A pro-quality differential demands a suitably stout housing, so we decided to yank the '05's famously frangible factory rear in favor of a heavier-duty piece from a C6 Z06. Fortunately, RPM Transmissions makes a conversion kit to facilitate this swap, complete with a media-blasted case, fresh seals, and micropolished gears in a choice of ratios. Although RPM typically loads these rears with factory Z06 internals, the company agreed to outfit ours with the OS Giken Super Lock hardware instead.

Next, to address the brake-fade issue, we pulled the 5-year-old factory pads and installed Hawk PC (Performance Ceramic) pads in their place. The PCs use one of Hawk's less aggressive compounds, making them suitable for street driving as well as occasional track use.

And finally, since all the braking and driveline upgrades in the world are meaningless without adequate rubber, we had a local tire shop strip off the car's old mud-and-snow Michelins and replace them with a stock-size set of Nitto's excellent Invo performance radials.

So, did our curative ministrations have the desired effect on the C6's track performance? We'll get to that soon enough, but first, let's take a closer look at the parts we used in the project and some of the work involved in installing them.

SOURCE
Nitto Tire
6021 Katella Avenue
Suite 250
Cypress
CA  90630
877-565-8448
www.nittotire.com
AntiVenom
1810 S Parsons Ave
Seffner
FL  33584
813-381-3995
http://www.antivenomefi.com
AMSOIL
925 Tower Ave.
Superior
WI  54880
800-777-8491
www.amsoil.com
Gainesville Raceway
11211 N County Rd 225
Gainesville
FL  32609
352-377-0046
www.gainesvilleraceway.com
OS Giken USA
1977 West 190th Street
Suite #200
Torrance
CA  90504
310-243-1349
www.osgiken.net
RPM Transmissions
800-406-1109
http://www.rpmtransmissions.com
Hawk Performance
6180 Cochran Rd.
Solon
OH  44139
800-542-0972
www.hawkperformance.com