knew i would be hearing from you on this one!!!
i agree they are great looking trucks...and i agree that their performance is impressive...what i dont understand and maybe you can explain it to me....is why would you want that kind of performance from a truck? when you can get it from vehicles that were made specifically for performance? also, isnt it limited in its primary duties as a pick em up truck? i mean can you really use it to haul and tow stuff? and if so, do you really use it like you would any other truck?
i agree also about the comparison. this is simply my yearning to understand the motives behind this segment of the truck market!
Lawboy said:good response.
glad to hear they can be used more than the syclones...
sounds like the perfect truck for your needs! thats great! not demented! it makes perfect sense especially given they can actually tow and haul stuff!
The only real _impractical_ things about it are that 1) it is a standard cab and 2) its a bit pricey for a standard cab/short bed truck (~$30k). If you can live with those two things the performance/utility aspect of the truck is pretty phenomenal.
Ford is coming out with the blown 5.4 in their '03 Harley Davidson crew cab truck. Will have a little less power (which can be overcome with a pulley swap), and it's obviously a bigger truck so all areas of performance will suffer, but it will be nice for those that need to haul the entire family around in it. However, it will be $37k. Ouch.
I have not gotten back to the dyno. In fact, I really haven't gotten to drive it that much. I got home from picking it up in Baton Rouge with 520 miles on it. Almost 4 weeks later it has 880 miles. So, ~220 since I dyno'd it. I have installed the Vortex Rammer box and duct, a throttle body coolant bypass, and a 178^ t-stat and integrated fan controller (really seems to keep the temps down).how are the mods coming on the Z?
have you taken it back to the dyno yet? i bet you've picked up another ~10 rwhp just on break in.....
I installed some Fikse FM5 wheels in place of the stockers. Kept the same wheel sizes, however.
Next up will be headers of some sort (undecided on which ones) and then the TNT nitrous kit. If the A/F ratios look funky, then I may certainly need to consider 30lb injectors and/or a MAFT.
After this I'm done for a long while.
Have a good one!
Search down in the Grandstand Forum and you should see my post with the Fikse wheels on the car. Or go to my webpage, scan down to the Vette and click on it. This will take you to the Vette page.Lawboy said:do you have any pics of the Z with the new rims? would love to see them!
wow! sounds like you're heading in the right direction with the mods! but of course that is to be expected from someone with your knowledge about cars.....when youre done with all that you listed you should be running low 11s on street tires.....dont ya think? guess it depends on the NOS shot......the setup you have described is very similar to OpticZ06 and I believe he is running ~11.3
have you met up with any of the other DFW Z owners? I'm anxious to do something with someone but havent seen anyone posting anything????