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FrankT 10-18-2009 04:02 PM

FrankT's single Turbo Aqua Blue 2SS
I thought I'd post my experience of owning a 2010 Camaro. While this is by no means my first new car, it is starting to become quite a story. And, as you tell by my signature, I won't be able to leave it stock. A lot of what I'll be doing won't be a first (other people have beat me to it), I have learned from their experiences. I hope some of you may learn something from mine...

FrankT 10-18-2009 04:13 PM

First of all, the avatar pic is at the now closed Doug Jones Chevrolet in Benson, NC. Not even the signs remain now. This had been a small town dealer in business for (I believe) over 30 years. It has changed names over the years, but the core people remained and offered the best buying and customer service experience I have ever experienced. The 2010 Camaro was about the 22nd car I had bought there. My car was the last car to ever be invoiced to the dealer. It arrived three days after the dealer closed, and had to be transferred to another local dealer that was still in business. That dealer honored the original deal on the car. It was bought for GM Supplier price (credit union member discount). Afterward, Doug Jones himself gave me the Manufacturers Statement of Origin (MSO) for the car. It had been invoiced at that time to Doug Jones Chevrolet. In case any of you don't know, the MSO is sent in to DMV with the title application. The dealer where it was transferred was sent another MSO invoiced to their dealership which was sent with the title app.

FrankT 10-18-2009 11:02 PM

Well, the first mod I did was to tune it. Used my EFI Live and turned off the skip-shift, fans on earlier, top speed limiter off, and manipulated the timing curve. Soon after, replaced the factory mufflers with SLP's Loudmouth II. Worked pretty well with a 370RWHP and 365 lb/ft.

FrankT 10-28-2009 02:11 PM

Now comes the want for more power (it seems to always happen)... This time, I wanted to do something a little different. So, I decided to so single turbo this time. I had already changed the mufflers to SLP's Loudmouth II. Loved the sound, but don't think it made a lot more HP. Maybe 4 or 5, definately not enough to feel the difference. I had a place in FL do the turbo for me. A few issues with the work they did, but nothing I couldn't remedy myself. Car is running fine now. Upgraded the clutch to Fidanza 7.6 with aluminum flywheel. Best HP clutch I have had yet. Very driveable. Added the Hurst aftermarket short throw shifter. I love this shifter! Went with the black engraved ball, and the old school chrome stick.

lawdogg149 10-28-2009 02:12 PM

Looks good my friend

FrankT 10-28-2009 02:26 PM

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A few pics. I love that Hurst emblem!!!

FrankT 10-28-2009 02:34 PM

Also, I've added BMR's trailing arms, they do seem to help with the traction issues. At least the car seems to be more stable under full power acceleration now. Widened stock wheels are on the way from ADM. Actually, the tire situation is going to improve dramatically in the next few days. The stock polished rear wheels will get Nitto 555R drag radials for the strip or just to horse around. The extra set of wheels (RS midnight silver) are going to be the widened ones. Move the rear wheels to the front, and the new widened (10.75") will get Pirelli Zero 305/35 ZR 20 tires. Keeping the sleeper look for now.

FrankT 10-28-2009 02:40 PM

MBRP 3" exhaust has been installed. Easy installation. Did it myself in about an hour and a half. A little raspy sounding and pretty loud, but not nearly as loud as my ZO6. Not too bad inside the car. I can still use hands-free for my cell. Dyno time coming within the next week or so.

FrankT 11-01-2009 02:01 PM

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I made it to the local eighth mile dragstrip this week. I only made the one run before getting kicked off the track for no helmet. I wanted a baseline before I put on the drag radials. My car is the left lane...

FrankT 11-02-2009 04:10 PM

I almost felt sorry for the mustang in the right lane. Thought he was going to beat up on a new Camaro. And after he turned his nitrous on and everything. He didn't know about the turbo on my car until it was too late...

JJ#48Racing 11-02-2009 09:01 PM

Nice mph, you definitely need those drag radials. Love the color too!

lawdogg149 11-02-2009 09:07 PM

Is it thursday yet.

FrankT 11-04-2009 10:12 AM

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An underhood shot...

stryker755 11-04-2009 03:59 PM

Can you tell me where you got the Hurst black logo knob from?

FrankT 11-04-2009 04:33 PM

It's new, so I could only order it direct from Hurst. Part #1630410. Here's a link to it:

FrankT 11-06-2009 09:21 AM

Went to the dragstrip last night. Broke the right axle. Any of you guys with high horsepower and sticky tires need to look into upgrading your axles. I'll be installing a set of 1000 HP axles this week. I'm going to become a dealer for these axles if anyone needs any.

FrankT 11-12-2009 01:10 PM

Got the car fixed. I broke the outer CV joint on the right axle. I'll post up a pic of this soon. My Driveshaft Shop axles are installed and look great. These have a one year warranty against breakage. They are coming out with a two piece driveshaft for the 2010 Camaros soon. I am a dealer for their products, so if anyone needs anything, PM me for a price.

FrankT 11-13-2009 11:03 AM

600plus RWHP + drag radials = broken axle!
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Here are some shots of the stock right axle. Ouch! I wish GM had put bigger CV joints in, but I guess they hadn't planned on people putting 600hp through them!

FrankT 11-14-2009 01:10 PM

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This is what's going on next... powder coated stock calipers, Hawk pads and widened stock wheels. 275.'s on the front, and 305's on the rear.

LSX-80MM 11-14-2009 10:50 PM

Looks good Frank.........saving now for those axles

the rich dude 11-15-2009 01:40 PM


Originally Posted by FrankT (Post 1172631)
This is what's going on next... powder coated stock calipers, Hawk pads and widened stock wheels. 275.'s on the front, and 305's on the rear.

Keep me updated on the powder coating holds up please:D Thinking of getting it done but only if it stays looking good!:thumbsup:

lawdogg149 11-16-2009 12:12 PM

looking good my friend!!!!

FrankT 11-17-2009 02:50 PM

Tire differences...
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Stock is on left (275), widened is on right (305). Still running the Pirelli's...

FrankT 11-17-2009 02:53 PM

Underside shots...
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A shot of the new axles, and one of the MBRP exhaust.

matt55 11-17-2009 03:14 PM

I would like to see your car in person , when are you gonig to take it out again ?

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