Ozzy's 2013 2SS/1LE - Akula
2/18/2014 - Reorganizing the first post a little bit to try and clean things up and put the car's name in the title since I finally decided on one...
Roto-fab Intake with yellow box and connectors
Pfadt Tri-Y Headers
Rx Catch Can (ordered yellow, but received black and kept it)
AEM UEGO wideband sensor and gauge mounted in dual pillar pod
Mail slot and Front Fascia Blackout
Satin black painted tail-light bezels
Smoked AAC LED reverse lights
Oracle Rally Yellow Ghosted Concept LED sidemarkers
Camaro fender/SS badges deleted
Emblempros 1LE (w/yellow) cowl badging
Red LED dome/trunk lighting
Red door panel ABL
Red footwell lighting
TRS HID retrofit with AAC RGB colorshift 2.0 halo and foglight kit
Colorshift Grille lighting
License plate LED lights
Emblempros cupholder delete switchplate
Vinyl bowtie blackouts
SS kickplates from RPI Designs
Purchased but not yet installed:
Custom Grind Comp Cam 223/235, 116LSA, .617/.624 lift
BTR Dual Valvespring Kit w/ Titanium Retainers, Seats, Seals
BTR Hardened Chromemoly Pushrod Set
GM Gasket Kit
GM Balancer Bolt
Planned or Possibles:
AGP TT kit
Red speedo/tach gage backlighting
Pfadt engine mounts, trailing arms
Back to the past...
Well, I'm way behind on starting one of these threads...my 11/12 group's has basically been my surrogate build thread :D i didn't think i'd continue modding after my initial stuff was done, but the ideas keep coming and i keep wanting to do more :help:
Beginning of the story...ordered the baby 9/11/12, not realizing they wouldn't even start producing them for another month. eventually got my TPW of 11/12, but it would still be a LONG wait for delivery to Hawaii. eventually got the call and took delivery on 12/28/12:happyanim::happyanim::happyanim:
Only issue was that my rear passenger wheel was damaged during shipping, so the dealership filed the claim for me, but i was still more than happy to take her home.
at the lot - so fresh!
Pics posted come up as Black X's :iono: Congrats on starting a build thread. :popcorn:
I'll work on fixing the pics issue after work tonight. Was trying to insert them from a Dropbox acct for the first time. Just been busy dealing my snapped strut this weekend :(
ok, since i'm not out cruising around:mad0259: i'm going to work some more on this build thread...still not sure what i'm doing wrong with the dropbox links, so if someone can give me some pointers, that'd be great.
here's a look at the short-lived stock engine bay :D
don't think you can hotlink the free version of drop box I used photobucket...
what has the dealer told you about the repairs
Got a call today, they said they don't know if it will be warrantied, but there's about $500 worth of parts needed. If they come back with saying its not warrantied I'm gonna call GM directly and say wtf...
looks great so far ,keepem cominn. :thumbsup:
ok, glad i figured out what i was doing wrong with the photos :D
so, first mod on the list was the Rx catch can, done at 30 miles. my car arrived with 22 on the odo, a little more than avg for these, but i imagine it was transferred a few times, and from what i understand all cars out here in HI get driven to the dealership from the shipping companies. anyway, got that can on there the first weekend, gave her a bath and a clay session, and decided to try some Adams VRT on the hood...
i really wasn't thrilled with the results of the VRT treatment...way too shiny for my liking.
next mods - it was time to drop the bumpers :D
tram and the other 11/12 guys know already, but while i was waiting for my car i did a lot of black friday/cyber monday shopping for mods, and received all of them well before the car lol...
so, i was lucky in that i could knock at a couple mods at a time when i had the bumpers down. the bumper covers are extremely easy to get off and only require a T15 and 7mm socket iirc...http://i1275.photobucket.com/albums/...psa6247d8f.jpg
first up was my AAC LED smoked reverse lights and Oracle ghosted concept LED sidemarkers...
i love these lights...the reverse lights are amazing in the camera at night now, and the sidemarkers quickly got me a ton of compliments, especially from the import guys who can't find anything like these for their VWs lol :D
i remember the instructions for the sidemarkers said you could replace the lights without taking the bumper off, and i made an attempt at that. but they must figure people have sticks for arms or something, because it just didn't feel like that was gonna happen for me without possibly damaging the car, especially up front.
