Padre's SS: Let the Modding Begin! (pics&vids) [COTW 10/28/13]
Best with ProCharger D1SC and CNC Heads: 10.330 @ 133.61, 1.546 sixty
Best with ProCharger D1SC: 10.818 @ 128.25, 1.565 sixty.
Best with new cam: 11.633 @ 118.01, 1.605 (54* 12/18/2011, Steele, AL)
Best w/ bolt-ons: (64*, 5/15/2011) Sixty: 1.653, 1/4 mile: 12.191 @ 112.89 (cat-back, CAI, shorties, midpipes, 3200 TC)
Dyno w/ Bolt-Ons: 376/391
Dyno w/ GT-9 LPE Cam: 424/402
Dyno w/ ProCharger D-1SC: 619/572
Hi gang, bought my 2011 2SS/RS L99 Camaro, black/orange on February 2nd. I'm new to Camaro's but not the LSx world. I owned an '04 GTO that I raced quite a bit ending up with a homebuilt 408; the Goat would run 11.5's at 117mph all day long.
So the SS will follow a similar path, albeit better planned based on my experience.
Phase 1 will be all the bolt-ons and mods for an automatic. Then we'll see.
First up: debadging and SS emblems.
Next: Borla Touring cat-back installed. I chose the Touring because this will be a daily driver. It is rather mild.
Let the modding begin! Comments welcome. :D
Best ProCharged video:
Best cam video:
Best bolt-on video:
(reserved for updates)
Bone stock w/ Borla Cat-back (68*, 2/13/2011):
Sixty: 1.982, 1/4 mile: 13.224 @ 106.76
CAI + A6 Tranny Tune, stock 20" PZeros (40*, 3/6/2011):
Sixty: 1.942, 1/4 mile: 12.761 @ 109.38
18" rims with Nitto 555R Drag Radials (84*, 3/20/2011)
Sixty: 1.964, 1/4 mile: 12.986 @ 107.51
JBA High-Flow Catted Midpipes (84*, 4/3/2011)
Sixty: 1.956, 1/4 mile: 12.843 @ 109.38
FTI/RX 3200 stall Torque Converter (84*, 4/17/2011)
Sixty: 1.713, 1/4 mile: 12.413 @ 110.18
JBA Shorty Headers (64*, 5/15/2011)
Sixty: 1.653, 1/4 mile: 12.191 @ 112.89
3.45 gears and UD Pulley (90*, 5/29/2011)
Sixty: 1.682, 1/4 mile: 12.432 @ 110.15
7.974 @ 87.23
Meziere Electric Water Pump (64*, 9/30/2011)
Sixty: 1.677, 1/4 mile: 12.152 @ 113.69
7.784 @ 89.65
Dyno (98*, 6/2/2011)
Lingenfelter LPE GT-9 GT9 cam, L99-to-LS3 conversion (11/12/2011, 60*, Darlington SC)
Sixty: 1.695, 1/4 mile: 11.731 @ 117.58
Good air at Steele, Alabama (12/18/2011, 54*)
11.633 @ 118.01, 1.605
ProCharged at Steele, Alabama (04/15/2012, 80*)
10.818 @ 128.25, 1.565 sixty.
CNC Ported Heads and 9.5 CR, Steele AL (4/21/2013, 70*)
10.330 @ 133.61, 1.546 sixty.
GT-9 cam is 215/247, 0.629/0.656, 121 LSA
Dyno with Lingenfelter GT-9 Cam:
Mustang Dyno with CNC Heads, 9.5 CR, boost from 8.7 to 10.1:
To be Continued...
My first visit to Steele, AL - Alabama International Dragway - since April of 2009. A beautiful February day, 68*F. Great place to race, and I ran into some old racing buddies and met some new ones.
Out of the box, full weight+, stock street tires, only mod is the Borla Touring cat-back exhaust, I ran:
1/8th mile: 8.828 @ 81.87
1/4 mile: 13.523 @ 105.10
I met a fellow in a 2009 Ford Shelby GT500, a supercharged car with more than 550 HP to the wheels (mine is maybe 350). His mods are a cold-air intake, a pulley on the supercharger, and a cat-back exhaust. I challenged him to a heads-up race, promising to get it on video. Here we go with my handheld IPod video:
I ran a 2.031 60', email@example.com and he beat me handily with a 2.051 60', firstname.lastname@example.org. And fun was had by all. Since he was on street tires, his sixty could have been better, so technically I took him on the launch, but all I saw was tail lights after that. Nice race, Neal!
After some cool-down time chatting with other racers, I decided for one last run. Turned out to be my personal best (of 7 runs):
1/8th mile: 8.613 @ 83.77
1/4 mile: 13.224 @ 106.76
Good lane choice, a bit cooler (64*F and <190*f on the coolant), and a decent burnout (smoking the stock street tires) seemed to do the trick.
When I left, the car had 444 miles on the clock.
