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Pharmaro 12-16-2013 08:45 PM

Carbon - My 2011 CGM 2SS/RS [COTW 4/21/14]
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I really don't know why I've waited this long to do this, but I'm certainly kicking myself now because of the backlog of photo's I've done.

In January of 2011 my daily driver, a 2003 Honda Civic SI, was "reverse rear-ended" by a tank of an early 2000's Acura. I was driving to work in the wee hours of the morning and I came to a stop behind this car which was stopped behind another car. All of sudden I see reverse lights and before I can react theres an Acura laying on top of my hood. She told the responding police officer that she had seen a movie the previous weekend where the main characters were carjacked a similar way and she was just trying to escape. :facepalm:

Anyway, the hunt for a new car was on and it was my WIFE's suggestion to look at a Camaro as she knew I had always wanted an American muscle car.

It was love at first sight......

Here is Carbon on the day she became mine. As to why she's Carbon, well, you'll see.

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Roto-Fab CAI
Magnaflow Competition Series Catback w/ Truflow X-pipe
1 7/8" Pfadt Tri-Y Headers
Comp Cams Boost Friendly Custom Grind Cam
Hardened Pushrods, BT Valve Springs, Timing Chain, Melling Oil Pump
VMAX Ported TB
Apex Scoop w/ washer bottle delete
Tuned by CincySpeed
471/425 rwhp/tq


20" Matte Black Forgestar F14's 9 in front 10 in rear
BMR Trailing Arms
BMR Sway Bars
BMR Toe Rods
BMR Full Bushing Replacement
BMR Endlinks
BMR 1" Lowering Springs
BMR Strut Tower Brace
DBa Slotted Rotors
Hawks Ceramic Pads
BF Goodrich Stainless Steel brake lines
Installed by Raymond's Performance


DJ Grilles "Hawkeye" Grille - Matte Black
VIS Terminator Hood - Carbon Fiber
Seibon ST-style Deck Lid - Carbon Fiber
Street Scene Splitter - Carbon Fiber
RideSkinz Side Skirts - Carbon Fiber
CarbonFibre Works Mirror Covers - Carbon Fiber
AAC Ghosted Side Markers
AAC Plasma DRLs
AAC Afterburners
JDP Colorshift Halos
RPI Carbon Fiber Gills
EmblemPros Hydrodipped Carbon Fiber Taillight/Fog Light Bezels

Engine Bay
CarbonFibre Works plenum cover, fuse box cover, master cylinder cover, radiator shroud, fender trim - Carbon Fiber
Billet Custom AC port, hood cylinder rod, relay cover, heat sink cover, oil dipstick cover, pulley covers - Satin Finish
EmblemPros - custom stainless steel hood liner - Satin/Carbon Fiber
VMS Engine Cap Covers - Gunmetal
Apex Motorsports Catch Can
Holley Big Block Coil Pack Covers - Red
JDP Heater Hose Relocate
Braided Nylon Split Loom Wire Cover

Remin Carbon Fiber Trim Kit
Custom Carbon Fiber Sill Trim and Armrest
ACS Rear Deck Lid - CGM/Carbon Fiber
SRP Pedals

Recent Photos

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Pharmaro 12-16-2013 08:52 PM

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My first round of mods included some AAC Plasma DRL's to match the headlight, carbon fiber mirror covers, carbon fiber gills, a Roto-Fab CAI with hydrographic finish, and custom license plate!

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Pharmaro 12-16-2013 08:59 PM

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I then decided to get some AAC Afterburners, a Remin Carbon Fiber trim kit, some hydrodipped foglight/taillight bezels from Roger at EmblemPros, and a carbon fiber radiator shroud cover from Carbon by Design.

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Pharmaro 12-16-2013 09:08 PM

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I decided to work on the exterior some more with a Vis Terminator Hood and Seibon ST-Style rear deck lid, both carbon fiber of course, and a phantom grille. I also plastidipped my rims, painted my calipers red, and worked on my engine bay with a JDP heater hose relocate, holley big block covers, and some carbon fiber.

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Pharmaro 12-16-2013 09:21 PM

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I was tired of doing strictly cosmetic mods so for Christmas I called up Chase at Apex (who happens to be a sponsor of our local Camaro club) and Tony and Deviate Motoring to have these show up.

