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    The out going Corvette C7 Z06 is an icon in the world of sports cars. Where the new ones left are selling out. Out of the number left of new C7's for sale the bulk are the C7 base and Grand sport.
    The Z06's are getting low in numbers ESP with the manual transmission.

    With the huge aftermarket and the ease of making more power. Make this the top Corvette to date. I say this after owning 8 Corvette's previous to the 2 C7 Z06's I own now.

    The C7 z06 comes with Lt4 making 650 hp this is one fantastic robust engine and the best engine from GM to date. The stock 1.7 blower is the one short coming of the car. It is undersized and GM used stepped up blower speeds requiring more engine cooling to fit the need.

    Which GM did on the 2017 and later models. GM should have used the 2.3 from the C6 ZR1.
    This where the Magunson 2300 comes in this simple lighter weight better designed cooler running supercharger designed for the Lt4 comes to play.

    Higher output with less blower speed offers a cooler stronger air charge It goes to 800hp with ease on pump gas. I have modified 2 Z06 Corvette with the same mods. Which are modifed AFE intake, ARH w/ cats jet hot coated 2 inch headers, ZR1 TB port matched to the Maggy , Maggy 2300 with 75mm upper, M&M PCV fix.
    Driving well over 20k with these mods. Including a 4,000 pleasure drive with the set-up. I can say it runs cooler better MPG more power than stock
    Doing the 3rd build now. 1st car did 672 rwhp with the M7 2nd car makes 650rwhp with the A8. The latest model year Z06 has a improved fuel pump which should allow even more hp at tuning time.
    Last edited by 3 Z06ZR1; 05-20-2022, 08:05 PM.

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    One mod left out is the Halltech Tric unit when used in combo with the 2300 and the Modified AFE Intake.
    The Halltech TRIC is underrated and underused but is really a great mod.

    The TRIC increases the efficiency of the blower by a huge amount. By adding air pressure to the airbox at speed I really notice it at speeds 50mph and above !

    The faster you go the more boost, the supercharger makes with air pressure/boost now feeding the inlet to the airbox.

    This fact is well documented by The Jim Halltech company by logging the boost levels with and without the TRIC at 80MPH and 120MPH shows the TRIC adding more boost at higher speeds.

    The AFE can with a Dremel tool used for cutting. Cutting 4 slots allows the AFE to extend but still sealing to the fender and to outside air. With the Halltech TRIC
    the intake now no matter the blower no longer needs to suck air.
    As cold air is now forced into the air box. Adds boost by speed! Pretty sure my own tuner Corvette's with all adjustments made can and will make nines in the low 140's
    weighs 3500 full of gas so less than 3400 pounds with 1/3 tank with over 800 hp at speed very very fast combo.
    Last edited by 3 Z06ZR1; 04-04-2020, 12:29 PM.

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    • #3
      Just looking at you tube and Speed Street and his modified ZR1 pulling the Mac 720 with ease. Z06's do the same thing with proper mods.

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      • #4
        New Manual Z06 is in the shop today getting the final tune. Car has the new better fuel pump. With the following mods

        2300 w/ 75mm pulley with ported/ port matched snout.
        Modified AFE intake with High Flow filter
        Mighty Mouse Catch Can system
        ZR1 throttle body
        2 inch ARH headers with high flow cats
        Halltech tric airbox feed
        NGK 7 racing plugs
        Looking for 700 rwhp
        Can't wait to pick it up.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by 3 Z06ZR1 View Post
          New Manual Z06 is in the shop today getting the final tune. Car has the new better fuel pump. With the following mods

          Magnuson 2300 w/ 75mm pulley with ported/ port matched snout.
          Modified AFE intake with High Flow filter
          Mighty Mouse Catch Can system
          ZR1 throttle body
          2 inch ARH headers with high flow cats
          Halltech tric airbox feed
          NGK 7 racing plugs
          Looking for 700 rwhp
          Can't wait to pick it up.

          Got the car picked up in the rain storm. It did close to 700 rwhp fuel delivery is not a problem but fuel quality is. Need to go to e fuels or meth or some other fuel booster support.
          IF I cared to go further. Considering a stock ZR1 does about 640 rwhp on the same dyno. Then the 60 pound weight loss all off the front is very nice as well.
          Car now has a better weight balance.Traction and handling are better.
          I also run the DCS traction computer on the A8.
          Both cars are flipping like rocketship's seems some sticky tires like some R-888's should be the next mod.

          I did all the installs myself then drive the car to the dyno shop for the tune.
          I did an original car with same mods only with the 80 mm pulley which I now feel is plenty for pump gas.

          Put it back to stock and bought an A8 and another new M7
          I now have both cars finished both the A8 with 9,700 miles and the new M7 just hit 2500 miles with these mods putting the cars at the 800 plus Hp level
          while driving around in the 3320-3450 weight range depending on the how much gas. Very fast driving like better than stock cars.
          The costs are below some under MSRP for mods but you should be able to score them for that or less.

