As hot rodders, there are few of us that can leave well enough alone. In spite of our promises of leaving our latest acquisition stock, eventually the urge becomes too much to bear. And, it's usually only a short time later that the UPS guy is at the front door with boxes full of parts.

LS1 guys are no different. Now that these cars are being paid off and coming off of warranty, more and more people are getting the itch to up the "oomph." Curious as to what the average Joe could expect from a well rounded upgrade package, we decided to contact SLP Performance Parts to see what they had to offer. They fixed us up with a more aggressive cam, complete header and exhaust system, and an improved intake manifold from the new LS6/ZO-6 combination.

So, cool! We had a car, we had some parts, now all we needed was an install-and-testing facility. We needed to look no further than Doug Rippie Motorsports (DRM), just outside of Minneapolis. DRM specializes in late-model Corvettes but has tons of experience on F-Bodies as well, which is no surprise since they share the same engines!

Doug Rippie Motorsports' claim to fame is the ability to tune a combination to its maximum, a skill that you will see them clearly demonstrate here. Consider that you can buy an affordable all-aluminum LS1 engine from GM Peformance Parts (or SLP, for that matter) with EFI on board, as well as coil-on-plug ignition and a set of the best cylinder heads Detroit has ever had on a production line, and you'll see that this tech story goes beyond GM enthusiasts. This is an engine for everybody!

We think the results are pretty impressive, especially considering that this car is totally tame to idle around town in. You could take your mom on a cross-country road trip in this thing. So follow along as we walk you through the "gotchas" that come up during a complete exhaust install this month, while taking on a cam, spring, and intake swap next month. It's a bolt-on bonanza!