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Around the same time I was part of the initial group buy for the DJ Grilles Hawkeye.

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After a trip to Raymond's Performance and some cold days in the driveway installing the grille, I entered the car into a Carl Casper's Custom Auto Show and ended up with a first in class trophy!

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Pharmaro 12-17-2013 09:09 PM

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I was approached by Chase and Paul at Apex Motorsports to participate in a photoshoot with them. It was awesome! It was neat to see how they set up the background and lighting to capture the silhoutte of the car. O
h and Apex Amanda and Morgan were pretty sweet too.

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lbheat 12-19-2013 11:07 AM

My hats off to you man. That is one sweet ride

aquablueL99 12-19-2013 12:37 PM

I have your car in my garage....lookin' great!!

Kurt ABL99...:chevy:

xVengeancex28 12-19-2013 10:01 PM

sweet ride you have there!

Behic2320 12-20-2013 12:36 PM

very cool build love the photo shoot set up

camaro500 12-20-2013 01:05 PM

congrats beautiful car and wow the carbon fibre is awesome

Misfit1 12-20-2013 03:09 PM

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What no carbon fiber bowties??? Looks awsome!!! how do you like that grill?? Fitment?

Pharmaro 12-20-2013 09:46 PM


Originally Posted by lbheat (Post 7271869)
My hats off to you man. That is one sweet ride

Thanks! I appreciate it, it has been a work in progress!


Originally Posted by aquablueL99 (Post 7272124)
I have your car in my garage....lookin' great!!

Kurt ABL99...:chevy:

I was really excited when I found out that Chase and Paul at Apex selected my car for their poster this year.


Originally Posted by xVengeancex28 (Post 7273496)
sweet ride you have there!



Originally Posted by Behic2320 (Post 7274597)
very cool build love the photo shoot set up

Thanks! It was a pretty cool experience to see how they manipulated everything to get a silhoutte on a black background with a dark car.


Originally Posted by camaro500 (Post 7274676)
congrats beautiful car and wow the carbon fibre is awesome

Thanks! It is a bit of an obsession and is certainly not for everybody.


Originally Posted by Misfit1 (Post 7274974)
What no carbon fiber bowties??? Looks awsome!!! how do you like that grill?? Fitment?

Haha, actually, I only have the rear bowtie and it is carbon fiber with a matte black surround.

I love the grille because nobody has it around here. It was a big gamble for me because I did the install myself and it was such a new product. I was lucky enough to get it for a price that is nowhere near the current retail price and to date, customer service with DJ grilles has been excellent, if not slow. In terms of fitment, I did do the install myself so it wasn't done professionally. There is a little bit of open space at the portion above the doors. Fortunately, it isn't too noticable unless you're crouched down and up close.

Pharmaro 12-20-2013 10:31 PM

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While the engine bay had a bunch of cosmetic work to it, I haven't always been happy with the underside of my VIS Terminator hood. It has a smooth finish for the most part, but the cowl portion has a rougher texture to it. I am lucky to live an hour away from EmblemPros and had been in contact with Roger about developing an underhood liner to spruce things up a bit.

We came up with an idea to do a brushed stainless piece with "CARBON" Camaro fender-style lettering and a bowtie cutout with carbon fiber backing. It took about 5 trips to get the template correct but the end result turned out great.

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I had also picked up an ACS rear deck liner painted CGM at this past year's Camaro5Fest and instead of purchasing the carbon fiber vinyl and chrome fender lettering, I met with Roger again and he came up with the carbon fiber pieces and some brushed stainless lettering.

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Pharmaro 01-08-2014 09:17 PM

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I also started to do some more exterior mods by adding a Street Scene carbon fiber front lip and purchased Rideskinz carbon fiber sideskirts from Mindz.

I was able to borrow a fellow club member's lift to put the body kit items on myself but had to enlist the help of someone with small hands (My wife) to reach and secure some screws with the wheels on.

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The only piece I need to finish off now is the rear diffuser but I'm having difficulty finding one in carbon fiber that I like that doesn't cost an arm and a leg (Calloway).

This last picture is a better view of the custom underhood piece from Roger at EmblemPros.

