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Old 04-10-2019, 12:53 PM   #21
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Ok so after coming back from vacation I finished putting everything in the car, headers and 3xhaust were a pretty straight forward deal and over the weekend I had received my new wires with ECM arriving Monday. First impression at start up was holy hell my neighbors will hate me on Saturday when I leave at 5am, I drove it to Gas Station after dumping some high octane to bring up levels to 91-93 and I was not impressed at the way the car felt but further research revealed that I had to pull fuses to clear stored fuel tables for regular gas and thus the ECM would have to run the premium tables. I woke up this morning and installed the fuses so I could drive it to work, first open empty street I found I punched it and all I have to say is that it was violent, trying to be impartial I picked up my buddy who owns a Coyote mustang for a test drive; seeing him trying to find something to grab onto during acceleration and hearing his remarks of how much faster my car feels than his I must say that I am satisfied and will be leaving it at this power level.
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Old 04-28-2019, 03:31 PM   #22
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Just installed a Hellwig Rear sway bar at its highest setting which is supposed to increase handling by close to 50%, bought a Spohn front tie bar to die down the front of the car much in the way a strut bar does but from the underside of the car; i went this route because 10-11 require drilling to install strut bar due to 12 and up being the models that come pre set for strut bars and better suspension since GM was setting up the 1le to be ready for ZL1 and Z28. I need to get a video for you guys to hear. Oh yeah i also converted my driving lights to foglights to improve visibility.
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Old 06-01-2019, 11:45 AM   #23
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Ok so updates, the tie bar did not fit as it is not meant to fit applications fitted with long tube headers which is idiotic that a performance part does not fit a performance modified vehicle.

In the last week i
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replaced the headlights(bottom) with the new ones since the output was lacking to say the least.
IMG_20190527_115005 by Jesse Gonzalez, on FlickrIMG_20190527_142418 by Jesse Gonzalez, on Flickr
IMG_20190527_142434 by Jesse Gonzalez, on Flickr Installed a transmission cooler since during "spirited driving" my trans temp would sit at 180*, i mounted the cooler (Hayden 679) using the top holes using 8x1.25 bolts and fabricated a "mounting bracket" using metal from hardware store; total cost of this mod was about $80 and it DOES keep trans temps down to 150.

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Here she is with new lights installed and a "SLP style" lip.

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Old 06-01-2019, 12:45 PM   #24
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https://youtu.be/sab83n22NhY

Mic does not do justice to how loud the exhaust is, believe me.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:11 PM   #25
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One very important thing i forgot to mention is that as of 5/17/19 the car was paid off, total paid was $14,997. I still blame Sonikaccord for the performance direction the car took as well as the NOS and gear swap i plan on doing next.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:41 PM   #26
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Congrats on paying it off! Seems like your performance bug as bit and sunk its teeth pretty deep.
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:16 PM   #27
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Congrats on paying it off! Seems like your performance bug as bit and sunk its teeth pretty deep.
I know I'm reaching the max capacity of the 6L80 as is so I have to take careful steps to avoid having to be towed home one of these days, that was the reason why I installed the cooler as temps kept hanging in 180 which I find to be excessive, I purchased a new filter and a dipstick kit from Janetty Racing as the 6L80s do not come with a dipstick instead the expect you to get under the car while on operating temperature and remove a plug to check trans fluid level. I also found out that while my VIN shows my vehicle to come equipped with 3.45 gears the RPO found on vehicle list them as only 3.27. The car is a blast as is and while I won't decimate everything even with parts overnighted from Japan on Harry's tab; it does put a smile on your face when you punch it.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:03 PM   #28
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Uh oh... we're paid off now? More funds = More fun.

How difficult would the 8 speed swap be? I'm sure it bolts up, but would it play nice with the rest of the computers?
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:08 PM   #29
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Uh oh... we're paid off now? More funds = More fun.

