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Project Phoenix evolves into the 21st Century Courtesy of IROC Motorsports
Project Phoenix has been in your author’s stable since the day it was first sold. As of January 15th, 2017 that means it has been in my possession for just over 15 years. Time flies when you’re having fun, but even this old bird can still hold its own.
With just over 90,000 miles on the clock (all of them are mine, thank you) and the exterior has been left largely untouched, save for tinted glass that was installed when it was new, the C4 GS wheels and the Last of the Breed badges — the latter two of which have been on the car since 2004. Needless to say, this WS6 is long overdue for a makeover and an update.
Modern pony cars have taken advantage of modern aerodynamic technologies; such as front splitters, side splitters and rear diffusers. Back when our Trans Am was designed and produced, no American car had them. These old F-bodies solely relied on basic aerodynamics within the body, front air dam and rear spoiler — much like they had in the early 1980s.
However, one company is looking to change that, namely IROC Motorsports. Located in sunny Southern Florida, IROC has been designing and engineering cosmetic upgrades for F-bodies for quite some time. Chief among which, is the front Q-Splitter that we’ve installed a few months ago.
The change in attitude is almost night and day, as our factory WS6 had plenty of attitude when it left the factory back in November, 2001. However, the front and side splitter tie the entire front profile together while the rear diffuser not only cleans up the rear bumper section, but gives us a unique twist on the cliché “CETA mod.”
6LE’s side (and front) splitters come molded in a semi-gloss black ABS plastic that’s a 1/4-inch thick, for durability and to match the industry standard for quality and strength.
They also serve as cheap insurance for those who are looking to protect the underside of their car’s body panels; i.e., it’s better to scratch up the aftermarket plastic rather than your high-polished, finished shine that’s often more than likely your factory paint.
The installation couldn’t be simpler; taking only a few of hours entirely to install the side splitters and the rear diffuser, including paint and prep time on the diffuser. We’re going to walk you through the installation of the side splitters and the rear diffuser below, and if you’re interested in learning more about how to install your front splitter, you can reference our previous installment HERE.
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.