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Pharmaro 01-08-2014 09:27 PM

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Christmas came early to me this year. The warranty was going to go up in February and the car was going to be spending the winter in the garage, so I bargained with my wife to get some horsepower added in November.

I took the car about an hour away up to CincySpeed to add some horsepower with their Boost cam package as well as the Pfadt Tri-Y's I had picked up after Camaro5Fest.

If you haven't had the opportunity to see the Pfadt Tri-Y's, they're just friggin beautiful. I almost wanted to just hang them on the wall in the man cave.

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The team at CincySpeed is top notch and I plan on using them once I decide on which FI route I plan on going. If you're close to Cincinnati and looking for a good shop, I'd recommend taking the trip. They dubbed my car the "Death Race Camaro" because of the hidden headlight grille.

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I was happy with the results at 471/425 rwhp/tq. It sounds just plain nasty at idle and under throttle as I'm catless, resonator delete, and x-pipe.

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SSMKNU2 01-08-2014 09:43 PM

About time you updated this, car looks awesome. I'm sure I'll see you whenever Apex does their open house.

Pharmaro 01-08-2014 09:45 PM

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I got a little crafty with the stock cam shaft, toe rod, rotor, and some spray paint.

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I also added a fire extinguisher using a billet mounting bracket from Rick's Camaro.

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BiG_TiMe 01-08-2014 09:56 PM

do you have a link for that fire extinguisher bracket?

and why haven't u won cotw yet

Pharmaro 01-08-2014 09:56 PM

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I purchased a harness bar and harnesses from CipherAuto. I am still currently waiting on their arrival as Fedex seems to have trouble locating the package at the moment :frusty:

But in preperation I decided to attempt to make a rear seat delete kit from scratch before resorting to the premade piece. I think it turned out pretty well.

Deleting the rear seat was easy once I found out I needed a 15mm and deep 18mm sockets.

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The hardest part was measuring the pieces of wood to fit snugly without rubbing on the plastic trim pieces.

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I matched the interior carpet color the best I could with some fabric from JoAnn. Some spray adhesive got me to this point.

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Here it is completed and installed. The color is definitely not an exact match, but the flash from the camera also enhances the difference. With the seats back it blends in alot better. I also tucked the rear seat belts behind the trim panels for a cleaner look.

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I also laid down some sound deadening material (Fatmat) to hopefully help with sound control.

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Pharmaro 01-08-2014 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by SSMKNU2 (Post 7321599)
About time you updated this, car looks awesome. I'm sure I'll see you whenever Apex does their open house.

Yes! Can't wait to see what you've been working on.


Originally Posted by BiG_TiMe (Post 7321630)
do you have a link for that fire extinguisher bracket?

and why haven't u won cotw yet

Here's the mounting bracket.

You'll also need one of clamps depending on extinguisher size.

I just made the build thread so I'm a little behind haha. Now that I've actually started it I'm resolved to keep it updated.

CamaroLB 01-09-2014 03:41 AM

I love the front end! I just love it :love::love:


Originally Posted by Pharmaro (Post 7321643)
I just made the build thread so I'm a little behind haha. Now that I've actually started it I'm resolved to keep it updated.

Should be a piece of cake! Best of luck!

Pharmaro 01-17-2014 06:56 PM

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Finally got the Cipher Harness Bar and Harnesses in and installed. I learned how to take the seats out of the car haha. I hope the Recaros will be available for those of us who didn't have that option available at original vehicle purchase. I'd love to put in aftermarket seats, but I also want to retain use of factory airbags.

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I also got a carbon fiber gas cap for Christmas from the in-laws and got around to putting that on the car. It seemed too large at first until I put it on the car and it fit perfectly. It is from Camaro Collection for those interested. They also have door panels and dash trim pieces in carbon fiber, but for a $1000, not quite to that on my list yet.

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Mindz 01-20-2014 12:24 PM

The car looks great man! That sure is a lot of carbon fiber!

Pharmaro 01-21-2014 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by Mindz (Post 7352642)
The car looks great man! That sure is a lot of carbon fiber!

Thanks! I appreciate your contribution to my car, the sideskirts work well with the front splitter I like to think.

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