How difficult would the 8 speed swap be? I'm sure it bolts up, but would it play nice with the rest of the computers?
I havent really looked into that due to 2 reasons

1. The cost of the new transmissions is a bit exorbitant.
2. The 8 speed is old history now that there is a 10 speed.

Over at the Camaro groups seems that people actually fit the 4 speed 4L80s in due to the robust build of the 4L80 and ability to be built to handle power, The 6L80 is not a bad transmission BUT lacks support in the sense that everything is electronically controlled.

PS. Sonik i already started breaking stuff as is, im having driveline noise that i am almost certain is coming from the driveshaft in some kind of way due to YO BOY either damaging the carrier bearing or breaking/loosening driveshaft bolts.

and all due to this!

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Nothing like a V8. Hopefully you get the modding bug! Lol
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Old 08-27-2019, 05:20 PM   #30
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Finally installed my Heritage grille, its supposed to make the 5th gens more resemblant of the 1st gen camaros. the paint job i did came out sub par but hell i figured its gonna get smashed by debris at high speeds anyway. Then i added a few coats of bed liner to the shinny intake pipe in hopes of helping with air temps and because i hated that stupid shiny pipe on there.

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I like the grill. Looks like your Camaro has a big evil grin on it.
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Old 08-28-2019, 05:06 AM   #32
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I like the grill. Looks like your Camaro has a big evil grin on it.
Thanks, you kind of dont see them alot and i dont really know why since it changes the car; maybe because the grille and lip cost almost as much as a ZL1 front conversion? The interesting part is that you can fit a heritage grille on a ZL1 bumper and in my opinion it makes it look retro agressive too, plus i am not a big fan of the whole making cars look like the next tier package.

Now i need to stop being lazy and install the stainless braided hose kit on the car so that the Brembo brakes get the proper pressure and maybe down the road get a rear diffuser set up for the quad exhaust tip since the exhaust kit i bought came with both a single and dual tip set. So much for the whole "im just gonna buy a car that has enough power and sports appearance so that i dont have to spend time wrenching on it" . What is interesting is that everytime i take her out i get that nervous feeling and anticipation you get when you first take a car out on a test drive, king of pre-date jitters.
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:25 PM   #33
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Ok so today i finally decided to install the SS brake hose kit i bought months ago as the brakes didnt feel adequate even being the top kit for this car, my first bad sign was when i took coffe colored brake fluid from the reservoir and followed fluid taking almost a minute to leak from the rear lines as i removed the old hoses. I was trying to keep myself calm as the dealership supposedly did a brake job a day before i picked the car up but one side of the calipers had absolutely no fluid in it therefore the rear calipers werent engaging thus the poor brake feel. I spent a whole 32 oz bottle of fluid and decided to stop since i would hate to get air on the ABS system if i get too low getting all that old shit out of there, boy am i glad i got my brake bleeder last year as it saved me alot of time so far.

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That's some proper sweet tea.
And exactly why I don't trust dealerships or anybody selling a car anymore. I might look like an asshole, but a good seller would understand me wanting to see proof of everything.
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That's some proper sweet tea.
And exactly why I don't trust dealerships or anybody selling a car anymore. I might look like an asshole, but a good seller would understand me wanting to see proof of everything.
Yeah you would think that being a Chevy dealer they would know that the Brembo calipers use 2 bleeders being one for each side but somehow there was only fluid on one side of the calipers thus the crappy braking since the calipers were not grabbing properly. I just got back from getting a second bottle of brake fluid to get all that coffee out of the system,the scary part is how many times i exceeded 130mph (closed roads of course ) with a sub par maintained brake system.
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Just received a set of gray wire sleeves to protect my wires from the high temps given off by my headers, i will post a pic later once i finish installing them as it rained down on my ass while i was on the 4th one.

For what its worth; i had purchased a set for my Z28 back in 2011-12 and paid about $40 while now they are as affordable as sub $10 and did not have to take apart my wires this time around to make them fit.
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:59 PM   #37
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