These guides may not include specific data concerning all years of the forth generation v6 camaro/firebird. Be advised that these are just intended as basic guides and not to be considered as replacements for professional shop manuals nor as a final word/method concerning any of the particular modifications performed in the making of this pictorial guide. In all cases these guides are either ‘what worked for me’ or in some cases they may be standard and widely accepted v6 f-body community methods-techniques or even ‘famous’ mods that can be found by searching other internet forums/ websites relating to the 3800 L36 V6 F-body. In either case it is expected that anyone attempting to use any information on this site to modify or repair their vehicle that they already have a strong automotive/mechanical aptitude as many aspects of these guides will be general in nature and in some cases very advanced. i.e. If you wish to remove your valve covers or throttle body to perform a mod found on this web site you should already have a service manual for your vehicle and the tools required for properly completing the service project. In other words…you should already have access to the torque specs for your vehicle and know how to use a torque wrench, among other things.
The goal here is to put many of the v6 F-body common and also super charger related modifications and related component install ‘self help guides’ on one site.
Don’t just take my word for it…. Visit my LINKS page for more sources for caring for and modifying your particular Camaro or Firebird.
Thanks to all those who have helped ‘learn me’ in the ways of the modern Firebird. Most of the techniques and info regarding the below modifications came from the very helpful and knowledgeable forum members at www.firebirdv6.com and the other tech forums on my links page. I have also learned a great deal from the personal web pages of other F Body enthusiasts. YO! You guys rock!
This section will start with general performance modifications and move into super charger related modifications.
Air Intake: Go HERE for free smooth air lid mod, custom smooth air bellows and some air intake alternatives. (1999 + models )
Upgrade stock rockers with aftermarket high ratio rockers (Intense Racing 3rd GEN 1.9 Aluminum Roller Rockers) HERE
Replace stock valve springs with aftermarket valve springs (under construction)
1.9 Ratio Rocker Report (A review as posted at firebirdv6.com) HERE
Basic 3800 L36 valvetrain modification info. What they may not tell you at the 'aftermarket parts store' but things you need to know before you start changing the cam, springs, pushrods, timing chain, etc. and things start to break on you. (under construction)
This next section regards installing an RKSport/Powerdyne BD11A super charger on a 3.8 L V6 F-body. The kit used on this subject car was intended for 1995-97 model years and has been adapted for use on a 1999+ model year vehicle. Much of the following info in these guides is still very relevant to either model of vehicles and is intended as a supplement for the manufacturers instructions, not a replacement. This section will deal heavily with popularly recommended mods for prepping the car to run forced induction.