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Gridlife Midwest 2017

Gridlife Midwest 2017

This past weekend marked another event for ZZP’s 2017 racing season with Gridlife Midwest at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. The weekend was packed full of events, on and off the track, from Friday morning to Sunday evening. On track events showcased driver’s skills from novice to pro, with instructional based racing, time attack, … Continue reading Gridlife Midwest 2017
2017 Opening Weekend of Racing!

2017 Opening Weekend of Racing!

Over the weekend, ZZPerferformance made their first track appearances of the 2017 season! ZZP’s Steve Hickman and customer Allen Mayo went to the opening day of US131 Motorsports Park to race on Saturday 4/1, while Tim Beek and Ryan Derrick were getting ready for GPS Track Time – Autobahn North on Sunday (In Joliet, IL on 4/2). … Continue reading 2017 Opening Weekend of Racing!
3800 W-Body BC Racing Coilovers

3800 W-Body BC Racing Coilovers

The wait is finally over for W-Body car owners! As of today, you can now purchase these much needed coilovers for your favorite w-body vehicle, offered exclusively at ZZPerformance. … Continue reading 3800 W-Body BC Racing Coilovers
ZZP 2016 Holiday Party

ZZP 2016 Holiday Party

Ryan Derrick getting stoked for some groceries. Noah can’t wait to crack open this book. Tyler messing around with Mike’s Tennis Ball Shooter. And this was the last time Henry touched this book. Steve and his Captain… Continue reading ZZP 2016 Holiday Party
Tis the Season for Giving!

Tis the Season for Giving!

It’s that time of year again, where holiday spirits are high and ZZPerformance adopted a classroom at Hope Academy for our third year in a row. Ms. Candace Swatniak’s Second Grade classroom is a title I school and many of her students will not be receiving Christmas presents this year. Each of the students … Continue reading Tis the Season for Giving!
How to Mod your Naturally Aspirated L36/L26

How to Mod your Naturally Aspirated L36/L26

The first mod is usually our ZZP 1.0 pcm file.  It will adjust many things to improve the cars performance and should not have any effect on fuel economy or emissions. The next thing would be a cold air intake.  We have a couple options: ZZP Cold Air Intake, Wizair Cold Air Intake, and of … Continue reading How to Mod your Naturally Aspirated L36/L26
Engine Modification recommendations for 2.0L LSJ Cobalt SS or Ion Redline

Engine Modification recommendations for 2.0L LSJ Cobalt SS or Ion Redline

First thing, you need to verify that your intercooler pump is even functioning.  We have had customers come in with less than 60,000 miles on the Odometer and had a bad IC pump.  It is located on the front of the block, right under the lower intake manifold.  You could start the car, of course … Continue reading Engine Modification recommendations for 2.0L LSJ Cobalt SS or Ion Redline
Black Friday -Behind The Scenes

Black Friday -Behind The Scenes

Just as you would imagine for any business, Black Friday is the epitome of chaos, as well as great deals. For months prior to the event, up to, during, and even after Black Friday, we at ZZPerformance were hard at work, ordering products, fabricating products, processing orders, helping customers, maintaining and updating the website, packing … Continue reading Black Friday -Behind The Scenes
Tail of The Dragon meet 2016

Tail of The Dragon meet 2016

The ZZPerformance team has returned from Cobalt Nation’s The Tail of The Dragon event with stories to tell and brake pads to replace. They left the shop at 8am Thursday morning, drove all day, made a few stops (to … Continue reading Tail of The Dragon meet 2016
WannaGoFast Half Mile in French Lick Indiana

WannaGoFast Half Mile in French Lick Indiana

This past weekend ZZPerformance’s own Ryan Derrick, Steve Hickman, and Ryan Graham made the 7 hour drive down to French Lick, Indiana with each of their vehicles in tow. Excluding Steve Hickman’s 2016 ATS-V, hours of preparation went into both Ryan Derricks’ and Ryan Graham’s vehicles. Dyno tuning, various installations, swapping parts, you name it. … Continue reading WannaGoFast Half Mile in French Lick Indiana
Intercooler Welding

Intercooler Welding

Our fabrication team is putting together a fresh new, big Intercooler for the revival of Ryan Graham’s car!   Check out Tim C’s welding skills!
The Revival Of Ryan Graham’s LSJ

The Revival Of Ryan Graham’s LSJ

With the WannaGoFast ½ mile around the corner, Ryan Graham is in the process of reviving his LSJ-T. The first day Ryan raced his LSJ-T he broke the record for the fastest LSJ Supercharged Cobalt and held the title for 3 years. Ryan’s LSJ-T is recognized as being the 1st cobalt … Continue reading The Revival Of Ryan Graham’s LSJ
Snobalt Preparation and the WannaGoFast 1/2 Mile

