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Old 11-13-2009, 11:19 PM   #22
High on "The Camaro Life"
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Final summary and first impression of driving the car

Well, I just drove from Colorado Springs to Loveland, CO after getting done with the tune. THIS CAR IS JUST AWESOME!!! It was hard to see the road because my eyes were squinted from the huge smile on my face.
When I went in the passenger seat on Mark's final test drive, I couldn't believe
the power. The only way I can explain it is, have you ever been on a world class roller coaster?
You know when you reach the very top and start down the nearly vertical drop?
Well, the feeling in your stomach at that moment
is what it felt like when he went through 1st thru 4th gears, times ten!!!

Anyways, the first 60 miles was great, then when I started into Denver
the snow started to fall, during Friday evening rush hour, fun, fun. It took
over an hour to go fifteen miles through Denver. By the time I got to the north end of town,
there was about 4 inches of snow on the highway,
and about an inch on the hood of my car. But not to worry, I found out that this car is very
driveable with all that power. I never once felt out of control
even with the summer tires. Traction Control and Stabilitrac works great,
as well as the antilock brakes. The Vortech is very predictable, when
driving normally it acts just like it did before the install, but when you
get into the throttle it just starts setting you back in the seat. You better be ready to shift, because it goes from 4000 to 6000 rpm just like snapping your fingers. If you aren't paying attention, it will bounce off the rev limiter
in a heartbeat. Still trying to wipe the perma-grin off my face!!
Now when cruising at 70 mph in 6th gear I don't have to shift down to get
around someone. It actually makes 6th into a gear you can use all the time.
I'll be heading to Arizona next week, and I plan to hit the Test N Tune night
in Phoenix while I'm there. I'll see what it will do at 1000 ft altitude. I'll
only be using my street tires, so It probably will take some fancy driving to
get it launched. But it will be alot of fun trying!!
I'll post up some time slips on this thread when I get done.
Also stay tuned for a link to the You Tube video of my dyno runs when
they get posted.

Also, I want to say thanks to the guys at RMCR. Mark is an awesome tuner,
he's very good at what he does. He knew I would be taking it to lower altitudes, so he did a very safe tune. Had a straight line 11.5:1 AFR all the way through the rpm range. He said if he was to just tune it for Colorado, he would have got another 20 hp out of her and would have set it at 11.8:1 AFR.
The peak boost on the dyno run was 7.5 lbs. at 6200 rpm. Up until
5800 rpm's the boost never got over 6 to 6.5 lbs. So it is a very safe tune.
Should never have any issues with my engine. The blower even stayed cool enough to hold your hand on it, and not have to pull it away even after
the numerous dyno pulls.

Here's some final pics:

In front of RMCR
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Not much warning of what's lurking inside!!
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That's Mark McCallon the owner and tuner at RMCR. Nice work
Mark!!:party0038: Thanks again!

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