2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Corvette: What Mods Would You Get?

January 06, 2011

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You know, it's close to being a year for our Corvette Z06 and we never got around to making any modifications to it. That's unfortunate as it could really benefit from just a few simple mods. So let's say you decided you decided to buy the thing when we put it up for sale. Would you do anything to it or just keep it stock? Well, if I bought it, here's what I'd do.

  • Replace the seats. True, they're actually pretty comfortable for a long haul. But they're worn and offer up about as much support as a park bench. Finding sportier aftermarket seats that fit a Corvette isn't easy, but it can be done. Cost: Depends. On the cheap end, figure about $850 for a pair of Corbeau A4s.
  • Revitalize the suspension. I guess I'd start with putting in new dampers and seeing what happens. The hope would be a gain in compliance. Replacing both the traverse leaf springs and dampers with adjustable coilovers would be another option. Cost: Depends. Figure around $400 for Bilsteins or $2,400 for LG coilovers.
  • Put in a cargo partition. You can buy a divider for the C5 coupe body style that acts like a bulkhead; install it behind the seats and make the trunk a real trunk. Plus, it'd help cut down on road noise coming from the rear tires. Cost: $270 from Southern Car Parts.

That's all I'd do. Engine mods? Already fast enough. Exhaust? Already plenty loud. Wheels? They look fine. I guess I'd be tempted to throw lots of money at it and make it a race car. But for a daily driver, that's all it'd need in my opinion.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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