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Old 02-21-2019, 07:54 PM
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Hello guys I am new to the Corvette world, just purchased my first Corvette a 2000 c5 just waiting for the frozen tundra here in Canada to thaw out, so I can pick it up from storage, due to my budget ( and having 5 kids will do that) I couldn't afford a Z06 will the C5 be ok? I am coming over from a 1990 foxbody Mustang, and what would recommendations be for first upgrades to be done on it, all maintenance has been done and she was well taken care of, thanks for any input
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Welcome to the C5 world. You'll have a blast. Best advice........Drive it!
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With five kids, I would put that extra money away for their schooling. The C5 is a lot of fun right out of the box. Welcome to the Corvette Forum. A 19 year old car can have problems, so its always good to have extra money for repairs. Unfortunately Corvettes break down too, and unlike the fox body, a Corvette repair usually come with the Corvette tax.
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Im kind of realizing the Corvette tax already as I was inquiring about installing a double din in my Vette and one guy said " I will have to charge a little more because it's a Corvette" and don't get me started on college fund.....yikes
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Welcome to the asylum...
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Welcome! Post some pics of your C5 when you can.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the C5.
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Im kind of realizing the Corvette tax already as I was inquiring about installing a double din in my Vette and one guy said " I will have to charge a little more because it's a Corvette" and don't get me started on college fund.....yikes
A double DIN in a C5 is an undertaking, do a Google search. Welcome aboard.
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I am glad you are a vette owner and welcome to the mad house
Keep your vette stock for now. Performance modifications usually mean a retune and the tune's are not cheap.
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Welcome and congratulations. It's a good idea to fill in the Location field in your profile OH and

What color? M6 or A4? As for the C5, just drive it. They are very dependable cars if you do the appropriate maintenance on 'em, KEEP THE BATTERY FULL CHARGED! (Battery Tender Plus highly recommended). If you haven't already read it, I'd suggest reading the sticky at the top about buying a C5. There's a lot of good information about the beasties there.

As for mods; personal preference. Personally, I haven't done much to mine. It came with a Honker. I did upgrade to the c6 sway bars. Also picked up a C6 cat-back. Had it tuned which did make it snappier and also had the 1-4 shift programmed out as well as the dreaded 2mph fuel cut off. If it's a M6 - definitely get an LMC5 and install it now before trouble hits.... Bottom line; just enjoy it.

As for college, it's WAY over-rated!!! EsPECIALLY these days. There are tons of college grads who have to go home to live with Mommy and Daddy because they can't find jobs in advanced basket weaving while the trades are screaming for GOOD people who are willing to actually WORK.
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Congrats on the "new" sled...
Your in the right place to keep your C5 in tip top condition...
Upgrades
Vararam B1 CAI
ZO6 Cat back exhaust
Z06 C6 Shocks
Z06 sway bars
Metal end links
Catch Can
Chuck COW tune


<For a MANUAL>
LMC5 Module
CAGS defeat
Anti Venom mod
Z06 C6 shifter n box
Modified Ranger method
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If you bought the car to modify, then by all means do whatever you want and can afford. Otherwise, I agree with those who consider the car perfected as designed, engineered and delivered to the dealership. While waiting to get your car out of winter storage, check in on this forum from time to time and pay attention to the posts of members who are dealing with problems. You may discover that many of the issues people are having are sourced in past modifications and "upgrades." Why gild the lily?

My higher miles '01 had some issues that I needed/wanted to deal with right off the bat- such that I spent a bit over $3,000 in the first year of ownership and not a single dime spent on a "modification." Rather on a new convertible top, new tires ($2,000 of that was for top and tires), new seat cushion, brakes, plugs/wires and etc. Drive the car first, consider your budget and take care of the essentials, would be my advice. You, like me, might find that the least important thing in the car is the stereo system; because the (stock) exhaust, and the throb of the (stock) LS1 under the hood, is music enough.
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Welcome and congrats on not only joining the forum, but also on purchasing your C5. The C5 is a great car and hopefully will give you years of enjoyment.

As for a first mod to the car, many go with new wheels or an aftermarket exhaust system.