I'm here to make your life miserable, Padre. ;)
Got the windows tinted. Also added a mirrored insert to the faux hood scoop, which is a great looking mod.
Plus, I installed BMR Trailing Arms. I had added a BMR Tunnel Brace when I did the Borla install.
Got the Fastlane Pipeline 4" "Down and Out" CAI installed today. All in all pretty easy to install, except removing the washer fluid resevoir, which had three bolts you had to squeeze to get to.
Getting rid of the stock intake really frees up a lot of space in the bay.
Next up will be the JBA Shorty Headers and JBA High-flow Catted Midpipes. That will be a little tougher (so far everything without a lift), but should be satisfying when done.
If you are planning on the serious mods you described in the first post why shorties? LT's would be much much better. Just asking bc you mentioned that you wanted to be smart about it.
From a performance perspective, I will leave some horsepower on the table, but not a lot, and it will still open up the restrictions. Then there are some benefits like ease of install and easier tuning (not tuning out O2 sensors).
Good question, though. :)
I'd also add that gears, torque converter and drag radials will all be on by the end of the month, and that'll keep me door to door with any similary equipped Longtube LS3.
what torque converter are you getting
Round Two at Steele: 12.8's out of the box, best of 12.7.
Previous best: 13.224 @ 106.76 with Cat-back only (Borla Touring).
Only changes: CAI (Fastlane Pipeline 4") and my own custom A6 tune with HP Tuners. No other mods to PE, VE, or spark (or anything motor).
Sixty: 1.942 (stock 20" PZeros at 27psi)
1/4: 12.761 MPH: 109.38
Overcast in the 40'sF at Steele, good track prep.
The car chirped the 1-2 shift, so you can see how much the A6 tune helped. It was almost too good a tune for the launch. My DR's are in the mail.
Timeslip attached. 1000 miles on the odo.
Inside video (hung my ipod from the sunroof):
Fun day! :happyanim:
Tentative mods in the coming days: Shorties/Midpipes, UDPulley/EWP, 18"rims/DR's, 3.45's/2800TC. Next time up, deeper into the 12's.
I'm liking this build/racing thread!!!:thumbsup:
Can't wait for the D/R pics and times!!!
I think I'll rename to thread since the modding/racing has begun.
The way things are working out, I may just hold up on the installs so that I get a mod-by-mod measure at the track. That would be pretty interesting.
I got a tracking number on the wheels, so I should have them by Friday and back to the track on March 20th.
Man I miss the drag strip, damn winter
My new rims/tires have arrived!
TSW Nurburgring 18x8 (35mm offset), 18x9.5 (40mm offset), matte gunmetal
Nitto 555, 265/50-18 and Nitto 555R, 305/45-18 - these maintain the stock height.
Special order (very good price) from (not listed on their site, but here's the 20" version):
Here's the kicker:
Fronts weigh 50.5 lbs each vs. 62.3 lbs stock.
Rears weigh 53.5 lbs each vs. 68 lbs stock.
Sweet. Only thing required to mount is get rid of the roller skate front brake pads (you can replace them or chop off just the roller skates).
Sorry no pics mounted yet. I'm away for a conference next week and want to use the stock rims/tires/brake pads for my 12 hour round trip.
But next week, I'll mount them up, and weather permitting, I'll get back to the track with these being the only difference. So we'll see how they hook and how I do with a 1.7 or 1.8 sixty-foot. :D
Padre, I will be at Steele Sunday also. You ready for that rematch?
But that'll make a good series of videos: me slowly catching up to you month by month. Then when I finally catch up with you, you just put on drag radials and it's back to the drawing board for me. ;)
I am really looking forward to Sunday. Should be a beautiful day for racing.
Wow, this is a great build to follow.
You are really going to town on your mods...and fast !!
Glad to see it.
Keep us up-to-date. :w00t:
Update on the rims today:
The long and short of it: 84*F, not a great day for good times. 12.986 @ 107.51, sixty-1.964. 107.xx traps on all 7 time slips.
Good thing: the Nittos hooked each and every time (1.9 sixties all day). They were almost saying to me, "ho hum". Even with a brake-stall, no improvement simply because I do not have enough power to propel it to more than a 1.9 (on a hot day).
Everybody at the track digged the wheels, though. :cool:
So, I'm thinking this combo will really shine when I get the gears (3.45's) and the torque converter.
But any day racing is a good day. :D
And the videos...
Here we are at the track today (Steele, AL - 84*F). A very interesting 2011 Porsche Panamera running 11's vs. a Twin-Turbo Z06 on street tires, and another race against my friend's modded GT500. Oh, and a video of me on my new drag rims. :)
No racing this weekend, so I installed my gille inserts or "Side Vent Shadow". These came from The Camaro Decal Store. Simple and easy to install, inexpensive.
Mine are probably unique in IOM, but I think it works. :cool:
does that track @ Steele have speed bumps?:D(looks a little rough..:laugh:), no wonder you lost..
I like this build its going pretty good for you, How many miles are on it now lol
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