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The Chevy TrailBlazer SS is one of the few factory hot rods that actually has the right combination of performance, appearance, and pricing--an elusive mix. And while the TrailBlazer SS's 400-horsepower LS2 V-8 delivers admirable thrust, we know some people just see that as a starting point.
New Jersey's SLP Performance Parts' business model is rooted in that mentality and it's carved out a sizeable chunk of the late-model performance biz by developing styling and horsepower enhancements for dozens of different vehicles.
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We recently sampled SLP Performance's TrailBlazer SS 440 PerformancePac. Its name, as you would imagine, refers to the 440-horse power rating. The ingredients include a low-restriction air filter, a set of 1.85-ratio rocker arms (stock is 1.70); a lower-temperature, 160-degree thermostat, and a stainless PowerFlo exhaust. Also included is a DiabloSport handheld tuner with SLP's custom tune.
Aesthetically, the SLP package cures one of the few shortcomings of the TrailBlazer SS--the awkward, single-outlet exhaust. SLP's system includes a dual-outlet exhaust with polished tips and an OEM-quality replacement dual-outlet rear valence. The valence is delivered ready to paint; when installed, it looks like what Chevy should have designed in the first place.
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The approximate cost of the 440 PerformancePac is $2800 and is relatively simple to install; however, a lift (or some really tall jack stands) is suggested for the exhaust-system swap.
The TrailBlazer SS is no featherweight, but the SLP package's extra horses are certainly noticeable on the street--worth at least a tenth at the dragstrip.
With so many TB SS fans out there, we suspect this easy-to-install package will be a popular one.
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