For a 2000, a couple of things that should be considered right away are the LMC5 (regardless of Auto or manual) and if a manual tranny, the CAGS skip shift eliminator.
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Thanks guys, everybody has been so welcoming here and cool, will show some pictures and give as much detail in the car when I get it, it's going to be a long rest of the winter waiting patiently
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Originally Posted by 73Corvette View Post
Congrats on the "new" sled...
Your in the right place to keep your C5 in tip top condition...
Upgrades
Vararam B1 CAI
ZO6 Cat back exhaust
Z06 C6 Shocks
Z06 sway bars
Metal end links
Catch Can
Chuck COW tune


<For a MANUAL>
LMC5 Module
CAGS defeat
Anti Venom mod
Z06 C6 shifter n box
Modified Ranger method
Thank you! Hope you enjoy it!

After all that.... it's now time for the 4.10s!!!

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Im kind of realizing the Corvette tax already as I was inquiring about installing a double din in my Vette and one guy said " I will have to charge a little more because it's a Corvette" and don't get me started on college fund.....yikes
Did you ask him if he was using special Corvette tools to charge you more?
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Old 02-23-2019, 06:05 PM
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Hello guys I will definitely be posting some pictures i believe the colour is called light metalic pewter, also has the anodized rims which I was told was an expensive option I'm going to enjoy it before I do any upgrades but will definitely post some pictures
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I would simply make sure the tires, brakes, alignment, and shocks are all sorted. After that, detail the car and maybe do an at home ceramic coating. I was able to ceramic coat my car for about $50 myself.

Itís now ready to enjoy. Iím sure you wonít have trouble finding $$ to spend on mods as time goes by.

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Just drive it and go from there. With 5 kids you should be happy having one. I waited till my kids were out on their own after college. You'll always find something that needs your attention, that should keep you busy for a while.
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The first thing you may want to do is install or have someone install a LMC5 or Column Lock Bypass if it's not already been done. Do not let the dealer perform the column lock recall, they will only cause more problems.

I have installed both on different cars and it was not difficult;

http://complianceparts.com/lmc5install.html


You mentioned that the maintenance is up to date but for future reference here are some links for performing many of the maintenance items yourself. This is the best DIY info website for many maintenance items: http://www.toquez06.com/z06index.html and http://www.97vette.com/

Here are the lifting & jacking locations:



You should always use jacking pucks when lifting from the frame contact hoist locations if you don't have frame rail protection.

Jacking Pucks: https://www.corvettepartsandaccessor...-jacking-pucks

Lifting without pucks. :

http://www.z06vette.com/diy_lift.php

I use the following 2 low profile jacks; one Larin 2-ton aluminum jack and one Harbor Freight 1.5-ton aluminum jack.

I installed frame rails with built in pads from Elite Engineering:
http://www.eliteengineeringusa.com/c...nd-mtg-screws/

For oil changes I use a set of 57" 2-piece Race Ramps and drive the front wheels up on them while driving the rear wheels onto Trax Jax when I perform oil changes.



Then I lift the rear of the car up under the rear cradle with a low profile jack supporting and protecting the cradle with a 4x8 piece of wood so the weight is dispersed evenly across and there is no metal to metal contact. You only need to raise the rear of the car slightly higher than the front to completely drain out the oil. I make sure to place chocks at the rear of the front tires on the ramps.

You can use one of these under the cradle in place of wood: http://www.harborfreight.com/steel-f...eam-60762.html

Here are some links to oil changes:

http://www.97vette.com/howto/carlift/index.html

http://www.z06vette.com/diy_lift.php

http://www.toquez06.com/oil.html

If the coolant was recently changed you are good for 3 years.

Absolutely change the brake fluid, especially if it appears dark in the reservoir. You should change the clutch fluid if it appears dark in the reservoir, however you will have to do a search for the Ranger Method. I have used the Ranger method but in the end needed to replace my clutch master cylinder.

Air filter change is simple on a stock intake, just unsnap the 2 handles at each end, lift and carefully remove and install the new filter.

If the belts are original I suggest replacing them. Make sure to get the correct part number belt for your car.

You should check the sway bar end links and bushings. If they are the original plastic end links that came on the 2000 Corvette then they are probably shot and should be replaced with the oem C6 metal end links.

Make sure that the drainage udders are free of debris. Here is a good thread with plenty of links: https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...er-udders.html

You may want to replace yourspark plugs and wires. I replaced my plugs and wires with my header install and it was a breeze but it will be a PITA on a stock car with exhaust manifolds in place. If you are planning on headers, wait until then.

Replacing rear diff fluid: http://www.toquez06.com/diff.html

Manual trans fluid change: http://www.toquez06.com/tranny.html

Congrats on your C5 and welcome.
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