i also removed my taillight bezels for painting while the bumper was down...i tried to remove them before, but the fit around the bottom was too snug. so again, not wanting to damage/scratch the car, i waited since i knew the bumper was coming off at some point, and had a much easier time.
here are my bezels after wetsanding, and 3 coats of krylon satin black...much better IMO :D
Looking great and I like what you have done. I just love the 1LE
and here's the front dropped...
it's possible to drop it without taking the wheels off, but looking back at it, i should've just taken those off too. that top bolt for the bumper is SO much harder to work off with the wheel in the way. but not impossible.
i thought i was going to do my headlight retrofit at this time too, but chickened out lol. also partly because of time commitments and just wanting to drive the car more :D
i love this car, i'm just trying to work backwards through everything i've done already lol...i guess i've actually done quite a bit in the 2 months or so i've had it. my friends joke that i spend more time working on it than i do driving it:thumbdown:
next up was my CAI...i went with the roto-fab, mostly because they're one of the big reputable brands i read about here, and i could color-match the box. also, there was a great price on it when i bought, saved around $50 from the other brands.
nice and clean after about 400 miles :)
for the most part, the instructions were good, and easy enough to follow. the stock intake was easy to remove in just a few minutes.
for lack of any instruction regarding the ground post, i just left it where it was...i did have to cut a plastic retainer or two...
...and then just work the cable around the outside of the new box...it was a tight stretch, but it worked. i might relocate it sometime in the future, but for now i'm not worried about it...
the separator that comes with the 1LE left me with another deviation from the instructions...lol...so, i just connected it up as best i could and laughed to myself...
it's a little wobbly, but it works and i doubt it'll disconnect...
tramtwo posted this on the go
Looks good keep it up :thumbsup:. The Roto-fab is a great touch!
next up on the mod list...i was trying to blackout the mailslot and front fascia areas...at first i tried plasti-dip. maybe my masking job was bad, but after three tries i still wasn't satisfied with how the mail slot was turning out. never even made an attempt on the upper grille area with it. guess i'm plasti-retarded :P
so i bought some vinyls off ebay...managed to find a seller that had a mailslot and fascia package that even threw in bowtie blackouts as a bonus:w00t:
turns out, i'm way better at slapping vinyls on than i was at shooting plasti-dip lol. got the whole set on in under an hour, i think.
oh, and i also put some fading effect gill stripes on, at some point...
out at a BBQ on north shore with Edition 808, primarily a German import club...but the camaro still got a lot of respect. a LOT of jokes were made about how much i stood out tho :sm0:
and it really only got worse...
still...they've invited me to their get togethers several times since, as the american muscle representative:laugh:
caught some joker outside the bar one night :sm0:
also, finally met up with newb at this bar on another weekend...as far as i know, we're still the only two 1LE's on the island:respekt:
his pics turned out better than mine...he's got an AGM with the RS
latest pics (2/15/13)
finally removed the rear SS badge...the white-on-yellow really bugged me.
also removed the camaro fender badges, and installed my 1LE badges from Roger at emblempros on the hood. i know some people get real meticulous about measuring everything out, but i just eyeballed one side and laid tape across the hood in a box pattern to make the other side match :drinking:
also swapped out my dome light and trunk light with some bonus red LEDs that i got from ordering something...
now i'm planning on doing the door abl panels in red (just received those LEDs from Ofer tonight, actually:D), and i've got red footwell strips as a bonus from some other purchase as well. however, all my mods are on hold at the moment, since the car is still at the dealership waiting for the new strut to come in (hopefully weds/thurs):cry:
i've got a few other things laying around waiting for install, but those are gonna stay a surprise for now:D
Yeah one of my roommates has an R32, heavily modified. They're nice, but for my money I was set on the 1LE :D edition 808 is a pretty good little group, I gotta make it out to one of the 5-0 Muscle meetups soon.
Speaking of that, hoping to get some update from the dealer tomorrow about my strut...they were expecting the parts in today, but I got busy at work and didn't have time to call before the service dept closed...
Car is coming together nicely...love the look.
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