          2300 4400.00
          2 inch American Racing coated headers w/cats 1900.00
          AFE intake 500.00
          MM catch can recommended 350.00
          ZR1 TB 200.00
          halltech tric unit 349.00
          plugs 50.00

          shop tune and dyno 750.00
          so about 8500 do it yourself.
          Last edited by 3 Z06ZR1; 03-10-2022, 07:00 AM.

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          • #6
            Several weeks now After daily driving both combo's w/ the Lt4 with the 2300 M7. Then the lt4 with the 2300 A8. Removing the 1.7 Supercharger that GM used that was too small.
            Adding the Maggy 2300 gets over 800hp/800 TQ from the lt4 in a perfect package all on pump gas. Fantastic MPG and unmatched power and performance while running much cooler engine temps than stock.
            Still using the stock coolers the 2300 produces cooler boost and less heat.

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ID:	146252 he DSC controller is the other huge game changer adding a better ride and a **** ton of traction and handling to the C7Z06. Pretty much untouchable by any stock car. I'm getting the new Z06 but the delay or wait for few years will be ok I'm good till then. 665 rwhp about 710 wheel on a Dyno jet or 800 plus at the crank at 6400 on pump 92
            Last edited by 3 Z06ZR1; 05-14-2020, 11:35 AM.

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            • #7
              C7Z06 /C7ZR1 still the top Corvettes ever made!
              Glad I bought three of them. Now two with over 650 wheel
              With aftermarket support best Corvettes ever!

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              • #8
                IMO all factory C7 Z06's suffer from the stock heavy cast wheels. Just adding forged wheels like that the C8Z enjoys are worth a couple tenths off the 0-60.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 3 Z06ZR1 View Post
                  IMO all factory C7 Z06's suffer from the stock heavy cast wheels. Just adding forged wheels like that the C8Z enjoys are worth a couple tenths off the 0-60.
                  There are very few simple mods that offer real world gains that you can feel, but changing over to lighter forged wheels on my Z was quite noticeable.

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                  • #10
                    The most important single mod to improve a car’s performance as noted by smart people many, many decades ago, is to improve the driver’s skill level. Getting lighter wheels sure could well be # 2.

                    I am still in awe that getting the carbon fiber wheels on the Z06, on just an average two minute track lap, reduces it time by between 1 and 1 1/2 seconds — for as we all know that is the difference between pole position and often starting mid-pack or even behind that.
                    Z06 coming late this summer: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, complete high wing/aero package. CCB’s, with every piece of visible carbon fiber available to us. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by John View Post
                      The most important single mod to improve a car’s performance as noted by smart people many, many decades ago, is to improve the driver’s skill level. Getting lighter wheels sure could well be # 2.

                      I am still in awe that getting the carbon fiber wheels on the Z06, on just an average two minute track lap, reduces it time by between 1 and 1 1/2 seconds — for as we all know that is the difference between pole position and often starting mid-pack or even behind that.
                      Drag racing applications as well. Less rotating weight/mass is critical in wheel speed. Too much….up in smoke, too little would pull the engine RPMs down. CF wheels on my drag bikes were instrumental !!

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                      • #12
                        You are a brave man to drag race motorcycles. I was on the crew of my friend’s. No, I was never on the bike at a launch (nor enough courage).
                        Z06 coming late this summer: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, complete high wing/aero package. CCB’s, with every piece of visible carbon fiber available to us. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DBurnett View Post

                          There are very few simple mods that offer real world gains that you can feel, but changing over to lighter forged wheels on my Z was quite noticeable.
                          Love the light weight wheels. The fun and ease of working on your own car is something I grew up with and it is going away. The C7 Z06 is last of an era. Huge aftermarket of DIY parts has cemented these cars. 14.67 boost on the dyno is not showing the real boost you are making on the road with the extra boost from the Halltech Tric then with support of the fat AFR makes for a hiway beast.

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                          • #14
                            When you reduce weight on your car you actually can use your traction better. Simply because it takes less effort to move the car so the available traction is better the car needs less traction to move you. Then with the DSC controller. Traction is pretty strong with warm tires.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by John View Post
                              The most important single mod to improve a car’s performance as noted by smart people many, many decades ago, is to improve the driver’s skill level. Getting lighter wheels sure could well be # 2.

                              I am still in awe that getting the carbon fiber wheels on the Z06, on just an average two minute track lap, reduces it time by between 1 and 1 1/2 seconds — for as we all know that is the difference between pole position and often starting mid-pack or even behind that.
                              I agree and the skill comes down to practice and knowing your car. Knowing your car as to the weather and road conditions is huge as far as what you can do.
                              Wheel weight reduction counts the most on the outer wheel rim. The driver is such a huge variable.

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