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jesslz 09-08-2012 05:08 AM

Ruby's Build Thread! ['10 RJT 2SS/RS]
My baby 'Ruby' was rescued from a dealership in September 2012. Here are her specs out the door:

Trim: 2SS
Rally Sport Package
Engine: 6.2L V8 SFI
Transmission: Manual
Mileage: 15,700

I had been researching the Camaro since before they were initially released around 2010, and this is my dream car. I wanted a Camaro as close to stock as possible, and I wanted a 2SS mainly for the HUD... unfortunately they didn't have those until '11. But I was happy to learn there is a DIY. I was disappointed to see how abused Ruby was, for only having 15k miles. It literally looked like someone had gone off-roading. Lots of little nicks here and there, but once we got her cleaned up she looked much better. It looked like she had not been washed in ages, and it was awhile since she had been waxed. A couple washes and three waxes later, she was looking hot! I can't wait to start making her even more beautiful :)

I'll include some pics below, and can't wait to start adding to her timeline.

jesslz 09-08-2012 05:10 AM

Ruby's Timeline
9/2/12 - Saved from a life of dusty paint
9/8/12 - First 'Mod' ! SLP Black Gloss Faded Gill Decals
9/2012 - Skip-Shift Eliminator (annoying!!!!)
10/5/12 - license plate frames (ebay)
10/6/12 - Lingenfelter pedal return spring
12/1/12 - CAI intake, complete with scoop, and modified wiper fluid reservoir
12/13/12 - Installed locking gas cap, tumbler DIY - <3 Camaro5
12/16/12 - Fuse pull, see if this helps!
12/29/12 - Installed ZL1 Grille (found this video helpful in removing the bumper: )
12/30/12 - Finished up grille, attached SS emblem with trim tape - added carbon fiber vinyl bowtie to the rear. Day 1 of Strut Brace install - still need to remove spindal bolts :(
12/31/12 - Day 2 of strut brace install (hotchkis). Success!
06/24/13 - Finally got my baby back from the dealer: Warranty replacement of cracked dash and broken mufflers. No more buzzing!
01/01/14 - The Hubby bought me some killer tips and a new diffuser to accommodate my new pipes! Installed the diffuser, going to get some big sound in there soon and replace the stock mufflers.
01/21/14 - New Exhaust! I had the Flowmaster Super 40's installed. I really like the sound, but the drone at cruise is bad :( Going to have to get something to help with that!
04/25/14 - Rally stripes installed (Big Worm Graphix), looks even better than I expected! Will look awesome next week when I get her de-swirled :)
05/16/14 - So the place I had install the stripes did a poor job, lifted up almost instantly - and too stretched out to repair. Got a new spear for the driver's side, so I'll be reapplying that this weekend if possible. Pulled off the OEM spoiler today to make room for the ZL1 Replica Spoiler and noticed some missing paint. Will be taking that in for the TSB free repaint, but will finish installing the new spoiler this weekend.
06/2014 - Installed my new ZL1 Front Fascia from orange10s.c., the color looked great :)
07/28/14 - Finally got my car back from the dealer!! My trunk was repainted, and I had them finish hooking up the electrical for the spoiler taillight. I had to replace the stripes due to the trunk repaint, so they paid for half of the OEM Matte Rally Stripe kit.
07/01/14 - Hubby surprised me with some matte black tail lamp bezels :) I think this is the quickest mod I have done yet, took about 20 mins.
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Sept 2012 - Ruby spent a stint at the chevy dealer as they tried to fix up her clutch system. They ended up replacing the clutch actuator, which seemed to help a lot. I realized the clutch was funny for a reason! After I got her back, the clutch would sometimes stick in the morning and wouldn't fully release. I took her back in, and they came to the conclusion that it was fine and there was nothing they could do. We decided to try the lingenfelter spring, and since then it has felt even better. No sticking at all so far.

Oct 2012- Thinking about the LED 'angel eyes' foglamps, but trying to decide if I would rather spend the money on some mileage mods... Gas is a killer right now!

jesslz 10-12-2012 01:36 AM

Getting Started with the CAI install

Instructions are always good right?!

Hubby's tube routing work

Finished Unit, I love how this thing looks.

jesslz 12-13-2012 11:52 PM

Got my ZL1 Grille in the mail today, can't wait to install it!

pierre777 12-14-2012 12:24 AM

looking good keepem commin :thumbsup:

jesslz 12-20-2012 12:35 AM

Birthday presents!!

My hubby got me the HUD kit - pumped about that one! Sad I have to cut into my dash, but it will be worth it.

Carbon Fiber Bowties
LED's for dash and cupholders

I have a lot of things to do!

Already got the front bowtie on my zl1 grille

jesslz 01-02-2013 02:35 AM

Some Pics of the zl1 grille and carbon fiber bowties:

jesslz 01-02-2013 02:37 AM

Strut tower brace install:

aquablueL99 01-02-2013 06:41 AM

Does a heart good to see a girl working on her camaro! I love the story and your desire to have the car of your dreams....
Just remember, what you are doing to her is your hard work...keep up the nice job...:respekt:

Kurt ABL99...:chevy:

dcoates18481 01-02-2013 06:45 AM

Nothing better than being able to wrench on your own car!!! Awesome

E-Ray 01-02-2013 02:46 PM

Hope it come together for you

jesslz 01-03-2013 02:16 AM

Thanks guys! A great project to work on with the husband :) I never really had a 'project' car as a kid, so I think I'm fulfilling that dream as well.

I still wouldn't mind picking up a sting-ray someday :D

jesslz 06-26-2013 12:51 AM

Really need to get off my butt and install the HUD. I just had the dash replaced under warranty, and couldn't get them to give me the pre-cut dash :/

Oh well! FYI my dealer removed the windshield to replace the dash! I will definitely be pulling it out through the cab.

jesslz 04-25-2014 11:20 PM

Here's some photos from the recent updates - I realized I have not taken any pictures of the new exhaust! I'll have to get on that.

Diffuser Install

Rally Stripes

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