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Z Madness 06-26-2010 11:46 PM

[COTW 5/9/11:] STS Turbo Installed
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Aloha Everyone, I was hesitant to post anything due to all the heat given to AACS. However it still seems to be a hot topic so as suggested by Alltrbo, I wanted to share my experience. First some quick items to note. I am a Camaro guy and currently have 3 Camaro's, 1971 Restoration Project, 2000 Z28 B4C and recently picked up a 2010 1LS Camaro. This is my first V-6 Camaro and I have never had a forced induction car. Unfortunately we do not have a drag strip on OAHU so I will not be able to obtain any times for everyone, however I will get the car dyno'd in a couple of weeks and will be happy to share that information.

So, my story goes that I wanted to get a new Camaro but had decided to wait for the Z28 model. However, since it looked like the earliest would be 2012, I couldn't wait, watching all the 2010's cruising around. So my thought was to buy a V-6 and have some fun and then when the Z28 's come out let my daughter have the V-6 as a daily driver. I bought a the base 1LS but it did come with the 21 inch wheels package (which are for sale, by the way). I was at a local cruise night and met someone with a Z06 with the STS Twin Turbo set-up. I was very impressed and decided to call STS Turbo. I was told that the kit was ready to go by the end of May/early June so I said sign me up. At this point, I had no idea of the Tuning issues with the V-6. On May 11, I put down a $2,000 down payment to secure my order. First week of June comes by and I'm told that the kit is ready but they are out of the Turbo's, unless I want the upgraded Ball Bearing unit, which I opted for. This was a frustrating week as I could not get straight answers on a ship date. After many calls and e-mails, I hear from Rick (owner) that kit will ship out on June 8 but intercoolers were on backorder. I received the kit June 14 (less intercooler) and seemed to have everything but the TUNE. By the way, the kit was very impressive. I called with a couple of tech questions and to inquire about the Tune. After many more calls/e-mails, I finally received the Tune on June 23. Yes, IT IS A TRIFECTA Tune. I spend the first weekend installing in my garage and everything fit pretty good. I was busy during the week but was able to load the Tune into the car on Thursday, June 24 (at least to start the car) but was not able to take it for a test drive until today, June 26. So far, the car runs great. I will still have to data log and send to Trifecta for fine tuning but so far car runs great and seems to boost up to about 6 psi. I forgot to take pictures before the test drive so here are some photos (after the car has been put back together) to show that I really did have the kit installed.

I also wanted to note the quality of the kit is excellent. The customer service at STS is not. With that said, they do deliver on what they promise. Keep in mind that they are selling kits for many makes and models and I believe they have been shipping much more SS Twin Turbo kits than the V-6 Single Turbo kits. I can tell you that the kits are very similar (except for the Tune) as they use many of the SS instructions for the V-6 kit. Also, since the other kits are selling, I would assume thats where the resources are going. I believe most of their single turbo kits sell for the same price of $5,995 (including tune) so they will send kits to those that send them money. And I do have an M6.

I hope to have some Dyno numbers for everyone in a couple of weeks. Hope this helps.

Some recent pictures:

SILVER BULLITT 06-27-2010 12:47 AM

sounds sweet cant wait to see your numbers ! congrats .....

BURNINFUEL20 06-27-2010 12:48 AM

well it sounds to me like sts is keeping the wraps on everything until they have more supplies.. if thats the case then i'll be checking in to see some dynos and hopefully more pics my brotha

2010 SSRS 06-27-2010 12:53 AM

Owning 3 camaros is awesome

Z Madness 06-27-2010 03:00 AM

Yes it is. I also miss my 86 IROC-Z.

christianmotox 06-27-2010 03:16 AM

Oh wow, thats awesome, Congrats, im sure many people here will have a lot of questions for you.., i hope you can get more pics and a few videos. You know how we love pics here.:D

Thanks for sharing.

rhd 06-27-2010 05:36 AM


devildoc 06-27-2010 08:09 AM

Well gosh darn it STS be holding back on us! That is awesome man, and you put it on in your garage? Is it that simple or you that great mechanically? Thanks for the great brief on it. Good luck and can't wait to see more from you!

scottc 06-27-2010 08:24 AM

Please keep us posted,very exciting to here !

Z Madness 06-27-2010 01:33 PM


Originally Posted by devildoc (Post 2031915)
Well gosh darn it STS be holding back on us! That is awesome man, and you put it on in your garage? Is it that simple or you that great mechanically? Thanks for the great brief on it. Good luck and can't wait to see more from you!

Doc- I'm not that great mechanically. I would say if you can bolt on headers and a cat back system then you should be able to do this. But four hands would be better than two!

darwin 06-27-2010 06:25 PM

Is it a tune that connects to the computer?

Z Madness 06-27-2010 06:53 PM

Yes. Its with Trifecta's software and cable. Need a Windows based computer.

darwin 06-27-2010 07:39 PM

That's nice and easy. I might order this when I see yours running with it.

speedy_g 06-27-2010 08:53 PM

:happyanim::drool: i hope we get some vids!

camaro guy 06-27-2010 08:55 PM

how much faster is it with the butt dyno? take more pics and post a video

ROD1 06-27-2010 09:20 PM

Its Alive! Grats Z!

CAMAR0 06-27-2010 09:21 PM

The specs are for the V8.

2010SLVRBULIT 06-27-2010 09:32 PM


KMPrenger 06-27-2010 10:04 PM

So...we want to hear about performance!? Yes I know you don't have dyno or track numbers, but if anything we want to hear your impressions of it compared to stock. If your kit is producing the HP and TQ numbers we saw from the STS thread, it should be a huge difference!

Anyways...congrats man!

Z Madness 06-28-2010 01:39 AM

Much more power over stock. Keep in mind my car has just hit 800 miles so I haven't really drove the car hard much (max was about 110). I usually run it through 3rd then have to back off (crowded roads). I will say the second gear pull was fun. Especially when you hear the Turbo spooling and the psi top out at 7. I never had a Turbo so was not familiar with the whine and blow off valve. Must say the sound is very different from my LS1.

My intercooler is scheduled to arrive on Thursday and I noticed I have a exhaust leak where I cut the old mufflers off and attached the STS pipe. Will get that all fixed and try to get more pictures and a video next weekend.

What do you guys want to see in a vid? Mostly the sound from the outside or from the inside of the car? Let me know what would help.

christianmotox 06-28-2010 01:41 AM

:thumbup: The more videos the better, inside, outside etc..

rhd 06-28-2010 05:34 AM


Originally Posted by christianmotox (Post 2034575)
:thumbup: The more videos the better, inside, outside etc..

+1 i have drooled over the aac car vids i dont know how many times, i would really like to see some fly by's and then a inside the car vid......for starters! lol:thumbup:
btw, how did you go about getting that kit? are you doing testing for them?

xpanda305x 06-28-2010 07:24 AM

i want VIDS and MORE PICS NAOW!!!

ROD1 06-28-2010 08:14 AM

This is as close as I have ever come to attempting identity theft! ;)

Venom40k 06-28-2010 01:28 PM

Very exciting stuff! :clap:

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