Snobalt Preparation and the WannaGoFast 1/2 Mile

Ever wonder what it takes to prepare for the WannaGoFast ½ mile? Take a behind-the-scenes look at what Ryan Derrick is doing to prepare the legendary Snobalt for its return. Holding the record for the fastest LNF ½ mile trap speed, the Snobalt is known as one of … Continue reading Snobalt Preparation and the WannaGoFast 1/2 Mile
ZZP Personalized Experience

ZZP Personalized Experience

Modifying a car can be an amazing experience or a huge frustration. Matching components and setting up a successful build is not an easy task. That’s where ZZP comes in. The ZZP experience is about more than selling you parts. Our website is designed to remove the clutter of an ‘everything’ store and give you … Continue reading ZZP Personalized Experience
ZZP Road Trip to SEMA 2014

ZZP Road Trip to SEMA 2014

No great project or road trip begins without a little stress and drama. Anyone in the industry can tell you the best planning in the world can’t make up for surprise problems and unknowns, no matter how good the build engineers, timeline, data, and project management are. The ZZP SEMA2014 ATS project can validate … Continue reading ZZP Road Trip to SEMA 2014
More ATS Teasers From SEMA Project at ZZP

More ATS Teasers From SEMA Project at ZZP

Here is another little teaser of Ryan’s SEMA Cadillac ATS project… look at this amazing TIG welded header! OEM Turbo locations, with most all OEM hardware and lines. ZZP is proud to represent Continental Tires on Ryan’s ATS SEMA project. Continental Tires is one of the world’s largest premier tire manufactures. What a great combination!
Ryan’s ATS Prep for SEMA Continues…

Ryan’s ATS Prep for SEMA Continues…

Here is a small view into the exciting world of ZZPerformance.com. Cadillac ATS Performance parts: 2.0l Turbo LTG performance parts, packages, tuning, proprietary OEM style – direct bolton turbo upgrade kits, Exhaust package, Cold Air intake kits, O2 housing downpipes, and much much more coming soon. Enjoy these great progress shots as ZZP preps Ryan’s … Continue reading Ryan’s ATS Prep for SEMA Continues…
ZZP Team Highlight: Ryan Derrick “Snowbalt” Style Chicago Domination

ZZP Team Highlight: Ryan Derrick “Snowbalt” Style Chicago Domination

Roll into any race, show, street-meet, or car culture event in greater Chicago-land, and you will hear stories about a mean white ghost that dominates the freeways and the streets and that lurks in the dark of Lower Wacker drive. This “Snowbalt” isn’t scared to put a sad-face on all the imports, V8 muscle cars and … Continue reading ZZP Team Highlight: Ryan Derrick “Snowbalt” Style Chicago Domination
ZZP’s ATS Drive to SEMA

ZZP’s ATS Drive to SEMA

ZZP is heading to SEMA with our killer ’14 Cadillac ATS! This is the route of our “DRIVE TO SEMA” endurance tour. Why? Because ZZP builds real cars, not trailer queens (like all the other SEMA cars). We will soon be posting a schedule of Cadillac dealership stops, and we hope that Cadillac ATS forum.com … Continue reading ZZP’s ATS Drive to SEMA
Foximus Motorsports Joins the ZZP Team!

Foximus Motorsports Joins the ZZP Team!

ZZPerformance means: Affordable engine HP, Power to the ground transmission upgrades, Improved suspension and chassis dynamics, Go Fast…Not Broke! Here is an example of a great driver, Chris Hofmann and a well-built Cobalt from Foximus Motorsports. Chris is very involved in the AutoX community, and is constantly racing his LSJ converted Cobalt, proving the capability of the … Continue reading Foximus Motorsports Joins the ZZP Team!
ZZP Recap – Chicago Half Mile

ZZP Recap – Chicago Half Mile

ZZP Cobalts were earning real respect among the mass of exotics and Supercars at the Chicago 1/2 Mile Shootout this weekend. Ryan G’s Cobalt just pulled a 171mph and Ryan D’s pulled a 153mph on their 1st runs! A rain out slowed down the rest of the day’s events. Day 2 of the Chicago 1/2 Mile Shootout … Continue reading ZZP Recap – Chicago Half Mile
Congratulations to Kevin Fandozzi!

Congratulations to Kevin Fandozzi!

Kevin Fandozzi came to ZZP for a dyno tune in the summer of 2011. Later that year we watched him win his 1st SCCA T3 championship at the run-offs.  He also won driver of the year honors- http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1068180_fandozzi-earns-rrdc-mark-donohue-award   This year he came back for a little more aggressive tune. This past weekend he drove to his second … Continue reading Congratulations to Kevin Fandozzi!
LNF Fueling Article

LNF Fueling Article

The Ecotec 2.0 liter turbocharged LNF engine has proven to be nothing short of amazing. In stock form, it produces 130 horsepower per liter of displacement, making it the highest output motor that GM has ever put into production. And that’s just the start. Add a handful of bolt-on modifications and you can add close … Continue reading LNF Fueling Article
ZZP LNF Colbalt Runs 10.99

