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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    R-Compound USA 562/726-5777 have them in stock. $111 each.
    You saved Christmas! I'll be picking up my set tomorrow.
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    Purchased and mounted for under $450. WOW. Even a poor soul like me can drive a Corvette. The tires are loud-they make more noise than a bag of cats-but they grip something fierce. I haven't driven in over three years, I recall the RS3 not having as much grip as these tires. The most surprising thing to me is how well the oem suspension is dealing with these tires. It feels much more flat than I was expecting. Outstanding.
    I got 255's for the front and 265s for the rear. Too bad they don't have larger sizes.
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    $450 mounted is excellent !!! Trackhq BMW / Porsche / Mustang boys must be choking on their Latte now.....

    when I called last week, they had 275/35-18 in stock for $111 each.

    they are more like autocross tires. great first lap, but drop off once heated. great winter track tire, but not so great summer track tire.

    someone needs to start a series with spec RS-RR tires.... $75 each for Miata sized.... and $111 for Corvette sized....
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    I heard the loudest car noise ever today, while making a hard right turn at about 40 mph. I heard two sounds. The first resembled a metallic snap. It was so loud that I am surprised I felt no feedback in the chassis or wheel when it happened. Immediately after I heard a clunk, as if something hit the undercarriage. Again, I felt nothing in the chassis. The road was free of debris and I didn't leave any car pieces behind me. The car seems to drive fine.

    A visual inspection from the outside shows nothing. Based on what I've read, I suspect one of the hubs cracked. A google search suggests it's the exhaust near the H-pipe, or the axle nut, or the sway bar end link.

    Anyone have experience with this issue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    I heard the loudest car noise ever today, while making a hard right turn at about 40 mph. I heard two sounds. The first resembled a metallic snap. It was so loud that I am surprised I felt no feedback in the chassis or wheel when it happened. Immediately after I heard a clunk, as if something hit the undercarriage. Again, I felt nothing in the chassis. The road was free of debris and I didn't leave any car pieces behind me. The car seems to drive fine.

    A visual inspection from the outside shows nothing. Based on what I've read, I suspect one of the hubs cracked. A google search suggests it's the exhaust near the H-pipe, or the axle nut, or the sway bar end link.

    Anyone have experience with this issue?
    Check for a broken or binding sway bar end link.

    Then check around the round center of the hub for a crack starting with the front ones first.

    If not that, I am not sure what it would be without more postulating.
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    +1 for sway bar end links

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    If it turns out to be end links, I think I have a few C6 laying around the garage that I can donate if they will work on a C5.

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    Thanks all. I'm going to jack it up over the weekend to change the rotors out, and I'll inspect the hubs and endlinks while doing so. I've risked a few more maneuvers over the last few days and haven't experienced anything out of the ordinary.

    Having lived with the Corvette for over one month now, I can say there is 0% buyer's remorse. It's a very well put together 90's Chevrolet. I think everyone should own a Corvette and a Miata.
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    Where is a picture of said car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johns_EvoIXSE View Post
    Where is a picture of said car?
    The first page has a picture. Here is one I took after lowing the car on STOCK SPRINGS.





    Here it is at stock height compared to a Pontiac GTO and a lowered BWM z3. Fun fact: the GTO has a ls6 and is much faster than a C5 with an ls1.

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    I must not have been logged in when I looked originally. Paint looks to be in good condition.

    How much did you get it for? Iím debating getting a C5. I miss having a fun street car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    The first page has a picture. Here is one I took after lowing the car on STOCK SPRINGS.

    Fun fact: the GTO has a ls6 and is much faster than a C5 with an ls1.
    1. for those Vette noob - lowering the car involves turning a bolt per corner....
    2. GTO always weighs something like 600LB more and runs on small tires (wide tire won't fit).
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    Post #10. $7,900. Were you not logged in?

    Haha, just giving you a hard time. William got a C% z06 around the same time for a good price as well (I wish I saw that!). I say go for it. The car is a performance bargain. I'm expecting under 2:00 at button willow next week, all stock.

    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    1. for those Vette noob - lowering the car involves turning a bolt per corner....
    2. GTO always weighs something like 600LB more and runs on small tires (wide tire won't fit).
    You can raise and lower the rears without even jacking the car off the ground, easy. The GTO was faster in second gear pulls. I'm still not convinced it wasn't a fluke. I was driving the GTO and my buddy was in the Corvette. I'm certain he screwed up somehow. Obviously the GTO will be slower in every other metric.
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    GTO in 04 had an ls1 then in 05 and 06 had an ls2. Straight line ls2 GTO might be close with ls1 C5 but I'd give the advantage to the C5. C5z destroys the GTO in every way. GTO was around 3800-3900 lbs with a driver. Also if you don't find anything broken on your car, a common cause of that loud popping noise on the track is the sway bar binding and then popping inside the bushings. You may have experienced a sway bar endlink snapping into a new position followed by the entire sway bar sliding suddenly to the opposite side of the cradle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redtopz View Post
    GTO in 04 had an ls1 then in 05 and 06 had an ls2. Straight line ls2 GTO might be close with ls1 C5 but I'd give the advantage to the C5. C5z destroys the GTO in every way. GTO was around 3800-3900 lbs with a driver. Also if you don't find anything broken on your car, a common cause of that loud popping noise on the track is the sway bar binding and then popping inside the bushings. You may have experienced a sway bar endlink snapping into a new position followed by the entire sway bar sliding suddenly to the opposite side of the cradle.
    This guy bought it with an ls6 in it. Swapped, I suppose. Mystery aftermarket exhaust. All stock otherwise. It sure moves, and it sounds like sex.
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    Which fluid for trans and diff?

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    Diff synthetic 7590 like mobil1 under 2qt
    Trans atf dex 3 or later under 4qt
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Which fluid for trans and diff?
    I just got redline mt-90 for the trans, and redline 75-90 with lsd additive for the diff. I haven't really done any research on what the Vette people suggest: I'm familiar with the redline brand and I am unsure how long the current fluids have been in there. I intend to do a few HPDE in Jan/Feb, and once those are done I'll look for a more long-term solution for those fluids.
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    I think MT90 is a bit too thick. OEM calls for ATF, MTL is thicker than ATF, MT90 is thicker than MTL.

    Let me know how MT90 works.
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    What did you do for alignment?

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