ZZP LNF Colbalt Runs 10.99

A couple weeks ago, we installed a ZZP 2.1 liter LNF motor with ZZP block girdle, ZZP rods, wiseco forged pistons. This motor also has our ported head and s2 cams with larger fuel pump lobe. Running our bolt-on ZZP/EFR turbo and full ZZP bolt-ons, this setup has been dyno tested to 567whp at 30psi … Continue reading ZZP LNF Colbalt Runs 10.99
Ryan’s ZZPerformance Colbalt Runs 9s

Ryan’s ZZPerformance Colbalt Runs 9s

Ryan and Matt took the cobalt to the track Saturday and had some great results!!! 9.93@142.5 w/1.59 60′ followed up with a 9.82@141.64 w/1.55 60’!!!!! Congrats guys!
Drag Racing Tips

Drag Racing Tips

Move your passenger seat all the way forward and lock it into position. Buy or make a fan switch that will allow you to run your fans on low, cooling the car down between runs. Clean your air filter before going to the track. Race gas with an l/8th of a tank at the most … Continue reading Drag Racing Tips
FREE MOD: Removing the Engine Brackets

FREE MOD: Removing the Engine Brackets

By removing the brackets shown in the picture below, you can drop 4 pounds 2 ounces. In addition to weight savings, the removal of these brackets makes it much easier to change spark plugs. You can remove all of these with a 13 mm socket. The brackets are used for removing the engine. Save … Continue reading FREE MOD: Removing the Engine Brackets
Valve Springs and Retainers

Valve Springs and Retainers

This tech article is to clear up false information being presented by companies in order to save you from thousands of dollars of un-necessary damage to many engines. We apologize to those whom find out they probably need to change the setup on their engines, but due to our research and desire to help customers … Continue reading Valve Springs and Retainers
Ported Exhaust Manifold Tech Info.

Ported Exhaust Manifold Tech Info.

Think of exhaust gases as a piston moving down through the tubular system.  As each pulse travels down the system, it creates a vacuum behind itself.  The negative pressure behind each is the scavenging effect. As the velocity of the pulse increase, the negative pressures also increase.  As you increase in velocity, the length of … Continue reading Ported Exhaust Manifold Tech Info.
Belt Sizes – Routing and Pulley Diagram

Belt Sizes – Routing and Pulley Diagram

No IC Grand Prix 3.8 (Stock): 667 3.2-3.6: 660 2.85-3.1: 650 2.7-2.85: 642 Bonneville Stock: 721 3.4: 716 With ZZP Stage 2 IC (2.25″€ tall Core) 6 Rib 3.3-3.8: 685 2.7-3.2: 680 (Note that the NAPA 680 may be too long for 2.8″ and smaller. Try a NAPA 672) 2.5-2.6: 672 8 Rib NOTE: For these … Continue reading Belt Sizes – Routing and Pulley Diagram
How to Tune In Your Fuel Trims with HPTuners

How to Tune In Your Fuel Trims with HPTuners

Tuning your fuel trims with HPTuners will not only reduce your idle surge but can help to make your car run a lot more consistent. To do so, you want to get the car to running temperature.  Open HPTuners scanner and hit the space bar.  Let the car idle for about 2 minutes with the … Continue reading How to Tune In Your Fuel Trims with HPTuners
KR – Graph 3: What the PCM Believes to be Real Knock

KR – Graph 3: What the PCM Believes to be Real Knock

The third graph below (Graph 3) shows what the PCM believes to be real knock (not just engine noise). This knock is indicated by the spikes in the signal along the graph. The largest spike by far is the one on the far left. Note the scales on BOTH axes. This is significant signal strength … Continue reading KR – Graph 3: What the PCM Believes to be Real Knock
What is a Factory Freak?

What is a Factory Freak?

Did you ever wonder how 2 people with the seemingly exact same car could run such different ¼ mile times? Here’s a peek into why that happens and what you can do to turn your GP into a factory freak. There are many reasons that some people with similar mods run much faster than others … Continue reading What is a Factory Freak?
U-Bend Replacement Test

U-Bend Replacement Test

For quite some time, there have been many claims and conjectures about the performance impact from removing the factory U-Bend in the exhaust system on the GM 3800 Liter V6 (Naturally Aspirated L36 and Supercharged L67). For those who are not familiar with the U-Bend, it is a bend that GM designed into the exhaust … Continue reading U-Bend Replacement Test
Eliminating KR

Eliminating KR

There are many performance mods available for our cars that take different approaches to making hp but they all have one thing in common: Airflow. To make hp you have to have airflow and lots of it. Since the SC forces everything into the motor I have found that no matter what I do … Continue reading Eliminating KR
Spark Plugs

Spark Plugs

It is a common misconception that spark plugs create heat. Well, they do not. A heat range refers to how much heat a spark plug is capable of removing from the combustion chamber. Selecting a spark plug with the proper heat range will insure that the tip will maintain a temperature high enough to prevent … Continue reading Spark Plugs